Dangermuffin Rocks Club Cafe, 8/19

first_imgAn unlikely trio of two guitars and drums, Dangermuffin from Folly Beach, SC is unquestionably one of the most unique sounding three-pieces touring today. Their ability to blend and bend musical genres together make them a bit of a chameleon, but make no doubt about it, they own whatever they do, whether it be playing a bluegrass number or pumping out heavy rock riffs with smashing drum explosions.On Tuesday night, a small but enthused crowd nestled into Club Cafe on the South Side of Pittsburgh, PA for a most memorable performance. Dan Lotti, the band’s chief vocalist and “bass” player (he plays bass on an acoustic guitar) warmly greeted the crowd with a “Happy Tuesday,” and after exchanging some pleasantries with the front row, Dangermuffin was off and running.The band’s southern rock sensibilites, spearheaded by guitar player Mike Sivilli, mixed with the complex textures of drummer Steven Sandifer make you feel as if you’re at the beach and digging your toes into the sand; as if you’re floating down the lazy river at your favorite waterpark. The music has a flow and sway to it that one can’t help but tap their toe or nod their head to the rhythm. Dangermuffin mixed in several new compositions, which will be featured on their forthcoming album, as well as a number of staples like “Sea Funk,” “Cradle Of The Beach,” “Homestead,” “Moonscapes,” and “Slumber.” Along with their great original compositions, what has always impressed me about Dangermuffin is their exceptional execution of cover songs. The band tackled David Essex‘s “Rock On,” and yes, it was as cool and smooth as when Essex sung it. Lotti was born to sing “Hey shout, summertime blues, jump up and down in my blue suede shoes.”It didn’t stop there, as the band would delight the crowd to (electric) covers of Pink Floyd‘s “Breathe” and the Grateful Dead‘s “Scarlet Begonias.” What I appreciate most about ‘Muffin’s repetoire of covers are their earnesty. They don’t try to be Floyd or the Dead or whomever else they decide to cover. They take those great compositions and make it work for them. They play those songs as if they were their own. It is extremely refreshing to hear those songs being played in a way that doesn’t try to 100% emulate those great bands.After appropriately wrapping up their electric set with “Lawman” with lyrics of “Don’t go and break the rules if you’re a lawman, Be sure to stop at each stop sign ‘Cause when you break the laws that you push, man, How can you go on, keep the time for us,” I could not help but think of the events going on in Ferguson, MO. It was a nice gesture by the band to show their support.The night wasn’t quite over yet, because the band strapped on their acoustic guitars, with Sandifer grabbing his upright bass, and came down in front of the stage to perform unplugged, literally. This essentially turned the last 10 minutes of the show into a sing-along, with band and crowd trading lyrics back and forth. It was quite special.The band played a sweet bluegrass diddy entitled “The Rising Souls,” a song that will be featured on their new album, and then the highlight of my night, a sensational cover of Old & In The Way‘s “Midnight Moonlight” (audio below). Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, and after pleas from the crowd to play one more song, Dangermuffin indulged the pack of concertgoers to the Dead’s “Friend Of The Devil.” For those that were in attendance, the night certainly ended as a Happy Tuesday.last_img read more

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UPS Driver Saves Emaciated Great Dane

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis past January, UPS Driver Gavin Crowsley was making a delivery on his Indiana route when he spotted a large-breed, emaciated dog with no food, no water, no shelter, and tied to a short chain.“I could see every bone in his body,” said Crowsley. “He was just lying on the ground. I knew if that dog didn’t die from starvation, he was going to die from the weather. I just couldn’t leave him there.” Within hours after calling the Clay County Humane Society, they arrived on the scene and rescued the dying Great Dane, which they named Phoenix.The dog made a complete recovery and is now living with a loving family.Crowsley subsequently went on to raise money for other dogs in need of rescue through a Facebook Page called Phoenix Fighters.(Source: Life With Dogs TV)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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The real reason why financial services ads show more women

first_imgby. Ron ShevlinA recent Harvard Business Review blog post titled Why the Financial Services Industry Is Showing More Women in Its Ads contained the following:“Financial institutions portray women today as competent and self-confident, and often feature attractive, middle-aged advisors talking to couples in which the woman is similarly well dressed and clearly attentive. It makes sense for advertisers to present women as strong, well-educated consumers. This is appealing to women who see an attractive self-image reflected back at them, and to men, who are flattered by the idea that smart, self-possessed, and financially secure women are their own life partners. But it’s not all ‘optics’–more and more women are actually taking on breadwinning roles. Of course, it’s not enough to show women in their advertisements; the next step is for FIs to effectively engage women with products and services tailored to their needs and desires.”My take: I’m tempted to say that the article totally misses the real reason, but there was one passing sentence that forces me to temper my critique, and say that the article mostly misses the real reason.What is that reason? Simply this:In a large percentage of American households, it’s the female head of household who manages the family’s finances, and who takes the lead role in deciding who the family does its financial-related business with. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Aqualis to acquire Braemar business units

first_imgThe combined company will be renamed AqualisBraemar and will be headquartered in London, UK. David Wells, current ceo of Aqualis and its subsidiary Aqualis Offshore, will continue to lead the group.Aqualis said that the combined entity will provide customers with a broad service offering within the offshore oil and gas industry.In terms of geographical footprint, Aqualis has a strong presence in the Middle East and Braemar in Asia Pacific. Both companies have offices in all major oil and gas hubs around the world, added Aqualis, as well as a foothold in Europe and North America.braemar.comaqualisoffshore.comlast_img

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Brown wins IMCA RaceSaver Sprint showdown at Susquehanna

first_imgDave Brown won the Saturday IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature, co-sanctioned by the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series and the Pennsylvania Sprint Series, at Susquehanna Speedway. (Photo by Erika Palmai Wagner)By Erika Palmai WagnerYORK HAVEN, Pa. (May 20) – Dave Brown took the checkered flag Saturday at Susquehanna Speedway, for the ninth time in his Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series career.Tyler Reeser, Cale Reigle, Darren Miller and Kyle Ganoe completed the top five in the first IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car event co-sanctioned this season by MASS and the Pennsylvania Sprint Series.Reigle took control from the start and led the first 11 of 20 circuits. Brown started fourth and ad­vanced quickly, using the very top of the race track.By halfway, Reigle caught up to lapped traffic, with Brown lurking closely behind.  Brown stayed in the ultra-high groove to take the lead away the next time around. Reeser also made the most of the top line and took over second on the last lap.“With most of the field leaving the top side open, it was less patience and more of a hammer-down mindset that I was thinking when getting around the slower cars,” Brown said.  “I just knew the top was the fast way around and I wasn’t going to move down to try and pass any lapped cars, just in case there was someone close behind.”Brown was one of 16 MASS regulars who made the haul to the Central Pennsylvania speedway. Entries totaled 34.On Sunday, May 28, the Engler Machine and Tool-sponsored Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series will make the first of four appearances at Grandview Speedway.Feature results – 1. Dave Brown; 2. Tyler Reeser; 3. Cale Reigle; 4. Darren Miller. 5. Kyle Ganoe; 6. Colby Dice; 7. Austin Bishop; 8. Kyle Craker; 9. Stefanie Carberry; 10. Ken Duke Jr.; 11. Scott Ellerman; 12. Dave Grube; 13. Billy Ney; 14. Tommy Carberry; 15. Rick Stief; 16. Jeff Geiges; 17. Tim Tanner Jr.; 18. Brendon Poff; 19. Scott Frack; 20; Nick Sweigart; 21. Stephanie Dodson; 22. Jay Krout; 23. Cody Hackenberry; 24. Alex Potosky.last_img read more

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