After 21 fantastic nights of music in 16 different states across the country, Tedeschi Trucks Band’s third annual “Wheels of Soul” tour is now in the rearview. The summer 2017 iteration of Tedeschi Trucks Band’s multi-band tour proved to be the biggest and most successful “Wheels of Soul” voyage to date. With support from “masters of soulful folk” The Wood Brothers and “psychedelic-blues institution” Hot Tuna, husband-and-wife bandleaders Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi and their well-oiled 12-piece outfit consistently shattered personal records throughout the tour.Over the course of their month-long run, TTB sold out shows in 10 of the 20 cities visited, brought in thousands of fans to large outdoor venues like Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center, and performed more than 70 different songs—from time-tested originals to covers of classics by the likes of the Derek & Eric Clapton, Miles Davis, Jefferson Airplane and beyond—continuing to affirm their stature as one of the most exciting, soulful live bands on the road today.In addition to Tedeschi Trucks Band’s ever-increasing abilities as a cohesive unit, the outfit’s third “Wheels of Soul” outing further cemented the annual tour’s reputation as a unique and unmatched collaborative summer musical experience. On multiple occasions throughout the tour, Derek and Susan welcomed their supporting bands onstage to team up on songs by everyone from B.B. King to Paul McCartney to Jefferson Airplane.The collaborations came to a peak at the band’s sold-out two-night run at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. In addition to The Wood Brothers and Hot Tuna, Tedeschi Trucks band was joined over the course of the weekend by renowned jam scene elder statesmen like John Medeski of Medeski Martin & Wood and John Bell of Widespread Panic. You can check out never-before-seen pro-shot footage of collaborations from Tedeschi Trucks Band’s two-night Red Rocks run below:Tedeschi Trucks Band’s backstage rehearsal of Bob Dylan’s “Down Along The Cove” with Widespread Panic’s John Bell at Red Rocks:Pro-shot footage of Tedeschi Trucks Band covering The Rolling Stones’ “Sweet Virginia” at Red Rocks with help from The Wood Brothers:Along with the litany of exciting collaborations, this summer’s “Wheels of Soul” tour held a unique emotional significance for the band due the many legendary musicians who passed away earlier in the year. That list includes Dereks’ uncle Butch Trucks and Gregg Allman (both of whom Derek played for many years in the Allman Brothers Band) as well as “grandfather of the jam scene” Col. Bruce Hampton, who was sharing the stage with Trucks and scores of other musicians when he drew his final breath during the encore of his 70th birthday celebration in May. The band used the “Wheels of Soul” tour as a vehicle to cope with these losses, breaking out Allmans live staples like “Whipping Post,” “Ain’t Wastin No More Time,” and “Statesboro Blues” and dedicating a cover of Conway Twitty’s “Don’t Cry No More” to Col. Bruce during their performance at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, where Hampton gave his now-legendary final performance.“Performing is healing, for everyone on stage,” explains Trucks, “It’s important to get out and play; there is definitely something cathartic about it. You can feel it in the audience, too. People like Bruce and Butch and Gregg, they meant a lot to a lot of people. When you acknowledge those things and play that music, it helps a lot of people in a lot of ways.”In addition to paying their respects to the fallen greats, the band also dedicated a performance of “Song For You” to their keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Kofi Burbridge, who was on leave from the band for the extent of the tour after suffering a heart attack earlier this summer but is expected to make a full recovery.“Wheels of Soul” 2017 was also successful in its charitable efforts throughout the summer. As part of an initiative with the tour’s nonprofit partner, Craft for Causes, local craft brewers created a limited edition “Wheels of Soul”-themed beer in their taprooms for each of the tour’s stops. Proceeds from the sale of these local brews benefitted the Mr. Hollands Opus Foundation, a national nonprofit that works to promote and preserve music education and provide musical instruments to underprivileged youths. 40 different breweries hosted launch parties for their special “Wheels of Soul” brew in the month leading up to the performances, sporting clever names like “Butch’s Brown Ale,” “All That I Need,” and “Harmonious.” The Crafts for Causes van followed behind the tour busses throughout the run, driving 14,500 miles and covering 42 states, visiting 39 different breweries along the way.Tedeschi Trucks Band will now take a brief hiatus from the road before heading back out for their 2017 Fall Tour beginning on September 15th in Birmingham, AL. The tour encompasses the band’s annual residency at the Beacon Theatre, which will include their milestone 25th performance at the storied Manhattan venue on Wednesday, October 11th. The rest of the band’s remaining schedule for the year includes performances in L.A., San Diego, Phoenix, and Portland, as well as a 2-night run in Seattle and a 3-night stand in Susan’s native Boston to cap a busy 2017. The band is also currently in the studio working on material for their next studio album, the follow-up to their acclaimed 2016 studio release, Let Me Get By, which Live For Live Music ranked among the best albums of 2016 in a year-end poll.You can see a list of upcoming Tedeschi Trucks Band tour dates below. For more information, or to purchase tickets, head to the band’s website.Upcoming 2017 Tedeschi Trucks Band Tour Dates:9/15 Birmingham, AL Alabama Theatre +9/16 New Orleans, LA Saenger Theatre9/17 Little Rock, AR Robinson Center Music Hall +9/21 Houston, TX Hobby Center #9/22 Dallas, TX Music Hall at Fair Park #9/23 Austin, TX ACL Moody Theater # sold out10/6 New York, NY Beacon Theatre +10/7 New York, NY Beacon Theatre10/10 New York, NY Beacon Theatre %10/11 New York, NY Beacon Theatre @10/13 New York, NY Beacon Theatre10/14 New York, NY Beacon Theatre11/3 Portland, OR Keller Auditorium #11/4 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre #11/5 Seattle, WA Paramount Theater11/7 Santa Barbara, CA Arlington Theatre &11/9 San Diego, CA San Diego Civic Theatre #11/10 Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre #11/11 Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre &11/14 Phoenix, AZ Orpheum Theatre +11/15 Phoenix, AZ Orpheum Theatre +11/17 Oakland, CA Fox Theater #11/18 Oakland, CA Fox Theater11/30 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre @12/1 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre12/2 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre+ with Greyhounds# with Hard Working Americans% with The Wood [email protected] with North Mississippi Allstars& with David Luning[Cover photo via Bill McAlaine]
By Voice of America September 27, 2019 During a session of the Delegate Commission, which operates during the National Assembly’s recess, Guaidó said the goal is to detect insurgent camps and locate aircraft used for narcotrafficking in Venezuela.“We will use all relations and intelligence possibilities that are with the interim government” said Guaidó, as he accused Nicolás Maduro of associating with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, in Spanish) and the National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrilla group.“We have an unprecedented institutional weakness that these irregular groups, which have proliferated for months and years with the regime’s approval, are exploiting,” he said.Guaidó pointed out that the border has become a “no man’s land” that “irregular groups control.” He said, “It’s time to make them respect Venezuela,” adding that the groups represent a regional threat.Guaidó called again on the country’s Armed Forces, asking them, “Are you going to hide the dictator who enables irregular groups to remain in Venezuela?”This session also approved an agreement rejecting the “presence and expansion of narcoterrorist groups in the national territory” and declaring Maduro responsible for the “proliferation” of these groups in Venezuela.The interim president also said that he has already begun intelligence cooperation with Colombia to locate these organizations. The decree instructs exiled lawmaker Julio Borges, Guaidó’s presidential commissioner for Foreign Affairs, to work with Colombia and other countries to advance “decisive and prompt measures of collective action” to “restore order and security.”During the meeting, Francisco Sucre, president of the National Assembly’s Permanent Foreign Policy Commission, said that paramilitary groups had taken over more than 12 of the country’s states.Sucre said that the interim government and Colombia will submit a formal complaint before the United Nations (UN) Security Council. “At the end of the month, we will take it to the UN General Assembly and submit the report along with Colombia, to show how terrorist attacks are being planned from Venezuela,” he said.The announcement comes days after Colombian President Iván Duque accused the disputed government of supporting FARC dissidents, after some former leaders said that they were taking up arms again.The disputed government’s Foreign Office said that they continue to follow with “deep concern” the “imminent reactivation of the armed conflict” in Colombia, but criticized its intent to “shift” its responsibility in the “systematic violation of human rights” as part of a “planned dismantling of the peace process.”Colombian authorities have also reported that ELN members are operating in the South American nation.
In her three years at SU, Ebangwese brings vibrancy to the Orange. Before games, Ebangwese yells, dances and does anything that will loosen the team up while still preparing for the game. The senior’s lightheartedness even plays a role in her in-game demeanor.On Oct. 8, 2017, Syracuse held a 20-19 lead in the second set against Georgia Tech. After Yelin challenged a call, every player stood still and waited for the referee’s ruling except for Ebangwese. The middle blocker jived to the music booming over the loudspeaker as if nothing were at stake.“Whatever sport I play, I have energy, especially on game day,” Ebangwese said. “I’m over the top, it’s just what I do.”Though Ebangwese’s thought back to what her basketball career could’ve been, that’s not on her mind anymore. Her focus is on guiding Syracuse to the NCAA tournament in her final season.“You have to be blind not to see it,” Yelin said. “She is so energetic and positive. She always comes to fight. That’s her personality.” As a freshman on the girls varsity volleyball team at Pittsford Sutherland (New York) High School, Santita Ebangwese watched the season from the sidelines, an outcome she was content with. She was a star on the girls varsity basketball team, appearing in 19 games that year and averaging 7.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.But after a successful spring with her club volleyball team, the Rochester native started her sophomore season for the Knights as the third-string middle blocker. This time, she refused to accept her role.“I was on the bench,” Ebangwese said. “At the time I understood why, I understood I needed to get better. It was a humbling experience, and I knew I didn’t want to be on the bench ever again.”By the beginning of her junior year, Ebangwese was a starter on the volleyball team and had received several Division I offers. Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on September 4, 2018 at 10:51 pm Contact David: [email protected] Her rapid progress in volleyball put basketball, a sport she could’ve played at the Division I level, behind her. Six years later, Ebangwese enters her senior year coming off a season when she led the Orange in kills (331) and hitting percentage (.374) and was named All-ACC First Team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I’ve thought about it a lot,” Ebangwese said. “Sometimes I miss basketball.”Growing up in Rochester, Ebangwese did everything she could athletically. She ran track, swam, and played soccer, basketball and volleyball until she was 14. Once Ebangwese reached high school, she realized it was impossible to maintain such a rigorous schedule. She chose the two she believed she had a future in: basketball and volleyball.Kevin Camelo | Digital Design EditorShe opted to attend Sutherland rather than a city of Rochester high school to play on more competitive sports teams and receive a better education, she said, which opened the door for recruiting later on.After riding the bench for the volleyball team and receiving substantial playing time for the basketball team her freshman year, Ebangwese thrived in the spring with VolleyFX. The club was a perfect fit for Ebangwese, she said, as it didn’t restrict her participation with the basketball team, something other clubs typically do for multi-sport athletes.“Those (club) coaches were like, ‘You have talent, you should cultivate it.’ They helped me do that,” Ebangwese said. “They found ways to help me balance both club and school and basketball and volleyball.”With VolleyFX, Ebangwese learned the details of volleyball. Along with enhancing her knowledge of the game, she improved the timing of her jumps, conditioning and her quickness in changing direction.While volleyball and basketball have their similarities, Ebangwese said, it took time to develop a skill set specific to volleyball that pushed her to become a Division I-caliber player.“We played on the same club team, we traveled together all the time,” said Aliah Bowllan, an SU junior who played at Sutherland with Ebangwese. “During club season, especially for volleyball, that’s really your time to get a lot better. For (Santita), it was to get ready for high school. She really got a lot better with their VFX.”Though improving in volleyball, Ebangwese stayed committed to basketball. She played in 20 contests for the Knights varsity team in her second year, averaging 7.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. By the end of Ebangwese’s sophomore year, colleges recruited her for basketball and volleyball. She pondered offers from Division II schools that wanted her to play both. But she felt attending a Division I school with a strong program in her preferred line of study — engineering — would better prepare her for a career beyond sports.“(Division II schools) knew I played volleyball so they thought it was more enticing to play both,” Ebangwese said. “I was like, ‘I don’t know,’ because I looked at the schools education-wise and thought, ‘Eh.’”In addition to Syracuse, Ebangwese drew interest from “more than seven” Division-I schools including Iowa, Georgia, Georgia State and Tennessee. After completing her official visits, which spanned from the August to February of her junior year, Ebangwese committed to playing volleyball at SU.Kevin Camelo | Digital Design EditorDespite Ebangwese’s official choice, she had no plans to quit basketball. She posted her best season of her high school career as a junior, averaging a double-double.“It was perfectly okay with us if she played basketball,” SU head coach Leonid Yelin said. “I knew it would be right to give her that advice so she didn’t feel pressured to do something she didn’t have to.”In July before her senior year, Notre Dame and West Virginia offered Ebangwese to play basketball — only basketball — but she declined. Her future was in Syracuse.
Former Ghana international Malik Jabir has blamed the poor standard of football in the country’s domestic league on players having too much sex.Jabir, who now manages in the division, says the league has not progressed as hoped because players spend time before games having intercourse.“A lot of today’s players cannot play 90 minutes because they get so tired easily,” he told a national radio station.”And you know why? Because they don’t sleep enough and don’t train enough and they engage in too much sex.”There are beautiful young girls in Ghana and they won’t leave them alone.”Asante Kotoko boss Jabir explained that players struggle to manage their time properly and has urged them to find a balance between football and sex. He added: “There is time for sex and time for football, but if you mix the two you will never reach the top.”Jabir is not the first to broach the subject, with former Germany boss Berti Vogts banning his players from having sex before games during the 1990s.