Watch John Mayer Cover Mac Miller, Play With Thundercat At Star-Studded Tribute Show [Videos]

first_imgFollowing Mac Miller’s extremely untimely death this past September, an all-star cast of musicians came together on Halloween to celebrate the young rapper’s life. Dubbed Mac Miller: A Celebration Of Life, the tribute featured Action Bronson, Anderson .Paak, Chance The Rapper, Domo Genesis, Dyan Reynolds, Earl Sweatshirt, J.I.D, John Mayer, Miguel, Njomza, Schoolboy Q, SZA, Thundercat, Travis Scott, Ty Dolla $ign, Vince Staples, and more at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre.A highlight of the evening was John Mayer’s appearance, as the guitarist first worked through a cover of Mac Millers’ “Small Worlds”, which Mayer is featured on in the recording on Swimming. Mayer then worked through a take on his own “Gravity”, before joining bassist extraordinaire Thundercat for a take on his original “Them Changes”. Watch video of John Mayer’s celebration of Mac Miller below:John Mayer – “Small Worlds”[Video: Something Like Mayer]John Mayer w/ Thundercat – “Them Changes”[Video: Something Like Mayer]John Mayer – “Gravity”[Video: Something Like Mayer]Mac Miller: A Celebration Of Life – Full Show[Video: Jacob Yanosick]Following Miller’s death, John Mayer posted a very heartfelt message on his Instagram about the young artist. Read his sentiments below:This was going to be Mac Miller’s year. He made a quantum leap in his music. That’s incredibly hard to do, to evolve and get better and more focused while your career is already underway. You don’t get there without a lot of work, and Mac had put the work in. I didn’t expect to play on his album the day he played some songs for me at his house, but when I heard “Small Worlds,” I gave it a short, chirpy little “yup,” which is the highest praise I can give a track. It means we don’t need to say another word, it’s going down. I grabbed the nearest guitar in the room and within a couple of hours we had finished a tune that made me so incredibly happy to have a part in, not to mention we established a nice little friendship. He was so funny I just kind of stopped typing “LOL” back in our texts. Mac was, to me, on permanent LOL status. I gave him whatever guidance I thought I had the right to, having been through the press ringer in the past and wanting him to understand that none of that noise could ever really take a bite out of the music he was about to put out.The last time I saw him, he was playing Hotel Cafe’ in Los Angeles for a crowd of 100 people. He was nervous, and honest about it with the audience. I thought that was so endearing, especially seeing as he would go on to play one of the best sets I’d seen in a very long time. His band was unreal. You gotta know that if you weren’t familiar with Mac Miller, you were about to be, whether you would have seen him at a festival, or a friend was going to catch a show and tell everyone they knew about it (like I did.) Mac put in the work. He made his best album and formed the band that was weeks away from becoming a breakout live sensation. Believe me when I say that. I send my love and support to everyone who knew him better, because what relative little I did, I just adored.last_img read more

Tickets Now Available for Tuck Everlasting on Broadway

first_imgTickets are now on sale for the Broadway premiere of Tuck Everlasting, starring Broadway favorites Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Carolee Carmello. The new musical features music by Chris Miller, lyrics by Nathan Tysen and a book by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle. Performances will begin on March 31, 2016 at the Broadhurst Theatre, with opening night set for April 26.In addition to Keenan-Bolger and Carmello as Jesse and Ma Tuck, respectively, the Casey Nicholaw-helmed production will feature newcomer Sarah Charles Lewis as Winnie Foster, Robert Lenzi as Miles, Terrence Mann as Man in the Yellow Suit, Michael Park as Angus, Fred Applegate as Constable Joe, Valerie Wright as Betsy Foster and Michael Wartella as Hugo.Based on the 1975 children’s novel by Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting follows a young girl and her friendship with Jesse Tuck and his family, who become immortal after drinking from an enchanted spring. The story has twice been adapted for the screen. Related Shows Tuck Everlasting View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on May 29, 2016last_img read more

GFF’s ‘Big Four’ tournament set for tonight at Leonora

first_imgTHE Guyana Football Federation (GFF) will tonight kick-off their ‘Big Four’ tournament at the Leonora Track and Field Facility.Fruta Conquerors Football Club (FC) will face Victoria Kings from 17:30hrs and the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) are set to come up against Buxton United FC at 20:00hrs.The two winners from tonight’s double-header will square off on Sunday, to play for the first-place prize of $1.5M and losers are set to collect $700 000.$500 000 will go to the team who finish third, and $300 000 to the fourth-placed team.GFF Director of Competitions, Ian Alves, said keen rivalry is anticipated as Season III of the Elite League approaches, adding, “As the football fraternity is aware, we’ve had a break between the end of Season II and the commencement of the ‘Big Four’ tournament.“Therefore, one of the things we will see in the ‘Big Four’ is who among the clubs have been able to maintain their training schedule, performance level and match fitness during the break.“The results will very well be a reflection of such. We expect keen rivalry among the clubs since they will not only be competing for the cash prizes on offer, but will also be looking forward to going into Season III of the Elite League riding on their recent victories,” Alves said.The ‘Big Four’ is a knockout tournament involving the four top clubs from Season II of the STAG Elite League.last_img read more

Brazil’s scouts search for future Neymars

first_img0Shares0000Scout Jorge Athayde selects players during a trial in which they play under the watch of scouts from one of Brazil’s biggest football clubs, Vasco da Gama, in northern Rio de Janeiro © AFP / Mauro PIMENTELRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Nov 17 – At a trial for youngsters at Rio de Janeiro’s Vasco da Gama football club, Vanessa Dias pushed through the bushes to glimpse her 12-year-old son Caua, nervously hoping that he’d just taken his first step to the big time.About 200 other children aged nine to 17 were taking part in the trial on a basic football pitch in northern Rio under the watch of scouts from the club, one of Brazil’s biggest. Parents weren’t allowed in, but some climbed a hill through undergrowth to try to see the field anyway.“I’m ready to make any sacrifice. I’m unemployed and sometimes I don’t have enough to pay for transport, but I always get by with a loan here and there,” Dias, 33, said.Her son actually supports Vasco’s big rivals Flamengo, but he’s trying to play a bigger game now than mere fandom: getting a shot at becoming a future star himself.Becoming the next Neymar is the dream of many in Brazil, a country mad about football and with no shortage of talented youngsters from poor backgrounds hungry for a chance © AFP / Mauro PIMENTELBecoming the next Neymar is the dream of many in a country mad about football and with no shortage of talented youngsters from poor backgrounds hungry for a chance.But there’s nothing easy about getting there.Vasco’s head scout Uerner Leonardo Passos said even in this first set of trials, “only 10 percent of the boys will pass before going to a new series of tests at the club headquarters.”Trials last three days and take place every month, divided into age groups where children get an opportunity to show off their skills in 20-minute games.Ronaldo Faria, a Vasco scout, has a good idea of what he’s looking for: his brother is World Cup winner Romario, the club’s biggest ever find.“The secret of Brazilian football is the favelas, with kids playing on the streets and on rough pitches,” he said, referring to the hard-scrabble, often violent neighborhoods where many Brazilians grow up with little more than dreams of getting out.– Eyes peeled –Vasco puts a big emphasis on scouring those favelas for talent.“Our scouts often go to the favelas and they keep a network of contacts who will tell them if there’s a kid showing potential,” said Luiz Rangel, from Vasco’s talent spotting department.Scout Jorge Athayde (R) speaks to a boy during a trial in which youngsters play under the watch of scouts from one of Brazil’s biggest football clubs, Vasco da Gama, in northern Rio de Janeiro © AFP / Mauro PIMENTELJacy Oliveira, who lives in Rio’s Piedade neighborhood, brought four local boys along to the trial.“Many good players don’t even get a chance for a trial because they don’t have the money for transport,” said Oliveira, who uses his own money in the hope of finding a new talent to boost his own scouting career.“For now, I’ve had nothing but expenses but I’m sure that I’ll come across a shining star,” he said.Among the boys playing that day, just one really stood out for Ronaldo Faria — a nine-year-old called Felipe who dribbled past older and bigger opponents with ease.His twin brother Fernando, however, looked so nervous that he was having trouble performing at all.“Don’t be afraid,” one of the trial organizers told him. “Just be normal, play as if you were in the street with your brother.”– ‘Pre-programmed’ –What scouts want to see are players with talent but able to play in a team without too much individualism. They have another problem, though, and that’s the lack of freedom in children already trying to copy adult systems.“The children are pre-programmed,there are fewer and fewer who play in a spontaneous way,” Luiz Rangel said.Parents who weren’t allowed in climb a hill through undergrow to catch a glimpse of their children while they take part in a trial under the watch of scouts from one of Brazil’s biggest football clubs, Vasco da Gama, in northern Rio de Janeiro © AFP / Mauro PIMENTEL“What we’re looking for is a series of characteristics: ease with the ball, field position, the way they communicate with the other players on the team. Everything has an influence.”Caio Rodrigues, 15, said it was important not to show off.“If you try and stand out you end up making a mistake. They want us to play simply and to pass the ball,” he said.Pedro Henrique, 13, has been watching his heroes, Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar and Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba, on video for inspiration.“When I am big I want to play with them, with Neymar, on the national team,” the boy said shyly.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more