Dead & Company Brings Donna Jean, Debuts & Huge Jams To Citi Field Opener

first_imgThe travelling musical circus that is Dead & Company arrived at New York’s Citi Field last night, and they brought a special guest and some serious jams with them. As the band emerged to tune their instruments and settle in for the beginning of the first set, Donna Jean Godchaux emerged and took a spot on stage between Oteil Burbridge and John Mayer. After joining the band for the first time for an incredible, festival-closing performance at Bonnaroo, Deadheads wondered if they’d see Godchaux again, and it turns out she is a secret-weapon of sorts for when Dead & Company plays to larger audiences. Citi Field’s spacious capacity of 45,000 qualifies as huge, so when the band hit the first notes of a show-opening “Shakedown Street”, it was met with a huge roar and a wave of dancing fans.After the fun “Shakedown” opener, the band switched gears to powerful versions of “Jack Straw” and “Althea”. Mayer’s guitar prowess was on full display during this opening run, as he absolutely destroyed every opportunity he had to make his mark, soloing his way through all three songs like a true champion of improvisation and sending the crowd into a frenzy multiple times as a result.Watch Dead & Company rip through “Jack Straw,” below.“Loose Lucy” and the plodding “Ramble on Rose” were up next, giving the crowd a big sing-a-long moment with Bob Weir, who was in great spirits all night, as he passionately lead the band as they jammed throughout the evening. Perhaps the highlight of the first set, however, was a sultry, swampy take on “Sugaree”. Mayer has really made this song his own while playing with Dead & Company, as the song is an excellent fit for his vocal range, and the bluesy tune is perfect for his style of guitar playing. Set One came to a conclusion with the band’s second-ever performance of “Passenger” and a rockin’ “Casey Jones” that turned on the the heat towards the end, and left the crowd excited for the fireworks that were on-deck for set two. Before walking off stage, Bob Weir made sure to mention Headcount and their Participation Row initiative taking place on D&C tour, as Weir told the audience to find their desk inside the stadium to register to vote.Set two started with the spacey, floating opening of “Dark Star,” and the band turned in a relentless, wild version of the famous jam launchpad. The trio of Mayer, Burbridge, and organist Jeff Chimenti were incredible together, weaving through the song with excitement as they built it to a climax. Suddenly, the band was playing “Friend of the Devil”, and the intensity of “Dark Star” turned into a huge moment for fans to catch their breath and sing along with the band. It was good timing, as the legendary “Scarlet Begonias” -> “Fire On The Mountain” combo was up next, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The night’s energy reached a peak as the band transitioned between the two songs, and the band performed the duo of classics with passion. The band built “Fire” up and out of nowhere a thumping beat started, and it was time for “Drums” > “Space.” The famous percussive segment started out with a bumping beat, which eventually dissolved into a Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart-led musical freakout.Out of the wild “Space” segment, the percussive opening of “The Other One” could be heard breaking through the madness, and Weir then led the band through the intense tune.After a beautiful version of “Wharf Rat”, Dead & Company closed out the show with a band debut from the Dead’s catalog, Weir’s classic political rocker “Throwing Stones”. The song was met with jubilation, and the “ashes, ashes all fall down” lyric could be heard being howled into the sky by the huge crowd.Dead & Company returned to the stage for a two-song encore that perfectly showcased the band’s diverse style. As Mayer emerged from the backstage with an acoustic guitar and, to the delight of the hometown crowd, a Mets jersey, the band played the beloved ballad “Ripple” to open the encore. After a final sing-a-long moment, the band closed things out with an up-tempo version of “One More Saturday Night”, which wasn’t exactly a surprise, but still left fans dancing wildly, given one last opportunity to dance before the unforgettable night came to a close.Dead & Company return to Citi Field this evening to complete their two-night-run.Setlist: Dead & Company at Citi Field, New York, NY – 6/25/2016Set One: Shakedown Street, Jack Straw, Althea, Loose Lucy, Ramble On Rose, Sugaree, Passenger, Casey JonesSet Two: Dark Star -> Friend of the Devil, Scarlet Begonias -> Fire on the Mountain, Drums -> Space -> The Other One, Wharf Rat, Throwing StonesEncore: Ripple, One More Saturday NightCheck out a full gallery of photos from Chad Anderson Photography, below. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Berthing of Guimaras-bound boats moved to Muelle Loney

first_imgThe city government’s Public Safety and Transportation Management Office head JeckConlu said the old wharf of Bacolod City-bound fastcrafts on Muelley LoneyStreet was spacious and the transfer of the berthing area there won’t causetraffic congestion. Thetransfer of the berthing area would  giveway to the dredging of the mouth of the Iloilo River. Thedredging will be undertaken by the Philippine Ports Authority for a maximum oftwo weeks./PN “Theticketing area would be at the nearby Iloilo Freedom Grandstand. People queuingfor boat tickets won’t be exposed to the scorching heat of the sun so much,”said Conlu.center_img Itwas earlier announced that the berthing area would be transferred to a spot infront of the Iloilo Freedom Grandstand andBureau of Customs Building facing the Iloilo River. ILOILOCity – Starting today, the berthing area of motorboats plying theIloilo-Guimaras route is at the old wharf of Bacolod City-bound fastcrafts onMuelley Loney Street from the Parola wharf.last_img read more

Dodgers can’t put away Phillies, lose NL West lead

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> Scott Kazmir pitched one of his best games of the season.The weakest link in the Dodgers’ lineup, Josh Reddick, collected a pair of hits.With a one-run lead and nine outs to go, the Dodgers’ vaunted bullpen took over. All the stars were aligned and yet the Dodgers still lost Wednesday afternoon, 6-2 to the Philadelphia Phillies. After the game, Roberts reiterated that he liked the matchups between the left-handed Dayton and the right-handed swinging Tyler Goeddel and Galvis, a switch-hitter.“Grant’s been throwing the heck out of the baseball,” Roberts said.But when catcher Yasmani Grandal set up high and outside, Dayton’s 2-2 pitch was inside and belt-high. Galvis crushed a 377-foot fly ball over the left field fence. After three scoreless and hitless outings to begin his career, Dayton finally had an ERA.Things only got worse from there for the Dodgers, who stranded one runner in the seventh, two in the eighth and two more in the ninth.Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen told Roberts before the game that he wanted to get some work in. The manager obliged with the Dodgers trailing 3-2 in the ninth inning.Jansen promptly loaded the bases on a walk, a single and an intentional walk with first base open. Pinch hitter Ryan Howard then clubbed a double down the left field line, scoring all three runners. It was only the second time this season Roberts used Jansen in a game the Dodgers were losing. Jansen allowed a run the first time, too.“In that situation to get him work, and then also to keep (the Phillies) within one, I felt good about it,” Roberts said.Reddick went 2-for-5 in his first game as the Dodgers’ No. 2 hitter. His line drive to right field in the first inning landed a few feet shy of a home run. Reddick scored from second base when Adrian Gonzalez hit a ball off first base umpire Alan Porter, recorded as an RBI double.Reddick also ran into the final out of the sixth inning when he was caught in a rundown between third base and home plate. With Corey Seager on first base, Roberts called for a double steal, something Reddick hadn’t done much — if ever — while spending his entire career in the American League before last week.“It’s been a long time since I’ve had an attempt at one of those,” Reddick said. “It was kind of uncomfortable for me, but I’ve got to make an adjustment and be better at that. Once I see him throw the ball to second, I’ve got to go. It’s a matter of learning, adapting and adjusting to that kind of play. I’ll get my work in on it. I won’t make that mistake again.”Howie Kendrick scored the Dodgers’ other run, on an RBI single by Rob Segedin in the seventh inning.Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson had retired 13 consecutive batters when he was removed after five innings because of tightness in his back.“He kind of figured it out, changed it up, started going more off-speed, stuff like that,” Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager said of Hellickson. “He kept us off-balance pretty much.”The Dodgers and the Giants, who finished off their first series win since the All-Star break Wednesday, could be teetering atop the division for a while.“You’ve just got to keep winning series and it’ll handle itself,” Seager said.The Dodgers took two of three from the rebuilding Phillies. They’ll enjoy an off-day Thursday before hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates for three games beginning Friday. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Needing a win to keep pace with the San Francisco Giants, the Dodgers fell a game behind in the National League West standings after spending less than 24 hours tied for first place.Freddy Galvis’ three-run home run off Grant Dayton in the seventh inning gave Philadelphia the lead for good.“It was a fastball I didn’t execute,” Dayton said. “He took advantage of it, put a good swing on it, and what am I going to say? He got me.”Kazmir (9-6) allowed two runs in suffering his third loss in as many starts, but that’s a bit deceiving. The Phillies advanced only one runner past second base for the first six innings. When Kazmir exited in the seventh, the Dodgers led 1-0.But the Phillies were threatening. Carlos Ruiz singled and Jimmy Paredes drew a walk on Kazmir’s 100th and final pitch. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts summoned Dayton to face the Phillies’ 7-8-9 hitters.last_img read more