Jacqueline Linda Blasdel, 80, of Greensburg, passed away on Monday, January 15, 2018 at her residence in Greensburg. Jackie was born on April 4, 1937 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Valentine and Lillian Bauer. She was a graduate of Western Hills High School. She worked as a lab technician at Proctor and Gamble earning an honorary PhD from her fellow co-workers. Jackie was married to William J. Blasdel on September 27, 1963. She then became a full-time mother while living in Bright, In. She was also the bookkeeper for the Miller Township Trustee. Jackie and Bill moved to Greensburg in 1968 and both became very active in the community. She was president of the American Cancer Society, a founding member of Tree County Players, founder and director of Tree City Singers, board member of Tulip Trace Girl Scout Council, Vice Chair of the Decatur County Republican Party, member of the Lung Association, Psi Iota Xi Sorority, member of the leasing committee of the Decatur County Hospital, founding member of the DCMH Foundation, President of the Chamber of Commerce, President of New Directions, 30 year member of the United Methodist Church, member of the Greensburg Wesleyan Church, and served on a number of other committees. In 1974, along with her husband, they started the WB Panel company which was later incorporated with an industrial oven company to form Blasdel Enterprises in 1982. Jackie was the CEO for over 35 years. In 2007, Jackie was awarded the Distinguished Hoosier Award from Gov. Mitch Daniels and a state recognition from the Republican Party. In 2010, Jackie and Bill were recognized with the Greensburg Decatur County Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award. Jackie is survived by her husband, William Blasdel, Greensburg, two sons, Jack (Pam) Blasdel and Tim (Carol) Blasdel, all of Greensburg, three daughters, Jill Blasdel, Beth (Greg DeWitt) Blasdel, and Becky Blasdel, all of Greensburg, three grandsons, Todd Blasdel, Noblesville, Matt (Sara) Blasdel, Noblesville, Michael (Brittany Nicole) Blasdel, Greensburg, three granddaughters, Brittany K. Blasdel, Greensburg, Grace Vanderbur and Olivia Vanderbur, of Greensburg, 4 great grandchildren, Miles, Bailey, Malcolm, and Jace Blasdel, two sisters, Eleanor Lorton, and Marjie Bauer, both of Cincinnati, and several nieces and nephews. Jackie was preceded in death by her parents, Valentine and Lillian Bauer. Visitation will be on Friday from 4-8 pm and on Saturday from 10-11 am at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg. Funeral Services will start at 11 am on Saturday at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home with Rev. Doug Preston officiating. Burial will follow at Gibson Cemetery in Bright. Memorial contributions can be made to the DCMH Foundation or to Tree County Players. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com
Over the course of a career spanning 19 years, 15 albums and countless tours around the globe, The New Mastersounds have carved out a unique space for themselves as world-class purveyors of contemporary jazz-funk. Comprised of guitarist Eddie Roberts, drummer Simon Allen, bassist Pete Shand, and organist Joe Tatton, the band’s particular blend of mostly instrumental, guitar-driven grooves has developed throughout the years to include a rich tapestry of textures. The breadth of that spectrum of styles is realized on their latest full-length studio album, Renewable Energy, due out Friday, April 13th via One Note Records.In addition to the album’s 10+ original tracks, it features a brand new take on a rock and roll classic, James Gang‘s “Funk 49”. As Eddie Roberts explains, “Funk 49 was introduced to me by my wife Ashley… When we first started dating, she had a compilation of ‘southern rock’ in her car, and by the most parts, I wasn’t really into it..but I always loved when this would come on, and I’d ask ‘what’s this again?’ It’s just an NMS kind of groove, and I knew it would work.”Led by Roberts’ echo-filtered vocals, this new version of the classic tune maintains the devil-may-care ethos of the original while the addition of Tatton’s impressive organ work (James Gang was a power trio, sans keys) elevates the track to the captivating level of soulfulness fans have come to expect from The New Mastersounds. Notes Roberts, “We had so much fun recording this. We don’t go in for a lot of singing..but this tune just really suited my voice, and we laid the whole track down in a few takes.”Today, as the band prepares to release Renewable Energy, Live For Live Music is excited to premiere The New Mastersounds’ take on James Gang’s “Funk 49”. Listen to the new track below:The New Mastersounds – “Funk 49” (James Gang cover)<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>[Audio: The New Mastersounds]The New Mastersounds will be hitting the road this May and June for a nationwide run of club and festival dates. For a full list of upcoming performances, see below. To get more information on The New Mastersounds tour and album plans, head to the band website.The New Mastersounds Upcoming Tour Dates:May 4 • New Orleans, LA • Joy TheaterMay 5 • New Orleans, LA • Joy TheaterMay 8 • Washington D.C. • Union StageMay 9 • Ardmore, PA • Ardmore Music HallMay 10 • Fairfield, CT • The WarehouseMay 11 • Brooklyn, NY • Brooklyn BowlMay 12 • Brooklyn, NY • Brooklyn BowlMay 25 • Mill Valley, CA • Sweetwater Music HallJune 2 • Morrison, CO • Red RocksJune 6 • Charleston, SC • Pour HouseJune 7 • Atlanta, GA • Terminal WestJune 8 • Asheville, NC • Salvage StationJune 9 • Nashville, TN • The CowanJune 13 • Boston, MA • The SinclairJune 14 • Asbury Park, NJ • Wonder BarJune 15 • Pittsburgh, PA • Rex TheaterJune 16 • NY, NY • Rocks off Concert CruiseJune 21 • Crested Butte, CO • Public HouseJune 23 • Bend, OR • 4 Peaks Music FestView All Tour DatesYou can catch The New Mastersounds’ Eddie Roberts in action in New Orleans at a special Jazz Fest late night performance by J.E.D.I. (Jazz Electronic Dance Improvisation), comprised of Aaron Johnston (Brazilian Girls/David Byrne), Marc Brownstein (the Disco Biscuits), and Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce), on April 19th at Maison. Roberts will serve as a special guest along with Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce) and Shira Elias (Turkuaz). For more info, click here.***Tickets are on sale now***For Live For Live Music’s full guide to Jazz Fest late nights, click here.