Dave Matthews, Graham Nash And More Stand With Standing Rock At Benefit Show

first_imgLast night, as demonstrators continued to stand their ground in opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) on Standing Rock Indian Preservation, a group of musicians came together in Washington, D.C. to host a benefit concert to raise funds for the resistance effort. Billed as “Stand for Standing Rock,” the event at DAR Constitution Hall was hosted and headlined by Dave Matthews and featured performances by R&B artist Ledisi, Neko Case (The New Pornographers), Graham Nash, and frequent Matthews collaborator Tim Reynolds.In addition to the evening’s famous performers, Matthews invited many members of tribe to perform and speak, including 23-year-old Kendrick Eagle, who shared his experiences meeting President Obama on a few occasions. “He told us he had our backs as long as he’s in office. And now we need him more than ever, and that’s why I’m here.”After introducing the evening’s various sets of music and speaking on several occasions, Matthews and Reynolds finally took the stage for their headlining set. Easily a highlight of their performance, Matthews told a story about his experience visiting the protestors’ camp at Standing Rock: “The whole experience at the camp exploded my brain and I don’t know what to do about it” said the singer/guitarist. He then debuted a new song about that experience entitled “Song For Billijo”. You can watch fan-shot footage of the debut of “Song for Billijo” below, courtesy of YouTube user dmb4041:Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds also brought out Graham Nash during their set, playing a rendition of the classic song “Teach Your Children” together. Watch the performance below, courtesy of DMB4041.In such a divisive and tense political climate, it’s inspiring to see artist like Matthews and company standing for important causes like this one. #NoDAPLSetlists:Ledisi Setlist:“A Change Is Gonna Come” (by Sam Cooke)“A Bridge Over Troubled Water” (by Simon & Garfunkel)“Trouble in Mind” (by Richard M. Jones)“Come Together” (by The Beatles)Neko Case Setlist:“Vengeance Is Sleeping”“Middle Cyclone”“Man”Graham Nash Setlist:“Military Madness”“Just a Song Before I Go”“Wasted on the Way”“Chicago”Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds Setlist:“Don’t Drink The Water”“Satellite”“One Sweet World”“#41”“The Maker” (with Neko Case)“Tangled Web We Weave” (Tim Reynolds solo)“Little Thing”“Samurai Cop”“Oh”“Crush”“Teach Your Children” (by Crosby, Stills & Nash; with Graham Nash and Shane Fontayne)“Song for Billijo” (original, debut)“Two Step”[h/t – Rolling Stone]last_img read more

A tale of two continents

first_imgWhen Elisa New first picked up her great-grandfather Jacob Levy’s entrancing and ornate carved cane, she immediately sensed the unfolding journey on which she would embark.New, an English professor at Harvard, had long been curious about her Jewish family’s origins in coming to America. But it was Levy’s cane — with its mysterious initials, names of foreign towns, and provocative question-mark shape — that compelled New to travel as far as Lithuania and as close as Baltimore in her home state of Maryland to research the past and narrate her discoveries in her book “Jacob’s Cane” (2009).Over the course of a decade, New said, she made “multiple trips … to London, the Baltics, and to other places that became part of the book’s story, from World War II battlefields in Belgium and France to the tobacco fields of North Carolina, and to Israel.”Among her familial revelations was that Levy hailed not from Austria, but from Lithuania, coming to Baltimore in 1884 as a businessman selling preshrunk fabric for clothing; and that her great-great-uncle Bernhard Baron was a cigarette magnate at the turn of the 20th century. A richly woven saga of American and Jewish histories, “Jacob’s Cane” also traverses the storied past of big tobacco, the Industrial Revolution, and New’s relatives killed in the Holocaust.New was awed by her many discoveries, which, she said, “connected my own individual family to currents of history in a way I hadn’t imagined possible.”“The international tobacco trade; the American struggles for the dignity of working people that gave us socialism and the labor movement, which inspired some to invent labor-saving devices and others to run for public office; the European Enlightenment with its manifold implications for ordinary persons in Europe; the terrible wars of the 20th century; America’s rituals of democracy: these large ideas and movements were all reflected in the lives of my own individual family,” said New.Though claiming she was “never very good at telling stories,” the newfound author is thrilled to pass these tales along, to her own family and beyond.“Learning to tell a historical story in a way that readers could appreciate is in some way what I’m proudest of,” said New. “Researching this book made clear to me that my family — that all families — belong to history and that history is all around us.”last_img read more

Governor Wolf Meets with 4-H Students to Discuss His Commitment to Agriculture

first_img March 09, 2016 Governor Wolf Meets with 4-H Students to Discuss His Commitment to Agriculture Budget News,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – This afternoon, Governor Tom Wolf met with 4-H students to discuss his commitment to agriculture and to the land grant system in Pennsylvania. Governor Wolf’s proposed 2016-17 budget includes a five percent increase, or an additional $2.4 million, for the Agricultural College Land Scrip Fund. This is the largest increase for Penn State’s Ag Sciences and Extension since 2012 when the Republican-controlled legislature cut land scrip funding by 19 percent. With this proposed funding, the governor has offered the resources we need to protect animal agriculture in the commonwealth, which means a safer food supply. The land grant institutions are a commonwealth asset.The Governor’s Office released the following statement:“Governor Wolf supports funding for these important agriculture programs and he is ready to sign the bi-partisan, compromise budget that is balanced, fixes the deficit and makes historic investments in education as well as agriculture programs.“Unfortunately, Republican leaders sent the governor an irresponsible budget that was unbalanced by $500 million, would have grown the already multi-billion dollar deficit and made a $95 million cut to education. The governor used his line-item veto power to ensure the budget was balanced and because Republican leaders did not provide revenue to pay for their budget.“The governor looks forward to working with Republican leaders to pass a real, bi-partisan budget that includes the revenue necessary to fix the deficit, invest in education and fund important areas like agriculture programs.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more