Louisville, KY’s Forecastle Festival is known for its great taste in music, delivering impressive and diverse lineups on a yearly basis. Well, the team behind Forecastle has done it again, as the festival brought an eclectic lineup this year. Comeback champions LCD Soundsystem, alternative rock legends Weezer, and electronic superstars Odesza topped the bill, with rising rock stars Cage The Elephant, singer-songwriter PJ Harvey, exciting hip-hop duo Run The Jewels, Folk rockers Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and electro-funk master GRiZ joining them. X Ambassadors, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, and Rayland Baxter also appeared over the weekend, completing one of the most inclusive lineups of the summer.Photographer John Miller was on site, and you can see his full gallery below.Forecastle Festival 2017 | Photos by John Miller Load remaining images
Roger Daltrey will hit the road for a 12-date tour across much of the United States in June and July, but this will be no ordinary tour. In an exciting move, The Who singer will perform his band’s classic rock opera Tommy in its entirety with a local orchestra during each show.Originally released as a double album in 1969, The Who’s Tommy has since been turned into a ballet (1970), an opera (1971), an orchestral production (1972), a film (1975), and a Broadway musical (1992). This summer’s reimagining of the production will find Daltrey joined by members of The Who’s touring band as well as a number of orchestras from across the country like the Boston Pops Orchestra, Wolf Trap Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.“I’m really looking forward to singing Tommy, not only with my great backing group, but also some of the finest orchestras in the country,” Daltrey said in a statement. “Pete Townshend’s rock music is particularly suited to being embellished by the sounds that an orchestra can add to the band. With the arrangements written by David Campbell, it should make a memorable night of entertainment for all those who love the arts.”Tickets for Daltrey’s upcoming tour are now on sale.Roger Daltrey’s Tommy Orchestral TourJune 8: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY (w/ Hudson Valley Philharmonic Orchestra)June 10 & 12: The Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA (w/ Wolf Trap Orchestra)June 15: Tanglewood Music Shed, MA (w/ Boston Pops Orchestra)June 19: Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA (w/ Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia)June 23 & 25: The Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, IL (w/ Ravinia Festival Orchestra)June 27: The Ascend Amphitheater, Nashville, TN (w/ Nashville Symphony Orchestra)June 30: CMAC, Canandaigua, NY (orchestra TBA).July 2: Fraze Pavillion, Kettering, OH (w/ Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra)July 5: Meadow Brook Amphitheater, Rochester Hills, MI (w/ Detroit Symphony Orchestra)July 8: Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH (w/ Cleveland Orchestra) read more
The general “never miss a Sunday show” rule of thumb rang true this past Sunday, July 15th, at the Ardmore Music Hall when Grateful Shred high-stepped on into town.Among the newest bands on the Grateful Dead scene, Grateful Shred quickly proved that they’re more than just another tribute to the Dead. The talented assembly of West Coast cosmic cowboys, which includes bassist Dan Horne (Cass McCombs, Circles Around The Sun), guitarists Clay Finch, Sam Blasucci, and Austin McCutchen has been making waves in the scene as of late. A slew of psychedelically charged music videos coupled with a fresh feel on the music straight out of the late 70s era and a laid-back demeanor to boot, it’s no question why this band caught the wave so fast.The group took their fourth night of their East Coast tour to the stage of the Ardmore Music Hall with a high energy showcase of a new wave of Grateful Dead music alongside drummer Richard Gowen (The Growlers) and pianist Frank LoCrasto, augmented by the mind-expanding visuals of the Mad Alchemist Liquid Light Show.With the lava lamp-style liquid lights running, opening act Mapache took the stage. Comprised of Grateful Shred guitarists Blasucci and Finch, the duo performed a set of their original psychedelic-tinged folk songs and some notable covers that revealed the deep roots of influence behind their songwriting including Peter Rowan‘s “Lonesome LA Cowboy” and Townes Van Zant’s “Loretta”.After a short break the full Grateful Shred lineup took the stage, launched into a jostling “Casey Jones”, and within in a few minutes, it was clear that the train had left the station at full steam ahead. Sticking the landing on the opener and convening in between songs to decide what would be next, the first set stuck with a country western and blues feel with classic cowboy tune “Me & My Uncle” followed by “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo” and “Mr. Charlie”. The first set closed with a warmed-up band stretching their improvisational muscles on a “Scarlet > Fire” that sounded like it was plucked from the soundboard of Spring ‘77.The second set flew in with another sprinkling of country western in the always welcomed “Jack Straw” before the night took an interesting (and funky) turn for the cosmos via a vast “Estimated Prophet”, among several other strong jams that would round out the set. Bassist Dan Horne took lead vocals and proved just how deep the Shred can go on Bob Dylan‘s “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues”, a well-earned slower paced song for the band before they launching into a monstrous “Playin’ In The Band > Space > Truckin > Playin’ In The Band”. Another deep cut followed in the fun bluesy romp that is “I’m a Hog for You”, and the set was ended by a balls-to-the-wall “Shakedown Street” that sonically explained the reason behind the “Shred” in Grateful Shred. Just when the audience thought the music was flowing one way, the band brought it another way; and just as tight as they began, the group reeled it in for a photo finish. “You know, this country was born right up the road from here,” recalled guitarist Austin McCutchen before the band saluted the historic significance of Philadelphia with a fitting “U.S. Blues” encore.It seems safe to say that the hype being built behind Grateful Shred rings true. The music of the Grateful Dead is in good hands these days, and young bands like this are a great reminder that the music will never stop.For a full list of Grateful Shred’s upcoming performances, head to their website.Setlist: Grateful Shred | Ardmore Music Hall | Ardmore, PA | 7/15/18I: Casey Jones, Me & My Uncle, Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo, Mr. Charlie, Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The MountainII: Jack Straw, Estimated Prophet, Loose Lucy, Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues, Playing In The Band > Space > Truckin’ > Playing In the band, Althea, Tennessee Jed, Shakedown StreetE: U.S BluesGrateful Shred | Ardmore Music Hall | Ardmore, PA | 7/15/18 | Photos: Zach Roumaya Load remaining images read more
After much anticipation, tomorrow, October 16th, Phish kicks off their 2018 fall tour with the first of two nights at Albany, New York’s Times Union Center. While these first two shows of Phish’s fall tour will not be streamed for fans unable to make the show, today, the band has announced a number of webcasts across the fall, starting with the group’s upcoming three-night run at Hampton Coliseum this weekend (10/19-21).Beginning this weekend in Hampton, Virginia, Phish will be webcasting a total of 10 shows in both standard or full 1080p HD formats via LivePhish.com. In addition to Hampton Coliseum, the band will webcast three nights from Rosemont, IL (10/26-28) and all four nights from Las Vegas, NV (10/31-11/3), where Phish will deliver their third Halloween at MGM–something that appears to be becoming a biennial tradition. In 2016, Phish “dressed” as David Bowie, performing his classic The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars in its entirety. Prior to that, in 2014, they recreated and reimagined the ’60s Disney sound effects album The Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House for a spooky and musically ambitious costume set. With the 2018 dates officially set, it’s time to get the “costume set” rumor mill turning once more.A special “I Saw It Again” Fall Webcast Pass bundle is available for pre-order now. Click here for more information, and head to the band’s website for a full list of fall tour dates.Phish Fall Tour 201810/16 Times Union Center, Albany, NY10/17 Times Union Center, Albany, NY10/19 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA10/20 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA10/21 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA10/23 Ascend Amphitheater, Nashville, TN10/24 Ascend Amphitheater, Nashville, TN10/26 Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL10/27 Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL10/28 Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL10/31 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV11/1 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV11/2 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV11/3 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NVView All Fall Tour Dates read more
People spend 46.9 percent of their waking hours thinking about something other than what they’re doing, and this mind-wandering typically makes them unhappy. So says a study that used an iPhone Web app to gather 250,000 data points on subjects’ thoughts, feelings, and actions as they went about their lives.The research, by psychologists Matthew A. Killingsworth and Daniel T. Gilbert of Harvard University, is described this week in the journal Science.“A human mind is a wandering mind, and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind,” Killingsworth and Gilbert write. “The ability to think about what is not happening is a cognitive achievement that comes at an emotional cost.”Unlike other animals, humans spend a lot of time thinking about what isn’t going on around them: contemplating events that happened in the past, might happen in the future, or may never happen at all. Indeed, mind-wandering appears to be the human brain’s default mode of operation.To track this behavior, Killingsworth developed an iPhone app that contacted 2,250 volunteers at random intervals to ask how happy they were, what they were currently doing, and whether they were thinking about their current activity or about something else that was pleasant, neutral, or unpleasant.Subjects could choose from 22 general activities, such as walking, eating, shopping, and watching television. On average, respondents reported that their minds were wandering 46.9 percent of time, and no less than 30 percent of the time during every activity except making love.“Mind-wandering appears ubiquitous across all activities,” says Killingsworth, a doctoral student in psychology at Harvard. “This study shows that our mental lives are pervaded, to a remarkable degree, by the nonpresent.”Killingsworth and Gilbert, a professor of psychology at Harvard, found that people were happiest when making love, exercising, or engaging in conversation. They were least happy when resting, working, or using a home computer.“Mind-wandering is an excellent predictor of people’s happiness,” Killingsworth says. “In fact, how often our minds leave the present and where they tend to go is a better predictor of our happiness than the activities in which we are engaged.”The researchers estimated that only 4.6 percent of a person’s happiness in a given moment was attributable to the specific activity he or she was doing, whereas a person’s mind-wandering status accounted for about 10.8 percent of his or her happiness.Time-lag analyses conducted by the researchers suggested that their subjects’ mind-wandering was generally the cause, not the consequence, of their unhappiness.“Many philosophical and religious traditions teach that happiness is to be found by living in the moment, and practitioners are trained to resist mind wandering and to ‘be here now,’” Killingsworth and Gilbert note in Science. “These traditions suggest that a wandering mind is an unhappy mind.”This new research, the authors say, suggests that these traditions are right.Killingsworth and Gilbert’s 2,250 subjects in this study ranged in age from 18 to 88, representing a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds and occupations. Seventy-four percent of study participants were American.More than 5,000 people are now using the iPhone Web app. read more
Naturalist Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species” is credited with sparking evolution’s revolution in scientific thought, but many observers had pondered evolution before him. It was understanding the idea’s significance and selling it to the public that made Darwin great, according to the Arnold Arboretum’s new director.William “Ned” Friedman, the Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology who took over as arboretum director Jan. 1, has studied Darwin’s writings as well as those of his predecessors and contemporaries. While Darwin is widely credited as the father of evolution, Friedman said the “historical sketch” that Darwin attached to later printings of his masterpiece was intended to mollify those who demanded credit for their own, earlier ideas.The historical sketch grew with each subsequent printing, Friedman told an audience Monday (Jan. 10), until, by the 6th edition, 34 authors were mentioned in it. Scholars now believe that somewhere between 50 and 60 authors had beaten Darwin in their writings about evolution. Included was Darwin’s grandfather, Erasmus Darwin, a physician who irritated clergymen with his insistence that life arose from lower forms, specifically mollusks.Friedman’s talk, “A Darwinian Look at Darwin’s Evolutionist Ancestors,” took place at the arboretum’s Hunnewell Building and was the first in a new Director’s Lecture Series.Though others had clearly pondered evolution before Darwin, he wasn’t without originality. Friedman said that Darwin’s thinking on natural selection as the mechanism of evolution was shared by few, most prominently Alfred Wallace, whose writing on the subject after years in the field spurred Darwin’s writing of “On the Origin of Species.” Although the book runs more than 400 pages, Friedman said it was never the book on evolution and natural selection that Darwin intended. In 1856, three years before the book was published, he began work on a detailed tome on natural selection that wouldn’t see publication until 1975.The seminal event in creating “On the Origin of Species” occurred in 1858, Friedman said, when Wallace wrote Darwin detailing Wallace’s ideas of evolution by natural selection. The arrival of Wallace’s ideas galvanized Darwin into writing “On the Origin of Species” as an “abstract” of the ideas he was painstakingly laying out in the larger work.This was a lucky break for Darwin, Friedman said, because it forced him to write his ideas in plain language, which led to a book that was not only revolutionary, despite those who’d tread similar ground before, but that was also very readable.Though others thought about evolution before Darwin, Friedman said scientific discovery requires more than just an idea. In addition to the concept, discovery requires the understanding of the significance of the idea, something some of the earlier authors clearly did not have — such as the arborist who buried his thoughts on natural selection in the appendix of a book on naval timber. Lastly, Friedman said, scientific discovery demands the ability to convince others of the correctness of an idea. Darwin, through “On the Origin of Species,” was the only thinker of the time who had all three of those traits, Friedman said.“Darwin had the ability to convince others of the correctness of the idea,” Friedman said, adding that even Wallace, whose claim to new thinking on evolution and natural selection was stronger than all the others, paid homage to Darwin by titling his 1889 book on the subject, “Darwinism.” read more
Tired of the endless cycle of deprivation and overeating? Feel anxious and guilty about your eating? Harvard University Health Services’ Intuitive Eating Seminar, led by registered dietitian and licensed nutritionist Michelle P. Gallant, can help you find a balance between eating what you want and eating for health in a way that is sustainable and life affirming.The class, held each Wednesday from Sept. 21 to Nov. 9, costs $75 for students and $150 for others with valid Harvard ID. The fee includes a copy of the book “Intuitive Eating” by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. To register, send your name and phone number to [email protected] There is a brief preseminar assessment.
Connie Wong, founder and managing director of CWS Associates, will present on Dec. 15 “Inclusive Leadership: Managing Successful Teams,” on leading diverse teams and how to build a culture of inclusiveness. Wong’s talk is part of Diversity Dialogues, an ongoing series sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The event will be held in the Radcliffe Gym, 10 Garden St.All workshops are 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and are free and open to the Harvard community. Register.
Faculty, students, and staff gathered in the Memorial Church on Wednesday evening for a vigil to remember two members of the Harvard community who died in recent tragedies — Angela Mathew ’15 and a 2006 graduate of the College.Solemnly, tearfully, and silently, the crowd of several hundred joined “in memory and in mourning.” President Drew Faust, interim Dean of Harvard College Donald Pfister, Leverett House resident Kaleigh Henry ’15, and Leverett House Master Howard Georgi offered words of reflection. Henry, who was Mathew’s friend and roommate, spoke of her beauty, poise, and smile. Pusey Minister Jonathan L. Walton asked those in attendance to sign memorial boards erected in the church. The boards will remain in place through February for others who wish to offer their thoughts.Walton told the mourners that at times of tragedy, “We are tempted to feel that life can be devoid of meaning.”“But I want to grant everyone permission to begin doing something tonight that can infuse meaning in these cold days and dark nights,” he continued. “I encourage you to love freely, to compliment liberally, and to hug one another unapologetically; to let those in our lives know that we love them dearly, never too consumed by the hustle and bustle to thaw frozen hearts with a kind word or a warm hug.”As the University Choir sang, those gathered exchanged embraces and filtered together from the church into the evening. read more
This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Eleven years ago, young Eric Westphal boarded a plane in his native Brazil and flew to Miami and then on to frozen Boston. Behind him was Tubarão, the subtropical city of his birth, where a narrow river of the same name eases its way through a low-rise downtown to the nearby ocean.Soon after his world-shifting flight, Westphal, 11, walked into a fifth-grade classroom in Somerville, Mass., unable to speak a word of English. After that hurdle came a cheerful boyhood in nearby Everett, where his father was a cable installer and his mother a housecleaner. Westphal became a strong student, athlete, and debater.Then came marriage at age 18, in the fall of his senior year at Everett High School. (“It forced me to mature extremely fast,” said Westphal.) Then came — improbably, he said — admission into Harvard College. “I had some serious confidence issues,” Westphal said of his feelings at the start. “I figured: I’m not going to fit in; I’m from a public school; I’m going to have to work really hard to just barely make it.”But Westphal is graduating, likely summa cum laude, with a Phi Beta Kappa key, a Hoopes Prize, and the Harris Prize for best undergraduate thesis in economics. (It’s a study of discrimination against residents of urban slums in Rio de Janeiro, and it has already made waves in Brazil.)Looking back, Westphal’s advice to freshmen is: “Believe in yourself a little bit. Hard work and effort and a good attitude go a long way.”Hard work runs in his family, he said, starting with his parents, who opened a small store in Tubarão that in 20 years grew into a supermarket, a prosperous business until an economic downturn. As a young immigrant to the United States, Eric showed the same enterprise in learning English, though first, he admitted, “I felt despair.” In six months he could converse with his new friends, and in 18 months he was a confident master of his new language. (“At that age,” said Westphal, “you learn you have to get out of your comfort zone.”)He learned to read partly by haunting online Boston Celtics fan sites and to write by posting comments. In high school Westphal played varsity soccer, and also started a debate club. He immersed himself in American history with teacher Dominic Rinaldi, the mentor who later encouraged him to apply to Harvard. Until then, Westphal said of the College, “I can’t even say it was a dream.”In Everett, Westphal and his wife, Cheryl, a florist who has since gotten her R.N. degree, moved in with her parents, since his had returned to Brazil. Once at Harvard, Westphal lived first in Matthews Hall and then at Currier House, always in a single room so Cheryl could visit.“It’s been easier than I expected, to be honest,” he said of being a married undergraduate. “There’s a degree of sacrifice, but Everett is so close.”If there was sacrifice, it involved turning down summertime international travel to be close to home. Westphal spent his first college summer working in Boston at Accion, a microfinance nonprofit, and the next two summers in New York City’s financial district (where he has a job lined up after graduation).He founded the Harvard Undergraduate Brazilian Association as a freshman, played House soccer (Currier took the 2014 championship), managed a small stock portfolio with a student business group, and spent all four years with Harvard College Faith and Action, a gospel-centered Christian group. Arriving at the College, Westphal remembered thinking, “I’m not going to find any believers.” Now that he’s ready to leave, he knows that belief is a far wider experience than he imagined as a teenager.His expanded worldview grew out of a “culture of mutual respect” learned over four years, said Westphal. Add this lesson to everything else, he said, and the sum is: “Harvard completely transformed me.” read more