Tonight marks the opening of the 10th annual Backwoods Pondfest in Peru, NY, bringing a bounty of talent to the upstate NY location for three nights of glorious music. The first night of the Pondfest is an official pre-party, with a set from Mihali and Frends scheduled for 7:30-9PM tonight!From multiple reports, we have learned that the “Frends” that guitarist Mihali Savoulidis is bringing along actually include Brook Jordan, Zdenek Gubb and Ryan Dempsey – better known as Twiddle. Though the set will be officially billed as Mihali and Frends, Twiddle has grown up with the festival, and sources are telling us that “anything is possible.” With the group traveling together on the road, their inclusion in Mihali’s set only makes sense.The full festival lineup includes Pink Talking Fish, Melvin Seals & JGB, Sophistafunk, The Nth Power and more! Check it all out via the festival’s official website.
Twiddle kicked off their run of winter tour dates on January 30th with a headlining show at George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Vermont-native quartet made sure to make the tour’s opening performance a memorable one, as they filled their two sets (plus an encore) with a mix of 14 total covers and originals themed around the great state of Arkansas. You can finally listen to the full show audio below, or download it here on nugs.net.The show started with a performance of “Apples”, inspired by the official Arkansas state flower, the Apple Blossom. The opening tune transitioned into a disco-friendly cover of “Funkytown” before returning back to “Apples”. Next came one of their newer songs, “River Drift”, followed by a rendition of “Invisible Ink” that segued into John Denver‘s “Country Roads” and, finally, back into “Invisible Ink”. The first set continued with more Arkansas-inspired performances including “Milk” (the official state beverage) and “The Fantastic Tale Of Ricky Snickle” in which the song’s title character was born in the state’s capital of Little Rock.Related: Twiddle Adds Northeast Spring Tour Dates With Lespecial And Gatos BlancosThe second half of the show opened up with “Gatsby the Great”. The Gatsby mentioned in the song’s title was inspired by keyboardist Ryan Dempsey‘s pet duck, which obviously relates to the fact that Arkansas is home to the World Championship Duck Calling Contest. “Gatsby” transitioned into “Polluted Beauty” (and back into “Gatsby”) before continuing with “Honeyburst” and “Beehop”, pulled from the fact that the honey bee is Arkansas’ official state insect. Next came “Second Wind”, followed by a rendition of the Grateful Dead‘s “Eyes of the World” (with a tease of “Gubb Dump” during the solo) to close the set. Twiddle’s night finally came to a thrilling end with an encore cover of Tears for Fears‘ “Mad World”.Twiddle – 1/30/2019 – Full Show Audio[Audio: edmund.edwards]Fans can head over to the tour page on the band’s website for ticket info for all upcoming Twiddle shows.Setlist: Twiddle | George’s Majestic Lounge | Fayetteville, AR | 1/30/2019Set One: Apples (%) > Funkytown (Lipps Inc. cover) > Apples > River Drift, Invisible Ink > Country Roads (John Denver cover) > Invisible Ink, Milk (&), The Fantastic Tale Of Ricky Snickle (@)Set Two: Gatsby the Great (!) > Polluted Beauty > Gatsby, Honeyburst (?) > Beehop (?), Second Wind (Darryl Worley cover) > Eyes of the World* (Grateful Dead cover)Encore: Mad World (Tears for Fears cover)Show Notes:* “Gubb Dump” tease during solo% The Apple Blossom is Arkansas state flower& Milk is Arkansas state [email protected] Ricky Snickle was born in Little Rock Arkansas! Arkansas is home to the World Championship Duck Calling Contest? The Honey bee is Arkansas state insect
Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters The Clippers, who rested Leonard during much of the preseason, notified the NBA of their plans in advance and are in compliance with the league, according to ESPN’s Rachel Nichols.Leonard had a game-high 30 points, seven rebounds, six assists, three blocked shots and two steals in Monday’s victory over Charlotte. Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Leonard played in only 60 of 82 regular-season games last season before leading the Toronto Raptors to an NBA title. The Raptors were rewarded for their conservative approach with Leonard by his dominant performance in the playoffs, when he averaged 30.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists while playing every game.Leonard’s maintenance plan draws more attention in part because disagreements about his health, specifically regarding a quadriceps injury, led to his departure from the Spurs. After Leonard sat out all but nine games in 2017-18, San Antonio traded Leonard and Danny Green to the Raptors for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a 2019 first-round pick.Rivers said Leonard, who has averaged 27 points, 6.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists through four games with the Clippers after signing with them in free agency this summer, would have heavy input on which games he rested. The Clippers will take a similar approach with other veterans, including Leonard’s All-Star teammate Paul George, who has yet to play for the team as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgeries.Related Articles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard will sit out Wednesday night’s nationally televised game against the Utah Jazz but will play Thursday against the San Antonio Spurs, Coach Doc Rivers said.It’s the first game that Leonard will miss with the Clippers due to load management. Rivers told reporters in Salt Lake City that the franchise will determine when Leonard will rest on a “case-by-case” basis, adding that there is no set plan to always rest the two-time NBA Finals MVP on one end of a back-to-back. This is the first set of back-to-back games on the Clippers’ schedule this season.The Clippers (3-1) are officially listing Leonard as out due to “load management, knee,” satisfying the NBA’s new requirement to list a specific body part. However, Rivers said Leonard “has never felt better.”“Our goal is to have him playing and being fresh all year, and we’re doing that so far,” Rivers told reporters. “I keep saying this: He’s not the only guy we’re having those conversations with, and every team is doing it. We’re just trying to do it, I don’t know, I’m trying to say more efficiently than others. But we’re learning as we go.” Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “You’ve just got to go case by case, more by information,” Rivers told reporters. “We’re trying to do it smarter. The whole key, I guess, is the input the guys give you, the honest input. Paul George, you can trust. Lou (Williams), you can trust. Kawhi, you can trust. Pat (Beverley), I don’t know. I would say not on him.”A few years ago, NBA commissioner Adam Silver was granted the power to fine teams for resting players in nationally televised games. Teams were also encouraged not to rest players on the road.