Steely Dan Performs ‘Countdown To Ecstasy’ At New York’s Beacon Theatre [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images It wasn’t until returning to the stage for an encore of “Reelin’ in the Years” that Donald Fagen acknowledged the absence of Steely Dan’s other half. “I’d like to thank my long-time partner Walter Becker for helping me write some pretty cool songs,” he said. Then, in the darkly humorous tone that both Becker and he embraced, Fagen added, “Unfortunately, Walter couldn’t be with us here tonight.”For a band that didn’t consider itself a band and gave up performing live at the height of its popularity in search of perfection in the studio, Steely Dan has turned out to the be one of the most reliable touring acts of the past decade. Settling in for multi-show residencies that focus on entire albums and greatest hits has been part of their touring success, and this year’s nine-night run at New York’s Beacon Theatre continues the tradition in the post-Walter Becker world.Wednesday night’s featured album was Countdown to Ecstasy, the Dan’s 1973 follow-up to the surprising success of their 1972 debut, Can’t Buy a Thrill. Sales expectations were initially high for Countdown, and so many copies were produced that discounted cutouts were available in record bins for most of the ‘70s. It was a fine effort that demonstrated a step forward from their pop-infused debut, but the album failed to produce the monster radio hits that the era demanded. Fortunately, Countdown has aged well, featuring familiar favorites such as “Bodhisattva” and “My Old School” alongside once-lesser tracks like “Pearl of the Quarter”, “The Boston Rag”, and “King of the World”, which have since emerged as standouts.Fagen and Becker once shuttled studio players in and out for specific riffs, but the current lineup of stellar musicians has remained steady for many years. Guitarist Jon Herrington and drummer Keith Carlock are joined by a four-piece horn section, three backup singers (including Catherine Russell, who’s a noted jazz singer in her own right), Jim Beard on keys and Freddie Washington on bass. Though not exactly Walter Becker’s replacement, the only new member of the band is Connor Kennedy, a superb young guitarist whom Fagen initially recruited for his Nightflyers band.In addition to the complete Countdown to Ecstasy, Wednesday’s show featured multiple selections from Aja, including “Black Cow”, “Josie”, “Peg”, and the title track. “Kid Charlemagne” from The Royal Scam and “Hey Nineteen” from Gaucho rounded out the evening.Upcoming shows through October 30th will spotlight Aja and Gaucho as well Fagen’s The Nightfly solo album. For more information on the upcoming Steely Dan shows at the Beacon, head here.You can check out a gallery of photos from the performance below via photographer Lou Montesano.Steely Dan | Beacon Theatre | New York, NY | 10/24/18 | Photos: Lou Montesanolast_img read more

Party in Richmond with the Anthem Richmond Marathon

first_imgRichmond loves a party. Street party, porch party, block party. Party on the James River. We love to celebrate, especially if it involves our active community. And there’s no better party than the one that takes place during the Anthem Richmond Marathon, Richmond Half Marathon, and VCU Health 8k every year along the scenic courses and finish festival at Brown’s Island on our downtown riverfront. And we’re celebrating a pretty big birthday, too, which is another reason to party. That’s right—this year the Richmond Marathon turns 40(!).When you #RunRichmond on November 11, you’ll find out why it’s often called ‘America’s Friendliest Marathon.’ From registration to race day, we aim to offer the best experience possible so you can crush your goals on the way to the finish line. The Marathon relies on the support of an energetic community that will inspire and encourage you. Hundreds of volunteers spend countless hours preparing for race weekend and supporting every athlete on race day. Thousands of spectators line the course, along with bands, DJs, and cheering groups (did we mention it’s a huge party?), all with the goal of making the Anthem Richmond Marathon weekend the best of the year.The Anthem Richmond Marathon course takes in some of Richmond’s most vibrant neighborhoods and includes scenic views of the James River. Relatively flat with a few rolling hills, it’s great for first timers or those looking for a new personal best. If you need an extra burst, we’ve got energy gels, junk food stops, and wet wash cloths! Hoping to qualify for Boston? We’ve got you covered there too. The Anthem Richmond Marathon was named one of the top 25 races for qualifying for Boston , and we’ve been known to give out a special gift to Boston qualifiers to celebrate the accomplishment!If you’re really into treating yourself (and who isn’t), the Run Richmond Premium Package adds a unique touch to your experience. Let us roll out the red carpet so you can run in style. The package includes indoor pre-race hospitality near the start line, special parking on race day, access to the invite-only party area at the finish festival, and an exclusive premium finisher item, among other amenities. Like we said…treat yourself!So you’re probably saying, “This huge party known as the Anthem Richmond Marathon sounds great. But what’s a party without gifts?” We have those too. Every runner gets a long-sleeve technical race shirt, and waiting for you at the end is a great finisher medal, hat, and fleece blanket, which is perfect for spreading out on Brown’s Island and enjoying some post-race food, live music, and Sierra Nevada beer at the finish festival.The 40th running of the Anthem Richmond Marathon on November 11 promises to be the best yet, so register now to secure your spot. Richmond is an incredibly special place with a vibrant culture that’s gaining national recognition, and we are excited to show you why!last_img read more

GBA to stage National U-16 and Open championships this month

first_imgTHE Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) will this month stage its National U-16 and National Open Championships at two venues in Georgetown.On November 18, Under-16 boxers will take to the `square jungle’ situated at the Andrew `Six Head’ Lewis’ Gym, Albouystown from 13:30hrs and it is anticipated that over 38 boxers from 10 gyms will compete for honours.From November 27 to 30, the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) will be looking to make a successful defence of their Open Champion Gym title which they have won for 15 consecutive years.This year’s activity will be held at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue from 19:00hrs each night with 10 bouts carded every night.Over 40 boxers from 10 gyms are expected to showcase their talent. Among the fighters expected to reassert their dominance in the amateur arena are GDF’s 2016 champions Jason Barker (heavyweight), Colin Lewis (junior welterweight), Clairmont Gibson (bantamweight), Markember Pierre (light heavyweight), Desmond Amsterdam (Guyana and Caribbean lightweight champion), as well as Joel Williamson of Rose Hall Jammers (lightweight) and Guyana Police Force’s Dennis Thomas (middleweight).last_img

LeoVegas upgrades listing to main Nasdaq Stockholm exchange

first_img StumbleUpon Share Gustaf HagmanEuropean online gambling group LeoVegas AB has announced that it has been approved to upgrade its share listing onto the main Nasdaq Stockholm market.The approval granted by Stockholm’s listing authority, sees LeoVegas upgrade its share listing from the mid-cap First North Premier to the main Nasdaq Stockholm Exchange.Updating investors, LeoVegas governance announced that it expects to end First North Premier trading on 2 February, with the online gambling firm targeting a Monday 5 February debut on the Nasdaq Stockholm Exchange.Ahead of its new listing, LeoVegas governance will publish a new corporate prospectus, outlining the firm’s strategic vision as a Nasdaq Stockholm enterprise.A pleased Gustaf Hagman, Group CEO of LeoVegas AB commented on the Nasdaq Stockholm approval“This change in the listing can be credited to a strong team effort by everyone at LeoVegas, and I want to take this opportunity to express extra praise to my team for the hard work they have done to bring this across the finish line.”“The change in listing strengthens the Group and gives us an even better quality seal in our communication and cooperation with authorities, licensors and partners. For institutional investors – both in Sweden but even more so abroad – we will become more accessible and attractive as a company. Today is a big day for LeoVegas and yet another step in our ongoing journey of growth.” Share Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Related Articles Esports Entertainment bolsters tournament capacity by acquiring EGL August 27, 2020 Submit Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020last_img read more

Doc Rivers: Now is not the time to judge L.A. Clippers season

first_imgCoach Doc Rivers’ Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night clinched a playoff spot for a franchise-record fourth consecutive season with a 119-98 victory at Philadelphia. A reporter wanted to know from Rivers what in his mind would be a real accomplishment for his team.Would it be a trip to the Western Conference finals for the first time in club history? Or …“We’ll figure that out at the end,” was Rivers’ response. “Right now, we just want to play. We respect our conference. Us and all the other seven teams that get in all want to win it.“If you don’t win it, then you have to figure out what an accomplished season is.” With that said, all Rivers is currently concerned with is his team’s continued improvement.“Just getting better,” said Rivers, whose team will next play at 3 p.m. today at Boston (on Prime Ticket). “Now it’s all about our actions on offense and defense. The second and third options have been our focus now for about two weeks.“In the playoffs, you don’t get your first option and if you do, it’s rare. You have to be able to run stuff with continuity no matter what the defense is doing. So that’s all we’ve been talking about.”The Clippers (48-25) have won six consecutive games. Getting consistent One of the knocks on the Clippers this season is that they have been inconsistent, whether from game-to-game or minute-to-minute. Chris Paul likes what he’s seeing in that department.“Yes, we talk about it all the time,” he said. “We’re trying to be more consistent, find the plays that we like, and most of all, be more consistent on defense.”Praise from 76ersPhiladelphia coach Brett Brown came away from Friday’s game very impressed by the Clippers, who also routed his team 127-91 on Jan. 3 at Staples Center.“They’re one of those teams that are rare,” Brown said. “They can post Blake (Griffin), throw lobs to DeAndre (Jordan), they can bring (J.J.) Redick off the pin-down and they have the killer in pick-and-rolls with Chris Paul.“So tonight was a great lesson and a great experience to play against a real team that is a few weeks away from going into the playoffs.”This and thatThe Celtics (32-40) will enter this game in eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings, good enough for the final playoff spot in the East. But the Brooklyn Nets were just a half-game back at 31-40, so Boston has plenty for which to play. … Point guard Isaiah Thomas has averaged 19.7 points and 5.0 assists since coming to the Celtics from Phoenix in mid-February. He recently missed eight games with back issues, but returned two games ago. … Small forward Jeff Green is averaging 15.1 points for Boston. … The Clippers defeated Boston 102-93 on Jan. 19 at Staples Center. … Clippers sixth-man Jamal Crawford (calf) has missed the past 12 games. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more