The Wood Brothers Cover “Ophelia” & More In Denver Performance [Review]

first_imgThe story of the Wood Brothers is one of reunion. After growing up in Boulder, CO, Chris and Oliver Wood went their separate musical ways–Chris to New York City where he would become a third of the trailblazing avant-garde jazz act Medeski Martin & Wood, Oliver to Atlanta where he would eventually form the blues act King Johnson. In 2004, the brothers reunited and decided to start making Americana music together. The rest, as they say, is history.Friday night, the Wood Brothers returned to their home state of Colorado for a sold out performance at Denver’s Ogden Theatre. As Oliver put it, “We’ve never sold this many tickets, ever.”The evening opened with a terrific set by songwriter and cello virtuoso Ben Sollee. Joined by Jordan Ellis on a minimalist drum set, the duo defied categorization by jumping through classical, Mexican, folk, Cajun, and electronic influences. Highlights including the rag-tag ode to New Orleans’ rescue workers “Cajun Navy” and the clever wordplay of “The Long Lavender Line” that examined modern technology (Another man with an iPhone walks off a cliff—Says he’s chasing creatures).Now with eight albums under their belt, the Wood Brothers were able to dive deep into their discography for a “greatest hits” type show on Friday. Oliver’s raspy voice was as strong and honest as ever throughout the night, especially on the Allman Brother’s cover “Midnight Rider,” “Wasting My Mind” and “Postcards from Hell.” Chris Wood got to open up multiple times on his upright bass, including an extended solo that led into a rocking take of the sing-a-long “One More Day.” He even took over lead vocals on the heartfelt “Touch of Your Hand,” one of many tracks played off their 2015 release “Paradise.”Though the songwriting and chemistry between Chris and Oliver Wood was undeniable, it was the third member of the trio that really stole the show—multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix. Rix jumped between drumset and his signature shuitar (a percussive acoustic guitar covered in bells and whistles), also adding melodica and electric piano to tracks while still holding down the backbeat on the kit.During a segment Chris dubbed the “Oh Wood Brother Where Art Thou?” portion of the show, the band silenced the crowd and huddled around a single condenser microphone stage center in homage to the bluegrass days of old. Ben Sollee would join on cello during this time for “Liza Jane.”The Wood Brothers were eager to promote their latest soon-to-be-released album Live In the Barn, which they recorded at the late Levon Helm’s barn studio in Woodstock, NY. They played a couple new tracks off the record and appropriately encored with the Band’s tune “Ophelia.”last_img read more

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Details Rescheduled Red Rocks Show

first_imgLast month, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead was scheduled to perform Red Rocks Amphitheatre with Medeski, Martin, & Wood. Bad weather prohibited this headlining debut, and moved the show to 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, instead giving the band their first-ever spectacular arena performance. What seemed like bad luck for the spring-tampered-by-snow show has since turned into an exciting turn of events.The band has secured a new date to headline Red Rocks this summer on Thursday, August 31st, and tickets will go on sale May 12th. Unfortunately, Dave Dreiwitz will be on tour with Ween, and so Dead & Company’s Oteil Burbridge will be stepping in. Burbridge first performed with JRAD on the second weekend of their Brooklyn Bowl run, then again at Fool’s Paradise. These performances alone prove the bassist as the perfect replacement while Dreiwitz is unable to make it.This new date also falls the night before Phish hosts their annual Dick’s Sporting Goods Park run on September 1-3. Not only does this new date work for Colorado residents, but for those out-of-towners who will be making the trip to see their beloved Phish, and now JRAD, anyway.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has shared an update on this, saying:For those of you that purchased tickets to the Red Rocks show in April, you’ll get first crack at tickets. The Previous Ticket Holder Pre-Sale starts tomorrow, Wednesday, May 10th at 10:00AM MST (12:00PM EST). The password will be emailed to previous ticket holders.The Band’s Facebook Page Presale will happen on Thursday, May 11th at 10:00AM MST (12:00PM EST). The password will be posted here on Thursday.Regular Public On Sale will follow on Friday, May 12th at 10:00AM MST (12:00PM EST). No password needed for the regular on sale.All ticket information about Joe Russo’s Almost Dead on 8/31/17 can be found here.[cover photo by Andrew Rios]last_img read more

Ministry considers localized travel bubble to accelerate tourist industry recovery

first_imgTourism and Creative Economy Ministry is mulling over the possibility of establishing travel bubbles with neighboring countries in a more local scope to accelerate the rebound of  the pandemic-hit tourist industry, the ministry’s official has said.The ministry’s undersecretary for infrastructure and destination development, Hari Santosa Sungkari, said on Aug. 7 that the government’s plan to establish travel bubbles may not be between countries as previously floated, but rather between a country and provinces or specific tourist destinations.“We are drafting the travel bubble policy, which I assume wouldn’t be between countries. It may be between country A with Bali, or even between regions,” he said during an online press conference. Government officials previously talked about the possibility of creating a travel bubble, which would allow free movement within the areas included in the bubble, between Indonesia and China, South Korea, Japan and Australia, despite the sustained upward trend in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country that reached 125,396 cases as of Sunday.Read also: ASEAN hotel associations endorse travel bubbleIndonesia’s tourist industry has been severely impacted by travel restrictions during the pandemic, which wiped out Rp 85 trillion (US$5.87 billion) in tourism revenue so far this year, according to an estimate by the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI).Meanwhile, foreign tourist arrivals to Indonesia plummeted 59.96 percent to 3.09 million in the first half of the year, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) reported. As the industry’s woes continue, the government recently allowed some tourist destinations to reopen to visitors in its effort to curb further losses.The country’s major tourist destination, Bali, welcomed an estimated 4,000 domestic tourists on July 31, when tourism was reopened to the public, according to state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I (AP I). Bali is also planning to open its borders to international tourists on Sept. 11.Despite the government’s effort to lure foreign travelers, Hari projected that travel demand for foreign visitors would remain under pressure for the next few years.“Our foreign tourists arrival estimation in 2020 stands between 2.8 million and 4 million visitors, a far cry from our initial target of 18 million. We think it will take until 2024 or 2025 for the industry to fully recover and we could reach this year’s initial target,” he said.Topics :last_img read more