Last year in 2016, after seven successful years, Aura Music Festival down in Live Oak, Florida, called it quits. This year, some of us fans might still be missing the early-season festival. However, such fans might take solace in reminiscing to this pristine soundboard recording of Dopapod’s set during the fourth iteration of the festival back in 2013.Their set comes in at just over an hour with eight tracks squeezed into their set. After set opener “Flipped,” the band drops “Trapper Keeper” before immediately segueing into “French Bowling.” Both “French Bowling” and the following song, “FABA,” heavily tease parts of the Star Wars’ “Cantina Band” theme throughout, perfect for such a festival set. Dopapod closes down their set with “Vol. 3 #86” moving straight into a brief return to the crowd pleaser “Trapper Keeper,” which kicked off the beginning of the set.You can listen to full audio of the performance below, courtesy of the band.
The King and I Certainly cause to whistle a happy tune! The Broadway revival of The King and I begins performances at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre on March 12. The Bartlett Sher production stars Ken Watanabe and five-time Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara. Opening night for the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein tuner is scheduled for April 16.The King and I is set in 1860’s Bangkok and tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam (Watanabe) and Anna Leonowens (O’Hara), a British schoolteacher, whom the imperious King brings to Siam to tutor his many wives and children. The musical’s score includes Getting To Know You, Hello Young Lovers, Shall We Dance, I Have Dreamed and Something Wonderful.In addition to O’Hara and Watanabe, the (ginormous) cast includes Ruthie Ann Miles as Lady Thiang, Conrad Ricamora as Lun Tha, Ashley Park as Tuptim, Edward Baker-Duly as Sir Edward Ramsey, Jon Viktor Corpuz as Prince Chulalongkom, Murphy Guyer as Captain Orton, Jake Lucas as Louis, Paul Nakauchi as Kralahome and Marc Oka as Phra Alack.The show first opened on Broadway on March 21, 1951 and earned five Tony Awards including Best Musical. The tuner has received three Broadway revivals, most recently in 1996 with a production starring Donna Murphy and Lou Diamond Phillips. Related Shows Ken Watanabe Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016 View Comments
According to one NBA scout, Tyler Ennis’ decision to declare for the NBA Draft wasn’t a bad one.“I’d be surprised if he’s someone that washes out,” the scout said. “That certainly doesn’t seem to be his make-up.”Ennis declared for the draft Thursday after posting 12.9 points and 5.5 assists per game as a freshman at Syracuse. He becomes just the third player in program history to leave after his first season, and is being projected by some as a lottery pick.“I think he plays really calm. I think he plays with a good sense of pace,” the scout said. “Doesn’t get sped up, doesn’t get rushed. Doesn’t turn the ball over or make bad decisions. I think that’s really what got you excited about him in the first place.”The scout said that there are still several areas Ennis can improve in to be highly successful at the NBA level.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHis jump shot needs fine-tuning. His 6-foot-2, 180-pound build could be strengthened. And his individual defense could be improved — though the scout did praise his instincts.And all of those tweaks can be made at the professional level.“He’s a lot more likely to do that in the NBA, being coached on defensive fundamentals than being at Syracuse playing the zone,” the scout said.Currently, Ennis is slotted as the third point guard behind Australian combo guard Dante Exum and Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart on most draft boards.The scout agreed with that listing, but said that he could see an older, more experienced guard — like Connecticut’s Shabazz Napier, Providence’s Bryce Cotton, Louisville’s Russ Smith, Iowa State’s DeAndre Kane or Michigan State’s Keith Appling — rise late in the process.“I don’t feel like it’s a particularly strong group of point guards,” the scout said.More than anything else, Ennis’ future success comes down to talent level and desire, the scout said, not whether he left SU after this year or next.He has the talent level to play in the NBA, the scout said, unlike one former Orange guard.Said the scout: “If a guy left college and then failed in the NBA, it’s probably because he either wasn’t that talented or didn’t have that high a desire to be a good player, or a combination of both.“A guy who just isn’t good enough like Sebastian Telfair or Jonny Flynn, if they had stayed four years or no years, I don’t think it really would have mattered. They both kind of just weren’t good enough, weren’t talented enough.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 28, 2014 at 6:26 pm Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1