On Friday night, Cervantes hosted a music extravaganza, opening up both the Masterpiece Ballroom and The Other Side for a dual-venue blowout. The event, dubbed The Drunken Hearted Medicine Show, was hosted by Colorado’s own The Drunken Hearts, and brought out the Victor Wooten Trio, Drew Emmitt & Andy Thorn Duo (both of Leftover Salmon), Band of Heathens, Brad Parsons Band, and Coral Creek. It was hard to go wrong for those at Cervantes’ on Friday night, and both rooms were consistently packed by attendees stoked to see such a diverse gathering of talented musicians on one bill.You can check out photos from The Drunken Hearted Medicine Show below, courtesy of Gary Sheer. You can also check out footage from the wonderful hosts of the night, The Drunken Hearts’, performance. Watch Drew Emmitt and Andy Thorn join The Drunken Hearts on the Drunken Hearts’ original tune, “Sakajawea’s Reel,” as well as a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “When The Levee Breaks” below.The Drunken Hearts – “When The Levee Breaks”The Drunken Hearts – “Sakajawea’s Reel”Setlist: Drunken Hearts | Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom | Denver, CO | 3/24/2017Set: Dean Moriarty’s Blues, Live for Today, Tear My Heart Out, Want You Back, Nowhere Road, Living in These Days, Bed of Stone, Highs, When the Levee Breaks, Sakajawea’s ReelUpcoming 2017 Drunken Hearts Tour DatesApr 13 / Founder’s Brewing / Grand Rapids, MIApr 14 / Tonic Room / Chicago, ILApr 15 / Scarlet & Grey / Columbus, OHApr 18 / ACME / Nashville, TNApr 20 / Crossroads / Dallas, TXApr 21 / Last Concert Cafe / Houston, TXApr 22 / Lambert’s / Austin, TXApr 28 / Boulder Theater / Boulder, CO *w/ Bros. ComatoseMay 26 / Gold Room / Colorado Springs, COMay 27 / Paddlefest / Buena Vista, COMay 28 / Wind Rider Festival / Alto, NMMay 29 / Taos Mesa Brewing Co. / Taos, NMJul 20-23 / Floyd Fest / Floyd, VAAug 10-13 / YarmonyGrass / Rancho del Rio, COSept 1 / Four Corners Folk Festival / Pagosa Springs, CO Load remaining images
Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | Dominican Holidaze 10 | Punta Cana, Dominican Republic | 12/1/16Set One: Floes, King of the World-> Cyclone-> Little Betty Boop (inverted)-> Run Like Hell-> Spraypaint Victory (ending only)Set Two: Spraypaint Victory-> Digital Buddha (inverted)-> Confrontation (inverted)-> Morph Dusseldorf (ending only)[Photo: Josh Timmermans / Noble Visions] Last year, Dominican Holidaze blew us away with their stacked lineup and the sense of community present at the intimate destination get-away. Topping the 2016 lineup of Dominican Holidaze were the jamtronica pioneers The Disco Biscuits, who tore up Breathless Resort & Spa in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic with two smokin’ sets during the weekend. Today, to get us ready for the 11th installment of the festival this winter that is scheduled for December 1st through 5th, the destination festival has released a new video from last year’s Disco Biscuits’ performance to get folks hyped on this year’s event.Watch The Disco Biscuits Perform “Cyclone” At Last Year’s Dominican Holidaze [Pro-Shot Video]Watch The Disco Biscuits Perform “Gamma Goblins” With Shpongle’s Simon Posford At Dominican Holidaze [Pro-Shot Video]In this latest release shot by TourGigs on December 1st of 2016, The Disco Biscuits shred through their cover of Pink Floyd’s “Run Like Hell,” jamming out of an inverted “Little Betty Boop” and eventually through to the ending of “Spraypaint Victory” to close out the group’s first set. Mediating between grinding, gritty, and dark through to melodic and lighthearted, you can check out the video of The Biscuits hitting “Run Like Hell” for yourself below.Watch The Disco Biscuits’ Giant “Confro > Rock Candy > Confro” From Their Cap Run [Pro-Shot]The Disco Biscuits will be returning to Punta Cana this year, and the group will be joined by Umphrey’s McGee, STS9, GRiZ, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and more at this year’s installment of Dominican Holidaze. Head over to Dominican Holidaze’s website for more information and booking.
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.
New Papa Grows Funk Documentary “Do U Want It?” Explores Definition Of Success In The Music Industry
Do U Want It? follows Papa Grows Funk as they embark on their farewell tour. The film asks the question- what is “success?” Is it filling out large concert venues, selling records, and gaining widespread recognition? Or is it playing with your best friends and family every week, being part of a community, and going home, not rich, but with enough money in your pocket to do it all again tomorrow?Watch the trailer for Do U Want It? below: Do U Want It? ScreeningScreening Date: October 18, 2017Screening Time: 7:30 p.m., CSTScreening Location: Prytania Theater: 5339 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA There is a feature length documentary film about the renowned New Orleans funk band Papa Grows Funk that has been accepted into the Oscar-qualifying 2017 New Orleans Film Festival, dubbed Do U Want It?. The film chronicles the rise of Papa Grows Funk, a legendary band that once included John Gros (Hammond B3 organ and lead vocals), June Yamagishi (Guitar, backing vocals), Marc Pero (Bass), Jason Mingledorff (Saxophones, backing vocals), Jeffery “Jellybean” Alexander (Drums, backing vocals, 2005-2013), and Russell Batiste (Drums, 2000-2005), known for their weekly shows at the iconic Maple Leaf Bar in Uptown New Orleans. Through never-before-seen interviews from musical royalty like George Porter Jr., to power brokers like Quint Davis, the film explores the band’s thirteen-year odyssey from formation to final show. Do U Want It? celebrates the musical culture of New Orleans while exploring the complex nature of success in the music industry. Do U Want It? will be screened at the Prytania Theater tonight, October 18, at 7:30PM CST. Tickets available here.“This documentary, in all truthfulness, is the story of most of our lives as New Orleans musicians over the last fifty years. New Orleans Musicians, as well versed as we are in our craft, have a hard time breaking into the mainstream music scene. That causes frustrations which are honestly portrayed in this movie. This movie represents not just this band but our collective reality,” explains The Meters bassist George Porter Jr. in a press release.Do U Want It? was produced and directed by Josh Freund and Sam Radutzky of ABIS Productions. “Sam Radutzky and I came to New Orleans at the tail end of Papa Grows Funk’s 12-year Monday-night residency at the Maple Leaf Bar,” explains Freund. “We soon were regulars and accepted into the local community that supported and loved the band. Personally, I’d go dancing at the Leaf on Monday and I’d feel good till Thursday. It was that good. Shortly after we arrived, in January of 2013, the band announced their intention to do a final tour before taking a hiatus. This news was devastating to us. We felt as if we were losing a dear friend and that the city was losing a vibrant and important part of its cultural legacy. And that was the impetus to start this project.”Freund continues, “When we began, the project was intended to be a short doc. As we conducted these interviews, with the likes of George Porter, Jr., Quint Davis, and many other New Orleanians embedded in the local music scene, it became clear to us there was a bigger story to tell. We decided to shift gears and make a feature film not just about Papa Grows Funk, but about the city of New Orleans as well. We realized that Papa Grows Funk’s story was representative of so many New Orleans musicians that came before them and exist today. Their complicated relationship with New Orleans and with their pursuit of success was a story we felt would speak to many. We’re beyond thrilled for the film to screen as part of the New Orleans Film Festival.” For more information about Do U Want It? please visit www.douwantitfilm.com.
Load remaining images Photo: Lou Montesano Photo: Lou Montesano Photo: Lou Montesano Oteil Burbridge continued his mini-tour at the Brooklyn Bowl last night with his new project, “Oteil & Friends”. Featuring JGB keyboardist Melvin Seals, Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik, Primus/RatDog/Electric Beethoven drummer Jay Lane, former Nth Power and current Trombone Shorty percussionist Weedie Braimah, sensational vocalist Alfreda Gerald, as well as Joe Russo’s Almost Dead guitarist Scott Metzger filling in for usual guitarist Eric Krasno, the widely adored bassist treated the sold out crowd to a stunning performance that showcased a few choice cuts from the Grateful Dead canon.The show opened with a dreamy delivery of Oteil’s new album title track, “Water In The Desert“, immediately illustrating the enormous talents on stage. From there, the band dug into some Grateful Dead classics, as well as a run through “Leave My Blues At Home” by the Allman Brothers Band. The first set closed with a huge cover of “Piece Of My Heart” by Janis Joplin.The second set opened with jammed-out versions of “Eyes of the World” into “It’s Your Thing” by the Isley Brothers, before moving into a beloved take on “Scarlet Begonias” into “Sugaree” and a funkified rendition of “I’ll Take You There”. Covers of Bob Dylan, The Band, and Creedence Clearwater Revival highlighted the end of the extended second set. While the setlist pulled heavily from the catalogues of others, each composition was given its own tweaks in the O-Zone.Thanks to Relix, you can enjoy pro-shot video from the two-set show below:Oteil & Friends will complete their run at the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia tonight, with Krasno returning to the lineup. Up next, Oteil heads down south to Mexico with Dead & Company for “Playing In The Sand“. To keep up with Oteil Burbridge’s various projects, head to his website.Setlist: Oteil & Friends | Brooklyn Bowl | New York City, NY | 1/16/17Set One: Water In the Desert, Deep Elem Blues, Leave My Blues At Home, Reuben & Cerise, If I Had the World To Give, What’s Become of Mary, It Hurts Me Too, Piece Of My HeartSet Two: Eyes Of the World > It’s You Thing, Scarlet Begonias > Sugaree > I’ll Take You There, Tangled Up In Blue, So Many Roads, The Weight, Run For the Roses, Proud MaryCheck out the full gallery below, courtesy of photographer Lou Montesano.Oteil & Friends | Brooklyn Bowl | New York City, NY | 1/16/17 | Photos by Lou Montesano
Future funk septet The Motet is currently celebrating the release of their recent album Totem with an upcoming winter tour. Yesterday, ahead of their final stop on a five-night Colorado run, the Denver-based collective announced that their trumpeter Gabe Mervine is leaving the band and will be replaced by Chicago native Parris Fleming. The Motet are Dave Watts (drums), Joey Porter (keyboards), Garrett Sayers (bass), Ryan Jalbert (guitar), Lyle Divinsky (vocals), Drew Sayers (saxophone), and have a massive tour ahead of them–including a co-headlining play at Red Rocks with BoomBox and The New Mastersounds. Fleming is more than qualified to step in for Gabe, having shared the stage with Pretty Lights, Big Gigantic, Dumpstaphunk, The Revivalists, and many more. It sounds like the member switch will work out for everyone, as Gabe and The Motet have written in the following notes to fans.Read Gabe’s message to fans below:As some of you may have heard, I will be leaving The Motet this month. The last eight years of performing with these guys have taught me so much about loving music and loving life. We’ve become family, and the people I’ve met along the way are the absolute best! The opportunity to meet true music lovers all over the country has given me so much faith in this art form and has been such a source of inspiration. I will be continuing to collaborate with The Motet family all the time and couldn’t be more excited for what this new year will bring them with Chicago native Parris Fleming taking over the trumpet chair for me. All the love to anyone I’ve met, partied with, jammed with, talked philosophy with and shared the stage with along the way.In response, read The Motet’s supportive message:As you just read, Gabe will be taking a break from the road. We’re so sad to see our brother go, but love him and support him in his transition. We could not be more grateful for what he has brought, not only to us as a band and as people, but to the whole of the music community. We can’t wait to see what his talents and heart bring to the world in the future. Gabe will be passing the trumpet torch onto the incredibly talented Parris Fleming. We are so excited about this new chapter of The Motet, as well as future collaborations with both Parris and Gabe. We hope to see you tonight to celebrate our brother Gabe in Fort Collins before Parris takes over full time!The Motet will head back out on the road in February for a massive winter and spring tour. Tickets for The Motet’s upcoming 2018 winter and spring tour are available here.The Motet 2018 Tour Dates2/2 – Crested Butte, CO – CB Public House2/3 – Crested Butte, CO – CB Public House2/8 – New Orleans, LA – Joy Theatre – w/Lettuce2/9 – Houston, TX – House of Blues – w/Lettuce2/10 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s – w/Lettuce2/14 – San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park – w/Lettuce2/15 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theatre – w/Lettuce2/16 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater – w/Lettuce2/17 – Crystal Bay, NV – Crystal Bay Club – w/The Main Squeeze2/18 – Crystal Bay, NV – Crystal Bay Club – w/Monophonics2/22 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room2/23 – Jackson, WY – Pink Garter2/24 – Jackson, WY – Pink Garter3/4 – Phoenix, AZ – McDowell Mountain Music Fest3/14 – Bozeman, MT – The Rialto3/15 – Missoula, MT – Top Hat3/16 – Sandpoint, ID – The Hive3/17 – Seattle, WA – Neumo’s3/18 – Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo – w/The Russ Liquid Test3/22 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount – w/Lettuce3/23 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre – w/Lettuce3/24 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre – w/Lettuce4/4 – Virginia Beach, VA – Shaka’s4/5 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club4/6 – Asbury Park, NJ – House of Independents4/7 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club4/19 – Charleston, SC – Pour House4/20 – Atlanta, GA – Sweetwater 420 Fest5/27 – Napa, CA – Bottlerock Music Fest6/2 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – w/BoomBox + The New Mastersounds
Summer Meltdown has become a staple West Coast festival. This year, Summer Meltdown will take place from August 2nd through 5th, returning to its home in Darrington, Washington, at Whitehorse Mountain Amphitheater. The festival has always offered a diverse lineup of jam, rock, bluegrass, and electronic music, with the two full shows of the String Cheese Incident—in a recent interview with Live For Live Music, SCI’s Kyle Hollingsworth told us the festival is one of his favorite West Coast locations—serving as last year’s main headliner.In 2018, Summer Meltdown has slightly shifted its focus, tapping two electronic juggernauts, Bassnectar and Big Gigantic, as its top leading headliners. However, that’s not to say that the festival has lost its beloved eclectic bill, as the top of the bill also sports sets by Greensky Bluegrass, Lettuce, and Beats Antique. Summer Meltdown will also host performances by Trevor Hall, Twiddle, Papadosio, Pimps of Joytime, Sunsquabi, The Lil Smokies, and more. You can head over to the event’s website to purchase tickets and get more information, here.
High As Hope Tracklist:JuneHungerSouth London ForeverBig GodSky Full of SongGracePatricia100 YearsThe End of LoveNo ChoirView All Tracks Florence + The Machine will release their new album, High As Hope, on June 29th via Republic Records. The band also unveiled a new single from the record titled “Hunger” earlier today.“Hunger” is the first single off the record from Florence + The Machine, though the band recently released a tune called “Sky Full Of Song” in April. Additionally, the band announced a series of intimate tour dates in the United States and United Kingdom that will find them performing in theaters with much smaller capacities than the arenas and amphitheaters they have come to dominate.High As Hope will feature ten new tracks and a variety of collaborators, including Kamasi Washington, Jamie xx, Sampha, Tobias Jesso Jr., and Kelsey Lu. The forthcoming album was co-produced by frontwoman and songwriter Florence Welsh and her friend Emily Haynie. “There’s a lot of love in this record, loneliness too, but a lot of love,” says Welch. “It’s always a work in progress, and I definitely don’t have everything figured out. But this feels like quite a pure expression of who I am now, as an artist, and an honest one. I’m just more comfortable with who I am.”You can preorder High As Hope here.Florence + The Machine – “Hunger”
Ghost Light has made serious waves in 2018. The newly formed project from Tom Hamilton, Holly Bowling, Raina Mullen, Scotty Zwang, and Steve Lyons is a force to be reckoned with, wowing audiences across the country with their next-level improvisations and already-stellar catalog of originals. With only 10 months as a band under their belts, Ghost Light impressively sold out multiple shows on their inaugural spring tour, based off of word-of-mouth buzz alone.Last week, Ghost Light made a stop at Burlington, VT’s Higher Ground, offering up a standout two-set performance amidst their extensive fall tour. The show included Ghost Light debuts of The Kinks’ “Living On A Thin Line” and Radiohead’s “Black Star”, as well as an original debut entitled “Doorway To A Silent Chamber”. The quintet also debuted two covers of Toms Hamilton’s American Babies material, offering up “Weight Of The World” and “Old Fashioned”. For their encore, drummer Scotty Zwang took the stage and sang, “I got something in my front pocket”, from South Park, before the rest of the band joined him to encore Bob Dylan’s “Tangled Up In Blue”.Luckily for fans, Ghost Light has released another edition of their “Full Show Friday,” featuring their recent performance from Higher Ground in Burlington, VT on November 17th, 2018. Listen to the full-show audio below:Ghost Light – 11/17/2018 (Full-Show)[Audio: Jeffery Bowling]Ghost Light continues their tour tomorrow night at Washington, D.C.’s The Hamilton ahead of shows in Richmond, VA; Raleigh, NC; Charlotte, NC; Charleston, SC; and Atlanta, GA, through to December 1st. Ghost Light will finish out their fall tour in the South, with performances at Nashville, Tennessee’s The Basement East (12/5); Lexington, Kentucky’s Cosmic Charlie’s (12/6); Cleveland, OH’s Beachland Ballroom and Tavern (12/7); and Ferndale, MI’s Otus Supply (12/8). To round out their announced plans for 2018, Ghost Light will play the highly anticipated Holidaze, before a two-night run at Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads on December 27th and 28th. Ghost Light will ring in the new year in support of The Disco Biscuits on December 31st, at Philadelphia’s Fillmore.For more information and ticketing, head to Ghost Light’s website here.Setlist: Ghost Light | Higher Ground | Burlington, VT | 11/17/2018Set One: Best Kept Secret > Living On A Thin Line# > Streets of Brooklyn* > Living on Thin Line > Boy > Isosceles > JoleneSet Two: Doorway to a Silent Chamber %, Diamond Eyes > Black Star#, Weight of the World # > **Old Fashioned # > Diamond Eyes > jam > Best Kept SecretE: Tangled Up in Blue ***# First time performed by Ghost Light% First time played*w/ Boy tease** Best Kept Secret & Silent Chamber tease*** Scotty took the stage and sang ’I got something in my front pocket’ from South Park solo before the rest of the band took the stage.Ghost Light 2018 Fall Tour:11/24 – The Hamilton – Washington, DC11/27 – The Broadberry – Richmond, VA11/28 – Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC11/29 – Visulite Theatre – Charlotte, NC11/30 – Charleston Pour House – Charleston, SC12/01 – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA12/05 – The Basement East – Nashville, TN12/06 – Cosmic Charlie’s – Lexington, KY12/07 – Beachland Ballroom and Tavern – Cleveland, OH12/08 – Otus Supply – Ferndale, MI12/12-12/16 – Holidaze – Puerto Moreles, Mexico12/27 – Terrapin Crossroads – San Rafael, CA12/28 – Terrapin Crossroads – San Rafael, CAView All Tour Dates
For the first time in Harvard’s history, more than 30,000 students have applied for undergraduate admission. Applications have doubled since 1994, and about half of the increase has come since the University implemented a series of financial aid initiatives over the past five years to ensure that a Harvard College education remains accessible and affordable to talented students from all economic backgrounds.Two other factors also may have played a role in reaching this historic number. Three years ago, Harvard eliminated its early admission program, leveling the playing field for financial aid applicants and providing more time each fall to recruit students. At the same time, Harvard established the new School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, which, under the leadership of Dean Cherry Murray, is increasing the visibility of Harvard’s excellence in this area. Applications from students interested in engineering have risen considerably more than applications as a whole.“The continuing economic uncertainty, with its accompanying high unemployment and underemployment, has made affordability a crucial consideration for an unprecedented number of families,” said William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid. “The unwavering commitment of President Drew Faust, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael Smith, and Dean of the College Evelynn Hammonds to ensure that Harvard remains open to talented students from across the economic spectrum sends a powerful message to those aspiring to higher education,” he said.Harvard College’s financial aid program requires no contribution from families with annual incomes below $60,000, and about 10 percent of income from families with typical assets who make up to $180,000. The program eliminates loan requirements for all financial aid recipients. Currently, 70 percent of students receive some form of financial aid.Precise figures on the number of applicants are not yet available, since applications are still being processed. The final total will likely be about 5 percent ahead of last year’s 29,114, or about 30,500.This year’s results were achieved in the context of economic constraints that ultimately led to considerable change and innovation. Like much of Harvard, the Admissions and Financial Aid Office was operating with fewer resources, after trimming its unrestricted operating budget by 15 percent. “Faced with this challenge, our staff worked together to develop new ways of addressing our most important priorities,” said Fitzsimmons. “The changes we have made will make us more effective now and in the future at reaching out to the nation’s and the world’s best students.”With a staff that is 10 percent smaller, a travel budget reduced by half, and the replacement of several much larger publications with a single eight-page brochure, the office has made sweeping advances in its use of electronic communications. The Web site, message boards, e-mail, and Internet conferencing outreach by staff have been greatly enhanced. In addition, alumni and alumnae redoubled their efforts to contact students and schools in their local areas. “We are extremely grateful to our alumni and alumnae for taking on a greater role in visiting schools, attending college nights, and talking with students and families,” said Marlyn E. McGrath, director of admissions. “Of course they will also interview a record number of candidates this year, providing assistance in our decision-making process and building relationships with admitted candidates that can lead to their matriculation here,” she said.The Admissions Office relied on its nearly 20-year-old joint-travel program with Duke University, Georgetown University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University to visit with prospective students, their parents, and guidance counselors in 120 cities. A similar program continued in 20 cities, teaming with Princeton University and the University of Virginia. The Admissions Office maintained its full support of the Undergraduate Minority Recruiting Program and the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative, student organizations that aid recruitment throughout the year.The office also is using new technologies and operating procedures to handle the processing and evaluation of the record number of applicants. Documents — such as applications and counselor and teacher reports — are scanned electronically with an imaging system, ensuring easy recovery and making them instantly available to application readers and to admissions committee selection meetings. Improved Web site services for alumni and alumnae enable applicant-interview reports to be submitted electronically and made available immediately as well.Similar administrative and technological advancements make it possible for financial aid officers to serve the larger number of students now receiving assistance at Harvard. Only a few years ago, about 3,000 of Harvard’s 6,600 undergraduates were on scholarship, compared with 4,000 now, including 63 percent of freshmen. “Better technological resources allow our financial aid officers more time to counsel and advise students and their families with the personal attention and care they need,” said Sarah C. Donahue, director of financial aid. “Each student on financial aid has a financial aid officer to contact with questions or concerns.”Beyond the increase in numbers noted earlier, there are relatively few differences in the composition of this year’s applicant pool compared with last year’s. The gender breakdown remains about 50/50, and minority numbers are much the same (though still incomplete because some coding takes place during the reading process). Major academic preferences mirror last year’s, except for the larger increase in engineering, as well as associated increases in the physical sciences and computer science. The geographical distribution is close to last year’s, with larger-than-average increases in the western United States and abroad.Admissions officers are now reading applications in preparation for selection meetings, the careful, individualized process that begins on Jan. 30 and concludes March 20. Notification letters to all applicants will be mailed on April 1, and e-mails will be sent later that day to those — usually about 95 percent — who request that additional notification.“A visiting program for admitted students is scheduled for April 24 through 26,” said Valerie Beilenson, program director. Admitted students have until May 1 to make their final college selections.