Steve Miller and his band have announced a spring tour of Canada, with two dates in the upper American Midwest, with special guest Peter Frampton. Following a successful tour together in 2017, the two rock and roll icons will join forces once again this April.“2017 was an amazingly beautiful, creative and rewarding music experience for our band and our audience,” says Miller. “The band and production crew are working on creating an even better concert experience for 2018 and plan on wading even deeper into the musical waters. Peter Frampton and I enjoyed last summer. There is so much to explore and we are looking forward to seeing our friends in Canada and the States soon.”Frampton adds, “Having had such a fantastic tour together last summer, Steve and I decided to keep going this year! Jamming together each night during Steve’s set is one of my favorite moments of the evening. Can’t wait to get back out there.”In September, Miller produced and personally directed the curation and creative process for two new, career-spanning Steve Miller Band Ultimate Hits collections (Capitol/Ume). Ultimate Hits is available in a 1CD and digital edition featuring 22 essential Steve Miller Band tracks, including three previously unreleased rarities, and in an expanded 2CD and digital deluxe edition with 40 tracks, including the acclaimed band’s top hits, live tracks, and eight previously unreleased recordings from the studio and the stage. Both editions are also available on 180-gram vinyl in 2LP and 4LP deluxe packages.Steve Miller was a mainstay of the San Francisco music scene that upended American culture in the late ’60s. With albums like Children of the Future, Sailor, and Brave New World, Miller perfected a psychedelic blues sound that drew on the deepest sources of American roots music and simultaneously articulated a compelling vision of what music-and society-could be in the years to come.Then, in the ’70s, Miller crafted a brand of rock ‘n’ roll music that was polished, exciting and irresistible, and that has dominated radio through today. Hit followed hit in an endless flow: “The Joker,” “Livin’ in the USA,” “Take the Money and Run,” “Rock’n Me,” “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Jet Airliner,” “Jungle Love,” and “Abracadabra” among them. To this day, these songs are instantly recognizable when they come on the radio-and impossible not to sing along with.Running through Miller’s catalogue is a combination of virtuosity and song craft along with melodic vocals and signature guitar riffs. His parents were jazz aficionados — Les Paul was his godfather — so as a budding guitarist and singer, Miller absorbed valuable lessons from their musical tradition. When the family moved to Texas, Miller deepened his education in the blues, meeting T-Bone Walker and learning to sing and play listening to him and Jimmy Reed. Miller then moved to Chicago where he played with Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Buddy Guy and Paul Butterfield.The Steve Miller Band has played to more than 20 million people in the last 20 years. In addition to touring with his band, Miller is also contributing his time to serving on the welcoming committee of the Department of Musical Instruments of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and as a board member of Jazz at Lincoln Center, where he curates and hosts shows at both institutions celebrating blues, jazz and early American music. From 2015 – 2017, Miller and guitar legend Jimmie Vaughan presented seven sold out shows at JALC: “Ma Rainey Meets Miles Davis,” “T Bone Walker – A Bridge From Blues to Jazz,” and, with along with harmonica virtuoso Charlie Musselwhite, “The Blues Triangle: Memphis, Texas and Chicago.”The Steve Miller Band 2018 USA tour dates and further album release and compilation information will be announced early next year. Stay tuned!STEVE MILLER BAND 2018 SPRING TOUR DATES:APRIL14 – Victoria, BC – Save on Foods Centre16 – Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Centre18 – Kelowna, BC – Prospera Place20 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome21 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place23 – Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre24 – Winnipeg, MB – Bell MTS Place26 – Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford Premier Center28 – New Town, ND – Four Bears Resort
In light of recent focus on the Latino vote as the 2014 midterm elections approach, Notre Dame hosted a panel discussion Wednesday evening in McKenna Hall entitled, “American Politics in the 21st Century: The Latino Vote and the 2014 Elections.”Christina Wolbrecht, associate professor of political science at Notre Dame, moderated the three-person panel. Panelists included professor of American politics Ricardo Ramirez, professor Michael Jones-Correa of government from Cornell University and professor of political science Sophia Wallace from Rutgers University.Ramirez spoke first, asking why the Latino vote is suddenly receiving so much attention.In response to his own questions, he said, “We have to look at the dramatic increase. In the period between 1991 and 2011 more than a third of the new 13 million U.S. citizens were Latinos, you had a dramatic increase in the number of 18-24 year old Latinos between 1991-2006.“There’s almost as many Latino voters… to potential Latino voters.”Jones-Correa said the Latino vote matters because these new voters have the possibility of swaying an outcome of an election.“When you have new residents moving into the states will they maintain their own political orientation or create a shift?” he said.There are three ideas around this question, Jones-Correa said. One, because Latinos tend to vote liberally, they will sway the states they move to. Two, Latinos will move to states that match their ideology, and three, Latinos will be influenced by the people around them and may even be swayed themselves to vote conservatively, he said.Jones-Correa said many first generation Latinos likely to claim no party affiliation and be more influenced by their neighbors because they want to integrate into American society or because they do not understand the mission of each party.Wallace continued this thought and asked what the most important issues are for the Latino voter.“[Immigration] has become increasingly an extremely important issue in the Latino community, but it’s also affecting turn out and affecting vote choice and that is both mobilizing Latino voters for democratic candidates as well as mobilizing them against Republicans in specific places,” Wallace said.Wallace said the Latino vote is more important than many American citizens make it out to be. The U.S. should care about the Latino vote, Wallace said, because it has the potential to increase the number of Latino elected officials, mobilize politicians to respond to Latino issues, and moderate campaign ads for immigration.Wallace also said we observe a two-to-one ratio in favor of Democrats.“Both parties are trying to craft specific campaign strategies to mobilize Latinos, but a lot of this hinges on the handling of immigration as an issue.”Wallace said the GOP runs the risk of alienating Latino voters with very conservative viewpoints.Tags: Latino politics, McKenna Hall
Kevin Hayes and his family have bought affordably in Bulimba. Photo: Claudia BaxterOne magic number proves it’s not just millionaires buying in Brisbane’s expensive suburbs.You might think it takes impossibly deep pockets to become a homeowner in our most desirable addresses, but the numbers prove that’s not true.Our 20 most expensive suburbs have median house prices ranging from $950,000 to $1.85 million, but not every house is the same. Cheaper homes are on offer, too. It’s time to consider a measure called the lower quartile.Put simply, if there have been 100 sales in a suburb, ranked from least to most expensive, the median price would be the 50th sale, but the lower quartile shows the price of the 25th sale – or ‘the median of the lower half’. Source: CoreLogic“It gives a better idea of what the entry point into that market is going to be, rather than that middle of the pricing range,” said Corelogic RP Data head of research Tim Lawless. “Often the lower quartile (price) can be more than 50 per cent lower than the actual median price, particularly when a suburb has a really diverse range of housing.”Mr Lawless said it was useful for drilling down into the detail of markets.“Look at the buy-in price of Hamilton, based on the median of $1.3 million, but there’s still 25 per cent of properties that have sold for a price tag of about $860,000 or less,” he said. “I think a lot of people will be looking at the numbers and saying, ‘Well, maybe buying a detached house in Hamilton isn’t quite as unachievable as I thought.’”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoMr Lawless said smart investors used the measure to spot opportunities. “In some way, the lower quartile is a good reference point for the worst house in the best street,” he said.Place Bulimba marketing agent Shannon Harvey agreed the lower quartile measure should be part of most buyer analysis.“A lot of people are forgetting that properties will come up that they actually can afford,” she said.Ms Harvey said buyers needed to do the research, get prepared and be ready to strike when a low-priced opportunity presented itself.“Typically, it would be unpresented – the garden needs work, it might need a paint, there might be some maintenance issues, it could be a tenanted property where they’ve got a 12-month wait to get into the home,” she said. “It’s something that’s not perfect, but if you can compromise a little bit you’ve got a reward there.”Kevin Hayes and wife Kate used the approach when buying in Bulimba.Mr Hayes said the couple were looking on-and-off for five years before the imminent arrival of their second child compelled them to act.“We were trying to find something that was ‘move in ready’ – something we could easily move into but had potential to get our hands dirty down the track to do some improvements.”Their three-bedroom cottage on 400sq m within a short stroll of the Oxford St cafe strip was perfect. They bought in August 2016 for $811,500 – more than 30 per cent below the suburb’s median house price. Mr Hayes said buyers keen on low-price real estate needed to become area experts. “Do lots of research, keep your eye on the internet, have a good understanding of where you want to be and be prepared to roll your sleeves up and get a bit dirty when you move into your new property,” he said. “Don’t try and buy the forever house straight away if you’re looking to do what we’ve done.”
By Mamadou DemThe Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission (TRRC), has arrived in Basse in the URR on the third day of their nationwide tour, to sensitise Gambians about the Commission and what it’s engagements will be, when established. Mrs. Fatou Jammeh-Touray, Governor of Upper River Region (URR) in her welcome remarks to the members of the delegation headed by the Minister of Justice, encouraged members of her community to be attentive and participate fully in the discussions.Alhagie Amadou Kora of Basse, Upper River Region (URR), alleged that the previous regime headed by Yahya Jammeh did not accord protection to the citizenry because he failed to respect ‘‘our’’ rights as citizens.Mr. Kora made this allegation at the ongoing countrywide consultative meeting in Basse, for the establishment of a Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission (TRRC), organised and led by the Ministry of Justice in collaboration with UNDP.However, he advised members of the community who are affected either directly or indirectly, to bear the pain, the loss and the injury, meted on them by the former regime.On Privacy: Regarding private and sensitive information involving victims, some expressed concern as to whether they can disclose that information in public, particularly rape cases. The Minister however explained that the truth must come to light; that when the Commission commences sitting, hearings in camera would be considered for such victims.Others were of the view that the commission should be one that would wipe the tears of victims especially those in rural settlements who were traumatized under Jammeh whilst others suggested for some people within the region to be selected to assist the commission including those knowledgeable in Sharia, as the ministry alone cannot do it.“The Commission should be established,” said Abubacarr Krubally in Basse. Mr. Krubally warned his colleges to be God fearing and desist from making untruthful allegations. He pointed out that the issue of a National Assembly Member losing his/her seat upon dismissal by the party, should be amended and a presidential term limit be included in the Constitution.Lady Councillors for both Basse and Jimara intimated that they never thought Jammeh’s era will come to an end because of the stigma and discrimination meted on them.According to her, some of the perpetrators are of the opinion that the commission is a joke and appealed to the minister to fast track the process and establish it as soon as possible.Speaking earlier, Namory Trawally of the Gambia Press Union said the Commission is very important as it will probe into the activities committed by the former regime. “The Commission will investigate to know what exactly happened and come up with a solution,” he said.He urged everyone to exchange ideas with the delegates for a better Gambia. He explained why the commission should be established, how it will operate and when they intend to commence sittings.“Government wants to know the atrocities committed from July 1994 to December 2016 so that everything will become clear,” he explained.“This will help government to know the right approach to take in the healing process. It will also help to know the number that disappeared, how they disappeared and when.”Mr. Trawally concluded that the Commission will write a report after accomplishing their work and in the report they will advise the President based on their findings; that this will enable government to come up with policies to avoid future brutality in the country like that of the former regime of Jammeh.