East coast rock outfits Aqueous and BIG Something are gearing up for a highly-anticipated five-night Colorado run, part of their 20-date co-headlining winter tour. Both bands have made monstrous strides over the past year, leaving fans with high hopes and expectations for the seasoned bands to carry their momentum out to the Rockies from February 13th through February 17th.As Aqueous guitarist Mike Gantzer explained to Live For Live Music earlier this month, “I’m looking forward to the whole thing. I haven’t spent too much time out there but the times that I have, they’ve been completely mind-blowing to me. It’s almost like a different world, every city on the tour looks amazing to me. We’re always stoked to go back out to Colorado.”Despite hailing from Buffalo, NY, Aqueous has built quite the following in Colorado. The band performed a sold-out show in June at Denver’s Bluebird Theater, which they later released as a live album titled Live From The Bluebird. Aqueous also unveiled new material in 2018, as the four-piece Buffalo-based band released their newest studio album, Color Wheel, their first full-length studio effort since 2014’s Cycles.Aqueous – “ALDEHYDE” – Bluebird Theater 2018[Video: Aqueous]2018 also marked a momentous year for BIG Something. The six-piece North Carolina-based band released their fifth full-length studio album back on April 20th with The Otherside. The album was produced by Grammy-nominated producer John Custer and was dedicated to Paul Interdonato, BIG Something lyricist and guitarist Nick MacDaniels‘ childhood best friend, who recently passed away.In recent years, BIG Something has been tapped as support for the likes of Umphrey’s McGee, Galactic, moe., Robert Randolph, and The B52s, and concocted some serious collaborative efforts. Colorado fans are no strangers to the band’s crafty collaborative moves, either. In 2016, they saw the sextet partner up with DJ Logic at Denver’s Cervantes’ Other Side for a funk-fueled cover of Vulfpeck‘s “Beastly”.BIG Something ft. DJ Logic – “Beastly” [Vulfpeck cover][Video: TheBIGSomething]With ample amounts of fresh material and creative thoughts flowing, Aqueous and BIG Something will start their Colorado conquest on Wednesday, February 13th at Durango’s Animas City Theatre before continuing their tour of the mountains with a Valentines Day performance on Thursday, February 14th at Avon’s Agave, followed by a Friday night throwdown at Winter Park’s Ullrs Tavern on Friday, February 15th. The rock and roll caravan will continue to Estes Park’s historic Stanley Hotel on Saturday, February 16th, best known for serving as Stephen King‘s inspiration for his best-selling 1977 horror novel, The Shining. Aqueous and BIG Something look to end their Colorado run with a bang, as they’ll conclude their five-night jaunt in the city, taking over Denver’s Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom on Sunday, February 17th.After their five-night Colorado run, the two bands will make appearances at Eugene, OR’s Wow Hall (2/20); Portland, OR’s Star Theater (2/21); Seattle, WA’s Nectar Lounge (2/22); Sacramento, CA’s Harlow’s (2/26); Los Angeles, CA’s Bootleg Theater (2/28); and San Diego, CA’s Winstons Beach Club (3/1). Following three shows across Texas in Austin, Dallas, and Houston (3/6, 3/7, and 3/8, respectively), the tour will wrap with a performance at New Orleans, LA’s Parish at House of Blues on March 9th.Head to Aqueous or BIG Something’s websites for ticketing and more information.
Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin and Speaker Shap Smith today announced a companion bill that the Vermont Legislature will consider and pass during the special session on June 2 to enhance the legislative budget and economic development efforts. Some of the strongest objections made by Governor Douglas, which triggered his promised veto of the budget, are addressed. Among those are: changing the capital gains increase to July 1 (the start of the state fiscal year, instead of retroactive to January 1); giving farmers a 40 percent break on capital gains; addressing the growing shortfall in the unemployment insurance trust fund; and recognizing constitutional concerns over the governor’s ability to lay off state workers. The cost to the budget and how these changes will be paid for was not addressed. These changes could make the budget more palatable to swing votes away from sustaining the governor’s veto and toward and override.The Legislature passed a $4.5 billion budget that leaders called a “careful compromise at the end of the session that gives the middle class relief through a tax cut, asks all Vermonters to play a part in solving our budget crisis and returns fiscal responsibility to state spending, said Senator Shumlin. The Speaker and I have listened to our members, business owners and Vermonters since the end of the session, which is why we are proposing additional measures today to enhance our budget and economic development efforts.The budget and economic development enhancements, which include exempting farmers and loggers from the capital gains proposal, a Research and Development tax credit, additional funds for the telecommunications authority, a one year bridge to a permanent stabilization of the Unemployment Insurance Fund will be considered and passed by the Legislature as an amendment to the budget at the special session on June 2. I ve heard a lot of constructive feedback from small business owners, farmers, hi-tech innovators and working Vermonters about steps we can take to set the state on a more solid footing for the future, said Speaker Shap Smith. With businesses and workers struggling, I m willing to try anything that may give businesses and families the boost they need to weather the storm.The governor only received the budget from the Legislature Thursday night. He has five days to sign or veto the bill. If he doesn nothing, the bill becomes law without his signature. Legislative leaders said they have held onto the budget hoping to reach a compromise with Douglas. Details of the proposals follow:Key elements of Companion BillPostpone Capital Gains change to July 1, 2009 After listening to business owners and Vermonters throughout the state who felt that the retroactivity of this tax policy was overly burdensome we decided to postpone the capital gains changes to July 1, 2009. We will account for this change with a partial rate reduction in 2009 and a full rate reduction in January 2010.Allowing Farmers/Timber sales to retain the current 40% exclusion for Capital GainsAfter reviewing the impact that closing the capital gains loophole would have on farmers and loggers we decided to exclude them from the capital gains proposal that we are enacting. Provide R & D tax credits as of FY 2011 Since the conclusion of the legislative session business owners have spoken to us about the importance of an R&D tax credit. We have heard from these employers that the credit will encourage economic growth through the investment in and development of new products and services.Address the UI fund shortfall We recognize that Vermont s unemployment insurance system is in critical need of reform. Current projections indicated the Unemployment Trust Fund will run out of money in early 2010. While we disagreed with the Governor s plan to raise taxes on businesses by $66 million during these difficult fiscal times, failure to act has the potential of resulting in higher costs for employers and more layoffs. We are offering a thoughtful approach to shore up this fund by taking the following steps:Increase employer contributions to fund UI§ Raises taxable wage base from $8,000 – $10,000 in 2010.Freeze UI benefits§ Freeze benefits by maintaining the maximum weekly benefit at $425 (this amount is scheduled to increase to an estimated $438 as of July 1st)Require a minimum of 4 weeks of work to qualify for UI benefits.§ The Commissioner of Labor would have the ability to make exceptions to this rule.Disqualify those who are fired for gross misconduct from receiving UI benefits.Create a study committee to review underlying issues such as those employers who carry negative balances.Provide the Vermont Telecom Board $400,000 – the FY 2009 appropriation amount $150,000 over as-passed amount from bottom line of budgetAnticipated receipts language or budget revisit to ensure up to an additional $350,000Make minor changes in the state employee retirement incentive as recommended by the treasurer By making a few relatively minor adjustments, enactment of this proposal will be a positive step toward making our government more efficient and should be basically cost-neutral in year one and will save the state money in future years. Changes will include:A time period will be specified for interested employees to state their interest in taking voluntary retirement and a lottery process will be put in place if there are more than 300 employees interested in taking the retirement incentive.There is currently no mechanism in the bill to ensure that the positions freed up by voluntary retirement are not refilled. We are in the process of developing a mechanism to ensure that roughly 1/3 of the positions freed up by voluntary retirements are not refilled.Make changes in employee position language to address constitutionality concerns Discussions are underway with the Attorney General s office which would limit Joint Fiscal s position to review position reductions above a threshold similar to the rescission process (one percent).
All-Ireland final Man of the Match Seamus Callanan believes Tipperary’s hurling All-Star contenders owe their nominations to every member of the county panel.The Drom-Inch player believes the backroom team have played a huge role in putting the fifteen that started last month’s MacCarthy Cup win in contention for individual honours too.He’s also in the running to be Player of the Year after scoring 0-13 in the victory over Kilkenny. Seamus says that everybody on the Tipp roster has contributed to this year’s success.