2 Mar
2021

Live Music Is Scientifically Proven To Help Universally Lower Stress Levels

first_imgA scientific study published in Public Health in 2016 shows clear-cut evidence for the benefit of attending live music events. The groundbreaking test comes in at the biological level, as scientists measured levels of cortisol and cortisone both before and after a concert.Cortisol is a hormone factor, produced under conditions of psychological stress. By measuring saliva samples before and after a specific concert, the entirety of the 117 participants showed major reductions in cortisol levels after the fact.While previous studies had shown similar results, this was the first conducted in a natural concert setting, as opposed to a laboratory. The results showed that cortisol levels were reduced in participants of all ages.“These results are in line with 22 previous studies showing that listening to music in the controlled setting of either a laboratory or a hospital can reduce cortisol levels,” said one researcher in an interview with The Telegraph. “It is of note that none of these biological changes were associated with age, musical experience or familiarity with the music being performed. This suggests there is a universal response to concert attendance among audience members.”The one drawback, however, is that the music selection was limited to classical. Further research would be needed to see if other genres show similar conclusions. Still, as lead researcher Daisy Fancourt said, “This is the first preliminary evidence that attending a cultural event can have an impact on endocrine activity.”So, keep on living for live music!last_img read more

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2 Mar
2021

Watch Bob Weaver a.k.a. Jon Fishman Twerk For The People At Phish’s 2018 Las Vegas Run [Full Video]

first_imgSetlist: Phish | MGM Grand Garden Arena | Las Vegas, NV | 11/2/18Set One: Cavern, Beauty of My Dreams, If I Could, Weigh, Sand, Back on the Train, Martian Monster, Mercury > Suzy GreenbergSet Two: Soul Planet > Down with Disease[1] > Guyute, Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley > Light > Slave to the Traffic LightENCORE: Hold Your Head Up > Bike > Hold Your Head Up, Good Times Bad Times[1] Unfinished.This show was webcast via Live Phish. If I Could was played for the first time since July 29, 2014 (159 show gap). DWD included In the Summertime and Oye Como Va teases from Trey and was unfinished. Trey quoted Everything is Hollow in Sneakin’ Sally. The first HYHU contained a The Final Hurrah quote. Bike was played for the first time since September 4, 2015 (113 shows). On November 2nd, 2018 Phish returned to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV for the penultimate show of their 2018 fall tour. Even within a run—and a tour as a whole—that stood out from the pack, Phish’s 11/2/18 performance was a clear highlight, a show that begs to be relistened to from start to finish on multiple occasions.From a first set featuring a rocking “Cavern” opener, the first “If I Could” since 2014, a searing “Sand”, a nearly-25-minute “Mercury” jam, and more to a second set studded with stellar jams and zero filler, this show was already cemented as a gem of a performance before the band stepped back onstage for their encore. Anything the band played for their curtain call on this night would have sufficed, but Phish had a few more tricks up their sleeves.When Trey Anastasio took a seat behind Jon Fishman‘s drum kit, it quickly became clear that this would not be your ordinary encore. As the drummer strolled to center stage, the band began “Hold Your Head Up”—a known portal to memorable Fishman antics. So the story goes, in their early days, the band would play this song at rehearsals when it was time to get serious. Trey, Mike Gordon, and Page McConnell used to find it hilarious. Fishman, not so much: the song would often prompt him to storm out of practice. From that inside joke, a live Phish tradition arose: When Argent‘s “Hold Your Head Up” pops up, Trey pulls out a Fishman nickname and Fish takes his turn in the spotlight for a light-hearted cover before running like an antelope out of control all around the stage. Whether Fishman still hates it or not, we can’t be sure. What we do know is that it brings out his silliest side, and that’s never a bad thing for those in the audience.Back to 11/2—With the “Hold Your Head Up” stage set, Trey introduced the man in the dress: “Ladies and gentlemen, put your “Faceplant Into Rock” hands together for Mr. Bob Weaver!” Fish responded in kind to Trey’s call to shenanigans: “The pressure is unbelievable. Thank god I don’t take anything seriously… Except music. I take music seriously. Now, now…and pretty much nothing else.” From there, Fishman led the band through an animated take on Syd Barrett‘s Piper At The Gates of Dawn chestnut “Bike”—his first rendition of the tune since Dick’s 2015—before serving up an actually-not-so-bad vacuum solo.Of course, no “Hold Your Head Up” sandwich is complete without the freak-out that follows, and this Fishman dance party did not disappoint. After showing the audience his appreciation (“This is the funnest job in the world. This is the funnest band in the world. Thank you so FUCKING much!”) and warning that he can’t really run around “because [his] hip sucks,” Fish commenced with some hilariously flailing dance moves. That dance quickly turned into a full-fledged twerk as Trey encouraged him from behind the drum set, fighting back laughter (“Twerk it! Twerk it! Twerk for the people, Bob Weaver!”).Energized by the crowd (and the twerking), and in spite of the fact that his hip sucks, Fishman delivered his crazed “HYHU” finale, taking a lap around the stage before winding up on top of Page’s piano with his arms triumphantly raised above his head. “Thank you,” he mused as the crowd roared. “That’s the most exercise I’ve had in a year.”As Fishman returned to his rightful spot behind the drum, a still-laughing Trey pondered “Where do you go after that, I mean, god damn. Bob Weaver! …Agh…I’m sorry, you guys, gimme a second here. It’s not often that you get to see something like that…Bob Weaver…”After another moment to collect his composure, Trey continued, “Fuck it, this is, like, an old show. Let’s do an old one…Agh…I don’t remember this one…We’re gonna try it,” before launching into Led Zeppelin‘s “Good Times, Bad Times” to cap the fantastic show.You can watch a full video of the “Hold Your Head Up”/”Bike” antics as well as close-up videos of Jon Fishman’s twerking prowess below:Phish – “Hold Your Head Up” > “Bike” > “Hold Your Head Up”[Video: Live For Live Music]last_img read more

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19 Sep
2020

Uitvlugt Warriors beat Den Amstel to win NSC/WDFA Arthur Chung memorial tourney

first_img… Eagles edge Pouderoyen 3-2 to finish thirdUITVLUGT Warriors defeated Den Amstel 2-0 in a penalty shoot-out to win the National Sports Commission/West Demerara Football Association’s Arthur Chung Memorial football tournament which was played at the National Track and Field facility at Leonora, West Coast Demerara last Sunday.The two teams were locked 1-1 at the end of regulation time and the winner had to be decided by a penalty shoot that saw Uitvlugt Warriors convert two of their four shots while the team’s custodian, Kelvis Mitchell, saved all four of Den Amstel’s shots from the spot.Earlier in the game, Daniel Forde gave Uitvlugt the lead with a 15th minute goal but 17 minutes later, Den Amstel secured the equaliser through Andre Hector who converted in the 32nd minute.The win for Uitvlugt earned them $100 000, while Den Amstel pocketed $50 000.In the third place playoff of the one-day four-team tournament, Eagles edged Pouderoyen 3-2, with goals off the boots of Adrian Adelph, Chris Macey and M. Ezequiel in the 38th, 58th and 60th minutes respectively.Amaniki Buntin (15th) and Lexroy Mansfield (47th) were the goalscorers for Pouderoyen.Eagles earned $30 000 while Pouderoyen were awarded with $20 000.Meanwhile, in the two semi-final matches, Uitvlugt defeated Eagles 3-1 and Den Amstel edged Pouderoyen 1-0.For Uitvlugt, Harvey recorded a double in the 28th and 30th minutes, while David Floyd netted in the 29th minute.Marvis Williams scored in the 39th minute for Eagles in the other semi-final while Den Amstel’s Gavin Graham’s 24th minute goal was enough to send his team to the final.Mitchell was adjudged the Most Valuable Player-of-the-tournament as well as the Best Goalkeeper.Harvey and Floyd were adjudged joint winners of the Highest Goals Scorer award.last_img read more

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