For fans of Eddie Roberts, Don’t miss The New Mastersounds at their special post-Phish late night show on New Year’s Eve at Irving Plaza in New York City. Click here for more information, or here to purchase tickets. For the 2017 edition of Brooklyn Comes Alive, Eddie Roberts of The New Mastersounds and Alan Evans of Soulive debuted their new band called Matador! Soul Sounds. Having missed the first two years of Brooklyn Comes Alive, Roberts was a surefire candidate to appear in 2017. When contacted by the organizers of the event to build a super jam, he responded that he didn’t have a super jam nor a side project in mind that he wanted to perform with; rather, Roberts informed Brooklyn Comes Alive that, at this year’s event, he wanted to debut his new band to the world.Matador! Soul Sounds is Roberts’ collaboration with Soulive’s Alan Evans. The band formed out of a short tour with The New Mastersounds where Evans filled in on drums, and he and Roberts formed a deep musical connection. After recruiting Chris Spies on keys, Kevin Scott on bass, and Kimberly Dawson from Pimps Of Joytime and Adryon de León of Orgone on vocals, Matador! Soul Sounds hit the studio and recorded an album that will be released in 2018.While the record was still a work-in-progress back in September, Matador! had enough material to fill up a set, and the group planned to debut this previously unheard material to the world at Brooklyn Comes Alive. In the lead up to BCA 2017, Roberts discussed Matador! Soul Sounds with L4LM, explaining that the band is “drenched in funk” and that “everybody is part of the music. That is the vision for it.” Funk fans everywhere were excited to hear what the new band had to offer once they unleashed their new music.Watch George Porter Jr., Skerik, And Mike Dillon Explore Far Reaches Of Funk At Brooklyn Comes AliveWhen the band hit the stage for the first time at Brooklyn Comes Alive (following a surprise warm-up show at the Ardmore Music Hall the night before), Roberts, Evans, and company blessed the Brooklyn Bowl audience with their unique brand of power-funk. Roberts’s guitar skills were on full display as he anchored the band with his funky, rhythmic playing. Alan Evans was the king of the pocket, pushing the band forward with his locked-in grooves and tight hits. Chris Spies was excellent on the organ, playfully setting the tone, while Kevin Scott held the low-end down on his bass. Dawson and de León were a breath of fresh air, infusing these funky songs with a soulful vibe that elevated the music to another stratosphere.Matador! Soul Sounds’ musical prowess was on full display throughout their performance at Brooklyn Comes Alive, and the audience responded with endless enthusiasm, clearly loving the new project. The band had a few standout moments, like their performance of the uptempo speed-funk track “Get Ready”—the lead single from Matador! Soul Sounds that was also released as a special, limited-edition vinyl at Brooklyn Comes Alive—and the James-Brown-esque instrumental number “Mr. Handsome”.Below, check out a video of “Mr. Handsome” from the band’s set at Brooklyn Comes Alive. While this song doesn’t feature vocalists Dawson and de León, it showcases the musical foursome of Matador! Soul Sounds, and everything they do best: infectious funk music that makes you want to dance.
In its first expansion in more than three centuries, the Harvard Corporation will add three new members this July: a distinguished university president soon stepping down from his post, a leading computer scientist and former president of the University’s Board of Overseers, and an admired business and civic leader widely active in Harvard alumni affairs.Tufts University President Lawrence S. Bacow, Susan L. Graham of the University of California, Berkeley, and Joseph J. O’Donnell, an influential Boston executive who is the chairman of Centerplate, will join the governing board formally known as the President and Fellows of Harvard College, after a five-month search that yielded more than 500 nominations.The appointments were announced today (May 25) in a message to the Harvard community from President Drew Faust and the Corporation’s senior fellow, Robert D. Reischauer.“We’re very fortunate to welcome such a capable and committed trio of alumni to the Corporation,” said Faust. “Each of them brings expertise and experience that the Corporation will greatly value, and each has an intensity of commitment to higher education, and to helping Harvard adapt and thrive in changing times, that promises to serve us well.”The appointments follow the Corporation’s announcement this past December of a set of changes intended to enhance its collective capacity, including an expansion from seven to 13 members over the course of two to three years. Reischauer and Faust have said the changes aim to enhance the governing board’s ability to focus on long-term strategy and University priorities and to meet the needs of an institution far larger and more complex than at the time of its founding.“These are three individuals with extensive governance experience who exemplify the remarkable accomplishment of our alumni across a range of professional domains,” said Reischauer, who chaired the search committee. “They are also three people strongly engaged with higher education and with Harvard, knowledgeable about its history and values and dedicated to its future excellence. We set out last December to amplify the Corporation’s capacity, and the addition of these three extraordinarily able new colleagues will do just that.” Bacow is regarded as one of the most thoughtful and effective university presidents in the nation, known for a strong commitment to civic engagement, to student access, and to promoting collaboration among Tufts’ different schools. He holds three degrees from Harvard, a J.D., an M.P.P., and a Ph.D. in public policy. He will step down as Tufts president this summer, after a decade of service.“This is a pivotal moment for universities, at a time of profound change in the world, and I hope I can help Harvard continue to lead in defining what a university can and should be in the years ahead,” Bacow said. “Harvard sets a high standard for all of higher education, and I’m pleased and excited at the opportunity to return to Harvard in this new role.”Before leading Tufts, Bacow was the chancellor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his undergraduate alma mater, where he joined the faculty in 1977 and was chair of the MIT faculty and director of MIT’s Center for Real Estate. His scholarly interests lie at the intersection of environmental studies, law, economics, and policy. He has had many trusteeship roles, including chairing the Talloires Network, which aims to strengthen the civic roles of higher education institutions worldwide. He currently serves on the Harvard Kennedy School visiting committee and will be “president-in-residence” at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2011-12.Graham is the Pehong Chen Distinguished Professor Emerita of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Berkeley. She is a leading expert in programming language implementation, software development, and high-performance computing. A graduate of Radcliffe College who received her Ph.D. from Stanford University, she was a Harvard Overseer from 2001 to 2007 and chaired the Board of Overseers in 2006-07, when she also served on the presidential search committee.“I have relished my association with Harvard from my college days through my recent years as an Overseer, and I approach my time on the Corporation with a deep sense of the University’s power to transform the lives of students and to shape the world of ideas,” she said. “There’s a great sense of possibility, and there are great opportunities for creative integration, from the sciences to the arts and across the professions. I look forward to doing all I can to help Harvard thrive.”Past chair of the visiting committees to both the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, she has also been an elected director of the Harvard Alumni Association and received the HAA’s Harvard Medal in 2008. Her board involvements include service as a vice chair of Cal Performances, Berkeley’s vibrant performing arts organization.O’Donnell, a native of Everett, Mass., is a graduate of both Harvard College and Harvard Business School. Early in his career, he served at HBS as associate dean of the M.B.A. program and then as director of the school’s Program for Management Development. Longtime CEO and chairman of the Boston Culinary Group, he is now the chairman of Centerplate, a nationwide leader in the food-service industry, and also owns Allied Advertising Agency.“Harvard has been a central part of my life,” said O’Donnell, a prominent figure in Boston business and civic affairs. “There’s no institution I know whose people are more capable of doing great things for the world, and no alumni community I know whose members are more devoted to their university’s progress. I’m proud to be able to extend my service to Harvard by joining the Corporation.”Widely active in philanthropic pursuits, O’Donnell, along with his wife, founded The Joey Fund in memory of their late son, and he has long been a leader in the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, among other board roles. He has for decades been one of Harvard’s most active alumni volunteers, serving as an Overseer, a visiting committee member, an elected director of the Harvard Alumni Association, a member of the Allston Work Team, an adviser to senior University officials, and a major force in Harvard campaign and development efforts. He received the HBS alumni achievement award in 2005.In accordance with Harvard’s charter, the appointment of the Corporation’s three newest members was voted today (May 25) by the President and Fellows with the consent of the Board of Overseers. It marks the first step in achieving the Corporation’s planned enlargement, as it grows from seven to 10 and eventually to 13 members. In 2011-12, the Corporation is also expected to launch several new committees, in areas including finance, facilities and capital planning, and governance, as well as a joint governing boards’ committee on alumni affairs and development.These and other changes grow out of an in-depth review in 2009-10 of the role, structure, and practices of the oldest corporation in the Western Hemisphere as it guides a university of Harvard’s scale, ambition, and complexity forward in the 21st century.
Press Association Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre admits the “dark days” of the Tom Hicks and George Gillett era at Anfield taught him and the new owners the importance of long-term sustainability and respecting the club. The Reds’ previous owners drove the Merseysiders to the brink of administration after a disastrous leveraged buy-out, and it has taken successors Fenway Sports Group the best part of four years to put things back on track. Liverpool are a different prospect both on and off the pitch now, and Ayre said hard but valuable lessons had been learned. He cited the example of the recent signing of Italy striker Mario Balotelli as an instance where they have upped their game since the infamous incident of the club shop being closed the day after Liverpool won the Champions League in 2005. “I read a stat the other day that we sold £50,000 worth of Balotelli shirts on the day he signed,” added Ayre, speaking at Soccerex in Manchester. “You have to be geared up for that. In the past Liverpool had the situation where they had success or an opportunity and did not capitalise on that, but those days are long gone. “The signing of Mario was never about commercial opportunity, it was about football and it always will be. But it shows you the power of the Liverpool name and the power of a player like Mario. “That is what Liverpool is about, having huge reach and success around the world. “When you have big opportunities you have to be able to capitalise on them.” Ayre believes Liverpool are now entering a different phase where they can look to consistently challenge their rivals on and off the pitch after running big-spending Manchester City close in the title race last season. “We have to be realistic and ambitious and optimistic at the same time,” he said. “Brendan said very recently finishing in the top four and qualifying from our Champions League group would be our two core objectives. “You could say progress would be winning one more game and winning the league (they finished two points behind City), but as long as we acquit ourselves as we did last season I think we will be in great shape. “You set out to win, but we were very pleased with where we got to and surpassed all our expectations. “While we were ahead of where we expected to be, we certainly made the progress we expected to make, to break into the top four and improve the squad, and again this summer I feel we have been able to do that. “The ambition and desire and commitment is there and it will be down to how other people acquit themselves and how the numbers add up.” “It is great for our supporters because they went through a difficult time and it is always devastating to see such a great tradition and establishment as Liverpool being in such great difficulty,” he said. “It taught us the importance of sustainability and running the club properly. No-one wants to go back to those dark days again. “There was a lot to focus on: we had to improve the squad overall and that took investment at a time when we had little cash and a lot of debt. And it is testament to our new owners that they invested heavily and we started to improve the on-pitch side. “It was also important to put in the pieces to take the business of the club forward, because in a world of Financial Fair Play and sustainability they are the things which generate the revenue to buy the players. “It was a five-year plan and I am pleased to say it has been successful on all fronts, and the club has not been in such great health. “It is pleasing to know we are on a great footing, have fantastic owners who believe in sustainability, believe in putting the club where it should be and treating it with the respect it should have. “As long as we continue with those values we will be in good shape.” The implications of FFP have increased the significance of commercial success, and Ayre believes in that area the club have matched the progress made by manager Brendan Rodgers on the field.