Today marks a sad chapter in music history, as the beloved R&B singer Prince passed away earlier today. As we continue to grieve over the loss of a legend, we turn to the healing power of music and explore a number of tributes performed by artists we love.Kung Fu dedicated an entire set to Prince back in 2013 at The Big Up festival. At the time, the band included Rob Somerville, Tim Palmieri, Adrian Tramontano, Chris DeAngelis, and Todd Stoops. The set welcomed special guests Jans Ingber (The Motet) on lead vocals, Christine Tambakis on backing vocals, and Nick Biello on keyboard, and included Prince favorites “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Kiss,” “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” and of course, the party-rocker “1999.”You can stream the full set below:Setlist: Kung Fu & Friends at The Big Up, Ghent, NY – 8/10/13:Set: Let’s Go Crazy, I Would Die 4 U, Musicology, Raspberry Beret, Kiss, Darling Nikki, Take Me With U, D.M.S.R., Little Red Corvette, I Wanna Be Your Lover, Purple Rain, 1999RIP Prince. We’ll miss you.
Back in 1998, The Disco Biscuits were starting to settle in to their “trancefusion” stylings and putting on some epic performances that lasted for what seemed like hours on end. The Philadelphia-based band became a staple at NYC’s iconic venue The Wetlands during this time period, at many times testing the patience of the staff due to their penchant for pushing on and playing into the wee hours of the morning.This was most evident during a 2-night run at the venue leading up to their New Year’s Eve show at Silk City Lounge in Philly. During the first night, the Biscuits played a 4-hour marathon to a sold-out house, which acted as a post-Phish MSG celebration that went until 5 am. “Run Like Hell > Shem-Rah Boo” got things warmed up rather early on, along with the debut of “Above the Waves,” as well as a standout 25-minute version of Frank Zappa‘s “Pygmy Twylyte,” that witnessed some incredible psychedelic jamming which led into the proper ending of “Run Like Hell.” “Magellan” made an appearance during the four-song encore, and “Mr. Don” brought the evening to a close.Take a listen to the 12/29/98 Wetlands show below, courtesy of taper John Madigan.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | The Wetlands | New York, NY | 12/29/1998Set 1: Pat and Dex, Run Like Hell* > Shem-Rah Boo, Smoothie King, Morph Dusseldorf, Mulberry’s DreamSet 2: Norwegian Wood, Above The Waves**, Barfly, Trooper McCue, Bazaar Escape, Basis For A Day, Boogie Stop Shuffle, Little Shimmy In A Conga Line, Pygmy Twylyte > Run Like HellEncore: Plan B > Magellan, Wet, Mr. Don*with1999 fakeout**first time played
Node After Node38,424 [Years]0.999999897 Reliability (MTBF)Availability As we covered in our previous post ScaleIO can easily be configured to deliver 6-9’s of availability or higher using only 2 replicas that saves 33% of the cost compared to other solutions while providing very high performance. In this blog we will discuss the facts of availability using math and demystify the myth behinds ScaleIO’s high availability.For data loss or data unavailability to occur in a system with two replicas of data (such as ScaleIO) there must be two concurrent failures or a second failure must occur before the system recovers from a first failure. Therefore one of the following four scenarios must occur:Two drive failures in a storage pool ORTwo nodes failures in a storage pool ORA node failed followed by a drive failure ORA drive failed followed by a node failureLet us choose two popular ScaleIO configurations and derive the availability of each.20 x ScaleIO servers deployed on Dell EMC’s PowerEdge Servers R740xd with 24 SSD drives each, 1.92TB SSD drive size using 4 x 10GbE Network. In this configuration we will assume that the rebuild time is network bound.20 x ScaleIO servers deployed on Dell EMC’s PowerEdge Servers R640 with 10 SSD drives each, 1.92TB SSD drives using 2 x 25GbE Network. In this configuration we will assume that the rebuild time is SSD bound.Note: ScaleIO best practices recommend a maximum of 300 drives in a storage pool, therefore for the first configuration we will configure two storage pools with 240 drives in each pool.To calculate the availability of a ScaleIO system we will leverage a couple of well know academic publications:RAID: High Performance Reliable secondary Storage (from UC Berkeley) andA Case for Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks (RAID).We will adjust the formulas in the paper to the ScaleIO architecture and model the different failures.Two Drive FailuresWe will use the following formula to calculate the MTBF of ScaleIO system for a two drive failure scenario:Where:N = Number of drives in a systemG = Number of drives in a storage poolM = Number of drives per serverK = 8,760 hours ( 1 Year)= MTBF of a single drive= Mean Time to Repair – repair/rebuild time of a failed driveNote: This formula assumes that two drives that fail in the same ScaleIO SDS (server) will not cause DU/DL as the ScaleIO architecture guarantees that replicas of the same data will NEVER reside on the same physical node.Let’s assume two scenarios – in the first scenario the rebuild process is constrained by network bandwidth – in the second scenario the rebuild process is constrained by drive performance bandwidth.Network BoundIn this case we assume that the rebuild time/performance is limited by the availability of network bandwidth. This will be the case if you deploy a dense configuration such as the DELL 740xd servers with a large number of SSDs in a single server. In this case, the MTTR function is:Where:S – Number of servers in a ScaleIO clusterNetwork Speed – Bandwidth in GB/s available for rebuild traffic (excluding application traffic)Conservative_Factor = factor additional time to complete the rebuild (to be conservative).Plugging in the relevant values in the formula above, we get a MTTR of ~1.5 minutes for the 20 x R740, 24 SSDS @ 1.92TB w/ 4 X 10GbE network connections configuration (two storage pools w/ 240 drives per pool). The 20 x R640, 10SSDs @ 1.92TB w/ 2 X 25GbE network connections config provides MTTR of ~2 minutes. These MTTR values reflect the superiority of ScaleIO’s declustered RAID architecture that result in a very fast rebuild time. In a later post we will show how those MTTR values are critical and how they impact system availability and operational efficiency.SSD Drive BoundIn this case, the rebuild time/performance is bound by the number of SSD drives and the rebuild time is a function of the number of drives available in the system. This will be the case if you deploy less dense configurations such as the 1U Dell EMC PowerEdge R640 servers. In this case, the MTTR function is:Where:G – Number of drives in a storage poolDrive_Speed – Drive speed available for rebuildConservative_Factor = factor additional time to complete the rebuild (to be conservative).System availability is calculated by dividing the time that the system is available and running, by the total time the system was running added to the restore time. For availability we will use the following formula:Where:RTO – Recovery Time Objective or the amount of time it takes to recover a system after a data loss event (For example: if two drives fail in a single pool), where data needs to be recovered from a backup system. We will be highly conservative and will consider Data Unavailability (DU) scenarios as bad as Data Loss (DL) scenarios therefore we will use RTO in the availability formula.Note: the only purpose of RTO is to translate MTBF to availability.Node and Device FailureNext, let’s discuss the system’s MTBF when a node fails and followed by a drive failure, for this scenario we will be using the followed model:Where:M = Number of drives per nodeG = Number of drives in the poolS = Number of servers in the systemK = Number of hours in 1 year i.e. 8,760 hoursMTBFdrive = MTBF of a single driveMTBFserver = MTBF of a single nodeMTTRserver = repair/rebuild time of failed serverIn a similar way, one can develop the formulas for other failure sequences such as a drive failure after a node failure and a second node failure after a first node failure.Network Bound Rebuild ProcessIn this case we assume that rebuild time/performance is constrained by network bandwidth. We will make similar assumptions as for drive failure. In this case, the MTTR function is:Where:M – Number of drives per serverS – Number of servers in a ScaleIO clusterNetwork Speed – Bandwidth in GB/s available for rebuild traffic (excluding application traffic)Conservative_Factor = factor additional time to complete the rebuild to be conservativePlugging the relevant values in the formula above, we get a MTTR of ~30 minutes for the 20 x R740, 24 SSDS @ 1.92TB w/ 4 X 10GbE network connections configuration (two storage pools w/ 240 drives per pool). The 20 x R640, 10SSDs @ 1.92TB w/ 2 x 25GbE Network config provides MTRR of ~20 minutes. During system recovery ScaleIO rebuilt about 48TB of data for the first configuration and about 21TB for the second configuration.SSD Drive BoundIn this case we assume that the Rebuild time/performance is SSD drive bound and the rebuild time is a function of the number of drives available in the system. Using the same assumptions as for drive failures, the MTTR function is:Where:G – Number of drives in a storage poolM – Number of drives per serverDrive_Speed – Drive speed available for rebuildConservative_Factor = factor additional time to complete the rebuild to be conservativeBased on the provided formulas let’s calculate the availability of ScaleIO system based on the two different configurations:20 x R740, 24 SSDS @ 1.92TB w/ 4 X 10GbE Network(Deploying 2 storage pools w/ 240 drives per pool) Node After Node69,163 [Years]0.999999975 20 x R640, 10SSDs @ 1.92TB w/ 2 x 25GbE: Drive After Node27,665 [Years]0.999999937 Overall System4,714 [Years]0.99999952 or 6-9’s Drive After Drive43,986 [Years]0.999999955 Overall System15,702 [Years]0.99999989 or 6-9’s Drive After Drive105,655 [Years]0.999999983 Since these calculations are complex, ScaleIO provides its customers with FREE online tools to build HW configurations and obtain availability numbers that includes all possible failure scenarios. We advise customers to use this tool, rather than crunch complex mathematics, to build system configurations based on desired system availability targets.As you can see, yet again, we prove that the ScaleIO system easily exceeds 6-9’s of availability with just 2 replicas of the data. Unlike other vendors, neither extra additional data replicas nor erasure coding is required! So do you have to deploy three replica copies to achieve enterprise availability? No you do not! The myth is BUSTED. Node After Drive138,325 [Years]0.999999985 Drive After Node6,404 [Years]0.999999691 Node After Drive276,650 [Years]0.999999993 Reliability (MTBF)Availability
As Robert Kincaid would say: “This kind of certainty comes but just once in a lifetime!” Broadway alums Elizabeth Stanley and Andrew Samonsky will star as devoted Iowa housewife Francesca and National Geographic photographer Robert, respectively, in the previously announced national tour of The Bridges of Madison County. The touring production will launch on November 28 in Des Moines, before continuing to cities across the country. Additional casting will be announced soon.Stanley is currently starring on Broadway in the Tony-nominated revival of On the Town. Her other Great White Way credits include Million Dollar Quartet, Cry-Baby and Company. Samonsky recently starred in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. His Broadway credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Scandalous and South Pacific.Directed by Bartlett Sher, who helmed the show’s Broadway run, and based on the best-selling novel by Robert James Waller, The Bridges of Madison County tells the story of Iowa housewife Francesca Johnson and her life-changing, four-day whirlwind romance with traveling photographer Robert Kincaid. Featuring music and lyrics by Tony-winning composer Jason Robert Brown and a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman, it’s an unforgettable story of two people caught between decision and desire, as a chance encounter becomes a second chance at so much more.The Bridges of Madison County received four 2014 Tony Award nominations, and won awards for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations for Jason Robert Brown.The production’s creative team includes scenic design by Tony Award winner Michael Yeargan, costume design by Tony Award winner Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Tony Award winner Donald Holder, sound design by Jon Weston and movement by Danny Mefford. Star Files Elizabeth Stanley View Comments
According to leading economic indicators in June 2019, the US economy is doing well. It has steady growth, low unemployment, and little inflation¹. In fact, June marks the 10th straight year of a growing economy², and we’re on track to break the prior record of economic expansion set during the 1990s tech boom³. Yet, the statistics regarding the financial health of typical American households don’t paint as sunny a picture: The average American household has an average of only $8,863 in liquid savings in a deposit account460 percent of millennials don’t have enough money to cover a $1,000 emergency4In the Federal Reserve’s most recent annual report on household well-being: Almost 39% of Americans said they wouldn’t be able to scrape together the cash to meet a $400 emergency expense5More than 6 in 10 said losing their job would mean they couldn’t cover three months of expenses5Only 36 percent said their retirement savings are on track5Almost a quarter of Americans skipped some form of medical care in the past year because they couldn’t afford it5An Alarming Lack of LiquidityWhy are the statistics so dismal when the economic outlook is so bright? There are several reasons. While the improving economy has reduced unemployment, wage growth still doesn’t cover the gaps experienced by underserved, low-income segments of society. The authors of the Federal Reserve’s annual report stated: “Another year of economic expansion and the low national unemployment rates did little to narrow the persistent economic disparities by race, education, and geography5.” But there’s more going on. Millennials are struggling with crippling student loans, high rents or mortgages, low wages and numerous other financial obligations6. A MarketWatch article from 2018 suggesting that millennials should already have twice their salary saved for retirement resulted in an angry and defensive backlash from this group and quickly went viral6. It’s not surprising, however, since a significant percentage of this group entered the job force either on the heels of the Great Recession or right in the middle of it. And as college degrees become increasingly necessary (even being the minimum requirement to succeed nowadays in many jobs), competition has increased considerably for the most desired schools, and tuition costs continue to rise accordingly along with the student loans to pay the tab. We’ve all heard the frequently-cited assertion that millennials are the first generation to be financially worse off than their parents, but the statistics above seem to support this as fact. The Golden Years Not So GoldenThe lack of liquidity many Americans experience extends to the post-employment years as well. Employer-sponsored retirement plans aren’t what they used to be. Few of us will get to benefit from the type of pension plan our parents enjoyed, since many employers have switched to defined-contribution plans like 401(k)s, placing the responsibility for retirement savings largely in our own hands6. And the uncertain future of Social Security benefits is frequently discussed in the press, with predictions that the Social Security reserve fund will be depleted by 2034-20357. The Price of Being Broke So, with Americans in such critical need of liquidity, how are they obtaining it? Historically, there haven’t been many desirable options for obtaining cash, particularly for those Americans with lower credit who are unable to obtain short-term liquidity from traditional sources. Many consumers have resorted to high-cost—even predatory—loans that come with interest rates as high as 1,000% or more. Other consumers are forced to skip bill payments and forgo essentials such as medical care and car maintenance. And the situation snowballs from there, creating bigger problems for the individual consumer. Missed bill payments lead to credit score reductions (which means higher costs of credit), late fees, and even eviction or foreclosure. Consumers who neglect their basic wellness can end up being treated and hospitalized for illnesses that could have been prevented, incurring even larger medical expenses than the initial cost of preventive care. Consumers and the Government are Counting on Credit UnionsResearch has demonstrated that consumers would prefer to obtain short-term credit from YOU – their local credit union – and regulatory agencies such as the CFPB and NCUA are encouraging credit unions to provide responsible small-dollar loans to their members. But historically, the obstacles and costs precluded them from providing these types of loans. In the past, the two biggest impediments for credit unions to offer affordable short-term loans were complex regulatory requirements and operational obstacles: time, cost and underwriting. But the government is doing its part to ease up on the regulatory requirements, and the operational side of underwriting and processing these loans is made feasible with digital technology. Digital is the Answer. FinTechs are the Way. By leveraging digital, turnkey loan platforms, credit unions can provide much-needed liquidity to their members—responsibly, affordably and compliantly. For community financial institutions, the most logical way to get there is to partner with a digital lending technology provider. Building a loan platform in-house is out of reach for most credit unions, due to the required expertise, resources and costs. With the introduction of affordable and compliant loan automation software, credit unions can enjoy efficiencies of automating the entire loan process and avoid the high cost of individually underwriting and documenting short-term, small dollar loans, while providing their members a much-needed valuable service. Here are just a few benefits of implementing a digital lending platform: New source of revenue to your credit unionLower cost and more efficient than manual solutionsFully automated – no loan officers neededLoans automatically booked to your coreMany FinTech providers offer underwriting processes based on alternative data instead of traditional credit scoresIn most cases, your members can apply for a loan 24/7 on your white label website or appOffer a valuable service that will help acquire new members and keep existing members coming back.We may not be dealing with your dad’s economy, but your dad’s credit union didn’t have access to today’s digital technology! Partner with a FinTech to provide much-needed liquidity to your members in a responsible, compliant and affordable way. Who knows – you might be saving the economy! 1 – https://www.thebalance.com/how-is-the-economy-doing-33060462 – https://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2019/05/07/the-u-s-economy-is-not-stalling-its-expanding/#664bb4d23d8e3 – https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2018/04/18/the-u-s-is-on-track-for-the-longest-expansion-ever-but-its-coming-at-a-cost/?utm_term=.e53ba9e664f24-https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/11/how-much-money-americans-have-in-their-savings-accounts-at-every-age.html5 – https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2019/05/23/americans-arent-ready-weather-sustained-downturn-new-report-shows/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.9781234eca066 – https://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-is-why-americans-dont-save-even-when-they-know-better-2019-02-257 – https://www.barrons.com/articles/social-security-deficit-reserves-check-benefits-payroll-tax-515559582828 – https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/issue-briefs/2017/04/payday-loan-customers-want-more-protections-access-to-lower-cost-credit-from-banks 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Christopher Leonard Christopher Leonard is CEO of Velocity Solutions. He’s been with the company since 2005, having previously served as President, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel. Prior to joining the … Web: https://myvelocity.com Details
6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Molly Lehrsch As Co-Owner & Partner at Cultivate, Molly is dedicated to helping credit union leaders drive measurable results through innovate people strategies. Leveraging her diverse background in corporate communications, public relations … Web: https://www.cultivateresults.com Details There’s an end in sight for the days of remote work, drive-up member service, and A/B shifts. So, how are you preparing? Most return-to-work plans focus on logistics like sanitization and scheduling, but it’s important to consider how we prepare and engage our people in the process. Here are five actions you can take to ensure a successful re-entry: Get your house in orderMany employees are craving routine and community, and we need to be ready. With all the details that will plague us, it’s important to lead with social distancing guidelines and some quick wins to get the ball rolling. Action: Consider repurposing conference rooms, lunch rooms, and other communal spaces to allow for more distance. Be thoughtful about the shared workplace activities where employees come together like recycling bins, printers, and entry points. Engage employees in the solutionLast week, Chary Krout shared how leadership will impact employee experience now more than ever. She called out the importance of including employees in the return-to-work conversation, and to be clear that this process will involve compromises, and the goal is to find the best solution for the employee and to ensure team deliverables can still be met. Action: Create an exercise for departments to revisit team deliverables and goals, and reprioritize as needed. Then, talk to each of your employees to understand any unique working or scheduling needs and share the plan back to the team. Connect on a personal levelStress and anxiety levels are higher than ever. Additionally, some employees are dealing with logistical challenges such as child/senior care, limited public transportation, and empty PTO banks. Don’t overlook the importance of asking questions and listening to see how you can help. Action: Have frequent and personal check-ins with your employees. Even a 5-minute phone call just to see how they are is meaningful. If they’re struggling, encourage them to reach out to Human Resources or remind them of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).Review employee goals and expectationsWork has changed over the past five months. Employee’s goals, job role and schedule might look vastly different. There’s no better time to come together, review goals, identify any changes and re-align expectations. Action: Schedule a 1:1 dedicated to the employee’s role and responsibilities. Consider: Is there a change in the goals and what is expected? Will a different schedule be requested or required? Prepare your people for what’s nextCredit unions are going to need to remain agile and pivot to address the ever-changing market conditions — and so will our employees. Focusing more resources on professional development will not only help employees feel valued and grow their resume, but better equip your credit union for any future business disruptions.Action: Prepare a customized development plan in partnership with your employee. Include a focus on technical skills, but don’t forget soft skills like resiliency and adaptability. Make sure you help your employees set aside time to complete plan activities and share their learnings with others.With so much content and advice for businesses on the future of our work and how to prepare our workplaces, we can’t lose sight of what we’ve put at the center of our organizations for decades – the people. If you’re able to put your employees at the center of your return-to-work plan, you’ll not only ensure engagement, but demonstrate compassion—something we’re all craving right now.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Designing Atari’s Coin-op MachinesRaiford Guins, associate professor of Culture and Technology at Stony Brook University, will give a talk on “Designing Atari’s Coin-op Machines, 1972-1979” followed by a signing of his book Game After: A Cultural Study of Video Game Afterlife. Afterward, enjoy the Arcade Age exhibit and play over 50 classic arcade games! Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org $10. 7 p.m. February 25. 67th Annual Hofstra Shakespeare FestivalAdapted and directed by Jean Dobie Giebel, experience The Great Bard’s timeless tragedy in all it’s intrigue and glory, as Hofstra University’s Department of Drama and Dance breathe fresh, new life into Hamlet’s torturous quest for revenge in “The Play’s The Thing: A One-Hour Hamlet”! Hofstra University, Hempstead. Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center. Tickets: HofstraTickets.com. $10 – $12. 8 p.m. February 25. Special performance with The Hofstra Collegium Musicum titled “Hofstra Shakespeare Festival Musicale: Love Is Merely A Madness,” directed by Christopher Morrongiello and featuring songs from “Shakespeare’s Time on the Most Vexing of All Maladies.” 2 p.m. February 27. Laugh till your britches hurt during “As You Like It,” one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, directed by Kara-Lynn Vaeni. Hofstra University Black Box Theater, New Academics Building. $10 – $12. 8 p.m. February 26 & 27. 2 p.m. February 28. Dennis DeYoung: The Music of StyxDomo Arigato, Mr. Roboto! We’re still not sure what that means—but who cares?!? Dennis DeYoung, the founding member of Styx, will perform (we can only hope) hits like “Mr. Roboto” and “Come Sail Away” (a six-minute adrenaline-filled work of musical genius) and several other blasts-from-the-past that made the progressive rock band from Chicago a nationwide sensation. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $35-$79.50. 8 p.m. February 25. Dave Mason, Leon RussellOne of the living legends of English rock, Dave Mason has collaborated with a host of artists over his storied career, from Jimi Hendrix to Michael Jackson. This time, he’s joining forces with the time-tested American original, Leon Russell. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$74.50. 8 p.m. February 25.Bone Thugs-N-HarmonyThis hip-hop/rap group burst out of Cleveland in the mid-’90s, with their breakout hit single “Thuggish Ruggish Bone” gaining them enough of a following to continue releasing a smattering of albums and EPs, including Grammy winning song, “Tha Crossroads.” Consisting of rappers Bizzy Bone, Wish Bone, Layzie Bone, Krayzie Bone and Flesh-n-Bone, this group has been commended by many for their unique sense of melody and dynamic stage presence. Now, they’re taking the stage again for the 20th Anniversary of “Tha Crossroads.” The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $30. 9 p.m. February 25.TraptThis California-based alt-rock quartet is touring in advance of the release of their seventh studio album, DNA, which is slated to drop this year. Opening the show are J. Rad, Lubricoma, Inherit The Earth and Cracked Alice. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com/events $20. 7:30 p.m. February 26.Wave: A True Story In Hip HopJoin the legendary creator of the famous “wave” dance move, Mr. Wave himself, for a documentary about his incredible life and a chance to learn the moves from the master himself. Mr. Wave will demonstrate his moves and teach audience members how to dance the wave. DJ Kool Herc, regarded as the father of hip hop, will be spinning tunes for the dance party to continue into the night! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. February 26.The B-52sB-52s fans can anticipate a transformation of the concert space into the bonafide Loveshack when this fantastically quirky and over-the-top new wave band take the stage. Iconic for the famed beehive hairdo and funky tunes like “Rock Lobster,” “Private Idaho” and “Roam,” the B-52s will make the whole dance floor shimmy and shake! One thing is for certain: Audiences are in for a fun, fun, fun night in celebration of longtime keyboard player, guitarist, bandmate, and B-52s brother, Paul Gordon, who recently joined that great, celestial musical jamboree up in heaven. Opening the show is Strange But Surf. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave, Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $55-$85. 8 p.m. February 26. Grateful OverkillUniting in a tribute concert to the Grateful Dead are these two groups, Reckoning and Half-Step. Reckoning originated on Long Island in 1990, capturing the spirit and emotion of Grateful Dead songs by creating a new take on classic tracks through innovative techniques and improv. Each of their shows is unique. In contrast, Half-Step consists of dedicated students and fans of the Grateful Dead, attempting to capture the spirit and emulate the original band’s music. Jerry would be proud, indeed! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$65. 8 p.m. February 26. The Lone BellowPlaying what they call “Brooklyn Country Music,” the Lone Bellow are a group of transplanted Southerners who deliver a passionate, soulful, acoustic-based alternative rock Americana. The band includes lead singer and songwriter Zach Williams, singer and mandolin player Kanene Dohehey Pipkin, and singer/guitarist Brian Elmquist. You’ve heard them on WFUV for months, now it’s time to experience them live! YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40-$45. 8 p.m. February 26.Pam Betti BandThis eponymous band’s lead singer, who was recently inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, is backed by veteran guitarist and sound sculptor, John Haseth, soulful drummer Sal DeVitto and amazing bassist Robert Jack. Imagine all that is transcendental in aural reverberations, singing and shining and beckoning your soul through the enigmatic auditory receptors within the back of your mind. Yes, redemption is here, dear dream lovers. Come and rejoice! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. February 26. Nick DiPaoloIn this day of watered-down comedy, Nick Di Paolo’s brutally honest performances remind us of what great stand-up should be: funny, socially relevant and a little bit reckless. Nick began his career in his hometown of Boston and two years later, made the jump to New York, where he found his seething, sarcastic style was welcomed with open arms by audiences at such clubs as Catch a Rising Star, Caroline’s, and The Comedy Cellar. It was at clubs like these where he honed his uncompromising point of view, which makes him not only a club favorite, but a true “comic’s comic.” You are quite simply going to laugh your tuckus off lol! The Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. brokerage.govs.com $25. Various times, February 26, 27.Hops and Props Craft Beer Festival 2016This 100-percent draft-only craft beer festival features some of the finest suds from some of the best breweries in the United States and beyond. Many styles of beer are featured. Enjoy generous, heaping samples of liquid-chee-soaked Philly Cheesesteaks, weighty empanadas, crispy bacon, juicy ribs, never-ending nachos, sumptuous desserts and so much more to accompany these soothing heal-alls! Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org $20-$95. 12, 6 p.m. February 27.Joe Lynn TurnerThis New Jersey-born prog-rocker, who’s fronted Rainbow, Mother’s Army, Hugh Turner Project, Sunstorm and so many others, is touring solo. Opening the show are Trainwreck, Stryctnyne, Trendkill, and Tang. Come experience rock and roll the way it’s supposed to be: raw, deafening, and bone-shaking to the core! Come and be saved! Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com/events $18, $20 DOS. 7 p.m. February 27.Mike DelGuidice & Big ShotThis is the only Billy Joel tribute band featuring musicians, namely Mike DelGuidice, who have actually shared a stage with the most famous Long Island crooner to date, The Piano Man, himself. Big Shot schedules tour dates around Billy Joel’s monthly Madison Square Garden concerts. A true fan, DelGuidice guarantees a proper homage to his idol—with spot-on performances and personalized, in-concert moments so Billy, you’d swear it was really him up there! Opening the show is Kodiak. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$40. 8 p.m. February 27.I Love the 90s!Break out the MC Hammer pants, dust off the Starter jackets, and pump up your sneakers, because the ’90s are coming back to the stage on LI! Performing will be Salt N Pepa, Kid N Play, Coolio, Tone Loc, Rob Base, and Color Me Badd! Yes, yes, and yesss! Sorry, Vanilla Ice couldn’t make it (he sorta went hardcore anyway, after his you-know-what hit; not to say there’s anything wrong with hardcore, though, it’s just not the right fit for this particular bill). NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $69.50-$129.50. 8 p.m. February 27.Marc BroussardIn 2004, Marc Broussard, then a precocious 22-year-old singer/songwriter, released his major-label debut. He called it Carencro, after the Louisiana town where he was born and raised, and its thematic centerpiece was a hickory-smoked slab of Bayou soul called “Home.” Now, a decade after his critical breakthrough, Broussard has come full circle with A Life Worth Living, his sixth studio album, a celebration of what home means to him, starting with his wife and kids, the street he’s lived on his entire life, surrounded by loved ones, and all the minutiae of everyday life that he has come to treasure so dearly. Wow. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore.boultoncenter.org $35-$40. 8 p.m. February 27.A$AP FergNative New Yorker and hip-hop artist, A$AP Ferg began his career in the hip-hop collective A$AP Mob when pushed to rap more by high school friend (and fellow collective member) A$AP Rocky. His debut single, “Work,” released in 2012, quickly gained more than 2 million views, and was remixed by A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Trinidad James, and French Montana. Soon after, he released his debut album Trap Lord, and its success prompted the making of his next studio album, Always Strive and Prosper, set to drop this year. With Funk Flex and Fotsbeats. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $20, $30 DOS. 10 p.m. February 27.Jack Hanna’s Into The Wild Live!The host of TV’s Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild is considered America’s favorite zookeeper. Jungle Jack and his family explore the far corners of the globe and discover amazing animals and cultures. His live show features many of his favorite animal friends, fascinating and humorous stories, and footage from his adventures around the world. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $29.50-$49.50. 3 p.m. February 28.Laura Prepon and Elizabeth TroyLaura Prepon, star of Orange Is the New Black, and integrative nutritionist Elizabeth Troy, will be speaking and signing their new book The Stash Plan: Your 21-Day Guide to Shred Weight, Feel Great, and Take Charge of Your Health. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. March 1.Geoff Tate’s Operation: MindcrimeHeavy metal singer and musician Geoff Tate got his start in the band Queensrÿche, whose success inflated in the ’80s, and led to the sale of over 20 million albums worldwide. After conflicts in the band, it was renamed Operation: Mindcrime in 2014, and released its debut album, The Key, last year. Inspired by international intrigue, political corruption and greed, this new album begins a new era for Tate. He’ll be performing a Suite of Operation: Mindcrime, plus classic hits. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$35. 8 p.m. March 2.-Compiled by Ellie Schoeffel & Timothy Bolger
Arsenal hero Charlie Nicholas urges Manchester United to move for Brendan Rodgers amid Ole Gunnar Solskjaer struggles Arsenal hero Charlie Nicholas reckons Brendan Rodgers could replace Solskjaer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have also been linked with Leicester City manager Rodgers following Unai Emery’s sacking and Nicholas says he would also be ideal for his former club.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe told Sky Sports: ‘If Man Utd do not see off Villa, and with games against Tottenham and Man City coming up, Solskjaer could be in trouble and I think they should go for Brendan Rodgers too, along with Arsenal.‘Mauricio Pochettino is floating everyone’s boat, but if you look at the real situation of how it has developed, then Rodgers is a better fit for both of those teams than Pochettino is, because he knows how to win trophies.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He won nine domestic titles at Celtic and it might be a lot easier there but he knows how to do it.‘It is not a case of being insecure, Rodgers has his beliefs and strengths and goes and does it. I would be amazed if Manchester United were not interested in him.’Former Liverpool and Celtic boss Rodgers was asked about the speculation linking him with Arsenal on Friday and said: ‘We’re at the beginning of something here [at Leicester]. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under huge pressure at Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas says he would be ‘amazed’ if Manchester United were not looking at replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Brendan Rodgers.Solskjaer remains under substantial pressure at Old Trafford, with his United team just ninth in the Premier League – nine points adrift of the top-four – after 13 matches of the 2019-20 campaign.Nicholas believes Solskjaer will be in ‘trouble’ if Manchester United fail to beat Aston Villa on Sunday and would be ‘amazed’ if Rodgers was not being considered as a replacement. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 29 Nov 2019 11:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link540Shares Advertisement Arsenal are searching for a replacement for Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)‘My relationship with the people here and the players is very strong. We think we are starting something exciting.‘Arsenal is a fantastic club. One of the greats in this country. I’m sure they have an idea of who they want to bring in.‘There’s disappointment whenever a coach loses his job. Unai has proved himself over a number of years. I have sympathy for him.’MORE: Arsenal board consider making approach for Pochettino after sacking EmeryMORE: The two reasons why Arsenal favour Rodgers to replace Emery Comment Advertisement
Kitchen renos are next on the list for Hit105’s Matty Acton. Picture: realestate.com.auHit105 breakfast presenter Matty Acton has definitely put down roots in Brisbane, buying a house with wife Esther and launching full on into renovations.Property records reveal Acton and wife Esther paid $640,000 for an Oxley house late last year, which was listed through Ted Hagemeijer of Place.Acton said it was good to finally put down roots in Brisbane and he hoped it would be a long time proposition, after moving between Queensland, Sydney and Victoria over the past few years of his career.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoPlus he said the house was close to family, so babysitting was at hand for their three-children.They’ve already started some of the cosmetic work on the house, including building in underneath for their 16 year old.Next on the agenda is ripping out the kitchen and redoing that.Acton said he and Esther were the sort of couple who watched every episode of the The Block, so were keen on renovations.He said they had considered entering the reality television show, but hadn’t ever gone through with it.“We talk about it, I am just not sure the country may be ready for one of our arguments yet,’’ he said.
Pimpama has claimed second place on Australia’s housing hot spot list. Gainsborough Greens is just one of many new housing developments in the area.A GOLD Coast suburb has been dubbed the fastest growing housing market in Queensland for a second year running.Pimpama has claimed second place on Australia’s housing hot spot list.The list of 20 of the nation’s strongest markets was revealed this week in the Housing Industry of Australia’s latest Population and Residential Building Hotspots report.An area qualifies as a hotspot if at least $150 million worth of residential building work wasapproved in 2016/17 and its rate of population growth was faster than the national average. Tribeca’s Symphony development is another new one at Pimpama.Mirvac’s Queensland Residential general manager Warwick Bible said buyers were flocking to its latest development at Pimpama, Gainsborough Greens.“Gainsborough Greens is among the Gold Coast’s fastest selling residential communities, with new homeowners attracted to the area’s open space, park facilities and strong sense of community,” he said.“Gainsborough Greens residents enjoy access to 6km of walking and bicycle tracks, an easy commute to Brisbane and Gold Coast CBDs, and a short drive to several schools, making it an attractive place to put down roots and raise a family.” STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD THE AUCTION RESULT NO ONE SAW COMING Pimpama was ranked number one in the housing hot spot list last year after it saw its population grow at a rate of 35 per cent during 2015/16 and $340 million worth of building approvals.But the Mickleham-Yuroke area of Melbourne has knocked it from the leading position with population growth of 35.3 per cent and $222.9 million in building approvals. Pimpama has been dubbed the fastest growing housing market in Queensland. Photo: David ClarkPimpama’s population grew by 30.8 per cent and had more than $352 million worth of residential properties approved during the past financial year.Other Queensland suburbs to make the list were Coomera, South Brisbane and Ipswich’s Springfield Lakes, ranked 12th, 16th and 17th respectively.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago Restaurants at Pimpama. Photo: David ClarkHIA senior economist Shane Garrett said the south eastern corner was the focus in Queensland.“Population growth in the south east has accelerated over the past year, indicating that Queensland is starting to see solid employment gains,” he said.“Coomera is also a regular on the hot spots list, joined by South Brisbane where the apartment boom has resulted in significant approvals and population growth.”