Oteil Burbridge & Friends Kick Off New Year’s Run At The Capitol Theatre [Full-Show Video]

first_imgBassist Oteil Burbridge welcomed jam fans to The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on Thursday for the first of five shows under the billing Oteil & Friends leading up to New Year’s Eve. That roster of “Friends” was comprised of an impressive group of heavy-hitters from the jam realm including former Jerry Garcia Band keyboardist Melvin Seals, guitarists Eric Krasno and John Kadlecik, singer/trumpet player Jennifer Hartswick, drummer Jay Lane, and percussionist Weedie Briamah.The band’s performance on Thursday filled the historic venue with a mix of classic rock (mostly Grateful Dead) covers and smooth jams to help fans in the New York Metro Area prepare for the upcoming run of New Year’s Eve shows scheduled to take place in the Northeast all weekend.Oteil & Friends took the stage right around 8:30 p.m., with fans from around the country also tuning in via the show’s free webcast courtesy of Relix. The band started set one by diving right into the Garcia solo catalogue with a groovy rendition of “Cats Under The Stars” featuring some smooth guitar soloing from both Krasno and Kadlecik. A lively cover of “Bertha” with Kadlecik on lead vocals came next, with the guitarist having plenty of experience in singing the Grateful Dead tune from his days in Dark Star Orchestra. The tempo took a slower turn for Jennifer Hartswick to step to the mic to tackle a moving rendition of “Water in the Desert”, the title track from Oteil’s 2017 solo LP. A pair of Dead covers followed from there, as Oteil took lead vocals on “Althea” before leading the band into “Fire On The Mountain”. The set came to a close with Hartswick taking center stage again to deliver an energizing rendition of soul classic “Piece of My Heart”, popularized by Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company.Set two saw the band dive right into a trio of covers including The Band‘s “The Weight”, Garcia’s “Run for the Roses”, and the Grateful Dead’s “Shakedown Street”, with the latter featuring an impressive trumpet solo courtesy of Hartswick. The band kept the dance-friendly rhythms going with Kadlecik returning to the mic to lead the group into a cover of his own “What’s Become of Mary”.Burbridge then took the opportunity to slow things down for a unique and slow rendition of “High Time”, only to pick the energy right back up with the familiar opening trio of chords to “Franklin’s Tower”. They continued with “Tangled Up In Blue”, the Bob Dylan tune often performed by the Jerry Garcia Band back in the day. The show came to a satisfying conclusion with Hartswick once again returning to the stage to lead the band into a climactic rendition of Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s “Proud Mary”.You can watch a full pro-shot video of the show below:Oteil & Friends – The Capitol Theatre – 12/27/2018[Video: Relix]Oteil Burbridge and his talented Friends will continue their run leading up to New Year’s Eve on Monday with shows at Philadelphia’s Tower Theatre on Friday (in support of Gov’t Mule), a return to The Cap on Saturday, and two year-ending gigs at New York City’s Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday (12/30) and Monday (12/31). Tickets for the shows can be purchased here.Setlist: Oteil & Friends | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 12/27/2018Set One: Cats Under The Stars (Jerry Garcia cover), Bertha (Grateful Dead cover), Water in the Desert, Althea (Grateful Dead cover), Fire on the Mountain (Grateful Dead cover), Piece of My Heart (Erma Franklin cover)Set Two: The Weight (The Band cover), Run for the Roses (Jerry Garcia cover), Shakedown Street (Grateful Dead cover), What’s Become of Mary (Golden Gate Wingmen cover), High Time (Grateful Dead cover), Franklin’s Tower (Grateful Dead cover), Tangled Up in Blue (Bob Dylan cover), Proud Mary (Creedence Clearwater Revival)last_img read more

Trojans open Pac-10 tournament with win over California

first_imgComing into the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 tournament against California, the Trojans were desperate to earn a quality win in order to improve their credentials before Selection Sunday in order to be invited to participate in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.When the USC men’s basketball team (19-13) only made 1-11 shots to start the game, and Cal (17-14) jumped out to an early 11-3 lead Thursday afternoon at Staples Center, the Trojans found themselves in even more of a frantic position.“Our mentality was that we were desperate,” said USC coach Kevin O’Neill. “We needed to do something well.”After it took USC five minutes and 24 seconds to score its first points, on a three-point basket by junior guard Jio Fontan, the Trojans settled in, playing better defense and overcoming the initial shock that Cal started in a man-to man defense instead of a zone.USC went on to defeat Cal, 70-56.Senior guard Marcus Simmons made a three-point basket as time expired in the first half, capping a 26-11 run by the Trojans to end the opening half.The Trojans went into halftime with a 35-27 lead after making half of their twelve three-point attempts.USC shot 50 percent in the second half, and extended their lead to as large as 18 points.USC’s leading scorer, junior forward Nikola Vucevic, did not make a field goal in the first half, and committed three turnovers. He was called for two early fouls, causing him to only play 11 minutes in the opening half, and 27 minutes in the game. He finished the afternoon with seven points and five rebounds.“Nikola has carried us in a lot of games,” O’Neill said. “It was our turn to carry him tonight.”Even with Vucevic limited, the Trojans controlled the glass, outrebounding Cal on the offensive end 11-5, and converted 14 second-chance points compared to two for the Golden Bears.Freshman guard Maurice Jones led the Trojans with 16 points and four assists off the bench. USC is now 6-1 since replacing Jones in the starting lineup with senior guard Donte Smith.“I come out more aggressive now,” Jones said.Senior forward Alex Stepheson had 14 points and a game-high 16 rebounds.“[Stepheson] anchored our whole team tonight both offensively and defensively,” O’Neill said.Smith had 14 points on 4-6 shooting from beyond the arc, and Fontan had 12 points and four assists.Cal guard Allen Crabbe, the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, paced the Golden Bears with a game-high 21 points.The Trojans held Cal guard Jorge Gutierrez, who was named First-Team All-Pac-10, to four points, his lowest total since playing against USC on January 22.Depth continues to be an issue for USC. Playing with a seven-man rotation, two Trojans picked up four fouls, and two others were called for three fouls. Six USC players were in the game for 27 or more minutes.“Our job as players [after the game] is to get off our feet as much as possible, and to get ready to play again,” Simmons said.USC has a quick turnaround. The Trojans will next play the winner of first-seeded Arizona and ninth-seeded Oregon State in the semifinals of the Pac-10 tournament on Friday at 6:00 p.m.“Every game is a must win,” Fontan said. “Our mentality the last six or seven games is that [each game] is the most important game of the season, and then the next game is even more important than the last one.”The Trojans did not compete in the Pac-10 tournament last season due to NCAA sanctions after winning it in 2009.last_img read more