Make sure to check out the label’s launch party, which will take place at Cervantes’ in Denver on September 28th. Furthermore, Matador! Soul Sounds has paired this release with the announcement of a number of new tour dates following their upcoming European run. See below for the details on the group’s newly added performances. For more information, head to the band’s website.Matador! Soul Sounds Upcoming Tour Dates:7/12 @ Saint Paul Soul Jazz Festival – France7/19 @ Los Huesos De Portobello – Santandre, Spain7/20 @ Sala Biribay – Logrono, Spain7/21 @ Clamores Club – Madrid, Spain7/25 @ Ciclo Huerta De Las Delicias – Palenica, Spain7/27 @ Imagina Funk Festival – Torres-Torres, Spain9/26 @ Public House – Crested Butte, CO9/27 @ Shakedown Bar – Vail, CO9/28 @ Cervante’s Masterpiece Ballroom – Denver, CO9/29 @ The Old Town Pub – Steamboat Springs, CO9/30 @ Hodi’s Half Note – Fort Collins, CO10/4 @ Lost on Main – Chico, CA Matador! Soul Sounds has been taking the world by storm. Since debuting the project at Brooklyn Comes Alive in 2017, the powerhouse funk-soul-jazz-fusion act has kept themselves busy, releasing their debut album, Get Ready, in March and continually captivating audiences across the country. Today, Matador! Soul Sounds has big news for fans, releasing the debut video for their song, “Go On, Love” and announcing a number of fall tour dates in the United States.For those unfamiliar, the band features a dream lineup of virtuosic players including guitarist Eddie Roberts (The New Mastersounds), drummer Alan Evans (Soulive), keyboardist Chris Spies, and bassist Kevin Scott. With this powerful musical foundation at its core, the band is rounded out by two stunning vocalists, Kimberly Dawson (Pimps of Joytime) and Adryon de León (Orgone). The combination of these key players in the scene is explosive, and the group is rapidly earning critical acclaim both in the U.S. and abroad.With an ever-growing songbook, Kevin Scott explained to us why the band has so easily gelled together, “To write and record with these guys is so easy it’s scary. Everyone brings their own vibe to what they contribute to the song. Everyone has enough experience to know when to listen and when to contribute.”“Go On, Love” is one of the standout tracks from the band’s rapidly growing catalog of originals. Initially premiered on Live For Live Music in April, the track shows the group at its finest. Rife with hypnotic grooves and soulful vocal acrobatics, the song is a triumph, highlighting the broad range of the band’s musical prowess.As Alan Evans described, “This song is a perfect example of why I love this band so much. Everyone has such distinct personalities and voices that I could clearly feel and hear when I wrote the music for this song. I also knew Kim and Adryon would come up with the perfect melodic and lyrical content. I love this song, this band, and I know you will too!”“Al came through with a solid rhythm idea, and Kim and I ran with it. My personal favorite Matador recording to date!” elaborated Adryon de Leon.As for the new music video for Matador! Soul Sounds’ “Go On, Love”, the video finds the members of Matador! Soul Sounds performing in Color Red studios—Eddie Roberts’ recently launched multi-media platform and recording studio in his home of Denver, Colorado. The music video, produced and edited by J. Mimna Productions, showcases these exciting new facilities and depicts the band doing its thing in a stripped-down and authentic way.Eddie Roberts is clearly in a period of deeply creative momentum. In the past year he’s founded both Color Red and Matador! Soul Sounds. As he told us, “This song and video represent the coming together of many things for me. My new band, recording a new song, in my new studio, for my new label. This was the culmination of months of work and is the very first recording in Color Red Studios for Color Red Records. It also happens to be a beautiful song written by Alan, Kim, and Adryon!”Live For Live Music is proud to be a media partner for this video, which was officially premiered under Color Red’s banner. You can check out the new music video for Matador! Soul Sounds’ “Go On, Love” below.
In 2010, the Georgia 4-H Southwest District Program Development Coordinator, Laura Perry Johnson, established a collaboration with the AmeriCorps Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) program as a way to extend the capacity of 4-H youth programs and strengthen their impact in southwest Georgia. To date, more than 55 full-time VISTAs have dedicated a full year of service to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension’s 4-H program.“It warms my heart to see the success of the Georgia 4-H VISTA program!” said Johnson, now associate dean for Extension in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “We started this program during the depths of the recession to add much-needed capacity to our workforce in 4-H. Our VISTA service members have contributed greatly to building that capacity by recruiting volunteers, creating infrastructure, developing funds and much more.”Currently led by Georgia 4-H Volunteer Specialist Keri Hobbs, four full-time VISTAs and five summer associates serve Georgia 4-H across the state. At the close of 2019, VISTA members had collectively raised more than $611,000 in cash resources, developed more than $66,000 in non-cash resources and recruited more than 3,150 volunteers. “VISTA members selflessly give of their time and talents to develop systems and partners that ultimately benefit the youth of Georgia,” said Hobbs. “Due to the partnership of UGA Extension, Georgia 4-H and the Corporation of National and Community Service over the past 10 years, I’ve seen many county 4-H programs expand to serve new audiences, find and strengthen community partnerships and grow with diverse fundraising strategies. I’ve also seen VISTA members grow professional skills, enhance connections and develop personally.”Johnson says another bonus of the program is that it attracts a great talent pool for UGA Extension to recruit new employees.“After having worked with our organization for a year in the capacity of VISTA, we are always delighted to hire them into our permanent workforce when we can,” she said.Georgia 4-H has been awarded a grant with the Corporation for National and Community Service to provide five VISTA summer associates that will engage in direct service focusing on developing the healthy habits in youth programming and assisting with local food insecurities. Summer associates are currently being recruited to serve from June 5 to July 30 in Clayton, Emanuel, Fulton, Jackson and Seminole county Extension programs. The deadline to apply for one of these positions is May 4, 2020. In addition, a full-term year-round VISTA is being recruited to serve Jackson County Extension with an application deadline of April 14, 2020. More information can be found at georgia4h.org/get-involved/vista.“The Georgia 4-H VISTA program has surpassed even my ambitious expectations! I am grateful for the partnership with the Corporation of National and Community Service and look forward to a continued relationship with the AmeriCorps VISTA program,” said Johnson.Georgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 242,000 people annually through the UGA Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit georgia4h.org or contact your local Extension office.
Feb 9, 2009Vietnam and Egypt report H5N1 poultry outbreaksVietnam today confirmed H5N1 outbreaks in poultry in another province, Hau Giang in the Mekong Delta, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) reported. The outbreak involved about 400 unvaccinated ducks and brings the number of provinces recently reporting the virus to five. Meanwhile, Egyptian veterinary officials reported that the virus struck more locations, according to a Feb 5 report posted on the Web site of Egypt-based Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR), including Behera, Helwan, and Fayoum governorates. In addition, laboratory officials are testing samples from a Sharkiya governorate location where several suspicious bird deaths were reported.[Feb 9 DPA story]Hong Kong finds H5N1 in more dead birdsMore dead birds found around Hong Kong have tested positive for the H5N1 virus, according to a Feb 7 statement from Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department (AFCD). They include a grey heron from Mai Po Nature Reserve, a peregrine falcon found near Long Beach Gardens, a chicken found on Butterfly Beach, and three chickens and a duck collected on Lantau Island.[Feb 7 AFCD press release]Senate negotiators strip pandemic funding from stimulus billBipartisan work on the Senate’s version of the economic stimulus bill on Feb 6 cut $870 million in pandemic planning provisions from the list of spending proposals, according to a report yesterday from Congressional Quarterly (CQ) Today. Critics questioned whether or not increasing the nation’s pandemic vaccine stockpile would crease more jobs. The House stimulus bill allocates $900 for pandemic flu funding. After the Senate passes its version, a conference will meet to resolve differences between the two bills.Security lapses reportedly sideline select agent work at Army’s biodefense labFederal officials suspended work on biological select agents at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Frederick, Md., on Feb 6 after identifying problems with the system the lab uses to monitor its inventories of high-risk biological materials, Wired reported today. The lab housed the work of the late Bruce E. Ivins, whom federal officials believe played a role in the 2001 anthrax attacks. The Wired report is based on an internal memo obtained by ScienceInsider blog.[Feb 9 Wired story]Listeria concerns prompt recallsTwo companies recently issued recall notices because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination, though no illnesses were reported. Alaska Sausage Company recalled 872 pounds of sausage links with reindeer meat and bratwurst, according to a Feb 6 press release from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Meanwhile, agriculture officials in New York warned consumers not to eat 14-oz packages of Queso Fresco made by Peregrina Cheese Corp, based in Brooklyn, NY, according to a Feb 4 press release from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The company is holding most of the cheese, but a small quantity was released for retail sale.[Feb 6 USDA press release][Feb 4 FDA press release]
When players of the Wisconsin women’s basketball team prepared to meet their new head coach, Bobbie Kelsey, for the first time last April, no one knew what to expect from her or the season.Kelsey convened a meeting in the team’s locker room a day before the appointment was made public and sat the team down in a circle. Kelsey let the Badgers know where she stood and then allowed the team to ask her some questions of their own.“I just expected them to really be open to new ideas and new challenges that we will bring as a new staff and new coach,” Kelsey said. “I wanted them to give us a chance to help them get better.”For senior captain Anya Covington and sophomore Morgan Paige, one of Kelsey’s lines that day really stuck out.“I mean the first thing she said was that ‘You’re my players; I didn’t recruit you, but you’re my players,’” Covington said. “That means a lot because some coaches come into a situation and they wait four years until they get their players in, so that’s what you want to hear.”“It was really reassuring to know that she did care about each and every single one of us,” Paige said. “Obviously she hasn’t had time to bring her recruits in, but she let us know that we were her players as well, so that was really cool.”Kelsey – hired by Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez – replaced former head coach Lisa Stone, who in eight years at the helm for the Badgers amassed just a 128-119 record with only one NCAA tournament appearance.In just a year working with Stone’s former players, Kelsey did not bring the winning results she has been accustomed to her entire career. With just a 9-19 record overall and a 5-11 record in conference play heading into the Big Ten Tournament, the Badgers endured a season of growing pains in the transition of a new aggressive philosophy and style brought to the program by Kelsey.For Kelsey, a coach who embodies competitiveness in its strongest form and boasts a career of success as an assistant coach and player, it was a struggle to accept the players were unlike the ones she left and recruited at Stanford.“It was a challenge with these players because you always think, ‘Why aren’t you aggressive?’” Kelsey said. “But again, everyone’s different. As a group, they are great players and great people, but they’re not aggressive as a group. I had to stop asking why and just accept it and get out of them what I could. That’s not to say they’re bad people and don’t want to be aggressive, but your personality is who you are. It’s either there or it’s not.”However, Kelsey may have developed that aggressiveness in some of her players. After the Badgers lost their top three scorers from a season ago to graduation, the returning roster for Wisconsin has seen some dramatic scoring improvements.Taylor Wurtz averaged just 8.3 points per game a year ago and now averages over 16, helping pace the junior to a third team all-Big Ten selection. Covington and Paige improved considerably under Kelsey as well, as both starters improved their scoring averages by almost six and seven points each from the previous year.Kelsey also had to address the challenge of inheriting a team without a true point guard. In Kelsey’s system, a natural point guard is essential. Kelsey was able to address the problem and give her offense life in the form of senior guard Jade Davis.Davis, a guard who was used primarily as a shooting guard in her Badger career, was suddenly thrust into the role of floor general this year. Although at times the senior struggled, she exemplified leadership and tenacity in adapting to a position she had previously never played.Even though Davis was not a prototypical point guard in a Kelsey system, the head coach only has praise for her senior.“Jade has done a fantastic job,” Kelsey said. “Without her – not to knock anyone else on the team – but she was the only one who could get us into things consistently. Without her, it would have been much worse. I’ve told her that throughout the year, but I just want to reiterate how much she’s grown.”It was a sentiment that was reflected by Paige.“We let [Davis] know that we had all our faith in her and that she could do it,” Paige said. “At the end of the day, we live and die with her at the point. After she embraced that role, she really blossomed at the point, and she’s been a really vocal leader as well, getting us into sets. She’s really shown her maturity.”While the Badgers will graduate Covington, Davis and forward Ashley Thomas at the end of the season, there will most likely be no storybook ending for the Badgers in the Big Ten Tournament. Covington offered a bigger perspective for life and the program’s future.“That’s the beauty of life and the beauty of basketball,” Covington said. “You have to have growing pains to reach where you’re trying to go. There is no good story that didn’t have any tragedy or any pain or anything else. I mean, what’s the point of telling a story that’s all fluff? It’s been a harder year than some could expect, but it’s also been a rewarding year. We worked hard regardless of the record.”
The Black Stars of Ghana will play guest to Turkey in an International friendly at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in İstanbul on August 14.Ghana had been struggling to find an opponent for the August FIFA day of International friendlies but will now face Turkey thanks to the cancellation of a pre-arranged game between the Turks and Uzbekistan.Excerpts of a statement on the Turkish Football Federation website confirms a date with the Black Stars who will be using the friendly as a preparation for the September round of World Cup Qualifiers at home to Zambia.“Turkish A National Team’s friendly game against Uzbekistan on 14 August was canceled after unexpected weather conditions and namely extreme heat in Uzbekistan and Uzbekistan Football Federation also mentioned by a letter that they couldn’t provide the full requirements.After this; Turkey, coached by Abdullah Avcı, will face Ghana in a friendly game on 14 August 2013 Wednesday at 21.30 (19.30 GMT) with Turkish local time in Atatürk Olympic Stadium, İstanbul, Turkey,” the statement read.