Presenting Your 2017 Electric Forest Festy Awards

first_imgElectric Forest boasts one of the most diverse festival lineups around, perfecting the Venn diagram model of bringing together the best in jam, electronic, funk, crossover acts, and everything in between. Beyond the music, Sherwood Forest is filled with all sorts of magical, bizarre, and unique musical experiences that one would never find anywhere else. With a little bit of something for just about everyone, we decided to break down our favorite sets from this past weekend by category. Presenting: your 2017 Electric Forest Weekend One Festy Awards!Best Dance Party — The Motet Mixtape Hall of FameKnown for their high-energy performances and tight, fresh licks, funk powerhouse The Motet is a blast for any late-night extravaganza. On Saturday evening, the septet, led by vibrant frontman Lyle Divinsky, took it to the next level with a mish-mosh of fan favorites from some of their past “mixtape” throwback sets. Hits from Earth Wind & Fire, Sly & The Family Stone, Parliament, Prince, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, and more had us grooving into the wee hours of the night in the Jubilee tent.Photo by Faces of Festivals***Best Rock And Roll Performance — My Morning JacketMy Morning Jacket’s experimental brand of psychedelic rock places them on their own plane of existence musically, complete with mind-blowing jams that take their shows to another dimension. Though we missed our regularly scheduled programming of Saturday evening String Cheese Incident and their spectacle set, Jacket on the main stage was an excellent filler and considered by many to be the best set of the weekend. Highlights included emotional renditions of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ In The Wind”, Allen Toussaint’s “Yes We Can”, and Prince’s “Purple Rain”.Photo by Faces of Festivals***Funkiest Heavy Hitter — LettuceYou probably already know that Lettuce is one of the best modern-day funk acts. Over the past year or two, however, the band has been on an unstoppable trajectory, toying with exploratory, psychedelic jams and taking it all the way out there while still remaining a tight unit. Friday’s late-night get down in the Jubilee tent saw sit-ins from Break Science’s Borahm Lee and an off-the-cuff appearance by Matisyahu, which led to a raging “Exodus”/”Welcome to Jam Rock” mashup. Set closer “Phyllis” featured teases of Mobb Deep’s “Shook Ones Pt. 2” in honor of the recently deceased Prodigy.Photo by Faces of Festivals***Best Jams — SpaffordSpafford’s debut at the Forest featured a set full of heavy hitters as well as a special sit-in on keys by Umphrey’s McGee’s Joel Cummins on “All In”. The Observatory Stage was packed out, and their groove-oriented jams fit the vibe of the glowing forest to perfection. A particularly funky bounce back into “Electric Taco Stand” had the crowd dancing wildly, while a spaced-out, effects driven jam in “People” showed off the band’s variety of improvisational skills. The energy could be felt radiating through the crowd as they dug deeper and deeper into a psychedelic space throughout the set.Photo by Faces of Festivals***Best Jamtronica — LotusJamtronica heavyweights Lotus posted up at Sherwood Court for the final performance of Thursday night. While the rain could have put a damper on spirits, Lotus kept the vibes on high from the start, with the ever-popular “Spiritualize” making a surprise appearance to open their set. As their cover of Todd Terje’s “Inspector Norse” made a triumphant transition into the jubilant “Sunrain,” the crowd basked in the downpour, making for a truly magical way to start the weekend.Photo by Adam Straughn***Best Group Collaboration — Everyone Orchestra (Night 2)Friday’s edition of Matt Butler and his fully improvisational Band of Merry Pranksters brought together Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Mike Rempel (Lotus), Brian Moss (Spafford), Red Johnson (Spafford), Jeff Mann (Consider the Source), Mary Corso (Eric Krasno Band), and Nick Baum (Eminence Ensemble). This jam band mafia joined forces for a dynamic set that exhibited each individual’s unique talents and saw the never-done-before collaboration seamlessly weave between Butler-directed jams including an impromptu “Fire on the Mountain”. Corso’s commanding vocal range stole the show.Photo by Faces of Festivals***Best Electronic — Bob MosesWhile many sought shelter on a rainy Thursday night, those itching to get down headed over to Bob Moses on the Sherwood Court stage for some pulsating, sexy house beats. Fortunately, the rain only added to the haunting, psychedelic vibe of the set. The deep house duo brought live drums into the mix and had the crowd, largely new to the band, blown away by the talent of the vocals and instrumentals.Photo via Electric Forest***Best Trance — Above And BeyondOne of the top dance acts in the world, Above and Beyond is constantly pushing the limits of electronic music. Headlining after String Cheese on Thursday night, tens of thousands flocked to the main stage for the ultimate dance party. Their style veered more towards trance than dub, creating exploratory and uplifting electronic soundscapes on a rainy night.Photo via Electric Forest***Best Downtempo — [Br]eaking [Bi]scuitsSince their exciting debut at last year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive, [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits has perfected itself as an experimental side project. The group is the lovechild of the Disco Biscuits’ Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein and Break Science’s Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee, and the group played around with songs from both of the established bands while creating their own downtempo, trip-hop tunes. Covers of Daft Punk, RJD2, DJ Shadow, and Justice featuring Brasstracks’ Ivan Jackson stole the show.Photo by Adam Straughn***Most Genre-Bending Set — String Cheese IncidentWith seven incredible sets throughout the weekend, set two of String Cheese Incident on Friday night stood out as the extravaganza of the weekend, with guests across all genres joining in on the fun. First, Soulive/Lettuce guitarist Eric Krasno came out and performed a soulful rendition of the Grateful Dead’s “Sugaree.” Next, jazz-sax master Kamasi Washington and Snarky Puppy drummer Robert “Sput” Searight added some funky flare. Matisyahu, Matt Hill of the Floozies, and Liquid Stranger were up next for an electronic, dance-heavy spin and later joined by Brazilian Girls to close out the guest-heavy segment with a rendition of their song “Pussy”.Photo by Adam Straughn***Best Act You Might Have Missed — Southern AvenueMemphis-based juggernaut Southern Avenue may have their foundation based in the blues, but they exceed the confines of the genre, with elements of funk, rock, Americana, and so, so much soul. Don’t let lead singer Tierinii Jackson’s petite stature throw you off — the spark plug has a constant current of energy coursing through her veins, a contagious stage presence, and powerful, electrifying pipes. Though their first set of the weekend was concealed in the Grand Artique stage at the “Trading Post” inside the forest, they drew hundreds of attendees with their thunderous sound. ***Funkiest Electro/Disco — BreakbotThose still going strong on Sunday afternoon were treated to a rare live set by French DJ Breakbot. The addition of a full band and female singer gave the electro-funk act a modern-day disco feel reminiscent of Escort. Feel-good vibes and familiar pop tunes helped to dance away the Sunday Scaries. ***Weirdest Thing We Saw — Secret Speakeasy Inside The Hangar StageKnown for constantly reinventing the wheel, a relatively new addition to the festival is the Hangar Stage — a trippy, 1940s-style saloon complete with a beauty parlor, buffing/massage station, fake tattoo parlor, bowling alley, barber shop, and more oddities. Hidden within this magical world is a secret speakeasy, only accessible to those gifted a special dog tag by someone “in the know.” Once inside, guests are greeted by early 20th century stewardesses who remain firmly in character and guided back to a special bar and lounge where a burlesque dancer and singer exhibits her “bare” talents for an unknowing audience. Someone even proposed on stage inside this spectacular secret hideaway!Photo by Faces of Festivals***Best Bluegrass — Infamous StringdustersThe final day of Electric Forest saw the Infamous Stringdusters get things started on the main stage. The bluegrass staple’s warm, inviting melodies and tight harmonies made for the perfect Sunday daytime set. The band invited String Cheese Incident’s Bill Nershi on stage to perform SCI tune “Black Clouds” and even turned it up a notch with a fun cover of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”.Photo by Faces of Festivals***Trippiest Place To See Music — Church In The ForestWhile the festival’s lineup is not to be discredited, the music alone is not what keeps guests returning to Electric Forest year after year. Attendees seek weird and wonderful experiences inside the magical, mysterious world of Sherwood Forest. One welcome newcomer to the neighborhood this year was a psychedelic church, complete with pews, an alter, and a trippy backdrop centered around a third eye. At any given time of the day or night, you could find yourself at church in the midst of a wild dance party, game show, or some bizarre form of performance art.Photo by Faces of Festivals***Best Cover — The Revivalists ft. Con Brio’s Ziek McCarter: “When Doves Cry”NOLA rockers The Revivalists have been on a nonstop upward trajectory, drawing larger and larger crowds to festival sets across the country. Kicking things off on the main stage on Thursday afternoon, their entire performance was high-energy and explosive, but the most memorable moment was undoubtedly Ziek McCarter, the mesmerizing frontman of Con Brio, channeling his inner Prince for a dynamic rendition of “When Doves Cry.”Photo via Electric Forest***Funkiest Electronic Collab — The Floozies With HornsLive electronic future-funk producers The Floozies are constantly reinventing the wheel and exploring new territory, fusing live instrumentation with top-notch production in new and creative ways. Saturday afternoon saw the brotherly duo bring the Terminus Horns from Atlanta into the mix for an upbeat, funky twist.Photo by Adam Straughn***Dirtiest House Music — Claude Von StrokeDeep house maven and Dirtybird sovereign Claude VonStroke brought his signature brand of electronic music to the forest for two appearances: one traditional set on the Tripolee stage on Thursday and one “secret” set under the pseudonym Barclay Crenshaw (his real name). The latter was a unique mix of hip-hop and psychedelic bass music, which created a massive dance extravaganza inside the forest on the Observatory stage on Friday night.Photo via Electric Forest***Best Silent Disco — DJ Jody LitvackDeep within the forest, headphone-clad ravers danced seemingly in silence to the disco beats of DJ Jody Litvack, bumping fresh remixes of old-school and mainstream tracks. A conga line bust out during Mr. Belt & Wezol & Freejak’s rerub of “Somebody to Love,” and the Canadian DJ went crowd surfing during the Chris James “Sweet Child O Mine” edit of “Feel So Close.” A New Order remix of “Blue Monday” had everyone going wild, including Umphrey’s McGee’s Joel Cummins, who could be seen riding the rail.***Best Disco Remixes— Motion PotionGoing to a Motion Potion DJ set is like stepping into a time machine. The nostalgic producer dropped incredible disco rerubs of classics like The Temptations’ “Papa Was A Rolling Stone,” The Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody),” and Paul Simon’s “Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes,” making for some of the best surprise dance parties of the weekend.Tickets for Electric Forest weekend two are still available and can be purchased here.last_img read more

Ecuador Police Arrest Associate of Sinaloa Cartel’s “El Chapo” Guzmán

first_img Authorities in Ecuador recently captured a drug trafficker suspected of being a key operative for the Sinaloa cartel, which is led by fugitive kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán. On June 6, agents of Ecuador’s Drug Enforcement Directorate captured alleged El Chapo operatives Telmo Remigion Castro Donosi — known as “Capi” — and six other alleged drug traffickers. The agents made the arrests as part of Operation Galaxia. Ecuadorian security agents have been keeping an eye on Capi since 2009, when he was put on trial for drug trafficking. Capi, a former captain in the Ecuadorian Army, was acquitted. “We have just dismantled a criminal group that allegedly worked with the Sinaloa cartel, six members and their leader, Telmo Castro,” Interior Minister Jose Serrano wrote on his Twitter account. The suspects include Mexicans, Ecuadorians and Colombians, Serrano said. “We can even go as far as saying that they were the ones who negotiated and transported the largest amount of drugs along with the Sinaloa cartel,” he said. A “huge blow” to El Chapo Operation Galaxia was in effect for eight months before Capi and his alleged co-conspirators were arrested, Serrano said, adding that the capture is “a huge blow to drug trafficking” and that Capi “caused great damage to our country.” Security agents also seized 300 kilos of cocaine, a small airplane and several grenades. Officials said Capi intended to send the grenades to El Chapo’s forces in Mexico. Capi’s group operated in the provinces of Manabí, Santa Elena and Los Ríos, and had been operating in Ecuador since 2010, officials said. Security agents arrested Capi and the other suspects during simultaneous operations in the provinces of Los Ríos, Guayas and Azuay. They seized a Centurion 2 airplane on a runway in the El Empalme region of Guayas. Some of the suspects were arrested while packing the aircraft with cocaine, authorities said. Capi and his top lieutenant, Wilder Emilio Sánchez Farfan — also known as “Gato” — were captured as they supervised loading of the aircraft. The suspects were captured following a brief shootout. No one was killed. International cooperation The Sinaloa cartel has a strong presence in Ecuador, while Los Zetas operates in Guatemala and Honduras. The two cartels need connections to local gangs to operate in those and other countries, said Vicente Sánchez Mungia, a security analyst at Mexico’s Colegio de la Frontera. “The infiltration and presence of this type of criminal organization would not be possible without a local network at their service,” Sánchez said. “That’s what transnational crime is; organizations specialized in illegal activities and whose operations go beyond borderlines.” International cooperation is crucial in the battle against such criminal organization, Sánchez said. “This is not the first time a South American government has taken action against a Mexican drug cartel. In Colombia, authorities recently seized properties that allegedly belonged to the Sinaloa cartel,” the security analyst said. “What this means is that there has been persistent activity of these criminal groups in these and other remote places,” Sánchez said. “We have to remember that we are talking about transnational criminal organizations, even if their highest ranking leaders are Mexican. The same way as in the legal market, they make alliances with other organizations, even if they don’t last long due to the lack of trust among them.” Between May 2010 and April 2012, Ecuadorian security agents destroyed five clandestine labs used to produce methamphetamines. The laboratories were built on the orders of Capi and Gato, authorities said. El Chapo in Ecuador The Sinaloa cartel has been operating in Ecuador for years: • In June 2012, Ecuadorian authorities in Isla Puna seized a partially built submarine, a small airplane, a fast boat and two tons of cocaine. The submarine, airplane, boat and drugs all belonged to El Chapo, authorities said. • In May 2012, a small airplane with Mexican tags crashed in the province of Manabí, in northeastern Ecuador. Authorties found the bodies of two men, both Mexican nationals, and $1.4 million in cash. The two men were working for El Chapo, authorities said. • In April 2012, Ecuadorian National Police arrested El Chapo’s top enforcer in the country, Cesar Demar Vernaza Quiñonez, who is also known as “El Empresario.” El Empresario was the leader of a gang known as “Los Templados.” El Empresario and Los Templados transported and protected drug shipments going through Ecuador for El Chapo, authorities said. • In February 2012, El Empresario escaped from an Ecuadorian prison. Security agents in Colombia recaptured El Empresario in April 2013. Cooperation between Ecuador and Colombia led to the arrest, officials said. • In January 2012, the Ecuadorian Coast Guard spotted a submarine in the Gulf of Guayaquil. The crew sank the vessel before the Coast Guard could get there. The Coast Guard rescued the crew. The submarine belonged to El Chapo, who used it to transport drugs, authorities said. how great, no? this is all good, pardon me Congratulations to the Ecuadorian authorities for this great hit on the destroyers of many innocent lives. Good, it’s about time, now only the main one is missing, congratulations to the colleagues in Ecuador By Dialogo July 02, 2013last_img read more

Football News Adrien Rabiot suspended for a month by Paris Saint-Germain for visiting nightclub

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Paris: Paris Saint-Germain outcast Adrien Rabiot has been suspended until the end of the month for a reported outing to a nightclub after last week’s Champions League loss to Manchester United. The French international midfielder is in open dispute with PSG and has not played since mid-December after failing to agree a new contract. According to French sports newspaper L’Equipe, Rabiot was punished for a nightclub visit after PSG were knocked out of the Champions League by United. But also for ‘liking’ a video posted on social media by former Man United player Patrice Evra celebrating the win in the stands at the Parc des Princes.  “Adrien Rabiot has received a letter suspending him,” a source told AFP.“I find unacceptable the attitude and lack of professionalism of a player like Adrien Rabiot towards the club, his teammates and the fans,” PSG sporting director Antero Henrique said on RMC Sport, referring to the night out. “Remember up to June 30, 2019 he is part of our squad.” Rabiot told Infosport on Thursday that it wasn’t him “who had chosen this situation. It’s not a choice that I’ve made”.  He added: “I’m available, everything’s fine, I’m in great shape. If I could play…. but the (club) management have decided otherwise.” Asked by Infosport for his feelings after PSG’s latest European failure Rabiot said that it had made him feel “bad”. “I’m still a player at the club despite what they can say. I’m still under contract. I’m behind my teammates, of course it was disappointing.” Relations between Rabiot, who has been strongly linked with a move to Barcelona, and PSG have broken down, with the club ordering him to train with the reserves. In January he appealed to the French League’s legal committee, claiming that PSG’s decision to banish him goes against the “professional footballer’s charter”, with the league finding in his favour. Paris Saint-Germain lost to Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League.Rabiot has been linked to Barcelona and Manchester United.Rabiot has been training with Paris Saint-Germain reserves.last_img read more