Band Takes Stand For LGBTQ Rights By Performing In Drag In North Carolina [Photos/Vidoes]

first_imgOn May 25th, MarchFourth is launching a Kickstarter for their fourth studio album, Magic Number, which was recorded at The Parlor Recording Studio in New Orleans, LA, produced by Galactic’s Ben Ellman and featuring Stanton Moore and Trombone Shorty. Depending on your pledge, you’ll be able to pre-order the album through the program when it goes live later this month. Needless to say, this record is going to be off the charts!Catch MarchFourth later this month when they swing through Summer Camp for a late night Sunday set that promises a multi-faceted, indelible experience, as well as various guerilla parades throughout the weekend! They’ll be sure to keep it fresh all the way through! MarchFourth is a genre-breaking force of nature in the world of entertainment. Carrying nearly twenty musicians, dancers, and artisans around the country for a show that defies categorization and implores free-spirited joy-inducing, foot-stomping, booty-shaking, soul-stirring ambience sets the band apart from any other touring band. Able to catch the attention of any, the cast of characters recently used their position to an advantage of power.Following the new laws in North Carolina against the LGBTQ community, and the recent concert cancellations that some headlining acts chose to respond with, members of MarchFourth decided to respond to the situation in a different way. After a late night drunken conversation about the matter, the band unanimously decided to go forward with both their North Carolina shows, in Durham at Motorco and headlining the LEAF Festival outside of Asheville, in full drag. Over the weekend, they chose to perform in dresses, makeup, wigs, and all, both to poke fun at the state’s governor and to stand in solidarity with those who are being persecuted for who they are. While performing this way in the North Carolina towns was certainly a risky move, they were pleased to be overwhelmingly supported by their fans. Their sets, some of their best ever, included a brassy version of Prince‘s “Purple Rain” and “Hot Stepper” from their upcoming album.Purple RainHot Stepper“It was pretty surreal going on after Juan de Marcos and the Afro Cuban All Stars, them in suits and gowns,” trumpeter Paul Theodore Chandler told us about his experience at LEAF Fest. “And then it’s us getting on but with all the dudes in gowns and makeup. F***ing awesome.”Here are some stunning photos from their LEAF Festival performance, courtesy of Sandlin Gaither Photography:last_img read more

Sammy says top Windies players will continue international snub

first_img(REUTERS) – Leading West Indian cricketers will prefer to play in lucrative Twenty20 tournaments around the world instead of representing the Caribbean side under the current administration, former captain Darren Sammy has said.Players such as Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo have long been embroiled in contractual disputes with the board and the team even abandoned a tour of India midway the 2014 series over a payment structure row.Cricket West Indies (CWI) only select players for its international sides if they feature in domestic competitions, leading to many high-profile absentees who ply their trade in overseas Twenty20 leagues.“I can’t tell a player not to play in a league when it could make them financially stable to look after their family,” Sammy, who led West Indies to two World Twenty20 titles, told BBC Radio Five Live.West Indies have had little success outside the shortest format and missed out on qualification for the recent Champions Trophy, played among the top eight 50-over sides of the world.They are ranked ninth in one-day internationals and one place higher in the Test format.Sammy tore into his home governing body immediately after guiding the side to their second World T20 title in India last year, saying the players “felt disrespected by the board coming into the tournament”.The 33-year-old has since missed out on selection for the West Indies.“The way we structure our cricket, we’re not going anywhere,” said Sammy, who has played 38 Tests and 126 ODIs.“I’m very scared we will be relegated to be playing against Ireland and Scotland. It’s very sad for usIf you really have West Indies cricket at heart you will have the right players for all the formats playing and helping you get to tournaments.”CWI said it was working with stakeholders to resolve the issue and was focused on direct qualification for the 2019 50-over World Cup in England and Wales.“Regarding player eligibility, since the July 2016 meeting in Fort Lauderdale, there has been ongoing meetings with the players in large and small groups, and we feel we are closer to a resolution,” the BBC quoted a CWI statement as saying.“Cricket West Indies remains focused on its role to facilitate player development through its competitions and other support services.”last_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 78-70 win over Wake Forest

first_imgThe first 3-pointer Wake Forest hit had Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim almost ripping his jacket off. Then, after another, he did rip it off and threw it at his chair. Then he kicked the chair. Then, after the sixth consecutive 3-pointer Wake Forest drilled, he had no jacket to tear off so he had to get creative. He walked down the sideline, turned at his chair, bent at the waist and shook his chair as hard as he could.Syracuse (17-8, 6-6 Atlantic Coast) survived a late upset bid by a Wake Forest (9-16, 2-11) team that suddenly couldn’t miss to escape with a 78-70 win on Sunday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. The victory avenged Syracuse’s first loss ever to Wake Forest earlier this season when the Orange fell, 73-67, on Jan. 3 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. SU lost that game because it allowed three-straight corner 3s near the end of the game. This team almost did the same, but only almost.Here are three fast reactions from the game.Window washersThe biggest reason Syracuse lost to Wake Forest on Jan. 3 was because the Demon Deacons out-rebounded the Orange 38-to-29, but Syracuse ensured it would not be beat on the glass on Sunday.Paschal Chukwu was more active with his hands on both ends of the floor than he has been most of this season and backup center Bourama Sidibe came off the bench to supplement Chukwu’s production to maintain pace with the Demon Deacons in the win. Chukwu’s 11 boards and Sidibe’s three helped SU snuff out Wake Forest possessions, which proved to be key when WFU couldn’t hit shots but still made timely enough plays to hang around for most of the night.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange’s ability to close out Wake Forest on the glass only heightened in importance when, midway through the second half, Wake Forest caught fire and sent Boeheim into a rage. The Demon Deacons hit six consecutive 3-pointers — Mitchell Wilbekin had three — to pull themselves back into the game. Even after the run, Wake Forest still continued hitting 3s and never allowed Syracuse to inch away. Boeheim became furious late in the half with his team’s defense and free-throw shooting woes.The biggest rebound, to secure Syracuse’s great escape, came from Chukwu after Wake Forest’s Keyshawn Woods finally missed a 3-pointer. After so much tension, the Carrier Dome crowd finally rose to its feet.Dropping dimesSyracuse point guard Frank Howard had an ACC-play-high seven assists … before the first half was over.While the Orange didn’t move off the ball any more than they have all season, Howard and Battle facilitated improved ball movement and the biggest difference was SU’s shooters capitalizing on their looks and making shots. Howard eclipsed his previous conference game-high, six, in Syracuse’s hot-shooting win over Boston College on Jan. 24, when he hit freshman forward Oshae Brissett for a corner 3. As the public-address announcer blared, “Trey for Oshae,” Howard turned back toward the defensive end of the floor and simply nodded.The junior complemented his efficient night on offense by taking care of the ball and only turning it over once. In the second half, though, Howard’s production slowed considerably despite Wake Forest appearing to make no significant changes on its defense of him. He added only two more helpers throughout the night and finished with nine. His season-high is still the 10 he had in the Maryland win on Nov. 27.Near the end of the game, Howard went to the line twice with a chance to help close out a pesky Demon Deacons team that refused to go away. As much as he helped others generate offense, Syracuse needed him to generate it himself. He missed both sets of free throws and drew Boeheim’s ire, but it didn’t matter as Syracuse managed to close out the game.Bayer doubles career minutesWhen freshman forward Marek Dolezaj picked up his second foul midway through the first half, Boeheim turned to his bench and jerked his thumb at guard Braedon Bayer. The junior transfer had played one minute in Syracuse’s upset win at Louisville on Monday, but on his only offensive possession, he was whistled for a travel that ultimately led to a Cardinals 3-pointer from inside the midcourt line as time expired in the first half.Against Wake Forest, with freshman forward Matthew Moyer sidelined, Bayer entered in the “3” position and grabbed two rebounds in his four minutes, a total that equaled his total number of minutes played this season. His biggest contribution for the Orange was that he played mistake-free basketball and committed no turnovers or defensive errors. With Syracuse’s extremely short bench, he provided a moment of rest for Dolezaj when he was in foul trouble. Comments Published on February 11, 2018 at 3:14 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more