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Limerick teenager Paul crowned disco kid world champion

first_imgLinkedin WhatsApp by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up World Disco Kid Champion Paul RocheLIMERICK teenager Paul Roche proved he has all the best moves after being crowned Disco Kid World Champion at the home of BBC’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.Paul, from Ballinacurra Weston, shook it up at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool last weekend to fend off sure-footed talent from 20 countries across the globe. The fourth year St Clement’s College student, triumphed after a gruelling three-day competition in the under-16 category.Paul, a member of the West End Youth Centre in Ballinacurra Weston, came through four heats that demanded incredible focus and composure under pressure. During the final dance-off he had just 60 seconds to impress the judges with a one-off routine. Limerick’s answer to ‘Billy Elliot’ has been walking on air since his big victory.“I still can’t believe I’ve won. This is my third time at these championships and the competition has always been so tough,” said Paul.“When I arrived home to Weston on Monday, I was exhausted but there was a huge party organised by my family. Aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, everyone was there. Everyone wanted to see the trophy and hold it up. I barely got to see it myself,” he revealed.Paul’s dance teacher Eilish McCarthy proudly hailed the 15-year-old as “one of the top dancers in the country”.“I had a feeling going over to England that this would be Paul’s year. He has been so close in the past that it was only a matter of time before he got his breakthrough. Hopefully this win will put Paul on the map as there is so little awareness out there around the quality of young Irish dancers,” Eilish commented. Twitter Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSDisco Kid World ChampionlimerickPaul RocheSt Clement’s CollegeStrictly Come DancingWest End Youth Centre RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleHam Sandwich: no filler, all killerNext articleSinead O’Connor is welcomed to the party by Limerick member Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live center_img Facebook Advertisement Email Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” NewsLocal NewsLimerick teenager Paul crowned disco kid world championBy Alan Jacques – December 11, 2014 1018 Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

The PSNI gives its backing to Derry’s Fleadh bid

first_imgNewsx Adverts Twitter Previous articleOatfield staff say they know Letterkenny plant is closingNext articleCounty Council fined for poluting river News Highland Facebook WhatsApp Google+ LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Twitter Facebook Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Pinterest Google+center_img Pinterest Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report By News Highland – January 24, 2012 Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week The PSNI has thrown its weight behind the bid to have Derry host Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in 2013.In a statement released last evening, the Police said Such an event would no doubt be enjoyed by many, enhance the city’s image and bring a welcome boost to the local economy.Meanwhile, Comhaltas Dhoire released detailes of its appeal to the Ulster Council of Comhaltas to refuse Derry’s application on the basis of dissident republican activity in the area.The threat posed by dissident republicans was given as the reason for Comhaltas to turn down Derry’s bid to host the All-Ireland Fleadh next year.Following a vote by a standing committee of the Ulster Council at the weekend Comhaltas said it was impossible to support the application because safety was paramount.However the PSNI says that should not be a concern – in a statement the Police said that any security concerns that exist in Northern Ireland should not prevent the Fleadh taking place in Derry.In its appeal Comhaltas Dhoire says the Ulster council’s decision was flawed as it was not based on the evidence presented.They also express disappointed that some members of the County board and the Ulster council have introduced politics into this decision making process which directly contravenes the ethos and constitutionComhaltas Dhoire has called for an urgent meeting of all parties involved in an effort to rectify the situation in an attempt to salvage the organisations reputation as a whole. Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota The PSNI gives its backing to Derry’s Fleadh bidlast_img read more

All public representatives in Donegal should unite to defend rural Ireland

first_img Google+ Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleDonegal County Board threatens legal action over replica shirts and flagsNext articleDonegal farming in worst crisis in living memory News Highland Facebook A Donegal TD says public representatives from all parties need to unite to defend rural Ireland.Deputy Padraig MacLochlain was speaking after it was confirmed this week that the services of a Community Welfare Officer where being withdrawn from St Johnston, Fahan, Culdaff and Bree.He believes this coupled with post office and Garda station closures and the loss of other services is part of an anti-rural Ireland agenda by the current government.Deputy MacLouchlainn says for rural Ireland, it is death by a thousand cuts:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/padram.mp3[/podcast]Meanwhile, a Fianna Fail Cllr has echoed Deputy MacLochlains calls saying all public representatives need to work together.Cllr Paul Canning says rural Donegal has been forgot about….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/cann.mp3[/podcast] Pinterestcenter_img Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Twitter News All public representatives in Donegal should unite to defend rural Ireland Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Twitter By News Highland – August 24, 2012 Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal last_img read more

Relationships at work

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Relationships at workOn 27 Jun 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. • The potentially damaging impact that divorce can have on the fortunes of large organisations was shown to best advantage following the surprise announcement, in 1998, that Rupert Murdoch had split with his wife Anna, a director of News Corp in her own right. But immediate stock-market jitters were quickly offset by the company. Anna Murdoch’s resignation was swiftly announced and the investors were assured that all the family’s stock in the company was residing in trust for the Murdoch children.• Dennis Hayes, founder of modem-maker Hayes Microcomputer Products, was less fortunate in his dealings with ex-wife Melita, who in 1988 was granted 10 per cent of the company after arguing successfully that she had made a valuable contribution to its growth during its early years. In 1996, she put this stake to good use by joining forces with a competing group which was attempting to acquire Hayes as it was emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The bid failed – but it forced Hayes to buy her stake for an over-inflated $11m.• In 1995, the owner/manager of a UK concrete pumping firm took drastic action to protect his company from his ex-wife by selling it to employees for £1. She had previously turned down a salary of £18,000 and their four-bedroomed house. He later claimed: “With the help of my mates, I’ve beaten Caroline. They were doing 20-hour days, they stuck to me like glue and it’s my turn to repay the debt. The company is theirs now and I wish them all the best. I’m going to sign on.”• Last year, chartered surveyor John Dougan claimed he faced bankruptcy after a judge ordered he should pay £20,000 to his estranged wife for the salary she lost when they married – in addition to maintenance payments. Legal experts claimed the judgement, made under the 1985 Family Law (Scotland) Act, could set a worrying precedent.• In 1997, Lorna Wendt, the estranged wife of General Electric Capital chief executive, Gary Wendt, won assets of $17m from her husband, in addition to annual alimony of $252,000. She had successfully argued that she had sacrificed her own career to help her husband as he rose up through the corporate echelons. A key point in the case was how assets like stock options should be valued in a divorce settlement – an important issue given the more frequent use of stock options and deferred compensation. Her lawyer claimed the ruling demonstrated that valuable future assets were marital property, and thus subject to division.• A similar blow was struck by the UK courts when Sir Terence Conran was ordered to pay his former wife Caroline £6.2m in cash as part of a £10.5m settlement because of what the judge called her “outstanding” contribution to his career. He had offered only £2.5m.Mr Justice Wilson claimed that Lady Conran’s energy “was almost as prodigious as that of her husband.” At the beginning of the Habitat empire, she was “almost as full of ideas” and “her role in providing inspiration was integral to the enormous and lasting success of his ventures”. last_img read more

It’s insane to burn people out in pursuit of dotcoms

first_imgLast week a significant new report was published by the Industrial Societywhich examines the role of women in the dotcom revolution.  Here, its author Helen Wilkinson presents anextract which aims to redress the work-life balanceThe new economy has foreshadowed a revolution in new ways of working. But oncloser examination, revolution often looks more like evolution. Change has beenslower in coming than many people might have hoped for. Indeed, there is even adanger that the new economy is intensifying conflict between work and homerather than relieving it. These cultural issues will need to be resolved if we are to delivere-quality. Technology creates the potential for a greater integration betweenwork and life than ever before. But in practice, this has been experienced bothas an intensification of work pressure, and of time squeeze. Until we see the emergence of a saner, and more sustainable start-upculture, women with family responsibilities will remain disadvantaged. In theUS there are signs of a backlash against dotcom craziness and a new, more sustainablestart-up culture is beginning to emerge. In Stop the Insanity, new economy magazine Fast Company pinpoints a newtrend. A new generation of dotcom entrepreneurs, it argues, are creatingcompanies that work without requiring and expecting people to spend everywaking moment at work. The article listed ways to build a saner start- up: “Forget about those macho, 24-7 firms where staff eat lunch at 5pm,there’s a futon room for all nighters and the only acceptable work ethic is acheery ‘I’m-ready-to-work-myself-to-death’ devotion to the job. Maybe it’sbecause the sheer thrill of the start-up is wearing off – particularly forfolks who have been through a lot of them. Or maybe it’s because theever-escalating battle for talent is forcing start- ups to become more humanewith their human capital. “Whatever the reason, a new breed of start-up is emerging – call it thesaner start-ups – and its leaders are paying more than lip service to the ideathat pursuing your business dreams shouldn’t mean destroying your personallife.” Saner start-ups are abolishing many of the rituals that have come to definethe life of an Internet entrepreneur. “You don’t want to be burning andchurning your people. It’s counter-productive,” commented one interviewee.In today’s 24-hour dotcom economy, free time is rapidly becoming as valuableas stock options – especially as the value of shares tumbles – and the newcurrency to recruit and retain the brightest and the best. Such a cultureaugurs well for those with families, relationships and a life outside work. Italso prefigures more radical business thinking – where the boundaries betweenthe public and the private are once again blurred, and where web entrepreneurscan leverage flexibility between work and the rest of life to deliver tangiblevalue, and enhanced productivity. Jayne Buxton, co-founder of Flametree, an Internet business focused ondelivering work-life solutions for working mothers, is consciously trying torecreate a new kind of start- up culture and boasts several part-timers. Shesays, “It was tempting to fall into the idea that you have to burn peopleout to succeed. But that’s the male model of internet business. It doesn’t haveto be ours.” This is an extract from Dot Bombshell: Women, e-quality and the NewEconomy published by the Industrial Society Futures Division, www.indsoc.co.uk/futures. Helen Wilkinson is founder of Genderquake, www.gender-quake.com, the firstadvocacy, research and consultancy dedicated to feminising the new economy. Sheis also founder of www.elancentric.com Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article It’s insane to burn people out in pursuit of dotcomsOn 3 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

Foxtons brushes aside worries with two new offices

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Foxtons brushes aside worries with two new offices previous nextAgencies & PeopleFoxtons brushes aside worries with two new officesCompany to use 0% commission strategy once more in North London.Nigel Lewis27th January 201701,464 Views Foxtons has announced that it is to open two new branches in London next month, despite recent disappointing sales results.The company’s two new branches are both to be in traditionally football-focussed areas of the capital. These are Wood Green, next door to Tottenham Hotspurs’ ground at White Hart Lane, and Wembley.This brings the company’s total to 67 within London and, the company says, is in line with its ‘organic growth strategy’.Foxtons opened seven offices last year and these, like the latest two, have mostly been in London’s outer suburban areas where, the company believes, there are the greatest opportunities.Earlier this month the company reported that its profits for 2016 were likely to be down 45% and revenue down 11%. The company at the time blamed a ‘subdued’ market.This hasn’t dented confidence within the senior team, it would seem.Andrew Weir, Foxtons Sales Managing Director, says: “We are thrilled to be continuing our planned expansion with the launch of our new London offices.“Last year saw us proving our commitment to customer service by achieving an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 across all of our branches on Google reviews and the highest rating of 5 stars on Trustpilot.”Agents in Wembley and Wood Green should get read. Foxtons says it will running its infamous 0% promotion for sellers and landlords in the two new areas.Adam Thornton, Wembley office Sales Manager, said: “My team and I are very excited to be opening the new office in Wembley, the host of great sporting achievements and iconic artists past and present.“We have already been overwhelmed by the warm welcome from the residents and our neighbouring businesses and we are very much looking forward to becoming an active part of this diverse and vibrant community.”The new Wembley branch will open its doors on the 11th February and the Wood Green office is set to open on 25th.Andrew Weir Foxtons Foxtons Foxtons London expansion Foxtons new branches January 27, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Drama Review: Roussos!

first_imgby Frankie Parham  For something with an exclamation mark in its title, you’d expect Roussos! to be loud, bizarre and confrontational. For all the promise of ‘Extra Special Guest Appearances from Sir Elton John and Dame Shirley Bassey’, writers Sam Caird and Jack Chedburn immediately throw their audience into one of the most mundane and uneventful scenarios imaginable. Two inept bodyguards wait backstage for a washed-out rock star on his final tour, ‘Forever and Ever’. Demis Roussos is past his sell-by date; in fact he was barely even famous, much as it pains Jack (Jack Chedburn), his faithful bodyguard and obsessive admirer. Pacing back and forth, fiddling with his walkie-talkie and nervously pulling on his trousers, Chedburn infuses Jack with mild traits of OCD that do well to fuel the trivial conversations he has with his colleague, Sam. Sam is similarly played brilliantly by an effortlessly lethargic Laura Hanna, she merely nods along to Jack’s neurotic rants, more concerned with her crossword puzzles. The scenes between the two are impressively engrossing. Neither looks at the other, they only speak at one another and when they do come into physical contact (while Jack is trying to revive one of Roussos’ hits backstage) the chemistry is suddenly awkward, as if they barely know each other. Much of the humour comes through in their continuous petty discussions, which range from ball-point pens to the reasons why dogs pant to what eagles eat (Is it rabbit or rabbits? Do you pluralise?). Reminiscing about Roussos’ one-hit wonder and incidents with Dame Shirley Bassey expose the meaningless of celebrity, treated with such indifference as it is by these two numb characters.  These cringing scenes would lose their edge if they weren’t contrasted with something different, and this comes stumbling in (literally) in the form of Will Cudmore, convincingly doubling as both Franz Kafka and Samuel Beckett – yes, two of the previous century’s heavy-weight authors who are in fact dead. Sam and Jack are confronted backstage by these two characters (first by the befuddled Kafka and then the more intense and aggressive Beckett) and one assumes that surely their humdrum existence should somehow be altered by such supernatural events. On the contrary, the circumstances are merely treated as chance events (Jack does not even know who either author is by name) and so we enter the realm of the obscure. However, Roussos! does not alienate so much as it draws in its audience.  Its seemingly unexciting, but realistic opening scenario is followed by something so extraordinary that they buy into it. There seem to be parallels (between the waiting of Jack and Sam for Roussos, and Beckett’s Waiting for Godot) but the action moves so quickly that these could just as well be coincidences – futile attempts of the audience to figure out the play’s meaning. It is competently acted and unmistakably original, and problems would only arise from an audience that refuses to succumb to the play’s juxtaposition between the tedious and the wacky. Fans of Spinal Tap will be easily entertained, but be prepared to feel amused and confused. Roussos! runs in the BT late slot (9:30) until Saturday, 27th October.last_img read more

Rev. Payne’s Starts Petition Calling For The Resignation Of Missy Mosby As President Of…

first_imgRev. Payne’s Starts Petition Calling For THE Resignation of Missy Mosby as President of City CouncilWilliam “Pooh” Payne grew up in Memorial Baptist Church. His father was the Pastor there, and young William planned to follow the path into the ministry. There was, however, to be an unplanned detour on the journey he had planned. He wound up serving time in a federal prison on his way to ministering to his community. He spent much of his young adulthood behind bars contemplating how he would serve the Lord once he gained his freedom. He affiliated with Broken Chainz Ministries and prepared himself to return to Evansville to serve the community.Bill returned here in 2015 and has been busy making life better for young people on the south side. He wasted no time teaming up with his sister Phyllis Reed and friends “ID” Davis and LaKalver Butler to start the B.O.S.S. Prep Academy. B.O.S.S. is an acronym for “Brothers Out Saving Souls.” He offers regular “edu-tainment” events to any young people who want to attend. Family Movie Nights and open gym events, and midnight basketball are held at Zion Church on South Governor. Saturdays offer T-ball and baseball at Bellemeade Park..Rev. Payne’s face lights up when he talks about the vision he has for the future of B.O.S.S. Academy. Tutoring has started at Zion, but he is looking to start a GED program, and working with youth to find employment in order to help them stay out of trouble and in school. A re-entry program to help those who have been in trouble return home and lead productive lives is also planned. A school to prepare children from at-risk homes to achieve and excel educationally is the ultimate goal of B.O.S.S. Prep Academy. He’s still a young man of 42, with great faith, energy, and determination,so we expect to see it happen.With all of this going on in his life, no one could fault Brother Bill for passing up involvement in the recent Free Speech dust-up at City Council. He saw the potentially negative effect on public participation in government that the ordinance had, he did his homework on the subject, and created a petition calling for the resignation of Missy Mosby as President of City Council through Change.org on Facebook. Set on being an example of community activism for the youth of B.O.S.S. Prep Academy, he was one of several people who contacted citizens to go and speak to Council, and did so himself. Though he is quick to point out that he is NOT political, Rev. Payne said that this is not a partisan matter, but a matter of right versus wrong.ATTACHED BELOW IS THE LINK TO THE PETITION CALLING FOR THE RESIGNATION OF MISSY MOSBYhttps://www.change.org/p/nation-of-all-people-failure-to-be-transparent-with-city-business?recruiter=571746032&utm_sourceFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Mixed reactions to Osborne’s “Budget for growth”

first_imgA number of measures that should help both small and large bakery firms were announced in the 2011 Budget on Wednesday.Corporation tax is to be cut by 2% in April, rather than 1% as previously planned, while there will be no new regulations on firms with fewer than 10 staff for three years.Chancellor George Osborne also announced a number of measures to help halt the pressure of rising fuel prices. Fuel duty was to be cut by 1p per litre from 1800 GMT on Wednesday 23 March, and the planned 4p per litre rise due in April is to be delayed until 2012. Melanie Leech, Food and Drink Federation, director general said the Chancellor had made a number of important announcements that were positive for the food and drink industry, and its potential for further growth.“In particular we strongly support the decision to extend Climate Change Agreements to 2023 on which we have been lobbying the government in recent weeks. We also welcome the restoration of the Climate Change Levy discount on electricity to 80% from 2013.”She said the FDF was also pleased to see the planned increases in fuel duty scrapped. “Food manufacturing is heavily dependent on fuel and any increase imposes an enormous burden on our members. Earlier this month, together with partner organisations, we wrote to the Chancellor to express our concerns about the rising fuel cost situation, and we are pleased that an increase will not now happen.”The Chancellor, in what he called the “budget for growth”, downgraded the 2011 growth forecast from 2.1% to 1.7%, and the 2012 forecast from 2.6% to 2.5%. Inflation is set to remain between 4% and 5% in 2011, falling to 2.5% in 2012.The Forum of Private Businesses said the government’s small business growth strategy is just a first step, and argued that tax and red tape plans should have gone further. It welcomed the short-term measures to boost enterprise, but said more must be done in the long-term if small businesses are to truly drive growth and job creation.“It was important a Budget heralded as being pro-enterprise focused on easing the dual burdens of tax and red tape – two of the biggest barriers to business growth and job creation facing small businesses. In that sense, we weren’t disappointed and this was certainly more than just a nod in the direction of UK SMEs,” said the Forum’s chief executive, Phil Orford.“However, while there have been some definite steps in the right direction the government could have gone further in reducing taxes and making the tax and regulatory systems more proportional to all small businesses so that they incentivise to entrepreneurship rather than act as a barrier to it.”The Federation of Small Businesses echoed this view, stating that although it welcomed announcements in the Budget which will help provide stability, it didn’t go far enough to incentivise job creation. “The biggest opportunity missing from this Budget is by not extending the NICs holiday nationwide to existing businesses, which would really have provided incentives for small firms to take on more staff,” commented national chairman, John Walker.last_img read more

LOCKN’ Brings Scorching Sets From Phish, Ween, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, & More

first_imgLoad remaining images The second day of the LOCKN‘ Festival, in Arrington, Virginia, was stocked with non-stop music around the venue. Though the oppressive heat and humidity didn’t keep people away, as the crowd continued to pour into the main field throughout the day. The first full day of music featured everything from local acts to national headliners. This year, the event was being live streamed for free, making it easy for fans to couch tour around the world who have an internet connection.Donna The Buffalo opened up the day at the Blue Ridge Bowl stage. This was the perfect setting to wake everyone up, as it’s situated in the middle of the venue. Moogatu, winners of last year’s Rockn’ to Lockn’ opened up the day’s events on the main stage. Each day will feature a winning Rockn’ to Lockn’ artist. Today was their day. These guys deserved it. They waited long enough for their moment on the big stage. They were winners of last year’s contest but, due to the micro-burst that blew through the venue causing the first day to be cancelled, they were unable to perform. However, this year, they were scheduled on the first full day, finally getting their moment to shine. They wasted no time getting things started, as they took over a few minutes before noon. Their stylistic sound was incredibly tight, tossing out tones that picked up and took the crowd on a wild ride. What a way to wake up! They had a funky sound full of high energy that got the festival off to a great start. Their set consisted of quicker paced jams that rolled along from one tune to the next, without taking a breather. They squeezed every last drop of fire they had into one massive performance. As soon as Moogatu finished, the stage turned and Turkuaz got underway without a break in the tunes. As if it wasn’t hot enough outside, their set broke the mercury. Jazzed up sax solos early on made sure to get the crowd out on the field and down from their sites. Their super colorful costumes lit up the stage. The female power duo of the band, Shira Elias and Sammi Garrett, beautified the set with their gorgeous yellow and pink outfits respectively. Bassist Taylor Shell got down and dirty with slaps dripping in funkaliciousness that melted faces. Their early afternoon set was a power house.Vulfpeck busted out their set immediately after the last note dropped from Turkuaz. Tenor sax mayhem was created when Turkuaz’s Greg Sanderson took to the stage with the band early on. Once again, this playful group just had a blast on stage switching instruments and getting participation from the crowd. Antwaun Stanley jumped right in early on and added extra spice to Friday’s set. His soulful vocals dug deep as they pulsed right through your veins. Bassist Joe Dart banged out a juicy solo towards the end of the set. Overall, they had a more chill performance today, but fantastic. White Denim spun into view while beginning their show on the turntable. It was clear that not only the fans were enjoying the new stage, but the bands were having a blast on the rotations as performances started. Fans were already anticipating this band to blow the roof off. Scott Metzger joined in early on for a few tunes, beginning with their track “Ha Ha Ha Ha (Yeah).” White Denim blazed their tunes in the intense heat. Bordering on jam and rock, they crushed it and easily gained some insta-fans. Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires came out of the gate running. Horns blaring and drums beating made for one hell of an entry. Charles Bradley then made his way on to the stage for a performance full of high octane energy. Bradley’s powerful voice beamed over the audience. Explosive vibes were spread out around the main field and sprinkled down upon the fans. The sounds of soul filled the venue throughout his set. He gave words of wisdom before kneeling and making a heart above his head at the end of the show. The band played on as he walked off. The crowd then yelled thank you’s to him as he left. Peter Wolf came running out after the band eased into their first tune, “Wasting Time.” Good ol’ rock and roll was in the house. He busted out the harmonica, stepping it up even higher. The J. Geil’s Band’s huge hit “Love Stinks” had the crowd revved up. He closed out his heavy rockin’ set with “Musta Got Lost.”Ween busted out to a crowd that was so ready to hear a second night of their music. Fans were yelling out song names from all areas of the venue, hoping to hear their favorites played. Once they got underway, smoke filled the stage throughout the first part of the set. Today’s set was crammed with the heavy hits, including “Mutilated Lips,” “Bananas and Blow,” “Voodoo Lady.”Before Phish went on for their first set of the evening, the Super VIP Lounge got treated to an early evening performance by Anders Osborne. He gave a wonderful acoustic show for about 100 people in an intimate setting. He took requests from the audience and performed what people wanted to hear, which included “Flower Box” off his new album.Friday’s main stage headliner, Phish, gave an explosive performance, with one of the sickest light shows on the scene right now, pulling from a career-spanning setlist with heavy hitters “Fuego”, “Ghost”, and “Bathtub Gin” before ending the second set with a YEM for the ages. The full rundown of the two set show is available here.Following Phish, Circles Around The Sun played deep in the woods for a late night set. This was their first time performing as a group since they were first introduced as the walk-in music for the Fare Thee Well shows last year. The extreme demand by fans contributed to an album release, which in turn helped put together this rare appearance by the group at Lockn’. The Woods Stage, set far back in the venue, drew a packed crowd. The music, from Interludes For The Dead, fit perfectly with the dimly lit forest area, as trippy, mystical and mysterious tones flowed in and out of the trees, through the crowd, back to the stage, and around again. There could not have been a more perfect place for this debut performance to occur. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead blew up the Blue Ridge Bowl once again on Friday night. Tom Hamilton and Scott Metzger have a way of playing ‘tag, you’re it’ with the guitars. Back and forth play makes for an exciting performance with one of the most intense jam bands out there right now. Their shows never disappoint. Marco Benevento took “Shakedown Street” on a trippy ride through the keys midway before sliding into a tasty jam session that seemed to go on forever. Psychedelic tones trickled in and out of the evening’s performance. “China Cat Sunflower” moved along like a lazy river slamming into a sudden rush of rapids. The energy released was explosive when they brought the jam to the back end. The crowd was dancing their ass off to “I Know You Rider.” Nicole Atkins took to the stage as “Dancing In the Street” began and stayed put to lend her powerful vocals for the remainder of their set. The late night crowd was on fire and ready to keep the party going.They played well into the wee hours, as “Jazz & Woods” featuring DJ Logic, kept the night owls going until 3 am. Overall, a successful first full day of performances gave attendees plenty of music to shake their bones.Stay tuned as Lockn’ heads into the third day of the festival!More information regarding Lockn’ can be found at their official website.Words by Sarah Bourque.  Follow on Twitter.Photographs by Sam Shinault Photography.last_img read more