Fans of Lettuce should be very excited, as the space-funk powerhouse is embarking on their “Sounds Like A Party” fall tour this week. After slamming through festival slots at Bonnaroo, High Sierra, Lockn’, among several others, the band will be spacing out these next few months across the country with appearances at Catskill Chill, Bear Creek Bayou, Suwannee Hulaween, two nights at NYC’s PlayStation Theater, Dominican Holidaze, Jam Cruise, and more.Less than a year after releasing their latest record Crush, Lettuce is already cooking up some new flavors. The band is clearly ready to share some new material on the road, providing a taste of what’s to come in the video clip below. Check out the “brand new song” below:For fans of Lettuce, be sure to catch drummer Adam Deitch, bassist Jesus Coomes, guitarist Adam Smirnoff, keyboardist Neal Evans, trumpeter Eric Bloom, and saxophonist Ryan Zoidis at the second annual Brooklyn Comes Alive on October 22nd. With 50+ musicians from Dead & Co., The Disco Biscuits, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The String Cheese Incident, Dopapod, and more, fans will have the opportunity to see their favorite musicians play in completely new, unique collaborations alongside some of the greatest. More details here.Lettuce Tour Schedule:9.20 – New Haven, CT9.21 – Providence, RI9.22 – Buffalo, NY9.23 – Pittsburgh, PA9.24 – Lakewood, PA9.28 – Charlotte, NC9.29 – Birmingham, AL9.30 – New Orleans, LA10.1 – New Orleans, LA10.4 – Memphis, TN10.5 – Knoxville, TN10.6 – Columbia, SC10.7 – Corolla, NC10.8 – Wilmington, NC10.11 – Lafayette, IN10.12 – Urbana, IL10.13 – St. Louis, MO10.14 – Kansas City, MO10.15 – Denver, CO10.26 – Baltimore, MD10.27 – Charlottesville, VA10.28 – Asheville, NC10.29 – Live Oak, FL11.2 – San Antonio, TX11.3 – Houston, TX11.4 – Dallas, TX11.5 – Austin, TX11.6 – Tulsa, OK11.9 – Louisville, KY11.11 – New York, NY11.12 – New York, NY11.26 – San Francisco, CA12.1 – Pantanal, Dominican Republic12.30 – Portland, ME12.31 – Boston, MA
Every summer, the beloved Horning’s Hideout in North Plains, Oregon hosts Northwest String Summit, showcasing the top and up-and-coming bluegrass bands and talent. This year’s event will take place from July 19th through 22nd, and luckily for you, if you can’t make the event, JamGrass TV will be streaming select sets throughout the weekend!Starting on Thursday, July 19th, Horseshoes and Handgrenades will get the webcast started, with performances by Steep Canyon Ranger, Railroad Earth, and Greensky Bluegrass to follow, on the webcast’s opening day.Friday’s webcast will feature sets from The Lil Smokies, Dustbowl Revival, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Yonder Mountain String Band. JamGrass TV will keep the virtual festivities going Saturday, with performances from Front Country, Keller & The Andys, Mandolin Orange, Fruition, Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Leftover Salmon’s Funky Brass Breakdown featuring special guests Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman and Skerik. On Sunday, the festival’s final day, The Talbott Brothers, Jon Craigie, Music of Jerry & Dawg, Leftover Salmon, and The Infamous Stringdusters will be broadcast live.The full webcast schedule can be viewed at JamGrass TV. Tickets for Northwest String Summit can be purchased on their website.
(BBC) – WORLD Rugby has begun an investigation into the chairman of the Fiji Rugby Union (FRU), which has backed Sir Bill Beaumont’s bid for re-election as boss of the world game.Francis Kean is under pressure to stand down amid accusations of homophobia and discrimination, as revealed by the Sunday Times.The allegations against Kean, who was convicted of manslaughter in 2007, are being taken “extremely seriously” by World Rugby, the sport’s governing body.The FRU seconded Beaumont’s nomination to stand again as World Rugby chairman.Kean is also attempting to secure a place on World Rugby’s executive committee, but is now under pressure to withdraw from that process.World Rugby has stressed that Beaumont’s nomination came from the Fiji Rugby Union, rather than from the chairman individually.However this development threatens to disrupt his campaign, with Beaumont and rival Agustin Pichot entering their final week of campaigning before the vote opens on 27 April.“World Rugby notes allegations in the UK Sunday Times about Fiji Rugby Union chairman Ratu Vilikesa Bulewa Francis Kean and takes them extremely seriously,” a statement said.“Rugby is a sport built on strong and inclusive values and World Rugby does not in any way condone any abusive or discriminatory behaviour, as outlined within its bye-laws.“World Rugby is currently in dialogue with the Fiji Rugby Union about the nature of the allegations and it would be inappropriate to further comment at this time.”Kean currently represents Fiji on the World Rugby council.World Rugby say a place on the council is awarded to the Union – in this case the FRU – rather than any individual, and that Fiji met the relevant criteria under the revised governance process launched in November 2015.Beaumont has pledged a full governance review if he is re-elected, including a ‘fit and proper persons’ test.The election result will be confirmed at a World Rugby council meeting on 12 May.