David Crosby, founding member of Crosby, Stills & Nash and the Byrds, has officially announced his newest studio album, Here If You Listen, due out on October 26th via BMG. The album is in collaboration with Snarky Puppy’s Michael League, Becca Stevens, and Michelle Willis, who will also all join him on tour this fall as the Lighthouse Band. The Lighthouse Band also recorded and toured with Crosby for his 2016 album, Lighthouse.“If leaving a group like Crosby, Stills & Nash was like jumping off a cliff, then finding the Lighthouse Band was like growing wings halfway down,” Crosby said in a statement. “These three people are so startlingly talented, I literally couldn’t resist making this album with them.”According to the press release, Here If You Listen is a “purposeful departure from [2016’s] Lighthouse…It emerges as a highly collaborative effort, with all four artists trading off lead vocals and bringing their distinct songwriting to the mix.”Produced by Michael League and co-produced by Crosby, Willis, and Stevens, Here If You Listen is the follow up to Crosby’s 2017 Sky Trails. Marking the fourth solo album by Crosby in five years, this new record is celebrated with the release of its first single, “Glory”. Listen to it here:For more information and to purchase tickets to the group’s upcoming tour, head to Croz’s official website.David Crosby Upcoming Tour Dates:Nov 2 @ Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WANov 4 @ Aladdin Theatre – Portland, ORNov 6 @ Castro Theatre – San Francisco, CANov 8 @ Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara, CANov 9 @ Golden State Theatre – Monterey, CANov 10 @ Fred Kavli Theatre – Thousand Oaks, CANov 12 @ Balboa Theatre – San Diego, CANov 13 @ City National Grove – Anaheim, CANov 15 @ National Hispanic Cultural Centre – Albuquerque, NMNov 17 @ Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KSNov 19 @ North Shore Centre for the Performing Arts – Skokie, ILNov 20 @ Capitol Theatre – Madison, WINov 24 @ The Paramount Theatre – Cedar Rapids, IANov 25 @ Kalamazoo State Theatre – Kalamazoo, MINov 28 @ The Kent Stage – Kent, OHNov 29 @ Weinberg Center for the Arts – Frederick, MDDec 1 @ The Egg Performing Arts Centre – Albany, NYDec 2 @ Whitaker Centre for Science and the Arts, Sunoco Performance Theatre – Harrisburg, PADec 4 @ Tupelo Music Hall – Derry, NHDec 5 @ Bergen Performing Arts Centre – Englewood, NJDec 7 @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Centre – New Bedford, MADec 8 @ Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NYView All Tour Dates
Last Updated: 4th August, 2020 08:21 IST Vikings Sign GM Spielman To Multi-year Contract Extension The Vikings signed general manager Rick Spielman to a multi-year contract extension on Monday, matching their recent commitment to head coach Mike Zimmer and making the latest move toward maintaining continuity among the club’s key leaders LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US The Minnesota Vikings have doubled down on their reliance on stability as a vital ingredient for securing that elusive Super Bowl trophy.The Vikings signed general manager Rick Spielman to a multi-year contract extension on Monday, matching their recent commitment to head coach Mike Zimmer and making the latest move toward maintaining continuity among the club’s key leaders.The Vikings did not divulge the length of Spielman’s deal, but Zimmer signed a three-year extension last month . Their previous contracts were synced to expire simultaneously. Both Spielman and Zimmer had begun the final season of their contracts, until gaining the extra measure of job security this summer. This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic delaying the start of practice and causing all kinds of havoc on the sport, the status quo could be more important than usual.“As we’re going through some of these new challenges that we have to face, that everybody has worked together so long and the culture that we have in this building plays a critical piece to our success,” Spielman said.Spielman was hired in 2006 as vice president of player personnel. He had his role elevated to general manager with full authority over the roster in 2012. Since that promotion, the Vikings have made the playoffs four times in eight seasons, with two NFC North titles. They are 72-54-2 over that span, the fourth-best record in the NFC.The Vikings, like most teams, have had a few costly first-round busts, but their drafts since he took over have frequently been productive. Most of their core players — including safety Harrison Smith, linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks, defensive end Danielle Hunter, running back Dalvin Cook, tight end Kyle Rudolph — were drafted under Spielman.As for free agency, the verdict on the value the Vikings have received for their investment in quarterback Kirk Cousins is still pending. They’ve drafted well enough, though, to divert most of their salary cap space toward second contracts for homegrown players rather than having to frequently overspend on the open market.On a video conference call with reporters, Spielman was asked what he sees as his signature on this competitive yet title-lacking team.“I think it’s hopefully the type of leadership that I bring to the organization, trying to put others first, trying to give everybody the ability to do their job, the freedom to do their job and flexibility to come up with creative new ways to look at things,” Spielman said. “Because I think if you stay the same and you don’t change, you’re going to get stuck.”The franchise’s family ownership group, led by Chairman Zygi Wilf and President Mark Wilf, that acquired the team in 2005 has long favored stability at the top. Zimmer is in his seventh year, tied for seventh among NFL head coaches for longest tenure with their current team.“Rick and I have a great relationship. We see things really through the same eyes 99% of the time. Very, very rarely do we ever argue or get in a situation like that. He can be hard-headed. I can be hard-headed. But at the end of the day we know that we both have to work extremely well together, and we certainly do,” Zimmer said.The next extension could go to Cook, who has begun the final year of his rookie contract . He reported to team headquarters last week as required for the first round of virus testing, but it’s unclear whether he will take part in practices without a new deal once on-field work begins later this month.“I’m not going to sit here and talk about the business side, but I know how important Dalvin Cook is, and I know we’ve been working closely with his agent, and we’ll continue to work to try to see if there’s a deal that we feel is not only fair to Dalvin but fair to us as well,” Spielman said. “I can’t predict the future, so I just know where we’re at now, and we’re working extremely hard with him and his agent on trying to come to a common place where we can get him locked up.”Image credits: AP Associated Press Television News COMMENT First Published: 4th August, 2020 08:21 IST Written By WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US
Private Universities in Ghana will lock horns in a healthy sports competition on July 1, 2013.The host university is the Presbyterian University, Abetifi.Participating universities include All Nations University College, Catholic University College, Central University College and Datalink University.Others are Garden City University College, Ghana Baptist University College, Jayee University, Wisconsin International University College and Valley View University.The Private Universities Sports Association of Ghana (PUSAG) was formed to encourage interaction between faculty and staff of private universities through diverse sporting activities.The sports initiative is in its 5th year. The maiden edition was organised by the Central University College at the Elwak Sports stadium. Last year’s event was held at the University of Ghana and hosted by Wisconsin International University College. The African University College of Communication won the men’s football with Valley View University and Central University College winning the Volleyball men and women respectively.This year’s competition will be in the following disciplines; Volley ball and Football. Other disciplines include 400 meter race for faculty and staff above 50 years and the 200 metre “Obolo Race”. There will also be indoor games such as scrabble, chess and Ludo.According to Mr. Kwame Amankrah Appiah the Organising Secretary of PUSAG, the aim of this initiative is to foster stronger bonds between private universities while maintaining healthy bodies.