Eric Gales likes to keep things real. Before playing a note at Brooklyn Bowl, he bared his soul, telling fans how he had spent most of his life abusing just about every substance he could get his hands on. He’s been clean for two years now and celebrating by playing hard-edged blues and rock with an intensity that has built a loyal following. “I hope your seat backs and tray tables are in the upright position because we’re about to take off,” he said. “I hope you survive the ride.”Gales plays it left-hand, like his idol Jimi, to whom he’s been compared. Born in Memphis and considered a guitar prodigy, Gales graciously welcomed New York’s own prodigy, Taz Niederauer, now 15 years old but who’s played with many of the greats since appearing in Broadway’s School of Rock at age 12. Together, the duo traded licks and took the energy level to a higher altitude, especially on their cover of “Little Wing.” In addition to the frontmen, the band features rock-solid bass and drums, none more impressive than Eric’s beautiful wife, LaDonna, on percussions.Opening the evening was Marcus Randolph, familiar as the drummer of cousin Robert Randolph’s Family Band, but for his Peeple’s Peeple project, Marcus plays pedal steel and sings. Joining in the Peeple’s band was Joey Williams, also a regular with Robert and current member of the Blind Boys of Alabama. If you’re getting the feeling that the stage was filled with lots of diverse talent coming together to explore new musical paths, you would be correct. It was a long and loud evening at Brooklyn Bowl, and after the show, Gales hung out with fans in a scene that has become part of the reason he’s developed such a strong following. We’re glad to see a talent like Eric Gales at the top of his game and enjoying life.Eric Gales | Brooklyn Bowl | New York, NY | 8/15/2018 | Photo: Lou Montesano Load remaining images Photo: Lou Montesano
After months of discussion and collaboration, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) has unanimously approved Harvard’s plans to transform a vacant building in Allston into the Harvard Innovation Lab.The Harvard Innovation Lab is a new and innovative initiative that will foster team-based and entrepreneurial activities and deepen interactions among students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and members of the Allston community. It will support Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s innovation agenda and activate a building that once housed WGBH-TV’s studios.The Innovation Lab will encourage entrepreneurship and innovation across the University, bringing together many cross-curricular interests, including Harvard College, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School, the School for Engineering and Applied Science, and the Harvard Kennedy School.In addition to its educational focus, with classrooms and meeting areas designed to serve both undergraduate and graduate students, the Harvard Innovation Lab will also support the local business community by providing public areas, meeting rooms, and business development resources for businesses, nonprofits, entrepreneurs, and others in the Allston-Brighton neighborhood and the region. This will be a central place where students and local businesses can work together, share knowledge, and collaborate on ideas.“Innovation is absolutely in the air,” says Cherry A. Murray, dean of the Harvard School of Engineering and the John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “How can we leverage all this intellectual energy? I see the Harvard Innovation Lab as having the potential to become an indispensable resource for the entire campus, connecting existing innovation programs at the schools and the College into a Grand Central Station for entrepreneurial thinking. As a hub, the new lab will bring together faculty, students, alumni, local community members, and industry professionals, empowering everyone to dream, create, and change the world for the better.”Organizations including SCORE, the Small Business Administration, the Center for Women & Enterprise, and the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network have committed to a generous schedule of one-on-one coaching and business advising, workshops, and training sessions in the Innovation Lab. It will also host lectures, panel discussions, and presentations that will be open to the public, as well as networking events for student teams, local businesses, and nonprofits.“The Innovation Lab is an entirely new model for Harvard. It is an innovation in and of itself. We’re delighted by the unanimous support of the BRA board and the many community members who have expressed their enthusiasm for this project, which will also be part of the University’s efforts to enliven Western Avenue,” said Gabe Handel, managing director of the Dean’s Office at Harvard Business School.“I want to thank Harvard University and the Harvard Business School for all the work they have done in including the community in the development of this project, which will help revitalize Western Avenue,” said Alana Olsen, executive director of Allston Village Main Streets. “I look forward to continuing to work together on this project.”When the Innovation Lab opens next fall, Harvard will provide transportation services between the Lab and the Harvard Square and Longwood campuses to ensure easy access for undergraduate and graduate students. MBTA bus and subway service will also provide access to the facility, and the use of Zipcars and bikes will be encouraged to help contribute to the sustainability of the environment.
Kalu who followed the tournament specifically to size up the Indomitable Lions, insisted he did not bargain for the tremendous showing of the now five-time winners especially in the absence of some of their super stars.He said: “The Indomitable Lions have become a looming threat to Eagles World Cup aspirations. I did not give them a chance at all but now we have all seen that the road to Russia 2018 is going to be rougher. For Cameroon to excel without Liverpool’s Joel Matip and the trio of Eric Choupo-Moting, Andre Onana and Alan Nyom, that’s incredible.”He then urged the Super Eagles to remember the ill-fated journey to Italia ’90 during which the Indomitable Lions stopped Nigeria despite the death of Sam Okwaraji.“History must not repeat itself. During the Italia ’90 qualifiers, Cameroon and Nigeria were in the same group. We needed just a draw in Yaounde to advance having beaten them 2-0 at the Adamasingba Stadium, Ibadan, the day Austin Eguavoen scored his first goal for the Eagles. It did not happen. Peter Rufai was dropped at the airport by Clemens Westerhof, David Ngodigha was injured in the game that turned out to be Aloysius Agu’s debut.“And the Lions were at the time Nations Cup champions having won Maroc 1988 edition. François Oman Biyik sealed it with a header that gave the hosts a 1-0 victory,” Kalu warned.He has also volunteered to open up talks between former captain Vincent Enyeama and Rohr.“I think there is communication gap between Rohr and Enyeama. I am ready to bring them together. We need good keepers to support Carl Ikeme. The Eagles also need to play friendlies with Senegal and Burkina Faso. They are francophone and play like the Indomitable Lions,” Kalu said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram WORLD CUP 2017Former Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, has warned handlers of the Super Eagles not to allow a repeat of Nigeria’s capitulation to Cameroon again following the triumph of the Indomitable Lions in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) which ended in Gabon on Sunday night.Cameroon defeated Pharaohs of Egypt 2-1 to win their fifth AFCON title.But with the Indomitable Lions’ trip to Uyo in August to confront Eagles in the first leg of the 2018 World Cup qualifier, Kalu who is also Pillar of Sports in Nigeria, advised the country’s Franco-German gaffer, Gernot Rohr, to keep more than an eye on the team of the moment.