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]
“I realised I had to adjust my attitude on the field, to continue to play well but without the bad attitude.” Part of that change has seen Suarez make more of an attempt to stay on his feet since moving to the Premier League – not that he thinks his reputation for diving his fair, anyway. “How many yellow cards do I have for diving? I have a lot of yellow cards in my career, but most are for arguing, for fighting, for giving a -kicking-not for diving,” he added. “Sometimes I fall, but it’s to get a penalty because I have been kicked.” The 27-year-old’s image had reached an all-time low last summer, with the striker agitating for a move away from Anfield and serving a lengthy ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic. Suarez, though, has managed to put the negative headlines behind him, netting 31 goals in a remarkable campaign in which he swept up the end-of-season awards. Furthermore, there has been a vastly improvement in the behaviour of the Uruguay international, currently attempting to recover from a knee injury in time for the World Cup. “I want to change the bad boy image that has stuck for a bit because I don’t think I am at all how I have been portrayed,” Suarez told Sports Illustrated. “I would like that to change because it’s awful to hear and read what is said of you. “On the field, sometimes passion overwhelms you and you do things you regret afterward. “At the same time, you have a chance to learn from those things. “I think I [have] been a role model since last summer; I have been professional, and I have the desire to forge ahead and play well regardless of what is said to me.” Asked if, like former NBA player Charles Barkley once suggested, athletes should not be role models, Suarez said: “Of course they should be. Many times, [athletes’] attitudes are reflected in their performance on the field. “I’ve had some attitudes on the field that weren’t very good for my image. But those weren’t really me-outside- the field, I’m very shy. Luis Suarez has made a conscious effort this past year to change the public perception of him, with the Liverpool striker keen to be seen as a role model rather than a bad boy. Press Association
TWO days of exciting T20 cricket is billed for October 21 and 22 at the New Opportunity Corps (NOC) ground at Suddie, Essequibo Coast.The participating teams include an Anthony Adams XI, representing current inter-county players, and a Beesham Seepersaud’s XI featuring past inter-county players, along with the Port Mourant Sports Club from Berbice.The competition is the brainchild of National youth coach Michael Franco Hyles and Essequibo senior coach Forbes Daniels. Among the sponsors are Samad Baksh and Roy Rampersaud.The organisers are also appealing for more corporate sponsors. Contact can be made with Pedrico Abrams 687-9617, Romario Mohabir 647-2210 or Leroy Austin 617-7223.A female 10/10 competition will also be played on the first day and will feature current and emerging players from the county. Meanwhile Anthony Adams XI reads: – Anthony Adams captain, Akine Adams, Vijay Surujpaul, Neiland Cadogan, Ricardo Peters, Joshua Jones, Eknauth Persaud, Nathan Persaud, Parmesh Parsotam, Avenesh Persaud, Shivnarine Hoorilall, Romario Mohabir, Ronsford Beaton, Weyon Friendz and Sheldon Charles. Beesham Seepersaud’s XI reads:- Beesham Seepersaud – captain, Patrick Rooplall, Linden Daniels, Devanand Madho, Royston Alkins, Royan Fredericks, Norman Fredericks, Jason Heyliger, Trevor Benn, Ramesh Narine, Richie Bishop, Basil Persaud, Vishwanauth Lall, Yogeshwar Lall and Vishal Jaigobin.Cash incentives and trophies will be at stake. (Elroy Stephney)
The first day of Betting on Esports, part of the wider Betting on Sports conference saw three stacked panels share intricate knowledge in various areas of speciality. The day kicked off with a panel discussing brand ambassadors, and concluded with a discussion around different bookmaker approaches to esports.The session in between, “Moving from a shady past to a brighter, better regulated future” featured three esteemed lawyers, Peter Worsencroft of Squire Patton Boggs, Joseph Borg of WH Partners and Quirino Mancini of Tonucci and Partners. The panel was moderated by Michele Magro of the Malta Gaming Authority.The panel got underway discussing the approach from a regulatory perspective and the challenges that those in and around the gambling space face with relation to esports and betting. “We need to hear from the industry and the consumers. It’s not just the regulator that needs to be educated, but the wider stakeholders in general” beamed Magro before moving discussion on to consider the general state of esports as an industry.Borg commented “I don’t see any reason that the industry really needs a governing body. It does need to get itself together and self regulate better. It definitely doesn’t need or want to be structured in a way such as football is. It needs to, however, structure itself as an industry so that it gives confidence both to investors and regulators”. The consensus across the panel was that a governing body such as FIFA was unnecessary and unwanted in the esports space. It pointed towards FIFA and recent corruption as a prime example of how even the biggest bodies aren’t necessarily always positive.Quirino Mancini, a man who has been a lawyer with a iGaming specialism for over 15 years shared his knowledge of the fairly small Italian esports scene and betting landscape. He stated: “There’s not much activity outside of the main operators. I don’t think that operators are aware enough of the opportunity that esports presents”. He also added emphasis on the fact that at the moment esports products are just treated like anything else sportsbook wise. He continued “you can’t just ignore it as real money betting is involved in it”.The panel then switched to discuss the UKGC position paper on esports betting in general. Pete Worsencroft shared: “The regulator is definitely aware that esports poses very different challenges and problems which are separate to that of traditional sports”. He added “although the UKGC position paper is deliberately very vague language wise, there’s a definite argument that facets within games such as cases are purely RNG based and thus can be constituted as gambling. It may come to a point where the game developer, Valve, may need a license to sell cases in the UK”.The conversation around cases fed nicely into a brief discussion around skins to round off proceedings. “I believe that ultimately, if you’re opening a case, the key is your stake and the loot obtained is your return. It should fall under a gaming model” shared Borg. When considering the skin betting aspect specifically, Magro commented “Valve has complete control over the currency that is skins. If Valve want to do something about it, they can”. Borg furthered, adding “I believe that Valve have no interest in stopping skin betting at all. The only reason they shut down any of the sites was due to pressure from various regulatory bodies and commissions”.Questions from an encapsulated audience brought the panel to a close, before the next session commenced. There’s three panels still to come at Betting on Esports, covering Integrity, Data and Las Vegas.