On Monday night, Jack White made his way to Seattle, Washington, for a performance at the WaMu Theater. During the show, White paid homage to one of Seattle’s most beloved exports, Pearl Jam, closing the circle on a series of homages between himself and the ’90s grunge-rock heroes.Last week, during Pearl Jam‘s first of two “Home Shows” at Seattle’s Safeco in Seattle, Eddie Vedder delivered an acoustic rendition of The White Stripes‘ “We’re Going To Be Friends”. The song was dedicated to teachers and the band members’ children, with Vedder’s daughters joining the band on stage along with two of their teachers who wore Seattle Mariners jerseys with the name “VEDDER” emblazoned on the back. When Jack White and his new-look touring band made their way to Seattle, White included a cover of Pearl Jam’s “Daughter”, returning the favor in the band’s hometown.You can listen to an audience audio recording of Jack White’s Pearl Jam cover in Seattle below via YouTube user Vurs Wahflez:Jack White – “Daughter” [Pearl Jam cover][Audio: mfc172]Earlier this summer, Jack White and Pearl Jam shared the stage at Lisbon, Portugal’s NOS Alive Festival. Pearl Jam closed out the day’s festivities following White and his band’s performance. During Pearl Jam’s encore rendition of “Porch”, the band referenced White’s performance with teases of “Seven Nation Army”, foreshadowing what was to come. Finally, to close their set, Pearl Jam welcomed White himself to the stage for a rendition of Neil Young‘s “Rockin’ In The Free World”. Watch the onstage collaboration below:Pearl Jam w/ Jack White – “Rockin’ In The Free World” [Neil Young cover][Video: XTV Podcast]For a full list of Jack White’s upcoming tour dates, head to his website. Pearl Jam is set to close their brief summer run later with a pair of two-night runs in Boston and Chicago. For more information, head here.[H/T Consequence of Sound]
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Theatre of Living Arts | Philadelphia, PA | 11/17/2018 | Photo: Brady Cooling Pigeons Playing Ping Pong returned to Philadelphia last Friday and Saturday for two sold-out shows at The City of Brotherly Love’s Theatre of Living Arts. Consisting of guitarists Jeremy Schon and Greg Ormont, bassist Ben Carrey, and drummer Alex Petropulos, PPPP brought the funk all weekend, dazzling Philly with their entertaining theatrics and high-octane jams. With Pigeons’ dedicated fanbase, “The Flock,” showing up strong, it’s logical that Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will move onto Philadelphia’s The Fillmore the next time they return to town.On Friday night, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong kicked off their first set with “Too Long” and “Somethin’ For Ya” before working through a jam-heavy sandwich of “Time To Ride”/”Kiwi” sandwich. Schon and Ormont flexed some impressive interplay on their PRS guitars, buoyed by Carrey and Pretropulos holding down the steady rhythm section. The four-piece then worked their way through “Overrun”, followed by an impressive cocktail of “Melting Lights”, “Havana” and “Ghostbusters”. “Doc” brought the first set to a close, with Schon firing off on all cylinders.Following a brief set break, Pigeons came back out to open up the second set with “Porcupine” before charging head-first into “Burning Up My Time”. Ormont does an amazing job at captivating his crowd, regardless of the size or venue, and he shined brightly on lead vocals all weekend long. PPPP continued to push forward, offering up a hefty take on “Condenser”, “Su Casa”, back into “Condenser”, with the latter left unfinished. Following “The Hop”, “F.U.”, and “Drunk People”, PPPP invited up vocalist Haley Jane to lend a helping hand on “Love Fool” before moving back into “Drunk People”. Fan-favorite “Penguins” followed, before Pigeons brought the second set to a close with “Funkijam”, “Upfunk”, and “The Liquid”. “Avalanche” served as Friday night’s encore, with Pigeons asserting that there was plenty of gas left in the tank for Saturday night.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – 11/16/2018With a rowdy crowd begging for more, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong opened up their Saturday show with “Totally” before moving into fan-favorites ” Bad For You”, “Julia”, and “Whoopie”. “Snake Eyes” was next, before PPPP dove into Lion King classic “Just Can’t Wait To Be King”, from their Disney-themed New Year’s Eve show last year. The quartet delivered a serious take on “Lightning” next, before bringing the first set to a close with “Ocean Flows”.Pigeons came back out to open up their second set with “Walk Outside”, before delivering a noteworthy rendition of “Henrietta”. With Petropulos laying down the foundation behind the kit, Schon took off with a scorching guitar solo as Ormont followed closely with the perfect rhythmic riff. An improv-heavy take on “Offshoot” into “Around The World” followed, before the band worked their way into “Funk E Zekiel” paired with “Drums”. Alex “Gator” Petropulos has been crushing the game ever since joining Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and on Saturday night he ripped up his drum solo, with the faithful “Flock” cheering him on. The band reemerged for “Dawn A New Day” before bringing the second set to a close with “Horizon” into “King Kong”. “Shwanthem” served as Saturday night’s encore, as Pigeons showered their crowd with their psychedelic funk one last time.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – 11/17/2018Below, you can check out a beautiful gallery of photos from the shows courtesy of photographer Brady Cooling.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong head to their hometown of Baltimore, MD this weekend for a two-night run at Rams Head Live!. Tickets are still available here for Pigeons’ Friday show, and here for tickets to their Saturday show.For more information on Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to their website here.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Theatre of Living Arts | Philadelphia, PA | 11/16/2018Set One: Too Long, Somethin’ For Ya > Time To Ride > Kiwi > Time To Ride, Overrun, Melting Lights > Havana > Ghostbusters, DocSet Two: Porcupine, Burning Up My Time > Condenser > Su Casa > Condenser^ > The Hop > F.U., Drunk People > Lovefool* > Drunk People, Penguins > Funkijam > Upfunk, The LiquidEncore: AvalancheNotes:^ unfinished* w/ Hayley Jane on vocals; last time played 9/25/2016Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Theatre of Living Arts | Philadelphia, PA | 11/17/2018Set One: Totally, Bad For You, Julia, Whoopie, Snake Eyes, Just Can’t Wait To Be King, Lightning, Ocean FlowsSet Two: Walk Outside, Henrietta > Offshoot > Around The World > Funk E Zekiel > Drums > Funk E Zekiel, Dawn A New Day, Horizon > King KongEncore: Schwanthem Load remaining images
In a thrilling turn of events on Monday, Grateful Dead tribute powerhouse Joe Russo’s Almost Dead announced bassist Dave Dreiwitz would indeed be joining them for a number of shows scheduled for the coming year. The statement shared by the band follows the initial announcement that Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge would be filling in for Dreiwitz for four shows in February 2019.The 2019 performances, which Burbridge was initially scheduled to replace Dreiwitz, include shows at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA (2/14); The Pageant in St. Louis, MO (2/15-2/16); And The Sylvee in Madison, WI (2/17). Tickets already purchased for these four shows, which will now feature the usual JRAD lineup of Joe Russo, Tom Hamilton, Scott Metzger, Marco Benevento, and Dave Dreiwitz, remain valid for fans who purchased them with Burbridge under the initial billing. The band did not name any specific reasoning to Dreiwitz’s return to the lineup for the upcoming shows, aside from his schedule presumably now allowing for his participation in the run of winter performances.Dreiwitz spent this past weekend playing with his Ween bandmates at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, where the rock band welcomed fans for a three-night run at the historic venue beginning on Friday night.JRAD also announced late last week that they will be one of the featured headlining performers at The Peach Festival in Scranton, Pennsylvania next summer. The band’s 2019 tour schedule will see them making notable stops at Mardi Gras World during the first weekend of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in late April, and Colorado’s Red Rocks Ampitheatre on August 29th, just to name a few.Burbridge is currently scheduled to host a run of New Year’s Eve performances as Oteil & Friends at The Capitol Theatre on December 27th and 29th, followed by a show at New York City’s Brooklyn Bowl on December 30th and 31st with special guests Jen Hartswick and Natalie Cressman. Tickets for the upcoming shows can be purchased via his website.
The lights went down and the unmistakable sound of Roger McGuinn’s 12-string Rickenbacker filled the intimate space known simply as the Concert Hall in New York City. McGuinn emerged from backstage, strumming the opening chords of “My Back Pages.”Following up on the successful 50th anniversary Sweetheart of the Rodeo tour, McGuinn’s solo show celebrates not only his own rich musical legacy but the history of American folk rock. “I’d like to take you through my own back pages,” he said, sitting down and trading in the Rickenbacker for his six-string Martin acoustic. First up were the songs from his Sweetheart album—“Nothing Was Delivered,” “Pretty Boy Floyd” and “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere.”Originally from Chicago, McGuinn, born James (he changed his name to Roger at the suggestion of an Eastern mystic to invite better karma), began recording with major folk acts at the age of 17. He traveled to Los Angeles and later to New York, arriving in Greenwich Village a year before Bob Dylan. His tales of the early days on the folk scene with the likes of Dave Van Ronk and Joan Baez might have been familiar to his loyal fans, but more surprising were his stories about backing Bobby Darin in Las Vegas and an aborted television career on “Petticoat Junction.”Back in LA, McGuinn made a musical connection with Gene Clark. David Crosby was allowed to join them because he had access to a recording studio. The trio added Michael Clarke to play drums despite his limited experience and lack of a drum kit, then recruited Chris Hillman, a highly regarded bluegrass musician, to play bass. Columbia Records asked them to produce a single before agreeing to release an entire album. “We knew we had to do come up with something great,” McGuinn explained. “We weren’t sure any of our songs were quite right, then someone told us about an unreleased Bob Dylan tune.” Adding a lively beat and high harmonies, “Mr. Tambourine Man” became an international hit for a band called The Byrds.Pete Seeger’s “Turn! Turn! Turn!” was another monster hit, and suddenly The Byrds were being billed as “America’s Answer to The Beatles.” They toured England and when flying home wrote the song “Eight Miles High”, which generated controversy here in the States as being about drugs.McGuinn opened the second set with “So You Wanna Be a Rock n Roll Star” and talked at length about Tom Petty. “I loved the songs Tom wrote and the way he played our songs.” As a tribute, McGuinn performed “American Girl”, recalling the days when he toured with The Heartbreakers in 1987. McGuinn also covered “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” and told how Dylan penned the first few lines of what became “The Ballad of Easy Rider”. “Give this McGuinn,” Dylan supposedly said. “He’ll know what to do with it.”McGuinn restricts all photography, including press coverage, to his encore. It’s a refreshing policy, eliminating people holding up cell phones that are distracting to the artist and to audience members. His three-song encore included Gene Clark’s classic “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better”, The Byrds’ cover of Dylan’s “Chimes of Freedom”, and an acoustic original based on the Irish blessing “May the Road Rise Up to Meet You.”The Concert Hall is one of Manhattan’s finest performance spaces, a church-like meeting space that’s part of the New York Society for Ethical Culture. It was the perfect setting for reliving a bit of ‘60s idealism through the music of one of that decade’s notable contributors.Check out a gallery of photos below from the show courtesy of photographer Lou Montesano.Roger McGuinn | Concert Hall | New York, NY | 4/27/2019 | Photos: Lou Montesano Load remaining images
Famed rock photographer Jay Blakesberg has announced his latest project in the form of a hardcover photobook which will give Grateful Dead fans a unique look at late guitarist Jerry Garcia.Titled JERRY GARCIA – SECRET SPACE OF DREAMS, the forthcoming book will include 208-pages filled with black-and-white photos captured by Blakesberg over the years, from 1978 until Garcia’s death in 1995. In addition to featuring photographs of the Dead’s beloved guitarist, SECRET SPACE OF DREAMS will also include essays penned by Dead & Company guitarist John Mayer, Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools, SiriusXM‘s Tales from the Golden Road co-host David Gans, and Jerry’s daughter Trixie Garcia.Related: Chris Robinson Brotherhood Recruits Jay Blakesberg To Direct New Video For “Chauffeur’s Daughter”According to the announcement shared by Blakesberg over the weekend, the book is currently in its final stages of production and is scheduled to head to the printer in the coming weeks. 175 fans will also get the chance to pre-order a limited-edition version of the book which comes with a custom clamshell box and a signed/numbered 8×10 photo of Garcia (signed by Blakesberg), in addition to autographs from Mayer, Schools, Gans, and Trixie Garcia.Blakesberg didn’t reveal the specific date on which his new book will arrive via Rockout Books, but fans who pre-order a copy should expect for it to ship out “around” September 15th. Until then, Deadheads and photography fans in the Los Angeles area can catch Blakesberg’s next scheduled photographic exhibit when his free Between The Dark and Light slideshow and storytelling event takes place at West Hollywood, CA’s Sunset Marquis Bar 1200 on Sunday, June 2nd.Fans can pre-order the forthcoming photo book for a manageable $60 here.
Television shows such as House promote the idea that, to be great, a doctor simply needs to be brilliant.But surgeon Atul Gawande, who teaches at Harvard Medical School, says medicine today is so complex that even the sharpest doctors can no longer keep everything they need to know in their heads.As a result, patients don’t always get the care they need…Read more here (USA Today)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Earthwatch Institute, a leading international nonprofit environmental organization, will move its world headquarters to the Allston neighborhood of Boston this spring, Harvard University announced today (March 24).Earthwatch, an organization committed to scientific research and environmental education, has a staff of approximately 50 and will occupy 15,000 square feet of Harvard-owned property at 114 Western Ave. that once served as the headquarters of WGBH media. The move is scheduled for April 26.To celebrate its arrival in the community, Earthwatch will offer three fellowships for Allston/Brighton public school teachers, who will be able to join one of its research expeditions to advance public understanding of science and the changing environment. Earthwatch also envisions lectures, open houses, and other forms of outreach to neighboring communities starting in June.The lease agreement between Harvard and Earthwatch highlights the University’s continuing stewardship of its properties and active engagement with the Allston community.Last December, President Drew Faust said Harvard would focus on “aggressive and effective leasing of vacant or partially vacant Harvard properties, and community engagement,” in an effort to improve neighborhood vitality.Earlier this year, Harvard opened a free, temporary indoor ice rink in a formerly vacant Allston property that has resulted in more than 2,000 visits in less than two months. Harvard continues to market available properties aggressively, seeking tenants that can enliven the community through new services or public programming.“In Earthwatch, we’ve found an organization that will be an important presence in Allston and an exciting addition to the growing green jobs sector in Boston,” said Katie Lapp, Harvard’s executive vice president. “Earthwatch is a respected, research-based organization with an interest in building stronger ties with Harvard, Allston, and Boston. We’re delighted to be the catalyst for their move.”“The need for objective science-based information about our world has never been greater, and we are poised to develop and deliver practical, sensible solutions that work and connect individuals to help make a difference,” said Ed Wilson, CEO and president of Earthwatch.“We see our move to across the street from Harvard Business School and into the hub of Boston as critical to our ability to expand our reach to citizens and scientists. We look forward to new partnerships with Boston businesses, schools, and organizations invested in the conservation of our environment,” Wilson said.A pioneer of citizen science, Earthwatch is one of the world’s largest private funders of research expeditions, with a portfolio of nearly 100 projects in 40 countries that focuses on four priorities: preservation of water and the oceans, understanding the impacts of climate change, conservation of ecosystem services, and protection of cultural heritage. Earthwatch works with employee teams representing more than 30 Fortune 500 companies and has earned a reputation for engaging citizens of all ages in scientific research, especially teachers and students in education programs designed to improve math and science literacy.“Anytime Harvard finds tenants for its properties that are vacant or partially filled, it’s an encouraging sign. Harvard has made it clear that filling these buildings with viable tenants is a priority, so it’s good to see them continuing on that track,” said Paul Berkeley, chairman of the Allston Civic Association and a Harvard Allston Task Force member. “Bringing Earthwatch to this neighborhood not only fills a vacancy, it brings a notable environmental organization to Allston that could also provide programming that can serve this neighborhood.”The move to Allston completes the first phase of Earthwatch’s strategic plan to expand the reach of its international research and environmental education programs over the next decade.It is also the latest chapter in a series of Harvard connections that began in 1972, when Earthwatch founder Brian Rosborough was called to support the eclipse expeditions of Harvard solar astronomer Donald Menzel in Nova Scotia and Mauritania. That expedition launched Earthwatch’s unique approach to social venture capital. Since then, nine Harvard scientists, including noted biologist E.O. Wilson, have served as science advisers. More than a dozen Harvard scientists have been principal investigators for Earthwatch since its founding.Earthwatch will host open houses in the new Allston headquarters in June to introduce itself to its Allston and Harvard neighbors, as it explores ways to strengthen its local ties and engage the surrounding community in its mission.For more information on Earthwatch and its Harvard connections.
John D. Black Professor Forest L. Reinhardt and Assistant Professor Michael W. Toffel, both of Harvard Business School, have won the 2009 D. Alfred N. and Lynn Manos Page Prize for sustainability issues in business curricula.Reinhardt and Toffel were recognized for their second-year M.B.A. elective “Business and the Environment,” which focuses on identifying and following through on opportunities to create business value from environmental and sustainability issues.
Read Full Story Today, Accel Partners, Breyer Capital, and Polaris Venture Partners join New Enterprise Associates (NEA) as partners of The Experiment Fund (www.Xfund.com), a seed-stage venture capital fund anchored at Harvard and designed to cultivate innovation and bold experimentation in the Boston area.Also announced today are several new advisers to the fund, including former Harvard Law School professor and former director of the Berkman Center John Palfrey, Facebook co-founder Andrew McCollum, noted entrepreneur and MIT researcher Hugo Liu, and an ex-officio post created for the president of Harvard Student Agencies.Launched by Cherry A. Murray, dean of Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) in January 2012, The Experiment Fund will increase its fund size to further its mission to seek out and support the best engineers, entrepreneurs and designers starting their companies and careers in Cambridge, Mass.
What is the future of the newspaper industry? Brian McGrory, editor of The Boston Globe, offered key insights and predictions at the Shorenstein Center on Tuesday. While the news business has changed dramatically in recent years, there are positive signs for the future, he said.McGrory started off by admitting that he has “absolutely no idea” what the future of newspapers will be, but he added that “anyone who tells you they know is either lying to themselves or lying to you.” In 2005–06, the newspaper industry enjoyed its most profitable era, McGrory recalled, with millions of dollars in advertising revenue pouring in.Yet in 2008–09, The New York Times’ stock fell, and by 2012, revenue was less than half of what it was six years earlier. “It is a swift moving tide that has affected this industry,” McGrory said, “so to try to predict where it will be five years from now is foolish.”However, McGrory also added that while “circulation has plummeted,” the number of online readers is promising. Even on a slow news day, he said, there are “more readers of Boston Globe journalism now than we have ever had in the history of the paper.” This means that while the “business model is definitely broken…the journalism model is not.”Listen to the audio on SoundCloud Read Full Story