Massachusetts jogger details how she escaped terrifying abduction attempt

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(BRIDGEWATER, Mass.) — A Massachusetts woman is opening up about how she managed to fight off a convicted rapist who attacked her over the weekend and tried to force her into his car.The woman, who asked not to be identified, spoke out Wednesday in an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America, offering exclusive details on how she mustered up the strength to fight off the man who assaulted her early Sunday morning.The terrifying ordeal unfolded while she was out for a routine jog at around 7:30 a.m. Sunday in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, about 33 miles south of Boston, when a man pulled his SUV over, ran toward her and tried to drag her into his vehicle.A surveillance camera captured the terrifying ordeal on video as the 37-year-old woman kicked and screamed as she tried to escape from the attacker’s grip.“I was able to fight and kind of flip him to the ground,” the woman said, but she fell to the ground, as well. “I don’t wanna go into too many details because some of it is tough for me to talk about, but he was grabbing at me.”“I just kept kicking back behind me. I was not even sure if I was making contact with him,” she added.Afraid for her life, she said she screamed “Help me” repeatedly and as loud as she could, knowing that the situation could end badly if the attacker got a better grip on her.“I was just trying to prevent him from getting a further hold of me and getting to a point where he could either assault me or pick me up and get me into the vehicle,” she said. “I knew if that happened, I was in a really bad place.”She managed to break away when the assailant stumbled a bit, fell to the ground and ran back to his car, according to the surveillance video.Police arrested 57-year-old Gordon Lyons, a convicted rapist, in connection with the attack after he allegedly fled at high speed and crashed his vehicle.The woman said she’s thankful to be alive. Her attack recalls other high-profile assaults in recent years.A similar story unfolded in Queens, New York, on Aug. 2, 2016, when 30-year-old Karina Vetrano was fatally strangled while jogging alone with her dog. Chanel Lewis, 20, was arrested in February for second-degree murder, a little over six months after Vetrano’s death.Another woman, Vanessa Marcotte, 27, was murdered less than a week later while jogging near her mother’s home in Leominster, Massachusetts. Police charged Angelo Colon-Ortiz, 31, with assault with intent to rape and aggravated assault and battery in connection to her case, citing DNA from under her nails and witness accounts, according to local reports. Colon-Ortiz pleaded not guilty.Officials with the Bridgewater Police Department commended the woman from Sunday’s video for refusing to be a victim.“She also had the presence of mind to take a picture to help law enforcement catch the perpetrator,” a spokesperson for the department told Good Morning America.The woman, who described herself as an avid runner, said she was afraid the entire time, but she would not let her fear paralyze her.“I’m not gonna say I wasn’t afraid,” she said. “But it was kind of a moment of, yeah, some fear, but also this — I’m not gonna let this happen. This is not how my story ends.”She praised the police department and her “hero” neighbor, 84-year-old Donald Prohovich, who yelled at the attacker and intervened when he realized what was happening.“I cannot tell you how grateful I am. That is a brave man and a man that cared,” the woman said.Lyons, the man accused in the attack, was charged on Tuesday in court, where he attempted to hide his face with a sheet. He pleaded not guilty. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

…on the move

first_imgSharescheme expert Antony Betts has moved to Arthur Andersen in Leeds, becoming apartner in the human capital team. He was previously a partner in the Leedsoffice of Garretts, Andersen Legal’s English firm. Betts spent five years withGarretts, becoming a partner in 1999 and advising public and private companieson human capital issues, particularly paying people in shares. He hasexperience of advising on the corporate tax aspects of share sales andpurchases and institutional management buy-outs.SteveBevan is the new European HR director for Internet services company PeoplePC.Reporting to general manager for Europe, Marion King, Bevan will be responsiblefor strategic and operational HR matters. Before working for PeoplePC, Bevanworked for two years as the HR director for the management consultant arm ofFujitsu. Prior to this, from 1994 to 1998 he was the HR manager for thetelecoms and utilities practice of Pricewaterhouse-Coopers. His first HR postwas with the NHS at Central Middlesex Hospital from 1983 until 1986. In 1983 heearned a postgraduate diploma in HR from the Kingston School of Business and in1997 became a Fellow of the CIPD.GarryAppleton is the new corporate services director at Alexander Forbes financialservices. Appleton will be responsible for compliance, HR and office servicesand will work at Forbes’ Croydon and Southampton offices. He was previouslycompliance officer and training and competence officer at the Southamptonoffice and prior to this spent 17 years with Aon.TopjobChrisGillespie has joined the board of National Car Parks (NCP) as its new HRdirector.Gillespiewas previously HR manager at the drinks retailer Boddingtons, after which headvised NCP as a management consultant.Hewill assist with the integration of the newly acquired business LangdaleSystems, Park and Ride and The Project Centre, which will benefit NCP’s plansfor growth and increased profits.Inhis new role, Gillespie will develop and implement HR policies in line withNCP’s growth strategy for its car park business and in its businesspartnerships.Hejoins from North West based management consultancy Collinson Grant and bringsknowledge and experience gained from working with directors and senior managersin a broad range of businesses.Gillespiesaid, “I will be overseeing the successful integration of the newbusinesses into NCP, which was the main reason for my appointment. NCP isfamous for off-road parking but we have been looking to expand into on-streetparking in the past few years. I am looking forward to overseeing theimplementation of the recommendations I made when I was advising thecompany.”PersonalprofileJaneTeasdale-King joined Stepstone last October from Adecco UK where she hadoverall responsibility for HR and training. Previous experience in HR has beengained from a variety of organisations including financial services and IT. AsHR director responsible for UK and Ireland Stepstone her responsibilities will includetraining and development, resourcing and selection, compensation and benefitsand employee relations.Whatis the most important lesson you have learned in your career?Anability to communicate at all levels. If your house was on fire and you could saveone object, what would it be?Thefiling cabinet with all the insurance policies in it. If you had three wishes to change yourcompany, what would they be?Themarket’s perception of our ability to be profitable since we started. To seek,retain and develop key personnel is always a key issue for every company. Resistthe temptation to become more bureaucratic.Whatis the best thing about working in HR?Everyday is different and unpredictable.Whatis the worst?Sameas above.Ifyou could adopt the management style of an historical character, whose wouldyou adopt and why?TheCadbury family who established Cadbury’s in Bournville, as they managed a verysuccessful business but invested in the employee community by building housesand never lost sight of the business or the community.Howdo you get to work?Drive.Whatwould you do if you had more spare time?Enjoymore time with my family ñ I have a daughter of 16 months.Ifyou were to write a book, what  wouldyou choose to write about?Childpsychology. I am fascinated why children develop in a particular way.CVOct2000 to present HR director UK and Ireland, StepStone1994-1995 HR director Adecco/ Adie Alfred Marks1990-1994 HR manager Nationwide Building Society1988-1990 Personnel manager Synapse Computer Services Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article …on the moveOn 6 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

No. 18 Utah rallies to top rival BYU 35-27

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Jason Shelley threw for 141 yards and a touchdown and added 61 yards and another score on the ground to rally No. 18 Utah to a 35-27 victory over BYU on Saturday night.Armand Shyne also ran for a pair of touchdowns, including the go-ahead score, to help the Utes rally from a 20-point third quarter deficit. Utah (9-3, 6-3 Pac-12) gained only 296 total yards, but beat the Cougars for the eighth straight time dating to 2010.Zach Wilson threw for 204 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Wilson added 73 yards on the ground. Matt Hadley also ran for 64 yards and a pair of scores before leaving with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter.BYU (6-6) totaled just 51 yards in the fourth quarter after piling up 306 yards through the first three quarters, opening the door for Utah to rally.Shyne put the Utes ahead for the first time on a 5-yard run with 3:02 remaining. The junior kept the drive alive after gaining 2 yards on a direct snap on 4th-and-1 at midfield.BYU had a chance to answer, but Riley Burt was thrown for a 1-yard loss on fourth down with 1:53 left. Shelley scored on a 33-yard keeper one play later to finish off the comeback.BYU seized momentum when it recovered a muffed punt return at the Utah 33 to set up the team’s first scoring drive. Wilson connected with Neil Pau’u on a 10-yard TD pass to give the Cougars a quick 6-0 lead.The Cougars extended their lead to 13-0 on Wilson’s second touchdown pass. Wilson connected with Matt Bushman on a pair of big passes. Bushman hauled in a 25-yard grab to get BYU into Utah terrtiory. Then he brought in a 26-yard pass for the touchdown, dragging Corrion Ballard over the final few yards to reach the end zone.Utah’s offense went three-and-out on three straight first quarter drives. The Utes gained just 15 total yards in the quarter.It didn’t get much better in the second quarter. Utah threatened to score on only on one drive, but it ended with Khyiris Tonga blocking a 54-yard field goal attempt. The Utes totaled just 86 yards by halftime.BYU didn’t experience the same struggles. The Cougars extended their lead to 20-0 on a 1-yard run by Matt Hadley with 25 seconds remaining in the first half. BYU tallied 110 rushing yards by halftime against a Utah defense that allowed a Pac-12 best 95.5 rushing yards per contest coming into the game.A potential Utah comeback appeared to be in the works after Julian Blackmon returned an interception 27 yards to get the Utes on the board in the third quarter. BYU answered with another 1-yard run from Hadley to push its lead to 27-7. The Cougars started the drive at the Utah 44 following a 10-yard punt from Ray Guy Award finalist Mitch Wishnowsky.Utah finally put together a successful drive late in the third quarter. The Utes scored their first offensive touchdown on a 10-yard pass from Shelley to Samson Nacua with 40 seconds remaining in the quarter. After a 15-yard punt by Rhett Almond, Utah narrowed the deficit further to 27-21 on a 2-yard run from Armand Shyne.THE TAKEAWAYUtah: The Utes came out flat in all three phases of the game and nearly paid for it. A muffed punt return and a bad punt set up a pair of BYU touchdowns. Utah could not stop the run despite leading the Pac-12 in rushing defense. The Utes also had trouble moving the ball until staring down a 20-point deficit in the third quarter. Washington could exploit many of these issues in Friday’s Pac-12 championship game.BYU: An uneven regular season ended on an equally uneven note for the Cougars. For three quarters, everything went perfectly. Wilson played with the poise of a veteran quarterback. BYU’s defense played with aggressiveness and swarmed to the ball. Then, Utah stormed to life in the fourth quarter and put the Cougars on their heels the rest of the way.POLL IMPLICATIONSA loss would have likely dropped Utah from the AP Top 25. The Utes probably won’t move much either way with a comeback win over BYU.UP NEXTUtah will face Washington in the Pac-12 Championship Game on Friday.BYU awaits word of its bowl destination. November 25, 2018 /Sports News – Local No. 18 Utah rallies to top rival BYU 35-27 Associated Press Written by Tags: BYU Cougars Football/Holy War/Utah Utes Footballlast_img read more

Assessor Waived Objection To Untimely Filing Of Record

first_img Assessor waived objection to untimely filing of recordJennifer NelsonThe Indiana Tax Court on Friday determined that a northern Indiana assessor’s office waived its objection to a late-filed certified administrative record in a tax appeal, ruling that an objection must be made before the merits of a case have been furthered.Lake County Trust Co., Trust No. 6 (Flowers for Heaven Inc.) initiated an original tax appeal challenging a final determination of the Indiana Board of Tax Review. The board notified the trust by letter on May 6, 2016, that the certified administrative record was complete. But the trust did not file the administrative record until Sept. 13, after it filed its brief on the merits on Sept. 1 and after the assessor’s Sept. 7 motion to dismiss.The trust failed to timely file the certified administrative record, so the assessor argued that the appeal should be dismissed. But the Tax Court on Friday determined that the assessor’s motion raising its objection was not timely.The assessor maintained it was, citing Indiana Trial Rule 12(B), because it filed the motion within 20 days after the trust filed its brief. But the assessor’s motion was made after the trust filed its brief on the merits, and a brief is not a pleading, so Ind. Tr. Rule 12(B) does not “shelter the Assessor’s objection from waiver,” Judge Martha Wentworth wrote.She cited the Indiana Supreme Court’s findings that an objection to an untimely filing of the record can be waived if not raised at the “appropriate time.” Although the court did not provide a bright-line rule, it did say that an objection must be made at the “earliest opportunity.”Wentworth found this to mean that the “earliest opportunity” to object must precede the furtherance of the merits.“Accordingly, the Court finds that an objection to the untimely filing of the certified administrative record in an appeal from a final determination of the Indiana Board must itself be filed before the merits of a case have been furthered. Here, the Assessor filed its Motion after the Trust filed its brief; at that point, however, the merits of the case had already been furthered. Consequently, the Assessor waived its objection to the Trust’s untimely filing of the certified administrative record,” Wentworth wrote in Lake County Trust Co., Trust No. 6, (Flowers for Heaven, Inc.) v. St. Joseph County Assessor, 02T10-1604-TA-10.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Breaking News: Ocean City High School Field Hockey Team Wins the State Championship

first_imgOcean City High School Field Hockey 2016 State ChampionsPhoto Credit: Jessica Keenan Ocean City High School Field Hockey Team won the State Championship this evening beating Warren Hills 5-0!!!3 goals were scored by Senior Brittany Stein, followed by Junior Shannon O’Reilly, and Senior Grace Steele.Photo Credit: Jessica KeenanWord is that the OCPD & OCFD will be escorting them into town sometime around 9:30 PM tonight!last_img

List of Beaches Protected by Ocean City Beach Patrol

first_imgDepartment of Fire and Rescue Services Ocean City Beach PatrolThe Department of Fire and Rescue Services announces that the Ocean City Beach Patrol will be guarding the following beaches for 2017. Beaches are guarded from 10:00AM until 5:30 PM weekends and holidays and from 10:00AM until 5:00 PM on weekdays.Beginning Saturday June 10th the following beaches will be guarded.Seaspray Rd.                  14th StreetNorth Street                    15th Street                                      Stenton Place                 18th Street                                      St. Charles Place           22nd StreetBrighton Place               26th Street5th Street                         30th StreetSurfing Beach                34th Street 8th Street                         36th Street   9th Street                          39th Street                                     10th Street                         44th Street                                     11th Street                          50th Street                                     12th Street                          58th Street      The Ocean City Beach Patrol strongly urges bathers to swim only at guarded beaches. If you have any questions please call 609- 525-9201 or 609- 525-9200. For information on guarded beaches. Radio 1620 AM or the Ocean City Government Access Channel 97.FOR ALL EMERGENCIES CALL 9-1-1last_img read more

Mayor’s Storm Update: Sept. 12

first_imgDear Friends,The latest forecasts continue to put Hurricane Florence on a track away from Ocean City. That’s welcome news, but let’s all keep praying for the people of the Carolinas who likely will suffer the brunt of this major storm.Our weekend events – including the Ocean City Airport Festival 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, the Pyrotechnic Show at 8 p.m. Saturday, and the Boardwalk Aerobatic Air Show at 1 p.m. Sunday – remain on schedule. As of today, the local forecast for the weekend looks mostly good.But I want you to know that the city will be prepared if Florence or the remnants of the storm take a turn. Our Public Works crews are piling sand in front of dune crossovers, repairing and clearing storm drains and checking pumps and other infrastructure as a precaution. Please keep an eye on the forecasts through the weekend in case the outlook changes.I also want to thank the Ocean City Tabernacle, Holy Trinity’s Rev. Stephen Connor, and everybody involved with last night’s 9/11 memorial ceremony. Although I was unable to attend, I’m told that Ocean City’s community spirit was on full display. Anybody who missed the ceremony can see video here .Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillian Mayor Jay Gillianlast_img read more

Weekly Market Review: August 26, 2019

first_imgThey may not be household names, but when they speak, Wall Street listens. Three regional Federal Reserve presidents – Esther George of Kansas City, Patrick Harker of Philadelphia and Eric Rosengren of Boston – all see the U.S. economy as healthy and stable, characteristics that may stop the Fed from implementing any additional cuts to short-term rates in the coming months. George says “it’s not time yet” for further Fed rate cuts. Harker believes “interest rates are at the right level for the foreseeable future.” Rosengren isn’t convinced a slowing global economy will “drag the U.S. economy down” (source: Federal Reserve).Those comments, along with another tariff threat from the White House, drove stocks lower at the end of the trading week. August, the worst performing month for the S&P 500 stock index over the last 25 years, suffers the indignity of posting the three worst stock days for the S&P 500 this year – a 3.0% drop on 8/05/19, a 2.9% loss on 8/ 14/19 and a 2.6% tumble last Friday 8/23/19. In spite of the late week drop, the S&P 500 is still up + 15.1 % YTD(total return), well in excess of the index’s trailing 50-year historical average annual return of +9.8% (source: BTN Research).Nearly two out of every five jobs created in the U.S.A. in the last year happened in just three states. 38% of the 2.25 million new jobs produced in the year ending 7/31 /19 were in Texas (323,300), California (311,800) and Florida (227,200) (source: Department of Labor).Notable Numbers for the Week:MOST EVER – Mortgage debt in the United States peaked at $9 .29 trillion as of 9 /30/08, fell 16% to $7.84 trillion by 6/30/13, and now has climbed all the way back to a new record level of $9.41 trillion as of 6/30/19(source: Federal Reserve Bank of New York).MAINTAINING THEIR MARKET SHARE – The Chinese renminbi has fallen from 15.38 (U.S.) cents on 12/31 /17 to 14.09 (U.S.) cents as of last Friday 8/23/19, a drop of 8.4%. Thus, an export coming out of China (i.e., an import coming into the United States) that is renminbi-priced has become cheaper in dollars, partially offsetting the impact of U.S.-levied tariffs against China (source: BTN Research).STILL NEED HELP – In 2018, the United States consumed on average 20.5 million barrels of crude oil per day. For the week ending Friday 8/16/19, the United States produced 12.3 million barrels of crude oil per day(source: Energy Information Administration).REAL ESTATE- Builders began construction on 876,000 single-family homes in the United States in 2018, the 7th consecutive year of increasing housing starts, i.e., 2012-2018. The peak in housing starts (1.716 million) took place in 2005 (source: Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University).Mark Reimet CFP®CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™Jodie BoothFinancial :Plannerlast_img read more

Briefs

first_imgn Singer Gordon Grahame is hoping the £14 million Kingsmill ad campaign will boost his career. Gordon, 39, who performs as Lucky Jim, was stunned when parent Allied Bakeries asked to use his song, You’re Lovely To Me.The Edinburgh-born musician said: “I have been playing tiny gigs, but this will allow me to take things to a whole new level.”n The former Home Secretary and Secretary of State for Education and Skills, Charles Clarke, will be the keynote speaker at the Forum of Private Business’ second national Small Firms Summit on 17 October at Central Hall, Westminster. The event aims to give owners and managers of smaller businesses a chance to meet and discuss how different aspects of government policy affect their companies. Book online at [http://www.fpb.org/summit].n Caterers will receive a £10 HMV voucher for every two cases of Tetley 2 x 1100s bought between 2 April and 11 May. If they buy 10 cases, they can choose between £50-worth of HMV vouchers or a Pure Digital Radio. Buying 48 cases will mean they are eligible to receive a mixture of the two gifts or the latest Sony DAB Micro Hi-Fi Unit.n The family behind the Patak’s brand is considering a sale of all or part of the business and has hired the investment bank NM Rothschild to review a deal with Unilever or Heinz, or the sale of a stake to private equity. Chairman and chief executive Kirit Patak said the review was intended to help the business become “the world’s leading supplier of authentic Indian food”. The family is understood to be keen to retain some involvement with the company.last_img read more

An In-Depth Look Into Umphrey’s McGee’s Northwest Takeover [Review/Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Jamband fans in America’s upper left corner rejoiced this past weekend, as jam-scene stalwarts Umphrey’s McGee visited the region for a four-night run. While distance forces many other bands in the touring circuit to make the Northwest a rare stop, Umphrey’s has graced the region with multi-night runs every year since 2001, with the exception of 2007. This year’s festivities began on a Thursday night in the tiny ski town of Sandpoint, ID, at a beautiful venue called The Hive.This 1,000-capacity venue sold-out well in advance of the show, even without a support act. The beautifully renovated room features three custom beehive-shaped disco balls, among other fun tools for lighting director Jefferson Waful.  Although the room was quite hot due to the fans packing in like sardines, this only added to the show’s energy. Many “Umphreaks” made the trek from neighboring Montana, a state with a large Umphrey’s following, which was notably omitted from this year’s tour.The band chose to start off this leg of the tour with a “songlist” show, which means that they took the stage armed with only a large list of unordered songs, rather than their usual ordered setlist. This gave them the flexibility to make up segues on-the-fly, going from a large bank of well-rehearsed options. The result was unquestionably one of their highest energy performances of 2016. Each set contained only two breaks in the music, a telltale sign (because of the improvised setlist) of the band feeling extremely comfortable onstage.The highlight of the first set was the jazzy trio of tunes that concluded it, “Out of Order” > “Utopian Fir” > “Thin Air.” The band’s jazz chops are one of their most endearing qualities, and this block allowed them to dominate the spotlight in a way that doesn’t happen in a typical performance. “Out of Order” is an old song that had new life breathed into it last year when the band finally recorded a proper studio version for their album, The London Sessions. It begins simply, with beautiful keys from Joel Cummins, and takes on additional layers of progressiveness as the song goes on. By the end, the band is seamlessly and effortlessly switching between two of the song’s distinct sections in a seemingly unpredictable pattern.As they transitioned into “Utopian Fir,” you could feel the room immediately tense up. The band parlayed this tension nicely into a tease of Led Zeppelin’s “The Ocean” that had everyone in the building going nuts. Even in the middle of a 40-minute block of jazzy/progressive tunes, these guys won’t let you forget that they are the best rock band out there. After returning to “Utopian Fir,” they launched into a nasty funk jam that developed nicely over about ten minutes. After concluding the composed section of the song, they treated us to the evening’s best transition. A small Cummins-led tease of “Thin Air” during the outro of “Utopian Fir” was quickly picked up on by the rhythm section (drummer Kris Myers, percussionist Andy Farag and bassist Ryan Stasik). After a short, dissonant guitar break, guitarists Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger joined the party and helped the band move forward into “Thin Air.” This was executed so smoothly that few in the room could even believe what they had heard.The second set picked up with similar intensity, starting off with the full trio of Mantis-related songs, “Preamble” > “Mantis Ghetts” > “Mantis.” The latter song contains some of the most complex guitar work in Cinninger’s catalog, and the jam developed into an excellent lyrical “Jimmy Stewart,” a rarity that really helped take the show to the next level. In a room of hardcore fans, this move was well appreciated and received with smiles all-around. You know it’s a great Umphrey’s show when you see Bayliss approach the mic in the middle of a jam to take a risk and test out new lyrics. This frenetic lyrical stew made its way into “Comma Later” before an epic “Amble On” (played for only the 9th time), which featured venue owner Jeff Grady sitting in on percussion. This particularly smooth and groovy 44-minute segment concluded with the end section of “Mantis.”Powerhouse original “The Bottom Half” was given the full treatment, including an excellent cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire” in the middle. The Who’s “Eminence Front” got the dance party going, as Cummins absolutely nailed the song’s distinct keyboard intro. Cinninger put his own unique spin on the lead vocals, while the rest of the band locked down the harmonies.  This transitioned into the death-metal-inspired “Eat,” another older track that was reworked in the studio for The London Sessions. Audience members eagerly sang along to the song’s absurd lyrics, while the band raged through the close of the set. A “Slacker” encore served perfectly to remind us that the band’s best was yet to come on this run, although this Sandpoint show may well have been the best top-to-bottom performance of the four nights.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at The Hive, Sandpoint, ID – 3/10/16Set 1: There’s No Crying In Mexico > Cut the Cable, Phil’s Farm > Turn & Run > Phil’s Farm, Out Of Order > Utopian Fir[1] -> Thin AirSet 2: Preamble > Mantis Ghetts > Mantis[2] > Comma Later > Amble On[3] > Mantis, The Bottom Half > I’m On Fire > The Bottom Half, Eminence Front > EatEncore: Slacker[1] with The Ocean (Led Zeppelin) tease [2] “Jimmy Stewart” with lyrics [3] with Jeff Grady on percussionAfter a nice drive through the rolling hills of Eastern Washington, the band held court in Seattle’s historic Moore Theatre, with jazz/funk fusion rockers TAUK in support. As I arrived to the venue, I honestly doubted whether the band would be able to put out a show that could compete with the previous evening’s intensity. Thankfully, I could not have been more misguided in my opinion. This was my third consecutive year catching Umphrey’s in Seattle and the first time I had seen the city’s large community of music lovers turn out in force for the band. Although the show was not sold-out, the floor and first balcony were each mostly full for the entire performance. This helped cultivate another high-energy atmosphere for the band to feed off of.TAUK’s set was extremely impressive, and doubtlessly earned them many new local fans. It was only my second time seeing them perform, and I was very curious to see how they would tailor their show to the Umphrey’s crowd. Although they are not a jamband, they are definitely capable of skillful improvisation, and I expected to see this featured heavily here. As the set went on, they seemed to only get better and looser. The last track, “Dead Signal,” featured an awesome jam that definitely topped ten minutes, and totally gripped the crowd’s attention. Drummer Isaac Teel’s prodigious talent was apparent as he anchored the band’s groove. Keyboardist Alric Carter was able to produce an endless variety of strange sounds, which helped the band maintain a spacey vibe throughout their set.The Umphrey’s show in Seattle this year can best be described with one word; confidence. From beginning to end, the band clearly set out knowing exactly how they wanted to play to this crowd, then delivered on their intentions. “Miss Tinkles Overture” saw immediate, rapid-fire funk licks from Cinninger to begin its jam. Cinninger maintained control throughout this one, as he used an octave effect to double his lines. A quick “Anchor Drops” paved the way for a buttery transition into “Resolution,” which contained several quick teases of the Beatles “Norwegian Wood” before the band dropped into the full-on instrumental quote of the famous song. This almost-cover displayed exceptional polish, and the crowd was powerless to contain their excitement.After working their way back to “Resolution,” they went into another jam that included both reggae and salsa-infused sections. Eventually, Bayliss worked in the opening riff to “2×2,” leading the rest of his bandmates into the tune. This one always features his guitar work heavily, and tonight was no exception. His solos were well-executed and he did an outstanding job of pushing the energy through the roof. A concise “Little Gift” provided a thrashy, Cinninger-led bridge into the set’s biggest bustout, “Alex’s House.” This song’s brilliant keyboard outro provided fodder for an amazing full-band jam, spurred on by Myers’ precisely syncopated drumming.Set two started off right with “All in Time” quickly dropping into a metal jam that gradually became more ambient as it went on. Cummins’ spacey synth and delay work coupled nicely with Farag’s electronic effects, producing a jam that somehow retained its driving feel throughout. At the peak of the madness, the band deftly segued into the new tune “Attachments,” which was played for the 8th time since debuting in December 2015. This song has come a long way already, and I felt that this rendition was one of the best yet. Bayliss was on-point with his falsetto, and Myers has really perfected the harmonies that give the tune its big sound.As “Wappy Sprayberry” began, the crowd braced themselves to see what Waful had in store. This song typically features some of the strongest lighting work of any in their catalog, and the size of the Moore Theatre allowed Waful to utilize his full rig. He did not disappoint, utilizing every inch of wall and ceiling space to its fullest. After seeing a good amount of shows at the Moore, I must say that this was the best light show I have ever seen in the venue. “Wappy” included its normal four-on-the-floor dance jam, which was a crowd-pleaser as usual. The band transitioned into the epic conclusion to “All in Time,” featuring some of their very best dual-lead guitar work.A nice version of “The Crooked One” led into “Mail Package,” a song with amusing lyrics sung by Cinninger. He also contributed a dissonant tease of Jimi Hendrix’s “Foxy Lady” during the improvisation. Next, the band brought Seattle saxophonics pioneer Skerik to the stage in the middle of a cover of the Rolling Stones “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking.” This man is one of the most boundary-pushing saxophonists out there, and his innovative style has helped him to collaborate with all kinds of artists worldwide. This sit-in was unique for Umphrey’s because of the way he interacted with the band. Right at the start of the jam, he stopped playing briefly to wave the band off, as if to ask them to lay back for a minute and let him work. They did so, and when they tried to come back in, he again waved them off. I have never before seen a musician come onstage with Umphrey’s and control the band this obviously. They handled it excellently, and allowed him to really get going before returning in full for the amazing peak of the jam. Waful perfectly matched the oscillation of his lights with Skerik’s breathing pattern as he played, and it was truly a spectacle to behold. The crowd of Seattlites went wild, as it seemed too good to be true that one of our local heroes was onstage tearing it up with Umphrey’s.The encore featured a nod to Keith Emerson, of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, who had passed away earlier in the day. This cover of “From the Beginning” worked its way into original tune “In The Kitchen,” which prompted a massive singalong, and allowed Waful a final chance to go absolutely insane on the lights. Bayliss acknowledged that this was the best crowd the band had played to in Seattle, and this show left me with sky-high expectations for their return to the Emerald City in 2017.Setlist: TAUK at Moore Theatre, Seattle, WA – 3/11/16Set: Home to Me, Sweet Revenge, Sunshine, Carpentinos, Shenanigans, In Bloom, Dead SignalSetlist: Umphrey’s McGee at Moore Theatre, Seattle, WA – 3/11/16Set 1: October Rain > Conduit, Miss Tinkle’s Overture, Anchor Drops > Resolution > 2×2 > Little Gift > Alex’s HouseSet 2: All In Time > Attachments, Wappy Sprayberry > All In Time, The Crooked One > Mail Package, Can’t You Hear Me Knocking[1]Encore: From the Beginning[2] > In The Kitchen[1] with Skerik on saxophone[2] debut, Emerson, Lake & PalmerListen to the audio, via taper John Hermsen:After two great shows to begin the run, we traveled south to Portland’s Crystal Ballroom to wrap things up with a two-night stand. This historic venue features a floating dancefloor, which actually feels very different from a normal floor, unless the room is heavily oversold. While night one was sold-out, the room didn’t seem nearly as oversold as the sold-out Umphrey’s show I attended at the same venue in 2014.TAUK opened up the evening once again. This set was extremely fun, and they performed several of my favorite original songs. “Mokuba” started things off nicely, with guitarist Matt Jalbert and Carter perfectly doubling each other’s speedy lines. Another highlight was “Tumbler,” which featured Jalbert’s soulful, expository shredding over a bevy of odd noises from Carter. Teel’s did an excellent job of managing the tempo, grooving just as well at a restrained, slower speed as he does when playing fast. This song was jammed out for about twelve minutes, with Jalbert creatively utilizing dissonance as Carter got weird with his electronic percussion. Their “Eleanor Rigby” cover was a crowd-pleaser and featured a short, glitchy jam, though I still maintain that they could select a more electrifying Beatles cover for their live set. The set-closing “Mindshift” went over well, thanks to a nice takeover section by Carter and Teel.The group already seemed more comfortable playing to a big crowd than they had in Seattle, and it showed in their looseness onstage. Additionally, their mix was better at this venue than it was in Seattle, which helped many audience members to appreciate them more. They are a great opener for Umphrey’s because they play in many of the same styles, although they do it in a more structured manner. Their set left the crowd limber and prepared to completely lose themselves to the music once Umphrey’s came out.Umphrey’s could sense this vibe, and wasted no time getting people dancing as they opened with “Dump City.” This is among my favorite of the band’s songs because it is a surefire outlet for outstanding, danceable funk improvisation. This version was no exception. Up next was my first time seeing a new original, “In the Black.” This track has yet to grow on me as much as other new ones, but the band seems to enjoy it. I’ve noticed through the years that the band’s enjoyment seems to be the driving predictor of just how great a song will turn out to be. The debut of “Puppet String” at Summer Camp Music Festival in 2011 sounded skeletal and raw, but the band clearly loved the tune, which was fleshed out and went on to become a heavy-hitter in their catalog over the last few years.The first crazy moment of the show came during “Nemo.” While most versions of this song feature another track sandwiched into the jam section, this standalone version saw the band switch things up for a substantial jam. Bayliss and Cinninger both joined Cummins on keys, while Stasik bent down out of view to make use of his Moog Taurus, a foot-operated analog synthesizer. The resulting downtempo electronica jam contained a lot of cool work on the synthesizers, organ and Rhodes by the eight-armed keyboard brigade. This was a totally unique style of jam from anything I had heard from the band before, and I can hardly express how awesome it feels to be saying that after 50+ shows. Cummins held down the spacey weirdness as his bandmates returned to their guitars, completing a seamless transition back into “Nemo.”The set concluded with quick romps through a few more songs that the band doesn’t rotate heavily. Although this kept things lively and unexpected, I was hoping for them to cut loose a bit more on the jams here. Of course, that is how four-night runs work. You get a little bit of everything that the band can do, and sometimes they choose to display their songwriting over their improvisational skills. I love it all and wouldn’t have it any other way.The second set led off with the first cover of Ween’s “Transdermal Celebration” since the band performed it with Gene Ween himself at last year’s Summer Camp. This song had been cut off the setlist in Seattle the night before, and the crowd went wild for it. “The Triple Wide” featured its usual great light show, along with a nice dance groove. It served an analogous role to the previous night’s “Wappy” by getting the crowd moving early in the second set. The band segued into “Speak Up,” a new tune that was debuted with horns during the most recent New Year’s show in Denver. This rendition definitely sounded more confident and polished, and I was struck by Stasik’s infectious bassline, which propelled the band through the song, even at its leisurely tempo.A nice “1348” > “Made to Measure” > “1348” sandwich picked the improvisation back up, with the band wasting no time heading into free-flowing space funk out of “1348.” “Made to Measure” has become an every-few-months type of song in recent years, and this bustout was well appreciated. The vocals are a beautiful collaboration between Bayliss, Cinninger and Cummins, and I feel that this is one of many songs in their catalog that benefits vocally from their reduced touring schedule of late. Each of them has unique voices that can really shine when they are well rested, but after weeks on the road you can definitely hear a toll being taken. The next song, “Piranhas,” is in this same boat.Cinninger next teased a country riff that was reminiscent of “Bad Poker,” before launching the band into “2nd Self.” After a quick run through this tune, the band played “Le Blitz,” notable as only the second occasion this song had been played not opening a set. It served as in intense intro to the fiery “Educated Guess” that would close the second set. The encore kept things mellow and positive with “Booth Love” > “Upward.” “Booth Love” is one of the band’s most distinctive cuts, and that is much easier to appreciate now that it isn’t being hammered so hard in rotation. The transition into “Upward” was smooth and fitting, as the band closed a show with the song for the first time. This tune seems to be an appropriate theme for the band at this point in time, as it describes their trajectory perfectly.Saturday’s performance was busting at the seams with rare and unusual song choices, and really accentuated how much the band’s catalog has grown over the last few years. Songs that used to be rotation staples are now being played more rarely, which makes them far easier for fans to appreciate. This has made it even harder to see what the band will do next. Their glut of songwriting talent has finally gotten them to a point where even seasoned fans can be utterly clueless about what to expect at any given show.Setlist: TAUK at The Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR – 3/12/16Mokuba, Flashback, Waver, On Guard, Tumbler, Eleanor Rigby, MindshiftSetlist: Umphrey’s McGee at The Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR – 3/12/16Set 1: Dump City, In The Black, Go to Hell, Push the Pig, Nemo[1], Make It Right, Uncle Wally > HindsightSet 2: Transdermal Celebration, The Triple Wide > Speak Up, 1348 > Made to Measure > 1348, Piranhas, 2nd Self, Le Blitz > Educated GuessEncore: Booth Love > Upward[1] with Brendan and Jake on keys In the jam scene, the saying goes “Never miss a Sunday show.” This is because the when you are staying out late on the first night of your week, the bands know for sure that you are devoted to seeing them. They are supposed to reward you heavily by playing an amazing show. Now, that doesn’t always happen. I’ve seen my share of Sunday night clunker shows, but let me say that this was not one of them.TAUK came out of the gate swinging and made the most of another opportunity to pick up some new Portland fans. From start-to-finish, this was my favorite of the four TAUK sets I have seen. The last half of the performance was a truly special section, and I was in aural heaven from the moment they began covering Radiohead’s “I Might Be Wrong.” Bassist Charlie Dolan expertly steered the ship on this tune. Not only was this one of the best-executed covers of this tune that I have heard live, but they stretched out the ending with a brief quote of “Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box,” another song from Radiohead’s Amnesiac album. As a Radiohead devotee since childhood, I was super impressed with this extra detail, which helped to show me just how big of Radiohead fans these guys must be.They wrapped up their set with awesome renditions of “Afro-tonic” and “Collateral.” “Afro-tonic” is a smooth, proggy tune that features amazing interplay between Carter and Jalbert at a relaxed tempo. “Collateral” is more of a banger, featuring a thunderous performance from Teel, spaced out with glitchy sounding keyboard breaks from Carter. It was seriously the perfect high-energy track to close their set and leave the crowd prepared for Umphrey’s. In general, I’ve noticed that the band seems to play with less defined structure towards the end of their sets, feeling more comfortable improvising after they have established themselves onstage with shorter tunes. This worked really well in their opening slot, and left me extremely curious about how they would manage the flow of a two-set headlining gig. It seems like they could go insane if given an entire extra set to improvise that extensively, though I am not sure if that is how they would choose to handle it or not.Sunday’s Umphrey’s sets featured perhaps the best-flowing setlist of the entire run. This show had something for absolutely everybody. A raging first set began with a “Nipple Trix” > “40s Theme” opener, getting us warmed up for the massive, funky improv section during “Higgins,” which was definitely among the best jams of the entire run. The band worked in quick versions of “Loose Ends” and “Space Funk Booty” before treating us to the always fun “Bad Friday,” with its usual driving dance jam.Following this, excited whispers raced through the crowd as Cinninger and Bayliss donned their acoustic guitars, and Stasik switched out his bass for a beautiful hollowbody. In 57 shows, this was only my 5th time catching an acoustic segment. This particularly juicy one featured the fourth-ever performance of “Gone for Good” and the sixth-ever cover of Pink Floyd’s “Fearless,” which was an absurd bustout that nobody saw coming. It was only the second time it had been played since 2009. To close the set, they picked the electrics back up and played one of their more intense cuts, “Hurt Bird Bath.” This tune, in particular, seems to get better every time it is played. The band does a great job of keeping the listener waiting on the edge of their seat for the climaxing riff after the jam section, and they never fail to find new ways to stretch this anticipation out for even longer. This perfectly set the tone for the run’s final set.As the band took the stage for the last set of the run, I couldn’t help but feel confident in what they were about to do. This had already been my favorite multi-night Umphrey’s run I had seen since April 2013, and there was little this set could do to change that. The “Puppet String” opener started things off the exact right way, and the entire crowd got down to one of Stasik’s very best basslines. They left the song unfinished and eased off the intensity for a more relaxed track with “Hajimemashite.” Everyone in the room knew this one, and Bayliss had plenty of help as he belted the vocals. “Bridgeless” came next, picking the intensity up right where they had left off. The highlight-reel jam featured plenty of weirdness from Cummins and Stasik, and Cinninger came in over the top with a super distorted, compressed octave effect. After building this motif into an unstoppable riff, they worked their way neatly into “Similar Skin,” another super-familiar track to the audience. This song played very well in this slot, and the band was clearly toying with us by alternating the intensities of each track so far.After a brief pause at the end of “Similar Skin,” they played “Cemetery Walk II.” This track had the room going crazy and boasted the best energy of any song played on the entire run. The atmosphere was positively jovial and it was impossible to ignore the blissed-out, ear-to-ear grins on everyone’s faces as they danced. Only Umphrey’s could work that angle into a set with a song as face-melting as “Bridgeless.” Bayliss spent most of the song playing keys as the two-minute studio track was extended to a ten-minute live cut. This is a wonderful tune, and this version took my appreciation for it to a whole new level.Bayliss paused to thank the crowd for being so welcoming verbally, but his true thank you came in form of the next song, a cover of the Talking Heads’ “Making Flippy Floppy.” It just so happened that this was the band’s most commonly played cover that I had not seen before, which had me running around hugging all of my friends. It wasn’t just because of the stats, this is one of the band’s best and most polished covers in their entire repertoire. This is a Talking Heads song that I actually learned by hearing Umphrey’s play it on recordings over the years before I ever even heard the original version. As they ventured into the jam, they brought Teel and Carter from TAUK to the stage. I’ve always maintained that percussion is the most underrated key to drilling Talking Heads covers, and Teel substantiated my theory nicely during this jam. Plus, how cool is it to say you got to see the TAUKing McGee cover the Talking Heads?!This song was so intense that the crowd needed a second to breathe after it was over. The band ran with the energy and began to play “Ringo,” to deafening screams. This version was short lived, as the band had simply jammed too hard earlier in the set and had a curfew to manage. We were left with a five-minute snippet of “Ringo” as the band left it conspicuously unfinished to close out the set with the epic conclusion to “Bridgeless.” This is one of their best dual-lead guitar shred-festivals, and closed out the set in a fitting manner. After seeing the intended setlist, I learned that they had also cut “Believe the Lie,” a lengthy tune that provides even more of a testament to how crazy the set’s improvisation was.The encore was “Day Nurse,” a jazzy original that allowed the crowd one more chance to groove and dance smoothly, before transitioning into the end of “Puppet String,” which saw more headbanging. The band had given the audience absolutely all they could take, and we all walked out of the door smiling that evening. The band had played in a way that was engaging to the casual fan, but still kept the diehards on their toes. Many of my companions said it was their favorite Umphrey’s show they had seen in over a decade. Rankings aside, I think it is safe to say that when the band returns to the Northwest again, there will be even more sold-out venues awaiting them. I know that I’ll be ready to get in the van. Setlist: TAUK at The Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR – 3/13/16Friction, Rainwalk, Horizon, Times Up, I Might Be Wrong, Afro-Tonic, CollateralSetlist: Umphrey’s McGee at The Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR – 3/13/16Set 1: Nipple Trix > 40’s Theme, Higgins, Loose Ends > Space Funk Booty, Bad Friday, Gone for Good[1], Fearless[1], Hurt Bird BathSet 2: Puppet String > Hajimemashite, Bridgeless > Similar Skin -> Cemetery Walk II, Making Flippy Floppy[2], Ringo[3] -> BridgelessEncore: Day Nurse > Puppet String[1] with Brendan and Jake on acoustics [2] with Alric Carter on keys and Isaac Teel on percussion [3] unfinishedListen to full audio, courtesy of taper Cliff Morse:A full gallery of photos can be seen below, thanks to Scott Shrader (Seattle) and Jason Charme (Portland):last_img read more