Anyone who has seen Earphunk over the last few years knows that the band means business. With a progressive funk fusion that takes its roots in New Orleans music, we were saddened to hear today that the band will be breaking up after this weekend. Earphunk has been together since 2008, forming in NOLA, and they will appropriately end their tenure with one final performance in the Crescent City. That will come this weekend, at the Bear Creek Bayou Music Festival.Earphunk announced the news in an open letter to their fans, showing a brave optimism in the face of what is an unfortunate situation. Read the note embedded below:Dear fans, friends, and family,We are sorry to announce that our performance at this weekend’s Bear Creek Bayou Music Festival on Friday will be our final show together. We feel it is right that it will be at home in New Orleans as a part of the first festival we ever played. We have traveled throughout the entire country, made life long friends and we feel fortunate to have accomplished things as a band we never would have imagined when we first began. Please keep an eye out for our own individual endeavors as we move forward! Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for the constant love and support over these past seven years.With love, EarphunkWe’ve personally worked with the band on features and other content for many years, and are sad to hear this news. We’ll miss you, Earphunk.
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On February 1st, SFJAZZ will host its 2018 Gala benefiting the organization’s artistic and education programs, during which Preservation Hall will be honored with a SFJazz Lifetime Achievement Award. Preservation Hall has always been a staple of New Orleans jazz and the greater music community at large, with the venue hosting countless musical legends over the years and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band bringing the jubilant sounds of New Orleans to audiences around the world since the group’s inception in 1963. During the gala, Preservation Hall Jazz Band is set to perform in addition to artists like Ellis Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Chucho Valdés, SFJAZZ Collective, Pedrito Martinez, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Big Freedia, Daymé Arocena, Saul Williams, Airto Moreira, and more.Phil Lesh, Nikki Bluhm, Robert Randolph, Preservation Hall Band, & More Make Magic In NJ [Videos/ Photos]Preservation Hall’s SFJAZZ Lifetime Achievement Award is meant to honor the venue as a pillar of New Orleans music and culture. As SFJazz Founder and Executive Artistic Director Randall Kline explained, “Preservation Hall is a model of how a cultural institution can become an integrated part of a city’s identity – an idea that inspires us, and a goal that we continually work towards. … Though the environs of Preservation Hall and the SFJAZZ Center are as physically different from each other as can be, we recognize that they have a rare quality in common: as places where the beauty of the moment can be felt and the soul of this music comes to life.”Chance The Rapper, Preservation Hall, George Porter Jr. Close Bonnaroo SuperJam With “Hey Ya”Tickets for the SFJazz 2018 Gala are available now. VIP Packages include an intimate, seated dinner for 150 guests along with featured artists and an exclusive pre-event further honoring Preservation Hall. Luminary tickets include a private cocktail hour featuring a performance by the SFJazz High School All-Stars Combo and featured celebrity artists, while Gala tickets include a New Orleans-inspired reception. Tickets for the gala’s after-party, featuring performances by Galactic and The Original Pinettes Brass Band will also be available to the public. For tickets, contact Emily Everding (415-283-0342, [email protected]) and for more information about the event, visit SFJazz Gala’s website here.
Ghana’s Andre Ayew had a fantastic debut for Swansea as they picked up a point at the Stamford Bridge on Saturday.The player was the only one of Garry Monk’s new signings to be selected to start the Premier League season opener and impressed from the outset, even though he was being marked by his former Marseille team-mate Cesar Azpilicueta.Champions Chelsea had gone ahead through Oscar when, just minutes later, the Swans were level. Ayew showed his predatory instinct to slot home after Thibault Courtois made a stunning save to deny Bafetimbi Gomis.Gary Cahill blocked Ayew’s first effort but the Ghana star was on hand to fire home the rebound.Sadly for the Swans, they were back behind less than two minutes later as Willian scored a fortunate goal, which ballooned off Federico Fernandez and gave the hosts a 2-1 half time lead.The game finished 2-2 as Bafetimbi Gomis leveled through a penalty in the pulsating game. Courtois had a day to forget as he was sent off. The Belgian rushed out to close down Gomis as he chased Jonjo Shelvey’s lofted through ball. But after the French forward knocked it round Courtois, the Belgian keeper dangled his right leg out and tripped Gomis.He was dismissed as Michael Oliver pointed to the spot.Andre Ayew made the move from Marseille in a highly-publicized move that saw him become the Swans marquee signing. On the live Sky Sports coverage of the game, Theirry Henry praised Ayew for his predatory instinct, saying: “He is not a winger, he wants to get in the action.”He took the goal really well.” Swansea’s next game is against Newcastle on August 15.Starting XIsSwans: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Williams (C), Taylor, Ki Sung-Yueng, Shelvey, Sigurdsson, Ayew, Montero, Gomis.Subs: Nordfeldt, Rangel, Bartley, Tabanou, Cork, Routledge, Eder.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa. Subs: Begovic, Zouma, Ramires, Mikel, Moses, Remy, Falcao– ––Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtag