Up-and-coming bluegrass extraordinaire Billy Strings has announced his forthcoming sophomore studio album, HOME, due out on September 27th via Rounder Records. Strings’ new albumStrings’ debut Rounder Records release was recorded in January 2019 at Nashville’s legendary Blackbird Studios’ Studio D followed by an additional week at Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Nashville. Produced by Glenn Brown, who was also assisted on Strings’ debut album Turmoil & Tinfoil, HOME includes banjoist Billy Failing, bassist Royal Masat, and mandolinist Jarrod Walker. Guests on the album include guitarist Molly Tuttle, fiddler John Mailander, tabla player John Churchville, and Grammy-winning dobro master Jerry Douglas.Along with the album announcement, Strings also announced an extensive coast-to-coast fall tour, which will begin with a two-night run at Atlanta, GA’s Terminal West on September 5th and 6th and run through November 23rd with a performance at Covington, KY’s Madison Theater. String’s upcoming tour will include stops at Morrison, CO’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre (9/15); San Francisco’s The Independent (9/21 & 9/22); Portland, OR’s Revolution Hall (9/26 & 9/27); Los Angeles, CA’s Lodge Room (10/4); Asheville, NC’s Orange Peel (10/31); Boston, MA’s The Sinclair (11/13 & 11/14); and Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Bowl (11/15 & 11/16), to name a few.HOME will be available for pre-order beginning on Friday, July 12th.All tickets for Billy Strings’ fall tour dates are on sale now.See below for a full list of Billy Strings’ 2019 fall tour dates. For more information, head to Billy Strings’ website.Billy Strings 2019 Fall Tour:9/5 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West9/6 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West9/7 Athens, GA – Georgia Theater9/11 Nashville, TN – Americanafest9/15 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre9/17 Salt Lake City, UT – Commonwealth Room9/19 Crystal Bay, NV – Crown Room9/20 San Francisco, CA – The Independent9/21 San Francisco, CA – The Independent9/22 Santa Cruz, CA – Santa Cruz Sol Music Festival9/26 Portland, OR – Revolution Hall9/27 Portland, OR – Revolution Hall9/28 Seattle, WA – The Showbox10/3 Paso Robles, CA – Barrel House Brew Co.10/4 Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room10/6 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Music Festival10/9 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom10/11 Eureka Springs, AR – Hillberry Music Festival10/13 Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole10/17 Dallas, TX – Deep Ellum Art Co.10/18 Austin, TX – Scoot Inn10/19 Houston, TX – Last Concert Cafe10/30 Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre10/31 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel11/1 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle11/2 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle11/6 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa11/7 Charlottesville, VA – The Jefferson Theater11/8 Charlottesville, VA – The Jefferson Theater11/9 Washington, DC **Venue announce 7/1611/10 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony11/13 Boston, MA – The Sinclair11/14 Boston, MA – The Sinclair11/15 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl11/16 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl11/19 Cleveland OH – Beachland Ballroom11/21 Madison, WI – Majestic Theater11/22 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall11/23 Covington, KY – Madison TheaterView Tour Dates
Las Vegas’ Intersect Festival has announced a number of additions to the lineup for its inaugural event, set to take place on December 6th and 7th at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds.Newly added artists include The Black Madonna, Channel Tres, Japanese Breakfast, JPEGMAFIA, Kelsey Lu, Max Cooper, Miya Folick, Nonotak, Shawn Mullins, Snail Mail, SOPHIE, Sudan Archives, Toro y Moi, Weyes Blood, Willy Porter, and Zach Person.These acts will join the previously announced Intersect Festival lineup featuring Foo Fighters, Kacey Musgraves, Beck, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Brandi Carlile, CHVRCHES, Flying Lotus (3D set), Gesaffelstein, H.E.R., Jamie XX, Kaytranda, Leon Bridges, Spoon, Thundercat, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.Beyond the music, Intersect Festival will offer various games and activities including a video arcade, post-apocalyptic dodgeball stadium, and mega-sized ball pit with over 200,000 balls. Attendees will also experience a futuristic, custom-designed indoor/outdoor environment full of lasers, video screens, and interactive art installations.The festival will also feature a 500-drone airshow creative directed by Kacey Musgraves entitled “Intel Presents UPLIFT: A drone light show celebrating women in tech in collaboration with Kacey Musgraves.” The airshow will be accompanied by a donation to benefit Girls in Tech.“Music has been an uncanny unifier of people over the years,” said Ariel Kelman, AWS’s Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, in a press release. “We’ve built a pretty amazing and unusual live music experience at our annual AWS conference that attendees have loved; and with Intersect, we’re excited to extend this unique event into a two-day, public music festival.For more information and ticketing details, head to the festival website here.
Breakaway Music Festival has announced its dates for 2020, along with an expanded list of six locations for this year’s edition of the multi-city festival.This year, Breakaway will travel to Columbus, OH (8/28-29); Grand Rapids, MI (8/28-29); Charlotte, NC (9/11-12); Washington, D.C. (9/25-26); Nashville, TN (10/9-10); and San Diego, CA (11/13-14). The events in Washington and San Diego mark the first time the festival is setting up shop in the two popular concert markets.Related: Los Angeles’ Virgin Fest Announces Inaugural Lineup: Lizzo, Anderson .Paak, The Marcus King Band, MoreWhile there has been no lineup announcement yet, past editions of the festival have included hip-hop and mainstream artists including Kendrick Lamar, Kascade, Halsey, Khalid, and Wiz Khalifa.“Our mission has always been to provide real fans with a true music festival experience, at a price they can actually afford,” Breakaway co-founder Adam Lynn said in a statement to go with Thursday’s announcement. “We’re thrilled to bring Breakaway back for 2020 and even more so to expand our presence into the San Diego and Washington D.C. markets. Stay tuned for lineups and programming in the next couple of months.”The festival also announced a new partnership with the club hospitality brand Drai’s Las Vegas to fulfill VIP accommodations in each city. The new VIP experience at Breakaway promises to deliver the same luxury amenities available at the company’s Beachclub and nightclubs in Las Vegas and Dubai.Tickets for Breakaway go on sale on Monday, February 24th at 10 a.m. ET. Visit the festival’s website for more information.
Umphrey’s McGee has announced a new initiative to offer fans the chance to rent the pro-shot videos of select past performances pulled from their extensive vault of over 2,500 shows over the years.Announced on Friday, the band’s new “Into The Vault” platform will allow fans to rent concerts selected by the band to be watched on the device of the renter’s choice for just $5.99 per show. Each rental will appear in 1080 HD along with pristine soundboard audio, and is valid for viewing for up to seven days from the time of purchase.The first archival performances selected by Umphrey’s is that of their five-night 2014/2015 New Years run at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA on 12/30/14 through 1/3/15. The band’s performance at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater in Austin, TX on 8/31/18 is also available to rent. More shows are set to be added to the mix in the near future.Related: Umphrey’s McGee Offers Free, On-Demand Streams In Wake Of Postponements [Full-Show Video]“With nearly 2,500 shows in the rearview mirror, the archives continue to grow at a rapid pace. It is often hard to find time to look back when so much awaits in the present and future,” the band said in a statement shared to their website on Friday. “With more time to reflect than usual, we look forward to looking back with you and reliving some experiences together. Remember, objects in your rearview may be closer than they appear.”The new video rental initiative follows the arrival band’s latest single, “Easter in Quarantine”, which was shared earlier this month ahead of the popular Catholic holiday. The band was also recently forced to reschedule their 2020 “UM Bowl” performances at The Capitol Theater scheduled for next month, along with their inaugural RÖCKJAVIK destination event in Iceland which was originally set for March 20th-22nd.Click here for more info on the band’s new “Into the Vault” video rental platform.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Don t be surprised if fewer firefighters come to extract keys for a locked car or to coax a cat out of a tree. The San Jose (Calif.) Fire Department is turning to smaller vehicles staffed by fewer firefighters for non-emergency calls as part of an effort to free more engines for high-priority calls. Currently, five firefighters must go out on every call. With the STAR cars, only two will have to go out. San Jose Fire Chief Darryl Von Raesfeld said the department has decided to expand the use of the STAR cars after discovering they are being underutilized. The city added the cars to its fire contract with the expectation that the cars would be used at least once a day. The cars are being used only about twice a week, Von Raesfeld said. Unlike bigger engines, which require four firefighters, the STAR cars need only two firefighters. In January, the department is set to expand the types of calls that its smaller sports-utility vehicles — called a Supplemental Transport Ambulance Resource, or STAR cars — respond to. The STAR car is a specially designed rescue ambulance that carries an assortment of fire-fighting tools as well as rescue equipment that San Jose has been using solely to transport patients with life-threatening conditions when paramedic ambulances were unable to respond within a reasonable amount of time. Von Raesfeld said the San Jose Fire Department has estimated that the STAR cars will be able to handle about one-fourth of all the calls coming into the station. The department receives about 10,000 to 12,000 non-emergency calls each year, he said. The idea of the STAR cars is to deploy our resources a little bit better and with more efficiency, Von Raesfeld said. If we can handle some of the smaller issues with the STAR cars, the big trucks can respond faster and better serve the community. The department already owns five STAR cars that it has been deploying alongside regular fire engines at stations 29, 18, 31 and 4, on Leigh Avenue, which serves the 95128 area.The new program in January will allow the STAR cars to be deployed on their own. The program will be tested first at Station 2 on Alum Rock Avenue in East San Jose.
According to Ms. Finn, “There is no one in town by the name of James H. Fissell but there is a James H. Frissell of 43 Mill Road.” She said she contacted Paul O’Donnell, owner of the Patriot newspaper, and cited Massachusetts General Laws, which state the name and address must be included in a paid political ad, and requested a copy of the paperwork, which a newspaper must keep on file for a year. The override question seeks to add seven EMT/firefighters at a cost of $530,000. In a second telephone call to Mr. Frissell informing him that Mr. Moroz said he had admitted being involved, Mr. Frissell said, “It’s not me. I have known Mr. Moroz for a long time and I was pulling his leg.” A full-page ad in a local newspaper and a mailing to Dudley (Mass.) residents urging them to vote no in the annual town election Monday on an override question has caused a firestorm of reaction. The committee in favor of adding the additional personnel, which would enable the town to provide 24-7 ambulance and fire protection, objected to the ad and mailing, which contain wrong facts and figures, according to Chet Moroz, a full-time EMT/firefighter who is a member of the Citizens for Paramedic Fire Coverage. That group recommended the Proposition 2-1/2 override question. “The $530,000 increase will staff the station for the reminder of the 84 hours with paramedic/firefighters for … full coverage,” said Mr. Moroz. “At the present time we only have that coverage for 50 percent of the time at the intermediate level and with the seven new firefighters we would be getting paramedics 24-7.” The ad, which ran in this week’s edition of the Patriot newspaper, states it was a paid political advertisement by James H. Fissell, but does not list the address as required by state law. The mailing containing the same information and does not require a name and address, according to Town Clerk Ora Finn. Mr. Moroz said, “If approved, the budget would be $1,120,947 for 24-7 full-time coverage.” However, two telephone calls to Mr. Frissell resulted in him denying he was involved. “The law states that information must be made available to anyone who requests it. He would not cooperate nor would he reveal who the person was who paid for the ad,” she said. DUDLEY, Mass. — Ad, mailing against override angers firefighters The ad and mailed flier state the $530,000 would cover 38 hours now handled by on-call firefighters, which represents a 76 percent cost increase to cover 23 percent of the week. It also notes the seven firefighters would increase the department for 23 percent more service and would be in excess of $1.2 million. However, Mr. Moroz said, “I know James Frissell well and he admitted to me that he was the one who was involved in the ad and the mailing and I informed Ms. Finn of that and I am telling you the same thing.” Mr. O’Donnell said, “This is the first time in 35 years that I have been asked about an address being on an ad. I have nothing to say.” “It’s not me, but I will tell you the town spent all that money for the library to use that old town hall building when it should have committed the money to EMT/firefighters and police officers, which the town needs,” he said. Mr. Moroz said, “People have to know the fiscal year 2008 budget is $694,647 and staffs the fire station for 84 of the 168 hours in a week for 50 percent coverage. The 18 hours of coverage on weekends was not in the 2008 budget, but thanks to a private donation of $15,000, have been in effect since January.
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CONTRA COSTA, Calif. — A paramedic who was lowered by helicopter to save an unconscious woman from a raging Walnut Creek will be awarded the 2010 Governor’s Public Safety Medal of Valor.Dave Manzeck with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District will receive the award Wednesday at the State Capitol, along with others from the governor’s Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Review Board.Manzeck saved Janet Hogan, 74, from the waters of Walnut Creek after the car she was in, driven by her son Tim, crashed into the creek April 11, 2010. Hogan and her husband, James, were swept away from the vehicle and traveled miles downstream, until Hogan was retrieved unconscious by Manzeck. Her husband and son both died; it was later discovered that Tim Hogan had some kind of medical attack that caused him to lose control of the car and end up in the rain-swollen creek.After spotting Hogan, Manzeck was lowered from a California Highway Patrol helicopter down to her and, on the second attempt, he pulled her from the water.Manzeck suffered a dislocated shoulder and torn ligament during the rescue.
Click here for the full story. MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) — An 85-year-old Madison woman has died, after she banged her head in an ambulance that slammed on the brakes while transporting her husband to a hospice facility. Laurel Huibregtse died at UW Hospital, just hours before her 86-year-old husband Donald passed away at the hospice home where he was taken in Fitchburg. Both died on Tuesday, a day after the mishap.
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