Colorado-based funk-soul favorites The Motet will return to New Orleans for a pair very special late night shows on Friday, May 4th and Saturday, May 5th, during the second weekend of Jazz Fest. Today, they have announced the guests joining them for the Jazz Fest-ivities.On the first of the two nights, May 4th, The Motet will be honoring Sly and the Family Stone by selecting fan favorites and deeper cuts from the pioneering band’s extensive catalog. No strangers to collaboration, the night will feature some special guests to round out the “Family” for the evening, including Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy, Ghost-Note) on percussion and Moorea Masa on vocals.On May 5th, the following night, The Motet will join forces with Virginia heavy-hitters Butcher Brown for a night of original music with special guest Weedie Braimah (The Nth Power) on percussion.Bridging the gap between retro funk & soul, while keeping a focused eye on the future of funk, The Motet has been touring in support of their latest set of singles, “Supernova” and “Get It Right”. The recent addition of singer Lyle Divinsky, who joined the band in 2016, fanned the flames of this already hot band. His sinfully soulful voice and rich lyrics are powerfully prevalent throughout the newest batch of singles and light up the performances of the 7-piece funk powerhouse. The band’s second album with Divinsky is set for a 2018 release.Tickets for The Motet’s NOLA shows are now available here: (Friday, May 4th; Saturday, May 5th). For more information, head to the band’s website.Click below for a list of The Motet’s upcoming tour dates:The Motet 2018 Spring Tour Dates3/22 The Paramount | Huntington, NY * +3/23 Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY * +3/24 Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY * +3/31 Meow Wolf | Santa Fe, NM4/4 Shaka’s Live | Virginia Beach, VA4/5 9:30 Club | Washington, DC4/6 House of Independents | Asbury Park, NJ4/7 Paradise Rock Club | Boston, MA4/19 The Pourhouse | Charleston, NC4/20 Sweetwater 420 Music Festival | Atlanta, GA5/4 House of Blues | New Orleans, LA +A Tribute to Sly & The Family Stone feat. Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy, Ghost-Note) and Moorea Masa5/5 House of Blues | New Orleans, LA feat. Weedie Braimah5/27 BottleRock | Napa Valley, CA6/2 Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO7/5 – 7/8 High Sierra Music Festival | Plumas County Fairgrounds, CA* Supporting Lettuce+ feat. Nate Werth (Ghost-Note, Snarky Puppy)ExpandGet a behind-the-scenes look at The Motet’s most recent tour below:
On May 20 and 21, business leaders from across Vermont, New England and Canada will converge on Northern New England s largest business-to-business trade show, the Vermont Business & Industry EXPO. The 25th annual exposition of business resources and networking opportunities will take place at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in Burlington. The featured guest will be Van Jones, White House Council on Environmental Quality who will be the keynote speaker during lunch on Thursday May 21. The lunch is sponsored by Comcast Business Class.The Vermont Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the keynote speaker for EXPO s 25th Anniversary Luncheon. Van Jones, recently appointed by President Obama as the Special Advisor of Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, will keynote EXPO s exclusive luncheon. Jones will speak about how building a green economy now can help Vermont businesses and workforce withstand any economic downturn. The lunch will take place on Thursday, May 21, at noon at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel and Conference Center.”We are proud to partner with the Vermont Business and Industry EXPO to serve as a sponsor of the 25th Anniversary Luncheon,” said Jeff Freyer, Vice President of Comcast Business Services for the Western New England Region, which includes Vermont. “We are also excited to take part in the state’s premier business networking event and to showcase our Business Class suite of products.”The EXPO Trade Show will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 21. The show features nearly 200 exhibitors and 3,000 business professionals, making this Vermont s premier networking event.A full schedule of events and more information about speakers, seminars and awards is available online at www.vtexpo.com(link is external).The Vermont Business and Industry EXPO is organized by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. The EXPO Platinum Sponsors include FairPoint Communications, IBM and Vermont Business Magazine.
Stoke manager Tony Pulis is adamant he is not under pressure despite his club’s slow slide into this season’s relegation scrap. He went on: “We’re at home this week, so we’ll have the supporters behind us, and the players know if they put in a shift they will have the backing of 28,000 people really getting behind them.” But given the fickle nature of club chairmen up and down the country, with managers losing their jobs at an alarming rate this year, Pulis knows there is no guarantee for himself, even if Stoke stay up. “You sometimes despair at what goes on, but then you should never be surprised at what happens in football,” added Pulis. “I’ve a great chairman (Peter Coates), this is a great football club, I’ve been here a long time, earned a lot of respect from everybody here, and I want to stay.” All Pulis demands from the fans is they get behind the players rather turning any anger on him. “Our supporters have made the Britannia the place it is and I know they will carry on doing that because they love their club so much,” said Pulis. “What they think of me does not matter now. It’s what they think of their team that counts.” With the worst goalscoring record in the Premier League – 27 goals from 31 matches – it is abundantly clear where Stoke’s problems lie. With seven games remaining, Pulis has called on all his players to be more ruthless in front of goal if the club are to survive. He said: “I’m frustrated at our lack of goals, but it happens. “I’ve been in this game long enough and you have good and bad times, times when you play well and don’t get the results you deserve, and others when you play badly and pick up results. It’s swings and roundabouts. The important thing is for everybody to keep their feet on the ground, keep focused, keep doing their best.” Approaching seven years in charge, Pulis is facing flak from the fans following a miserable run that has seen them win just one of the last 15 matches in all competitions. Although still 13th in the top flight, City find themselves only four points above a relegation zone topped by Aston Villa who they face at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday. Another defeat would not only thrust Stoke firmly into the thick of the battle to beat the drop, but also place Pulis in the firing line with supporters who have become disenchanted with his management. Asked if he felt under any pressure of late, Pulis replied: “No. If anything I’m working my socks off to make sure the players don’t feel the pressure.” Press Association