In one of the most highly anticipated and well-attended performances of Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017, members of The Motet assembled a handful of funky friends for a fantastic tribute to Jamiroquai on Sunday evening at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. With longtime aficionados Joey Porter (keyboards) and Dave Watts (drums) at the helm, the group led a spirited audience on a journey down the alleys and annals of yesteryear. Brooklyn Comes Alive’s swollen all-star band provided an authentic balance, at once true to Jamiroquai’s ethos yet adding their own personalities and flair to the timeless compositions. Along with Motet bandmates bassist Garrett Sayers, guitarist Ryan Jalbert, and vocalist Lyle Divinsky, Porter and Watts called upon awesome auxiliary players to round out a dynamite ensemble: the inimitable Jen Hartswick on trumpet and backup vocals, her trusty trombone foil Natalie Cressman, and RAQ/Electric Beethoven scientist Todd Stoops on another rack of synths and keyboards. BCA MVPs Maurice Brown (trumpet) and Snarky Puppy’s Nate Werth (percussion) also joined in on the funk during the hour-plus adventure. Jamiroquai is back in the cultural consciousness in 2017 with their tremendous new album Automaton, released in March, yet the band has not performed on U.S. soil in a dozen years. This tribute took an opportunity to focus on the halcyon days of the band from 1992-1999—a span that encompasses their four most celebrated albums: Emergency on Planet Earth (1993), Return of the Space Cowboy (1995), Travelling Without Moving (1997), and Synkronized (1999). The songwriting and instrumental performances found on these records and the resulting tours are the stuff of legend, and provided a phenomenal roadmap for these virtuosos to explore. Beginning with the electro-disco funk of “Cosmic Girl”, Divinsky assumed the position as Jay Kay and offered his take on the Buffalo Man’s stylish delivery, while the band cranked out the four-on-the-floor groove, setting the proverbial tone for the excursion. On the early material like “Hooked Up”, “Emergency on Planet Earth” and Jamiroquai’s 1992 debut single “When You Gonna Learn?”, the group remained faithful to the aesthetics and arrangements of the originals. Jalbert held things down with quiet storm riddims and choice voicings, while Stoops and Porter were four hands gelling swiftly, comping mightily in honor of the late, great Toby Smith. Few artists can command a stage like Hartswick, and though she was not fronting the band, her presence was felt regularly. She and Cressman added divine elements and a feminine touch that brought a diversity to the vibe and the proceedings.On Space Cowboy’s magnificent “Light Years”, bright pianos stepped to the middle of the mix with authority, while horns took center stage with soaring brass leads and salacious swagger. The captivating conglomerate really found their footing on jams from the gazillion-selling Traveling Without Moving. On “Use the Force”, Brown stepped to the forefront and provided a thrilling trumpet solo, while Werth and Watts got busy underneath a freight train. The colossal “Virtual Insanity” saw the masterful Sayers channel Stuart Zender’s luscious lines with aplomb; all evening, the bassist did the legendary introverted virtuoso proud with nimble fretwork and a tastefully sexy attack. As Divinsky worked the crowd into fits of intoxication, he remarked that the band was nearly out of time, much to the chagrin of the teeming masses that were lapping up the performance. The group then rallied their way into 1999’s “Canned Heat”, a song burned into our hearts and minds forever from its classic placement in the film Napoleon Dynamite. With it’s “nothing left for me to do but DANCE” coda ringing out into the rafters, ’twas a fitting refrain and mantra for this set, for our current cultural climate, and for Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017 as it wound to a conclusion. Tribute To Jamiroquai “Cosmic Girl” 9.24.17 Brooklyn Comes AliveTribute To Jamiroquai “High Times” 9.24.17 Brooklyn Comes AliveTribute To Jamiroquai “Light Years” 9.24.17 Brooklyn Comes AliveTribute To Jamiroquai “Use The Force” 9.24.17 Brooklyn Comes AliveTribute To Jamiroquai “Hooked Up” 9.24.17 Brooklyn Comes AliveTribute To Jamiroquai “Alright” 9.24.17 Brooklyn Comes AliveTribute To Jamiroquai “Virtual Insanity” 9.24.17 Brooklyn Comes AliveTribute To Jamiroquai “Canned Heat” 9.24.17 Brooklyn Comes AliveYou can listen to the full set below, as recorded and mixed by Eric McRoberts:Setlist: Jamiroquai Tribute | Brooklyn Comes Alive | New York City | 9.24.17Cosmic Girl, Too Young To Die, High Times, Light Years, Use The Force *, [email protected], Hooked [email protected], Virtual [email protected], Canned [email protected] To Jamiroquai:Dave Watts – Drums (The Motet)Joey Porter – Keys (The Motet)Garrett Sayers – Bass (The Motet)Ryan Jalbert – Guitar (The Motet)Lyle Divinsky – Vox (The Motet)Todd Stoops – Keys (Electric Beethoven, RAQ)Jennifer Hartswick – Trumpet / Vox (Trey Anastasio Band)Natalie Cressman – Trombone – Vox (Trey Anastasio Band)* w/ Maurice “Mobetta” Brown – [email protected] w/ Nate Werth – Percussion (Snarky Puppy)[Photo: Mark Millman]
Testing expanded supports for a trauma-informed school to build resilience:The model will help create a safe, resiliency-based climate in and around the school by supporting and training all school staff, providing screening and assessment tools, group sessions and individualized counseling, and educational sessions for students and their families. Governor Wolf Announces Pilot Program to Connect Community Schools to Health-Related Services in Philadelphia SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Education, Human Services, Press Release, Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf, Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Ted Dallas and Department of Education (PDE) Secretary Pedro A. Rivera announced an investment in Philadelphia City community schools to leverage and connect schools to the large array of health-related services that are available for Philadelphia’s children. This strategic investment of $1.5 million will improve health, school attendance, and academic achievement for children who attend community schools in the North Philadelphia Health Enterprise Zone (HEZ).“As our schools focus on teaching and learning, educators know that we cannot separate the success of schools from the needs of the community,” Governor Wolf said “Schools can’t deliver effective instruction if students are hungry, if children are not healthy, if they have needs, if children are worrying where are they going to sleep that night. This program, along with delivering more funding and resources to schools, will help teachers teach and students learn.”The North Philadelphia Health Enterprise Zone encompasses an area from Spring Garden Street north to Olney and from Frankford in the east to Germantown in the west. Thirty-one percent of the people in these zip codes live under the federal poverty line.Pilot projects will be conducted in four elementary schools in the HEZ: James Logan Elementary, William Cramp Elementary, Edward Gideon Elementary/Middle, and Bethune Elementary.“Investing in our kids is among the smartest investments we can make,” Sec. Dallas said. “The funding provided through the Health Enterprise Zone will help children access quality health care at the schools they attend. This funding will not only help improve children’s health but also help ensure they are ready to learn and to get the education they deserve.”The community schools model works with schools to implement a strategic, coordinated plan with expanded supports and aligned services to address the broader set of needs of the whole child. The funding from this initiative provides critical additional support to bolster and make more effective the services and activities offered at the school and through the children’s Medicaid coverage“There is no one, cookie-cutter approach to community schools,” Secretary Rivera said. “These schools go beyond meeting a student’s academic need alone, but aim to partner with community assets to serve the ‘whole’ student. We have to involve and invite every stakeholder to the table and ask that they focus on what they do best to improve what happens in the classroom and in the school.”“This commitment from the state builds on the great work already happening in the Community Schools—we hope this project will help the kids in these schools get the care they need, but also will help develop strategies that can ultimately help all Philadelphia school children be healthy and ready to learn,” said Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney.The funding will be designated for two main purposes:Connecting kids to care:Making sure insured children can access the services their health care coverage provides, especially dental and vision care;Providing care for children who are uninsured;Tackling one of the largest health challenges Philadelphia children face: asthma. By making sure children’s home and school environments are free of triggers; andMaking sure all eligible families are enrolled in health care coverage and other benefits, such as SNAP. June 12, 2017 The North Philadelphia HEZ seeks to create a strategic alliance led by DHS and launch a five-year project in the zip codes surrounding the eight-mile stretch of Broad Street from Cheltenham Avenue to City Hall. (19120 – 26; 30; 19132-34; 19138, 19140 – 41; and 19144) There are nearly 300,000 Medicaid recipients in the North Philadelphia zone, representing 13 percent of Pennsylvania’s entire Medicaid population. Families living in this area are more likely to experience deep poverty, affecting their health, education, employment, and income. Many patients experience a host of socio-economic issues and comorbidities that contribute to poor health outcomes.Rather than simply expanding the strategies currently in place, the HEZ will try new and innovative community-based approaches to coordinated health care and reward strategies to minimize health disparities, improve health outcomes, and stabilize and reduce care costs.
#NeverTrump, but #NeverEverHillary. As a conservative Republican voter, I have always believed in the values of fiscal responsibility, cultural traditionalism and small government. Unfortunately for me and other like-minded voters, neither of the major presidential candidates this election cycle truly embodies any of these values. While it is abundantly clear that Hillary Clinton is an anathema to everything that I hold dear; Donald Trump is also quite lacking in these departments. It goes without saying why I would refrain from voting for Clinton on Nov. 8. She favors further government intervention in the economy, is an embodiment of the establishment status quo and has a record mired in corruption and scandal. What isn’t quite as apparent is my reasoning to not vote for Donald Trump. While I understand that many on the right would find it reasonable to vote for Trump on the basis of saving the Supreme Court or appealing to the lesser of two evils argument, I still cannot support a man who, in my view, would pervert the public’s perception of conservatism for at least a generation should he take office. A man who favors protectionist tariffs and government-run healthcare, while espousing an ambiguous and ill-informed foreign policy, should not be the prime representative of the party of Lincoln and Reagan. In addition to his lack of conservative credentials, he presents a wildly unpopular and repellent face to the party that I would like to see succeed in future elections. It would be quite astounding that the most unpopular presidential nominee in modern history is even in the running to win if it weren’t for the fact that the Democrats nominated their own train wreck of a candidate to represent their side via Hillary Clinton. While not overly controversial to many of his supporters, a good number of Trump’s comments in regard to Latinos, women and Muslims have tainted the Republican brand among many moderates who might have otherwise supported the party. As a millennial Republican, I look toward a new generation of conservatives that empower minority communities to achieve the American Dream and champion women’s successes. It’s elected officials, like Republican California State Assembly member Ling Ling Chang that are taking the lead in promoting STEM education and championing young women to reach their full potential that give me hope for more diversity within our party. It’s time for the Republican Party to shed its skin from the Trump campaign and move toward a new era of Conservatism. In our democracy, one of the greatest fundamental rights is the right to vote. However, within our right to vote is a right to abstain from voting in a presidential election if the electorate believes that neither candidate is suitable. I will not be complicit in falling in line with my party, which maintains that party matters more than principle. In order to bring progress and a new light to our great nation, it is sometimes necessary to divert from the status quo. Whatever the outcome on Nov 8., Nov. 9 begins the dawn of a new era for the Republican Party, one that doesn’t include Donald Trump.Mary Briana-PerezVice President, USC College Republicans