Last night, Perpetual Groove returned to Brooklyn Bowl for their second of two performances at the Williamsburg venue this weekend, with Trae Pierce & the T-Stones and Broccoli Samurai providing support. Thanks to a beautiful gallery of images from photographer Andrew Blackstein below, you can get a vivid look at the run-closing festivities in Williamsburg.Perpetual Groove Funding First Studio Album In 7 Years With New Kickstarter CampaignPerpetual Groove just announced plans to record their first album of new material in seven years. They are hosting a KickStarter campaign to fun the new project. According to the page, P-Groove plans on releasing the new album on vinyl—a first for the group. In addition to receiving digital and vinyl copies of the latest album from the band, backers of the Kickstarter campaign are also eligible to snag album artwork posters, t-shirts, hoodies, hats, tickets to shows, VIP Experiences, a Golden Ticket to all shows on the tour, and more.Phishin’ With Perpetual Groove: On Slow Jams, Big Cypress, And Inevitable Gear MalfunctionThanks to taper Matt Moricle, you can enjoy the audio from both shows below: See below for a full list of upcoming Perpetual Groove shows. For more information, head to the band’s website.[Cover photo via Andrew Scott Blackstein Photography]Upcoming Perpetual Groove Tour Dates SEP 23 SAT – Longmont Oktoberfest – Longmont, COOCT 14 SAT – The Muse – Wilmington, NCOCT 31 TUE – Georgia Theatre – Athens, GANOV 2 THU – Revelry Room – Chattanooga, TNNOV 3 FRI – Exit/In – Nashville, TNNOV 6 MON – Old Rock House – St Louis, MONOV 8 WED – George’s Majestic – Fayetteville, ARNOV 10 FRI – The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CONOV 11 SAT – Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom – Denver, CODEC 15 FRI – Culture Room – Ft Lauderdale, FLDEC 16 SAT – Culture Room – Ft Lauderdale, FLDEC 28 THU – Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NCDEC 29 FRI – Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NCDEC 30 SAT – Charleston Pour House – Charleston, SCDEC 31 SUN – Charleston Pour House – Charleston, SCPerpetual Groove | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 9/9/17 | Photos by Andrew Blackstein Load remaining images
This is the time of the year that real high school basketball fans relish. The girls’ season is winding down quickly. Next week is their state finals. The high school boys’ teams already know their sectional draw, and their tournament will begin the first of March.Next week March Madness begins for the college basketball system. This 4-week bonanza for the NCAA and television revenue grows bigger and bigger every year. If you are tired of basketball, at any point in March you can turn to baseball because they will be well into their spring training.How will the Indiana college teams do this year? We won’t know yet this week, but Selection Sunday is also just around the corner. We have talked about all of these things to follow, and we haven’t even mentioned the NBA yet. They still have almost 2 full months of basketball regular season yet to play.
After a dramatic collapse over the final two weeks of the season, the Cubs and manager Joe Maddon announced Sunday that the skipper would not return in 2020. Maddon’s contract expires after Sunday’s finale.Chicago must now select a new skipper at a critical juncture. Most of its stars will become free agents in the next couple of years, meaning there is urgency for the new hire to return to the postseason right away. The role will not be easy, then, and will require someone capable of handling scrutiny during down stretches.MORE: Where will Joe Maddon manage in 2020? Here are six possibilitiesHere are some of the main candidates the Cubs could consider as they prepare for a new era:Experienced Cubs managerial candidatesThe benefit of this group, of course, is the time they’ve already spent leading playoff contenders. Rather than making first-timer mistakes, in theory they can use the errors they’ve made in the past to carve a smooth path through the 2020 season. Plus, a veteran-heavy clubhouse would presumably respect them right away.Joe Girardi Most recently the manager of the Yankees, Girardi is probably the top candidate among the known commodities. He led New York for 10 seasons and won a World Series in 2009. He has a .554 career winning percentage. And while he left the Big Apple amid a wave of in-game management criticism, which culminated in a 2018 ALDS replay review flub, he’s still generally regarded as a wise, tested tactician.Girardi has spent the past few years as a TV pundit, keeping himself in the public eye. He’s openly discussed a desire to return to the dugout.His experience with the late-2000s Yankees, and the pressure of that moment around the club, make him a high-quality fit for the Cubs. With several job openings around the league, though, it’s possible he takes a position elsewhere.Mike SciosciaScioscia headed the Angels for 19 years, leaving the franchise after the 2018 campaign with 1,650 wins and a World Series title under his belt. At 60, he’s six years older than Girardi and carries a reputation of being old-school in an era that worships analytically driven decisions. But he’s also one of the most successful managers this century and is extremely respected within the game. The Cubs, then, could look to Scioscia in a medium-term caretaker role before reassessing things when Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and others enter free agency.Bob GerenGeren is one of the few managers in the Billy Beane era not to win with the A’s. Oakland went 334-376 under his stewardship, and it made the postseason the year before and year after he was on the job. As an assistant, however, Geren has earned acclaim for his recent work in New York and Los Angeles with the Mets and Dodgers. He’s currently LA’s bench coach. The 58-year-old is considered to be a blend of old- and new-school styles, able to work under the guidance of a hands-on front office while equipped to call on-the-fly shots from the dugout.Based on rumors surrounding him and other openings, it appears Geren is positioned to get a second chance at managing from somewhere this offseason. He might not be the first choice in Chicago, but he’s nonetheless a solid candidate with a deep resume.Other rumored names here: Bruce BochyFirst-time managerial candidatesIf the Cubs truly want a fresh start, perhaps they’ll hire (or promote) someone who has never been an MLB manager. These candidates are likely to command lower salaries than their more experienced counterparts and, in theory, bring fresh ideas to the table.Another advantage to these candidates is the possibility of finding someone who can stick with the club for five or more years and become a long-term fixture. Such managers are becoming less common, it seems, and their decline in number may make them more valuable. Having a steady face of an organization provides inherent stability and culture.Mark LorettaLoretta is already the Cubs’ bench coach, and he once played in president Theo Epstein’s organization in Boston. Because of those factors, he’s an early frontrunner to replace Maddon despite never managing at any pro level. Before becoming Chicago’s bench coach this year, he served as special assistant in the Padres’ baseball operations department. He’s also a candidate, then, for the Padres’ vacancy. Hensley MeulensThe Giants will have Meulens’ attention first after Bruce Bochy’s retirement, but if the longtime San Francisco assistant is not picked by the team to take over there, he’ll likely be a major player in high-profile hiring searches. A three-time World Series winner from the dugout, Meulens has interviewed with the Reds and the Yankees in the past. Expect the Cubs to have him on their radar should he have an avenue out of the Bay Area.Ryan ChristensonChristenson is an under-the-radar candidate who has worked his way through Oakland’s minor league system as a manager and is now the bench coach for a playoff-bound A’s team. A former big league player, Christenson possesses plenty of MLB clubhouse experience. Learning how to be a player-first manager from Bob Melvin has perhaps accelerated his development, and it wouldn’t be surprising for the Cubs to be one of several teams to give him a ring this offseason.Other rumored names here: David Ross
NORTHWOOD — A pursuit that started in southern Minnesota and ended in Worth County early Saturday morning has landed two Albert Lea people in jail. The Worth County Sheriff’s Office says they were notified at about 1:25 AM of a pursuit that was southbound from Freeborn County. The pursuit continued to the 214 mile marker of Interstate 35 in Worth County where it was terminated. Shortly afterward, the suspect vehicle was found in the ditch at the 217 mile marker, where it was unoccupied. A drone was used to locate the two suspects who were hiding in a soybean field near the intersection of Marks Hill Road and Hickory Avenue. 22-year-old Nena Hardy and 22-year-old Rodolfo Valdez, both from Albert Lea, were arrested. Hardy was charged with possession of a controlled substance and was being held in the Worth County Jail on $1000 bond. Valdez was being held without bond at the jail for an out-of-state warrant.