Seven months ago, R&B singer Sharon Jones was forced to cancel several performances and postpone the release of her new album, Give The People What They Want, due to health complications. The singer was battling cancer, which was fortunately caught in the early stages and immediately treated.Now, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are back with a passionate fury. Having fully recovered, Jones is thoroughly excited for the band’s sixth studio album. The general aim of Jones’s music is to capture the soul/funk sound of the 60′s and 70′s, using older recording techniques and equipment towards this goal. The effect is something out of this world, lively and authentic all the while. They have played at several prominent festivals, including Bonnaroo and South by Southwest.You can stream the full album here, courtesy of NPR First Listen.Furthermore, the band has rescheduled a full winter/spring 2014 tour, which starts in our very own New York City at the Beacon Theatre next month. The full tour schedule is listed below:Feb 6 New York, NY – Beacon TheatreFeb 11 Washington, DC – Lincoln TheatreFeb 13 Durham, NC – Carolina TheatreFeb 14 Asheville, NC – Orange PeelFeb 15 Atlanta, GA – Variety PlayhouseFeb 17 Charleston, NC – Music FarmFeb 18 Orlando, FL – Beacham TheaterFeb 20 St. Petersburg, FL – The State TheatreFeb 21 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music HallFeb 22 New Orleans, LA – House of BluesFeb 25 Houston, TX – House of BluesFeb 26 Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody TheaterFeb 27 Dallas, TX – Granada TheaterMar 1 Memphis, TN – Minglewood HallMar 2 St. Louis, MO – The PageantMar 4 Indianapolis, IN – The VogueMar 5 Iowa City, IA – The Englert TheatreMar 6 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst TheaterMar 8 Lawrence, KS – Liberty HallMar 17 Denver, CO – Gothic TheatreMar 18 Santa Fe, NM – The Lensic Performing Arts CenterMar 20 Tucson, AZ – Rialto TheatreMar 21 Phoenix, AZ – Heritage Square (Pavilion)Mar 22 San Diego, CA – House of BluesMar 25 Los Angeles, CA – The WilternMar 27 San Francisco, CA – The FillmoreMar 28 San Francisco, CA – The FillmoreMar 29 San Francisco, CA – The FillmoreApr 1 Portland, OR – Crystal BallroomApr 2 Seattle, WA – The ShowboxApr 3 Seattle, WA – The ShowboxApr 4 Victoria, BC – Alix Goolden HallApr 5 Vancouver, BC – The Commodore BallroomApr 9 Minneapolis, MN – State TheatreApr 11 Chicago, IL – Vic TheatreApr 15 Detroit, MI – Majestic TheaterFollowing these dates, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings will be touring throughout Europe as well. Not too shabby, Ms. Jones… not too shabby at all.-David Melamed (@DMelamz)
Seidman says that, “we [Infected Mushroom] are excited to be performing with the full band again. There’s a special energy that cannot be matched when we are all on stage rocking out.” Infected Mushroom certainly put on an attention grabbing show on Friday, and it’s only the first leg of their world-wide tour. The band will be traveling all season, making stops throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. Be sure to visit their website and find out where you can see them next. – Marisa Frydman (@musicalmarisa) Load remaining images Infected Mushroom opened up their set with the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotoge,” to incorporate some local flavor and show their excitement about being in New York City. They also got the crowd going with their own version of the Foo Fighters’ “The Pretender”, a song they are known for covering. The band played some of their biggest hits such as “Muse Breaks” and their breakthrough single “Becoming Insane.” Duvdevani and Eisen put on a fun show, everyone in attendance was having a great time. This past Friday February 27th, Israel-based psychedelic trance duo Infected Mushroom rocked the second night of their Animatronica tour at Best Buy Theater. The duo, made up of producers Amit Duvdevani (vocals) and Erez Eisen (keyboard), played a metal-heavy set alongside guitarist Tommy Cunningham and drummer Rogerio Jardim. From EDM loving-bros to hard-core metal-heads, all groups were well represented throughout the small yet diverse audience to witness the innovative musicians get industrial. Openers Randy Seidman, AU5, and Far Too Loud transformed the Best Buy Theater stage into a European-style nightclub, pumping up the crowd with energetic DJ sets.Randy Seidman, who also happens to be Infected Mushroom’s tour manager, started off the show by playing a short yet sweet down-tempo house set. Next up was AU5, also known as Austin Collins. His signature trance-step style was a bit bass-y but it definitely revved up the crowd. Far Too Loud was almost far too loud, yet he was the perfect opener for the headlining act as he mixed psychedelic catchy dance music that intensified as the set went on.[All photos by Corey Regensburger](AU5)(Far Too Loud)The crowd was in awe from the moment Infected Mushroom began their set and it wasn’t only because of their music. When the curtain finally dropped, introducing the band, the audience was greeted with what looked like a gigantic, animatronic, laser-shooting, metal mushroom. The “steampunk” themed art instillation produced a lot of excitement, even backstage. Randy Seidman said that the tour “features a crazy new stage built by some awesome burners, with guh-narly lights & lasers.” It was very cool.(Amit Duvdevani & Erez Eisen of Infected Mushroom)
We recently posted a story in which a young couple went on Divorce Court, with the husband accusing the wife of sleeping with the entire Wu-Tang Clan. After she came home around 7am in the morning, Nathan Sellers claims that wife, Lia, was too busy giving “Wu some Tang,” which she completely denies. Lia explains that she had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hang out with the members of Wu and got caught up “politicking” rather than serving up the her Tang.After catching the story, Wu’s manager Simon Green completely denied that and sexual activity ever took place, via his Instagram. He later corroborated the story in an interview with The Mirror saying, “The Wu-Tang Clan are polite and well mannered boys and sometimes girls mistake signals as friendliness,” he said, adding, “I have a general rule – no girls on the bus unless they want to talk about music, politics or chess.”Method Man even chimed in, responding to Green’s post in nothing short of gentlemanly fashion, “That shits fake I would’ve remembered her,” Method wrote. “I would’ve spotted her and said which one of u bitches brought the chaperone… She’s clearly an old-er thot.” He added in a separate post, “And should know better with her old ass.”Apparently that “thot” needs to know better, because even Wu lives by the philosophy that “The game of chess is like a sword fight, you must think first, before you move…”. Always think first before you move, or you might just end up on Divorce Court.
On February 24, 1995, Dave Matthews Band appeared for the very first time on national television, performing “What Would You Say?” on the Late Show With David Letterman. Now, 20 years and 13 performances on the talk show later, they return to help say goodbye to Letterman with a rendition of the song that started it all.DMB also debuted a new song on “Legends of Letterman” yesterday, titled “Black and Bluebird“. Their summer tour kicks off this week in Austin.[Via Jambase]
Jefferson Airplane icon Grace Slick got her start around the same time as the Grateful Dead. In a new interview with TIME, Slick talks all about her interaction with the band during their early era.She begins, saying “I came in a bit after the Warlocks… So when I met them they were already the Grateful Dead. At the time, you don’t think, Oh this is gonna be noteworthy, I better remember this, it’ll be important in 50 years . . . You just are kind of hanging out. I was with a group called the Great! Society when I met the Grateful Dead. I was not in Airplane yet. But all the bands, like the Charlatans, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis, all those people—we all played the same venues. So we saw each other on a fairly regular basis in the early days.”She continues to talk about the rock and roll lifestyle of the late 60s, dropping some great quotes like:“We all knew each other and we would party together. The Dead had a ranch up in Northern California and they would throw parties there. And there would be writers and musicians and, you know, local freaks like us.”“But at the time we were all just kind of hanging out and doing what we did, making music, taking drugs, screwing each other, having a good time, because there is nothing quite as wonderful as being in your twenties in the ’60s. There was no AIDS. Anything you got, a sexually transmitted disease, could be cured. I know because I got them. I went in the hospital for four days once, a bunch of IVs and stuff and then you get out and you’re okay.”“There’d be writers and people [at the Dead ranch], and there’d be like a barbecue going on and people taking acid and wandering around. There was a swimming pool! You could go nude or you could wear a bathing suit if you wanted to, and it didn’t matter. There were children running around. So it was this kinda pleasant free-for-all for what we called ourselves: ‘freaks.’ You know, because we were freaks compared to the straight nation.”“It was just you show up, you play your music, and then you either go home or you go to another club—a club that’s open. It was just very easy. Rock ’n’ roll is not a difficult medium. It was marvelous. All the people who say, ‘Well Janis was miserable and Garcia was miserable and Jim Morrison’—no, they weren’t.”You can read the full online version of interview here, though the next issue of LIFE Magazine will feature a long-form version of Slick’s recollections.
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood has announced the second leg to an extensive fall tour schedule, with stops ranging from East Coast to West! The band previously announced a fall tour throughout September into early October, and the new dates kick off in the beginning of November and range through the middle of December.Additionally, the band has confirmed that they will be hitting the studio in early 2016 to record a brand new album. The group has been performing new tunes throughout their recent tour appearances, so expect a heavy-hitting album to drop next year.The new leg of the fall tour includes stops in Asheville, Atlanta, Brooklyn, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco and more. Check out the full tour dates below, with new shows in bold!Chris Robinson Fall Tour ScheduleAugust 29 – Nederland, CO – NedFestSeptember 11 – Arrington, VA – LOCKN’ Festival *September 12 – Charlotte, NC – The Chop ShopSeptember 13 – Nag’s Head – Kelly’sSeptember 16 – New York, NY – Central Park SummerStage *September 18 – Buffalo, NY – The Town BallroomSeptember 19 & 20 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom & TavernSeptember 22 – Louisville, KY – Mercury BallroomSeptember 24 – Cincinnati, OH – 20th Century TheaterSeptember 25 – Geneva, NY – Smith Opera HouseSeptember 26 – Wappingers Falls, NY – Speed of Sound FestivalSeptember 27 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls TheatreSeptember 29 – Pontiac, MI – Crofoot BallroomOctober 1 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock HouseOctober 2 – Chicago, IL – Thalia HallOctober 3 – Madison, WI – Majestic TheatreOctober 4 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall BallroomOctober 6 – Nashville, TN – 3rd & LindsleyOctober 8 – Birmingham, AL – Iron CityOctober 9 – Jackson, MS – Duling HallOctober 10 – New Orleans, LA – Tipitina’sOctober 13 – Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity TheatreOctober 15 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live **October 16 – Austin, TX – Scoot Inn **October 17 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar ’N’ GrillNovember 3 – Asheville, NC – The Orange PeelNovember 5 – Atlanta, GA – The Variety PlayhouseNovember 6 – Charleston, SC – The Music FarmNovember 7 & 8 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln TheatreNovember 17 – Washington, DC – 9:30 ClubNovember 19, 20 & 21 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn BowlNovember 22 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living ArtsDecember 3 – Napa, CA – City WineryDecember 4 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’sDecember 5 – Crystal Bay, NV – Crystal Bay Club Crown RoomDecember 6 – Santa Cruz, CA – Coconut GroveDecember 9 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey TheatreDecember 10 – Santa Barbara, CA – Lobero TheatreDecember 11 & 12 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore* w/ Phil Lesh & Friends ** w/ Leftover Salmon
Martin Shkreli, the Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO that recently made headlines for spending $2 million for Wu-Tang Clan’s one-of-a-kind Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, has been arrested on charges of securities fraud.Shkreli first made the rounds earlier this year, when he raised the price of an AIDS medication from $13.50 to $750. Incidentally, neither the Wu-Tang album or the price gouging were the cause of his downfall.It seems that Shkreli also started the firm Retrophin, Inc., a biotechnology research company. By taking stock from Retrophin and using it to pay unrelated business debts, Shkreli had broken the law. The company’s board ousted him and filed a lawsuit against him, and has since cooperated with federal investigations. Even Donald Trump called him a “spoiled brat,” and Bernie Sanders rerouted a $2,700 donation to an HIV clinic in lieu of accepting it for his campaign. The guys from Wu-Tang Clan took his money and donated it to charity as well.Seems like Shkreli won’t be getting that private Radiohead album anytime soon.[Via Bloomberg]
Ë™In our first month, we found three people who needed acute interventions right away,Ã“ he says. Ë™Our physician says that if we hadn_t seen them that day, they would have been [later] hospitalized for one to two weeks, likely in intensive care.Ã“ He says these health-care workers don_t need to be paramedics. Ë™In fact, they wouldn_t even need to be [from] EMS; but I_d like to use the volunteer EMTs we have, if we can expand their training and get some reimbursement,Ã“ he adds. Ë™This model has the potential to break down the old EMS paradigm, which could lead to a new reimbursement paradigm.Ã“”ž Nova Scotia_s program began as a pilot in 1999 and has proven so successful that it has become a fixture on the islands, inspiring the creation of similar programs in remote areas of Canada. During this phase, which lasted 18 months, Cain says, Ë™The paramedics did a lot of preventative things, and watched for signs and symptoms of something pending.Ã“ Wingrove aims to create a community paramedicine bachelor_s degree by adding the Nova Scotia models to the Minnesota Community Health Worker college certificate program. Ë™We want these workers to have a broad background in EMS, public health and mental health. Then we can start spreading this degree program across the country. Our goal is to have everyone doing the same thing so that we can create a Ã‚research bed_ on the effectiveness of community paramedics,Ã“ he says. Ë™A county in Nebraska has a recently retired deputy sheriff with a PhD in mental health. He has been the first responder to every mental-health call in that county, so he knows just what EMS people need to know to handle a mental-health event.Ã“ Wingrove is trying to find $25,000 in federal money for the deputy sheriff to develop this segment of the University of Nebraska curriculum. For the past eight years, paramedics on Long and Brier Islands have provided primary health-care and prevention services to some 1,200 residents (plus summertime visitors), both in a clinic and during home visits. (See Ë™A note on Canada_s Ã‚Paramedics,_Ã“ above, for an explanation on the country_s provider levels.) The community paramedicine program has also captured the attention and imagination of rural health leaders in the U.S., some of whom are developing a pilot program and a community paramedicine curriculum that can be used to train U.S. EMS providers to provide primary care and prevention services. One patient Ë™who wasn_t comfortable crossing the iceÃ“ to visit a doctor during the winter had an acute episode of hypertension, Rawson says. Paramedics doing a home check recognized that the patient_s blood pressure was dangerously high and contacted the physician; the doctor changed medications and the paramedics continued to provide daily monitoring. Ë™That patient is now doing well,Ã“ he reports. Michael McKeage, EHS vice president of clinical operations, noted that, Ë™Not all paramedics will be able to do this; community health takes different skills that they_ll need to learn. And the approach to the patient in the non-emergency situation is unique, so paramedics need to be sensitive to that environment.Ã“ Misner noted that the community paramedics also work closely with medical first responders from the islands_ three fire departments, participating in monthly first responder training programs that provide lectures followed by skills stations on topics chosen by the first responders. Anyone involved with EMS in the U.S. for at least a decade no doubt remembers the push in the mid ’90s to create Ë™expanded-scope EMS.Ã“ Although that effort sputtered and appeared to have died, the concept of using EMS personnel as Ë™community paramedicsÃ“ to provide primary care services when not responding to emergency calls lives on in Canada — and is about to make a comeback in the U.S.”ž When asked what the difference was between these community paramedic programs and the ill-fated, expanded-scope programs (e.g., in Red River, N.M.) a decade ago, Wingrove says, Ë™I consider this more expanded role than expanded scope. Expanded scope leaves you with the impression that EMS is expanding paramedics into the next level of health care, say into the nursing or physician level, but this is simply expanding the paramedic_s role into public health.Ã“ Gary Wingrove, director of government affairs for the Mayo Clinic_s ambulance service in Minnesota, and Dennis Berens, director of the Nebraska Office of Rural Health, have joined forces to develop a Ë™community healthcare specialistÃ“ curriculum and conduct a pilot program to show how EMS personnel can fill health-care gaps in rural and frontier areas of the country. To accomplish those goals, they recently developed the Community Healthcare and Emergency Cooperative, a consortium of rural health, EMS and academic organizations in Minnesota and Nebraska. They also secured federal grant funding through their states to get this program under way. Ë™Most of our population is elderly, and the [home-care] nurse was overwhelmed by the acuity and amount of need out here,Ã“ Rawson says. Ë™Many people were falling through the cracks. So we asked what we could do to help her, and she identified the patients who don_t need a lot of care but need to be seen. Nova Scotia_s EHS also recently gave permission for rural health leaders in the U.S. to use and modify the Canadian curriculum. Cain says Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has been studying the Long and Brier Islands program and is preparing to submit a paper for publication. An unpublished report on that study found that the Long and Brier project significantly reduced hospitalizations, visits to physician offices and emergency departments, and residents_ travel times and costs. Four other Nova Scotia jurisdictions are interested in adopting the program. Residents of the islands — who are two hours, 20 minutes, and two ferry rides (in good weather) from the nearest hospital in Digby — had asked provincial health officials to station a physician on the islands, which was not feasible. Instead, the province and island residents launched a multiphase pilot project using paramedics (who are stationed on the islands 24/7) to provide many primary care services. According to Misner, community paramedics have also developed collaborative relationships with local home-health services, including Victorian Order of Nurses, a non-profit organization that provides community-based health services for 10 provinces and three territories in Canada. The third phase brought a nurse practitioner (NP) to the islands through a collaborative practice agreement with a physician in Digby. Adding the NP allowed the paramedics (after further training) to perform wound care, blood draws and other types of primary care under the supervision of the NP in both the clinic and the field. They learned to assess patients with congestive heart failure and diabetes, assist with medication compliance, administer antibiotics, assess urine specimens, change dressings, and remove sutures and staples. Rawson reports that between November and July 9, BFNEMS paramedics provided 1,000 home visits, lasting almost 495″ž”ž hours, in addition to handling their usual emergency-call volume (approximately 300 calls a year). Community paramedics do an average of six daily home visits, checking on the same three patients every day and sometimes visiting as many as nine. Wingrove is a founder of the International Roundtable on Community Paramedicine (IRCP), which has a mission to Ë™promote the international exchange of information and experience related to the provision of flexible and reliable health-care services to residents of rural and remote areas using novel health-care delivery models.Ã“ In 2006, IRCP held a three-day meeting in Nova Scotia, and another in Rochester, Minn. It will hold its third-annual meeting in Australia this month and expects participants from Australia, Canada, Scotland, the U.S. and England. In between those meetings, IRCP has been holding monthly conference calls involving 30Ã50 people involved or interested in community paramedicine. Ë™Every day, we have crews going out doing everything from taking vital signs, doing blood-glucose monitoring, insulin injections, medication compliance and providing an overall view of the community and elder citizens_ health status,Ã“ he says. He notes that all those skills are within the paramedics_ scope of practice — except for insulin injections, for which the paramedics received a half day of training. Ë™We had to bunker down and treat them in their homes,Ã“ Rawson says. Ë™They did 12-leads and faxed them to the doctor, who changed their medications. We also have limitations on the prehospital administration of nitro, so we were able to modify that [rule] and allow the paramedics to give more. He notes that in the six months before the community paramedic program started, BFNEMS had transported one elderly couple six times, although none of those transports resulted in a hospital admission. Ë™Since this program started, we visit them daily to check up on them and haven_t transported them once,Ã“ he says. Ë™[The program_s first phase] had paramedics providing [some primary] care to the community, but only within the scope of things they could do in the back of an ambulance,Ã“ says Marilyn Pike, former senior director of Emergency Health Services (EHS), Nova Scotia_s EMS system. Ë™But we realized this wasn_t going to be enough. We held many meetings with [residents] to explain what paramedics could do. They expected the paramedics to do everything, including surgery and [obstetrical services], and it took a while to explain that paramedics couldn_t do that,Ã“ she says. According to Rawson, BFNEMS is now planning to greatly expand treatments this fall to include sterile wound care, suturing and immunizations. The agency also plans to teach the paramedics to do phlebotomies because Ë™it makes no sense to travel three hours for a 10-second prick, [and] many people who should have routine blood work don_t get it.Ã“ In the second phase, the paramedics began providing such services as flu shots, blood pressure and glucose checks, and home assessments (to detect fall hazards and other dangers). This required EHS to develop new policies, procedures and protocols. The biggest challenge to BFNEMS came on a winter day when two patients with ischemic cardiac disease called in distress within five minutes. Bad weather prevented anyone from leaving the island via snowmobile or air ambulance, leaving a single paramedic crew to handle both cardiac emergencies.”žChristian”žIsland has three ambulances –“žfrontline, backup and first-responder units — so the two-person, on-duty BFNEMS paramedic crew split up and paired with first responders to go to both patients at once. Beginning on June 1, paramedic service became available during the daytime, and in November, those paramedics began providing community care on Christian Island similar to that provided on Long and Brier Islands. The program Ë™borrowedÃ“ Nova Scotia_s community paramedic curriculum, BFNEMS Manager Douglas Rawson says, and modified it to fit Christian Island residents_ needs. For example, BFNEMS added a module on insulin injections, which Nova Scotia community paramedics weren_t doing. In late 2006, Beausoleil First Nation EMS on Lake Huron_s Christian Island started a program modeled on Nova Scotia_s. (Ë™First NationsÃ“ is the term Canadians use to refer to Ë™Native Americans.Ã“) Christian Island, which is a 25-minute ferry ride from mainland Ontario (or 15 minutes over the ice via snowmobile when the lake is frozen), has roughly 650 year-round residents and about 2,000 more in the summer. Prior to June 1, 2006, a clinic staffed by a community nurse and a home-care nurse, along with a physician who visited once a week, provided the only health care, and volunteer first responders transported emergency patients to an ambulance service on the mainland. The Dalhousie study concluded that the Long and Brier project Ë™has clearly demonstrated the effect of this innovative model on increasing accessibility to a full range of comprehensive primary health-care services along with a high level of resident acceptance and satisfaction with the model of care and the positive impact of the model of care or residents_ health and reductions in health-care costs.Ã“ Ë™We have a great staff, which has taken a lot of initiative,Ã“ he adds. Ë™Although home visits were foreign to EMS, they say they like going out and visiting people in their homes.Ã“ Ë™We need a new model that can serve as the front end of public health, primary care, emergency service, mental health and maybe even dental care,Ã“ Berens says. Ë™We_re looking at using the EMS model and infrastructure, especially in the Great Plains states, where most of our EMTs are volunteers. We_d like to create some jobs for those EMTs while better caring for the health-care needs of our citizens. In Ontario However, community paramedic proponents insist they_re talking about Ë™expanded roles,Ã“ not Ë™expanded scope,Ã“ for EMS providers — a subtle but important difference. Ë™Expanded scope implies that you_re expanding the paramedics_ skills and services, and others in medicine start saying, Ã‚Hey, that_s what we do,_Ã“ says Nova Scotia_s former Provincial EMS Medical Director”žEd Cain, MD, a leader in the movement that created Nova Scotia_s community paramedicine program. Ë™With expanded-role [EMS], we_re emphasizing that different professionals can do these various competencies, but in these settings, there are no other health-care professionals available to do them.Ã“ In Nova Scotia In an unpublished report on the project, former coordinator of the Long and Brier Island Community Paramedicine Project Debbee Misner, RN, BScn, said, Ë™The project_s focus dramatically altered the traditional work of the paramedics. Accustomed to quickly responding to emergency calls within a specified period of time, paramedics were now being called upon to, among other things, share a cup of tea with island residents as part of a falls prevention assessment where [they] assessed both residents and their environment for fall hazards.Ã“ Cain says, Ë™They also created an Ã‚adopt-a-patient_ program. They visit a shut-in on a regular basis and may be the only contact that person has.Ã“ An abandoned clinic in Freeport where a physician had formerly practiced was renovated to serve as headquarters for the Long and Brier Islands project. The paramedics began holding clinics there, as well as visiting patients in their homes between emergency calls. It would take half a day for a visiting nurse or home-care person from the mainland to visit a patient on the islands, Cain says Ë™so paramedics do home visits.Ã“ In the”žU.S. This model certainly seems promising for filling the widening health-care gaps in remote parts of the U.S. However, finding the revenues to fund such programs could prove daunting until far-sighted policy makers agree to pay for paramedic treatment separate from transport.Mannie Garza is news director of JEMS and editor of the management newsletter EMS Insider. She has a BA in journalism and has been writing about EMS for nearly 20 years.
The Harvard University Choir and the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra will present Handel’s magnificent oratorio “Saul” on April 26. The performance is dedicated to the memory of John Raymond Ferris, University organist and choirmaster from 1958-1990, who passed away last summer.The oratorio focuses on the first king of Israel’s relationship with his eventual successor, David, as described in the First Book of Samuel. The work features majestic orchestration, dramatic choruses, and vivid characterization — it is considered one of Handel’s finest creations.A distinguished roster of professional soloists will join the choir and orchestra for the performance, which is also a commemoration of the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death.The performance takes place at the Memorial Church at 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Harvard Box Office, (617) 496-2222, www.boxoffice.harvard.edu.
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Talladega TALLADEGA, Ala. — A man dangles a rubber chicken from a fishing pole in the middle of Talladega Superspeedway’s famed Talladega Boulevard, trying to tap an empty can of Bud Light without knocking it over.“He’s been doing it all day,” another tailgater informs me with a laugh.Fishing for nothing more than attention and a good time, the man glances at me with a toothy grin and says:“Welcome to Talladega Boulevard.”• • •The Alabama temperatures are unseasonably cool and the damp air from the day’s rain mixes with the smell of campfires. Different tunes — from Luke Bryan’s “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day” to J. Dash’s “Wop” — echo from the different tailgates set up on Talladega’s most famous strip.Friday’s dreary weather has left many in the Heart of Dixie seeking comfort indoors, but the 5:30 p.m. infield already is stirring outside for an approaching party.Some scenes are elaborate with real bars and bar stools set up. Some are makeshift, with chairs positioned comfortably around a campfire. And some are just downright crazy, like the one centered around an old school bus with “Nuthin’ Fancy” printed in large letters on the window.