The 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 images
NAFCU will monitor hearings in the House tomorrow on fundamental tax reform proposals and another on oversight of the Federal Communications Commission. The Senate begins a two-week recess today.The House Ways and Means Tax Policy Subcommittee will hold a hearing to review various tax reform proposals. This will be the first hearing in a series where members will share, discuss and promote their tax reform proposals. Committee member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., will testify during this hearing on his tax reform bill, which specifically exempts credit unions. The hearing is slated to begin at 2:30 p.m. Eastern.The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, also tomorrow, will discuss the oversight of the Federal Communications Commission in a hearing set for 10:15 a.m. Eastern.In other hearings Tuesday:The House Financial Services Committee will hear testimony from Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on the state of the international financial system. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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NEW YORK >> The four ping pong balls came out of the machine one-by-one, each moment adding intrigue to a tension-filed room eager to hear about the results.Nearly 20 seconds passed before the first ball dropped out. Another 10 seconds lapsed each time before the next three emerged. All of which produced a four-number combination that ended with six, eight, four and 11, results that would seem as trivial as a bingo game. Hardly. It actually represented the right number combination that ensured the Lakers a second pick in the 2015 NBA draft after finishing with a 21-61 record, the team’s worst mark in its 67-year-old franchise history. It also prevented the Lakers from having to trade their pick to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of the Steve Nash trade with the Phoenix Suns in 2012 if it landed out of the top five.That sparked Lakers publicist John Black, the team’s representative in the room, to turn to Brad Shron, the Sixers’ executive vice president of business operations. Then, the Lakers were awarded the seventh overall pick that was eventually used to selected Kentucky forward Julius Randle, who is expected to return fully healthy next season after fracturing his right leg in the team’s season opener.“A thousand times better,” Black said. “No disrespect to Julius Randle, who we love. But this is a lot better.”Black sounded at ease as he spoke those words, representing a much different feeling than when he arrived in New York on Saturday night.Black frequently heard noise in his hotel room, ranging from the elevator in the hallway and construction work outside. Black also reported having sleepless nights amid “nervousness and trepidation” over the Lakers’ draft fortunes. Even with the Lakers having an 82.8 percent chance of keeping their top-five pick, that also meant they had a 17.2 percent chance of losing it. “It’s been on my mind since I’ve been here,” Black said. “We talk about the odds, but they mean nothing. It would’ve been very disappointing to go through the season we had and not gotten this.”To calm those nerves, Black completed a few superstitions. He wore a purple striped tie to complement Scott’s gold-colored tie that represented the Lakers’ colors. Black also wore the Lakers’ 2001 NBA championship ring, both because of the ring’s design and since the Lakers went 15-1 in that year’s playoffs. It worked, causing Scott and Black to pose for a picture afterwards. While Scott held up a cutout of the Lakers’ logo and the No. 2, Black displayed the four ping-pong balls that ensured a top consolation prize for an otherwise tough season. “I don’t hope to be back here anytime soon, but I’m glad with how things turned out,” Scott said. “I can’t say that we’re back. But I can say we’re on the right track.” “Sorry,” Black said to Shron with a grin. “You’re not getting the pick.” If only Black could deliver the news to everyone else in the Lakers’ organization, ranging from president Jeanie Buss, executive Jim Buss, general manager Mitch Kupchak to coach Byron Scott. But team representatives, league officials, 12 reporters and one videographer in a private room at the New York Hilton Midtown could not leave the room or use any electronic devices to share the news. That way the NBA draft lottery could play out on live television 90 minutes after the results were actually official. While everyone in the room knew about the Lakers’ fortunes by 7:45 p.m. EST, Scott and the general public did not know the news until 8:51 p.m. EST. “This is a nice hour-long wait,” Black said, smiling.This marked only the fourth time the Lakers participated in the NBA draft lottery since its inception in 1985, a sharp contrast to the 16 NBA championships they won. Yet, this soon became familiar territory for Black, who agreed to become the team’s representative in the league’s private room last year because of his affection for the city’s restaurants. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error