Late in the night on the second Friday of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2019, bass alien and bandleader extraordinaire Les Claypool gathered a ruthless group of performers at the Joy Theater for a rare running of Les Claypool’s Bastard Jazz.Scheduled to begin at 2 a.m. Friday night (technically early Saturday morning), the supergroup comprised of Claypool, frequent collaborators Mike Dillon (percussion) and Skerik (sax), and Galactic drummer Stanton Moore finally took the stage just before 3:00 a.m. for a mind-bending set of joyously deranged improvisation.“Last night was the Delirium,” Claypool mused during the first break in the music, “And I’ve been saying tonight is the Delirious, cus it’s f*ckin late and I’m tired and I’m f*ckin delirious. You guys are all vikings of the Jazz Fest. I’m but a mere mortal, standing here with a four-string hunk of furniture strapped to me. But I’m with mighty vikings, I have mighty vikings here.”He went on to wax philosophical about the project in his trademark sarcastic manner. “So, um, it’s the Bastard Jazz. What does it mean? What does Bastard Jazz mean? People say, ‘Les, what the hell is this Bastard Jazz?’ It’s just two words that sound really fucking cool together. And then you stick my name on there to kind of throw it off a little bit… and that’s the Bastard Jazz. Right, Skee-rik?”Skerik’s appropriate response to the strangeness: “Somebody call my mom and tell her to pick me up right now. I don’t want to be here anymore.”“We did a similar thing once before, and uh, Stanton was not there,” Claypool explained. “This is actually the first time, other than sitting in with Galactic over the years, that I’ve ever performed onstage with the mighty, mighty Stanton Moore here.” He went on to note how the initial plan was just to wing it, but at the last minute, he decided it was probably best to rehearse a little. However, after moments of practice earlier in the day, Claypool realized that he and Moore were “like, locked at the spine,” and the plans shifted back to winging it.As Claypool conceded, “Basically, the whole notion of this is just throwing pasta at the walls, and hopefully a lot of it sticks. If not, you’re gonna end up with a lot of pasta in your faces and, um… that’s the Bastard Jazz.”On this late night in New Orleans, the pasta surely stuck—on both Joy Theater walls and Jazz Fest Viking faces. Over the course of the predominantly improvised set, the supergroup mixed in takes on songs from a number of Claypool’s other projects, from “The Seven” (Primus) to “Mr. Wright” (The Claypool Lennon Delirium, featuring Delirium bandmate Sean Lennon) to a call-and-response “D’s Diner” (The Les Claypool Frog Brigade).Now, thanks to taper Randy Bayers, you can dive into nearly-full audio from the performance:Les Claypool‘s Bastard Jazz – 5/3/19 – Full Audio[Audio via Funk It Blog]You can also watch a nearly-full crowd-shot video of the performance (in 4 parts) thanks to YouTube user Michael Hawkins.Les Claypool’s Bastard Jazz – 5/3/19 – Part 1Les Claypool’s Bastard Jazz – 5/3/19 – Part 2Les Claypool’s Bastard Jazz – 5/3/19 – Part 3Les Claypool’s Bastard Jazz – 5/3/19 – Part 4View VideosFor those who missed Les Claypool’s Bastard Jazz in New Orleans, fear not—the group will reconvene on Jam Cruise 18 in January 2020.Setlist: Les Claypool’s Bastard Jazz | The Joy Theater | New Orleans, LA | 5/3/19 (Late-Night)Set: Improv, The Seven (Primus), Improv, Mr. Wright (The Claypool Lennon Delirium)*, Improv, D’s Diner (Col. Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade)*with Sean Lennon on guitar
“If you have to cut staff, you have relationships that are going to be severed there. You have to move staff around to fill holes within your organization,” said Evans. For care providers, these budget cuts are going to have a drastic effects on finances. Starting in October, whenever a resident has to leave a facility, whether it’s for a hospitalization or simply to visit family, providers cannot bill 100 percent of care hours while the resident is gone. “We have an individual that goes to the hopsital, they’re not being left there, they’re going to have a staff member with them the whole time,” said ACHIEVE Vice President of Development and Donor Relations Preston Evans. “Just because their bed is empty for whatever time period that might be, the bed isn’t actually empty. There are still costs and services associated with maintaining the bed.” Before the Oct.1 cut off, care providers like ACHIEVE are actively working with local legislators in an attempt to see the cuts rescinded. (WBNG) — Budget cuts are on the way for New York State’s Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Some of the most significant cuts take effect Oct. 1. “We offer these services to this population and it’s just a fight year, after year, after year to get the recognition and funding that is needed,” said Evans. “[We want] to make sure they are getting the best quality of services and the best quality of life.” ACHIEVE says they will see hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue lost, which could lead to anything from program cuts to even staff layoffs. The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming, the parent company to ACHIEVE, has started a petition calling on New York State legislators for those cuts to be stopped. You can sign it here.
Shocking video has emerged showing a 14-year-old boy being attacked on a Florida school bus, allegedly because he’d previously worn a hat supporting President Donald Trump.The incident occurred on November 21 in Hamilton County, Florida, and the video first emerged on Thursday after the boy’s family retained attorney Foye B. Walker for possible legal action.The incident left the boy, identified only as Tyler, hospitalized with head contusions, according to his mother.The attorney, Walker, verified in a tweet that the incident occurred on a school bus in Hamilton County, and that he was representing the family.
Get the family charged up for the big game at the official Palm Beach County Miami Super Bowl celebration event on Thursday, January 30 from 6 – 9 p.m. in Downtown West Palm Beach at the Waterfront. Super Clematis by Night will include a variety of free entertainment and activities for people of all ages.The event will be held on the Waterfront at 101 N. Clematis Street from 6 – 9 p.m. Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite football jerseys and team colors in anticipation of one of the biggest nights in American sports.The special-edition of the popular free weekly concert series will focus on Super Bowl LIV! The celebration includes themed football activities, a turf playing field, marching bands, bouncy obstacle courses, NFL players and mascots, giveaways, and more. Musical group Smash Mouth is slated to perform at the party.The City of West Palm Beach will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to formally recognize the re-opening of the 100 block. The ribbon cutting will take place at on January 30 at 5:30 p.m. on South Clematis Street.“We are thrilled that the Super Bowl Host Committee has selected Clematis by Night as the venue for its largest Palm Beach County event,” said City of West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James. “As the NFL celebrates its 100th season and we celebrate the 125th anniversary of our City, I can think of no better way to mark these milestones. We look forward to welcoming residents and visitors to the West Palm Beach Waterfront in advance of the big game.”Super Bowl LIV is scheduled to be played on February 2, 2020 and will air on WFLX FOX 29. This will be the sixth Super Bowl hosted in Miami Gardens, and the first since Super Bowl XLIV in 2010.For more information about Super Clematis by Night, or the City of West Palm Beach’s other free community events, visit www.wpb.org/events.
State Senator Manny Diaz Jr, the Education Committee Chairman talked to 850WFTL about the issues facing teachers and students in Florida such as teacher pay, school safety, common core and testing. He also said that he found the massive teacher rally at the beginning of the legislative session strange because both the Governor, Ron DeSantis and the lawmaker were proposing legislation to increase teacher salaries. He added that the teaches had a constitutional right to rally even though the timing was odd. https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Sen-Manny-Diaz.mp3The teachers who joined the march were complaining that the proposed salary increases were for new hires and did not address the veteran educators.Florida ranks #3 nationally in the overall category of education with a #1 ranking for higher education but ranks #27th for its K-12 schools.Senator Diaz offered some ideas to help the undergraduate students to excel.Listen to the full interview here:https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/SFS-Sen.-Diaz-Education.mp3