New Orleans Musicians Get Funky For Bernie Sanders

first_imgLoad remaining images Saturday, February 27th was unofficially Bernie Sanders Day in the city of New Orleans. The city held not one but two musical fundraisers in support of Senator Sanders’ presidential run, as well as the NOLA March for Bernie. The march ended at 30/90 on Frenchmen Street, where New Orleans Musicians for Bernie Sanders, a group including Brian Stoltz (The Funky Meters), Russell Batiste, Billy Iuso, Claude Bryant, Smokey Brown, Marc Stone, Joe Krown (Joe Krown Trio), Janna Slasaw, Laurie Lehner, Josh Paxton and more. The show was cover-free but donations were encouraged.The Maple Leaf Bar hosted Bern Fest, which brought Bernie supporters and music lovers to the beloved bar for one of their famous crawfish boils and an amazing lineup of musical acts including Sam Price Duo, Eric Benny Bloom & Gemini, Smoke ‘n Bones, and Pirate’s Choice. With bellies full of crawdads, New Orleanians supported Sanders by getting funky, of course.Musicians included Eric Benny Bloom (Lettuce, Pretty Lights, Sonic Bloom), Luke Quaranta (Toubab Krewe, Pirate’s Choice), Billy Franklin (Smoke N Bones, OTRA), Khris Royal (Khris Royal & Dark Matter), Sam Price (Honey Island Swamp Band, OTRA), Raja Kassis (Antibalas, Pirate’s Choice), Terrence Houston (George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, Toubab Krewe), Max Moran (Donald Harrison Jr., Neospectric), Sam Dickey (Benyoro, Pirate’s Choice), Cliff Hines (Mike Dillon Band), Kyle Roussell, Thomas Glass, Doug Dietrich, Kyle Sharamitaro, Kyle Cripps, Amy Trail & more. Profits from the event went to the Bernie Sanders campaign.Check out the full gallery from Bern Fest below:last_img read more

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Kicker Hofrichter impresses Syracuse coaches, hopes to contribute right away in 2015

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ In practice, Armwood (Fla.) High School’s offense was on one side of the field, and the defense was on the other.Kicker Sterling Hofrichter had to stand near midfield to kick field goals over the offense. Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer and quarterbacks coach Tim Lester were in attendance, and saw him make a field goal upward of 55 yards.Ever since then he’s been SU’s top kicking target.“Coach Shafer saw that and I guess he was really impressed,” Hofrichter said. “They want me, and that was basically what got me.”Hofrichter was the only kicker that Syracuse wanted for its Class of 2015. SU was the only school that gave him an offer. And on Friday the two made the pairing all but official when Hofrichter announced his verbal commitment to the Orange, becoming the 16th verbal commitment to Syracuse’s Class of 2015.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe is listed as 5 feet, 10 inches and is a two-star recruit, according to Scout.com. He will finish his senior year at Armwood High School before coming to Syracuse.“I was hoping I’d get a scholarship to a big-time Division I school,” Hofrichter said. “It’s a great feeling to go D-I and go to an (Atlantic Coast Conference) school.”Hofrichter figures to have a good chance to get immediate playing time at Syracuse.Both Ross Krautman and Riley Dixon will have graduated. Ryan Norton will be a senior, but he only made 10-of-15 field goals last season, his longest kick measuring at 44 yards. Incoming freshman Evan Jakubowski, a preferred walk-on, will likely be Hofrichter’s other competition.Said Hofrichter: “I’m just going to continue putting in hard work, show how accurate and how consistent I can be and hopefully I can get a spot as a freshman.” Comments Related Stories Kicker Hofrichter commits to SyracuseSyracuse snags 3-star safety Fredrick’s commitmentcenter_img Published on June 28, 2014 at 3:48 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3last_img read more

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Former SCA student wins Super Bowl competition

first_imgScott Zabielski, a graduate of the School of Cinematic Arts, won first place in the Doritos “Crash the Super Bowl” contest on Sunday with a commercial he directed called, “Middle Seat,” which aired during the Super Bowl. His commercial won him $1 million and a job at Universal Pictures.The 30-second commercial features a man who lands the aisle seat on an airplane with no one sitting in the middle seat. As new passengers are boarding the plane, he exhausts a number of impolite behaviors — crippling his toenails, coughing profusely and playing the flute — to deter passengers from sitting beside him.The man eventually sees an attractive woman — played by a Trojan alumna — walk down the aisle. He smiles at her while holding up a bag of Doritos in an effort to get her to take the seat, which she does. Seconds later, he finds out she is carrying a crying baby, played by Zabielski’s son.Zabielski explained that he came up with the commercial’s storyline with the goal of creating jokes that were relatable to all of his viewers.“I kind of think that the best humor is the type where people can relate to it,” Zabielski said. “They can look at something and say, ‘That’s funny because it’s true.’ I think we’ve all been in that situation, if you’ve ever flown in an airplane, where you have that seat open next to you and you see people coming down the aisle towards you and you’re trying to think of anything you can to keep that seat empty. I kind of wanted to play with the idea that if you were going to make a total fool of yourself and do outrageous things, what would you do to keep the seat empty.”Zabielski was also an executive producer on the comedy television show Tosh.O. His commercial had a $2,000 budget, though he only decided to move forward with the project two weeks before the submission deadline.“I have always wanted to direct commercials, and I’ve been working in TV for the last several years,” Zabielski said. “I basically get into commercials from TV. You have to do a special commercial to prove that you can do something in 30 seconds instead of what I do on my show which can be three or four minutes. So, I realized that the Doritos contest deadline was coming up, and I decided to make the spec commercial a Doritos commercial. I kind of entered on a whim.”Zabielski worked on the commercial with his wife, Genevieve Younce Zabielski. She was instrumental to the success of the commercial as she helped with production and ran the social media campaigns.The contest, which had more than 4,900 entries, had two winners: a grand prize winner chosen by the public via online voting and a runner-up chosen by Doritos.Zabielski did not find out that he had won the contest until it aired during the Super Bowl. After the game, he was presented with his prize in a Super Bowl suite alongside his family and friends.Zabielski said that he does not have details on his new position at Universal Pictures yet, but he hopes that the new job will allow him to further his career.The 2011 winners of the Doritos “Crash the Super Bowl” contest, J.R. Burningham and Tess Ortbals, were also USC graduates who won with their commercial, “Pug Attack.”last_img read more

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