UPDATE: The Billy Joel tour date listing referenced below has since been removed, and Joel is scheduled to perform at MSG on 12/20. As of now, the days usually encompassed by Phish’s New Year’s run are still open on the Garden’s schedule.Many people refer to Madison Square Garden as Phish‘s de facto home court. The band has played the World’s Most Famous Arena in the heart of New York City 39 times to date, and the list of shows at the venue include some of the most memorable performances in the band’s career. This summer, the band is set to play an unprecedented 13-show “Baker’s Dozen” run at the Garden, bringing their total number of MSG shows up to 52 (and not-so-coincidentally one-upping Billy Joel‘s record-setting 12-show-per-year pace at the venue).Phish’s MSG runs typically come over New Year’s Eve. Since their reunion in 2009, the band has rung in the new year at the Garden every year except 2009 and 2014 (both of which were held at Miami’s American Airlines Arena). However, with 13 MSG shows on the books for this summer, fans have been curious about how that will affect the band’s usual New Year’s plans.While the answer to those questions has not officially been answered, new information appears to indicate that the band will not return to MSG for New Year’s this year. According to a listing on this Madison Square Garden ticket resale platform [UPDATE: The listing has since been removed], Billy Joel is set to perform at the Garden on December 30th this year, the Saturday of “New Year’s weekend.” Assuming this date is correct (it’s not yet listed on Joel’s website, but it is mentioned in the “Events” section of his Facebook page), that would likely mean that Phish will not play their customary 4-night run there over New Year’s this year. Even if the band started their run on the 31st and played through the 3rd (which they did in Miami in 2014), that would mean the hypothetical run would fall on a Sunday-Wednesday–an unlikely situation in terms of logistics.Does this mean Phish is heading back to Miami for New Year’s? Are they going to pick a new location to ring in 2018? Will there be a Phish New Year’s run at all (the band has already stated that they will not tour this fall)? Are we reading way too far into all this, and it’s all just Internet smoke and mirrors as usual? We’ll have to wait to find out, but we have a feeling people have some pretty strong opinions and theories on the matter. Let’s hear ’em! What do you think Phish will do for New Year’s 2017-2018?Live For Live Music Phish Baker’s Dozen Run Late-Night ShowsJuly 21 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 21 – The Motet @ BB King Blues Club (tix)July 22 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 22 – Circles Around The Sun @ Gramercy Theater (tix)July 28 – Dopapod @ Gramercy Theater (tix)July 28 – James Brown Dance Party – 2x Shows @ Highline Ballroom (early tix / late tix)July 29 – Dopapod @ Highline Ballroom (tix)July 29 – Perpetual Groove @ BB King Blues Club (tix)Aug 4 – “Kraz & Taz” Eric Krasno Band w/ Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band @ The Cutting Room (tix)Aug 5 – Spafford @ BB King Blues Club (tix)
09Feb Rep. Hornberger backs plan to invest more in local veterans services Categories: Hornberger News Grant program will help build, maintain county veterans service officesState Rep. Pamela Hornberger co-sponsored legislation introduced this week providing financial incentive to encourage Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran service offices.Currently, 11 counties do not have a local veteran support department and many others are understaffed.“We need to do more to connect our veterans here in Macomb County to the services and benefits they sacrificed so much to earn,” said Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township. “This legislation will make sure all military families have access to an expert in their community who can help them with benefit claims and make sure they’re getting all of the benefits they’re entitled.”Under the bill, each county with a veteran service office that satisfies the requirements outlined in the bill will be eligible to receive a $25,000 grant, plus additional funding based on the number of veterans in the county.In order to receive funds a county must:Maintain a county veteran service office;Have an accredited veterans benefit claims employee on staff;Provide at least 20 hours of service each month assisting veterans;Maintain the previous year’s county funding level for the veteran service office;Report to the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and Legislature regarding the amount of claims completed throughout the year.House Bill 5536 was referred to the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.###
Russian pay TV operator NTV Plus plans to increase its reach by providing an over-the-top TV service and is in talks with device manufacturers, according to local reports.NTV Plus marketing director Alexey Zhuravlev was reported by the Digit.ru website as saying that its entry into online TV would enable the broadcaster to expand its audience and launch new services. He did not disclose a launch date.NTV Plus, which broadcasts via satellite, previously launched an IPTV version of its service on the Citycom network in Smolensk at the end of 2011, and also teamed up with Vick Telecom to offer a similar service in Murom in west-central Russia.NTV Plus’s satellite TV rivals Tricolor TV and Orion Express are also reportedly looking to develop online offerings to complement their satellite services.
Egyptian internet service provider TE Data has begun offering customers Middle Eastern subscription on-demand service icflix.The Telecoms Egypt-owned service has scored a strategic partnership with icflix, and this month began offering the platform’s array of movies and television series from the Middle East, Hollywood and Bollywood.All TE Data customers have been given one month of icflix free to tie in with the Ramadan fastingperiod, but will need to pay a monthly subscription going forwards after that.“Our partnership will offer TE Data customers across Egypt a new avenue of viewing choice. This is great news for those who enjoy watching movies and TV series on-demand,” said Carlos Tibi, CEO and founder of icflix.“As part of this Ramadan offering, TE Data customers will be able to watch exclusively season one of the highly anticipated fictional TV series, Alf Leila we Leila (1001 Nights) and Wesh Tany amongst the wide range of content available from icflix.”icflix launched in 2013 as the Middle East’s first SVOD service. Netflix will likely launch in the region at some point before the end of 2016 as it expands into 200 territories.