Beloved duo Big Gigantic will once again bring the noise to the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, as the group has announced their 5th annual Rowdytown celebration. This year’s performances will take place from September 23-24, and special guests will be announced in the coming days and weeks.Rowdytown is always quite the fun time, as evidenced by the last four years of Big G’s performances on the Rocks. Last year’s performances included RL Grime, Snails, Thomas Jack, Defunk and more, and past editions have featured theNEWDEAL, The Floozies, Savoy and members of The Motet for a live Big G performance.Check out the poster below, and head to Big G’s website for tickets and more details about Rowdytown 5.
*UPDATE* Just a few hours after this post, Rob Wasserman passed away.Bassist Rob Wasserman, the longtime collaborator of Bob Weir, is reportedly in the hospital and facing a “serious struggle.” The news comes to us by way of Weir himself, who posted on Facebook about his friend’s condition.As a few of you may have heard, my great friend and inspiration Rob Wasserman has been hospitalized and is facing a serious struggle. I hope that we can all pause to send him and his family the strength and support to face these difficult days. Rob and family, my thoughts, heart and spirit are with you today.Wasserman has n incredible list of collaborators throughout his musical career, including Lou Reed, Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Van Morrison, Aaron Neville, Brian Wilson, Neil Young, Jackson Browne and more. We wish him all the best.
By David Emory StooksburyUniversity of GeorgiaAll of Georgia except the Lanier and Hartwell basins are now out of drought. Several days of heavy rain across the southern two-thirds of the state have alleviated the remaining drought conditions in south Georgia.The Lake Lanier and Lake Hartwell basins remain in moderate drought. Lake Lanier is a major source of water for much of metropolitan Atlanta. On the Savannah River, Lakes Russell and Clarks Hill remain abnormally low for early April.Soil moisture statewide is near normal for early April. In scattered areas across south Georgia, soil moisture is currently above normal.Stream flows across the southern two-thirds of Georgia are well above normal. Daily record-high flows are being set on many rivers and creeks in southwest and south central Georgia. The National Weather Service is issuing flood warnings for many rivers in the state. Updated river stage information from the NWS is available at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/alr/index.shtml. Drowning is a major cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S. Most of drowning deaths result from people driving vehicles into flooded roadways. When a roadway is covered with water, it is virtually impossible to know the true depth of the water. It only takes a few inches of water to float a car and lead to disaster. Additionally, when a road is covered with water it is very difficult to tell if the road has been washed away or the bridge has been undermined. The safest rule is if the road is covered with water, all drivers should “turn around, don’t drown,” as directed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s safety campaign.Additional weather and climate information can be found at www.georgiaweather.net and www.georgiadrought.org. Agricultural climatology information can be found at www.agroclimate.org. Coastal climate information can be found at www.coastalclimate.org. Daily rainfall data is at www.cocorahs.org. U.S. Geological Survey data is at ga.water.usgs.gov. Water conservation information is available at www.conservewatergeorgia.net.(David Emory Stooksbury is the state climatologist and a professor in engineering and atmospheric sciences with The University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)