Remembering When The Grateful Dead Got “Busted Down On Bourbon Street” In 1970

first_img“Busted, down on Bourbon Street,Set up, like a bowlin’ pin, Knocked down, it gets to wearin’ thin, They just won’t let you be…”While New Orleans is generally known as a laid-back, easy-going city–with no open container laws and bars that never close–the city’s law enforcement has always been strict about certain things, including drugs. On January 31st, 1970, The Grateful Dead found this out the hard way when their hotel was raided and the entire band got arrested on drug charges. However, the experience would go on to influence the lyrics of “Truckin’“, one of the Dead’s most iconic songs.Following their performance at The Warehouse with openers Fleetwood Mac, the band and crew returned to their hotel rooms to find the police waiting for them. As Lenny Hart (Mickey Hart‘s father and the band’s then-manager) explained to Rolling Stone shortly after the 1970 arrest, “It was very peculiar, and it seems like they set them up. [The cops] were waiting when they got back from their concert. They had a warrant and had already searched the room when the band got back. Nothing was found on any of the people except stuff they had prescriptions for. Everything they claim to have found was in the room, they said. But nobody in the band knows where any of it came from. It wasn’t their stuff. The Grateful Dead are normally very cool and cautious.”Continued Lenny, “The cops made it extra heavy for us, too. They detained the band, handcuffed them all together and lined them up in front of the building for press photos. The cops were enjoying it, just getting their own thing on. They ended up having to spend eight hours in jail; even though the bail was ready right away, they hassled them that long.” All of the 19 people caught in the raid were booked for possession of some combination of marijuana, LSD, barbiturates, amphetamines, or other dangerous non-narcotic drugs. Mere possession in Louisiana then carried a penalty of 5 to 15 years in prison.Every member of the Dead except Pigpen and Tom Constanten (who left the band immediately after the New Orleans incident) was included in the bust, along with several members of their entourage and some local associates. An added bonus for the New Orleans police was the capture of Owsley Stanley, then a tech for the band as well as a well-known LSD producer; “King of Acid Arrested,” boasted the local newspapers.The bust did not come as too big of a surprise to the band. A few weeks earlier, their friends in the Jefferson Airplane had been raided while staying at the same New Orleans hotel for their own performance. Furthermore, when the Dead arrived in the Crescent City earlier that day, they were told they could face some issues, both at the airport (when they were given the name of an attorney in case something happened) and at the hotel before the show (when Jerry Garcia was warned by staff to stay clean as a raid was likely). This led many in the band to feel like they had been set up.In the audio below, Garcia talks about the incident and the band’s treatment by the police, saying “They had great fun with us, the southern cops. The had just what they wanted: hippies. Oh, boy.” Listen to the full segment via YouTube user Scott Free:As the 1970 Rolling Stone article explained,  “New Orleans police seem to fear that their good town will become the next Haight-Ashbury, and maybe they feel that way with some reason. The fact is, New Orleans is starting to burst out. Head shops and boutiques are springing up all over, and there’s a lot of long hair walking the streets.”After posting bail money, the Dead were almost out of funds. They added an extra show in New Orleans and persuaded Fleetwood Mac to stay for the additional performance as well. At the gig, a bucket was passed around the audience to collect some additional cash for legal expenses. Most of the charges from the New Orleans bust were eventually dropped, but the incident went on to make a lasting impact on Grateful Dead lore.Don’t miss The Daze Between Band featuring Eric Krasno (Soulive/Lettuce), Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), and Duane Trucks (Widespread Panic), w/ special guests John Medeski & Tom Hamilton at One Eyed Jacks (5/2) and Marcus King & DeShawn “D’Vibes” Alexander at The Howlin’ Wolf (5/3) in New Orleans during Jazz Fest. For more info click here, to purchase tickets click here for 5/2 and here for 5/3. For our full guide to Jazz Fest late nights, click here.last_img read more

Asia Today: Australia OKs Pfizer vaccine, to begin in Feb.

first_imgSYDNEY (AP) — Australia’s medical regulator has approved use of its first coronavirus vaccine, paving the way for inoculations to begin next month. Residents and workers at aged-care facilities, frontline healthcare workers and quarantine workers are being prioritized. Prime Minister Scott Morrison welcomed the provisional approval for the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. Australia is aiming to complete inoculations by October. Elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region, health officials in New Zealand say genome tests indicate the country’s most recent COVID-19 patient contracted the virus from another returning traveler just before leaving quarantine. They’re investigating how the breach happened.last_img read more

The Library, Directed by Steven Soderbergh, Starts Previews

first_img The Library tells the story of Caitlin Gabriel (Moretz), a survivor of a deadly high school shooting. She struggles to tell her story to her parents, the authorities or anyone who will listen. But there are other narratives that gain purchase in the media and paint her in a different light. The play asks us to examine our relationship to the truth and the lies that claim to heal us. Related Shows Moretz will be joined by Emmy nominee Lili Taylor, Tony nominee Jennifer Westfeldt, Ben Livingston, Michael O’Keefe, Daryl Sabara, David Townsend and Tamara Tunie. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on April 27, 2014 The truth unfolds: the world premiere of Scott Z. Burns’ The Library begins performances off-Broadway at The Public Theater on March 25. The drama, directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh and starring Chloë Grace Moretz, will open officially on April 15 and run through April 27. The Librarylast_img read more

Seven Shows Happening Outside NYC this Summer

first_imgHunter Foster, Santino Fontana, Lindsay Mendez, Marisa Tomei, Kyle Dean Massey, Will Swenson, Janet Dacal, Paul Alexander Nolan & Kelli Barrett(Photos: Bruce Glikas, Emilio Madrid-Kuser & Jeremy Daniel) Sure, there’s nothing like summer in the city, but sometimes we just need a break from off-brand Times Square Elmos, hot dog water and pedicabs. So hop in the with us and check out these intriguing theatrical events happening outside the concrete jungle. We’re making stops in the Berkshires, Sag Harbor, the Cape and more for all sorts of great shows, so let’s hit the road!The Rose TattooNow through July 17Williamstown Theatre Festival (Williamstown, MA: 3 hours from NYC)Oscar winner Marisa Tomei will head to the Berkshires to headline the 1951 Tennessee Williams play about an Italian-American widow in Louisiana who gets her groove back thanks to a hot-blooded trucker. And if that weren’t enough, Broadway beltress Lindsay Mendez is playing a Sicilian folk singer who provides musical interludes—which is precisely what we’ve been saying every play needs this whole time.Also at Williamstown Theatre Festival: Romance Novels for Dummies, An American Daughter, Cost of Living, The Chinese Room, Poster Boy and And No More Shall We Part.Buddy: The Buddy Holly StoryNow through July 16Bucks County Playhouse (New Hope, PA: 1 1/2 hours from NYC)Hunter Foster returns to Bucks County Playhouse to direct the show about the guy behind such songs as “Peggy Sue,” “That’ll Be the Day” and “Oh Boy.” We’ve seen Foster on Broadway plenty of times, but Pennsylvania’s the place to be if you want to see what he can do on the other side of the stage. Joining him on the creative team is Lorin Latarro, the Broadway gypsy-turned-choreographer who’s bringing sweet moves to Waitress.Also at Bucks County Playhouse: The Divine Sister and Cake OffBye Bye BirdieNow through September 4Goodspeed Musicals (East Haddam, CT: 2 1/2 hours from NYC)Gray skies are gonna clear up this summer at the Goodspeed. The riverside opera house will play host to Charles Strouse, Lee Adams and Michael Stewart’s musical about a rock star heading off to boot camp, and the fangirls after his heart. (The show is loosely inspired by our collective relationship with Aaron Tveit.) Among the cast is Broadway alum Janet Dacal, who you may know from such shows as In the Heights and Wonderland.Also at Goodspeed: A Sign of the TimesThe Music ManJuly 5 through 23The Cape Playhouse (Dennis, MA: 4 1/2 hours from NYC)What better way to chase your Fourth of July than with this American classic? The Cape’s got trouble this summer as Meredith Wilson’s musical about a conman, a librarian and kids who frankly aren’t great musicians takes the stage, marking the largest production the Playhouse has put on its 90-year history. The cast is full of Broadway alums, and a favorite is playing Marcellus: resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson! All together, now: Shipoopi!Also at The Cape Playhouse: Talley’s Folly, The May Queen, Cabaret and The MousetrapThe Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the CrowdJuly 7 through 9Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater (Poughkeepsie, NY: 1 1/2 hours from NYC)Santino Fontana is a man of many talents, and this summer, he’s showing off a few of them simultaneously. The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star will star in a workshop presentation of Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley’s musical, featuring a book adapted by Fontana himself. You never know where a Vassar project will go, so if it turns into a cultural phenomenon, you’ll have bragging rights for a lifetime.Also at Vassar: Transfers, The Wolves and Another Word for BeautyThe Pirates of PenzanceJuly 15 through August 13Barrington Stage Company (Pittsield, MA: 3 hours from NYC)Calling all models of a modern major general: Pirates are taking over Massachusetts. Following their Tony-nominated revival of On the Town (which also started at Barrington), director John Rando and choreographer Joshua Bergasse are reuniting to present Gilbert and Sullivan’s show about swashbucklers, poor wandering ones and a whole lot of patter songs. The cast features several stage favorites, including Will Swenson, Kyle Dean Massey and Scarlett Strallen.Also at Barrington Stage Company: Kimberly Akimbo, American Son, Broadway Bounty Hunter and TribesMy Fair LadyAugust 2 through 28Bay Street Theater (Sag Harbor, NY: 2 1/2 hours from NYC)Here’s a reason to leave the street where you live. This August, Michael Arden will follow up his Tony-nominated turn directing Spring Awakening by helming My Fair Lady. The cast is led by two Broadway favorites: Paul Alexander Nolan (Bright Star) as Henry Higgins and Kelli Barrett (Doctor Zhivago) as Eliza Doolittle, and the intimate staging will feature a two-piano arrangement of the score. Wouldn’t a day trip to Sag Harbor be loverly?Also at Bay Street Theater: The Last Night of Ballyhoo and Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey View Commentslast_img read more

Vermont agencies share $4.7 million for energy efficiency

first_imgFive agencies in Vermont will receive about $4.7 million to provide solar thermal and solar hot water technologies for Vermont families, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) announced today.The funds also may be used to promote bulk buying strategies and cooperative partnerships in buying solar technologies in order to lower the costs of materials.  Community-based marketing approaches to help families save energy and money also may be funded under the grants.The Vermont grant recipients were among 120 organizations across the country selected to receive $120 million under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program.The Bennington-Rutland Opportunity Council, Inc., located in Rutland, will receive $900,000.The Central Vermont Community Action Council, Inc., based in Barre, will receive $900,000.The Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Inc., located in Burlington and Hinesburg, will receive more than $1.1 million, and will undertake program management and evaluation in addition to the project.The Northeast Employment & Training Organization, Inc., based in Derby and St. Johnsbury, will receive $900,000.The South Eastern Vermont Community Action, Inc, located in Westminster, will receive over $900,000.Vermont leads the nation in taking dramatic steps toward energy efficiency. By making low-income homes more energy efficient, families save an average of $437 on their energy bills, according the U.S. Department of Energy.Source: Congressional delegation. 8.19.2010last_img read more

Diálogo Magazine Brings Multi-National Editors Together

first_imgBy Dialogo April 04, 2012 On March 20-21, military and civilian journalists, web gurus and social communicators from various levels and ranks across Central and South America came together at the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) for an editorial exchange of ideas and information for collaboration. SOUTHCOM’s Diálogo magazine staff hosted the first Senior Editor’s Conference in its headquarters, where 17 members of equivalent Military and defense magazines from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay and Peru met to discuss editorial topics common to all, including surviving under the current economic realities facing defense budgets the world over. Vice Admiral Joseph Kernan, Military Deputy Commander at SOUTHCOM, highlighted the importance of the work journalists carry out as communicators. “I think there’s a lesson to be learned no matter the ups and downs of our countries: the Militaries are always committed to the same thing, we are committed to our people and you [journalists] all have a big responsibility to communicate this to our people… to connect to our young people.” Some representatives, such as Brazilian Navy Vice-Admiral ® Armando De Senna Bittencourt, of the Brazilian Maritime Magazine and Navigator magazine, discussed the importance of keeping history alive (with printed products) in the face of an all-encompassing digital approach that is pushing publications everywhere to the Web. “Our publication serves as a historical reference, not only of the Navy, but of Brazil itself as seen from the sea,” said Vice-Admiral De Senna Bittencourt. On the other hand, the Chilean Military’s Joint General Staff Command representatives, journalist Javier Briones Bellet and Chilean Navy Captain Javier Sánchez Liberona, highlighted the fact that they are a digital-only media source, not only for environmental reasons and budgetary restrictions, but also because there is no limit to the audience they can reach. “This allows our public to be more interactive… and this approach generates a collaborative team effort across all levels,” he added. Still, Briones Bellet pointed out that the Joint Command is “the exception to the rule” because each individual branch of the Chilean Armed Forces continues to produce printed magazines. Others proudly boasted of the importance of the messages their publications carry to their populations in an effort to highlight the positive actions of their Armed Forces. “Peru moves forward, develops because its Armed Forces are there to provide it security,” said Army Colonel Alejandro Teobaldo Luján Castro, of the Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command magazine, Comando en Acción. Colonel Freddy Fuentes Yancor, representing the Guatemalan Army’s Joint Command Military Magazine, expressed that through their publication, they are “exporting peace to other countries.” Diálogo magazine’s Editorial Conference brought together partner nations in an editorial context, opening a forum where participants realized they all face similar concerns about budgetary restrictions and keeping up with modern technological advances. As a result, agreements were made to initiate a collaborative approach in which partner nations will promote information sharing among each other by cross-referencing resources, exchanging articles, photos and facts on events and exercises relevant to the entire region. Congratulations to Dialogo Magazine for promoting this exchange with editors of Central and South America. Definitely this first conference has been a major initiative of the Southern Command of the United States in order to fulfill the purpose of information exchange between publications of the armies of America and the Caribbean. Dear colleagues of Diálogo Magazine, thanks for sharing this fine article. I hope you continue to have success in your work and that the goals and objectives set for this meeting are met. Best regards. Excellent initiative of the Southern Command, the armed forces of the continent must let their people know about the work they carry out against terrorism, organized crime and the search for regional peace and alert them about the threats that these scourges inflict on the economy and the growth of our nations. There must be a way to massify military magazines so they can be read by a greater % of citizens. M Robles Lieutenant Colonel DEM retired from the Nicaraguan army.last_img read more

Innovate like the NFL: 7 steps

first_imgTo push itself forward, the National Football League (NFL) aims to embrace evolution while respecting tradition, Michelle McKenna-Doyle, the NFL’s senior vice president/chief information officer, told CO-OP Think 17 attendees in New York on Wednesday.McKenna-Doyle shares seven ways the 96-year old organization innovates:Make it everyone’s responsibility. Improving the game isn’t just up to the football people. The entire organization needs to be involved, including marketing and information technology.Improve constantly. “We are paranoid. We constantly push ourselves,” she says. “Standing still or marking time is absolutely not an option.”Embrace the future fan. “We have to replenish our fan base,” she says, so the NFL actively seeks out the younger, next generation of football fans. continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Travel Diary: Pre-Holidays In The Catskills

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By NY Auto Giant‘Tis the season to escape to the New York State treasure that are the Catskills. It’s not too late for a quick getaway before the craziness of the holidays consume you and your family. The weather is crisp, but not unbearable. The mood is mellower, yet full of the sweet buzz of anticipation. Yes, hot, steaming lattes abound.Before the stores become packed with shoppers and the quaint corners of our beautiful state become tourist traps, hop in your favorite vehicle for a road trip that will take you up to the Catskills, where you can actually enjoy the offerings of the winter season.You’ll need to find the perfect chariot for your adventure, of course. We recommend the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder.With its smooth styling, comfortable ride and powerful engine, the Pathfinder is equipped with new safety features such as blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert for 2015 that make this the ultimate family transport.What’s that, you say? You’re looking for luxury options, too?How about tri-zone automatic climate control, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel and a six-speaker audio system? How do you like leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a power liftgate, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, eight-inch multi-information touch-screen display, navigation, a panoramic sunroof, a rear-seat entertainment system, satellite radio, rear parking sensors and a 13-speaker Bose premium audio system?How you like them apples, fellow road adventurers!?This magic sleigh ride upstate is just the beginning of your special quest.Exit your Pathfinder and enter some events that are sure to whet your appetite for the upcoming winter festivities. Drive on over to Chilly Willy Winter’s Eve Tours, where you can welcome in the season with a costumed tour guide. Check out the Bronck houses decorated for the celebrations of Martinmas, St. Nicholas Day and St. Lucia Day.Click here to learn more about NY Auto GiantThe town of Bovina welcomes Christmas at the Old Bovina Creamery, where your whole family can sample the locally made products—including jams, syrups, honey, baked treats and cheeses. Yes, fellow road-food marauders, cheeses!You’ll find unique craft items and the perfect gifts to check off your list. Who needs Walmart when you can stroll through more than 50 local farm and artisan exhibits, accompanied by live music, delicious food in the pine-scented air of the Bovina creamery, made such by the abundance of holiday wreaths and trees to strap to the top of your Pathfinder to take back home with you?The answer is: No one, friends. You want to be in your Pathfinder and you want to be cruisin’ up to the Catskills!Hungry yet? Head on over to Barnwood Restaurant in Catskill for what is arguably the best fried chicken you will ever have in your entire life. (We say “arguably” because of our special affinity for Hattie’s Chicken and Waffles in Saratoga—Read About Their Supreme Succulent Glory Here—is a pretty darn high bar to top.) This is chicken Colonel Sanders might sneak out the backdoor of a KFC and head over to, reveling in their unique mix or herbs, spices, and the perfect crisp. Huge portions and affordable prices set this place apart. The warm, cozy atmosphere will be the perfect setting to connect with your family, discuss your Catskill adventure and share all your new discoveries.Would you prefer Asian fare? Drive over to Bridge Street in Catskill and have a seat at the sushi bar at Chopstick for a meal you won’t forget. The chef here specializes in delicacies from China, Thailand and Japan, so come hungry and ready to try it all. We recommend the Thai curry, General Tao chicken and the imaginative sushi rolls.Ready to get on the road? Sure you are!Call Joe Montalvo at Atlantic Nissan or Tom Coppola at Massapequa Nissan. Climb into your new Pathfinder and blaze your trail into the Catskill Mountains, where you can kick off the holiday season in style, comfort, and adventure—one month early.last_img read more

Garage Sales make a comeback in Broome County

first_imgOne family on Grand Boulevard in Binghamton wasted no time putting together a sale, but they say it was more than just an opportunity to get rid of some old toys. When asked if she was looking forward to getting a cut of the profits, Mary Grace said no, she just wants to help her mom save up for a new house. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — If you have some old stuff taking up room in your house and you’d like to get rid of it, you’re in luck. Garage Sales are back on in the Southern Tier. Broome County Executive Jason Garnar announced Wednesday that garage sales would be allowed as long as everyone practices social distancing, wears a face covering and organizers limit sales to ten customers at a time. “Most of my family is coming too, and so it’s really nice to see them,” said Mary Grace Keenan, who was helping her parents with the sale. “Just knowing that everyone is out and being able to see other people it’s nice to know that we’re doing this for them.”last_img read more

John Lewis signs up in Cardiff and Leicester

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