Eric Johnson Web Fri, 21 Jan 2022 13:30:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Eric Johnson Web 32 32 Memphis Grizzlies vs. Denver Nuggets game preview Fri, 21 Jan 2022 13:30:00 +0000

WHO: Memphis Grizzlies (31-16, 14-7 away) at Denver nuggets (23-20, 12-8 home)

WHEN: 8:00 p.m. CST

WHERE: Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado

HOW TO WATCH/LISTEN: Bally Sports Southeast/92.9 FM ESPN Memphis


MEMPHIS: Kyle Anderson (Out, Health and Safety Protocols), Desmond Bane (Out, Health and Safety Protocols), Dillon Brooks (Out, Ankle), Killian Tillie (Out, Health and Safety Protocols)

Denver: Bryn Forbes (non-injury related, playing time decision), JaMychal Green (health and safety protocols, OUT), Michael Porter Jr. (OUT), Jamal Murray (OUT)


MEMPHIS: Ja Morant, De’Anthony Melton, Ziaire Williams, Jaren Jackson Jr., Steven Adams

Denver: Will Barton, Jeff Green, Aaron Gordon, Monte Morris, Nikola Jokic

The Memphis Grizzlies are back in action tonight after a tough Wednesday night loss to the Milwaukee Bucks – after coming close late in this one. The loss ended their seven-game winning streak on the road, despite being outnumbered. Looking back to tonight’s game, the Denver Nuggets come into tonight’s game high after a 130-128 overtime win over the Los Angeles Clippers at home.

Nikola Jokic lost 49 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in this game. Jokic wasn’t the only Nugget to fill out the stat sheet against the Clippers, as Monte Morris dropped 19 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. Despite missing several big chunks, the Nuggets are struggling in the rugged Western Conference, currently sitting in sixth place. Tonight, West number three will face West number six. How are the Grizzlies bouncing back tonight in Denver?

Altitude will play a role tonight

Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

It’s no secret that there is always a problem for opposing teams playing in Denver. Altitude destroys all types of stamina. Even the best athletes in the world struggle to consistently play 48 minutes in Denver. For the Grizzlies, given their rotations, or lack thereof, this will play a huge role. The Grizzlies are also lacking in essential pieces, so their depth will play a huge role, as you’d expect Taylor Jenkins to give Guy more consistent breaks given the altitude.

A team that plays as fast as the Grizzlies will have to make every transition opportunity count tonight or they’ll be out of the gym.

The bench unit must produce

Tyus Jones’ absence was evident in the Grizzlies’ Wednesday night loss to the Bucks. Due to the circumstances, it looks like the Grizzlies are rolling with Jarrett Culver as the bench unit point guard. Culver played well on Wednesday night, but it’s obviously not something he’s used to.

Look for Jenkins to use De’Anthony Melton as a point guard off the bench in half-court sets. Melton has struggled offensively since returning from health and safety protocols. It sounds like a game where Melton is getting back on track. He showed signs of getting back to normal on Wednesday night defensively for the Grizzlies.

The prediction

The Grizzlies starters are playing well with the Nuggets. The attacking confrontation will be fun between Jokic and Morant. It will be interesting to see if the Grizzlies try to overtake Jokic on the weak side – the same way they defended Giannis Antetokounmpo on Wednesday night. Jokic can create for other doubles teams so well (see match winner Jokic created Wednesday night for Denver).

Ultimately, it will come down to how the Grizzlies manage their property, or as Jenkins would say “the way they do.” The Grizzlies have an opportunity tonight to get back on track. I expect it will come down to which bench unit produces the best. I expect De’Anthony Melton to lead the Grizzlies’ bench unit. You should expect the Grizzlies to steal one in Denver.

Memphis 118, Denver 111

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Grammy-winning country music artist Rosanne Cash returns in concert Fri, 21 Jan 2022 03:17:47 +0000

Country music singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash arrives at the Fred Kavli Theater at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18 at 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.

Cash has released 15 albums of songs that have won four Grammy Awards and 12 nominations, as well as 21 Top 40 hits, including 11 chart-topping singles.

“She remembers everything” is her latest release.

It follows her 2014 Grammy-winning triple album, “The River and the Thread,” and marks a return to more personal songwriting after a trio of albums that explored her Southern roots and family heritage.

Cash received the SAG/AFTRA Lifetime Achievement Award for Sound Recordings in 2012 and received the 2014 Smithsonian Ingenuity Award in the Performing Arts.

She was a Carnegie Hall Perspectives Artist during the 2015-2016 season and was Artist-in-Residence in 2015 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

That same year, she was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2017-2018, she was resident artistic director at SFJAZZ.

Last year, Cash received the Spirit of Americana Free Speech Award from the Americana Music Association.

Cash was recently awarded the 2020-21 Edward Mac-Dowell Medal, awarded since 1960 to an artist who has made an outstanding contribution to American culture.

She wrote the lyrics to the musical “Norma Rae” with composer John Leventhal and screenwriter John Weidman.

Tickets are $72 with group discounts available. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000, or online at, or via the ticket office in person,

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Round Rock Advisors, LLC buys Apple Inc, Vanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF, Vanguard… Thu, 20 Jan 2022 14:38:09 +0000

Investment firm Round Rock Advisors, LLC (current portfolio) buys Apple Inc, Vanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF, Vanguard Short-Term Inflation-Protected Securities, S&P 500 ETF TRUST ETF, iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF, sells ClearShares Ultra-Short Maturity ETF, BTC BlackRock Ultra Short-Term Bond ETF, Comcast Corp during the 3 months ended 2021Q4, according to the latest filings from the investment firm, Round Rock Advisors, LLC. As of Q4 2021, Round Rock Advisors, LLC owns 120 stocks with a total value of $226 million. These are the details of purchases and sales.



  • Reduced positions: OPER,VCIT,ICSH,SHOP,IVOG,XLP,YUM,

  • Solder: CMCSA,

For details on Round Rock Advisors, LLC stock purchases and sales,
go to

Here are the top 5 holdings of Round Rock Advisors, LLC

  1. Vanguard High Dividend Yield Indx ETF (VYM) – 204,089 shares, 10.14% of total portfolio. Shares added 11.35%

  2. PowerShares QQQ Trust Ser 1 (QQQ) – 56,095 shares, 9.89% of total portfolio. Shares added 10.66%

  3. Vanguard Mid-Cap ETF (VO) – 66,598 shares, 7.52% of total portfolio. Shares added 19.56%

  4. iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF (IJR) – 133,807 shares, 6.79% of total portfolio. Shares added 21.55%

  5. VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) – 30,298 shares, 4.15% of total portfolio. Shares added of 9.50%

New purchase: Vanguard Short-Term Inflation-Protected Securities (VTIP)

Round Rock Advisors, LLC initiated holding Vanguard short-term inflation-protected securities. Purchase prices were between $50.87 and $51.64, with an estimated average price of $51.18. The stock is now trading at around $50.930,000. The impact on a portfolio of this purchase was 1.22%. The holding was 53,515 shares as of 12/31/2021.

New purchase: Vanguard Information Technology ETF (VGT)

Round Rock Advisors, LLC has initiated a stake in Vanguard Information Technology ETF. Purchase prices were between $396.28 and $466.1, with an estimated average price of $439.09. The stock is now trading at around $416.520000. The impact on a portfolio of this purchase is 1.01%. The stake was 4,999 shares as of 12/31/2021.

New purchase: iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV)

Round Rock Advisors, LLC has initiated a stake in iShares Core S&P 500 ETF. Purchase prices were between $428.93 and $479.53, with an estimated average price of $460.12. The stock is now trading at around $453.760000. The impact on a portfolio of this purchase was 0.98%. The holding was 4,628 shares as of 12/31/2021.

New purchase: Vanguard Large Cap ETF (VV)

Round Rock Advisors, LLC has initiated a stake in Vanguard Large Cap ETF. Purchase prices were between $199.57 and $221.75, with an estimated average price of $213.95. The stock is now trading at around $208.600000. The impact on a portfolio of this purchase was 0.94%. The holding was 9,573 shares as of 12/31/2021.

New buy: iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap ETF (IJH)

Round Rock Advisors, LLC has initiated a stake in iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap ETF. Purchase prices were between $264.89 and $289.53, with an estimated average price of $277.74. The stock is now trading at around $267.580000. The impact on a portfolio of this purchase was 0.81%. The holding was 6,431 shares as of 12/31/2021.

New purchase: JPMorgan Ultra-Short Income ETF (JPST)

Round Rock Advisors, LLC has initiated a stake in JPMorgan Ultra-Short Income ETF. Purchase prices were between $50.45 and $50.59, with an estimated average price of $50.51. The stock is now trading at around $50.450000. The impact on a portfolio of this purchase is 0.79%. The holding was 35,310 shares as of 12/31/2021.

Added: Apple Inc (AAPL)

Round Rock Advisors, LLC added 112.79% to its stake in Apple Inc. Buy prices were between $139.14 and $180.33, with an estimated average price of $158.61. The stock is now trading at around $166.230000. The impact on a portfolio of this purchase is 1.54%. The holding was 36,936 shares as of 12/31/2021.

Added: Vanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF (VCSH)

Round Rock Advisors, LLC added a 353.00% stake in Vanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF. Purchase prices were between $80.95 and $81.89, with an estimated average price of $81.35. The stock is now trading at around $80.470000. The impact on a portfolio of this purchase is 1.43%. The holding was 51,135 shares as of 12/31/2021.

Added: S&P 500 ETF TRUST ETF (SPY)

Round Rock Advisors, LLC added a stake in S&P 500 ETF TRUST ETF of 150.53%. Purchase prices were between $427.14 and $477.48, with an estimated average price of $458.13. The stock is now trading at around $451.750000. The impact on a portfolio of this purchase was 1.22%. The holding was 9,638 shares as of 12/31/2021.

Added: iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF (IJR)

Round Rock Advisors, LLC added a 21.55% stake in iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF. Purchase prices were between $107.97 and $119.54, with an estimated average price of $113.43. The stock is now trading at around $108.600000. The impact on a portfolio of this purchase is 1.2%. The holding was 133,807 shares as of 12/31/2021.

Added: BTC iShares MSCI EAFE Min Vol Factor ETF (EFAV)

Round Rock Advisors, LLC added a 420.53% stake in BTC iShares MSCI EAFE Min Vol Factor ETF. Purchase prices were between $73.72 and $77.31, with an estimated average price of $75.76. The stock is now trading at around $74.080000. The impact on a portfolio of this purchase is 1.18%. The holding was 42,772 shares as of 12/31/2021.

Added: Vanguard Dividend Appreciation FTF (VIG)

Round Rock Advisors, LLC added a stake in Vanguard Dividend Appreciation FTF of 914.91%. Purchase prices were between $153.03 and $172.09, with an estimated average price of $164.33. The stock is now trading at around $163.220000. The impact on a portfolio of this purchase was 0.98%. The holding was 14,361 shares as of 12/31/2021.

Sold out: Comcast Corp (CMCSA)

Round Rock Advisors, LLC has sold a stake in Comcast Corp. Selling prices were between $47.71 and $57.4, with an estimated average price of $52.

Here is the complete portfolio of Round Rock Advisors, LLC. See also:

1. The Undervalued Stocks of Round Rock Advisors, LLC

2. Top Growth Companies from Round Rock Advisors, LLC, and

3. Round Rock Advisors, LLC High Yield Stocks

4. Stocks Round Rock Advisors, LLC continues to buy This article first appeared on GuruFocus.

The best new jazz albums: February 2022 Thu, 20 Jan 2022 11:24:05 +0000 Jazzwise’s February issue Editor’s Choice albums, featuring Mark Lockheart, Evan Parker, Georgia Cecile, Jane Ira Bloom and Allison Miller

James Beckwith


Bridging the gap

James Beckwith (p, syn, prod), Joe Downard (b), Harry Pope (d), Todd Speakman (perc) with Chelsea Carmichael (bcl, ts), Sheila Maurice-Grey (t, flhn), Sam Rapley (cl , ts), Joe Bristow (tb) and James Copus (flhn)

If the name of James Beckwith is not at the forefront of current media coverage of “the new thing in jazz“, a look at the credits of the interpreter of this second solo album shows how deeply he is rooted in the young London scene. However, Beckwith digs her own furrow: the album’s title checks her London postcode, but the sound owes more to the dense, bright sounds of LA and New York during the heyday of studio fusion in the late 1980s. 1970… Eddie Myer

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Brigitte Berah

Through the paved path

let me out

Brigitte Beraha (v, elect, p)

No one would recognize the horrors of the pandemic faster than Brigitte Beraha. But she also made the most of her possibilities. His response was Through the paved path, one of the most beautiful works of art to emerge from the wounds of the past two years… Andy Robson

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Jane Ira Bloom / Allison Miller

Tuesday Days

To present

Jane Ira Bloom (ss) and Allison Miller (d, perc)

The fact that she plays a supposedly non-melodic instrument does not prevent her from providing varied textures and grooves; indeed, one of the joys of the album is that, despite the totally free and unrehearsed joint improvisations, Miller’s pulse is still engaging and inspiring… Brian Priestley

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Georgia Cecile

Only the lover sings


Georgia Cécile (v) plus various staff including: Ryan Quigley

With 10 superbly crafted original songs, exceptional arrangements courtesy of Cécile’s longtime partner, pianist and composer Euan Stevenson, and a central vocal performance that blends passion, power and playfulness, this debut album is a stunning achievement. . Pierre Quinn

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Charged Particles with Tod Dickow

Live at Baked Potato! Charged Particles with Tod Dickow Play Music by Michael Brecker

Summit files

Tod Dickow (ts), Murray Low (ky), Aaron Germain (b), Jon Krosnick (d), plus Omar Ledezma (cga)

This is a very dynamic and ambitious live tribute to legendary saxophonist Michael Brecker, who sadly passed away at the age of 57 in 2007. The Bay Area jazzmen Charged Particle left as little chance as possible to prepare it: “We rehearse a lot,” frontman Jon Krosnick confirms. The core trio recruited tenor saxophonist Tod Dickow when the idea of ​​a Brecker tribute was floated a few years ago, and here it turns out to be a revelation. … Robert Shore

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Sinne Eeg & Thomas Fonnesbaek

To stay in contact

To delay

Sinne Eeg (v), Thomas Fonnesbæk (b), with Livestrings: Andrea Gyarfas Brahe, Karen Johanne Pedersen (vn), Deanna Said (vla), Live Johansson (clo) and Jesper Riis (string arr)

Eeg is a genuine jazz vocalist, quite capable of bold shifts and surefootedness in her vocal adventures. His control and intonation are perfect, his sound varying from quite melancholic on ‘The Long and Winding Road’, taken slowly, to resolutely upbeat on ‘Too Close For Comfort’, exultant and lively, his voice marked by a ‘coolly lustrous tone’ in the words of our own John Fordham… Pierre Vacher

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Marc Lockheart



Mark Lockheart (s), Elliot Galvin (p), (synth), (ky), Tom Herbert (b) and Dave Smith (b)

The statement is clear from the opening, the eponymous title track. Elliot creates an almost retro Kraftwerk vibe, but when complemented by Lockheart’s measured, resonant tenor, it gains a romantic ‘English’ filter, stirring memories of Bowie in Berlin. Smith and Herbert hold the line even as everything threatens to fall apart as we wait downwind of a dark, rain-soaked highway… Andy Robson

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Evan Parker

win win

Byrd out

Evan Parker (saxophone)

Recorded in the Walthamstow home where Victorian designer and socialist activist William Morris lived and worked – and dedicated to the memory of his friend and fellow improviser, guitarist John Russell – this latest solo recording by Evan Parker pays a personal tribute to the two artists. . Edwin Pouncey

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Emmanuel Wilkins

The 7th hand

blue note

Immanuel Wilkins (as), Micah Thomas (p, Mellotron), Daryl Johns (b), Kweku Sumbry (d, djembe), Farafina Kan Percussion ensemble: Agyei Keita Edwards (Djembe), Adrian Somerville Jr. (Sangban), Jamal Dickerson (Doundunba), Yao Akoto (Kenkeni) plus Elena Pinderhughes (f)

Following the buzz around his 2020 debut Omega released on Blue Note, 24-year-old Philadelphia-born and raised alto saxophonist-composer Immanuel Wilkins is raising the bar even higher with the same quartet for his latest release. The 7th hand. Much like his greatest hero Kenny Garrett, Wilkins on The 7th hand plays the alto with a deceptively wispy but soulful tone. Among other achievements, he delivers intricate solos with eloquent narrative development that remains consistently succinct and melody-driven… Selwyn Harris

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With Buchnevich back, Blues’ COVID roster clean | St. Louis Blues Thu, 20 Jan 2022 01:30:00 +0000

St. Louis Blues players David Perron and Oskar Sundqvist and coach Craig Berube talk about the team’s ability to come back and win a game. Berube also discusses the “Russian Line”. Video by Blue Note Production

Here is a news flash for you. The Blues don’t have a single player on the COVID list. At least that was the case during Wednesday’s practice at the Centene Community Ice Center.

There have been 21 Blues on the COVID roster at one point or another this season. And number 21 on that list, forward Pavel Buchnevich, has returned to training and is scheduled to play Friday in Seattle.

“Yeah, I think he’s ready to go,” coach Craig Berube said after practice Wednesday. “I thought he looked good. We’ll have another practice tomorrow which will be good, but I think he did a good job today.

At the risk of jinxing the team’s currently rosy health outlook, the worst may be behind them on the COVID front.

The 21 Blues who tested positive remain – to varying degrees – on their respective 90-day testing “holidays”.

(Once a player tests positive, they don’t need to be tested again for 90 days.)

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Additionally, the start of the NHL’s revised COVID protocols is fast approaching. After the All-Star break, players will only be tested if they show symptoms of COVID or cross the Canada-US border.

“I think it’s going to tone down a lot of things,” Berube said.

Not everyone, but a clear majority of Blues players who were on the COVID list this season said they experienced few or no symptoms. And player after Blues player who came off the COVID list, he complained that asymptomatic players shouldn’t be tested.

The NHL Players Association pushed for change. And barring a resurgence of COVID in the league over the next week or so, they will get their wish.

“I’m sure the guys are happy in general just because we’ve seen some of the guys get COVID without any symptoms,” David Perron said. “Most of us get nothing. It’s really great to see that they are making progress in this regard.

Count Oskar Sunqvist among them.

“When I had COVID I never would have known if I hadn’t been tested,” said Sundqvist, who was on the roster on Dec. 18 but only missed two games. “I haven’t really had any symptoms. And obviously the guys are smart enough that if they have symptoms, they ask for tests.

The three-game postponement due to COVID concerns has limited the number of games missed for him.

Benefiting from the recent reduction in quarantine time from 10 days to five days before a player can leave COVID protocols, Perron also only missed two games while on the COVID roster before returning for the Monday’s 5-3 victory over Nashville.

Strangely, Perron said he felt worse the week before he was put on the COVID list.

“I was testing (negative) in Pittsburgh, I had zero energy and I was like, ‘Wow, if it’s not positive, I’ll never test positive again,'” Perron said. “And of course it was a week later (that he tested positive).

Perron said he felt like he had a mild cold or non-COVID virus, coughing a bit.

“But the day I started to feel better was the day I tested positive,” he said. “So from then on, I just kept getting better every day.”

It’s been a long road for the team when it comes to COVID this season. In total, the Blues have had at least one player on the COVID-19 list for 28 of their 39 games. In total, the 21 Blues who were on the COVID list have missed 78 games combined.

Complete list (almost)

With the team’s COVID roster clean, the Blues are as close as they’ve been all season to having their full roster available. Twenty-two of the 23 players on the active roster practiced Wednesday, as did the four members of the taxi squad.

The only player who hasn’t trained is defender Scott Perunovich, who is suffering from an unspecified injury.

“Right now it’s day to day,” Berube said.

Perunovich actually skated before practice for a few minutes with a handful of Blues players – mostly taxi players and extras. But once the team began formal practice, he did not participate.

Schedule changes

The NHL postponed three Blues games that were postponed in December due to COVID concerns, and changed the dates of three other games to give the team a full schedule in February.

Here’s what happened to the three postponed matches:

• The game in Ottawa originally scheduled for December 21 has been postponed to February 15

• The match in Toronto originally scheduled for 23 December has been postponed to 19 February.

• A home game against New Jersey originally scheduled for December 27 has been postponed to February 10.

In addition, the home game scheduled for January 30 against Chicago has been postponed to February 12. A road game scheduled for February 1 in Montreal has been postponed to February 17.

And the Feb. 28 game in Philadelphia has been rescheduled for Feb. 22.

Coffee, color and cheesy country music define Lawrence’s Yippee Café Wed, 19 Jan 2022 16:33:43 +0000

Mike Archibald behind the Yippee Café counter. // Photo by Kelsey Carls

Yippee Cafe is anything but your ordinary coffee. The Lawrence-based roasting company is inspired by the six strings of the West, childhood passions for doodling and drawing, and skateboarding brands like Shorty’s Skateboards.

The Yippee Café embraces his goofy, quirky, and irreverent personality. The company uses cheesy country music-themed cliches to name its roasts, like Johnny Cask, bright colors and vibrant imagery to build a deeper connection with the company’s subscriber community.

Owner and roaster Mike Archibald opened Yippee Café in July 2020 after feeling dissatisfied with his job. Archibald has set up a program to offer coffee lovers a monthly subscription to selected, sustainably sourced premium coffee and hand-drawn artwork.

Art inspiration ranges from childhood cartoons such as Looney Tunes, skateboard artists like russ pope, or personal interpretations of famous country singers Lucinda Williams and Jimmy Buffet.

“People’s feedback has been really fun in the projects we’ve had to do because it’s so loose and it was really cool and unique. We have like a nice community of people who like to have fun with it” said Archibald.

The cafe values ​​relationships with producers known for “green” coffees. Currently in rotation is the “Blenda Lee” roast, a fresh-tasting fruity blend with black tea and red fruit tones.

The company stands out above all for its numerous spin-off projects, such as the partnership with Night Goat and Fox and Pearl Barbecue to create a coffee rub. More recently, Yippee Café has ventured into barrel-aged coffee in collaboration with John Brown Metro.

“Once you open that bag of coffee, it has this big nose, this big energy, it’s really wild. So hopefully it’s something that we kind of do on repeat,” Archibald says.

Yippee Café is located in East Lawrence at 943 New York Street in Lawrence. The retail space is currently closed to the public due to COVID-19 concerns. Plans for a cafe and hot tea bar are in place for spring with a to-go fridge serving cold brew, iced tea, lemonade and horchata.

The music festival features an extremely stacked lineup of rock bands Tue, 18 Jan 2022 22:33:41 +0000

When We Were Young (Live Nation)

LAS VEGAS — Some of the most popular musical artists of the early 2000s will take to the stage in Las Vegas for a one-day festival.

The recently announced When We Were Young music festival has a lineup that’s a who’s who of emo-pop with Paramore and reunited headliner My Chemical Romance.

Some of the other acts include The All American Rejects, AFI, Bring Me the Horizon, The Used, Taking Back Sunday, Avril Lavigne, Dashboard Confessional, Boys Like Girls, Gavin Dance, Alkaline Trio, I Prevail, Manchester Orchestra and many more . .

The festival will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds.

When We Were Young (Live Nation)

Presale of tickets begins Friday, January 21 at 10:00 a.m. PT. It will be followed by a general admission sale later today at 2 p.m. PT.

General admission starts at $225 and VIP at $500. You can get more information here.

Lakers beat Jazz as reserves and youth lead them to biggest win of season Tue, 18 Jan 2022 15:03:00 +0000

It wasn’t LeBron James who saved the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday. It wasn’t even Russell Westbrook and his mop. No, in their biggest win of the season against a fully loaded Utah Jazz team that hovered near the top of the Western Conference for most of the season, the rally was led by the less accomplished Lakers. .

Frank Vogel used four reserves against the Jazz: an undrafted rookie (Austin Reaves), a 10-day signing (Stanley Johnson), a former lottery pick playing for the minimum in an effort to change his career (Malik Monk) and a third-year pro mired in trade rumors (Talen Horton-Tucker). These four players posted point differentials of plus-13 or better. They combined for 44 of the Lakers’ 101 points, and in the 15 minutes the foursome spent on the court with James, they outscored the Jazz by 18 points. It might not be a coincidence that they were the four youngest players to speak on Monday for Los Angeles, and as Johnson noted, that energy was the difference in the game.

“I just wanted to bring some energy to the game,” Johnson said. noted. “I feel like I finally got a deflection and finally got a loose ball and finally got some movement and assists and stuff like that. Once the energy comes into play, you’re kind of like, ‘I play with LeBron and Russ, it’s easy to play with them. So it’s like I just want to bring energy. If I bring energy, everything will be fine .”

That energy was felt on the glass, where Reaves and Johnson’s offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter kept the Lakers ahead and helped them wrap up the game, but Johnson’s skill was just as important. Johnson went to three-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert in the pick-and-roll four times in three minutes in the fourth quarter Monday, and on each of the four occasions he scored. Those points were the backbone of a game-changing 17-4 fourth quarter streak.

“I think if you look at basketball the last two years, some teams have been able to attack it with smaller guys on the rebound,” Johnson said. Explain. James, one of the most prolific pick-and-roll ball handlers in NBA history, largely served as a filter through this critical streak. These play calls were James’ idea. “LeBron is a smart player,” Johnson said joked.

It certainly is, and historically it has also been quite active.

“I know the types of players I like to play with,” James noted after the win, and on Monday, the four reserves made a compelling case for bigger roles. All four play with huge stakes.

Johnson only has a 10-day contract and must continue to contribute if he plans to be re-signed for the remainder of the season. Horton-Tucker and Monk both battle for minutes in a backcourt that will only get more crowded when Kendrick Nunn returns. Horton-Tucker, as the team’s fourth-highest-paid player, is a strong trade candidate if he is ousted. If Monk does, he will lose significant value as a free agent this offseason. Reaves is still trying to prove he belongs in the NBA.

And in the team’s biggest game of the season, all four stepped up and helped lead the Lakers to a win. Being a Laker comes with significant pressure, and right now it’s the younger and less experienced Lakers who are carrying it out.

Depression peaks amid post-holiday blues | KSNF/KODE Tue, 18 Jan 2022 04:43:17 +0000

JOPLIN, Mo. — Today, Blue Monday, is considered the most depressing day of the year.

“Right now it’s just a tough time of year. Christmas is over, there are no big holidays to look forward to. There’s less light, all the bills are coming in for everything I bought for Christmas. Depression reaches its climax. People struggle with affective disorder, which is all of life’s emotional anguish,” said Dr. Karl Wendt, director of Mt. Hope Christian Counseling.

Dr. Wendt says his team sees more people seeking help around this time.

“More and more people are open to working on their own issues. I don’t know if it was Simone Biles. I don’t know if it was COVID. People just realize it’s okay to struggle, but it’s also okay to name it and say, “I’m going to make some progress on this.” It’s not who I am, it’s what I’m going through. That’s what counseling is for.

Dr. Wendt says talking about your problems with a family member or friend can also help.

“When you don’t talk about it, you freeze them. They get stuck on any difficulty level and just loop and loop and loop and loop and the same problem goes on and on. When you talk about it, it changes the neural pathways in your brain, just by verbalizing it and talking about it, and even without solutions, you are already improving it by talking about it.

Exercising and having more light can also help fight the blues.

“Do something for someone. In fact, as long as it’s not illegal or immoral, do something about it. You just need to get moving so you can move forward and make better decisions,” added Dr. Wendt.

How a small mountain town became a legendary destination for country music Mon, 17 Jan 2022 21:53:00 +0000

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Pigeon Forge is an incredible destination for country music! The Listening Room is proud to be part of this thriving community, providing an unparalleled experience for guests and songwriters.

— Chris Blair, owner and founder of The Listening Room

PIGEON FORGE, TENNESSEE, USA, January 17, 2022 / — As live music makes a strong comeback and domestic travel continues to increase, a destination town in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains has quietly become a thriving country music epicenter.

Pigeon Forge, a small town of 6,500 people, was put on the map in 1987 by Dolly Parton’s Dollywood. Growing up on the banks of the Little Pigeon River in neighboring Sevierville County, Dolly sought to bring jobs, entertainment and fun to the community where she grew up. In recent years, the city has become a thriving destination filled with restaurants, shopping, family attractions and, more recently, top country music.

Below are four destinations for country music fans looking to check out this burgeoning music scene.


As a new music experience to emerge in Pigeon Forge, this renowned Nashville venue is renowned for hosting some of the country’s top up-and-coming country songwriters and musicians. Open in the fall, the Pigeon Forge venue offers nightly tours of songwriters from established artists, a lively menu for lunch, brunch and dinner, and the chance to hear new, undiscovered talent.


Another recent addition to the Smoky Mountains music scene, Blake Shelton’s Ole Red restaurant and bar opened in 2019 in nearby Gatlinburg. The famous country music star and coach of the hit TV show “The Voice” brought with him nightly live music, a honky tonk vibe and a dance floor designed for the two-step.


While most visitors are familiar with the iconic Dollywood park, true country music fans gravitate to the Dolly Parton stampede. The fun dinner show offers a combination of live country music, horseback stunts and comedy. Cowboy hats encouraged.


A 25-year veteran of the Smoky Mountains music scene, Country Tonite Theater has launched an all-new show for 2022 featuring a range of fan-favorite music from country classics made famous by country music’s most legendary artists. , gospel and modern patriotic hits. The Country Tonite Theater has hosted classic artists like Loretta Lynn, Brenda Lee, the Bellamy Brothers, and more.

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