New Mini-Documentary Gives Inside Look At The Sober Community Within The Jam Scene [Watch]

first_imgIt was the late, great writer Hunter Thompson who was famously quoted as saying, “I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.”Such an affirmatively questionable view on some of this world’s most dangerous (but sometimes fun) vices could easily be applicable for the jam scene, where drugs and alcohol flow just as freely through concert parking lots as LSD-inspired notes out of Jerry Garcia‘s guitar. Accepted use of booze and illegal drugs within the jam scene has been one of those unwritten rules by of the musical subculture ever since the Grateful Dead began their career as the house band for Ken Kesey‘s Acid Test parties in the mid-1960s.While drugs continue to be an openly controversial topic of discussion in the jam scene and the culture at large, there are some music fans who don’t feel the need to partake in illicit activities during shows. The experience of seeing shows, especially heady jam-friendly ones, can be just as fulfilling sober as they are with a few added substances.A new mini-documentary titled Sober Jam Band Scene recently uploaded YouTube by Mary Gray Johnson shows viewers into the lives of music fans (primarily Phish fans) who follow the sober path when attending shows. The short, 10-minute film features a mix of real-fan interviews in which they discuss their love for Phish and acknowledge the existence of drug use throughout their scene. One interviewee named Carolina D. states that jam shows can be, “kind of like Disneyland for drunks and addicts.”However, the film shows viewers a side of the jam scene that doesn’t partake in such vices. You’ve probably seen them at shows, where sober fans gather under yellow balloons to connect and help each other enjoy the music and the scene they love without succumbing to its myriad temptations. From The Wharf Rats on Grateful Dead tour to The Phellowship at Phish shows to Much Obliged at Umphrey’s McGee and The Jellyfish at The String Cheese Incident, these yellow balloon groups hold 12 Step meetings at set breaks and help sober fans continue to appreciate live music without the substance-based pitfalls that often come with it.The documentary clearly struck a power chord with viewers, as the video’s comment section includes notes shared by other sober folks, stating, “I have only seen Phish sober, 57 shows so far! Best time EVER!,” “My ‘drug’ is the combination of getting lost in the music and dancing. That is all I need,” and “You did an awesome job capturing the essence of this scene. Sober Rat & Phell since ’95! Much Love!”Fans can watch the entire documentary in the video below.Sober Jam Band Scene[Video: Mary Gray Johnson]Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio recently spoke of his own sobriety strategies in an interview with GQ. The Grateful Dead‘s current audio archivist, David Lemieux, has also admitted in the past that he mostly refrained from using psychedelic drugs during the Dead shows he attended as a “taper” over the years.“I saw the Dead over 100 times and the bulk of those shows were sober,” Lemieux said in a 2017 interview. “I enjoyed the heck out of them. In fact, a lot of those shows are the ones that I can right now look back on 25-30 years [later] and have better memories of those because I could be more focused on it. I could be more in the moment of what was going on, as opposed to having this  mind-expanding moment.”[H/T r/phish]last_img read more

UK readies application to join Pacific trade partnership

first_imgLONDON (AP) — It may be on the other side of the world but the U.K. is to apply to join a trade partnership involving many of the economics around the Pacific Ocean. A year after it formally left the European Union, the government said Saturday that wants to join the 11-country Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. International Trade Secretary Liz Truss will speak to officials in Japan and New Zealand on Monday to formally make the request. Negotiations are expected to commence this year. Supporters of Brexit said one of the main benefits lies in the ability of the country to forge its own trade deals with anyone around the world.last_img read more

Long Island Groundhogs Predict More Winter

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island’s groundhogs are bucking the prognostications of their furry bretheren to the west and predicting six more weeks of winter.Holtsville Hal and Malverne Mel both saw their shadows on Groundhog Day, which fell on Saturday this year. That’s counter to both groundhog-in-chief Punksatony Phil and New York City’s Staten Island Chuck, neither of whom saw their shadows, suggesting there will be an early spring.The “predictions” come as LI’s forecast calls for a chance of light snow Saturday and Sunday with temperatures in the high 20s or low 30s, remaining below freezing through next week when a chance of light snow returns for Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.Temps are forecast to warm up slightly to 36 under mostly sunny skies next Thursday before a chance of rain and snow returns Friday.last_img read more

Paparazzi turn tables on stars

Two freelance photographers are suing Denise Richards and Pamela Anderson, charging that Richards assaulted them when they tried to take her picture and that the women lied about the scuffle. According to the lawsuit filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Richards and Anderson were at the River Rock Casino Resort in British Columbia, Canada, on Nov. 9, 2006, to work on the upcoming film “Blonde and Blonder.” When Richards saw Scott Cosman and Rik Fedyck taking her picture, according to the lawsuit, she became enraged, called them “paparazzi scum” and other names, assaulted them, seized their laptop computers and threw the laptops over a hotel balcony. Afterward, they said, Richards and Anderson “made repeated false and defamatory statements to law enforcement and various media outlets which were deliberately calculated to embarrass, humiliate and ridicule plaintiffs.” The photographers, who seek unspecified damages, said the incident caused them to lose revenue and caused them emotional stress. – Associated Press Snoop banned from U.K. entry British authorities denied rapper Snoop Dogg a visa for a series of planned concerts, publicists for his tour said in a statement Saturday. Snoop Dogg, co-headlining a European tour with fellow star P. Diddy, had been expected to play five dates in Britain. A spokeswoman for the Home Office said she couldn’t comment, but did point out that foreign citizens could be barred from entering the country if there were concerns about their presence. In April 2006, the rapper, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, and five other men were arrested on charges of violent disorder and starting a brawl, and spent the night in jail after trouble flared when some in his party were denied entry to British Airways’ first class lounge at Heathrow Airport. Seven officers suffered minor injuries and one suffered a fracture to the hand. Snoop Dogg was previously barred from entering Britain in May 2006. – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! read more

Ronaldo handed five-match ban for ref push

first_imgRonaldo was also fined Sh466,875 ($4,500) and has 10 days to appeal the ban.Should any appeal fail, Ronaldo will miss Wednesday’s Super Cup, second leg and Madrid’s first four La Liga games of the season against Deportivo la Coruna, Valencia, Levante and Real Sociedad.Madrid had already signalled their intent to appeal Ronaldo’s second yellow card shown for diving eight minutes from time when he went down inside the area under pressure from Samuel Umtiti.“Ronaldo’s sending-off annoys me because even if it is not a penalty, the card is harsh,” said Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane after the game.“We will see if we can do something so that he is available on Wednesday.”Ronaldo was only on the field for 24 minutes as he was introduced as a second-half substitute and fired into the top corner 10 minutes from time to give Madrid a 2-1 lead.He received his first yellow card for removing his shirt in celebration before being shown the 10th red card of his career two minutes later.“Once shown the red card, said player (Ronaldo) pushed me lightly as a sign of his disapproval,” de Burgos Bengoetxea wrote in his referee’s report.According to the RFEF’s rules, such offences are met with a suspension of anything between four and 12 games, but previous cases also resulted in four-game bans.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000And then just two minutes later referee Ricardo de Burgos brandished a second yellow for simulation in the penalty area.Madrid, Spain, Aug 14- Cristiano Ronaldo was hit with a five-match ban by the Spanish football federation (RFEF) on Monday for pushing the referee after being sent-off in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Spanish Super Cup, first leg win over Barcelona.The World Player of the Year received an automatic one-match ban for his dismissal on Sunday and an extra four games for his reaction towards referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea.last_img read more