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]
FLORIDA will not see action when this year’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL) gets going in September.Chief Operating Officer (COO) Pete Russell told a media conference yesterday that the organisation has opted to pull that country from its 2019 edition, citing a lack of crowd support for some of the games. Instead, all games will be played in the Caribbean.Meanwhile, the tournament will commence in September instead of its regular August month styling.According to Russell, “The September month allows us a clean window of action because we want all of our West Indian stars available.”India is set to tour the West Indies in July and August 2019 immediately after the World Cup.Russell also maintained that they will play the same number of games as last year as to not drag the tournament out.As it relates to games for Guyana’s hosting, the COO contended that they are still in negotiations with the government.He noted that “the hope is that we can get the same number of games. The playoffs that we hosted here last year were a great success”.LESS INTERNATIONAL, MORE LOCAL PLAYERSThe 2019 edition of the tournament will also see a reduction in the number of international players, with teams only being allowed five and a total of four in the starting eleven.This, according to Russell, is to keep the West Indian flavour.Instead, the franchises will now choose two players from a West Indies development squad (which will be selected by the West Indies selection panel).At least one of those two players will have to be in the starting eleven at any time.This move is not a direct response to the Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Ricky Skerritt’s comment about the structure of the CPL.“We (CPL) were lining this up under Mr Dave Cameron. We meet with the CEO of CWI in Barbados on Monday.”Tallawahs to remain Jamaican The Tallawahs will remain a Jamaican franchise according to Russell who told the media, “The Jamaica Tallawahs are firmly rooted in Jamaica.”Some media indicated that the franchise would have been bought by a Florida-based company but that seems to have fallen through.There is also no increase of teams from the 2018 edition with Russell fearful of the tournament becoming too congested and people losing interest.“Sometimes less is more,” he said, adding that, “Some tournaments like the Big Bash run for long periods and we don’t want that.”The CPL COO was also quizzed on the possibility of female involvement in the tournament and responded by saying they are considering it.He stated that they are looking to have an exhibition game before the final, “Maybe a North vs South team or we get senior West Indies female players to choose their team.”He said the CPL is interested in having female competition but that is up to CWI.
Gabriel Agbonlahor has stepped down from his role as Aston Villa club captain and been given a “substantial fine” by the club.The striker, 29, apologised for his “actions in recent weeks” after he was pictured apparently partying immediately after their relegation from the Premier League earlier this month.His subsequent suspension will be lifted by the club on Monday.Agbonlahor said he “did not deserve” the captaincy.“This role was a huge honour to me and it hurts to have lost it,” added the striker, who has been “reminded of his responsibilities” by Villa. He had previously been investigated in March, with Villa opting to take no further action, after being pictured on holiday in Dubai appearing to hold a shisha pipe.“My celebrations and passion, especially in games against local rivals, shows my loyalty to Aston Villa,” added Agbonlahor, who has spent 16 years at the club, in a post on Instagram.“I am asking Aston Villa fans for forgiveness as I’m hurting as well despite reports and photos in the press making out otherwise.“I agree my performances this season have not been good enough but I will be working hard to make things right! Up The Villa, Villa Till I Die!”Agbonlahor – who had been put on a personal fitness plan before his ban – will miss Saturday’s Premier League trip to Watford.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Below are all the scenarios at play for the Seahawks in the NFL playoff picture for Week 17, including the races for the NFC’s top seed, divisional title and wild card based on the results of Week 17.MORE: Projecting the AFC, NFC playoff matchupsNFC playoff picture: How Seahawks can clinch No. 3 seedThe Seahawks would win the NFC West at 12-4 if they were to beat the 49ers at home on Sunday night. Because of their losing to the Cardinals, however, they would still be a game behind both the Packers (13-3) and the Saints (13-3), who already won in Week 17.The Seahawks would be ahead of the NFC East champions in that scenario and also host the Vikings (10-6) next week in the wild-card round. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/12/43/russell-wilson-101319-getty-ftrjpg_jaqpmk9d9aq41mlkgm820v9ti.jpg?t=-977497499&w=500&quality=80 The Seahawks (11-4) have posted another winning season with quarterback Russell Wilson and are headed to the NFC playoffs for the second straight year. But after the 49ers beat the Rams to improve to 12-3 last week, the Seahawks, who lost to the Cardinals, are a full game behind in the division.Seattle, of course, hosts San Francisco in that season finale. How Seahawks get the No. 5 seedIf the Seahawks lose to the 49ers, they would drop to the top wild-card position in the NFC, at 11-5 and a game ahead of the No. 6 Vikings, whom they also beat.They would then go on the road and face the weaker NFC East champion, either the Eagles or the Cowboys.