[Cover photo via Kim Blackburn Photography] There’s no denying that Freekbass is a master of the low end. The beloved bassist is so identified with the instrument, it’s in his name! Now he’s taking that connection to the next level, partnering with Stonefield Musical Instrument Company to create the first-ever Freekbass Signature Model.“…For me, the relationship of a maker with an endorsing artist has to be one of mutual benefit but first of all it has to be real. I love the Freekbass approach to funk, I dig his use of effects and his playing technique and I completely respect his role as a music educator. He’s the kind of person I want to work with and I feel lucky that he wants to work with us as well,” said Tomm Stanley, owner of Stonefield.Stanley tells us more about what it was like working with Freekbass on the new instrument:With the Freekbass Signature Model, right from the beginning of the build we kept two key things in mind: the look, style and unique features of a Stonefield and the flash, flair and funkiness of Freekbass. I remember him saying, “make the Batmobile.” How’s that for a challenge? We discussed a mod that reinforced some other player’s feedback about the string height above the body when slapping. I wasn’t crazy about modifying the instrument to suit a single playing style but he agreed with the comments. We discussed how the concern might best be dealt with and that became the Funk Plate. There was one mod requested that I just wouldn’t do and after explaining my reasons he was fine with it. That willingness on his part to bend got me thinking about what I could do to make the instrument stand out more from the rest of our line up. I suggested some circuit alterations, alternate choices for materials and other tweaks. Some of it he went for, other things he was clearly not interested in. We had a two way street kind of thing happening and that really was right from the beginning of the build. What more could anyone ask for?I’m really pleased with the instrument that we’ve created. The choices of woods that satisfied the Batmobile request also added a snap to the tonality. To get the blackness we chose African wenge for the topwood on the body and Solomon Island ebony for the fingerboard. We also used the ebony for the nut and floating bridge system. The combination of brittleness and density did magic for a woody tone with a funk edge to it. On top of that we have used our titanium hardware option to trim a bit of weight and have done the sweetest four-colour burst on the back of the through-body core: natural to amber fading into red before turning black but with red highlights peeking out of the black on the headstock points and heel transition. Absolutely gorgeous…Not only is Freekbass releasing his own custom bass, but he’s also traveling to New Zealand to film some promotional footage for the instrument. The bassist will star in something that’s “part reality, part fantasy,” essentially a mini-movie where Freekbass discovers the signature model! Keep it tuned to L4LM for more from Freekbass on his wild expedition!You can find out more about the bass via Stonefield Music’s website. Check out his tour schedule below:JULY-Saturday, July 2: Sterling Stage / Sterling, NY-Friday, July 8: Navy Pier / Chicago, IL-Tuesday, July 12 : Brooklyn Bowl / Brooklyn, NY (Freekbass performing with The Band Is Bond)-Wednesday, July 13: Ardmore Music Hall / Ardmore, PA (Freekbass performing with The Band Is Bond)-Saturday, July 23 : Whispering Sun Festival / Pataskala, OH-Thursday, July 28: Zoo Bar / Lincoln, NE-Friday, July 29: Quixotes / Denver, CO-Saturday, July 30: Owsley’s Golden Road / Denver, CO AUGUST-Monday, August 1: Town Square Tavern / Jackson, WY-Wednesday, August 3: Casey’s Whitefish / Whitefish, Montana-Thursday, August 4: Live United Concert Series/ Idaho Falls, Idaho-Friday, August 5: West Yellowstone Concert Series / West Yellowstone, Montana-Saturday, August 6: The Filling Station / Bozeman, Montana-Wednesday, August 24: Scarlet & Grey / Columbus, OH-Saturday, August 27 : Woodfest Festival / Mendon, OH SEPTEMBER-Friday, September 2 : Union Street Station / Traverse City, MI-Saturday, September 3: Hookahville Festival / Pataskala, OH-Friday, September 16: Cranky Pat’s / Neenah, WI-Friday, September 23: Secret Circus Music Festival / North Branch, MN-Saturday, September 24: Kathy’s Pub / Rochester, MN
Google Forgot Password ? Linkedin Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Log in with your social account The government announced on Thursday new travel restrictions for people with a history of travel from coronavirus-hit regions of Iran, South Korea and Italy in the wake of a significant surge of COVID-19 cases globally.The temporary ban, which will come into effect on Sunday, would prevent people who had visited certain regions in the three countries in the last 14 days from visiting or transiting in Indonesia, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said.“After reviewing a report from the World Health Organization, there has been an increase of cases outside China, especially in three countries: Iran, Italy and South Korea,” Retno told journalists in her office on Thursday.“Therefore, Indonesia is to temporarily impose a new policy for travelers from those countries,” she added.The policy will affect people who have a recent history of travel to Tehran,… travel travel-restriction travel-advice Iran South-Korea Italy coronavirus COVID-19 Wuhan-coronavirus-in-Indonesia
Junior forward Mark Zengerle missed a portion of the season with injury, but has still managed to earn 15 points this season.[/media-credit]One hundred.Every sport has a magic number that all athletes strive to reach – whether it be 300 wins for a pitcher in baseball or 1,000 rushing yards for a running back in a football season – athletes and fans use these benchmarks as a sign that a player has made it.For college hockey that number is 100 career points.On the Wisconsin hockey team, only 70 players had reached that threshold in the sport’s illustrious 50-year career in the modern era heading into 2013.But on Feb. 1 against North Dakota in a hostile Ralph Engelstad Arena, that exclusive club added one more: junior Mark Zengerle.The goal, which came 13 seconds after a goal by UND, couldn’t have come at a more important moment, and it helped the Badgers rally to earn a hard-fought 1-1 tie in one of the toughest venues in college hockey.“Our talk on the bench, ‘let’s respond’,” head coach Mike Eaves said of the one goal deficit said after the game. “That is the best response we can get by going out and scoring right away.”The point itself wasn’t that pretty – a fact that a humble Zengerle is the first to admit.“It really wasn’t too much on my part,” Zengerle said. “I just kinda got my stick in there behind the net in the corner and the garbage man [Michael Mersch] over here did the rest.”And yet it seemed fitting that a player who has made a career mostly on his ability to facilitate his teammates’ goal scoring – earning at least 30 assists in each of his first two seasons, which put him in elite company with only three other Badgers – earned it in such a way.“My parents were in town last weekend [for the game] and my mom was like, ‘You have to get it on a goal,’ but whatever, I don’t really care … I’m more of an assist man anyways so it kinda made sense, but it would have been nicer to have a goal,” he said.More unfortunate, however, was the fact that the Rochester, N.Y., native’s shining moment came while the Badgers were visiting bitter-rival North Dakota and not at home in the Kohl Center.Instead of a raucous round of applause in front of a friendly set of Wisconsin fans clad in cardinal and white, Zengerle’s accomplishment went largely unnoticed at UND – save a few congratulations from his teammates after the game – and Zengerle didn’t draw attention to it.“I congratulated him [after the game], I think everyone did,” junior winger Michael Mersch said. “It’s a huge individual statistic – great for him – but he was pretty humble about it.”When an athlete reaches one of these well-established milestones, it can be easy to forget the road that brought them there, but 100 points didn’t come easy for the junior. Zengerle had to overcome considerable adversity in the early part of the season to even put himself in the position to go into the Wisconsin hockey record books as a 100-point scorer.When the season began, and as the Badgers faltered out of the gates – losing their first seven out of 10 games – Zengerle was off to the races recording two goals and four assists in the first five games of the season to lead the Badgers in scoring.With 86 points already recorded over his freshman and sophomore seasons at UW, and six points at that point in 2012-13, Zengerle’s career total of 92 points placed him just eight shy of 100.For Badger fans, whether or not he would reach 100 points never seemed in doubt, but rather people wondered how quickly it would be done, and in his form, it seemed that would’t be too far off.But that was all before Colorado College came to town Nov. 3 and 4.Following a loss in the opening game of the series on Friday 5-4 in overtime, a freak play in which Zengerle attempted to block a CC player’s shot in game two resulted in a broken index finger for the UW’s center.After sitting out the next six games – a period in which the Badgers earned just a single win – Zengerle finally made his return against Michigan Tech Dec. 2 still sitting eight points short. Despite his highly anticipated return, he wasn’t able to pick up where he left off at the beginning of the season offensively, earning zero points in his first two games back.But it is at times like these the greatest players perform at their best, and that is just what Zengerle did.Over his next 10 games, Zengerle would go on to score seven points in the run up to his 100th point Feb. 1 in Grand Forks, N.D, helping the Badgers climb back into the WCHA title race along the way.Now with the milestone reached, it might have been easy for Zengerle to take his foot off the gas pedal – even if subconsciously – but for UW’s key offensive man it was never about how many goals and assists he could rack up.“If someone had told me five years ago that I would score 100 points at Wisconsin, I would probably have laughed and said, ‘yeah right, in my dreams’,” Zengerle said. “But it’s pretty cool, some of the players that have reached that, and a lot of them have played in the NHL.”Soon enough, the undrafted NHL prospect may just get an opportunity to join those UW 100-point earners to come before him in the league. But for now Wisconsin’s offensive maestro is happy to continue making his teammates look good – one goal at a time.