Béla Fleck, Del & Dawg And More Set For Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

first_imgIf you are a fan of bluegrass and the art of pickin’ in and of itself, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival has got an incredible lineup of some of the best artists in the traditional and progressive bluegrass, jamgrass, and Americana scenes. With a four-day event set to take place on Walsh Farm in Oak Hill, NY from July 14th-17th, Grey Fox Bluegrass features a veritable who’s who lineup with a set from Béla Fleck & Chris Thile, Del & Dawg, Jerry Douglas presents The Earls of Leicester, Steep Canyon Rangers, The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, The Wood Brothers, Donna the Buffalo, Elephant Revival and so much more.Béla Fleck & Chris Thile cover Radiohead’s “Morning Bell” (from Kid A) in 2007:With over 175 performances, some serious spur of the moment jam session, music and dance workshops, open mic’s, delicious food, and a stage dedicated to children’s entertainment, Grey Fox has a communal vibe and is very family friendly as well. For ticket and additional information, check out the festival website HERE.Grey Fox Bluegrass has released its daily artist schedule, which can be seen below:Thursday, July 14, 2016: The Steep Canyon Rangers • The Wood Brothers • Band of Ruhks • Lonely Heartstring Band • Front Country • Scythian • The Horse Flies • Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore • Mile Twelve • John Kirk and Trish Miller • Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers • Savannah Acoustic Music Seminar Showcase, and Host Band: Dry Branch Fire SquadFriday, July 15, 2016: Del and Dawg • Jerry Douglas presents the Earls of Leicester • The Del McCoury Band • David Grisman’s Bluegrass Experience • The O’Connor Band featuring Mark O’Connor • The SteelDrivers • Trout Steak Revival • Lonely Heartstring Band • Front Country • The Stray Birds • Matuto • Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore • Rushad Eggleston • Joe Craven and the Sometimers • Compton and Newberry • The Mike + Ruthy Band • The Railsplitters • Charm City Junction • John Kirk and Trish Miller • Berklee College of Music Showcase and Host Band, Dry Branch Fire Squad.Saturday, July 16, 2016: Béla Fleck and Chris Thile • The Gibson Brothers • Sara Watkins • Della Mae • Donna The Buffalo • Mr. Sun • Sierra Hull • Elephant Revival • Lonely Heartstring Band • Rushad Eggleston • Joe Craven and the Sometimers • The Mike+Ruthy Band • The Railsplitters • John Kirk, Trish Miller & Quick Step • The Gather Rounders • Savannah Acoustic Music Seminar Showcase and host band, The Dry Branch Fire Squad.Sunday, July 17, 2016: ‘A Taste of Grey Fox’ Concert & Food Drive: Dry Branch Fire Squad • Della Mae • The Mike+Ruthy Band • The Stray Birds • Joe Craven and the Sometimers • Grey Fox Bluegrass Academy for Kids • 2016 Grey Fox Bill Vernon Memorial Scholarship Presentationlast_img read more

Trojans for Israel examines US-Middle East relations

first_imgTrojans for Israel hosted a panel with USC Undergraduate Student Government leaders and political experts to discuss the United States’ foreign policy in the Middle East in relation to Israel during a leadership dinner at USC Hillel Wednesday.The panelists included Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, Yaki Lopez, consul for political affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles, Alec White, a member of the College Democrats, and Aaron Rifkind, a member of the College Republicans.Audience members asked panelists about an array of subjects, including the relationship between the U.S. and Israeli governments, the handling of the refugee crisis in Syria and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. President of TFI and moderator Samantha Viterbi said that she was pleased that the oftentimes-contrasting political opinions and agendas of the panelists offered a multitude of beliefs and possible solutions.“I enjoyed that we brought four people to the panel tonight because I thought that there were a lot of different perspectives shown,” Viterbi said. “I was excited to hear the different thoughts from the College Democrats and College Republicans.”Schnur and Lopez believed that the United States has played a dramatic role in shaping the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East since the end of the World War II. They stressed that the U.S. must continue to offer financial and military support in order to help stabilize this largely volatile region in the world.The night was filled with many attempts at finding solutions for Israel’s international political affairs. Lopez hinted that, with the new agreement with the United States, which allows Iran greater nuclear capacities, there has been a greater dialogue between Israel and the Sunni countries in the region. He believes that a coalition between Middle Eastern states will inspire a greater effort in their combined fight against ISIL, and can additionally contribute to stabilizing the relationship between Israel and Palestine.Lopez said the United States should set a precedent to the rest of the world that they are willing to support countries that share its beliefs in human rights, and that the government of Israel would similarly support a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, if the Palestinian government demonstrates that it is willing to comply with such human rights conditions.“Israel supports a two-state solution. We would like to see a viable Palestinian state,” Lopez said. “The only way we are going to achieve that is by talking face-to-face.”Schnur gave an example of his own Jewish grandparents, who faced xenophobic sentiment when they emigrated to the United States from Eastern Europe to escape persecution by Nazi Germany, as a reminder to the audience of the humanitarian responsibility the United States has to rest of the world.Schnur disagreed with the idea that Syrian refugees could bring terrorism. Schnur said that while his grandparents were labeled as spies for Germany, without the support of the U.S. government, neither he nor many Jewish families would be there tonight. As a result, Schnur said that the United States should “set the tone,” and be far more active in the resettlement process of Syrian refugees.“A lesson to learn in the Syrian refugee crisis is to set an example for the rest of the world,” Schnur said. “We will lack the moral stature to go to other countries and ask them to bear their share of the burden if we are not in the front lines helping too.”last_img read more