Elephant Revival Brings Harmonies And Love To Athens [Gallery/Review]

first_imgThe band’s other Rose, banjo, mandolin and pedal steel player Charlie Rose, lent his rolling notes and soaring steel licks to the affair, enhancing the feeling of a sacred ritual being performed. Newly added touring percussionist Darren Garvey has shown great musical savvy in finding ways to enhance the band’s sound without changing the atmosphere that has won Elephant Revival a legion of fans across the nation.Guitarist and vocalist Daniel Rodriguez in particular seemed to be in fine spirits and even finer musical spaces, as his grins seemed to outnumber the notes he played. On tracks like “Spinning” and Sea Monster” he handled the lyrical duties with the same devotion to intonation he showed each chord and plucked note throughout the night. His partner in crime at the front of the band, however, stole the show with a bravura performance.Whether captivating the crowd while leading a reverential a cappella version of “The Raven,” coaxing haunting melodies out of a musical saw or driving the tempo with her stomp box, drums and washboard, Bonnie Paine did it all. Sharing the stories behind the mesmerizing music she revealed a slowly forming song cycle as the heart of some of her best loved compositions, promising delighted fans more in the series to come. Simply put, as Paine goes so does Elephant Revival, and as usual she went to the heart of listeners and immediately set up shop for the rest of the evening.The thunderous applause and heartfelt pleas for more kept the band from going too far before returning for a double encore that included the always invigorating ‘Grace Of A Woman” and it’s tribute to the power of women. In a band like Elephant Revival that so wonderfully blends the energy of the sexes, it is truly fitting to see them join their voices and skills together. In a male dominated field like the music industry, it is a welcome sign to see their brand of joy so well received by fans of all ages and genders. Elephant Revival has been winding their way down the Eastern seaboard, reverse tracking the path of the recent storms, bringing sunshine and positive vibrations to those in need.  With a receptive crowd packing the Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA last night eager to hear their brand of transcendental folk music, the band was ready to preach to the choir and convert fresh fans to their cause. Over the course of a set of delicate musical passages and rip roaring sing-a-longs, Elephant Revival did all that and more.Armed with fresh songs from their latest release, Petals, the band played an eclectic set that saw each member take the lead and run with it. Whether it was fiddler Bridget Law calling the tune on band classics like “Single Beds Are Made For One” or bass player Dango Rose showing off vocal skills to match his throbbing intonations on “When I Fall,” the name of the game was parity. Openers River Whyless, from Asheville, North Carolina showed a remarkably resilient and musically dexterous spirit throughout their set. Problems with their gear forced them to abandon their set list and the stage itself to take a special fully acoustic approach to their material. While not a true representation of what this home spun and intriguing band is capable of, the audience was nevertheless taken with their can-do spirit. It’s certain that all those in attendance were charmed by their energy and will be eagerly seeking out the band in the future.last_img read more

Fighting grape disease

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaBobby Scott Jr. had two choices. He could yank up his grape vinesor watch as Pierce’s disease ate through his earnings.He chose option three.When the Aiken, S.C., wine grape grower called University ofGeorgia professor C.J. Chang, he needed hope, help and answers.”Pierce’s disease is the major limiting factor for the success ofthe wine industry in the southern United States,” Chang said. Plant-derived controlUndeterred, Chang set out to find a plant-derived compound forcontrol. His answer came in a product called terpene, developedby the Eden Research of Oxfordshire, U.K.Scott is allowing Chang to test these potential control methodsin his vineyard. More than 500 test-plot wine grapes are now partof Scott’s 20 acres of wine grapes.The terpene solution is being fed to the grapevines through thevineyard’s drip irrigation system. Comparing the treatment tountreated control vines, the grower is seeing dramatic results.The treated vines are thriving while the untreated are sufferingthe effects of the disease.Chang is now working to develop a strategy to put in place incase wine-grape growers in north Georgia begin to see diseasesymptoms. Time is on the side of Georgia growers as the diseasespreads slowly at higher elevations.”The disease spreads slowly in vineyards that are 1,600 to 1,800feet or more above sea level,” Chang said. “There are someresistant muscadine and American wild grape hybrids available,but relying on these flavors alone limits marketability forSouthern growers.”As Chang and Scott work to develop ways to fight Pierce’s diseasein grapes, growers wait.”Until we can control it, our county agents are recommending thatgrowers yank out the diseased vines,” Chang said. “It soundsharsh, but right now it’s the most effective control around.” Replace or importWithin two to four years of contracting the disease, most grapevines originating from Europe die, he said. To fight the disease,wine grape growers must either replant vines periodically toreplace the diseased vines or import grapes from other regions tokeep their businesses going.Since the early 1980s, Chang has been searching for a way tocontrol Xylella fastidiosa. The bacterium is associated withthree major crop diseases in Georgia: Pierce’s disease of grapes,phony peach disease and plum leaf scald.When Scott contacted Chang, he was running out of options. Noplant pathologists in South Carolina were studying Pierce’sdisease. He turned to Chang in desperation.Since that first phone call, the two have developed a partnershipin the fight against Xylella fastidiosa. Scott has beencrossbreeding European grape varieties with bunch grape-muscadinehybrids resistant to Xylella fastidiosa. To date, he’s bredthousands of young seedlings. Oddly enough, he needed Chang toinoculate the fledgling vines with the bacterium.center_img Breeding for resistance”I start in the greenhouse with the new crosses,” Scott said. “Then they have to be inoculated so we can see how many survive.”Scott then plants the new potentially-tolerant vines in thefield. Many of his crosses don’t survive to live outside thegreenhouse and many die in the field. “We lose a lot of crosses along the way, but I know eventuallywe’re gonna be successful,” he said. “I feel good about theprogress we’re making. But it’s taking a little longer than Ihad hoped.”Scott now has 3,000 Pierce’s disease-tolerant vines in hisfamily’s Montmorenci Vineyard. Vineifier grapes are used tointroduce good quality wine genes.”We both acknowledge that as long as we work hard, the fruit ofour labor will be tolerant wine grapes for the Southern region,”Chang said.Besides breeding disease-tolerant grape varieties, UGAresearchers have been searching for other ways to control thebacterium. In 1979, scientists found it can be slowed down bytetracycline treatments. The find turned out to be a breakthroughin controlling diseases caused by Xylella fastidiosa.Tetracycline successfully suppressed the symptoms of plum leafscald disease and oak leaf scorch. But researchers hit a snagwhen it came to using it on food-bearing crops.”Unfortunately, EPA frowned on the use of tetracycline as acontrol method,” Chang said. “They were concerned over theenvironmental hazards, and they think it could produce a bugthat’s resistant to tetracycline. So we can use it on trees likeoaks and sycamores, but not on food crops.”last_img read more

LA Clippers have done their share of lineup shuffling

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error What was once never a question is now being questioned on a nightly basis. The Clippers have used six different starting lineups through 13 games. While some of the shuffling can be attributed to Chris Paul’s injuries, some of it is the Clippers trying to work through some early-season issues. “I don’t think a lot of our stars are playing well,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “Blake (Griffin) is playing great, but other than that (guard) J.J. (Redick) has been up and down. I think that’s probably the bigger issue, more so. And we really haven’t settled on that fifth guy yet, so it’s probably a little bit of all of that.”In Sunday’s loss to the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center, forward Lance Stephenson was out of the starting lineup for the third straight game and Redick was back in it. Stephenson didn’t even come off the bench until six minutes were left in the second quarter and played under six minutes for the third time in the last four games. Paul Pierce played in Stephenson’s place and contributed two points and a rebound in 18:50. “I think if I could pinpoint the problem, then it would be resolved,” Griffin said. “I think we need to find that.” The simple explanation is just a slump. But the good news is that the team has been through slumps before and is confident that this one is no different than all of the others. “You get in these ruts as a team, whether it’s at the beginning of the season, the middle of the season or at the end of the season,” Redick said. “It can sometimes take time to get out of these things. Sometimes it takes one game. I do think the end result will dictate our approach and our attitude and our mood moving forward.” Prigioni still outThe Clippers are still without guard Pablo Prigioni. Prigioni missed his second-straight game with an undisclosed illness. Rivers gave no timeline for his return.center_img Griffin said that while continuity would be nice, it’s up to the stars to build some continuity regardless of who the fifth starter happens to be.“Continuity is great, you get teams that have been together for a long time that seem to execute better,” Griffin said. “But I think that’s on the guys that have been here – myself, (DeAndre Jordan), J.J. – we have a good group of guys who have been here for about three or four years. I think we need to do a better job.”Moving forwardThe Clippers had some not-so-super superlatives in Sunday’s game. Their 39.2 percent field goal effort was a new season-low mark as was their 26 points in the paint and seven second-chance points.No one seemed to be able to explain what exactly has been going wrong. last_img read more