Gary Clark Jr., Common, Brandi Carlile, & 40+ More To Play Free Celebrate Brooklyn! Concerts

first_imgToday, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival has announced a number of free and paid concerts for its 2018 season. The concert series, which will be held in Prospect Park, opens with a free performance by Common on Tuesday, June 5th, and spans through to mid-August when it closes with a performance by The Breeders and Speedy Ortiz on Saturday, August 11th.Artists who have signed on for free performances for BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival include Los Lobos, Gary Clark Jr., Brandi Carlile, BadBadNotGood, Antibalas, The Jayhawks, Mandolin Orange, Aimee Mann, Branford Marsalis, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Rhye, Noname, Respect+Respond=Now (a group featuring Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah, Derrick Hodge, Justin Tyson, and Taylor McFerrin), and many more.In additional to musical performances by these artists, the festival will also host a free performance by Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal presenting “Leonard Cohen’s Dance Me” and a screening of the 1984 Miyazaki film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. These free performances come in addition to a number of ticketed benefit shows, including those by Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Decemberists, Vance Joy, Grizzly Bear, Courtney Barnett, and Jason Mraz and Brett Dennen. For more information, head here.BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival 2018 LineupTuesday, June 5, 8:00pmBET Opening Night Concert!COMMONFreeSunday, June 10, 3:00pmFamily ConcertLOS LOBOSFreeWednesday, June 13, 7:00pmTHE DECEMBERISTSTicketed BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Benefit Concert$45 (General Admission – Standing)Thursday, June 14, 7:30pmVANCE JOY | ALICE MERTONTicketed BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Benefit Concert$54.50 advance / $60 day of show (General Admission – Standing)Saturday, June 16, 7:00pmTHE JAYHAWKS | MANDOLIN ORANGE | PARSONSFIELDFreeWednesday, June 20, 6:30pmGRIZZLY BEAR + SPOONTicketed BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Benefit Concert$46 advance / $51 day of show (General Admission – Standing)Thursday, June 21, 7:30pmBud Light Music SeriesAIMEE MANN | SUPERCHUNK | JONATHAN COULTONFreeFriday, June 22, 7:30pmBud Light Music SeriesR+R=NOW featuring ROBERT GLASPER, TERRACE MARTIN, CHRISTIAN SCOTT aTUNDE ADJUAH,DERRICK HODGE, JUSTIN TYSON, TAYLOR MCFERRIN | PAUL BEAUBRUNFreeSaturday, June 23, 7:30pmFISCHERSPOONER | JULIANA HUXTABLEFreeThursday, June 28, 8:00pmTHE BLUES PROJECT FEATURING DORRANCE DANCE WITH TOSHI REAGON & BIGLOVELYCREATED BY MICHELLE DORRANCE, DERICK K. GRANT, TOSHI REAGON, AND DORMESHIASUMBRY-EDWARDSFreeFriday, June 29, 7:30pmBRANFORD MARSALIS | ROGER GUENVEUR SMITH: FREDERICK DOUGLASS NOWFreeSaturday, June 30, 7:00pmRICKY SKAGGS and KENTUCKY THUNDER | SIERRA HULL AND JUSTIN MOSES | MAMIE MINCHFreeFriday, July 6, 8:00pmLES BALLETS JAZZ DE MONTRÉAL: LEONARD COHEN’S DANCE MEFreeSaturday, July 7, 7:00pmEventbrite Music SeriesRHYE | NATALIE PRASS | OVERCOATSFreeThursday, July 12, 7:30pmANTIBALAS | COMBO CHIMBITA | DJ NICKODEMUSFreeFriday, July 13, 7:00pmEventbrite Music SeriesMALA RODRIGUEZ | ANA TIJOUX | GIRL ULTRAFreeSaturday, July 14, 7:30pmKRONOS QUARTET | TRIO DA KALIFreeThursday, July 19, 7:00pmJOE RUSSO’S ALMOST DEADTicketed BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Benefit Concert$45 (General Admission – Standing)Friday, July 20, 7:30pmANOUSHKA SHANKAR | MY BRIGHTEST DIAMONDFreeSaturday, July 21, 7:30pmMusic & MoviesBRIMSTONE AND GLORY W/ LIVE SCORE BY WORDLESS MUSIC ORCHESTRA | SONIDO GALLONEGROFreeWednesday, July 25, 7:00pmCOURTNEY BARNETT | JULIEN BAKER | VAGABONTicketed BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Benefit Concert$39.50 advance / $45 day of show (General Admission – Standing)Thursday, July 26, 7:30pmEventbrite Music SeriesBRANDI CARLILE | RUTHIE FOSTERFreeFriday, July 27, 7:30pmTINARIWEN | CHEICK HAMALA DIABATEFreeSaturday, July 28, 7:30pmMusic & Movies323 DEAN STREET, #2 BROOKLYN, NY 11217 p 718.643.9052 www.blakezidell.comNAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND | KAKI KINGFreeThursday, August 2, 7:30pmEventbrite Music SeriesBADBADNOTGOOD | CHARLOTTE DAY WILSONFreeFriday, August 3, 7:30pmEventbrite Music SeriesNONAME | TOPAZ JONES | JAZZE BELLEFreeSaturday, August 4, 7:30pmTARRUS RILEY WITH DEAN FRASER AND THE BLAK SOIL BAND | MWENSO & THE SHAKESFreeTuesday, August 7, 7:30pmGOOD VIBES WITH JASON MRAZ & BRETT DENNENTicketed BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Benefit Concert$55 advance / $60 day of show (General Admission – Standing)323 DEAN STREET, #2 BROOKLYN, NY 11217 p 718.643.9052 www.blakezidell.comThursday, August 9, 7:30pmBud Light Music SeriesGARY CLARK JR. | FIONA SILVERFreeFriday, August 10, 7:30pmGODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR | EMEL MATHLOUTHIFreeSaturday, August 11, 7:30pmBud Light Music SeriesTHE BREEDERS | SPEEDY ORTIZFreeView Full Lineuplast_img read more

Big deals altering the payments landscape

first_img continue reading » There’s a decent chance we’ll look back at the first half of 2019 as the period when the US payments landscape changed permanently. The chain of events began in January with Fiserv’s surprise announcement that it was acquiring First Data in a $22 billion merger. Speculation quickly followed on how other leading financial services technology providers would respond. Two months later FIS answered that question with an even bigger combination by purchasing Worldpay, which had recently gained the title of the US’s largest merchant card acquirer in terms of processing volume. Then in May, card processors TSYS and Global Payments announced they would join forces in a “merger of equals.” Our webinar explores the dynamics of these three acquisitions and their various implications for banks and credit unions in greater detail.Taken together, these three deals rolled up the two largest US bank software providers and every top ten player in card acquiring, not already affiliated with a major bank—all within the space of five months. During the same period, the country’s #11 and #12 largest banks announced their own merger of equals—the first major move by a Top 20 bank since the financial crisis. In providing their rationale for the deal to the investment community, the leaders of SunTrust and BB&T cited the need for greater technological scale. If this is the case, what does it imply for the over 11,000 US banks and credit unions smaller than this newly combined entity?Each of these deals has its own unique characteristics—Global Payments/TSYS, for instance, is being touted as the “payments pure play” because its portfolio does not include the software and adjacent banking services offered by FIS and Fiserv. A few unifying themes emerge, however. One is the need for even greater economies of scale in order to preserve operating margins in a competitive payments environment. Another is the continued convergence of various payments models, leading providers to strive to deliver a unified, one-stop-shop experience. The servicing of merchants and card issuers is also moving toward a common set of providers. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

5,000 credit union leaders coming to D.C. to talk policy with Congress

first_imgMore than 5,000 credit union professionals will be in Washington, D.C. next week for CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan wrote all 535 Congressional offices Tuesday. Part of CUNA’s regular outreach to Congress on the credit union difference, this communication sets the stage for next week’s CUNA GAC.“Next week, credit union professionals will be in Washington, eager to speak with you about how a strong partnership between Congress and credit unions serves your constituents by fostering financial resilience, retaining local access to financial institutions, serving the underserved, and so much more,” Donovan wrote. “For your local credit unions, the commitment to advancing communities is paramount. They are there for your constituents in good times and bad and look forward to working with your office to get more done.”Donovan’s message links to a selection of CUNA’s 2020 credit union advocacy priorities, detailing ways Congress and credit unions can work together to advance communities, including:Passing a national data security and privacy framework to keep Americans safe; continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Trump admin reportedly still trying to get Chad Wolf confirmed in effort to save policies

first_imgAfter finally submitting his official nomination in August, passing that nomination through committee by a strict party line vote in September (where he again lied to senators), and then basically forgetting about it, CNN reports Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been approached about continuing to advance Unlawful Chad’s nomination to a full vote, “a move seemingly acknowledging both a forthcoming change in administrations and criticism that Wolf’s appointment was invalid,” the report said.The Trump administration officially submitted Unlawful Chad’s nomination only because his unlawful appointment risks any policy he’s signed his name to. And there have been quite a few consequential items. Just days ago, a coalition of states in fact sued Unlawful Chad over changes further decimating the popular and successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, saying he “lacked the legal authority to issue the memo … because he was never validly appointed to his position.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – It’s going to be work for the incoming Biden administration to reverse many of the outgoing administration’s immigration policies, but experts have noted that some of that could be eased because many of the policies have been found unlawful in court. In the case of the policy making it harder for working immigrant families to access green cards, “Biden’s attorney general could drop the appeal, letting stand the federal judge’s ruling that the Trump administration unlawfully created the public charge rule,” the American Immigration Lawyers Association said according to USA Today.“To make a long story short,” University of Texas law school professor Steve Vladeck said according to CNN, “I think the effort to have him confirmed is principally with an eye toward attempting to ratify all of the programs and policies that could be struck down by courts holding his acting appointment was unlawful.”Unlawful Chad didn’t deserve to be officially confirmed a year ago and he certainly doesn’t deserve to be confirmed now. The only reason why his name should come up in Congress is relating to investigations into his criminal behavior. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Syracuse recruit Roddy Gayle Jr.’s journey shaped by his late cousin

first_imgThere was a problem, though. Gayle kept passing the ball, contradicting his father’s idea of raising a scorer. After Gayle joined WeR1 for AAU in sixth grade, his dad gave him a weight vest for conditioning — another “trial and error” experiment. Gayle began to dunk, but almost never in games. It was a mental thing, his father said. To dunk more, Davis approached Gayle with a bet, offering Gayle $100 for each dunk he made.At an Atlantic City tournament in April 2017, Gayle rose up for a slam. Then, he did it a second time. And a third. By the end of that game, Gayle had dunked five times.“Nah, we can’t do the ($100 bills) no more. We gonna go back to the 20,” Gayle Sr. recalled Davis saying afterwards.Months later, in the winter of 2018, Davis came down with pneumonia. One day, on Feb. 1, 2018, Gayle Sr. visited Davis at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. He showed his cousin clips from Gayle’s previous game. But that was the last visit Gayle Sr. would make.“It really took a toll on me because I never got to say goodbye,” Gayle said.Gayle was on Niagara Falls High School’s varsity roster in eighth grade but later chose to attend Lewiston-Porter for high school. His father didn’t agree with the Niagara Falls coach’s philosophy, and Davis had recommended Matt Bradshaw, the Lancers’ head coach.Bradshaw knew about Gayle and saw him play in person when Lewiston-Porter faced the Wolverines in the 2018 Niagara Frontier League championship. Even with Niagara Falls up 25 points, Bradshaw said Gayle dove for loose balls, which piqued the coach’s interest. Photo courtesy of Roddy Gayle Sr.Two years later, Gayle’s family packed into the Depew High School bleachers on Jan. 3 holding Fatheads of Gayle’s face and homemade signs. Even as a sophomore, Gayle was just 11 points shy of 1,000 for his career.In the first half, Gayle was fouled and sent to the free throw line, where he stared down the hoop. He bounced the ball three times, shot and pointed up after the milestone point sunk through — a tribute to Davis that has become part of his routine.“Whenever I make a free throw, I point up to the sky, and I’m like ‘I want you to look over me and watch me,’” Gayle said. The next home game, Gayle was recognized by the Lancers in a 25-point win against North Tonawanda. Holding a basketball recognizing his 1,000th point and grinning, he was surrounded by green banners, one of them honoring the league and section championship that Gayle led Lewiston-Porter to last season. Davis’ recommendation was paying off. In that same gym, Gayle continues to hone his form on the shooting machines. If a college coach wanders inside, he makes sure to bring teammates and friends to the workouts so they can get the same exposure as he does. And just outside, there’s a trophy case with one retired number, No. 54 for the 1970s graduate and former NBA player Jim Johnstone.If Gayle stays another two years and doesn’t leave for prep school, his No. 24 would be the second number retired, Bradshaw said. He would make sure of it. Comments Latoya Page-Gayle looked at her husband to do something. In the back seat of their blue Ford Expedition, then-eighth grader Rodriguez “Roddy” Gayle Jr. had tears pouring down his face. This 25-minute trip from North Tonawanda (New York) High School was much quieter than the usual car rides home from basketball games where Gayle’s father would critique his performances. Back at their Niagara Falls, New York home, Gayle stood in the living room with his parents, still upset. The day before, Feb. 1, 2018, Rodriguez Gayle Sr.’s cousin, Eric Davis, died of cardiac arrest at 41 because his heart wasn’t strong enough for pneumonia medication.“I just let him cry,” Gayle Sr. said. “He needed it.”Gayle remembers one thing from the conversation with his parents: to play for Davis, his biggest fan. Since Davis’ death, that’s exactly what he’s done. Gayle, now a sophomore at Lewiston-Porter High School, used the fundamentals Davis helped instill in him and in 2019 led the Lancers to their first sectional title in more than 40 years. And during that time, he emerged as a four-star shooting guard and a top-50 player in the 2022 class, receiving scholarship offers from high-major programs such as Syracuse.“(Eric) saw Roddy was going to be something,” Gayle Sr. said. “Man, I wish he could see it (now).” AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFrom the time Gayle was four years old and started shooting on a regulation-size basketball hoop, his father wanted him to become a pure scorer, one that averaged 40 or 50 points per game. He practiced with his son “backwards,” teaching Gayle how to shoot before he could even handle the ball. With no prior experience as a basketball trainer, Gayle Sr. turned to YouTube videos and Davis — who coached his own son on a local AAU team. They started with one- and two-dribble pull-up drills, eventually working toward 3-pointers when Gayle got older. Along the way, they mixed in dribbling. “You in the oven, you not done yet,” Gayle Sr. and Davis would say. “Everything he was doing was starting to come to life, but you still not done, you still not cooked,” Gayle Sr. recalled.Eventually, Gayle Sr. started an AAU program with a friend of his to keep Niagara Falls kids off the streets, he said. Gayle and his teammates practiced five days a week at the Harry F. Abate and Niagara Street elementary school gyms, working alongside current Division I recruits like Willie Lightfoot and Jalen Bradberry, four-star and two-star prep school players, respectively. In fourth grade, they won the Boo Williams Tournament in Virginia, running “every other kid out the gym,” Gayle Sr. said. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on April 4, 2020 at 12:26 pm Contact Christopher: [email protected] | @chrisscargslast_img read more