Phish at SPAC up in Saratoga Springs, NY has become one of the staples of summer tour over the years, and a place in which many legendary shows have occurred. Afterwards, the downtown area is flooded with heads looking for the late-night hang, and most of all some late-night music. For this summer’s run of shows, Live For Live Music and Putnam Den have you covered!For the Phish shows on July 1st and 3rd, some exciting tributes are going down at the Putnam Den. On July 1st, The Heavy Pets will pay tribute to the 1980’s with a grooving dance party, with support from The Hornitz, Hayley Jane, and more! To bring it all home on July 3rd, the venue will host an all-star Cosmik Playground tribute to Frank Zappa, with members of of Zappa’s band, RAQ, Dopapod, Digital Tape Machine and more!You can see the venue’s calendar here, and find more information about the shows below!Friday, July 1st – The Heavy Pets Tribute to the 80’s Dance Party ft. The Hornitz, Hayley Jane and Ryan Clausen (Hayley Jane and the Primates) and the Magnaterrestrial DancersThe Heavy Pets are no strangers to the late-night Phish scene, and for the first night of the Phish’s SPAC run, get ready for an 80’s dance party. Expect a little Prince, David Bowie, A-Ha, Flock of Seagulls, Tears for Fears, as special guests The Hornitz, vocalist Hayley Jane and percussionist Ryan Clausen (Hayley Jane and the Primates) and more join in for what is sure to be a throwdown on this first night of celebrations.Get tickets HERE.Sunday, July 3rd – Cosmik Playground (Funk-filled tribute to Frank Zappa) ft. Ed Mann, Todd Stoops, Marcus Rezak, Scotty Zwang, Dan Lotito and special guests Gabriel Marin (Consider the Source) and ShwizzIt is no secret that the Vermont Quartet loves them some Frank Zappa; so much so that drummer Jon Fishman even put his own Zappa Picks compilation together (check it out on Amazon). It only makes sense to show some late-night love to one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. Percussionist and long-time Zappa band member Ed Mann will be joined by keyboardist Todd Stoops (RAQ), guitarist Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine), drummer Scotty Zwang (Dopapod), bassist Dan Lotito and special guest guitarist Gabriel Marin (Consider the Source), as well as Nyack, NY prog-funk rockers Shwizz for what is sure to be a grand finale to this epic 3-night run of shows.Get tickets HERE.
All the talk these days is about the football team losing scholarships.Yet, with the team at about 20 players below the scholarship minimum and with the scholarship sanctions not coming into effect until the 2011 season, coach Lane Kiffin decided to reward some players for their years of hard work.Prepping · Senior Shareece Wright, despite experiencing hip pain, plans to lead a youthful secondary when the Trojans face Hawai’i. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information Senior kicker Joe Houston, junior linebacker Ross Cumming and sophomore center Abe Markowitz received scholarships to play for the Trojans this season.“It’s a dream come true,” Houston said. “This has been my goal besides winning the starting job. It’s a nice feeling knowing all my hard work has paid off.”Houston’s teammate, sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley, said he couldn’t have been happier for the trio.“I’m proud of those guys. They’ve worked really hard and it’s really cool to get a chance to see them play for free,” Barkley said.—On a darker note, Kiffin confirmed that freshman running back Dillon Baxter will not travel with the team to Hawaii next week.Kiffin suspended Baxter for the first game of the season for violating team rules and hopes this will be a learning opportunity.“He’s had a good start to the semester and because it’s a Thursday game, he’d basically miss the whole week of school,” Kiffin said. “So it’s more important for him to stay here and we hope he’s learned his lesson and that this is extremely hard on him.”Kiffin did acknowledge that USC is a different team when Baxter is on the field, but thinks that Baxter’s actions were severe enough to keep him out of the first game.“There is a ‘Dillon Factor’ like you’ve heard us refer before with Reggie,” Kiffin said. “When he’s banged up or not in there, there is a difference. He does things other guys don’t exactly do. He’s very unique and we’d be running different players if he were playing this game.” —In injury news, cornerback Shareece Wright and quarterback Mitch Mustain kept it light at practice yesterday. Mustain felt a pain in his rib after throwing a ball in drills and Wright experienced some pain in his hip. Neither injury is expected to be serious; but with limited numbers, Kiffin is taking caution, especially with Wright as the secondary prepares for a high-octane-passing Hawaii offense.“We just want to make sure we manage our guys as best we can,” Kiffin said. “Our DBs have done a lot of running and as you look at our DBs preparing for this week, we have a big game plan with all the spread offense Hawaii does, so they will have to do a lot of running in the next few practices.”
The Ghana Kickboxing Association (GKA) has fixed Wednesday, October 23, as the day for its National Elective Congress.The National Elective Congress for the Association would be held at the Media Centre of the Accra Sports Stadium at 10:00 GMT.A statement issued by Mr John Kennedy Koranteng, the General Secretary of the GKA said, aspirants could pick nominations forms to contest in the elections.“Nomination forms are available at the Secretariat in the Accra Sports Stadium form 10:00am – 2:00pm each. For any inquiries, please contact Mr John Kennedy Koranteng on 0201943398/02446679456,” the statement said.Nominations are opened for members to vie for the positions of, President, Vice President, Treasurer, Technical Director and four other Executive Members.48 delegates from 12 gyms in the country are eligible to vote.