Over the last couple of weeks, the Newport Folk Festival has been rolling out all sorts of exciting acts to the already-sold-out 2016 installment. Of the latest is Del & Dawg, better known as bluegrass/newgrass professionals Del McCoury and David Grisman, as well as New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The July 22-24 event is occupying Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island for a weekend of folk-inspired musical bliss.Watch Roger Waters’ Unbelievable Newport Folk Festival Set With My Morning JacketThe lineup thus far is seriously impressive, including the triumphant return of Flight Of The Conchords, alongside national acts like Father John Misty, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and Norah Jones, as well as St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Ray LaMontagne, Raury, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and plenty of others. There are still announcements for all three days yet to be made, so stay tuned on the return of another great Newport Folk Festival!More information on the festival’s website. Newport Folk Festival 2016 LineupFriday, July 22Flight Of The Conchords, Ray LaMontagne, case/lang/veirs, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, The Staves, Fruit Bats, RaurySaturday, July 23Norah Jones, Father John Misty, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Del & Dawg, Dave Simonett & Dave Carroll, Amy Helm, Songhoy Blues, Rayland Baxter, Ruby AmanfuSunday, July 24Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Glen Hansard, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Oh Hellos, Villagers, Son Little, Julien Baker, Joan Shelley[H/T JamBase]
On Tuesday, HBO premiered the teaser trailer for their upcoming David Bowie documentary, David Bowie: The Last Five Years, which focuses on the particularly fertile years of creativity leading up to his death on January 10th, 2016 following a largely secret 18-month battle with liver cancer. The film will premiere on HBO and its various mobile platforms on January 8th, the day on which the iconoclastic artist would have turned 71 years old.However, while Bowie was battling cancer, and in the years right before his diagnosis, he had ramped up his creative production considerably. In his last five years on Earth, Bowie released two albums, The Next Day and Blackstar (released just days before his death, featuring eerily prophetic themes about death and the after-life) as well as oversaw the creation his stage musical, Lazarus. HBO acquired the U.S. rights to the documentary from the BBC.In the newly released teaser trailer, you can hear Bowie speak about the concept of creativity and his approach to exploring it. As he explains, “Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in and when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.”You can watch the new trailer for David Bowie: The Last Five Years, below, courtesy of Billboard:David Bowie: The Last Five Years, directed and produced by Francis Whately, follows Whately’s 2013 documentary, David Bowie: Five Years which covered Bowie’s career from 1970 to 1975 in addition to taking its title from the opening song on Bowie’s 1972 classic, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.For further information about the soon-to-be-released new David Bowie documentary on HBO, or to set a reminder about its release date, head to the network’s website.[h/t – Billboard]
I’ve been meaning to pay a visit to NoDa Brewing for a couple of years now, but could never seem to make it to the Charlotte, NC, brewery in person.They have a small, 15-barrel brew house that’s been gaining a lot of attention for their weekly one-off experimental brews and wicked-good IPA’s. Finally, like a dream come true, NoDa Brewing came to me. Sort of.I was in my local beer shop and found a four pack of Hop, Drop ‘n Roll — NoDa’s flagship IPA that’s getting ridiculously good views.I bought a four pack of tall boys and worked my way through them fast, enjoying the citrusy hop bomb that NoDa has created.Hop Drop ‘n Roll is one of the better examples of an IPA you can find in the South, coming out of a tiny, hyper-local brewery that most of us living outside of their small distribution area wouldn’t be able to experience if it weren’t for one of the greatest inventions of modern time: The mobile canning system.Imagine a van that drives around the country, visiting small breweries who make amazing beer, like NoDa, but don’t have the space or capital to buy a canning line of their own. The van pulls up with the canning line in tow, and “Bob’s your uncle”—that tiny brewery gets to can a small batch of their beer. Asheville’s Pisgah Brewing got to can a run of their uber-popular Pisgah Pale thanks to a mobile canning system. Devils Backbone, Hardywood Park, and Wild Wolf have all used mobile canning systems in the past. Even tiny nano-breweries working on two-barrel systems have been able to get in on the caning action because of these mobile canning systems.The breweries are still hyper local, and their distribution is still small, but with one-off canning runs, they have a chance to get their beer into the hands of more people. People like you and people like me. So keep an eye out for unfamiliar labels in your local beer shop: The cans are coming.
This weekend, the University of Wisconsin volleyball team will travel to Iowa and Nebraska to take on the Hawkeyes on Friday and No. 14 Nebraska on Saturday.The No. 7 Wisconsin volleyball team experienced the intensity of the Big Ten in their first conference match of the season, falling to an experienced Michigan State in five sets.During the fifth set, the Badgers were down 9-3, but came back to make the score 13-14 before the Spartans stopped the Badger block and got a kill to end the marathon match.Wisconsin also took on 20th ranked University of Michigan last weekend and swept them in three sets. When anything could happen on any given night, teams need the ability to play in the moment, which is what the Badgers did against the Wolverines.When teams start to focus on past games or games down the road, it becomes even more difficult to win in what is already considered to be the best volleyball conference in the country.After several off years, the Hawkeyes (12-3,1-1 Big Ten) are back to compete in the Big Ten. Opening weekend, they traveled to New Jersey, swept Rutgers and then faced Penn State. For the first time since 2012, the Hawkeyes stole a set from the Nittany Lions. This is a feat in itself, and to do it on the road is even more impressive, showing the team’s increased depth in recent years. As the season has progressed, Iowa’s players have continued to step up their game and help their team earn wins.Although No. 8 Nebraska has lost some key players that contributed to the Husker’s previous success, they remain capable of showing consistency. They have Kelly Hunter who is an experienced setter, as well as outside hitter Annika Albrecht, named American Volleyball Coaches Association player of the week. The Huskers are balanced with their great offensive strength that extends to the team in general.The Huskers (9-3, 3-0 Big Ten) in the Big Ten play in the Bob Devaney Sports Center, which holds nearly 8,000 fans at capacity, placing Nebraska as one of the nation’s top attendance leaders. Facing Nebraska seems to always challenges teams, and Wisconsin will not be an exception.The conference season is just beginning and it will be interesting to see how the Badgers fare against two talented teams on the road.