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first_imgUmphrey’s McGee has announced three new dates in New York! On October 20 & 21, the Chicago rockers will get comfortable at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. They’ll be joined by Sinkane on October 20. From there, they will head to the Brooklyn Bowl on October 22 for an intimate weekend closer. After an exciting performance at the Central Park SummerStage earlier this summer, the Big Apple can’t wait to get Umphrey’s back! Additionally, Umphrey’s McGee has revealed plans for Halloween, with a two-night run at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, MN on October 27 & 28, 2017.Pre-sale tickets and umVIP members will get access tomorrow, July 26, with an official on-sale on Friday, 7/28. More information can be found on the band’s website.[cover photo by Phierce Photo// IG: @phiercephoto]last_img read more

first_img[Audio: opsopcopolis][Photo: Andrew Blackstein] Last night, Umphrey’s McGee kicked off a two-night run at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with an absolute heater of a show. During the performance, the group invited Nicole Atkins out for the group’s debut of The Pretenders’ “Brass In The Pocket” and performed a number of special tunes, including busting out of the “Peter Gunn/Every Breath You Take” mash-up originally from The Sopranos.Starting things off, the group opened the show with the one-two hit of “Miami Virtue” into a new tune, “Half Delayed”, off their recently released album, it’s not us. One of the major highlights of the night came early during a standalone “Der Bluten Kat” that rang in at close to thirty minutes. Not only was the song itself dialed in, but Umphrey’s used the well-loved tune as a vehicle for the “Peter Gunn Theme” (Henri Mancini) / “Every Step You Take” (The Police) mash-up jam originally from The Sopranos—a number the group hadn’t performed since February 9th, 2013, marking a gap of 490 shows.After a take on “Example 1”, the band invited out Nicole Atkins for Umphrey’s debut of The Pretenders’ “Brass In The Pocket”. To close out the fiery first set, the band made an unusual decision to close out the first frame with another new song off it’s not us, “Maybe Someday”, marking the third time the song has been played live by the group.Picking up right where they left off, Umphrey’s McGee returned for set two with an opening “Plunger”, which was jammed through nicely into “Den”. After a brief pause, the group hit “Make It Right”, which was dedicated to the band’s lighting director Jefferson Waful, given that he calls Philadelphia his hometown. From there, the band played “FF”, which saw Jake Cinninger take over on keys and Ryan Stasik shredding down on his knees, making for a climactic moment of set two.Coming out of “FF” into “Rocker”, the band performed “Part 2” before landing in the set’s massive closer “Ocean Billy”. Umphrey’s take on “Ocean Billy” was particularly exceptional, with the group teasing “YYZ” by Rush and “Señor Mouse” by Chick Corea at points. Ending things on a high, the group returned with an encore of “Frankie Zombie”, yet another mash-up, which mixes White Zombie’s “Thunder Kiss ’65”  with Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s “Relax” [Frankie Goes to Hollywood] and Pink Floyd’s “Have A Cigar”.You can check out the setlist from last night below, plus listen to full audio from the performance, courtesy of opsopcopolis.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | The Fillmore | Philadelphia, PA | 1/26/2018Set 1: Miami Virtue > Half Delayed, Der Bluten Kat > Peter Gunn / Every Breath You Take > Der Bluten Kat, Example 1, Brass In the Pocket[1], Maybe SomedaySet 2: Plunger > Den, Make It Right, FF[2] > Rocker Part 2, Ocean Billy[3]Set 3: Frankie Zombie[1] debut, The Pretenders; with Nicole Atkins on vocals[2] with Jake on keys[3] with YYZ (Rush) and Senor Mouse (Al Di Meola) teaseslast_img read more

first_imgHuey Lewis & The News have cancelled all of their remaining 2018 tour dates. According to a post on the band’s Facebook page, frontman Huey Lewis has been unable to hear properly for two-and-a-half months due to what are probably complications from Meniere’s disease. The band was slated to play a number of shows this year, including a set at San Francisco’s popular Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival.Lewis’ Facebook post reads:Huey Lewis and The News cancel all 2018 performancesTwo and a half months ago, just before a show in Dallas, I lost most of my hearing. Although I can still hear a little, one on one, and on the phone, I can’t hear music well enough to sing. The lower frequencies distort violently making it impossible to find pitch. I’ve been to the House Ear Institute, the Stanford Ear Institute, and the Mayo Clinic, hoping to find an answer. The doctors believe I have Meniere’s disease and have agreed that I can’t perform until I improve. Therefore the only prudent thing to do is to cancel all future shows. Needless to say, I feel horrible about this, and wish to sincerely apologize to all the fans who’ve already bought tickets and were planning to come see us. I’m going to concentrate on getting better, and hope that one day soon I’ll be able to perform again.Sincerely HueyThere’s word yet on how long Lewis will need to be off the road, but we wish him the best in his recovery.last_img read more

first_imgAlmost a month after concluding their Wheels of Soul run at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Tedeschi Trucks Band regrouped last night in Syracuse, New York for a performance at the Chevrolet Court for the New York State Fair. The husband-and-wife duo led their 12-piece ensemble through a 15-song set, welcoming moe. guitarist Al Schnier for a collaboration on Derek and the Dominos‘ “Tell the Truth”.Mixing together their own blues-tinged originals with an exceptional mix of classic covers, Tedeschi Trucks Band was in full-force last night. Keeping it close to home with covers of Derek Trucks Band‘s “Get What You Deserve”, and reaching into familiar pockets for covers of The Band‘s “Down In The Flood” (perfomed by TTB for the third time ever since their debut earlier this year), Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers‘ “How Blue Can You Get?”, and Joe Cocker‘s “Space Captain”, Tedeschi Trucks Band frequently uses the inspiration of these covers to expand upon their own authenticity. Without knowing the origins of these songs beforehand, one is safe to assume they belong to TTB when they play them.During their cover of Derek and the Dominos’ “Tell The Truth”, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi welcomed out moe. guitarist Al Schnier for a nearly 10-minute collaboration, marking one of the night’s greatest highlights. Toward the end of the show, the band really let loose and turned in 13+ minute versions of their own “I Want More” and “Midnight In Harlem”.Thanks to binto37, you can listen to the full show below:Tedeschi Trucks Band – Chevrolet Court at the New York State Fair – Syracuse, NY – 8/23/18[Audio: binto37]Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Chevrolet Court at the New York State Fair | Syracuse, NY | 8/23/18Don’t Let Me Slide, Laugh About It, High & Mighty, Get What You Deserve (Derek Trucks Band), Lord Protect My Child (Bob Dylan), Bound For Glory, Made Up My Mind, Down In The Flood (The Band), Part of Me, Tell the Truth (Derek and the Dominos, feat. Al Schnier), More and More (feat. Mike Mattison & Mark Rivers on lead vox), How Blue Can You Get? (Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers), I Want More, Midnight In Harlem, Space Captain (Joe Cocker)last_img read more

first_imgRailroad Earth has announced plans for a two-night 2018 Thanksgiving Run. Dubbed Horn O’ Plenty, the run will see Railroad Earth will headline Stroudsburg, PA’s Sherman Theater on Friday, November 23rd with support from Ghost Light and on Saturday, November 24th, with support from the Amy Helm Band. Railroad Earth’s Thanksgiving runs in Stroudsburg, PA have become an annual tradition, with this year marking the band’s eighth year in a row the band bringing their tight-knit jam-grass outfit to Stroudsburg to give thanks. Stay tuned for more information on all of the events happening in downtown Stroudsburg, PA for the Horn O’ Plenty weekend.Railroad Earth has a busy fall coming up, with appearances at Feastival, Waterloo Music Festival, Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, PA, The Festy Experience, Hillberry Festival, Bridge Jam Festival, and their highly anticipated three headlining nights at Hangtown Music Festival in Placerville, CA. The band is also slated to perform at Strings & Sol in Mexico this December, and Bender Jamboree in Las Vegas, NV next April.Horn O’ Plenty early bird 2-day passes and single day tickets are available now for a limited time via Ticketfly.For a full list of Railroad Earth’s upcoming tour dates and ticket information head to the band’s website.last_img read more

first_imgToday, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has announced the official dates for 2019, as well as the addition of an extra day. Celebrating their 50th anniversary, the world-famous Jazz Fest will return to the Fair Grounds Race Course from Thursday, April 25th through Sunday, the 28th, and Thursday, May 2nd to Sunday, May 5th. That’s right, both weekends will start on a Thursday and end on a Sunday, alleviating some of the crowded atmospheres that the first weekend is traditionally known for.While the lineup has not yet been announced, it can be assumed that the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will continue on with their reputation as one of the best festivals in all the land. Regardless of who’s playing, it’s the people, food, and culture that bring people back year after year. For more information, head to the event’s website.last_img read more

first_imgDoing justice to one of rock’s most expansive repertoires was always a tall order, but Dead & Company has been steadily working through the Grateful Dead’s songbook throughout over one hundred shows and counting. Despite having performed around 130 distinct songs as of November 2018, so far, the spinoff supergroup (comprised of original Dead members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart along with John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti, and Oteil Burbridge) still has yet to play several notable favorites.In celebration of last week’s announcement of summer tour dates, and because speculation is entertaining, here are just a few of the songs that Dead & Company could realistically debut during Summer Tour 2019:“Alligator”: Fans have been waiting impatiently to hear Dead & Company’s take on this early favorite from the Grateful Dead’s second studio album, 1968’s Anthem of the Sun. Surely the Rhythm Devils (drummers Kreutzmann and Hart) would love to take a crowd through the midsong percussive breakdown almost as much as Mayer and Weir would love to lead the band through the song’s manic outro.“Alligator”[Audio: Grateful Dead]“It Must Have Been the Roses”: This is by no means the first time “Roses” has appeared on a list of potential Dead & Company song debuts for an upcoming tour. How easy it would be to imagine the band easing into this tender ballad, probably sometime deep in a first set, situated where they might otherwise play a song like “Ship of Fools!” Mayer or Burbridge would likely take over lead vocal duties in a potential Dead & Company debut of this song next summer, and the lucky crowd would be in for a treat.“It Must’ve Been The Roses”[Audio: Grateful Dead]“Hey Pocky Way”: This cover of The Meters’ original found its place in quite a few setlists during the Brent Mydland years, but thus far Dead & Company has steered clear of songs sung by the late Grateful Dead keyboardist. Still, the song’s central driving riff feels right at home in Mayer’s technique, and if the group were to break out a Brent song to debut next summer, “Hey Pocky Way” would be a pretty good bet, regardless of its status as a cover. Could this be an opportunity for Chimenti to sing lead?“Hey Poky Way” [Live in Greensboro, March 31, 1989][Audio: Grateful Dead]“High Time”: At the time of this writing, Dead & Company has performed every song from Workingman’s Dead (1970) except for one, leaving “High Time” the lone holdout. This heartbroken waltz would lend itself indisputably well to Burbridge’s lead vocal efforts, and in an interview just before the start of the 2018 Summer Tour the bassist reported that his wife had been pressing him to give it and a few other songs a try with Dead & Company. Along with “Roses,” “High Time” is one of the few songs Burbridge mentioned in the interview that remain unplayed after the latest tour.“High Time” [Live at Fillmore Auditorium, November 8, 1969][Audio: Grateful Dead]“Unbroken Chain”: Admittedly, this one is perhaps the longest shot on this list. The song is infamous in its rarity (sometimes referred to by fans as the “Holy Grail”), and the Grateful Dead themselves only played it ten times live, all in the span of a few weeks in 1995. Still, the beautiful lyricism and compositional complexity of “Unbroken Chain” ensure that it nevertheless looms large for many fans. Dead & Company performed “Box of Rain” three times during Summer Tour 2016 and “Passenger” five times since that year, so there’s certainly precedent for the band performing Lesh tunes even with the bassist’s absence from the group. Hey, a Dead Head can dream, right?“Unbroken Chain”[Audio: Grateful Dead]“Lazy River Road”: Bobby struggles on certain Jerry Garcia songs and shines on others, but his now-raspy voice and folksy vocal phrasing would likely give this song a brilliant treatment. Dead & Company has paid fair attention to later Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter compositions like “Liberty” and “Days Between,” and this bodes well for the possibility of a “Lazy River Road” debut next summer. If that were to happen, perhaps in place of a “Peggy-O” one night, it would likely be a much-appreciated tender nostalgia trip for thousands of Dead Heads.“Lazy River Road” (Live at The Palace, Auburn Hills, MI 7/31/94)[Audio: Grateful Dead]“Mama Tried”: This Merle Haggard cover became a fan-favorite over the course of at least 300 performances by the Grateful Dead, but has remained conspicuously absent among the Weir covers of the Dead & Company era. If debuted during one of the earlier shows next summer, “Mama Tried” could reasonably come to occupy a stable spot in the song rotation for the summer.“Mama Tried” (Live at Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 5/8/77)[Audio: Grateful Dead]“Picasso Moon”: Dead & Company has dipped into the Grateful Dead’s final studio album Built to Last (1989) to pull out “Standing on the Moon” fourteen times, but has yet to return to that well for any other songs. Of the album’s songs not written by Mydland and still unperformed by Dead & Company, energetic favorites “Picasso Moon” and “Foolish Heart” stand out as the most likely to be debuted in 2019, with the former taking a slight edge because Weir provides the lead vocals.“Picasso Moon” [Live at Meadowlands Arena, October 16, 1989][Audio: Grateful Dead]“Lazy Lightning > Supplication”: Is anyone else surprised that Dead & Company hasn’t played this pair yet? The Grateful Dead played “Lazy Lightning > Supplication” 111 times between 1976 and 1984, but Weir’s enthusiasm for the tune seems not to have carried over to his involvement with Dead & Company just yet. Of songs that featured relatively frequently in the Grateful Dead rotation yet remain unperformed by Dead & Company, this pairing is deserving of attention in 2019.“Lazy Lightning ~ Supplication” – 4/12/1978 – Duke University[Video: Ihejedaba Nivotoc]“Dupree’s Diamond Blues”: Dead & Company has already drawn heavily from Aoxomoxoa (1969) with powerhouse staples like “St. Stephen” and “China Cat Sunflower.” Of the record’s remaining tunes, “Dupree’s Diamond Blues” has had the most staying power: though rarely played in the band’s earlier years, the Grateful Dead would ultimately perform the song 80 times, beating out its album peers “Cosmic Charlie” and “Doin’ That Rag” (45 and 38 performances respectively). Of the work from Aoxomoxoa, “Dupree’s Diamond Blues” seems like a clear choice for resurrection from Dead & Company during Summer Tour 2019.“Dupree’s Diamond Blues / China Cat Sunflower”[Audio: Grateful Dead]Up next for Dead & Company is their second annual Playing In The Sand destination event from January 17th–20th, 2019. For more information, head to the event website.last_img read more

first_imgThe Rolling Stones have yet to reveal whether or not they will release their next studio album of new original material in 2019. In the meantime, the famous British rock band will provide their legion of fans with a new “Best Of” compilation album next month, HONK, which is scheduled to arrive on April 19th via Interscope.Related: The Rolling Stones Add Canadian Show To Extensive 2019 ‘No Filter’ Stadium TourAnnounced on Thursday, the forthcoming release will include a mix of the band’s biggest hits and classic cuts from every one of their studio albums beginning with 1971’s Sticky Fingers to 2016’s Grammy-winning Blue & Lonesome. The compilation will include a total of 36 fan favorites and rarities from the Stones’ catalog. There will also be a deluxe/bonus version of the album featuring 10 live tracks of the band’s performances alongside Dave Grohl, Florence Welch, Brad Paisley, and Ed Sheeran.Fans will have the option to purchase the standard one CD or two LP versions, or the deluxe editions which come in either three CD or four (colored) LP packages, with the latter limited to only 2,500 copies in the U.S. Fans can scroll down to see the tracklisting for both the standard and deluxe versions for the forthcoming release.The album’s April 19th release will come just in time for the start of the band’s upcoming return to North America for their previously announced No Filter Tour, which begins on April 20th in Miami Gardens, FL. In addition to preparing for their upcoming tour, which includes a stop at the 50th New Orleans Jazz Festival, the band continues to work away on writing new material in the studio with producer Don Was. The Stones have yet to make any formal announcement or even tease just the slightest bit of new music, but the announcement of their upcoming compilation with new live recordings should keep fans happy until then.Fans can head here to pre-order HONK ahead of its April 19th release.HONK TracklistingStandard Edition (2 LP):1. “Start Me Up”2. “Brown Sugar”3. “Miss You”4. “Tumbling Dice”5. “Just Your Fool”6. “Fool To Cry”7. “Angie”8. “Beast of Burden”9. “Its Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)”10. “Doom And Gloom”Deluxe Edition (3 CD):CD 11. “Start Me Up”2. “Brown Sugar”3. “Rocks Off”4. “Miss You”5. “Tumbling Dice”6. “Just Your Fool”7. “Wild Horses”8. “Fool To Cry”9. “Angie”10. “Beast of Burden”11. “Hot Stuff”12. “Its Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)”13. “Rock And A Hard Place”14. “Doom And Gloom”15. “Love Is Strong”16. “Mixed Emotions”17. “Don’t Stop”18. “Ride ‘Em on Down”CD 21. “Bitch”2. “Harlem Shuffle”3. “Hate to See You Go”4. “Rough Justice”5. “Happy”6. “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)”7. “One More Shot”8. “Respectable”9. “You Got Me Rocking”10. “Rain Fall Down”11. “Dancing With Mr. D”12. “Undercover (of the Night)”13. “Emotional Rescue”14. “Waiting On A Friend”15. “Saint Of Me”16. “Out of Control”17. “Streets of Love”18. “Out Of Tears”CD 31. “Get Off My Cloud” (Live at Principality Stadium 06/15/18), Unreleased2. “Dancing With Mr. D” (Live at Gelredome, Arnhem 10.15.17), Unreleased3. “Beast of Burden” (Live at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas 06.27.15) [feat Ed Sheeran], Unreleased4. “She’s A Rainbow” (Live at U Arena, Paris 10.25.17), Unreleased5. “Wild Horses” (Live at London Stadium 05/22/18) [feat Florence Welch], Unreleased6. “Let’s Spend The Night Together” (Live at Manchester Evening News Arena 05.06.18), Unreleased7. “Dead Flowers” (Live at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia 06.18.13), Unreleased8. “Shine A Light” (Live at ArenA, Amsterdam 09.30.17), Unreleased9. “Under My Thumb” (Live at London Stadium 05.22.18), Unreleased10. “Bitch” (Live at The Honda Center, Anaheim 05.18.13) [feat Dave Grohl], UnreleasedDeluxe Edition 4 LP (Colored):LP 11. “Start Me Up”2. “Brown Sugar”3. “Rocks Off”4. “Miss You”5. “Tumbling Dice”6. “Just Your Fool”7. Wild Horses – Sticky Fingers, 19718. Fool To Cry – Black and Blue, 19769. Angie – Goats Head Soup, 197310. Beast of Burden – Some Girls, 197811. Hot Stuff – Black and Blue, 197612. Its Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It) – It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll, 1974LP 21. “Rock And A Hard Place”2. “Doom And Gloom”3. “Love Is Strong”4. “Mixed Emotions”5. “Don’t Stop”6. “Ride ‘Em on Down”7. “Bitch”8. “Harlem Shuffle”9. “Hate to See You Go”10. “Rough Justice”11. “Happy”12. “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)”13. “One More Shot”LP 31. “Respectable”2. “You Got Me Rocking”3. “Rain Fall Down”4. “Dancing With Mr. D”5. “Undercover (of the Night)”6. “Emotional Rescue”7. “Waiting On A Friend”8. “Saint Of Me”9. “Out of Control”10. “Streets of Love”11. “Out Of Tears”LP 41. “Get Off My Cloud” (Live at Principality Stadium 06/15/18), Unreleased2. “Dancing With Mr. D” (Live at Gelredome, Arnhem 10.15.17), Unreleased3. “Beast of Burden” (Live at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas 06.27.15) [feat Ed Sheeran], Unreleased4. “She’s A Rainbow” (Live at U Arena, Paris 10.25.17), Unreleased5. “Wild Horses” (Live at London Stadium 05/22/18) [feat Florence Welch], Unreleased6. “Let’s Spend The Night Together” (Live at Manchester Evening News Arena 05.06.18), Unreleased7. “Dead Flowers” (Live at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia 06.18.13) [feat Brad Paisley], Unreleased8. “Shine A Light” (Live at ArenA, Amsterdam 09.30.17), Unreleased9. “Under My Thumb” (Live at London Stadium 05.22.18), Unreleased10. “Bitch” (Live at The Honda Center, Anaheim 05.18.13) [feat Dave Grohl], UnreleasedView Full Album Tracklisting Optionslast_img read more

first_imgInside an office where Julia Child used to film her cooking show, Jason Luke is whipping up another kind of dish: Commencement.It’s a historic backdrop like Child’s set that adds extra mystique to Luke’s job as associate director of custodial and support services for University Operations Services. That’s a mouthful, but behind the long title is a Frank Sinatra-loving ultra-preparer. And he has to be. It is spring, after all.April and May are no ordinary months. Commencement is easily the busiest time at the University, but especially so for Luke. That’s when he — to quote a sticker on a file cabinet in his office — earns the moniker “The Man.”“When Yardfest [an annual spring concert for undergraduates] gets here in April, I’m like ‘OK, here we go,’ ” said Luke. “Then after that, it gets pretty intense.”In the off-season, Luke oversees a staff of 250 custodians and handles logistics and support for other Harvard events peppered throughout the academic year. But nothing compares with the end-of-year weekly soirée of Class Day, Morning Exercises, alumni reunions, and the hundreds of other happenings, which he helps coordinate under Commencement Director Grace Scheibner and the Harvard Alumni Association. Then, after months of intense planning, Luke rounds up his crew, a bevy of student workers, and gets cookin’.There are countless components that make up Commencement, according to Luke, ranging from the small to the massive. Take, for instance, dorm rooms. Those have to be turned around for alumni visitors after vacating students are gone, then turned around again in time for summer school. And think of all the technical equipment that goes into staging a large-scale production — cords and cables and speakers, oh my!“Commencement is a year-round thing,” said Luke, who also coordinates labor, seating, staging, tenting, setting up, and breaking down. “But at the beginning of May, we start taking the equipment out of storage. We take inventory, we see what’s damaged or missing, then we start working in the Yard.”But who better to tackle all this than one of Harvard’s own? Luke, a one-time concentrator in English and American literature, graduated in 1994. As a student, he worked for the student dorm crew on facilities maintenance, a precursor to the 15 years he has now worked at Harvard.Right before Commencement, Luke moves onto campus to better manage his massive workload. “I set up another office in Sever Hall, and then I usually stay in Wigglesworth for 10 days,” he said. “I just don’t go home at all.”“I pull a couple of all-nighters, at least,” he says. “I probably get about three or four hours of sleep a night for 10 days.”His assistant stays in the dorm room with him. “We don’t want to oversleep, so we can wake each other up this way. The pace of the week is just so hectic.”Imagine, for instance, setting up chairs and other infrastructure for about 32,000 Commencement attendees.“There’s a very, very specific setup for the chairs,” said Luke. “It takes several days. We have specific counts for each section.” He and his staff arrange them meticulously well before Commencement. But because events are already going on, Luke and his team don’t just arrange them once, but several times.“People are coming into the Yard, moving the chairs, things get changed,” he said. “You’ve got to redo it, recount it, over and over and over.”When Commencement ends, there are more events on Luke’s horizon. Sustainability is another project he is working on. He has helped to integrate four nontoxic products into everyday cleaning use, including a disinfectant, and he has brought in microfiber cloths in place of throwaway paper towels.But by July or August he vows to take a well-deserved vacation. He’ll stream a little Sinatra (whose mug bedecks Luke’s office walls), or maybe Nat King Cole and Bobby Darin. He’ll don his trademark Tilley, an indestructible and UVA/UVB ray-blocking hat, and get down to the business of just relaxing. “If people need to find me,” he said, “look for the hat.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting have joined forces to support international reporting initiatives with a special focus on global health coverage.The partnership will also bring Pulitzer Center journalists to Harvard University for presentations and discussions on underreported international stories and provide an annual workshop for Nieman Fellows that will explore the Center’s innovative strategies for using multimedia platforms effectively; placing news stories in the media for maximum impact; and employing social media, educational networks and other techniques to engage the public in important global issues.The new collaboration grows out of the Nieman Foundation’s specialized fellowship in global health reporting, which was launched at Harvard in 2006 and includes a four-month reporting project at the end of the academic year.The Nieman Global Health Reporting Fellowship is a unique addition to Harvard’s global health related research, education and engagement programs. Harvard is currently the only university in the world that, through this kind of fellowship, includes journalistic inquiry and storytelling in its efforts to comprehensively recognize, study and address global health issues.“This new venture will benefit not only Nieman Global Health Fellows but many other reporters covering international events and issues,” explains Nieman Foundation curator Bob Giles. “We are grateful for the support of the Pulitzer Center and we are looking forward to working together to help shine a spotlight on topics that are too often neglected by the media today.”“The Nieman Foundation has for decades been a leading voice for the importance of high-quality reporting,” adds Jon Sawyer, the Pulitzer Center’s executive director. “We are honored to work with our colleagues there as together we explore how to sustain that vision at a time of profound change in the way journalism is produced and consumed.”Around campus, Nieman Fellows learns from experts in the field and offer journalistic insight and their reporting experience to classroom discussions, projects and conversations. Once they have embarked on their fieldwork projects, the fellows bring insightful, comprehensive global health reporting back to their audiences.“The global community is devoting more resources to understanding and resolving health issues than we have ever seen,” says Stefanie Friedhoff, special projects manager at the Nieman Foundation, who directs the global health fellowship. “This is a remarkable process of interdepartmental, interdisciplinary, intercultural and international collaboration. As with all democratic activity, journalists are essential in this process as they chronicle what is happening on all levels; and explain to audiences why programs are designed the way they are, how people are affected or why financial commitments matter. Journalists also provide the checks and balances needed to identify unintended consequences, uncover abuses and support the global community in spotting and addressing what is not working as quickly as possible.”A recent example of reporting on a pressing global health issue that has had an impact is a series by Margie Mason, a 2009 Nieman Global Health Reporting Fellow, and her Associated Press colleague Martha Mendoza called “When Drugs Stop Working.” The two reporters traveled to four continents to report on the alarming growth in drug-resistant diseases and show how drug resistance is a global, not a local threat. Margie Mason’s research at Harvard led her to discover the first U.S. case of extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis in the United States, which became a major element of the series. Mason and Mendoza won a Science in Society Journalism Award for this work.Other Nieman Global Health Reporting Fellows have focused on topics such as innovative mental health interventions in India, the brain drain of health workers from the developing to the developed world, and the people who participate in AIDS vaccine trials, ranging from a lawyer in San Francisco to a mother of four in Tanzania.However, due to the many recent changes affecting journalism and international reporting in particular, placing such stories in mainstream media outlets is becoming increasingly difficult.“It is not just about providing the financial resources journalists need to travel and stay with a project for more than two weeks, which has become impossible for most newsrooms,” says Friedhoff. “Sorting through the many dimensions of global health stories is daunting and finding narratives that make the complexities accessible to the general public, especially when connecting a far-away health crisis with our own lives in the developed world, takes time and training.“The Nieman program has been able to produce some remarkable examples of global health reporting. The resources available at Harvard and in Boston provide the proverbial ‘world in a nutshell’ when it comes to opportunities to focus on global health, from cutting-edge research to policy debates to implementation. We are looking forward to increasing our reporting output and impact in this new collaboration with the Pulitzer Center, and to learn from the Center’s innovative ways of creating community around a subject of concern, both online and through outreach events.”The new partnership between Nieman and Pulitzer is reflected in the Fall 2010 issue of Nieman Reports, with articles by Pulitzer Center Executive director Jon Sawyer (“The Sometimes Bumpy Nonprofit Ride Into Digital Foreign Correspondence”) as well as journalists funded by the Pulitzer Center, Kwame Dawes (“Bearing Witness: The Poet as Journalist”), Jason Motlagh (“From War Zones to Life at Home: Serendipity and Partners Matter”), and Fatima Tlisova, a 2009 Nieman Fellow, (“Brutal Censorship: Targeting Russian Journalists”). Nieman Reports is serving as the publishing partner for Tlisova’s reporting about Russian journalists who have fled the country or have been killed.Based in Washington, D.C., the Pulitzer Center promotes, funds and publishes international reporting projects and has built a reputation as an innovator in keeping global affairs on local radar screens. In collaboration with the Nieman Foundation, the Center’s staff will help Nieman Global Health Fellows with story planning and placement. The fellows will also be included in the Center’s outreach program.The new partnership is underwritten by a grant from the Pulitzer Center, which will cover the cost of the fieldwork for 2011 Nieman Global Health Fellows Antigone Barton and Helen Branswell as well as for their counterparts in 2012 and 2013.last_img read more