American bands – Pinehurst Kids Tue, 28 Jun 2022 18:52:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 American bands – Pinehurst Kids 32 32 4th of July Fireworks Return to Inner Harbor – CBS Baltimore Tue, 28 Jun 2022 18:29:00 +0000

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore waterfront will once again be lit up with fireworks and fun this Independence Day.

After a two-year absence, the Mayor’s Office, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Waterfront Partnership are teaming up to bring the celebrations back bigger and better than ever.

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To bring back the Independence Day event in style, the city is also partnering with several Baltimore institutions including the Baltimore Orioles, American Visionary Arts Museum, National Aquarium and last but not least , media partner WJZ.

Several events, like the American Visionary Art Museum’s Pet Parade, return for Independence Day.

The Baltimore Promotion and Arts Office said the the best views for the fireworks are:

  • Along the inner harbor promenade
  • Canton
  • federal hill
  • tip of the falls
  • East Harbor
  • Locust tip


8:30 am Pet registration for the AVAM Pet Parade and Animal Talent Show opens. The costume parade, which returns after several years, starts at 9am Learn more here.

1:05 p.m. Orioles vs. Rangers! The national anthem will be performed by the BSO.

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3 p.m. A picnic at West Shore Park, with food trucks, a DJ, allotment garden games, an alcohol and mocktail bus, and picnic blankets and baskets

4:00 p.m. The event will begin with a performance by the United States Navy’s oldest band, the Navy Band Commodores, at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater. The traditional performance will last approximately two and a half hours.

6:30 p.m. The concerts will be punctuated by street artists and entertainment along the Inner Harbor promenade.

7:30 p.m. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s artistic partner and Baltimore native Wordsmith will present a spoken word performance of “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” of Frederick Douglass? from the BGE Pavilion Main Stage at Rash Field Park

20:00 The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will host a Star-Spangled Celebration Concert under the direction of Assistant Conductor Jonathan Rush at the BGE Pavilion in the newly renovated Rash Field Park.

9:30 p.m. The BSO performance will culminate with a 13-minute fireworks display produced by fireworks company Pyrotecnico.

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Wondering about parking? The Baltimore Orioles extended their stadium parking lot all night at no additional cost after their home game against the Rangers.

SOTM Antenna (Ku, Ka, Q/V Band) Global Market Growth Drivers, Restraints, Trends by 2028-Communications & Power Industries (CPI), Comtech, Narda-MITEQ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 10:57:33 +0000
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Review: G. Love’s Decisive Journey from North to South Sat, 25 Jun 2022 23:16:21 +0000

G.Love/Philadelphia Mississippi/Thirty Tigers
Three out of five stars

Following on from its 2020 Grammy-nominated offering, The juice, Philadelphia Mississippi represents a change of course for Garrett Dutton, better known by his professional handle, G. Love. He finds him venturing into the heart of Mississippi and recording with a local hero of sorts, Luther Dickinson of the esteemed outfit, The North Mississippi All Stars. In a larger sense, however, it’s a complete comeback, given that Dickinson’s father Jim produced G. Love’s second set, Lemonade. (Unsurprisingly, one of the more adamant offerings included here is also titled “Lemonades.”) It also continues a tradition that Love has maintained over the course of his career, both alone and with his longtime band Special Sauce. , meaning constant collaborations with other like-minded artists, from the Avett Brothers and Jack Johnson to Zap Mama.

The host of contributors here includes blues artist Christone “Kingfish” Ingram and founding mainstays RL Boyce and Alvin Youngblood Hart, as well as rappers Schoolly D, Freddie Foxx and Speech, the latter of the band Arrested Development. Their contributions result in a seemingly spontaneous affair and an upbeat, infectious sound, whether in the bluesy designs of “My Ball”, “If My Mind Don’t Change”, “Kickin'” and “Guitar Man” or the his sassy and spunky “Kickin'”, a track reminiscent of Prince in his heyday.

While much of the album relies on rap music to convey its message, there are also obvious infusions of fully fueled funk and Delta lore infused into the proceedings, with G. Love’s harmonica adding an essential ingredient in the mix. The fact that the material was fermented in a studio reflects the easy, airy sound found throughout, with “Laughing in the Sunshine” and the descriptive title “Shouts Out” serving as particularly effusive examples of the generally upbeat attitude. which defines the album. globally. Likewise, “The Philly Sound” with its spoken narrative, bottleneck guitar and relentless beat pays homage to Love’s Philly roots.

With that, the continuum between Philadelphia and Mississippi becomes absolutely incisive.

Burger Highlife was the sound of the Ghanaian diaspora of the 80s Fri, 24 Jun 2022 18:22:54 +0000

Burger Highlife was the sound of the Ghanaian diaspora of the 80s

By Fazio’s Megan Iacobini 24 June 2022

“We knew we couldn’t destroy our roots, our highlife music, but what we were trying to do was come up with something new, something different,” Ghanaian musician Wilson Boateng says over the phone from his home in London. . Herman Asafo-Agyei, one of Ghana’s most revered bassists, echoes Boateng’s sentiments: “It was very eclectic, we were taking ideas from different artists, but despite all the branches we were taking, it there was always the root which is the African rhythm and the percussive aspect of our music.

Boateng and Asafo-Agyei recount a period of transformation in Ghanaian music which between the 1980s and 1990s was marked by a shift away from traditional highlife towards a new modern sound that embraced the latest technology, incorporating West African melodies with synthesizers, disco, boogie and funk. The new sound, known as the “highlife burger”, was the result not only of these technological advances, but of a particular alchemy between social, cultural and political transformations both in Ghana and abroad. “It’s quite multifaceted. You have political dimensions, social dimensions in there, so it all comes together in this interesting story,” says Chris Webb, founder of London-based label Kalita Records, whose recently released compilation Borga Revolution! Ghanaian Dance Music in the Digital Age, 1983 – 1992 (Volume 1) traces the evolution of this idiosyncratic style.

The compilation is the first of four, which brings together a total of 45 highlife burger tracks, including some by Ghanaian music stalwarts like Pat Thomas and K. Gyasi and lesser-known artists like Aban and Uncle Joe’s Afri-Beat.

Stories and opinions of who invented this sound vary, but it’s safe to say that it emerged among the Ghanaian diaspora in Europe, particularly Germany, in the early to mid-1980s. Musicians, like Pat Thomas, had already left Ghana for Germany in the 1970s, but due to restrictive military dictatorships and growing poverty, by the 1980s musicians began to leave en masse and s settled in Berlin, Hamburg and Frankfurt. Here they built a new diasporic sound, heavily influenced by Western disco and boogie and aided by the ready availability of modern drum machines and synthesizers. In fact, the movement takes its name from those early German transplants who, upon returning home with their new sound and style, were dubbed “bürgers,” the German word for citizen.

“The live music scene in Ghana had kind of collapsed, so people had to create something for themselves, and that’s why the African music scene in Europe really exploded,” says Asafo-Agyei. “An artist who came up with the concept of the highlife burger was George Darko, who was very influential in creating that sound. It was something a bit unheard of, but you could see the influence of a traditional highlife strong with accents of western funk.

Borga Revolution! Volume 1 includes two of Darko’s recordings: the highlife disco track “Medo Menuanom” from his 1982 album Friends and “Obi Abayewa”, a superb highlife-boogie crossover from his 1986 album Moni Palava.

Other tracks, like Native Spirit’s “Odo San Brafie”, combine stronger funk elements with late-era disco and boogie sounds. Formed in London in 1986 by Asafo-Agyei, Native Spirit were heir to the afro-rock and afro-funk wave that swept the continent in the 1970s, a legacy that can be heard in the percussive bass playing of Asafo-Agyei and the long guitar practice on “Odo San Brafie”. Asafo-Agyei began his music career as an 18-year-old bassist with Afro-funk band Basa Basa before playing in various dance groups covering American soul and funk hits in Ghana and eventually moving to London in 1976. “The idea was to come and study law, which I did, but the music business was knocking at my door,” he recalls.

He was an extremely prolific session musician and played in well-known bands like Highlife International and Kabbala, and in 1985 joined the Afro-rock supergroup Osibisa. A year later, he decided to form his own band, Native Spirit, initially as a backing band for tours by Ghanaian musicians like Thomas Frempong and Pat Thomas. While touring North America, the band impressed local record label Afronova, who invited them to Canada and offered to produce their album. “I wrote most of the songs, and you can tell the influence is very African but also funk, because my experience with African music has always been a combination of rock-funk mixed with the original genre of percussive music. African,” he said. The record made an impact in North America but failed to make it in Europe and Ghana. “If I hadn’t been a well-known artist, the record would have had no impact because at that time the Ghanaian music scene was facing a lot of problems,” he says.

It was around this time that multi-instrumentalist Boateng left Ghana precisely because of the difficulties he and other musicians were facing there, as curfews imposed and prohibitive import taxes on instruments have completely set back the once bustling music scene. Boateng began his musical career as a young teenager when he founded The Psy-Kiss, a group of teenage high school musicians around Kumasi: “We played all American soul, funk and rock music, but in at the same time we were listening to traditional highlife numbers, which was important to us,” he explains. “We were trying to do something different, when you listen to it, you feel the highlife and pop-rock style in the same music, and so it makes you wonder: what kind of music is this?”

Boateng initially traveled to Lagos in search of better opportunities, but following a failed recording contract with EMI, he moved to London in 1985. Burger highlife was also becoming increasingly popular in Ghana, and Boateng was excited about this new style: you could hear different synthesizers, brass, electrics, pianos and modern gadgets, and I thought, “I don’t think I can get [those instruments] here’, that’s why I came to London,” he says. In three years, he had produced his phenomenal album burger highlife Highlife Rock, which he worked on with musician Gerald Elms on drums, keyboards and horn programming. “There were just two of us working on it, and thank goodness the guy was so good, we looked really gelled, and he played everything in exactly the style I was going for,” he says.

Two titles from the album appear on this compilation: “Asew Watchman”, a humorous song which tells the story of a woman who becomes a “guardian” to hide her daughter’s infidelities from her husband, and “Mabre Agu”, on someone who is good to people but ends up being taken advantage of. Despite the excellent production and its dazzling mix of disco beats and highlife vocals, Highlife Rock failed to take off without a record label supporting it.

After the album’s release, Boateng stayed in London and took a job as an assistant manager at a bookstore. For decades he led the choir at his local church. Now retired, he can spend more time listening and making music and is currently working on a new record: “I really believe this will be my best album,” he says. Asafo-Agyei also lives in London, where, after disbanding Native Spirit, he pursued a master’s degree in criminology and social economics, served as a family court adviser and is currently pastor of Northolt Grange Baptist Church. Although he hadn’t had time to make music for a while, he toured with Osibisa until 2011.

Talking to Boateng and Asafo-Agyei, one theme seems to be central to the history of the highlife burger: the importance of being curious and open to all kinds of music. “When people ask me how you got there, I say, ‘Well, I listen to all kinds of music, I don’t discriminate,'” says Boateng. “You start from one place, but because of all the different types of music you’ve heard, played and experienced, it creates its own unique personality,” agrees Asafo-Agyei. “I guess that’s the nature of creativity, isn’t it?”


The exhibition will examine the Los Angeles-based movement that transformed popular music and inspired future generations of country and American artists.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.and LOS ANGELES, June 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum announced its next major exhibition with two separate events at Troubadour in Los Angeles and the museum’s Ford Theater in Nashville. The exhibition, Western Edge: the roots and reverberations of LA country-rock, presented by City National Bank, will be housed in the museum’s newly transformed 5,000 square foot gallery and opened September 30 for a run of nearly three years.

West edge will examine the close-knit communities of Los Angelessingers, songwriters and musicians who, from the 1960s to the 1980s, embraced country music, frequented local nightclubs and created and shaped the musical fusion known as “country-rock” – ultimately having an impact indelible and lasting on popular music.

The exhibit will examine the rise of the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Poco, Eagles, Emmylou HarrisNitty Gritty Dirt Band, Linda Ronstadt and many others who have found commercial success by fusing rock & roll beats and attitude with country and bluegrass instrumentation and harmonies.

The musical contributions of these pioneers were expanded by the next generation of Los Angeles roots music artists – the Blasters, Rosie Flores, Los Lobos, solitary righteousness, Dwight Yoakam and more – who once again drew inspiration from traditional American music. Mixing hard-edge honky-tonk, Mexican folk music, rockabilly and punk rock, these artists – along with their country rock predecessors – inspired future generations of country and American artists.

Today’s announcement included special performances by several artists central to the exhibition’s narrative:

  • Winner of several Grammy Awards Dwight Yoakam and country-rock lighting Chris Hillman (the Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Desert Rose Band and more) performed “Sin City” and “Time Between” together at Troubadour in Los Angeles.
  • Member of the Country Music Hall of Fame Emmylou Harris sang “The Road”, his song in tribute to fellow country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons, at the museum’s Ford Theater in Nashville. Harris also joined Jeff Hanna (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) and country singer and songwriter Matraca-Berg on stage for a performance of “Mr. Bojangles” in the museum theatre.

The West edge exhibition traces the history of young musicians who, in the 1960s, gravitated around Los Angeles as a bastion of youth-focused counterculture and a burgeoning recording hub. Newcomers found a rich local music scene rooted in clubs such as the Ash Grove, which featured young bluegrass bands including the Dillards and Kentucky Colonels alongside previous generations of masters of American roots music.

The exhibition also highlights the historical importance of the Troubadour in West Hollywood, which served as an important refuge for like-minded artists. It provided space for creators to collaborate with a healthy dose of competition, challenging each other to write better songs, create tighter harmonies, and master their instruments.

“A new hybrid sound has grown from humble beginnings in a few small LA nightclubs and has quickly become one of the most popular musical styles around the world,” said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “Inspired by Bob Dylan and the Beatles, these artists and musicians also found community in their appreciation of traditional country, folk and bluegrass music. They built on this foundation, creating songs of unusual lyrical depth and ‘a layered musical richness – adding new textures to the rock sounds that resulted in a wholly original form of American music.’

The museum’s curatorial and creative teams conducted over 40 hours of filmed interviews and collected an array of significant artifacts from central figures in the music movement for display in West edge. The exhibit will feature stage outfits, instruments, original song scripts and more. Interactive elements will illustrate the connections between the artists who make up the musical communities explored in the exhibition, allowing access to audio recordings, performance clips, original interview footage and historic photographs.

West edgeThe opening weekend of will include a pair of unique concerts in the museum’s CMA Theater, made possible in part by exhibit travel partner American Airlines:

  • Western Edge: Los Angeles Country-Rock in ConcertFriday September 30at 7 p.m.
    A lineup of musical stars associated with country-rock will perform, as well as torchbearers who have been influenced by the sounds and artists of the Los Angeles music scene. Performers include David Alvin (the Blasters, the Knitters), Alison Brown (in tribute to California bluegrass), Rodney Dillard (the Dillards), Rosie Flores, richie furay (Buffalo Springfield, Poco), Jeff Hanna (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Chris Hillman (the Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Desert Rose Band), Bernie Leadon (Hearts & Flowers, Flying Burrito Brothers, the Eagles), John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Wendy Moten (in tribute to Linda Ronstadt) and Pedersen Grass (Desert Rose Band and instrumentalist for Linda Ronstadt, Gram Parsons and many others). The house band will be led by a Grammy-winning guitar virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist. John Jorgenson and understand Jay Dee Maness (steel guitar), Steve Duncan (battery) and Marc Fain (low). More performers to add.
  • Desert bunch of rosesSunday October 2at 7 p.m.
    For the first time in over a decade, the Desert Rose Band will reunite for a special concert.
    In 1986, former Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers member Chris Hillman founded the band with Pedersen Grass and John Jorgensen. The original lineup included Bill Bryson (bass guitar), Jay Dee Maness (pedal steel guitar) and Steve Duncan (drums). The original members of the group will take the stage for this highly anticipated event, with Nashville bass player Marc Fain replace the deceased Bill Bryson. The Grammy-nominated group has garnered hit singles and won numerous awards from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.

Tickets for the events will go on sale to the public this friday june 24at 10am here.

The exhibition will also be supported by multiple educational programs, as well as the release of an illustrated and thoroughly researched book with a long-running main essay. Los Angeles music journalist Randy Lewisamong many other contributors.

More details about the exhibition and the accompanying book will be announced before the exhibition opens. Exhibition information and updates are available at

Photos and video of the Los Angeles and Nashville events

  • Photos of performances and artefacts presented on stage to download here. (all photos by Brett Carlsen (Nashville) and Kevin Winter (Los Angeles)/Getty Images for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum).
  • Video performance clips, remarks, and artifact B-rolls are available here.

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum collects, preserves and performs country music and its history for the education and entertainment of diverse audiences. Through exhibitions, publications, digital media and educational programs, the museum explores the cultural significance and enduring beauty of the art form. The museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization licensed by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is among the largest – visited history museums in the United States. The Country Music Foundation operates Historic RCA Studio B®, Hatch Show Print® Poster Shop, CMF Records, Frist Library and Archive and CMF Press. The museum’s programs are supported in part by the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and museum is available at or by calling (615) 416-2001.

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With $90.9 billion of assets, City National Bank provides banking, investment and trust services through 74 branches, including 22 full-service regional centers, to Southern Californiathe San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada, New York City, Nashville, Atlanta, washington d.c. and Miami*. In addition, the Company and its investment subsidiaries manage or administer $80.6 billion in clients’ investment assets. City National is a subsidiary of the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), one of the world’s leading diversified financial services companies. RBC serves more than 17 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through its offices in Canada, United States and 27 other countries. For more information about City National, visit the company’s website at

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Negaunee City Band concert scheduled for Wednesday | News, Sports, Jobs Tue, 21 Jun 2022 07:01:32 +0000

NEGAUNEE — Director Lucas Wickstrom announced the schedule for this week’s Negaunee City Band concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Outdoor Performing Arts Center at the east end of Iron Street.

Some seating is available, but participants may wish to bring their own chairs.

The program, which Wickstrom calls “American”, includes marches from two of America’s best-known band composers, “March of Abraham Lincoln” by Edwin Franko Goldman and “Washington Foshay Tower Memorial Walk” by Jean-Philippe Sousa. A third step is “Imperial Crown” by William Walton.

There are two numbers based on American hymntunes first printed in 1835 in “Southern Harmony.” “Perspective” arranged by Pierre LaPlante, is a hymn to an old American tune known among folk singers and chanteymen as “The Sailors’ Anthem.” The second of these numbers is the first performance of “What is a Solid Foundation” composed by former band manager Brandon Nelson.

Several regions of the United States are represented in two other issues, the first being “Dreams of Appalachia” by Roland Barrett. It is based on two English folk songs, “Go to Boston” and “Won’t you marry me?” “American Riversongs” includes four tunes, including “Shenandoah” (Across the wide Missouri) and “The Glendy Burk.”

“Americana” is a chorale by composer Frank Erickson, while “Blue and Green Music” is dedicated to American artist Georgia O’Keeffe and her 1921 painting of the same name. This number will be led by Abby O’Connell, a senior music education student at Northern Michigan University, who is studying secondary music education with a concentration in flute. She is involved in many ensembles at NMU and in the region.

The concert will end with the ever-popular “Just a closer walk with you.”

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Mid-Ohio Multi-Cultural Festival kicks off opening night | News, Sports, Jobs Sat, 18 Jun 2022 04:03:37 +0000

Festival goers danced in front of the main stage as Lady D and the Mission performed Friday at the Mid-Ohio Valley Multicultural Festival in City Park. The festival continues until Sunday. (Photo by James Dobbs)

PARKERSBURG — The 25th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Multicultural Festival kicked off Friday night at City Park in Parkersburg with music, food and other attractions.

The sweet and salty aroma of hot corn filled the air Friday night as the groovy sounds of Lady D and the Mission brought attendees to their feet.

The festival, which will continue until 4 p.m. Sunday, offers different musical genres, a multitude of cultural street vendors, kiosks to shop and activities for everyone. Admission is free to the festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Beatrice Corra, a volunteer and one of the founders of the festival, said it was important because it helps children experience diversity at a young age. Corra said West Virginia is not as diverse a state as some and the festival helps bring culture to the area.

“That’s one of the things we want to do, bring exposure to other cultures,” she says.

The Philippines Best Food Truck was just one of many unique cultural food vendors at the Mid-Ohio Valley Multicultural Festival in City Park. (Photo by James Dobbs)

Corra said one of her favorite things about the festival was all the delicious food. She suggested trying Star of India, Philippines Best Food, Pappy’s Lip Smackin’ BBQ, Rubi’s Pizza & Grill or going to the lemonade stand for freshly squeezed lemonade.

“It is difficult to eat throughout the festival” she said laughing.

Corra said there will be many different genres of music throughout the weekend and a belly dancing group will be performing today.

Vance Hewitt, who works with the Parkersburg Art Center Clay Lab, brought a clay wheel to the festival to show others how clay pottery was originally made. He said kids love watching him turn a piece of clay into pottery. Hewitt has been at the festival since 2014. He said he really enjoys the amount of adversity it brings to Parkersburg.

“Diversity, people, I like people watching” he says, explaining what he loves about the festival. “It’s a free event for the community and attracts a range of people.”

Vance Hewitt, right, taught Neva Bryant how to make clay pottery at the Mid-Ohio Valley Multicultural Festival in City Park. (Photo by James Dobbs)

Aaron Clubb, owner of Pappy’s Lip Smackin’ BBQ, said he has been at the festival since 2002. He said his father-in-law, Eugene Donaway, was one of the founders of the festival. He said he liked the festival because of its inclusive nature.

“It gets a lot of people trying different things, all in one place,” he said.

Clubb said he had served on the festival committee in the past, but now mainly comes to the festival to “Show people my good barbecue.”

The weekend program includes:


Aaron Clubb, owner of Pappy’s Lip Smackin’ BBQ, barbecues behind his booth at the Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival in City Park. (Photo by James Dobbs)

* 11 a.m.: Schools on the move

* 11am-5pm: Art workshop for children (Pavilion)

* 11am-8pm: Foam Garage ($5 admission for three hours, $8 all day)

* 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.: Parkersburg/Wood County Library Bookmobile

* Noon: Ugata (African Drum)

* 1 p.m.: Tae Kwon Do (Martial Arts) by SHKang

* 1:30 p.m.: Pipes & Drums of St. Andrew

* 2 p.m.: Fairie May (Irish/Scottish musicians)

* 3 p.m.: Jensuya Belly Dance (Turkish belly dance)

* 4 p.m.: Henry Kitchen & Young Jazz with Matt James

* 5 p.m.: Ensemble Kritya (dance from the East Indies)

* 6 p.m.: Tom Carroll (Jazz)

* 7 p.m.: Sidewalk shows – Fire show

* 8:00 p.m.; Grupo Fuego (Latin)


* Noon: Interreligious prayer

* 12:30 p.m.: Kritya Ensemble (dance from the East Indies)

* 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Art workshop for children (Pavilion)

* 1:30 p.m.: Roxana Havaii (Persian dance)

* 1:45 p.m.: Steve Free (Native American singer)

* 2:45 p.m.: Roxana Havaii (Persian dance)

* 3 p.m.: BackPorch Alibi (American band)

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Retail sales in China fell for a third straight month in May as lockdowns under President Xi Jinping’s zero Covid strategy dampened growth in the world’s second-largest economy.

Retail sales fell 6.7% from the same period a year ago, according to official figures, but still exceeded the 7.1% decline that had been forecast by analysts polled by Reuters.

That marked a slight improvement from the April reading, when authorities implemented severe lockdowns in Shanghai and sales fell 11.1%. Sales also remained broadly flat compared to April.

But China’s industrial production, which measures the output of the country’s mining, factory and utility sector, rebounded in May, gaining 0.7% from the same period a year ago. Analysts had predicted a decline by the same margin.

The National Bureau of Statistics said the rebound in industrial production was supported by growth in the production of new energy vehicles and solar cells, which rose 108.3% and 31.4% respectively year-on-year. . Retail sales, meanwhile, were dragged down by a 21.1% decline in restaurant spending.

The figures underscore how China has struggled to motivate its consumers to continue spending in the face of strict shutdowns, which have prevented some from going to work or visiting shops or restaurants.

Other official figures released on Wednesday showed residential property sales in the country were 41.7% lower in value than in the same period a year ago.

Property developers across the country were already struggling to contain a spreading liquidity crunch before strict lockdowns were imposed in the country’s most important cities in April and May.

Ricketts opposes gas tax exemption, calls it ‘band-aid’ | Policy Mon, 13 Jun 2022 22:32:00 +0000

LINCOLN — Gov. Pete Ricketts on Monday slammed the idea of ​​using a gasoline tax holiday to relieve Nebraska drivers of rising fuel prices.

He said such a solution would only be temporary and, whether taken by the federal government or the state, would leave the state strapped for money to maintain and expand its roads and bridges.

“I’m actually against bandage-type solutions,” he said. “At the end of the day, that money will still have to be recovered.”

Ricketts commented on his monthly radio call-in show. He responded to a man identified as “James in Blue Springs,” who asked if the governor could implement such a holiday to help with inflation at the pumps.

Eight states have temporarily suspended their gas tax or a gas tax increase this year, while the idea has been proposed in several others, according to Kiplinger magazine.

Maryland launched the first such furlough, but the 30-day break already ended on April 16. Among other things, Colorado delayed a tax increase of 2 cents per gallon from July 1 of this year to April 1, 2023.

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Legislation to reduce the federal gasoline tax of 18.4 cents to zero for the rest of the year has been introduced in Congress, but has so far failed to gain traction. The proposed vacation would make only a small dent in fuel prices, which averaged $5.01 a gallon nationwide on Monday.

Drivers could see a little more savings by suspending the state gas tax. Nebraska’s gasoline tax rate is 24.8 cents per gallon for the first six months of the year. Under state law, it will be adjusted on July 1 based on fuel prices and statutory appropriations.

While opposing a gas tax exemption, Ricketts said current levels of inflation pose problems for Nebraska residents. The annual inflation rate accelerated to 8.6% in May, the highest in more than four decades, with energy prices leading the way.

“There is nothing more corrosive to our family’s wallets than inflation,” he said.

Ricketts blamed the price hike on the Biden administration, including the president’s decision to block construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline was to carry Canadian tar sands oil through Nebraska and connect to refineries along the Gulf of Mexico.

The governor encouraged consumers to use ethanol-based fuels in their vehicles to save money. He noted that the Environmental Protection Agency had approved the use of 15% ethanol fuel during the summer, as part of a move by President Joe Biden to reduce fuel costs.

Upcoming Breaking the Band TV Special Sun, 12 Jun 2022 14:41:13 +0000

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Reelz TV has announced that the special “Scorpions: Breaking the Band” will air on the television network on Tuesday, June 19 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

Here’s the synopsis: “With over 100 million albums sold worldwide over an incredible 50-year career, German heavy metal giants Scorpions are one of the most successful international rock bands of all. time.

“Now four of the original members, including vocalist Klaus Meine, guitarist Matthias Jabs, drummer Herman Rarebell and founder and guitarist Rudolf Schenker tell the story of their meteoric rise from post-war Germany to lead Madison Square Garden poster and live their American dream.

“After establishing themselves as one of the iconic heavy metal bands of the 1980s, the band’s attention turned to geopolitics and Scorpions released their massive hit single ‘Winds of Change’ just when the Cold War was coming to an end, but as is so often the case when a rock band achieves its ambitions, trouble is never far away.

“As the members of Scorpions tell, their American dream has turned into a heavy metal nightmare with outrageous excesses, the weight of expectations for more album sales, money disputes and power struggles in the within the group wreaking havoc after decades of chart-topping and arena success.”

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