Despite Widespread Panic’s various announcements regarding less touring in 2017, it seems their tropical festival is here to stay!Panic en La Playa “Seis” will be returning to the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico in February 27-March 3, 2017. On top of the four nights of music from headlining hosts Widespread Panic, the winter getaway will also feature late night performances from the Playa All-Stars (feat. George Porter, Jr., Karl Denson, Eric Krasno, Ivan Neville, Col. Bruce Hampton, Jennifer Hartswick, and Terrence Higgins) and Orgone, in addition to sunset shows from Southern Soul Assembly (feat. JJ Grey, Luther Dickinson, Anders Osborne, and Marc Broussard) and Bloodkin.The four-night event brings Widespread Panic fans together for an all-inclusive resort experience in the winter sunshine to enjoy their favorite band. With breathtaking scenery, activities, excursions, and more, the festival experience is unlike any other.There will be a returning guest pre-sale July 11-12, with the general on-sale July 13th at 12pm ET available here.
Load remaining images Reed Mathis’ Electric Beethoven has most certainly been one of the more interesting projects to come into fruition in 2016. The bassist’s concept of taking the classic composer’s pieces and rewriting them to allow for some improvisational exploration, is certainly akin to what Beethoven himself would have most definitely approved of.With a lineup featuring Mathis, joined by Todd Stoops on keys, Jay Lane behind the kit, and new kid on the block, Clay Welch, taking on axe duties, the quartet has coalesced rather nicely in roughly 15 shows or so on the road; an astonishingly short amount of time for any band to fully gel.On Monday night, the group played Hodi’s Half Note in Fort Collins, CO and displayed Mathis’ brainchild to an intimate crowd. The group opened with “Rain Dance”, which was followed by a very dark and brooding “Funeral March”, the second movement of Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony. The ability of the band to reinterpret these works, and stretching them out for 30+ minutes is impressive, to say the least.“Shepherd’s Song,” which featured Phish’s Page McConnell on the album version, has a light and airy tone to it, but a driving beat kept bodies moving. The 6th Symphony piece saw Lane provide a backbeat groove that allowed the rest of his bandmates room to explore and take the music to new heights.A “Rebirth” sandwich filled with a “Scene By The River” jam ended the show after nearly 45-minutes of creative genius from the members of Electric Beethoven. While the group is “jamming” in a traditional sense, there is something much more inspiring going on here that lends itself to being labeled into a totally different category on its own merit.It’s not everyday you get to see artists recreate the music of legendary composer’s in new and creative ways. This type of stuff takes balls, and musician’s that have serious chops. While no one would argue the skill level of players such as Mathis, Lane, and Stoops, it is even more impressive that Welch, a relative newcomer to the jam scene out of Oakland, CA by way of Tulsa, OK, is clearly up to the challenge and proving himself to be a rising star.This Electric Beethoven project is the real deal, and most importantly, it is different. And in this case, different is not just good, it’s incredible.[All photos courtesy of Conrad Meyer – Conrad Meyer Photography – Facebook Page]“Shepherd’s Song”:Reed Mathis’ Electric Beethoven Setlist – Hodi’s Half Note – 11/14/16:Rain DanceFuneral MarchShepherd’s SongRebirth >Scene By The River Jam >Rebirth
Detroit-born and New Orleans-based guitarist, Ari Teitel, has been steadily gaining a name for himself in the funk and soul scene since he was eleven, when he first sat in with Robert Randolph at the Michigan Theatre. A little over a decade later and Teitel continues on with his fruitful professional music career, known for his versatility and his skilled playing in genres ranging from jazz to funk to country, folk, gospel, R&B and more and having shared the stage with the likes of Joe Dart and Antwaun Stanley of Vulfpeck, Roosevelt Collier, Lettuce’s Eric “Benny” Bloom, and more.EXCLUSIVE: Robert Randolph Talks New Record, Positivity, And Phish2017 marks another chapter in Teitel’s career, however, with the guitarist debuting his first album as a bandleader. This studio effort has been titled, Unteiteled, which contains eight originals performed by Teitel as well as Skeeto Valdez (drums; Trey Anastasio Band), Paul Randolph (bass/vocals; Jazzanova), and Phil Hale (Hammond Organ/Rhodes; Thornetta Davis Band). As Teitel describes, “It contains all original material, and I’d definitely say it’s a soul record, if I had to pick one word to describe it. What will make it unique is that we’re recording to tape, which a lot of people don’t do any more. We’ll record it all in the same room, at the same time, to capture as much energy as possible.” <a href=”http://ariteitel.bandcamp.com/track/take-a-walk”>Take a Walk by Ari Teitel</a> The project debuted last week at New Orleans’ The Maple Leaf bar, tapping special guests Terence Higgins (Warren Haynes, Ani DiFranco), Ron Johnson (Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes) and Donnie Sundal (Boukou Groove) for the gig. Live For Live Music is proud to present Ari Teitel’s “Take A Walk,” which you can listen to below, off his debut album, Unteiteled. For more information on this upcoming artist, head over to his website here.
Star Files Becky Gulsvig Liam Tobin, Becky Gulsvig and Ben Fankhauser will make Beautiful music with Abby Mueller in the national tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Directed by Marc Bruni, the touring production will launch this September in Providence before hitting cities across the country.In addition to Mueller as Carole King, Beautiful features Tobin as Gerry Goffin, Fankhauser (Broadway’s Newsies) as Barry Mann, Gulsvig (Broadway’s Legally Blonde) as Cynthia Weil, Curt Bouril as Don Kirshner and Suzanne Grodner as Genie Klein.The ensemble includes Mark Banik, Ashley Blanchet, Sarah Bockel, Andrew Brewer, Brittany Coleman, Rebecca Covington, Josh A. Dawson, John Michael Dias, Ryan Farnsworth, Rosharra Francis, Jay McKenzie, Aliana Mills, Paris Nix, Noah Ricketts, Nasia Thomas, Salisha Thomas, Delaney Westfall and Dashaun Young.Featuring songs written by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and a book by Douglas McGrath, Beautiful tells the story of King from her early days as a Brooklyn teenager struggling to enter the record business to her years spent as a chart-topping music legend.Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. View Comments
Native American tribes turning to solar for sustainable economic development FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Dozens of new solar and wind projects are sprouting up on tribal lands across the U.S. as Native Americans seek new ways to boost their economies beyond casinos and untaxed cigarettes.In the fall, Wirsol Solar AG expects to start building a 110-megawatt solar project on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. And last month, the Moapa River Indian Reservation in Nevada was announced as the site for two solar arrays expected to produce 500 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 180,000 homes. They already have a prominent customer: NV Energy Inc., the utility owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc.The efforts are the latest in a burgeoning trend. In 2018, the U.S. handed out $6.5 million in grants to 11 tribal communities seeking to develop solar or wind power in eight states. It might be considered a return to nature. That’s certainly the view of Henry Red Cloud, a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation.“The native’s way of life, in ceremony, song, dance and language, are all based around the sun,” Red Cloud said in an interview. “We’re taking our old ways and becoming sustainable.” Solar, he added, “is our new casinos.” Red Cloud runs a business called Lakota Solar Enterprises that provides technical training to tribe members seeking to work on the projects. His goal: Stimulating the tribe’s economy with a “green path” the community can be proud of.The Moapa Reservation projects, planned by 8minute Solar Energy and EDF Renewables, a unit of Electricite de France SA, are part of one of the biggest expansions of solar and storage ever proposed in the U.S., along with a nearby solar farm located on federal land.It’s a win-win-win situation for the tribes, said Peter Meisen, founder of the Global Energy Network Institute, an industry research firm. There’s a “bandwagon effect” going on among Native American communities because “there’s so much to gain,” Meisen said by telephone. He listed the potential for added employment, low-cost electricity on-site and revenue from contracts to supply power throughout a region.More: From gambling to solar, U.S. tribes bet on new revenue stream
84SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details We’re all busy, and life is pretty crazy. Juggling your personal life and a career can be quite stressful, and at times, very expensive., How often do you feel this way? If the answer is ‘too often’, it may be time to make a few changes. Here are three ways you can simplify your life and save money in the process.Set it and forget it: Keeping up with all of your financial responsibilities can be a hassle and an unnecessary stress in your life. To make this process easier, create a budget, stick to it, and automate as many payments as you can. When you don’t have to think about bills and savings accounts, it’s a lot less stress in your life, plus you don’t have to worry about late fees and missed payments.Get rid of your junk: After a long day, it’s nice to enjoy your home and all your “stuff.’ But how much of that ‘stuff’ are you really using? What’s important and what’s just clutter? You really think that kayak from college is going to ever be more than an artifact collecting dust? Getting rid of the clutter in your life can bring you peace and put a few extra dollars in your pocket. Have a garage sale, and donate whatever doesn’t sell to a local charity.Downsize your life: Are you running yourself to death getting from Point A to Points B, C, and D? Slow down a little. Between baseball, soccer, cheerleading, and ballet, your family can get way too busy. Figure out what’s important and cut out the stuff that doesn’t really matter. Being on-the-go less means being at home more, relaxing more, and spending less money on fast food and sporting goods. Have a newly empty nest? You probably don’t need as much room these days, so think about moving your nest into a smaller tree.
In absolute terms, AP6’s net profit for the year was SEK1.86bn (€210m), compared with SEK1.7bn in 2012, the fund said in its annual report.In the last 10 years, it said the net annual return had been 5.6%.This was the result of “very successful investments in mature companies,” on the one hand, it said, with these producing a 14% return, both directly and through funds, and losses made on early-stage companies of 11.7%.Early-stage companies, however, now make a up a relatively small percentage of the portfolio, AP6 said, as a result of a change in overall investment strategy in recent years.Internal costs fell to SEK98m from SEK116m.The fund said its activity levels had been high during 2013 in both corporate and mutual fund investments.Karl Swartling, deputy director at AP6, said: “Transition work towards a more mature company has continued both in terms of direct investments and fund investments.“We are still at the beginning of building a new portfolio of investments that will generate long-term returns, over a 5-10 year time horizon.”Value growth in this type of unlisted portfolio will not happen from day one, he said, but will normally be visible in performance figures some years into the ownership period.AP6’s total assets under management grew to SEK22.1bn at the end of December 2013 from SEK20.2bn a year before. Sweden’s AP6 pension buffer fund, which invests solely in private equity, made a net return of 9.2% in 2013, the same as the previous year, with profits from mature companies outweighing losses on new firms.The pension fund said it was continuing to shift its portfolio towards buyouts and away from venture capital.The sixth AP fund differs from the other AP funds in the Swedish pensions buffer fund system in that it receives no new money from the government, nor does it make pension payments.It invests in private equity – directly as well as through funds – focusing on companies in the Nordic region.
Slippage of both dates could be possible, the Commission official admitted. However, the projected speed makes the new Commission’s motives to succeed with CMU reform clear, with lawmakers conscious of the potential of the initiative to help solve the EU’s economic problems by facilitating cross-border investments.It was only on 1 November that Jonathan Hill, the new commissioner for financial stability, financial services and capital markets union, was instructed by Jean-Claude Juncker, Commission president, to “develop and integrate capital markets as a source of financing for innovative projects and long-term investment”.Hill has previously identified the underdeveloped European private pensions market as a hurdle to creating the CMU.External advisers to the team working on the CMU have recommended that the Commission define policies well ahead of future action. Diego Valiante, head of research at the Brussels-based European Capital Market Institute, said objectives should be clearly expressed but not “blurred”.Somewhat guarded in his enthusiasm is Syed Kamall, leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Group.The MEP welcomed any Commission proposal that would lead to “well functioning” capital markets in the EU.However, he warned that if the plans turned out to be more “institutional”, and aimed at building yet another ‘regulatory union’, then “there will be resistance”.Fabian Zuleeg, chief executive at the European Policy Centre, a Brussels think tank, was even more pessimistic in the view that, on matters of economic reform, progress is hindered simply because the EU member states “are not ready for it”.For more on the role of sustainability and green investment in the CMU, see the current issue of IPE The European Commission is fast-tracking its programme to reform the EU’s Capital Markets Union (CMU) by planning to publish a ‘green’ paper, or consultation document, on the subject before the end of January 2015.A Commission official, who confirmed the deadline, added that a large team had already been set up and was working on the project.Previously, leaked information from a Commission source put the target date for the policy paper as before Christmas this year. In fact, the Commission plans to arrive at a ‘white’ policy paper before the summer of 2015, as its official target.
MN, Towers Watson, Cardano, Kempen Fiduciary Management, Morningstar Investment Management, Plum Grove, PFA, Nordea, Principles for Responsible Investment, PWRI, Danica Pension, Danske Bank, Jupiter, Mercer, P-Solve, London Clearing House, Sandaire InvestmentMN – The €110bn Dutch asset manager and pensions provider is to reduce its management team from eight members to four. New chief executive René van de Kieft is to lead a team consisting of Henri den Boer, head of pensions operations and insurance, Gerald Cartigny, head of asset management, and a head of finance, risk and IT, yet to be appointed. Paul Versteeg, director of investments, and Walter Mutsaers, head of client relations, are to leave the company. Van de Kieft will take on Mutsaers’s responsibilities, while Versteeg’s will be transferred to Cartigny. Kor Boscher, the current CFO, and Femke de Jong, director of information, will join the director of finance, risk and information’s team.Towers Watson – Duncan Higgs has re-joined the consultancy, having been appointed to the delegated investment team. He joins from Cardano, where he was a senior investment consultant. Before then, he worked as an investment consultant at Towers Watson, providing investment strategy and implementation advice to a range of pensions funds. Kempen Fiduciary Management – Kempen has added to its investment and risk-management teams in the UK with the appointment of Katia Radermacher and Rob Kelly. Radermacher, who joins from Morningstar Investment Management, will be responsible for the portfolio management of client accounts. Kelly, who joins from Plum Grove, an Australian commodities company, will be responsible for reporting and risk-management oversight. PFA – Mads Kaagaard is joining Denmark’s PFA, having been appointed to the newly created position of executive vice-president, responsible for private customers and business support. He will become one of the group’s directors. PFA said the role had been created to strengthen its focus on individual customers. Kaagaard comes from Nordea, where he was in charge of savings and wealth offerings for the Nordic region. He will start his new job at PFA on 1 February 2016.Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) – Xander den Uyl has been appointed as a board member at the PRI. Den Uyl has been a board member at ABP since April, following a six-year period as vice-chair at the €345bn civil service scheme until 2013. He is currently vice-chair at PWRI, the Dutch pension fund for disabled workers. Den Uyl has also been a board member of the Pensions Federation.Danica Pension – Jacob Aarup-Andersen, CFO at Denmark’s Danica Pension, is leaving the DKK327bn (€43.8bn) commercial pension provider, where he has spearheaded a major strategy overhaul in the last year and a half, to take a top position at Danica parent company Danske Bank. Aarup-Andersen was named as the successor to Danske Bank’s current CFO Henrik Ramlau-Hansen on 1 April 2016, when the latter has said he wished to resign.Jupiter – Matteo Dante Perruccio has been appointed as an executive adviser, initially focusing on developing Jupiter’s business in Italy. He served for eight years as a non-executive director at Jupiter Fund Management. In 2008, he founded and was chief executive at Hermes BPK Partners, a joint venture with the BT Pension Scheme. From 2000 to 2006, he held various roles at Pioneer Investments.Mercer – Alison Coulson has been appointed head of central functions in the consultancy’s Retirement Administration Leadership team, focusing on business development and marketing strategy. She joins from Towers Watson, where she was a senior client manager within the administration business.P-Solve – Matt Way has been appointed COO for P-Solve’s Advisory and Fiduciary Management divisions. He joins from London Clearing House. He has also worked at Ernst & Young, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, MAN Group and RBS.Sandaire Investment – The investment office for families and foundations has appointed Bonny Landers as head of socially responsible and impact investing. Before joining Sandaire, Bonny founded Bay Street Consultants in Hong Kong in 2013, where she also served as managing director. In the eight years prior to this, she was chief executive at Sterling Private Management in Hong Kong.
The FRC’s own investigation was launched following a referral by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in response to matters arising from TPR’s investigation.TPR reached settlements with the company in December last year. Contrasting figures for July UK private sector DB fundingDeficits of private sector pension funds increased during July, according to estimates from JLT – but decreased according to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).JLT put the total deficit across all UK private sector schemes at £183bn (€205bn) at the end of July, up from £176bn at the end of June.At £183bn, the deficit is back to where the consultancy estimated it was at the end of May.The aggregate funding level remained at 90%.Charles Cowling, director, JLT Employee Benefits, said: “It is the trustees’ funding deficit that drives contribution demands on companies. Those companies and pension schemes currently carrying out their three-yearly actuarial valuation are likely to see significant increases in funding deficits and hence considerable demands for cash contributions.”He also flagged the prospect of accounting changes adding “tens of billions of pounds of additional liabilities on to the balance sheets of UK companies”.The International Accounting Standards Board has proposed changes to a part of the IAS19 accounting standard, and is currently carrying out work to assess the impact of the proposed amendments.The PwC figures, based on the consultancy’s Skyval index, put the deficit of private sector DB funds at £420bn at the end of July, down £40bn since last month.This was mainly as a result of falling liabilities, with asset values relatively static, according to Steven Dicker, PwC’s chief actuary.The funding position was 78.7%, the highest recorded by PwC since autumn 2014. The monetary value of the shortfall, at £420bn, is higher than it was three years ago, Dicker noted.“Part of this is due to schemes not being hedged against the fall in gilt yields, to what have been historically low levels,” he added. “However, while this hedging would have reduced the disclosed deficit on the ‘gilts plus’ funding approach, it is important to realise this wouldn’t necessarily improve the actual long-term outturn for schemes.”PwC’s deficit measure is different from JLT’s – instead of being based on IAS accounting measures it uses the target used by pension fund trustees to determine company cash contributions, as agreed between the trustees and sponsor. The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has expanded the scope of its investigation into the conduct of certain actuaries and accountants involved with Coats Group pension schemes.The UK regulator has added one more actuary to the group it started investigating in July last year.It has also decided to extend the period of investigation, to start from 2002 rather than 2004.Thread manufacturer Coats Group, formerly called the Guinness Peat Group, has also been the subject of an investigation by the Pensions Regulator (TPR) in connection with sizeable deficits across three of its defined benefit schemes.