It’s certainly a rare occasion for Joe Russo and Marco Benevento to reunite as a duo. While the Joe Russo’s Almost Dead bandmates have mostly dedicated their time to the Grateful Dead-inspired band, as Benevento tours his own band throughout the year, the drummer and keyboardist reunited for their fourth show this year after a six year hiatus on Friday night. Suwannee Hulaween served as the perfect setting for this reunion, even bringing former collaborator Mike Gordon to the stage for a set-closing “Scratchitti”.The Benevento Russo Duo made an unexpected come-back when they played a surprise show at a small club in Brooklyn, NY at the Threes Brewing in 2016. Having not played since 2010, the show marked the first of four that would take place in the year since. While they were once a touring machine, bringing Mike Gordon along for the ride in 2005 and then Trey Anastasio in 2006, the Duo always remained the key ingredient of the special sauce.During their performance at Suwannee Hulaween, the Benevento Russo Duo welcomed the Phish bassist for an appropriate “Scratchitti”–an original that’s been in rotation since the band’s inception in 2004, and the go-to for Mike Gordon sit-ins. As JamBase notes, the trio hadn’t shared the stage under this moniker since 2008, and with Mike Gordon’s band in 2009–though the end of this video indicates that it’s been eleven years since they’d played that together. All in all, the surprise sit-in was a huge success for all those in attendance.Check out a full video of the Benevento Russo Duo and Mike Gordon performing “Scratchitti” below:
By Dialogo May 29, 2009 An 11 year old boy in the early morning hours started out on a 100 km walk for his father, a soldier, who the boy doesn’t know because he had been kidnapped by the FARC guerrilla forces just a little before the boy had been born, the boy had stated on Thursday. This march “is for my father’s freedom and the freedom of all who have been kidnapped”, the young Johan Steven Martínez stated, as he began his walk that would take him from the town of Ospina to the city of Pasto, the capital of the department of Nariño (on the border with Ecuador). Johan’s father, Army sergeant Libio José Martínez, was kidnapped on 21 December 1997 in a bloody attack by the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) on soldiers who were guarding a communications station on a hill in the southern part of the country. 11 soldiers were killed and 18 more were kidnapped during the attack. Of these kidnapped soldiers, only Martínez and Sergeant Pablo Emilio Moncayo still are being held by the FARC forces. Johan started his march on Wednesday accompanied by hundreds of the inhabitants of the town of Ospina and 30km later they spent the night at a site located near the town of Túquerres, from where he resumed his journey this Thursday, which he hopes he will finish on Friday in Pasto. Last April 16th the rebel group announced that they would turn over Moncayo to a commission headed by the opponent Senator Piedad Córdoba and the soldier’s father. Professor Gustavo Moncayo, who is known throughout the country and abroad for his extensive marches that he has taken to try to insure the release of his son. Nevertheless, President Alvaro Uribe rejected the conditions and stated that he would only allow a delegation of representatives from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and from the Catholic Church to participate in procuring his freedom. Martínez and Moncayo are part of a group of 22 soldiers, which also includes a general from the Police Force (who was promoted to this rank while being held captive) by the FARC forces several years ago, and who the rebel forces are trying to exchange for some 500 of their soldiers who are incarcerated, including three of their soldiers who are being held in the United States.
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After defeating Michigan the night before, the Badgers hit the ice again Saturday night in search of a weekend sweep over the Wolverines.Wisconsin didn’t waste any time getting on the board, eight seconds to be exact, when sophomore Trent Frederic caught the Wolverine defense on their heels to give the Badgers an early 1-0 lead.Michigan didn’t waste much time of their own, responding just 35 seconds later and tying the game at 1-1 before a minute of hockey was played.Men’s hockey: Badgers hope to bounce back with Michigan matchupThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team is looking to get back on track this weekend against Michigan after being Read…Just less than four minutes later the Wolverines struck again to take a one-score lead early into the first. This game was cracking up to be a high-scoring affair as the opening minutes ensued.After senior Corbin McGuire committed a hooking penalty, the momentum looked to turn in Michigan’s favor with an upcoming power-play opportunity.That momentum would be turned upside down when Trent Frederic forced a turnover leading to his own breakaway goal to tie the game once more at 2-2.“He reads it well, he’s a brilliant hockey player as far as recognizing opportunities,” head coach Tony Granato said.The Badgers entered the first intermission tied with the Wolverines and would leave the second period in a tie as well after both teams netted a score in the second.Michigan was not backing down this time as they responded to a third-period goal from defenseman Jake Linhart, forcing the fourth tie of the game.Another Wisconsin defenseman would find the back of the net when sophomore Peter Tischke scored midway through the third, giving the Badgers a 5-4 lead and eventually the win.“Obviously, they’re a good team, they’re hard, they never give up, and after they came back after that fourth goal and we got the fifth one we just realized that we had to bear down and finish the game,” Tischke said following Saturday’s win.The Badgers did bear down as the third came to a close, forcing the Wolverines to pull their goaltender with minutes remaining. Adam Cavallini silenced any late game heroics with an empty-net score, ending the game in a 6-4 victory for the Badgers.Cameron Hughes finished the night with an assist hat trick, two of those assists going to Cavallini who, along with Frederic, had two goals on the night.Men’s hockey: UW slides to No. 20 following series sweep by Penn StateThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team and head coach Tony Granato watched their goal of gaining ground on the Read…Frederic finished the weekend with an impressive four goals over the two-game series as he continues to light it up for the Badgers.“The puck was coming to me and guys were making nice plays and I just happened to be there so it was a good weekend and it’s good to get two wins,” Frederic said.A sweep for the Badgers this weekend means a chance to jump into first place in the Big Ten next weekend as they head to Minnesota to take on the No. 5 Gophers.“Next week will be a challenge,” Granato said. “We had two great games against Minnesota here a few weeks back. We know the skill that they have, we know we’ll have to be at our best.”Next weekend’s matchup could very well be the biggest series of the year for the Badgers, and after sweeping the Wolverines at home, Wisconsin looks poised to make a run for the number one spot in the Big Ten.
Serena Williams overpowered German Carina Witthoeft 6-2 6-2 to set up a third-round clash with big sister Venus at the U.S. Open on Wednesday.Williams sent down 13 aces and 30 winners to record her second consecutive straight sets victory at Flushing Meadows as the 36-year-old, who is hunting a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title, wrapped up the win in one hour and seven minutes.”It’s always such a great crowd at night. It’s just amazing to play in front of this crowd,” she said courtside after her victory. “I was happy with a lot of things.”Next up is a 30th career meeting with Venus, who beat her younger sibling in their most recent encounter at Indian Wells earlier this year.The last time the two sisters met at a Grand Slam was in the 2017 Australian Open final, where Serena prevailed in straight sets.”It’s obviously a tough match,” Serena added.”Cheer for me…or Venus..either one will work.”@serenawilliams shares a few words about her upcoming clash against Venus…We’ll be on the edge of our seats in the meantime.https://t.co/zUjH8xQd4X pic.twitter.com/qyOVtJjrVfUS Open Tennis (@usopen) August 30, 2018″It’s so young in the tournament, but it is what it is. It’s not the end of the world. We would rather have met later. We’re both going to come out per usual and play our best in front of you guys.”Normally, I would say cheer for me. But, whoever you feeling — me or Venus will work.”advertisementSTEPHENS FIGHTS HER WAY TO ROUND What did @SloaneStephens do during the heat break today?#USOpen pic.twitter.com/h50mOYK1k3US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 30, 2018Defending U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens overcame scorching heat, a blister and an inspired performance by qualifier Anhelina Kalinina to advance to the third round with a hard-fought 4-6 7-5 6-2 win.The third-seeded American fired an ace on match point to complete the comeback, which took 2 hours and 46 minutes on a hot and humid day on Arthur Ashe Stadium.”I wasn’t playing my best,” the 25-year-old said in an on-court interview.”It was super hot and that was no fun at all. I was sweating a lot,” she added. “But I came out in the third set bouncing around.”The 21-year-old Kalinina blitzed Stephens at the start, racing out to a 4-1 lead in their first meeting before capturing the first set to make the partisan New York crowd nervous.Stephens bounced back in the second, jumping out to a 3-0 lead before taking a medical timeout to receive treatment for a blister on the palm of her right hand.The bandage on her serving hand seemed to hamper her and Kalinina broke Stephens in the first game after the timeout and levelled the set at 5-5.But Stephens regrouped and crushed a running forehand winner to level the match and force a decider.Stephens emerged from the 10-minute heat break following the second set the fresher of the two players, committing eight unforced errors to Kalinina’s 17 as she cruised to the finish line.Next up for Stephens is hard-hitting former world number one Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, who thrashed Australian Daria Gavrilova 6-1 6-2.Despite the marathon match on Wednesday, Stephens is battle tested in New York.She won four three-setters en route to last year’s final, where she defeated fellow American Madison Keys in the straight sets to claim her first Grand Slam trophy.