New Orleans-based saxophonist Khris Royal has been busy over the last year! When he’s not touring with Rebelution or playing with George Porter Jr. & The Runnin’ Pardners, Royal has been hard at work with his own band, Dark Matter, which features Big Sam Williams (trombone), John Michael Bradford (trumpet), Danny Abel (guitar), and Max Moran (bass).This weekend, Khris Royal & Dark Matter shared their brand new single “Step Children” featuring the one and only Nigel Hall on the Rhodes organ. Says Royal of the track, “‘Step Children’ is a tribute to funk night at Wally’s, the historic jazz club in Boston where I played three nights a week while attending Berklee Collage. The Tuesday night band was called Step Children. No one really knows how they got the name. Some people say it’s because they were treated like step children because the Straight Ahead Band was treated better. They played on Fridays and Saturdays.You can listen to “Step Children” below, via Royal’s SoundCloud:Royal explained the personal significance and backstory of the song to Live For Live Music: “When I first got to Berklee I was only 17 and Wally’s was 21 and up so I never tried to go. One day, Nikki Glaspie (Dumpstaphunk, Beyonce, Nth Power) and James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band) told me I had to go with them because Nikki was playing there with (frequent Soulive collaborator) Sam Kinninger . I had no idea Sam played there every Tuesday, so I went with them and Nikki got me in. A week later, Amy and Aaron Bellamy called me because Sam was leaving to tour with Soulive, and I ended up filling in with the Step Children Wally’s. Playing there with that band changed the way I play. Up until that point, I had always looked at myself as a jazz cat. The Step Children made me realize I wanted to be able to play everything.”Continues Royal, “It was only natural to have Nigel Hall on this track. Nigel moved to Boston right as I was leaving for Los Angeles. He would come sit in with us every week so he totally understands the spirit of Wally’s and the Step Children. When I moved, Nigel took my place in the band before being picked up to tour with Soulive and Lettuce who also have roots at Wally’s Jazz Club.[Photo via Nola.com]
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Selden man has been arrested for allegedly crashing a boat into rocks in Patchogue and fleeing the scene, leaving behind an injured woman over the holiday weekend, Suffolk County police said.Mark Tricarico surrendered Thursday to Fifth Precinct officers, who charged him with leaving the scene of a boating accident involving injury.Police said the 31-year-old man was behind the wheel of a 23-foot Sea Ray boat when he crashed into the west jetty at the entrance of the Patchogue River at 9:20 p.m. Sunday.A 29-year-old Farmingdale woman who was on the boat was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.Witnesses had reportedly told investigators that up to seven people were on the boat at the time and fled, but when authorities found some of them nearby the crash scene, none were cooperative, police have said.Tricarico will be arraigned at a later date.
Mr. Robert Ray “Bob” Roark, age 69, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on April 24, 1950 in Hamilton, Ohio. He was the loving son of the late, Jesse “Slim” “J.R.” and Hattie (Baker) Roark. He was raised in Hamilton, Ohio where he was a 1968 graduate of New Miami High School. In 1983, Bob graduated from the Bible Baptist Institute in Pensacola, Florida. Bob was united in marriage on November 5, 1971 in Fairfield, Ohio to Sharon Kay Campbell. This happy union was blessed with a son, Robby and two daughters, Rebecca and Rachael. Bob and Sharon shared 48 years of marriage together until his death. Bob was employed as a machinist for Mosler Safe Company in Hamilton, Ohio. Bob held membership in the Miltonville Baptist Church in Middletown, Ohio. He enjoyed farming all of his life and was a self-employed carpenter. Bob loved ministering, woodworking, crafts, and singing. Bob passed away at 3:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana.Bob will be missed by his loving wife, Sharon Kay (Campbell) Roark of Vevay, IN; his daughters, Rebecca Wagner and her husband, Jason of Vevay, IN and Rachael Mueller and her husband, Jarrid of Vevay, IN; his son, Robby Roark of Canton, OK; his grandchildren, Kendra Roark, Ethan Roark, Lucas Roark, Jessica McClellan, Serena Wagner, and Bobby Roark; his great-grandchildren, Ryker, Veronika, and Cyrus McClellan; his brothers, Larry Roark of Hanover, IN, Jeff Roark of Vevay, IN, Steve Roark and his wife, Pamela of Bennington, IN and Joey Roark of Bennington, IN; his sisters, Lou Collins and her husband, Kenneth of Hamilton, OH and Rosetta Combs and her husband, A.C. of Hamilton, OH and his several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse “Slim” “J.R.” and Hattie (Baker) Roark; his brothers, Gregory Roark and William Eugene Roark and his sister, Marie Roark.Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, December 21, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., by Bro. A.C. Combs, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Slawson Cemetery, Bennington, Indiana.Friends may call 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Saturday, December 21, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the Mr. Robert Ray “Bob” Roark Memorial Fund c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.com.