Today, Resonance Music & Arts Festival announced its first headliner for 2018: Brain Damaged Eggmen, the long-inactive side project featuring Brendan Bayliss, Jake Cinninger, and Kris Myers of Umphrey’s McGee and Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner of The Disco Biscuits which pays tribute to two iconic rock and roll outfits, Pink Floyd and The Beatles. As noted by Resonance Music Festival in an announcement posted on Facebook, this will be Brain Damaged Eggmen’s sole performance of 2018.The long-running spinoff band’s special performance at Resonance Music & Arts Festival this year will mark Brain Damaged Eggmen’s first performance since 2012, when the band performed at Summer Camp Music Festival, marking a gap of six years. The Umphrey’s McGee/Disco Biscuits tribute to The Beatles and Pink Floyd was particularly active from 2006 to 2008, before more or less dropping off the map, save for rare performances in the years since.“Fearless” & “Tomorrow Never Knows” – Summer Camp Music Festival 2012[Video: SummerCampFest]As explained by Resonance in a Facebook post:First formed in 2006 performing a pool deck closing set aboard Jam Cruise IV, this rare ensemble has only performed a handful of times including The Vic Theater in 2006, Caribbean Holidaze in 2007, and Summer Camp Music Festival in 2012. … The band’s only goal, respectfully and tastefully pay homage to two of their biggest influences; The Beatles and Pink Floyd.Resonance Music Festival will take place from September 20th to 22nd at Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio. Thus far, the festival has also announced TAUK (two sets, including a TAUKing Beatles set), Clozee, Bluetech, Frameworks (one live band set and one solo set), Sunsquabi (three nights), Random Rab (two sets), Kung Fu (two sets), Melvin Seals & JGB, Pink Talking Fish (two sets), Thriftworks, Satsang, Freddy Todd, and Cofresi. You can snag tickets for the festival here and get more information about the festival here.
Across the nation Monday afternoon, individuals participated in a national walkout and gathered in public places to signal solidarity with Christine Blasey Ford, a college professor who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers. On Thursday, Ford will testify about the alleged incident before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Kelli Smith | The Observer Members of the Notre Dame community gather outside Hesburgh Library for an event promoted by Irish 4 Reproductive Health. The group was supporting Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her.With some sporting black clothing and others holding up signs, members of the Notre Dame community participated in that show of support Monday afternoon by gathering in front of Hesburgh Library in an event promoted by Irish 4 Reproductive Health (I4RH).In a statement to The Observer, I4RH said the walkout was intended as a sign of solidarity with others across the country. “We believe Dr. Ford and survivors everywhere,” the statement read. “This walkout is in solidarity with them and in support of their bravery in speaking out. Coming forward as a survivor not only adds to the trauma of assault but allows for opportunities of retaliation as well. We hear their stories and encourage others on the Notre Dame campus to listen and reflect with us.”Sophomore Jade Moss said she attended the event with “about five others” from her feminist philosophy class, which was dismissed early so students could participate in the walkout.“I think it’s important at any college to just respect and support survivors,” Moss said. “I guess that’s the first reason I’m here. I don’t think it should be a political issue — regardless of what aisle you’re on, you have to support what victims have to say.”Joining some of her teammates in the Notre Dame women’s fencing team, junior Christina Boitano attended the event because she said it’s important to believe people who have the courage to come out with allegations like Ford’s in order to really “start a conversation about it.”“I’m not hopeful as to the result [of Ford’s testimony], but I’m hopeful because of events like these,” Boitano said.Junior Jackie O’Brien (Editor’s note: Jackie O’Brien is a columnist for The Observer) said events like the walkout are critical because it shows people can see past the politics to “focus on the survivor’s story.”“On college campuses in particular, especially here at Notre Dame, I think it’s vitally important as sexual assault is an issue we deal with on a really massive scale here,” O’Brien said. “So even though this protest is specifically in support of Dr. Ford and saying we believe her, I think it moreso reiterates the message for the entire student body that we believe all of you, and whoever’s gone through anything should feel comfortable coming to anybody in the community and coming forward because we’ll support them.”For an event that was thrown together “very quickly,” O’Brien said she was amazed at how many people turned out.“I was amazed at how many faculty also came out in support,” she said. “It was just a really awesome thing to see because they’re really a point-person and an inspiration for a lot of students on campus.” Ernesto Verdeja, an associate professor of political science and peace studies at the Kroc Institute, said he was encouraged by student attendance at the walkout and hopes such efforts will be sustained “in the long-term.” “I think it’s extremely important, I think it’s very valuable, I think it’s also inspiring to see young people who are engaged with the major political issues of their time,” Verdeja said. “These are questions that will continue affecting all of them, all of us, as Americans and as people who live in this country.”Jason Springs, an associate professor of religion, ethics and peace studies at the Kroc Institute, said universities have historically been the places of “great catalyst movements for change,” and now is especially important a time for those movements.“The kind of activism, the kind of awareness, the kind of engagement — it does give me hope and I think that it’s to be encouraged and supported which is why I come out and why we come out,” Springs said. “As much as this is a time where it’s hard to sustain hope with what’s going on in our country politically and socially, it’s in being a college-educator, a teacher of college students, that I derive the hope that I have.Verdeja said he believes culture is at a particular inflection point where people have to be more responsive to the “demands placed by women” since allegations and charges in the past were dismissed.“I just want to underscore that these types of movements on college campuses … are part of longer historical trajectories of really pushing for justice coming from universities and colleges,” Verdeja said. “This is a really important space for justice efforts, so I’m delighted and encouraged when I look around and I see students here taking on this mantle, even if I’m very discouraged when I consider what might happen on Thursday.”Tags: Brett Kavanaugh, Irish 4 Reproductive Health, sexual assault, walkout
But the IAAF president, speaking to AFP at the Sport Business Summit in Abu Dhabi, said he could “see no reason” why all countries wouldn’t be present at the September-October championships.“We have open dialogue with all those federations, and yes it’s very important that we have a full house at our world championships. I see no reason why we shouldn’t,” said Coe.He added: “I’m not going to maintain a running commentary on those conversations that have taken place and will continue to take place, but I’m pretty confident and optimistic that there is a recognition that the primacy of sport is very important.”The blockade in place since June 2017 has left Qatar isolated diplomatically and physically, with its planes and ships barred from many air routes and ports, and its only land border, with Saudi Arabia, closed.The World Athletics Championships could be an important test case as they come three years before Qatar hosts football’s World Cup in 2022.However, antipathy towards Qatar in the United Arab Emirates, one of the blockading countries, has been evident at the ongoing Asian Cup football.When the hosts met Qatar in the semi-finals in Abu Dhabi, the Qatari anthem was drowned out by booing and the visiting players, who won 4-0, were pelted with shoes and bottles.On Thursday, a day ahead of Qatar’s final against Japan, the UAE lodged a protest with the Asian Football Confederation claiming two Qatari players were ineligible.– ‘Progress’ on Russia doping –Coe said the world championships, which follow the 2010 indoor worlds in Doha, were a chance to “break new ground” as track and field looks to establish itself in new markets.“We’re very proud and very pleased as a sport that we are breaking fresh ground in our world championships,” he said, although Doha annually hosts a Diamond League meet, a first IAAF Super Grand Prix event having been organised in the country in 1997.“And it is very important that if our sport is going to globalise, those aren’t just warm words in congresses and conferences like this, that we actually act upon them,” he added.More than 40 Russian athletes have been cleared to compete as neutrals in Doha but Coe refused to say whether he thought Russia, banned by the IAAF over systematic doping, would be reinstated in time to compete.The IAAF last month extended its ban on Russia, saying Russia needed to pay its costs incurred in dealing with the problem and grant access to data from samples tested in Moscow from 2011 to 2015.The IAAF taskforce dealing with the problem is due to report again to the body’s council in March. Coe also avoided commenting on whether he thought Russia would be reinstated by the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.“We’re making good progress. There are still some outstanding issues which the taskforce will want to be driving between now and… our next council meeting,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sebastian Coe has dismissed concerns the World Athletics Championships in Doha will be hit by a boycott © AFP/File / VALERY HACHEABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Jan 31 – World athletics chief Sebastian Coe told AFP on Thursday that he expects a “full house” of countries to compete at this year’s world championships in Qatar despite the ongoing Gulf blockade.A swathe of countries in the Middle East and Africa have cut diplomatic and transport ties with the gas-rich state, claiming it supports terrorism — a charge Doha denies.