An inspiring new organization out of Chicago, The Funk Foundation, is using music as a catalyst to raise awareness and funding for a variety of important causes. Serving as both a consultant and a production company for music-based charity events, The Funk Foundation will incorporate their know-how of the music industry with the desire to bring about change to put on their own events and guide other organizations in doing the same.“There are two things that never fail to bring me joy: funk music and helping others,” says founder Eric Onesto. “Why not merge the two?”This Mardi Gras, on Fat Tuesday, February 28th, the foundation will host their inaugural event. Keeping with the funk mantra, the special evening will bring a 70s-themed roller disco to Fleetwood Roller Rink, just 10 miles from downtown Chicago. All proceeds will be donated directly to the National Alliance on Mental Illness – Illinois. Tickets can be purchased here. Buses will be provided to and from the Emporium Arcade, where Chicago-based funk favorites The Heard will perform late night.“I believe there is a moral bankruptcy in our society when it comes to the acceptance and treatment of mental illness throughout every corner of our country,” explains Onesto. “NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. I can’t think of a more admirable cause to contribute to for our first event.”While they will continue to spearhead their own independent events for various charitable institutions, the foundation’s next endeavor will be to work with specific organizations to support their needs and desires in the realm of fundraising and event production.The Funk Foundation originated as the name for Onesto’s Polar Plunge team in 2016. For two consecutive years, the team plunged into the icy waters of Lake Michigan to raise money for The Special Olympics of Illinois, this year placing first in the costume contest and raising $4,537 for charity.This Tuesday, Onesto invites you to don your fanciest disco attire and skate away the evening with some bangin’ tunes while raising money to support NAMI’s programs. Mike Bangles, aka Shazam Bangles, will be providing the music to get you moving. Buses will depart from Emporium Arcade, located at 1366 N Milwaukee Ave., at 7:00 PM and return at 10:30 PM, followed by a performance from The Heard.Tickets can be purchased here. Check out the event page for more info.
Atlanta’s largest EDM camping festival is back for its fourth year, and it’s slated to be bigger than ever. From September 22nd through September 24th, Imagine Music Festival will take over the Atlanta Motor Speedway with its six themed stages. The festival just dropped its first-stage lineup, and its shaping up to be quite a party. In addition to headliners Pretty Lights Live, Above & Beyond, Deadmau5, Tiësto and Gorgon City, the festival will be attracting a bunch of diverse acts from across the electronic-music world. We’re certainly stoked on the Amazonia Stage, which thus far has announced Pretty Lights Live, The Floozies, Ott, Jai Wolf, Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation, Bleep Bloop, Minnesota, among others.Tickets for Imagine Music Festival are available here, and you can check out the first round of artists announced below, with more artists coming in the future.
Chris Robinson Brotherhood has announced the dates for an extensive summer tour following their July 8th performance at Quincy, CA’s High Sierra Music Festival. The outing will begin with a few more California shows before continuing through parts of the Rocky Mountain West, Midwest, Northeast, and South. Ticket for the new dates go on sale this Friday, April 20th at 10 a.m. (local).Chris Robinson Brotherhood has also announced a few additional festival dates scheduled for the coming months, including stops at the Wanee Festival in Live Oak, FL (April 20), Great Alaska Music Festival in Palmer, AK (May 26 & 27), GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, CO (June 7), Azkena Rock Festival in Spain (June 22), Freaks for the Festival in Ferndale, CA (September 21 & 22), and Catskills Wine & Food Festival in Burlingham, NY (October 6).Additionally, Chris Robinson Brotherhood has confirmed the details of its upcoming Record Store Day exclusive release, a 4-LP box set titled Raven’s Reels Vol. 1. The compilation, which marks the first vinyl edition of the band’s “Raven’s Reels” digital concert release series, includes a complete recording of their September 24, 2017 concert at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, TN. That show opened with a cover of Gram Parsons’ “Lazy Days” that you can hear below.Chris Robinson Brotherhood – “Lazy Days”<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>In related news, Chris Robinson will kick off his first tour with his new As The Crow Flies project tomorrow, April 17th. You can check out a full list of dates for the new band’s 17-show tour here.Chris Robinson Brotherhood Summer 2018 Tour Dates:April 20 – Live Oak, FL – Wanee FestivalMay 26-27 – Palmer, AK – Great Alaska Music FestivalJune 7 – Vail, CO – GoPro Mountain GamesJune 22 – Vitoria-Gasteiz, ES – Azkena Rock FestivalJuly 8 – Quincy, CA – High Sierra Music FestivalJuly 9 – Tustin, CA – Marty’s On NewportJuly 10 – Tustin, CA – Marty’s On NewportJuly 12 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont TheatreJuly 14 – Flagstaff, AZ – Orpheum TheatreJuly 15 – Telluride, CO – Ride FestivalJuly 17 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting RoomJuly 18 – Green Bay, WI – Meyer TheatreJuly 20 – Cleveland, OH – House of BluesJuly 21 – Scranton, PA – Peach Music FestivalJuly 22 – Fairfield, CT – The WarehouseJuly 24 – Providence, RI – Fete Music HallJuly 26 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone PonyJuly 27 – Patchogue, NY – Stereo GardenJuly 28 – Beverly, MA – Cabot TheatreJuly 29 – Plymouth, NH – Flying MonkeyJuly 31 – Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head LiveAugust 2 – Richmond, VA – The NationalAugust 3 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake AmphitheaterAugust 4 – Maryville, TN – The ShedAugust 5 – Cincinnati, OH – 20th Century TheatreAugust 7 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe at Old National CenterAugust 9 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall BallroomAugust 10 – Kalamazoo, MI – Bell’s Beer GardenSeptember 21-22 – Ferndale, CA – Freaks For The FestivalOctober 6 – Burlingham, NY – Catskills Wine & Food Festival
Today, Widespread Panic added new fall tour dates to their calendar. The Southern improvisational masters will head to Ascend Amphitheatre in Nashville, TN on August 31-September 2. Two weeks later, they will return to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in St. Augustine, Florida for a three-night run on September 14-16. Then, they will head to the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 19-21. From there, the band will return to Las Vegas, Nevada for three nights at Park Theatre from October 26-28.These newly added dates will come after a summer that includes three nights at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado and two nights at Mud Island Amphitheatre in Memphis, TN.Tickets to Widespread Panic‘s Nashville shows will go on sale May 18; St. Augustine on June 1 at 10am ET; Milwaukee on sale July 20 at 12pm CT; Las Vegas on sale May 18 at 10am PT. For more information on Widespread Panic’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.
Photo: Bill McAlaine Photo: Bill McAlaine Load remaining images Photo: Bill McAlaine On June 11th, Aqueous hit Denver, performing a sold-out show at the Bluebird Theater with support from Colorado’s own Evanoff. Playing right up until curfew, the Buffalo-based groove rockers offered up one hell of a performance, playing a fearless mix of treasured originals, psychedelic covers, and tight improvisational jams throughout the night.As guitarist Mike Gantzer explained, “Denver was one of my favorite shows of 2018 so far. The Bluebird Theater is a beautiful room and it was epic and very fun to throw down to a sold-out crowd in such an amazing place. The energy was through the roof.”A major highlight of the night came during the second set when the band offered up a cover of Pink Floyd‘s “Fearless”, a track off 1971’s Meddle. Following an excellent transition from an unfinished “20/20” into “Complex Pt. II”, the band landed in the Pink Floyd track, marking Aqueous’ sixth-ever live performance of the song. Notably, the song was used to kick off a non-stop stretch of tunes to close the show including renditions of “Aldehyde” and “Triangle” (the band did not break for an encore, opting to play straight through until the venue’s hard curfew time).Today, Aqueous has released a gorgeous pro-shot video—shot by CJ Strelow—of their rendition of “Fearless” from their sold-out show in Denver on June 11th. You can take a look for yourself below. To hear the full show, you can head over to nugs.net and listen here.Aqueous – “Fearless” (Pink Floyd cover, Pro-Shot)[Video: AqueousBand]Setlist: Aqueous | Bluebird Theater | Denver, CO | 6/9/2018Set One: Super Mario Bros > Second Sight, They’re Calling For Ya* > Random Company, Don’t Do It > D.A.R.E^ > Don’t Do ItSet Two: The Median, 20/20* > Complex Pt. II, Fearless^^ > Aldehyde > Triangle%**Notes: *Unfinished | ^Gorillaz | ^^Pink Floyd | % With Ending | **Played up until curfewA few days after Aqueous’ performance at the Bluebird Theatre, Night Lights Music Festival—which will return to The Heron in Sherman, NY, for its eighth year from August 23rd to 25th—announced a very special, one-of-a-kind late-night set dubbed “Fearless: A Pink Floyd Tribute.” The collaborative set will see Aqueous’ Mike Gantzer and Evan McPhaden team with Chuck Garvey from moe., Eli Winderman from Dopapod, and Matt Kellen from Mungion to honor the iconic British rock act. Tickets for Night Lights Music Festival can be purchased via the festival’s website here.Aqueous | Bluebird Theater | Denver, CO | 6/9/2018 | Photo: Bill McAlaine
UPDATE [3/25/19]: Circles Around The Sun added a number of additional spring tour dates. Check out the updated list here.Four-piece exploratory, psychedelic jam band Circles Around The Sun have announced a fresh batch of 2019 spring tour dates.CATS will open up the tour with a performance at Austin, TX’s Antone’s Nightclub on April 27th, followed by stops at Houston, TX’s Last Concert Cafe (4/28); Jackson, MS’s Duling Hall (5/1); Baton Rouge, LA’s Varsity Theatre (5/2); New Orleans, LA’s The Howlin’ Wolf (5/4); Raleigh, NC’s Lincoln Theatre (5/7); Atlanta, GA’s Terminal West (5/8); Nashville, TN’s The Basement East (5/9); and Aiken, SC’s Aiken Bluegrass Festival on May 11th.. The band will regroup in June for a Northeast run of shows with stops at Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Bowl (6/1), Fairfield, CT’s The Warehouse at FTC (6/2), and Burlington, VT’s Higher Ground (6/5). Circles Around The Sun will also make festival appearances at Disc Jam Music Festival, Camp Greensky, and LOCKN’.Recently, Circles Around The Sun released a double album, Let It Wander, via Rhino, marking the first release since the band’s acclaimed 2015 debut record, Interludes For The Dead, which was composed especially for the set break music at the Grateful Dead’s “Fare Thee Well” concerts in 2015.Circles Around the Sun is comprised of guitarist Neal Casal and keyboardist Adam MacDougall (bandmates in the Chris Robinson Brotherhood), as well as bassist Dan Horne and drummer Mark Levy.For ticketing and more information, head to Circles Around The Suns’ website.Circles Around The Sun 2019 Tour Dates:April 27 – Austin, TX – Antone’s NightclubApril 28 – Houston, TX – Last Concert CafeMay 1 – Jackson, MS – Duling HallMay 2 – Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity TheatreMay 4 – New Orleans, LA – The Howlin’ WolfMay 7 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln TheatreMay 8 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal WestMay 9 – Nashville, TN – The Basement EastMay 11- Aiken, SC – Aiken Bluegrass FestivalJune 1 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn BowlJune 2 – Fairfield, CT – The Warehouse at FTCJune 5 – Burlington, VT – Higher GroundJune 6 – Stephentown, NY – Disc Jam Music FestivalJune 8 – Wellston, MI – Camp GreenskyAugust 22 – Arrington, VA – LOCKN’ FestivalView Tour Dates
Locked in Crimson head coach Tommy Amaker intently follows his team. Harvard Men’s Basketball vs. Dartmouth No-look pass Christian Webster ’13 gets off a pass by the seat of his pants. His defender didn’t get the memo. Kicking off Ivy League conference play, better known as the 14-game tournament, the Harvard Crimson men’s basketball team put together an emphatic 76-47 win over the Dartmouth Big Green on Saturday (Jan. 9).The Big Green, who saw head coach Jerry Dunn tender his resignation the day before in a rare midseason departure, fought with the Crimson early on, and actually held a 12-11 lead through the first seven minutes.But after Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker called a 30-second timeout to settle his team down, the Crimson put together a 13-3 run in a five-and-a-half-minute span to go up by nine points. The Big Green never challenged again.“We came out with good pressure defensively from the beginning. We just turned the ball over and went for steals and didn’t get them,” said sophomore guard Oliver McNally, who had four assists and a steal in 15 minutes of play. “Once we took [a few] stupid mistakes out, we started to settle down and build our lead.”Sophomore forward Keith Wright, who led all scorers with a career-high 22 points, went 11 for 16 from the floor. He also pulled down six rebounds and blocked three shots.“The coaches really allow me to feel comfortable,” said Wright. “I worked a lot on my mid-range jumper this summer, and it’s all paying off.”Harvard co-captain Jeremy Lin ’10, the Crimson’s leading scorer, was held to just 11 points on the day, but he made up for his low scoring output by dishing out five assists and recording six steals. At one point in the second half, Lin had four steals in a minute and a half, one of them capped by a thunderous dunk that brought the 1,500 fans at Lavietes Pavilion to their feet.“It’s a nice opportunity to win a conference game when our best player [Lin] doesn’t have an absolutely tremendous offensive day,” said Amaker. “I think that says a lot for our bench and our balance.”Freshman guard Christian Webster, who shot five for six from the field, added 12 points for the Crimson. As a team, Harvard shot a healthy 55 percent.“We have a lot of weapons that offensively allow us to be a dangerous team,” said Amaker.Providing a defensive spark off the bench was freshman forward Kyle Casey, who, after coming off career highs in scoring and rebounding with 27 and eight against Santa Clara, had an outstanding defensive effort, with four blocks.“You can’t key in on one person with our team,” said Amaker. “It’s a nice feeling for us to have — that we have other options that can pick up the slack.”The win was Harvard’s fifth in a row and gave the Crimson a record of 12-3 (1-0 Ivy League), as the team continues the best start in its 99-year history.“A lot of us are really banged up, but we have that motivation, that drive to get a banner up,” said Wright. “We’re working really hard.”The Crimson now take a two-week break before embarking on a three-game road trip against Dartmouth (Jan. 23), Columbia (Jan. 29), and Cornell (Jan. 30). Not enough Dee-fence Crimson guard Dee Giger ’13 drives past a Dartmouth defender. Giger tallied eight points off the bench in 19 minutes for Harvard. Photos by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer Holding on tight Freshman forward Kyle Casey ’13 protects the ball from a Dartmouth defender. Jeremy Lin … for the win! Karen Lin of Boston (no relation to Jeremy) jokes with Crimson guard Jeremy Lin ’10 during a postgame autograph session. Karen holds a sign with the point guard’s number (4), combined with the letters FTW, signifying both “for the win” and “for Taiwan,” the home of Jeremy’s parents.
For the first time, physicists at Harvard University have tracked individual atoms in a gas cooled to extreme temperatures as the particles reorganized into a crystal, a process driven by quantum mechanics. The research, described in the journal Science, opens new possibilities for particle-by-particle study and engineering of artificial quantum materials.“Much of modern technology is driven by engineering materials with novel properties, and the bizarre world of quantum mechanics can contribute to this engineering toolbox,” said Markus Greiner, an assistant professor of physics at Harvard, who led the research team. “For example, quantum materials could be used to turn heat into electricity, or in cables that transport electricity very efficiently in a power grid.”“The challenge in understanding the behavior of such materials is that although we have many ideas about how they might work, we lack the tools to verify these theories by looking at and manipulating these materials at the most basic atomic level,” Greiner said. “This is the problem we have set out to tackle.”To circumvent the challenges of studying such materials, Greiner and his colleagues created an artificial quantum material, a cold gas of rubidium atoms moving in a lattice made of light. This pancake-shaped cloud, known as a Bose-Einstein condensate, allowed them to study the physics of quantum materials at a much larger scale, essentially simulating what happens in a real material.The physicists watched individual atoms participate in a dramatic collective transition between two states of matter, similar to the transition that happens when water freezes into ice. But this transition was driven not by temperature but by the researchers’ manipulation of interactions between the atoms.“We counted the number of atoms at each site of the lattice,” said co-author Waseem Bakr, a graduate student in Harvard’s Department of Physics. “When the interactions between the atoms are weak, the number of atoms varies significantly in different sites due to uncertainty that is intrinsic to quantum mechanics. When we increase the interactions, these fluctuations vanish, and the atoms arrange into an almost perfect crystal.”Such a transition from a superfluid state — in which particles can move with no resistance — to an insulating Mott state — where the atoms can no longer move — was first observed by Greiner and colleagues in 2001. However, a quantum gas microscope developed last year by Greiner’s group now allows observation of individual atoms as they undergo this transition.“This microscope is a versatile tool which should be able to shed light on many other phenomena related to quantum materials, such as magnetic materials,” Greiner said. “It could even be used for computations that require enormous resources on current computers.”While a simulation similar to the current experiment could, in principle, be carried out on a computer, Greiner said that such an approach would quickly become infeasible for a system with more than a few dozen atoms.Greiner and Bakr’s co-authors in Harvard’s Department of Physics and at the Harvard-MIT Center for Ultracold Atoms are Amy Peng, Eric Tai, Ruichao Ma, Jonathan Simon, Jonathon Gillen, and Lode Pollet, as well as Simon Foelling of Harvard and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. Their work was supported by the Army Research Office, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the National Science Foundation, the Swiss National Science Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
As a management consultant at Ernst and Young in the ’90s, Marc Melitz took a mathematical view of how companies were functioning, looking at logistics and distribution problems to help clients perform better.But the more time he spent visiting manufacturing facilities and gathering numbers on the shop floors, the more he became interested in the bigger picture, the economics that drove productivity, and the broader impact of individual company performance.Today, Melitz is known for bringing to economics a new understanding of how international trade affects individual companies and vice versa.Melitz made his splash in the field in 2003, when an article in the journal Econometrica outlined his theories, now called the “Melitz model.” The model has been widely adapted by economists, and in 2008 the Economist magazine named him among the best of a new generation of economists.“Marc Melitz has done the most influential work in international trade in a generation,” said Elhanan Helpman, the Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade. “This work provides deep insights into the causes of foreign trade and foreign direct investment, and it has opened up an entirely new line of research that has occupied many scholars in the last decade. Moreover, he is one of the most influential young economists irrespective of field and a great addition to our department.”Before Melitz’s work, most models looked at international trade from the standpoint of countries and industries. International businesses were treated broadly, only in terms of the industrial sector to which they belonged, such as mining, automobiles, or textiles.Benefiting from the digital age’s explosion of accessible data at the level of individual producers, Melitz began to examine how individual firms responded in very different ways to international forces.Melitz’s theory holds that only the largest and strongest companies in an industry engage in international trade because it takes significant resources to conduct business overseas, to break into new markets, to reach a whole new consumer base, and to compete successfully with local companies creating similar products.In subsequent work, Melitz examined how firms adapt to international forces by organizing their international businesses in different ways, such as establishing affiliate production abroad, adopting new technologies, or tailoring the range of products they export.The overall picture that emerged was that the biggest, most productive companies engaged in international trade, which made them stronger. This squeezed competitors and drove the weakest companies out of business. Surviving companies that don’t engage in international trade tend to be less productive than the most successful firms and instead focus on domestic markets.This process has a reciprocal effect on the business sector. Driving the least-efficient firms out of business and increasing the market share of the largest, best-run firms increases the productivity of the whole industry.Melitz came to Harvard last year from Princeton, where he was professor of economics and international affairs. This is a return engagement, since he was at Harvard from 2000 to 2006, serving as assistant professor, associate professor, and the John and Ruth Hazel Associate Professor of the Social Sciences.Though born in the United States, Melitz was raised in France, where his father worked at the Ministry of Finance. Melitz excelled at math and science in high school and returned to the United States to study at Haverford College, from which he received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1989. He attended the University of Maryland School of Business and received a master’s of science in business administration in 1992.After Maryland, Melitz went into private industry at Ernst and Young, specializing in a quantitative approach to analyzing business performance. It was in doing this work that he became more broadly interested in economics, a subject he didn’t study at Haverford. He eventually returned to graduate school at the University of Michigan, receiving his doctorate in economics in 2000.Melitz continues to work on international trade, examining how firms are responding to globalization. He is currently examining French firms and the products they export across different destinations.
Six students and recent alumni were recently were chosen by the Skadden Foundation to receive two-year fellowships to support their work in public service. This year’s recipients include current students Haben Girma ’13, Hunter Landerholm ’13, Adam Meyers ’13 and Mara Sacks ’13, and recent graduates Robert Hodgson ’12 and Daniel Saver ’12.The fellowships, which provide a salary and benefits, were established in 1988 by the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in recognition of the need for greater funding for graduating law students who want to devote their professional life to helping the poor, elderly, homeless and disabled, as well as those deprived of their civil or human rights. Applicants create their own projects at public interest organizations with at least two lawyers on staff.“There are so many people who are suffering the effects of our challenging economy, yet nonprofits and legal services organizations do not have the budget to meet the demand for existing fundamental legal services,” said Alexa Shabecoff, assistant dean for public service in the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising at HLS. “I am so happy that thanks to the generosity of the Skadden Foundation truly fabulous law students and judicial law clerks, including six exceptional and wonderful Harvard students and alumni, will be able to deploy their amazing talents to aid communities and clients that desperately need the help.”