Watch How Happy These Kids Are With Their New Musical Instruments Funded By Phish Fans

first_imgAs you can see in the movie, Ms. Howe is a passionate music educator, and her students love her for it. The students in Howe’s kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms are able to use the the instruments on varying levels. “I just felt so honored and empowered and I know my students felt the same way,” Howe said. “To say, ‘Hey, these people liked our school so much and our class so much that they choose us to give money too. You guys are musicians, you’re real musicians because these real musicians choose to honor that by giving you money.’”**Watch the video here**Thanks to the Mockingbird Foundation for all you do bringing music education to our nation’s future generations, and to Khara Howe for showing the kids of Winston-Salem the magic of music.To donate to the Mockingbird Foundation, head to the non-profit’s website.[h/t – WXII Winston-Salem] In celebration of Phish’s 13-show Baker’s Dozen residency at Madison Square Garden this past summer, the board of the Mockingbird Foundation–a non-profit started and run by Phish fans to help promote youth music education–identified 13 of their favorite Phish shows and donated “miracle grants” to worthy music programs near where each show took place (learn more about the program here).One of those donations this summer, given in honor of Phish’s 11/23/97 show in Winston-Salem, was awarded to the music program Winston-Salem, NC’s Easton Elementary School. Enthusiastic young music teacher Khara Howe initially submitted the application for the grant to the Mockingbird, and when her proposal was accepted, she decided to spend the money on simple instruments for her students to use in hopes of instilling them with a lasting love of music.Earlier this week, local news station WXII aired a package about the grant, the Easton Elementary music program, and the positive effect it is having on the kids of the town.last_img read more

Wanee Cancels 2019 Festival At The Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park

first_imgAfter a thirteen year run, Wanee Music Festival has officially canceled their 2019 event at The Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida. In the official announcement, festival organizers detail that the event will not return to its original location because of the fact that the traditional weekend “falls on the same weekend as Good Friday, Easter, and Passover.”Perhaps the timing of the religious holidays has had negative impacts on the festival in the past, but it’s a suspicious reason to not move forward with the event to another weekend. The festival update closes by asking fans to stay tuned for “future announcements,” so there may still be hope for the beloved event’s continuation.The official update reads:THE TRADITIONAL WEEKEND FOR THE WANEE MUSIC FESTIVAL IN 2019 FALLS ON THE SAME WEEKEND AS GOOD FRIDAY, EASTER AND PASSOVER.IT HAS BEEN THE WANEE FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE IN THE PAST THAT MANY OF OUR REGULAR FESTIVAL GOERS DECIDE NOT TO ATTEND ON THIS WEEKEND, DUE TO THE HOLIDAY BEING ONE THAT MANY CHOOSE TO SPEND WITH THEIR FAMILY, FRIENDS AND RELIGIOUS FAITH.FOR THIS REASON, THE WANEE MUSIC FESTIVAL WILL NOT TAKE PLACE IN 2019AT THE SPIRIT OF THE SUWANEE MUSIC PARK.PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR FUTURE WANEE ANNOUNCEMENTS.The Wanee Music Festival began in 2005 and returned to The Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park every spring since. It was founded by the Allman Brothers Band, who headlined the peach and mushroom-inspired event every year until the band called it quits in 2014. After that, the festival continued in the Allman Brothers’ honor, with headlining performances from Widespread Panic, Bob Weir, Gregg Allman, and Trey Anastasio Band.While family and friends of the Allman Brothers Band continued to appear on the lineups after 2014, the festival never truly felt the same after the deaths of founding members Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks. Without the Allman Brothers Band, the festival was only left with the Spirit of the Suwannee. This news has brought a wave of sadness to the community that has consistently attended the festival over the last 12 years. However, there’s still a glimmer of hope for the future at another destination.last_img read more

All-Star Jerry Garcia Birthday Band Announces San Francisco Shows

first_imgLast August, Red Rocks Amphitheater hosted a special celebration in honor of Jerry Garcia‘s 75th birthday. The evening, simply dubbed “Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Concert,” featured performances by both Bob Weir’s Campfire Band and The Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Band; a special collaboration featuring Melvin Seals, Jackie LaBranch, and Gloria Jones as well as Oteil Burbridge, Kamasi Washington, Tom Hamilton, Duane Trucks, and a surprise appearance from John Mayer. With all that talent on the stage, perhaps the biggest stars of the night were the collection of Jerry Garcia’s guitars in attendance, including Wolf, Tiger, Rosebud, and two Travis Bean axes, which Hamilton had the distinct honor of playing.This January, the majority of the same all-star cast of musicians will reunite to honor the late, great Captain Trips on January 11th and 12th at San Francisco’s Warfield. Longtime Jerry Garcia Band members Melvin Seals, Jackie LaBranch and Gloria Jones will be joined by bassist Oteil Burbridge, guitarist Tom Hamilton and drummer Duane Trucks for the two-night run dubbed, “Like A Road Leading Home: Celebrating Jerry Garcia.”A fan pre-sale for the upcoming Garcia Birthday Band’s shows at The Warfield begins this Wednesday, November 7th at 10 a.m. (PST) here. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, November 9th at 10 a.m. (PST) here.You can watch the all-star Jerry Garcia Birthday Band’s debut performance below:Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Band – Red Rocks Amphitheatre [Video: HDLt00b][H/T Jambase]last_img read more

Trey Anastasio Confirms Ghosts Of The Forest Album Release Date

first_imgFor a full list of Ghosts of the Forests upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to Trey’s website.Ghosts of the Forest 2019 Tour Dates:APRIL4 – Portland, ME – State Theatre5 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Opera6 – Washington, DC – Anthem9 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre10 – Boston, MA – Orpheum12 – New York, NY – United Palace Theatre13 – New York, NY – United Palace Theatre19 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre20 – Berkeley, CA – Greek TheatreView Tour Dates In December, Trey Anastasio announced an April tour with his new band, Ghosts of the Forest. The band features Anastasio, his Phish bandmate Jon Fishman, Trey Anastasio Band members Jennifer Hartswick, Tony Markellis, and Ray Paczkowski, and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Celisse Henderson, who was featured alongside Hartswick as a backup singer at Phish’s 2016 Halloween performance of Ziggy Stardust. Now, in a snippet entitled “Trey Anastasio’s Emotional Rescue,” Rolling Stone‘s Patrick Doyle reports that Ghosts of the Forest will release their debut album on Friday, April 12th.Last January, Trey Anastasio lost one of his oldest and closest friends, Chris Cottrell, also known as C-Cott. The two of them attended Taft boarding school together in Connecticut, and heavily influenced each other’s musical tastes. Cottrell lost his battle to adrenal cancer on January 27th, 2018. Ghosts of the Forest’s new album was inspired by Trey’s lifelong friendship with Cottrell according to the initial report.Read the full blurb from Rolling Stone below:From his teenage years to the ups and downs of his time with Phish, Trey Anastasio had one constant friend in his life: Chris Cottrell, who he camped, hiked and checked in with for decades. “He was my tether to childhood and to a life before Phish happened,” says Anastasio. Cottrell died of cancer last year. After sitting with him for his final days, Anastasio made an album of songs he thinks his friend would have loved: psychedelic guitar liftoffs, ambitious arrangements and extremely personal lyrics. ‘I went through a period of deep self-doubt after recording it,’ Anastasio says. ‘I didn’t want to put it out. Maybe I was scared.’ The album will now come out April 12th, and Anastasio will take it on the road with his new band, Ghosts of the Forest, featuring Phish drummer Jon Fishman and a crew of jam-world all-stars. Despite no released music, the band’s tour still sold out; Anastasio has been working with production designer Abigail Holmes, whose work includes Stop Making Sense. Anastasio considers himself fortunate his fans allow him to take these risks: ‘The amount of trust that they’re exhibiting in me just makes me want to cry.’[Screengrab via Reddit]Ghosts of the Forest will open up their inaugural tour with a performance at Portland, ME’s State Theatre on Thursday, April 4th.last_img read more

Tank & The Bangas Release New Studio Album ‘Green Balloon’ [Listen]

first_imgNew Orleans five-piece Tank and The Bangas have officially released their sophomore studio album, Green Balloon, via Verve Forecast Records.Brought to fame as the unanimous winners of NPR’s Tiny Desk contest in 2017, Tank and The Bangas have been all aboard a wild ride since the band jumped on the map. Following up the band’s debut LP, 2013’s Think Tank, in April 2018, Tank and The Bangas released “Smoke.Netflix.Chill“, their first release via a major label (Verve Forecast). Led by vocalist and songwriter Tarriona “Tank” Ball, the group continues to evolve in more ways than just music, as Tank herself proves once again she has the ability to grow and develop as both a performer and composer.Tank And The Bangas Release New Hip-Hop-Infused Single “Nice Things” [Listen]Well-respected producers including Jack Splash, Mark Batson, Zaytoven, Louie Lastic, and Robert Glasper (who also features on three tracks) were all tapped to help create the 17-track LP.Listen to Tank and The Bangas’ new Green Balloon release below:Tank and The Bangas – Green BalloonFor ticketing and a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates in support of their Green Balloon release, head to Tank and The Bangas’ website.Tank and The Bangas – Green Balloon Tracklist:01. Colors Introduction02. Spaceships03. Dope Girl Magic04. Ants05. Hot Air Balloons (feat. Alex Isley)06. Forgetfulness07. Get Up Interlude (feat. Robert Glasper)08. Too High Prelude09. I Don’t Get High10. Happy Town (feat. Pell)11. Nice Things12. Smoke.Netflix.Chill.13. Floating Interlude14. Mr. Lion15. In London Interlude (feat. Robert Glasper)16. Lazy Daze (feat. Robert Glasper)17. Colors ChangeView Tracklistlast_img read more

‘Waiting for Superman’ stirs education debate at Harvard Kennedy School

first_imgAn advance screening of the education reform film Waiting for ‘Superman’ played to a packed house Wednesday evening followed by a panel discussion that sparked a vigorous debate mirrored the controversy the documentary has touched off across the nation.Directed by Davis Guggenheim, Waiting for ‘Superman’ follows families across the nation in their quests to find better schools for their children. In so doing, the film promotes reforms closely associated with charter schools such as Harlem Children’s Zone, SEED and KIPP. Geoffrey Canada, Harvard Graduate School of Education graduate and Harlem Children’s Zone founder, and Michelle Rhee, M.P.P. ’97, chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools, both figure prominently in the film as part discussion about how to transform failing schools.Discussing the screening, Linda Nathan, the founding headmaster of the Boston Arts Academy, said she worried the film would feed into the misconception that reform requires a superhuman leader. “I really worry about that message—that innovation means you have to be a missionary or a hero,” she said.Jim Berk, CEO of Participant Media (which funded and produced the documentary), was also on the panel and defended his company’s work, saying the its focus was on individuals and good storytelling.“This film was not made for education experts,” he emphasized. “It was made to inspire an audience that doesn’t have a vested interest in the schools… The first [step] is to become inspired. Then we have a chance of sparking a movement.”The panel was moderated by David Ager, co-director of undergraduate studies and lecturer on sociology at Harvard College. Second-year HKS student Thackston Lundy, M.P.P. ’11, former director of operations at the Williamsburg Collegiate Charter School in Brooklyn, NY, appears in the movie and also participated on the panel.The Waiting for ‘Superman’ screening was hosted by the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School, and was a follow-on to CPL’s Gleitsman Social Change Film Forum, which brought movie industry professionals and students interested in social entrepreneurship together this past April to examine the power of film as a vehicle to catalyze social action.last_img read more

Poetry spreads its web

first_img “Poetry in America,” taught by Professor Elisa New, will cover the full chronology of American poetry, from the poetry of early New England to contemporary spoken word and hip-hop. The first module, a four-week course on the poetry of early New England (AI12-1X), will launch on Oct. 31. Visit to sign up.“I’m also negotiating with two classes at Brookline High to do some on-camera tapings in the spring. And all of these classes, I’m hoping, will be testing these modules, telling me what works and doesn’t work,” she said.Communication will be essential, New said. “This is a course about conversation between people about poetry. It’s not just about me lecturing. It’s about how you can huddle around a poem with a bunch of other people and get to know them, and the poem better. For me, that’s the center of what humanistic inquiry is,” she said.Saying she learned about HarvardX later than others, New quickly recognized and wanted the kind of reach an interactive poetry course could have.“I’m hoping there will be communities of readers and students who develop in far-flung places, that high school teachers who take the course will want some involvement, that we will all be connecting. Why not partner a class in Boston with a class in Bogotá?” she asked.“I really believe in this course, and I really believe in people making meaning together.”On Nov. 14, New will lead a panel discussion on the power of poetry and its rich tradition in New England. The event will also be available via livestream. To attend in person, RSVP here. “It’s funny that I’m this ‘online’ person now, when I’m so backward,” said Elisa New. In her Barker Center office, shelves of antique books — many of them first editions — sat everywhere. An early hardback issue of Poetry magazine poked from a glass case.Still, New is no novice at using digital resources to access the past. Those antique books? “Mostly from eBay,” she said. And now New, the Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature, is on the cusp of launching “Poetry in America,” her first digital course via HarvardX.“I wanted to do this course using all of the resources of Harvard, its libraries, archives, museums, its students on camera, experimenting with making this a course that uses what the University offers, but for a reason — and that reason is that the history of American poetry and Harvard’s history are so completely intertwined,” she said.“There are some major poets who didn’t spend time at Harvard, but the list of major American poets who did spend time at Harvard is very, very long. We have their manuscripts. They taught here. Buildings are named after them. So this is a perfect place as a base for the course.”When “Poetry in America” goes live on Oct. 31, close to 7,000 students will get a taste of verse in the 17th century. The course is broken down into modules, and will eventually culminate in contemporary American poetry. The course combines interactivity, video, traveling, and an element of surprise, said New.“We filmed here at Harvard, in Cambridge, on Cape Cod,” she said. “I’ll be filming in Washington, D.C., Manhattan, California, even Vermont to talk about [Robert] Frost.”Along the way are some exciting guest “interlocutors,” New said, including her husband, Charles W. Eliot University Professor Lawrence Summers, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, “The Vagina Monologues” playwright Eve Ensler, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” author Michael Pollan (“I gave him a poem about corn to read,” said New), and other guests whose identities New is guarding for now. While celebrity involvement is undeniably unique, New is most excited about opening her course up to local high school teachers and students.“I’m drawing in teachers and students in a variety of ways,” she said. For the course’s second module, on Walt Whitman, New utilized discussions with local teachers. On Nantucket, she filmed a group of local high school students reading William Carlos Williams’ poem “Nantucket.”Poetry in America X: Trailerlast_img read more

Dancing again!

first_imgPHILADELPHIA – The Harvard men’s basketball team is going dancing again after defeating Yale Saturday afternoon, 53-51, in a one-game playoff at The Palestra to decide the Ivy League’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.With the scored tied 51-51 and the shot clock winding down, Wesley Saunders spun around his defender into the lane, and appeared to be poised to take the game-winning shot. The senior guard stopped, however, and turned over his right shoulder, feeding classmate Steve Moundou-Missi who swished his shot from the top of the key for the 53-51 lead with nine seconds remaining.Needing to make one final stop, the Ancient Eight’s best defense turned to the newly minted defensive player of the year, Moundou-Missi, who attempted to draw a charge on Javier Duren and altered the shot just enough. A few bounces later the buzzer sounded, and the court was flooded with Harvard fans celebrating the team’s fourth straight trip to the NCAA tournament.To read full coverage of the game, visit Harvard Athletics website.last_img read more

HGSE announces fall 2015 Askwith Forums

first_img Read Full Story The Harvard Graduate School of Education is pleased to announce its fall 2015 Askwith Forums, a series of public lectures dedicated to discussing challenges facing education, sharing new knowledge, and generating spirited conversation. This season’s forum series kicks off with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who has long focused on critical issues in education including college affordability and student debt. Other highlights include a discussion of the democratization of American higher education with Harvard Law School Professor Lani Guinier; and a conversation with district superintendents — including Joseph Davis of the Ferguson-Florrisant (Missouri) School District — on the social responsibility of urban districts to provide equity. Many of this fall’s forums are planned in conjunction with the Fulfilling the Promise of Diversity, an ongoing conversation and set of cohesive experiences bringing the HGSE community together around a topic central to our work as educators and individuals.last_img read more