While Waits’ appearance onstage was a rare occurrence for the 67-year-old singer, Staples has been ramping up her productivity in recent months. Last week, she announced the pending release of a brand new album co-written with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco (out November 17th), and shared the album’s first single, “If All I Was Was Black,” for which Tweedy added the music to Staples’ lyrics. That same day, Mavis also announced a full Fall Tour with the great Bob Dylan. The 20+ date national tour will begin in Southern California on October 13th, and wrap up on November 16th in Boston. For a full list of tour dates, head to Dylan’s website.https://bobdylan.com/on-tour/You can listen to Staples’ new single, “If All I Was Was Black,” below via Staples’ YouTube page:Bob Dylan w/ Mavis Staples 2017 Fall Tour Dates10/13 Harrah’s Resort SoCal – The Events Center @ Valley Center, CA10/14 The Cosmopolitan Hotel – The Chelsea Theatre @ Las Vegas, NV10/17 Eccles Theater @ Salt Lake City, UT10/18 Eccles Theater @ Salt Lake City, UT10/21 1st Bank Center @ Denver, CO10/23 Century Link Center @ Omaha, NE10/24 Stephens Auditorium @ Ames, IA10/25 Xcel Energy Center @ St Paul, MN10/27 Wintrust Arena @ Chicago, IL10/28 Van Andel Arena @ Grand Rapids, MI10/29 IU Auditorium @ Bloomington, IN11/1 Fox Theater @ Detroit, MI11/3 EJ Thomas Hall @ Akron, OH11/5 Palace Theater @ Columbus, OH11/6 Peterson Events Center @ Pittsburgh, PA11/8 Nassau Coliseum @ Uniondale, NY11/10 Coliseum @ Richmond, VA11/11 Tower Theatre @ Philadelphia, PA11/12 Tower Theatre @ Philadelphia, PA11/14 The Anthem @ Washington, DC11/16 Agannis Arena @ Boston, MA[h/t – Consequence of Sound] Last night, renowned singer-songwriter Tom Waits marked his first live appearance in over two years when he joined Mavis Staples onstage at a Lagunitas Brewery location in California. The famously gravelly-voiced singer duetted with Mavis on The Staple Singers‘ 1972 Grammy-winning soul classic, “Respect Yourself. Until the sit-in with Staples, Waits had not given a live performance since he visited The Late Show in 2015 ahead of then-host David Letterman‘s departure from the show.You can watch an assortment of crowd-shot videos from Tom Waits’ surprise guest appearance with Mavis Staples below:Crowd-shot video via Facebook user Richard Zeno:
Ween Upcoming 2018 Tour Dates:7/24 Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH7/25 Express Live – Columbus, OH7/27 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA7/28 Art Park – Buffalo, NY7/29 Waterfront Park – Burlington, VT8/17 McMenamins Edgefield – Troutdale, OR8/18 McMenamins Edgefield – Troutdale, OR10/13 The Fillmore – Miami, FL10/14 St. Augustine Amphitheater – St. Augustine, FL10/19 The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA10/20 The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GAView All Tour Dates Ween will return to the Southeast when they swing through Georgia and Florida this fall for their appropriately named Florida Georgia Line Tour. The group will get started at The Fillmore in Miami on October 13th before heading to the St. Augustine Amphitheater in St. Augustine, Florida, on October 14th. Finally, they’ll wrap up the run with two nights at The Tabernacle in Atlanta on October 19th and 20th.The upcoming tour will mark Ween’s first non-festival stops in Florida since the band—singer Aaron “Gene Ween” Freeman, guitarist Mickey “Dean Ween” Melchiondo, drummer Claude Coleman Jr., bassist Dave Dreiwitz, and keyboardist Glenn McClelland—performed in Fort Lauderdale in 2008 (though they played Suwannee Hulaween last year). Ween’s last non-festival appearance in Georgia took place at Athens’ 40 Watt Club in 2011.Tickets for the newly-announced tour dates will go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 22nd. Presale tickets will be available on Wednesday, June 20th.
BURLINGTON, Vt.–Vaughn A. Carney, director of legal services at Bombardier Aerospace Structured Finance in Colchester, and Michael Metz, president of Michael Metz & Associates in Charlotte, have been named to the Board of Trustees of Champlain College.Carney, a resident of Essex, Vt., is a member of the Vermont, Washington and District of Columbia Bar Associations. He is on the board of directors of E-One Holdings, Cathedral Square Corp. and the Vermont Rainbow PUSH Coalition. He is also a lector at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul. Carney earned a bachelor’s degree at Colgate University and a law degree at Harvard Law School.Metz, a resident of Charlotte, Vt., is a business development consultant. He serves on the boards of Magic Hat Brewing Co. and MRA Labs. Hes also on the board of Burlington City Arts and the Burlington City Arts Foundation. Metz earned a bachelors degree at Middlebury College and an MBA at Columbia University.Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a private, baccalaureate institution that offers professionally focused programs balanced by a liberal arts foundation. The College offers masters, bachelors and associates degrees and professional certificates in 29 fields of study.# # #