The Marcus King Band Offers Free Downloads Of “Live At Rockwood Music Hall”

first_imgThe Marcus King Band has been rapidly gaining steam since the release of their 2016 self-titled LP, playing shows around the world and developing into an electrifying touring act. In the coming months, singer/guitarist Marcus King and company will play club dates around the U.S., embark on a seven-country European tour, perform at Japan’s famous Fuji Rock Festival, and deliver performances at high-profile domestic festivals like Peach Music Festival and LOCKN’ Festival, among others.While The Marcus King Band’s big year may have caught some music fans by surprise, it was clear to all in attendance at their 3/2/16 show at NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall–just over one year ago–that this band was destined for greatness. On that cold late-winter night, New York fans flooded the small downtown room to check out Warren Haynes‘ acclaimed young protege and his new-look band. The venue was packed to the brim (including people squeezed into the open bathroom doorways as well as behind and on top of the bar), and the audience watched with amusement as King and keyboardist Matthew Jennings lugged Jennings’ Hammond organ through the front door, parting the crowd on their way to the stage. Once situated, the band tore through a selection of songs from 2015’s Soul Insight and then-unreleased 2016 album The Marcus King Band, with 19-year-old King leading the way with the stage presence of a seasoned veteran.You can watch video of Marcus shredding on B.B. King‘s “Don’t Answer The Door” from the 3/2/16 performance at Rockwood Music Hall courtesy of Marc Millman:Thankfully, The Marcus King Band recorded the performance and used the audio for a live EP, Live At Rockwood Music Hall, which they released a few months later. Says King of the performance, “There’s a certain energy you feel playing smaller clubs that’s unmatched in larger venues–an intimate encounter with the audience. I feel this recording captured that spirit.” The Marcus King Band: Live At Rockwood Music Hall is available for free download below:These days, it’s no longer an intimate affair when The Marcus King Band rolls into the Big Apple. Most recently, the band delivered a sold-out performance at Gramercy Theatre with Eric Krasno Band in January. In truth, they were probably too big for the Rockwood already when they played there a year ago. Perhaps that’s what made the performance feel so special. This was a band on the rise, poised to make it big. Years from now, when they’re selling out arenas and headlining festivals, fans will tell stories about that special evening in New York City when The Marcus King Band officially outgrew the proverbial “smaller club” on their way to the “big time.”For information and upcoming tour dates, visit The Marcus King Band’s website.[Cover photo by Emily Butler]last_img read more

Case on Churches, Cuomo and Coronavirus Arrives at Supreme Court

first_imgThe restrictions in Brooklyn are severe. In shifting “red zones,” where the coronavirus risk is highest, no more than 10 people may attend church services. In slightly less dangerous “orange zones,” attendance is capped at 25. This applies even in churches that can seat more than 1,000 people.The measures were prompted in large part by rising cases in Orthodox Jewish areas. But the restrictions applied to all houses of worship.Even as he ruled against the diocese, Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of the Federal District Court in Brooklyn praised it as “an exemplar of community leadership” that had been “enforcing stricter safety protocols than the state required.”Lawyers for Mr. Cuomo agreed, telling an appeals court that the diocese “has introduced laudable social-distancing and hygiene measures.”The diocese has said it intends to continue to limit attendance to 25 percent of its churches’ capacities and would accept other limitations, such as doing away with singing by congregants and choirs.Judge Garaufis, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton, said the case was a difficult one. But he concluded that he would defer to the governor. “If the court issues an injunction and the state is correct about the acuteness of the threat currently posed by hot spot neighborhoods,” the judge wrote, “the result could be avoidable death on a massive scale like New Yorkers experienced in the spring.”In refusing to block the governor’s order while the diocese’s appeal went forward, a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit drew on Chief Justice Roberts’s concurring opinion in the California case. Since the restrictions on churches were less severe than those on comparable secular gatherings like theaters, casinos and gyms, the majority wrote in an unsigned opinion, they did not run afoul of constitutional protections for religious freedom. One view, expressed by Chief Justice Roberts in a concurring opinion in the California case, is that officials charged with protecting the public “should not be subject to second-guessing by an unelected federal judiciary, which lacks the background, competence and expertise to assess public health and is not accountable to the people.”A few hours after the diocese filed its application, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. delivered a slashing speech to a conservative legal group that expressed the opposite view. He had dissented in both of the earlier cases, and his speech echoed points he had made in the one from Nevada.“Whenever fundamental rights are restricted, the Supreme Court and other courts cannot close their eyes,” Justice Alito said on Thursday, rejecting the view that “whenever there is an emergency, executive officials have unlimited, unreviewable discretion.” The court is likely to rule on the dispute from Brooklyn in the next week or so. The case may be the first in which Justice Barrett’s vote changes the court’s direction. WASHINGTON — In recent months, churches in California and Nevada asked the Supreme Court to lift government restrictions on attendance at religious services meant to address the coronavirus pandemic. The churches lost.The vote in both cases was 5 to 4, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joining what was then the court’s four-member liberal wing. One of those liberals, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, died in September. Her successor, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, joined the court last month.- Advertisement – The members of the majority were Judge Raymond J. Lohier Jr., who was appointed by President Barack Obama, and Judge Jed S. Rakoff, who ordinarily sits on Federal District Court in Manhattan and who was appointed by Mr. Clinton.Judge Michael H. Park, who was appointed by President Trump, dissented. He said Governor Cuomo’s order discriminated against houses of worship because it allowed businesses like liquor stores and pet shops to remain open without capacity restrictions.In asking the Supreme Court to step in, lawyers for the diocese argued that its “spacious churches” were safer than many “secular businesses that can open without restrictions, such as pet stores and broker’s offices and banks and bodegas.” An hourlong Mass, the diocese’s brief said, is “shorter than many trips to a supermarket or big-box store, not to mention a 9-to-5 job.”Lawyers for Mr. Cuomo said gatherings like those at churches and theaters were different from shopping trips. “The state’s limits on mass gatherings have consistently recognized that the risk of transmitting Covid-19 is much greater at gatherings where people arrive and depart at the same time and congregate and mingle for a communal activity over an extended period of time,” the governor’s appeals court brief said.Judge Park, the dissenting appeals court judge, twice served as a law clerk to Justice Alito, once on the federal appeals court in Philadelphia and once on the Supreme Court. His dissent anticipated the remarks his former boss delivered on Thursday.“The pandemic,” Justice Alito said, “has resulted in previously unimaginable restrictions on individual liberty.”“This is especially evident with respect to religious liberty,” he added. “It pains me to say this, but in certain quarters religious liberty is fast becoming a disfavored right.” – Advertisement – It will not take long to assess the significance of that switch.On Thursday, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn filed an emergency application asking the Supreme Court to lift restrictions imposed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York. The case is broadly similar to the earlier ones. The outcome, even as the pandemic is worsening, may be quite different.The general question in all of the cases is whether government officials or judges should calibrate responses to the public health crisis. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more