Widespread Panic Sets Hotlanta Ablaze In First Of Two SweetWater 420 Fest Performances [Full Pro-Shot Video]

first_imgThis year, the long-running SweetWater 420 Fest is celebrating its 15th anniversary overall as well as its 5th Anniversary in Atlanta, GA’s Centennial Olympic Park. On Saturday, the fest offered a heady lineup featuring Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles, The Band of Heathens, Everyone Orchestra, BIG Something, Moon Taxi, and Iration, amongst many others.This year’s festival designated a generous 3.5-hour Saturday headlining slot to the musical kings of the Georgian swamps, Widespread Panic. A free video stream was offered by Nugs.tv, capturing the glory in video form as well as the usual live streams presented by the MIXLR app and panicstream.com. As is tradition these days, the rockers threw down a badass old-school show with John Bell in the forefront wearing an entirely black letterman jacket with a backward Bojangles hat that declared “I love my chicken!”The six-piece band of holy crusaders emerged from the endless smoke clouds billowing from the audience to nail a sizzling rendition of “All Time Low”. Jimmy Herring tumbled barrel after barrel of lightning licks down the waterfall while JB advised to “shoot first; ask questions later, if anybody mess with you.” The intense tempo cascaded downward as the Panics soared through the first half of “Surprise Valley” before a smokin’ cover of P-Funk’s “Red Hot Mama” threatened to consume the entire city in flames.A sanctified “Pleas” restored order in Centennial Olympic Park as the uplifting music nurtured the wounded souls, reminding the audience “Don’t let it get too dark.” “Who Do You Belong To?”, a crisp cover of fellow Georgian rockers, The Bloodkin, transpired through the wisps of smoke before the percussionists led into the second half of “Surprise Valley.”John Bell led the stage through a mystical “Hatfield” where the chance of rain skyrocketed as the “smoke teared an angel’s eye” and JB captivated with a whirlwind improvised rap. A serene “Holden Oversoul” saw Jimmy Herring accompany the “ghost of a clown, [who] danced in and did a few tricks and danced out again.” The jaunty rhythm of “Sell, Sell” transitioned fluidly into a bouncing “Love Tractor” for an explosive end to the first set.Upon return, Widespread Panic dazzled with the absurdly wild ride of “Pigeons”, the audience bobbing their heads to the beat. Dave Schools kept that bass line stomping with a cover of J.J. Cale’s “Travelin’ Light” which reminded everyone of the only way to fly. JoJo Hermann took the vocal lead on “Greta”, while JB echoed yowling punctuations with his own personal reverb and Schools provided feral howls to the vocal mélange. After a burning-hot transitional jam, Widespread introduced the lively beat of Talking Heads’ “Life During Wartime” while JB lit a cardboard and charcoal fire in a barrel and began to warm the place up with his suave vocals.After giving the barrels fire time to grow, JoJo’s keys teased Little Feat’s “Dixie Chicken” before patiently dancing his way into “Ribs & Whiskey” as Schools stepped up to hammer home the swinging bass. JB, JoJo, and Schools threw a grate over the barrel-fire and began roasting meat. As the jam wound on, Schools and JB drizzled barbecue sauce over the slow-cooked ribs and took a break to eat while Jimmy Herring brought the audience to a time and place where hunger didn’t exist. The boys finally returned with whiskey breath and saucy fingers to pick up the shards of the time-space continuum that Jimmy Herring left shattered.Sticking to the classics, Schools introduced “Rebirtha” and shadowed JB’s lead vocals (“I know I’ve seen your face before… Maybe in a past life…? Maybe, it was last night, I really don’t know”). An exuberant jam returned to Earth on cue with a Jimmy Herring head nod, and after a small pause, JoJo’s piano blazed a trail into the crowd-favorite “Tall Boy.” The crowd guzzled down a double dose of JB and JoJo sharing vocals in this tasty treat as Schools lent his potent additives to the choral concoction. Schools and JB were sporting identical devilish grins, and some exchange between the two caused JB to include “Monumental expressions/ Silhouetted faces” into the second verse with a chuckle.JoJo remained at the helm for a prehistoric romp around the boneyard with a lively “Big Wooly Mammoth” to resurrect the shaggy beast from the Ice Age into the “Fortnite world” of today. Not many lighters were thrown for this “Mammoth”, as many in the audience elected to save their personal torches for other holiday-appropriate purposes.To close the second set, the Panic men performed a raucous “Chilly Water”. The position in the setlist seemed to intentionally give tokers ample time to light up before the water flew, and equal parts water and smoke were released into the local atmosphere. The party anthem, written during a time when JB worked as a landscaper, examines the political discussions of enclosure and water privatization.Returning for an encore, the band wisely chose these two songs to extinguish the several small fires around the park that were threatening to connect and burn the stage down. First, they unleased a 4/20-friendly cover of Van Morrison’s “And It Stoned Me.” Widespread Panic finished off their first night of music with another Bloodkin cover, “Makes Sense to Me.” The song posits three different social injustices that provoked violent retribution outside the courtroom in which the narrator admits that it “Makes Sense to Me.” The last verse begins with “Talking to a black man from Atlanta”, appropriate to the setting.Widespread Panic returns to the stage at 6:30 PM EST tonight for one last gallivant through Atlanta with a special Easter Sunday service. Never miss a Sunday show, especially when Widespread returns to the South.Widespread Panic – Sweetwater 420 Fest – 4/20/19 – Full Pro-Shot Video[Video: nugsnet]Widespread Panic will once again take the stage at SweetWater 420 Fest tonight, Sunday, April 21st, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET. You can watch a free live webcast of the performance here. For a full list of Widespread Panic’s upcoming tour dates, head here.Setlist: Widespread Panic | SweetWater 420 Fest | Atlanta, GA | 4/20/19Set One: All Time Low, Surprise Valley > Red Hot Mama > Pleas > Who Do You Belong To? > Surprise Valley, Hatfield, Holden Oversoul, Sell Sell > Love Tractor (68 mins)Set Two: Pigeons, Travelin’ Light, Greta > Life During Wartime, Ribs and Whiskey, Rebirtha, Tall Boy, Big Wooly Mammoth > Chilly Water (77 mins)Encore: And It Stoned Me, Makes Sense To Me (11 mins)last_img read more

South African wine consumers on the rise

first_imgTraditional stereotypes about wine inSouth Africa are fading as a newgeneration of black wine connoisseursand producers enter the wine scene.(Image: Soweto Wine Festival) Thandi Wines was established as astand-alone wine company inOctober 2009.(Image: Thandi Wines) MEDIA CONTACTS • Matome Mbatha Wines of South Africa+27 21 883 3860RELATED ARTICLES• Hermanus wine route re-launched • SA wine farms invest in biodiversity • SA, France toast to wine exchange • SA’s first wine tourism exhibition • Transforming SA’s wine industry Wilma den HartighTraditional stereotypes about wine in South Africa are fading as a new generation of black wine connoisseurs and producers enters the wine scene.South Africa’s wine industry is viewed as one of the most progressive and successful of many wine-producing countries.The industry’s transformation efforts have been successful and new wine consumption trends point to a new group of emerging wine consumers.This is good news for the industry as it shows the image of wine in South Africa is changing.Changing consumer profileMatome Mbatha, Wines of South Africa (Wosa) market manager for Africa and the Americas, says that the industry has noticed a shift in the profile of local wine consumers.“There has been a great interest in wine from the black community,” Mbatha says.He says that South Africa’s growing black middle class is one of the reasons for the change in wine consumption trends. “These people seek and love fine things in life and wine, as a lifestyle product, resonates well with that need.”The availability of easy-to-drink wines has also helped to grow a more diverse consumer base.“Many black wine drinkers start to appreciate wine on a casual basis and gradually upgrade to more serious wine once they gain confidence in their wine knowledge,” he says.Wine festivals also play an important role in making wine more accessible and debunking the myth that drinking wine is a highbrow affair. At wine festivals, people who would ordinarily not drink the beverage have an opportunity to sample a wide variety of wine styles.An event such as the Soweto Wine Festival, now in its seventh year, is helping to cultivate an appreciation for wine.Last year’s Soweto Wine Festival attracted more than 8 000 visitors.Benefits of a wider consumer baseCharlaine Opperman, author of a 2010 report that investigates the marketing of South African wine to the country’s emerging black market, says the industry and economy stands to benefit from this growing consumer group.“If wine producers can sell their products to the emerging black market of South Africa, and create a strong and loyal customer base, the implications are astronomical,” she says in the report, which was written as part of her MBA degree at Stellenbosch University.Wine companies that can promote their brands to the black middle class group stand to benefit from an increased market share with more profit and a wider spread of products in the domestic market.Opperman says that another positive implication could be job creation. Companies would have to expand their production facilities, create new distribution channels and employ marketing agents to focus on the new market segment.“Bigger profits for the wine industry could lead to new innovations and better production facilities that will influence the industry positively,” she says in the report.Transformation success storiesTransformation of the wine industry has brought about significant changes to ownership of wine brands and farms.Mbatha says that Wosa has noted an increase in the percentage of black-owned wine businesses and wine brands.Thandi Wines and Sizanani are two examples of successful transformation projects in the wine industry.Thandi Wines became a ground-breaker in the local wine industry when it was established as a stand-alone wine company in October 2009.It is South Africa’s first agricultural Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) project. The company is owned by 250 farm worker families who hold 55% shares in the company.The Thandi community also holds farm land ownership over three farms, ranging between 50% to 100% shareholding. According to Thandi Wines, it is very rare in the South African wine industry for a BEE group of this size to own both land and have shares in the business.It is also the country’s biggest black-owned wine exporting company, as well as the first wine brand to receive Fairtrade accreditation.Sizanani Wines, the empowerment company set up by Bellevue Estate, is now 100% owned by the workers at Bellevue. Sizanani’s MD Randall Peceur says the empowerment of farm workers is the main focus of the company.“Before, workers would work all day in the vineyards and the winery but had no knowledge of what their future would hold for them,” Peceur says. “With this project they have a tangible link to their future, and more importantly, to the future of their children.”Sizanani Wines has had export success and the company has secured a contract to supply its label Chenin and Pinotage to UK supermarket chain Morrisons.South Africa’s wine industry growingTransformation in the local wine industry is far from over, and the potential of the domestic market is still very much untapped.According to 2010 figures, South Africa ranks eighth in overall volume production of wine. South African wine is also the fastest growing in the new world wine category in most Canadian markets.“South Africa has gained popularity in this market especially after the 2010 Fifa World Cup,” Mbatha says.According to Opperman, South Africa is classified in international wine circles as one of the ‘new world’ wine producers, along with Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina and the US.There are just over 100 000 hectares of wine varietals under cultivation in South Africa. White varieties comprise 56.2% of the national vineyard and reds, 43.8%.last_img read more

How late is too late for corn?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension CCAAs I write this it is obvious that the majority of the corn crop this year will be planted after May 20. I sat last Thursday with a grower from Miami County. We figured the days it takes him to dry out, then to plant first corn and then soybeans and determined that at least some of his crop will be planted into June no matter what. Yields are likely to be reduced. We do know that with good growing conditions and timely late-season rains, we can still produce a decent crop. Consider the economics of your decisions during this season, make those applications that can make you money and skip those that only make you feel good.Frost worries? Or just wet corn? The corn plant has the ability to adapt to later planting by advancing more rapidly through the growth stages. Work done at Purdue and Ohio State by graduate students of Bob Nielsen and Peter Thomison, show that the number of growing degree days (GDD) needed from planting to maturity decreases by about 7 GDD per day of delayed planting. So a hybrid planted on May 30 needs about 200 less GDDs to achieve maturity than a hybrid planted on May 1. I think this ability of the corn plant to adapt is why we can still have decent yield expectations.We don’t have much nitrogen on yet for corn, and some are even struggling to get it on their wheat. In corn, our recommendation is to evaluate the crop and look for any visual symptoms of nitrogen deficiency (general chlorosis or yellowing). If you somehow applied early N, but not sure how much is left you can use the worksheet from our Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Forages Field Guide (page 81, and here below) to evaluate the risk of nitrogen loss.1) What N source was utilized?1 point – Anhydrous ammonia with nitrification inhibitor2 points – Anhydrous ammonia3 points – Other fertilizer banded4 points – Other fertilizer broadcast 2) When was the N applied?2 points – After April 205 points – Before April 20 3) How much N has been applied?1 point – >200 lbs/A2 points – 150-200 lbs/A3 points – 100-150 lbs/A6 points – <100 lbs/A 4) What has been the predominant soil moisture status in the field this spring?1 point – Normal2 points – Wet4 points – Excessively wet (saturated – standing water) 5) What is the crop’s condition?1 point – Green plants> 12” tall2 points – Green plants < 12” tall3 points – Chlorotic plants < 12” tall5 points – Chlorotic plants > 12” tall Total the score and use the following guidelines:Less than 13 – Additional fertilizer not recommended13-16 – Evaluate again in 4-7 days17 or greater – Add an additional 40-70 lbs N/A Some producers may consider the use of the pre-sidedress soil nitrate test (PSNT) to determine if additional N fertilizer is warranted. This can work well if manure is in your mix, or you did apply pre-plant anhydrous. To attain a representative soil sample, collect 15, 1-foot deep random cores from a field and mix them thoroughly. Submit a grab sample from the composite to a reputable lab. You may want to contact the lab to learn their turn-around time — you want it back quickly.If the nitrate level in the soil is between 25 to 30 ppm then no additional N is warranted.If nitrate levels are lower than 15 ppm then normal N rates should be applied.If between 15 and 30 ppm then a reduced rate is likely all that is needed. Some suggest 50 to 70 pounds of nitrogen per acre additional would make sense.Got manure still in the lagoon? It can provide an excellent source of nitrogen. Consider top-dressing or side dressing that nutrient source. See this Ag BMP here: https://agbmps.osu.edu/bmp/crop-application-manure-sourced-nutrient-maximize-crop-uptake.last_img read more

On Hiring Non-Salespeople for Sales Roles

first_imgHaving too few salespeople may be your problem. You can’t make your number without the proper headcount, and you can’t cover all the opportunities in your territory without the human capital necessary. You may want to hire fast, and you may want to hire right now. And there are a lot of people right now who need jobs. Some of these people may even pretend to be salespeople in order to get work.But hiring non-sales people for a sales role is a mistake. I’m not writing about hiring people without sales experience. If you have the ability to train and develop sales people there’s nothing wrong with hiring people without sales experience.What I’m writing about here is hiring people who don’t really believe that they’re sales people. They don’t enjoy the work of selling. They don’t love the challenge of winning a new client. They don’t love the challenge of opening a relationship with a prospective client, creating enough value to win their business, and eventually acquiring a new client.They don’t love the chase. They don’t love the hunt. And they don’t love the hustle.Some of these people may have worked in roles that they considered sales, but roles in which the clients came to them. Like retail. These people are perfectly comfortable in sales–without the opportunity acquisition component and without the “asking for commitments” component. If that’s the kind of salesperson you need, fine, hire them.But if you truly need hunters, the sales people who can acquire opportunities for your business, then hiring non-salespeople will only give you the false comfort that you have your headcount and that you can make your goals. But you can’t. And you won’t.It’s difficult to find hunters. It’s tough to building a salesforce that can acquire opportunities. It takes longer, too. But it’s the fastest path to growing your revenue. Anything that feels easier, is probably wrong. Take your time. Hire well. And then work like crazy to coach, to train, and develop your sales hunters.last_img read more