Russ Liquid Test Make Waves In Their NYC Debut Performance [Review/Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images The Russ Liquid Test dazzled New York City’s American Beauty this past Saturday, February 18th. In the wake of their debut album release, 1984, the electro-funk, psychedelically infused live project have set the tone for a modern take on a retro sound. Russell Scott, keyboard and trumpet virtuoso, has refined his trademark electronic foundations alongside guitarist Andrew Block and drummer Deven Trusclair. Scott gracefully lays a unique electronic foundation that is caressed by sonorous brass. The live music project transcends traditional funk with the deep integration of renowned instrumentals and old-school New Orleans soul.The Russ Liquid Test marks their integration of trademark tracks with unique, live renditions. The group opened the evening with all-encompassing bass that swayed gracefully with pungent guitar riffs and penetrating drums. While Block evinced his string prowess, dazzling the crowd with enduring guitar solos, the ambiance shifted. Divine synths bubbled through the atmosphere, and Scott took an electronic-driven take on the instrumental mood.“Yo, we’re all about abrupt beginnings here,” announced Scott as a jam driven rendition of “Honesty” encompassed the room in heavy brass and trippy vocals. The crowd received Scott’s proclamation with harmonious cheers and shared embraces. The track was drawn out in a mellow tone, caressed by Block’s guitar finesse. The track in itself is beautiful; incorporating elements from each genre, while including classically retro vocals with a psychedelic feel. Its live rendition, however, surpasses that of the record itself bolstering instrumental prominence.“Honesty” was mixed into a vibrant version of “Let Me Stand,” a track that exudes the traditional Russ Liquid sound, yet is graced with the soft caress of enchanting vocals. Emily Nichols led the track into a sultry verse, crooning, “Let me stand all night.” The lyrics were penetrating in tone while they bloom in psychedelic build up. The track, flirting with bubbling synths, was drawn out by soulful and cutting guitar riffs. Graced by sonorous brass notes and light keys, leaving the room in musical entrancement.The night continued with ambient synths complemented by roaring drums and impassioned guitar. Scott introduced, “Acid for Wagner,” from his album In Love. The track held faithful to its roots in liquefying synthesis, yet was aided by the warmth of brass and drums. It was drawn out into a jam led by bubbling trumpet notes and keyboard leads, along with the beautiful guitar riffs integral to the nights’ warm vibe.The night concluded with intoxicating, trumpet-fueled jams that flooded American Beauty with a soulful groove. Each artist, in his skill, contributed extraordinarily to the music project that is now becoming a grand success. Each member provides a unique sound that is gloriously harmonic. The energy that radiates from the stage and onto the crowd is truly beautiful as fans leave beaming time and time again.All photos courtesy of Djivan Schapira and B.a.D Photography. Full gallery below, including images of show opener Exmag.last_img read more

Gay rights ‘non issue’, Kenyan president says ahead of Obama visit

first_img Share 57 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! President of Kenya, Uhuru KenyattaNAIROBI, Kenya (AFP) — Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday dismissed gay rights as a “non-issue” ahead of US President Barack Obama’s visit later this week.Kenyatta also said Deputy President William Ruto, who is still on trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague accused of crimes against humanity, would also meet the US leader.“That is a non-issue to the people of this country, and it is definitely not on our agenda at all,” Kenyatta said in response to a question about gay rights.“We as a country, as a continent, are faced with much more serious issues which we would want to engage the US and all our partners with.”Obama’s planned Kenya visit was itself long delayed by Kenyatta’s indictment by the ICC.Those charges, linked to post-election ethnic violence in 2007-08, were suspended last year — in part, prosecutors say, because the Kenyan government thwarted the investigation by intimidating or paying off witnesses.Kenyatta said Obama would meet all members of the government.“Without a doubt, he is coming to meet the government that is in place, that includes all of us,” Kenyatta told reporters, standing alongside Ruto. “We shall all be meeting.”Ruto has spoken out against homosexuality, telling worshippers in church early this month it was “against the plan” of God.“We have heard that in the US they have allowed gay relations and other dirty things,” Ruto said, according to the Daily Nation newspaper.Homophobia is on the rise across much of Africa and homosexuality remains illegal in many countries, including Kenya where it was outlawed under British colonial legislation.In conservative Christian and Muslim countries in Africa, homophobia is a vote-winner.One Kenyan man, Kidala Vincent, had promised to lead a march of “5,000 totally naked men and women” to protest Obama’s support for gay rights, so that he can “see and understand the difference between a man and woman”.Gay rights activists warned of rising intolerance in Kenya, including attacks on homosexuals and alleged cases of lesbians being raped to “cure” them.Kenyatta said economic development and security were his priorities, with Obama to address a Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi this weekend.“Poverty, improved health for our people, better education, better roads, better security, these are our key focuses,” Kenyatta said, calling on citizens to give Obama a “hearty welcome” when he arrives.“The fight against terror will be central, we have been working in very close cooperation with American agencies,” he added.Kenya has been hit by a string of attacks by Somali-led Shebab insurgents.Kenyan troops crossed into Somalia in 2011 to fight the Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents, and later joined the African Union force, AMISOM, which is supporting Somalia’s internationally-backed government.The Shebab have since stepped up their operations in Kenya, dealing a blow to plans for the troops to serve as a buffer and protect the long, porous border.Obama’s visit will be his fourth to Africa since becoming US president, but his first to Kenya, his father’s birthplace, since taking office in 2009. He will travel on to Ethiopia. HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Gay rights ‘non issue’, Kenyan president says ahead of Obama visit by: Associated Free Press – July 21, 2015center_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

D.O. Sportscast Blitz: 3 SU superfans detail their tailgates after COVID-19

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 14, 2020 at 10:20 pm Commentscenter_img The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.This episode of The D.O. Sportscast, hosted by KJ Edelman, peeks into Syracuse tailgates during COVID-19. Dedicated tailgaters Gary Anastasio, Kurt Pomerenke and Mark Bradwick explain how their tailgates have changed due to COVID-19 social distancing protocol.Our host and editorial director is KJ Edelman. Luca Serio is our executive producer, Elizabeth Kauma is our podcast editor, and Skyler Rivera is our assistant sports digital editor. The reporters featured in this episode are Skyler Rivera, Adam Hillman, and Anthony Dabbundo.Listen on Spotify:AdvertisementThis is placeholder textListen on Apple Podcasts:…Listen on Anchor:last_img read more