Members Of Lettuce, Pretty Lights, Antibalas, Toubab Krewe To Host Afro-Dub Soundclash In NOLA

first_imgJazz Fest is a celebration of all kinds of music from across the spectrum. People assume that jazz is the focus, but these days, the festival and the city’s related after-parties are a melting pot of styles and genres. Sure, there’s jazz, but also gospel, funk, jam and a healthy dose of world music. A few years ago, Luke Quaranta of Toubab Krewe decided that it was time to put the spotlight on West African music, and from that seed, JuJu Fest was born. JuJu Fest is a world music mini-festival-within-a-festival concept that takes place across the city of New Orleans during the ten days.This year, one show in particular tops the bill with a killer lineup and an awesome theme. Raja Kassis, guitar player of modern Afrobeat legends Antibalas (and co-founder of JuJu Fest) reached out to Borahm Lee (Break Science, Pretty Lights) and Josh Werner (Original Matisyahu band, Lee Scratch Perry, Wu-Tang Clan), two long time friends who all share a storied history playing Dub and Reggae music together, to create Megawatt: Afro-Dub Soundclash. This will certainly be an incredible night of dub, reggae and afro vibes that will hit The Maison on Wednesday, May 3rd. Joining them will be modern jazz/funk legend Adam Deitch (Lettuce, Break Science), master percussionist Weedie Braimah, local sax hero Khris Royal, and trumpet master Maurice “Mobetta” Brown.  As if it couldn’t get any better, Megawatt will be fronted on vocals by none other than Bajah, a superstar in Sierra Leone affectionately know back home as the “Lyrical Bomber.” Bajah has been a frequent guest in years past of such acts as Break Science, Talib Kweli and The Roots, to name a few.We can’t wait for Megawatt’s awesome Dub and Reggae grooves to reverberate up and down Frenchman Street on May 3rd. See below for full show details.SHOW INFO –Artist: Megawatt feat. Raja Kassis, Luke Quaranta, Adam Deitch, Borahm Lee, Josh Werner, Weedie Braimah, Bajah, Khris Royal & Maurice “Mobetta” BrownVenue: The Maison – 508 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116Date: Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 (technically early AM May 4th)Price: $20adv / $25dosTickets: Click HereTime: Doors 12:30am / Show 1:00amIf you’ll be down in New Orleans for Jazz Fest this year, don’t miss out on all of the awesome late night music options taking place across the city. Learn more about all of the amazing music you can catch at this link.last_img read more

‘Battlefield 6’ release: What to know about the new game, future ‘Battlefield 5’ updates

first_imgEA Dice has confirmed it would release a new “Battlefield” game in 2021, its first fresh release since November 2018.While the company said it will continue to support “Battlefield V,” it won’t provide any more core updates after this summer. Could elements of ‘Battlefield 6’ be free?After Activision took the leap and released the free to play “Call of Duty: Warzone” to positive reception, it’s now up to other legacy FPS studios such as EA DICE to decide whether to follow the trend or stick with what’s worked in the past. The benefit of free Battle Royale modes for companies is the continued cash flow of DLC cosmetics. Activision has also done a good job using “Warzone” to promote its paid “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” title.There is not yet any indication one way or the other what EA DICE will do here.When will ‘Battlefield 5’ updates stop?In a recent announcement, EA DICE said the final major update for “Battlefield V” will come in June. It will continue to address bugs, though, and still provide attention to the title for the forseeable future. Attention, then, will turn to the next iteration for the franchise, which will be critical in keeping EA DICE afloat in the FPS space. “Battlefield V” is viewed as a sales disappointment, and the FPS genre has evolved significantly since its release, particularly in terms of Battle Royale popularity.Still, the devout following of the game among hardcore fans gives it hope for a strong rebound, especially with the imminent release of next-gen consoles potentially playing up its renowned aesthetics.MORE: What’s new in “Call of Duty: Warzone” updateDetails remain sparse for Battlefield 6, but we do have some hints of what’s to come.Here is the latest on Battlefield 6, as well as the implications of the new game on Battlefield V:When is the ‘Battlefield 6’ release date?EA DICE has confirmed the game will be released in 2021, and we can narrow it down further than that based on prior reports. According to Niko Partners, it will be shipped sometime after April 1.”Battlefield V” was a November release, putting it up against other prominent FPS titles and perhaps harming its sales numbers. As a result, it’s possible (though not yet reported) that EA DICE will select a different part of the year, such as summer or earlier in the fall, to put it on the market.It’s unclear whether the coronavirus pandemic will have an impact on the development timeline.What details are known about ‘Battlefield 6’?EA DICE has kept mum on details of the game, but that hasn’t stopped fans from speculating what could be ahead.Among those fan-driven ideas: A greater focus on multiplayer over campaign, the introduction of Battle Royale and a more modern or futuristic era setting. While “Battlefield” has long been popular because of its differences from other FPS titles, it may feel pressure from competitors to mimick certain aspects of breakout games.One thing EA has discussed is the expanded capabilities provided by the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.”You should assume the power of those consoles is much more than existing consoles,” said Blake Jorgenson, the CEO and CFO of EA, on an earnings call earlier this year. “We can do a lot more. You will start to see things over the next couple of years that will blow people’s minds.”last_img read more

USC basketball notes: Tournament new to the Trojans

first_img“He’s been through a lot,” Floyd said. “But we still talk four to five times a week, so I’d love for him to be there.” No practice: Floyd canceled practice Monday, deciding to rest players after they played Thursday, Friday and Saturday in their run to the Pac-10 Tournament final. They did report to Galen Center to watch film on Arkansas. [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It will definitely be a little nerve-wracking for a lot of people, because no one’s been in it,” Wilkinson said. “But I think that also brings a lot of fire and passion to the game because guys like Nick (Young), Gabe (Pruitt) and (Lodrick Stewart), especially Lod being his senior year, want to prove they can step up and lead this team. If you want to go to the next level, what more perfect opportunity than to lead our team to the Final Four.” Though the players lack NCAA Tournament experience, their coach does not. Tim Floyd has a 4-5 record in five previous trips to the tournament with Iowa State and New Orleans. His last three tournament teams at Iowa State all won at least one game. When USC takes the court Friday to face Arkansas in the NCAA Tournament, it will be unknown territory for every player. USC’s players can only imagine the intensity of being in an NCAA Tournament game, because the last time the team was in the tournament was during the 2001-02 season. Sophomore forward Keith Wilkinson believes that the novelty of this week could be a positive as well as negative for USC. center_img “He knows how to prepare and get ready for big games such as this,” Wilkinson said. “I think that’s really going to help us, especially not having any (tournament experience) on the team.” Floyd’s last trip to the dance was in 1997, when he led Iowa State to the Sweet 16. Iowa State missed the tournament the next season, then Floyd left to the NBA to coach the Chicago Bulls. “It seems unbelievable it’s been 10 years, but it has,” Floyd said. “… It’s always an exciting time, a time I missed when I was in the NBA. I always paid close attention to the games and how my friends were doing around the country.” Haskins invited: Floyd said he invited Don Haskins to attend Friday’s game. Floyd started his career as an assistant at Texas-El Paso under Haskins, who was immortalized in the movie “Glory Road” for starting an all-black team and winning the 1966 NCAA Championship over an all-white Kentucky squad. Floyd said he was unsure if Haskins would be able to make it to the game because of his health. He’s had multiple heart surgeries and needed to have part of his foot amputated due to complications from diabetes, according to Floyd. last_img read more