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Dead & Company Honors Gregg Allman In Sin City Tour Opener At The MGM Grand [Videos]

first_imgAfter months of anticipation, Dead & Company‘s 2017 tour is finally upon us! Last night, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti rolled into Las Vegas to kick off their 20-date summer run. The band came in hot in their first performance since 7/30/16 at Shoreline Amphitheatre, opening the show with classic cuts including “The Music Never Stopped,” “Dire Wolf,” and “Jack Straw,” each highlighted by poignantly beautiful guitar interplay by Mayer and Weir. You can watch pro-shot footage of the show’s first three songs (“The Music Never Stopped,” “Dire Wolf,” and “Jack Straw”) via nugs.tv, which the band streamed live on their Facebook page:Set one continued the string of jukebox Dead sing-alongs, including “Loser,” “Friend of the Devil,” “Brown Eyed Women,” and “Bird Song.” Set two kicked off with a joyous “Playin’ In The Band,” which eventually bled into “Deal,” sung with sly charisma by Mayer. A classic “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider” pairing came next, and eventually dissipated into “Drums/Space,” giving Mickey and Billy their first crack of the year at their patented percussion odysseys. Out of the “Space” arose “The Other One,” as Bobby fearlessly led the band on vocals through the remainder of the set, including “Black Peter” and the obligatory “One More Saturday Night.”However, as we all know, yesterday wasn’t just another Saturday night. Earlier that evening, the music world received the devastating news that Gregg Allman, the leader of the iconic Allman Brothers Band and widely respected rock and roll elder statesman, had passed away. In a moving tribute to the fallen legend (and Burbridge’s former Allmans bandmate), Dead & Company delivered a delicate rendition of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” the Bob Dylan classic performed by the Allmans, the Dead, and just about everyone else. As the band played, images of Gregg were projected behind the stage, blending with visuals of fluffy white clouds to give Allman’s  an angelic aura. After the touching tribute, the band slipped back into a “Playin’ in the Band” reprise to cap an excellent tour opener. Watch fan-shot footage of the end of the encore tribute to Gregg Allman below, courtesy of YouTube user Nala ThaBoxer:SETLIST: Dead & Company | MGM Grand Garden Arena | Las Vegas, NV | 5/27/17Set 1: The Music Never Stopped, Dire Wolf, Jack Straw, Loser, Friend of the Devil, Brown Eyed Women, Bird SongSet 2: Playin’ In The Band > Deal, China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider > Drums > Space > The Other One > Black Peter, One More Saturday NightEncore: Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door > Playin In The Band (Reprise)The band keeps playin’ on tonight as they make their way to Phoenix AZ for a performance at Ak-Chin Pavillion. From there, the band will play a pair of two-night runs in California, at Hollywood Bowl and Shoreline Amphitheatre, respectively. For a full list of upcoming Dead & Co shows, or to purchase tickets, head to the band’s website.Enjoy the full gallery below, courtesy of Erik Kabib[Cover photo via Instagram user @deadandgang]Dead & Company | MGM Grand | Las Vegas, NV | Photos by Erik Kabib Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Top 10 Perennials.

first_imgWill any perennials actually grow and flower if you can’t water them in summer’s ghastly heat?Yes.But they must be planted in fall, not spring.Spring-planted perennials will need watering. They don’t have enough roots to collect enough water to withstand droughts. The fall-planted perennials on my top-10 list can handle the drought.Top 10 Drought-bustersTo keep this short and sweet, here are the top 10 plants you can buy with complete confidence. You may plant them this spring if and only if you promise to water them the entire summer. Next year they will fend for themselves without much care.1. Salvia guaranitica. Tough and durable, it blooms from May to November and attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. It grows a thick storage root and persists even with tilling. It prefers full sun. Trimming in midsummer, after the first flowers are spent, yields a glorious fall display. It will wilt in summer heat when dry but returns with a vengeance when it rains.2. Sedum spectabile ‘Autumn Joy.’ When most sedums go dormant, this one grows into well-behaved mounds of blue-green foliage and large clusters of pink flowers with zero watering all summer. Few pests and almost no diseases affect it. Plants can be divided every four years or so in early spring.3. Clematis paniculata. Deer hate it. Drought can’t kill it. This aggressive vine spreads 10-12 feet in a season, blooms in late August and is incredibly easy to establish. A pleasant green vine, its late-summer flowers hide the vine. Cut to a foot high, it will spring back each year as if nothing happened.4. Belamcanda chinensis. The blackberry lily does well at the edges of Georgia woods without watering. It prefers highly organic soils and full sun. It’s drought-tolerant, tough and reseeds well. Planted in dense groups, it’s beautiful by midsummer. With care, it has few pests. Deer ignore it, but butterflies love the flowers.5. Kniphofia uvaria (Tritoma). Drought can’t kill this late spring-blooming plant once it’s established. Deer leave it alone, too. Properly named Red Hot Poker, it’s showy and tough as nails, but has to be established in the fall. Buy grown plants in bloom, known divisions or tissue-cultured plants (seedling color and flower shape can vary dramatically).6. Delosperma cooperii. The hardy ice plant is an asset on poor soils, dry sites and slopes, requiring only a few inches of soil. It blooms early in spring and then sporadically all summer. Fertilize in June and August, and don’t worry when frost kills it back. The tiny, gray, stem-end leaves will burst forth in spring.7. Helianthus angustifolius. The swamp sunflower is huge, with flower stalks 8 feet tall. But it will stay small (4 to 5 feet) when neglected, surviving the worst drought and hottest summer you can imagine in Georgia. The flowers are spectacular in August and September, and the plant has few pests or diseases.8. Ruellia brittoniana. The Mexican petunia is atall, late-blooming, long-lived and spreading perennial. Divide it every five years and enjoy the purple or pink flowers in August and September. Almost pest-free, it has few diseases. It will wilt in the worst drought, but comes back every time it rains.9. Narcissus hybrids. Gardeners seem to resist including bulbs in discussions of perennials, but indeed they are fantastically adapted perennials. They disappear when things get hot and then return to bloom in spring. Choose from hundreds of cultivars. No matter how bad the drought, daffodils survive.10. Lantana camara ‘Miss Huff.’ This is the only truly hardy perennial lantana. It tolerates heat, drought and cold, wet soils. Miss Huff grows into a 6- to 8-foot mound in good soil, with thousands of swallowtail-attracting flower clusters all summer. Planting on 36-to 48-inch centers is essential. Salvia guaranitica Photo: CAES Horticulturelast_img read more

Asset management roundup: Natixis rebrands, BMO signs cost code

first_imgNatixis Global Asset Management has changed its name to Natixis Investment Managers to better highlight its multi-affiliate business model.Natixis Asset Management, a Paris-based affiliate of Natixis Investment Managers, is also rebranding and will be renamed in 2018.All other affiliates of Natixis Investment Managers – of which there are 26 – will retain their current brands.In conjunction with the name change Natixis Investment Managers launched a platform around a new brand, Active Thinking. It has also established the Natixis Investment Institute, which will take advantage of new developments in data analysis and visualisation to study the relationships between investor sentiment and investment decision-making. H2O Asset Management, an affiliate of Natixis IM, recently announced it had acquired a stake in Poincaré Capital Management, a global equity asset manager based in Hong-Kong.Aktia joins forces with UniversalFinnish fund manager Aktia Asset Management and fund platform Universal-Investment have formed a partnership to bring Aktia AM funds to Germany and other European countries.The first product available in Germany will be a frontier markets local currency fund. Aktia, an emerging markets specialist, said it intended to launch a range of emerging markets funds for European investors.Katja Müller, member of the board of directors and head of sales and relationship management at Universal-Investment, said her company was experiencing “increasing demand from international players” to join the distribution platform.Universal-Investment has launched more than 600 mutual funds with a combined volume of €27bn.BNP secures Caple for SME platform BNP Paribas Asset Management has acquired a 10% stake in Caple, an originator of loans to small- and medium-sized companies (SMEs), as part of an initiative from the manager’s private debt and real assets investment group.BNP Paribas has establihsed an open architecture platform to source loans across multiple origination channels in Europe, including banks and fintechs, and distribute them to institutional investors such as pension funds and insurance companies.Caple is one of the partners the manager will tap for loans for its platform, which will focus on senior unsecured fixed-rate loans of between €500,000 and €5m.SME Advanced Solutions, as the platform is called, will initially target SMEs in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands, and plans to broaden out more widely within Europe after that.BMO commits to cost transparency for LGPS clients BMO Global Asset Management has signed up to the UK local government pension scheme’s voluntary code of transparency. The code aims to provide a standardised method of reporting investment costs. There were 23 signatories listed at the time of writing.Berenberg questions performance-fee-only pricing Analysts at German private bank Berenberg have questioned the potential value of so-called “fulcrum fees” – management charges that vary according to performance. Fidelity and Allianz Global Investors have recently begun introducing such a pricing model on some equity funds. Last month Fidelity announced it had introduced a variable management fee across its entire equity offering, which would see charges fall if funds underperform.Berenberg’s analysts focused on Allianz’s US equity fund, which bases its performance-based fee on rolling 12-month returns, and suggested that there was unlikely to be much difference between the old and new pricing models after all costs had been factored in.The analysts claimed that, under this model even a passive fund based on the S&P500 index with a beta of more than 1 – implying slightly more volatility than the S&P500 itself – would have generated performance fees in 74% of 12-month periods in the past 25 years.“Applying the same approach on a three-year rolling basis (i.e. the methodology that Fidelity plans to adopt) implies performance fee generation in 67% of all 12-month periods,” the analysts added.Once other fund charges were applied, this passive fund could have a total expense ratio of around 80bps, which was in line with the current average for active equity mutual funds in the US. The costs would be higher still if the strategy delivered any alpha, the analysts said.last_img read more

Wellington attorney Jack Potucek allegedly attacked at home Sunday morning

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A 33-year-old Wellington male has been arrested for an alleged attack of prominent attorney John “Jack” Potucek of Wellington at his home Sunday morning.Charles L. Kitch, Jr., 33, of Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with aggravated burglary, aggravated battery, criminal damage to property and criminal trespass.Potucek, 72, who is the Sumner County Counselor for the county commissioners, appears to be in good condition according to sources at his office. He is currently convalescing at home. There was no concussion, the source said. According to Tracy Heath, Wellington Police Chief, the assault occurred on the 1000 block of North Washington at Potucek’s home Sunday at 8 a.m. Heath said Potucek was alerted to the suspect who was in the back enclosed porch area.“It appeared to be an unprovoked attack,” Heath said.The assailant allegedly had an object in his hand that was used to hit Potucek on the head. The altercation came suddenly when Potucek had opened the door. The attack continued from the enclosed porch area to the back yard where Potucek successfully got the attention of a neighbor, who then contacted Sumner County 911.“We are currently looking at a motive as part of our investigation,” Heath said.Potucek was treated and released that morning at Sumner Regional Medical Center.Kitch, Jr. will now await formal charges by Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer, who will have 48 hours to determine whether to go with the charges made by the WPD, amend those charges, or dismiss them. Kitch Jr. is currently in custody at Sumner County Jail. His bond has been set at $100,000. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Report Reply 0 replies · active 337 weeks ago +23 Vote up Vote down Julie Wellington · 337 weeks ago We are so sorry that this happened to Jack. He did not deserve this. I am shocked and outraged! Report Reply 0 replies · active 337 weeks ago +15 Vote up Vote down tony.. · 337 weeks ago Hang in there Jack..Justice will PREVAIL.. Report Reply 0 replies · active 337 weeks ago -11 Vote up Vote down Anonymous · 337 weeks ago I doubt he will get some bs charge like adultery for shooting someone. This towns justice system is so corrupt. Report Reply 2 replies · active 337 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down Sidelines · 337 weeks ago Hang in there Jack and may you have a fast recovery. Report Reply 0 replies · active 337 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down little brother · 337 weeks ago Im just a little guy, but im not 72 either.im pushing 50 ugh .wish it . was me you would of seen a country ass woopn. Cuz i know i missed church. And what kinda panzy hits a 72 year old it would of been pro-bono jack Report Reply 0 replies · active 337 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Big Dave · 337 weeks ago Drugs ruined Chucks life… His mind is gone…You think oh its ok I can use a few times or all the time.. it’s my life I’ll be fine… guess again… this is a perfect example of just how dangerous your “good time” can be…..very sad situation. Prayers for all. Report Reply 3 replies · active 337 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Just the Facts · 337 weeks ago Based on my address, Jack’s house is in the 1100 block, not the 1000 block, unless Washington and C are numbered differently. Report Reply 2 replies · active 337 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Dimwit67152 · 337 weeks ago Its that DANG CASINO AGAIN!!! It is corrupting our poor children! Lord helps us all! I do wish the best for Jack one heck of a nice feller! Report Reply 0 replies · active 336 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 337 weeks ago Glad to hear Jack will be ok. 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