Today, Blues Traveler frontman John Popper turns 53 years old. In honor of the harmonica master’s birthday, we’re taking a look back at one of our favorite Popper stories from his decades-long career, as told in his 2016 autobiography Suck and Blow: And Other Stories I’m Not Supposed To Tell, written with Dean Budnick.The book touches on a number of amusing anecdotes, including a near-threesome with porn star Ron Jeremy and the time he congratulated Trey Anastasio on the birth of his first child with a literal truckload of diapers. The histories of Blues Traveler and Vermont jam titans Phish are certainly intertwined. The two bands and their various members have worked together on numerous occasions, most notably during the inaugural H.O.R.D.E. (Horizons of Rock Developing Everywhere) tour in 1992, which many people now view as the catalyst for the modern jam band scene. Their connections would extend beyond H.O.R.D.E. as well, with Popper joining Phish onstage a number of times in the early- to mid-90’s.While Popper and Blues Traveler admired Phish (Popper refers to Anastasio as “our Mozart”), the fact remained that the two bands were, in many ways, in competition for bookings. That friendly competition gave way to one of our favorite Popper/Phish stories. In 1997, Phish had a hold on Madison Square Garden for New Year’s Eve, but Popper wanted Blues Traveler to have the spot.As Popper writes,[Phish] had what’s known as a ‘first hold,’ and we had decided to challenge them for it… We put up half the money — it was over a half-million bucks — and they had 48 hours to respond, when they had to put all their money down.”Popper also timed the challenge to coincide with Phish’s trip to Europe, and the band and a majority of their representatives were in Scotland for the 48-hour window. The band’s accountant, however, was in town holding down the fort. Naturally, to distract him, Popper “sent a stripper every 15 minutes for eight hours to his office to read from Sammy Davis Jr.’s ‘Yes I Can’.”Through some frantic work, Phish’s accountant was able to muster up the $600,000 to reserve the gig with only two hours to spare. According to Popper, he never told the band who kept sending their accountant all the strippers, so they found out the news along with the rest of the memoir’s readers in 2016.You can grab a copy of Suck and Blow: And Other Stories I’m Not Supposed To Tell today to hear more fantastic stories from John Popper’s career. Below, you can watch Popper sit in with Phish in St. Louis, MO in 1996:Phish w/ John Popper – “Funky Bitch” – 11/15/96[Video: tdunski][Originally published 3/29/18]
As the COVID-19 crisis continues, the Broadway League has announced a further delay to the reopening of shows on the New York stage. All Broadway productions will now stay on hold—and will offer refunds and exchanges—through May 30, 2021. Dates for each returning and new Broadway show will be announced as individual productions determine the performance schedules for their respective shows.“With nearly 97,000 workers who rely on Broadway for their livelihood and an annual economic impact of $14.8 billion to the city, our membership is committed to re-opening as soon as conditions permit us to do so. We are working tirelessly with multiple partners on sustaining the industry once we raise our curtains again,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League.Shows were initially set to be shut down through April 12, then through June 7, then through September 6 and then through January 3, 2021. The coronoavirus outbreak has caused the temporary closure of theaters worldwide, including in London’s West End, off-Broadway and across the United States. Shows that have announced they will not return after Broadway resumes performances include Hangmen, the revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and the musicals Beetlejuice and Frozen. Some productions previously scheduled to play during the 2019-2020 season have delayed their runs, including Flying Over Sunset, How I Learned to Drive, Caroline, or Change, Birthday Candles, Plaza Suite, The Minutes and American Buffalo. The new extension also impacts new shows that had rescheduled spring and summer openings. The upcoming revival of The Music Man, starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster, has shifted its start date to December 2021. As previously reported, the Metropolitan Opera has announced that the company has canceled its 2020-2021 season. The plan will keep the opera house dark until September 2021.Nominations for the digital Tony Awards, will be announced on October 15, but no date has been set for an awards ceremony at this time. View Comments (Photo by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com)
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Head Coach Christopher Danjuma has unveiled his list of 18 players to represent Nigeria at the Women’s Football Tournament of the 12th All-Africa Games scheduled for Rabat, Morocco 17th – 29th August, with Super Falcons’ number one choice, Chiamaka Nnadozie top of the list.There are also Joy Duru, Folashade Ijamilusi, Bashirat Amoo, Akudo Ogbonna and Christiana Obia in the U20 squad that will battle Cameroon, South Africa and Zambia in Group B of the tournament.Host nation Morocco, Equatorial Guinea, Mali and Algeria are in Group A.Nigeria’s women’s team won the gold medal at the Women’s Football Tournament of the 8th All-Africa Games that the country hosted in October 2003, repeating the feat in Algiers four years later. But the girls failed to qualify for the 10th All-Africa Games in Maputo in 2011 before finishing in fourth place in Brazzaville, Congo four years ago.The Falconets and their team officials are scheduled to depart Nigeria on Tuesday, 13th August for Morocco, with their first match against South Africa at the Stade Academie Mohammed VI on Sunday at 8 pm Morocco time (9 pm in Nigeria).They will afterwards keep a date with Cameroon at the same venue and time on Wednesday, 21st August before rounding off their group phase campaign against Zambia at the Stade Boubker Ammar-Sale on Saturday, 24th August starting from 7 pm (8 pm in Nigeria).FULL SQUAD LISTUduakobong PeterIbom AngelsBashirat AmooConfluence QueensJoy DuruNasarawa AmazonsChiamaka NnadozieRivers AngelsGift MondayFC RoboGrace IgboamaluNasarawa AmazonsFolashade IjamilusiFC RoboDooshima TarnumNasarawa AmazonsZainab OlapadeSunshine QueensEsther MomohConfluence QueensAkudo OgbonnaSunshine QueensCatherine KennethRivers AngelsPatricia InnocentSunshine QueensChristiana ObiaOsun BabesCynthia AkuRivers AngelsOmowunmi OshobukolaSunshine QueensPrecious ChristopherConfluence QueensRebecca AjimudaEdo QueensRelatedRivers Angels, Sunshine Queens Top Falconet’s All Africa Games Provisional Squad ListJune 29, 2019In “Africa”2019 Africa Games: Sanusi Charges Flying Eagles, Falconets To Go For GoldAugust 18, 2019In “Nigeria”Falconets Coach Danjuma Unveils World Cup Squad For France 2018July 27, 2018In “Africa”
“Sometimes, it’s kind of Orwellian. You think we’re living in a place where, ‘Is this really happening?’ But that comparison was pretty stark when you put our president up against those leaders when he’s with them or talking to him and how he reacts compared to the way Adam Silver reacted. I was proud of him. It was great.”Asked about Trump’s comments, Popovich added: “All I did was make a comparison between Adam Silver’s show of principle and courage in a tough situation, as opposed to how our president reacts when in the company of authoritarian figures, whether it’s Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Russia or Turkey, whatever it is.”It comes off as really feckless, impotent, cowardly by comparison.” San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said Sunday he prefers NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s leadership to that of President Donald Trump.Popovich was responding to criticism from Trump, who blasted the Spurs coach and Golden State Warriors counterpart Steve Kerr last week for their responses to questions about the NBA-China controversy. Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey issued an apology for a now-deleted tweet, that read “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong” amid the ongoing protests in the region.While Popovich and Kerr unwilling to discuss the matter, Silver drew praise for his response after saying the league was “apologetic” but added that “we are not apologising for Daryl exercising his freedom of expression”.final frames from today’s action pic.twitter.com/Fvt2x3HedB— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) October 13, 2019Popovich – who has been critical of Trump in the past – told reporters prior to the Spurs’ 123-114 preseason loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday: “[Silver] stood by our nation and its principles. That’s pretty huge in these days.
Matawan Regional High School’s Kahlil Haskins tries to push an Ocean Township High School defender away during the Sept. 27 B North Division game played in Aberdeen. The visiting Spartans eked out a 7-3 win with a late touchdown. STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR