Umphrey’s McGee Makes Up For Lost Time In Chicago [Photo/Video]

first_img[Video: Kevin Higley]Umphrey’s McGee then moved onto the ending of “Mantis”, finishing their rendition from the canceled July show during which they only performed the first half of the song. After the group finally brought closure to the song started two months ago, the third and final set of the night ended with a crushing, metal-heavy “Wizard Burial Ground,” which housed a great solo from bassist Ryan Stasik. Umphrey’s McGee encored with “Day Nurse” and the end of “Divisions” to call it a night.You can check out photos from Umphrey’s McGee’s Saturday night show below, courtesy of Daniel Ojeda.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island | Chicago, IL | Sept. 23, 2017Set 1: Nemo> Sweetness> Nemo, Upward, Gone for Good, Memories of Home, Susanah, Freedom of ’76, In The KitchenSet 2: Wappy Sprayberry > Crucial Taunt, Passing, JaJunk > Higgins, Make It Right, Remind Me > JaJunkSet 3: Divisions > The Floor, Ringo > The Triple Wide > Mantis, Wizard Burial GroundEncore: Day Nurse > Divisions There’s nothing quite like a hometown Umphrey’s McGee show… unless Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate. This past July, Umphrey’s was in the middle of the first set of a performance at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island when inclement weather forced the group to cancel their show, much to fans’ displeasure. Not one to leave a fan disgruntled, Umphrey’s McGee quickly made plans to reschedule, with the new date occurring this past Saturday, and the show was the definition of a hometown throw down.Besides just making up the date, Umphrey’s McGee wanted to make their rescheduled performance special—Saturday’s show had three sets, including a show-opening acoustic set. For their fairly straightforward acoustic first set, Umphrey’s chose primarily songs that highlighted vocals and acoustic guitar work. With no Jazz Odyssey or jam to start the night, the group immediately began with “Nemo” that contained “Sweetness” sandwiched in. Pedal steel guitarist and longtime UM collaborator Mike Racky joined the band on stage for a couple of tunes like the rare “Memories of Home” and the 30db song, “Susanah.” They then covered Ween’s “Freedom of ‘76,” which saw excellent vocals from Brendan Bayliss. The only song of the set that featured some semblance of jamming was the set-closing “In the Kitchen,” but even that didn’t stray too far from the framework of the song.A fairly ordinary version of dance party “Wappy Sprayberry” opened the second set, though the set didn’t fully start clicking until fan-favorite “JaJunk” appeared mid-set. “JaJunk” quickly started transcending the experimental plane and reached some serious levels of rock and roll. As with all things Umphrey’s McGee, they were able to slowly turn down the tempo and provide a segue as smooth as butter, morphing the jam into “Higgins.” The song was a beast and contained some of the best improvisation of the night. Metal Umphrey’s McGee dominated in “Remind Me” before returning to “JaJunk” to close the second set.For the last set of the night, Umphrey’s McGee came out with “Divisions”, which was jammed through to “The Floor.” “Ringo” had some great jams that were highlights of the set, with the bunch of greasy animals eventually giving way to the e-drum intro of “The Triple Wide.” After a stellar rendition of “The Triple Wide”, the debut of a surprising cover of the Thompson Twins’ “Hold Me Now” popped up—a song that one may not know by name but would instantly recognize if heard—featuring Jake Cinninger on vocals on the song.“Hold Me Now” Umphrey’s McGee | Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island | Chicago, IL | 9/23/2017 | Photo: Daniel Ojeda [Video: feralsoul]“Remind Me” > “JaJunk” Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Op-Ed: ‘Good Money After Bad’ in Pursuit of Clean Coal

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Ryan Alexander for U.S. News & World Report:Earlier this month lawmakers tried to tack a package of energy tax sweeteners such as tax credits for carbon capture and storage to the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration. My organization, Taxpayers for Common Sense, opposed the entire package, which ultimately failed. However, the champions of “clean” coal were more successful in the energy bill that passed the Senate this week. And some lawmakers, the coal industry and even some environmental groups don’t want the gravy train to stop there. They are trying to use this momentum to continue a larger push for more federal support for clean coal.This current focus of coal-subsidy supporters is carbon capture and storage. The idea is that the industry will separate carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel-fired facilities and inject them into deep geologic formations, thereby allowing for the continued burning of coal (a priority for the industry, obviously) with a significantly reduced carbon footprint (a priority for environmental groups, among others). This is not a new idea, and billions in tax dollars have already been spent to develop the technology, but it is still years away from being commercially viable.With all the enthusiasm for carbon capture and storage technology, it is worth looking back on our experience so far and current energy market conditions. In 2012, the Congressional Budget Office studied the federal investment in this clean coal technology and concluded that the capture and storage technology is so expensive that 200 gigawatts of new coal-fired generating capacity would need to be built in order for it to be competitive with existing plants. In other words, the U.S. would need to nearly double the number of coal-fired power plants before this technology would be feasible.Yet in recent years, the abundance of lower-cost, lower-carbon natural gas has caused utilities to put a hold on investments in coal-fired power plants.Meanwhile, after all of the tax dollars thrown at this problem, there are currently no commercial ventures in the United States that capture, transport and inject large quantities of carbon dioxide for storage.Congress and the administration need to stop throwing good money after bad in this pursuit of “clean coal.” Taxpayers cannot afford it. We couldn’t three decades ago and we can’t now.Full item: Clean Coal’s Big Cost Op-Ed: ‘Good Money After Bad’ in Pursuit of Clean Coallast_img read more

Boys Champs going down to the wire

first_imgCalabar’s Kevroy Vernon and Rivaldo Marshall Boys Champs going down to the wireA battle royal is set to get underway when the final day of the Inter Secondary Schools Boys and Girls Championships gets underway inside the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday afternoon.While Edwin All seems to be on the way to confirming pundits’ predictions that they will defend the girls title successfully, a different scenario is being played out in the boys’ section.In the weeks leading up to the championships Kingston College were installed as odds on favorites to dethrone five-time defending champions Calabar, but when the points were tallied at the close of the penultimate day, only seven points separated to the perennial rivals. Kingston College were ahead with 139 points, with a resolute Calabar lurking on 132.After 18 finals. The top five are completed by Jamaica College (JC) on third with 98 points ahead of St Jago High on 69, and St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) on 40 points.The top 10 is rounded out by Wolmer’s Boys on 37, Petersfield High with 31, Rusea’s High on 16, Munro College on 15, and Green Island High with 14 points.There are nervous moments in the KC camp as their top sprinter Jhevaughn Matherson is out injured, after false starting in the finals of the 100 meters Class One. They will have to pull out all the stops to fend off Calabar on the final day.A mouth-watering finale awaits with the momentum clearly in favour of the Michael Clarke-led five-time defending champions.The highlight of day was the Class two 1,500 meters in which Ugandan national, Aryamanya Rodgers, was expected to be a shoe in for KC, but Calabar’s  Kevroy Venson and Kimar Farquharson had other ideas.The pair came with a solid race plan and executed it brilliantly. They raced in front like scared hares for the first 600 meters and drew Ridgers with them. Midway the race the pair eased up on the throttle and Rodgers took over the lead to the cheers of the frenetic purple and white-clad KC supporters, but Venson was not done and joined the Ugandan teenager at the top of the stretch before motoring past him to win comfortably in a record time of 3:55.3. Farquharson was third in 4:00.13.last_img read more