Keith Richards, Donald Fagen, Warren Haynes, Many More Highlight Love Rocks NYC Benefit [Photos/Videos]

first_imgLoad remaining images On Thursday evening, a truly head-spinning collection of artists and entertainers came together for the second edition of Love Rocks NYC at the historic Beacon Theatre, presented by designer John Varvatos and real estate broker Greg Williamson. The benefit show raised money for the New York charity God’s Love We Deliver, which provides meals and nutrition counseling for people with severe illnesses.The evening was anchored by the talented Love Rocks house band, led by bassist and musical director Will Lee along with Paul Shaffer (keys), Eric Krasno (guitar), Larry Campbell (guitar), Jeff Young (keys), Steve Gadd (drums), and Shawn Pelton (drums). Throughout the night, more than 25 big-name guest musicians joined the Love Rocks band, playing their own songs as well as covers of other legendary artists. The list of guest performers for Love Rocks NYC 2018 included Keith Richards (Rolling Stones), Donald Fagen (Steely Dan), Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule), Norah Jones, Emmylou Harris, Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Gary Clark Jr., Ziggy Marley, Trombone Shorty, Ivan Neville, Lucinda Williams, Doyle Bramhall II, Anthony Hamilton, Patty Smyth, Allen Stone, Jimmie Vaughan, Andra Day and many, many more. Other entertainers included Bill Murray, Whoopi Goldberg, and John McEnroe.Below, you can watch an assortment of video highlights below via YouTube user sgibson818. For a full list of videos, head to his account page.Keith Richards, Gary Clark Jr., Steve Jordan, Ivan Neville – “Happy”Ann Wilson – “Barracuda”Warren Haynes – “Melissa” (Allman Brothers Band)Warren Haynes – “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window” (The Beatles) Mavis Staples, Amy Helm, Jimmy Vivino, Donald Fagen – “The Weight” (The Band)Ziggy Marley – “True To Myself”Gary Clark Jr. – “Bright Lights”Billy F. Gibbons, Jimmie Vaughan, Gary Clark Jr., Doyle Bramhall II – “Pride and Joy” (Stevie Ray Vaughan) –Everyone – “One Love” (Bob Marley) –  Love Rocks NYCFor more information about God’s Love We Deliver or Love Rocks NYC, head here.See below for a full gallery, courtesy of photographer Bob Schultz.Love Rocks NYC | Beacon Theatre | Photos by Bob Schultzlast_img read more

Bob Weir, John Mayer, Oteil & Kofi Burbridge, TTB Singers, Eric Krasno Join Lettuce For All-Star JGB Tribute At LOCKN’ [Full Video]

first_imgLoad remaining images On Saturday night, the funk gurus of Lettuce performed their second and final set at LOCKN’ Festival in Arrington, Virginia. Following up their Thursday night performance, which saw them and Thursday’s headliners, Umphrey’s McGee, offer up one of the most buzzed-about transitions of the weekend, for their late-night Saturday set, Lettuce played a late-night tribute to Jerry Garcia Band with a truly all-star cast. In addition to former Lettuce guitarist Eric Krasno, the funk act also welcomed out a number of special guests, including members of Dead & Company, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and more.To open up the show, Lettuce kicked off the JGB celebration at the Relix Stage with the instrumental “Finders Keepers”, an instrumental tune written by Merl Saunders that was frequently recorded and performed by Saunders and Jerry Garcia, followed up by a take on Smokey Robinson‘s “I Second That Emotion”, led by keyboardist Nigel Hall. For their first guests of the night, Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge (who was celebrating his birthday) and Tedeschi Trucks Band keyboardist (and Oteil’s brother) Kofi Burbridge and vocalists Alecia Chakour (who formerly sang with Lettuce) and Mark Rivers joined the set for a dub-heavy rendition of Peter Tosh‘s “Stop That Train”. Opening and closing with Oteil scatting, eventually, Eric Krasno took the lead vocals on the song, highlighting his vocal abilities, which he began showing off on his debut solo album, Blood From Stone.After Oteil and Kofi left the stage, John Mayer joined the all-star group, which was augmented by Eric Krasno, Alecia Chakour, and Mark Rivers, for a rendition of JJ Cale classic “After Midnight”, with Mayer taking the lead vocals on the tune in addition to laying a number of stand-out solos. To close out the song, Lettuce’s renowned drummer Adam Deitch charged the group forward, as Nigel Hall, Mark Rivers, and Alecia Chakour improvised and swapped solos during the song’s closing segment. For the next song, Bob Weir joined Lettuce, Mayer, Krasno, and the Tedeschi Trucks Band vocalists, offering his tribute to Jerry Garcia with a heartfelt rendition of “Sugaree”, featuring immaculate guitar work from Eric Krasno.Up next was a rendition of Bob Dylan‘s “Tangled Up In Blue”, affectionately re-named “Tangled Up In Bloom”, given that Lettuce trumpeter Eric “Benny” Bloom sang the lead vocals on the song. With Bob Weir and John Mayer on deck, the augmented band made its way through “Tangled Up In Blue”, followed up by “That’s What Love Will Make You Do”, which saw Lettuce guitarist Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff  lead the vocals, and “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)”, with vocals led by Nigel Hall. Across these three numbers, the chemistry of the band and its new guest members was electric, marking many fans’ favorite moments of the weekend.After the Nigel-led “How Sweet It Is”, Bob Weir left the stage, leaving Lettuce to perform its final two songs with John Mayer, Eric Krasno, and the Tedeschi Trucks Band vocalists. Up next, the group performed the title track to the classic Jerry Garcia album, Cats Under The Stars. Notably, keeping in the theme of various Lettuce members taking the lead on vocals, bassist Erick “Jesus” Coomes led the song on vocals, with Krasno and Mayer laying out an energized call-and-response to end the song. To end the powerful, fan-favorite set, Lettuce and friends performed a triumphant rendition of “They Love Each Other”.You can watch the full guest-filled Lettuce tribute to Jerry Garcia Band at LOCKN’ on August 25th, 2018, below. You can also check out audio of the set, courtesy of Randy Bayers and Funk It, and a gallery of photos from yesterday’s festivities below, courtesy of Dave Vann.[Video: Something Like Mayer][Audio: Randy Bayers and Funk It]Setlist: Lettuce with Eric Krasno | LOCKN’ Festival | Infinity Downs Farm | Arrington, VA | 8/25/2018Set: Finders Keepers, I Second That Emotion, Stop That Train$*+, After Midnight*#, Sugaree*#%, Tangled Up In Blue*#%, That’s What Love Will Make You Do*#%, How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)*#%, Cats Under The Stars*#, They Love Each Other*#$ with bassist Oteil Burbridge | + keyboardist Kofi Burbridge | * vocalist Alecia Chakour and vocalist Mark Rivers | # with John Mayer | % with Bob WeirFor fans of Lettuce, don’t miss them on September 29th at the fourth-annual Brooklyn Comes Alive, where they will participate and lead several super jams, including the Adam Deitch Quartet (feat. Wil Blades, Ryan Zoidis, Eric “Benny” Boom); Baby Jesus Peasant Party (feat. Jesus Coomes, Tyler Coomes, Borahm Lee, Ryan Zoidis, Khris Royal); and more for an all-day music marathon at Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg and Rough Trade.Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive brings together more than 50 artists, allowing them to carry out passion projects, play with their musical heroes, and collaborate in never-before-seen formations. For more information, ticketing, and to see the full list of performers scheduled for Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018, head to the festival’s website here. LOCKN’ Festival | Infinity Downs Farm | Arrington, VA | 8/25/2018 | Photo: Dave Vannlast_img read more

Greensky Bluegrass Shares Anthemic New Track, “Do It Alone”, From Upcoming Album [Listen]

first_imgGreensky Bluegrass is gearing up for the release of their seventh studio album, All For Money, due out on January 18th, 2019 via the band’s own label, Big Blue Zoo Records. Today, the jamgrass quintet has shared a second track, “Do It Alone”, from the upcoming album, following the title track’s release earlier this month.Speaking about the new track, Paul Hoffman told NPR’s World Cafe,I’d been trying to write a windows-down rock and roll tune for a while. I got out an old guitar of mine, re-strung it, and immediately spit the song out. It’s meant to be an anthem.I ask myself, “Why do I do it alone?” It’s because I’ve got a whole room of thousands singing at the top of their lungs with me. Whenever I write something emotional that might be difficult to sing, I’m reminded of the fact the crowd is there. Hopefully, it’s a reminder for other people as well and we all have something to chant together.Listen to “Do It Alone” below:Greensky Bluegrass – “Do It Alone”The follow up to 2016’s Shouted, Written Down & Quoted, the new twelve-track record was recorded at Echo Mountain Recording in Asheville, NC alongside co-producers Dominic John Davis (Jack White’s longtime bassist) and Glenn Brown.Greensky Bluegrass – All For Money –  Tracklisting1. Do It Alone2. Murder of Crows3. What You Need4. Ashes5. Courage for the Road6. Collateral Damage7. Like Reflections8. Cathedral Eyes9. Wish I Didn’t Know10. It’s Not Mine Anymore11. Do Harm12. All For MoneyView TracklistingGreensky Bluegrass will celebrate New Year’ Eve at the iconic Riviera Theatre in Chicago from December 28th through the 31st. Then, in January, they’ll kick off an extended winter tour with special guests Circles Around The Sun, Billy Strings, and Cris Jacobs Band, with stops at famed venues across the country including The Ryman Auditorium, The Beacon Theatre, The Anthem, The Tabernacle, and more.REMAINING FALL TOUR DATESDecember 28 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre #December 29 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre #December 30 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre %December 31 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre – “Three Sets of Greensky Bluegrass”*w/ The Lil Smokies^w/ Lindsay Lou#w/ The Jeff Austin Band% w/ Horseshoes & Hand GrenadesWINTER TOUR DATESJanuary 10 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre *January 11 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia *January 12 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre *January 16 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater *January 17 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium *January 18 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant *January 19 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle *January 22 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing Terrace ^January 23 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall ^January 24 – Knoxville, TN – The Mill & Mine ^January 25 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz ^January 26 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte ^January 27 – Charleston, WV – Mountain StageJanuary 29 – Portland, ME – State Theatre #January 30 – Boston, MA – House of Blues #January 31 – Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s PeakFebruary 1 – Washington, DC – The Anthem #February 2 – Washington DC – The Anthem #February 5 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues #February 6 – Columbus, OH – Express Live! #February 7 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE #February 8 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore DetroitFebruary 9 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit*w/ Circles Around the Sun#w/ Billy Strings^Cris Jacobs BandUPCOMING FESTIVAL APPEARANCESDecember 7 – 11 – Puerto Morelos, Mexico – Strings & SolApril 11 – 14 – Las Vegas, Nevada – Bender JamboreeView All Tour Dates[H/T NPR]last_img read more

12 Days Of Phishmas 2018: Phish Turns Their 1993 NYE Gag Into Their First And Only Music Video [Watch]

first_imgIt’s that time of year again… In two short days, Phish will return to New York’s Madison Square Garden for their annual four-night New Year’s run. Each year, we like to celebrate the season in the days leading up to Phish at MSG with the 12 Days of Phishmas, a daily series that gives you your Phish fix and helps stoke your excitement in the days leading up to the run. In 2016, we took you back to 12 historic Phish performances at The Garden. In 2017, with the Baker’s Dozen barely out of sight in the rearview, we relived the magic and mystery of the band’s historic residency.For years, we’ve been earmarking some of our favorite Phish interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and other cool content that we haven’t found the right occasion to share with you…until now. For 2018, we’ve made you a very special Phishmas Advent calendar to help spice up your countdown to showtime. As we approach the start of the run on the 28th, we’ll open up one panel a day and reveal a fun surprise inside—a little something sweet and Phishy once a day until the Garden party begins. No peeking! By the time we’re finished with the calendar, it will finally be time for the gift we’ve all been waiting for: Four nights of Phish on their home court at the World’s Most Famous Arena.2 Days Til Phish: The “Down With Disease” Music Video (1994)On the eleventh day of Phishmas… Phish revisits the 1993 NYE Aquarium for their first—and only—music video.On March 29th, 1994, Phish released their fifth studio album (Hoist) via Elektra Records, which includes “Down With Disease”. Before the release of Hoist, Phish gave fans their first taste of “Down With Disease” as the soundtrack of their 1993 New Year’s Eve gag, which saw the band dive into their onstage “aquarium” for the customary countdown “Auld Lang Syne” before moving into an instrumental snippet of the new song. The song would be debuted live in full in their first show of 1994.The band went on to use that 1993 New Year’s performance as the inspiration for a “Down With Disease” music video in 1994 that briefly made the rounds on MTV and was even featured on an episode of Beavis and Butt-Head. Directed by Mike Gordon, the “Down With Disease” music video portrays Gordon, Trey Anastasio, Jon Fishman, and Page McConnell diving into a fish tank that quickly turns into a life-sized aquarium filled with the same cast of dangling sea creatures featured on New Year’s Eve. After some underwater fun, the video culminates with snippets of footage from the actual performance, giving the MTV crowd watching at home a taste of the medium in which Phish does their best work: live onstage.The video is admittedly on the corny side (as Beavis and Butt-Head will tell you), and the band never made an attempt at a music video again, even throughout the video-dominated mid-90s. But you’re reading the 11th installment of a holiday Phish series in 2018, so it looks like that bold strategy didn’t end up sinking their ship. Either way, we’re glad we have the “Down With Disease” music video to dive back into for a laugh decades later. Check it out below:Phish – “Down With Disease” [Music Video][Video: ROCKVIDEOMONTHLY]We’ll be back tomorrow to open the twelfth and final panel on our Phishmas 2018 Advent calendar. What other Phishmas surprises are in store? You’ll just have to wait and see…In the meantime, you can go back through the previous Phishmas surprises:On the first day of Phishmas… The Big Daddy ShowOn the second day of Phishmas… David Byrne Interviews PhishOn the third day of Phishmas… Trey Anastasio Talks Fare The Well At The New Yorker Festival On the fourth day of Phishmas… A Look Inside The Hoist Sessions From Cactus FilmsOn the fifth day of Phishmas… Mike Gordon Fascinates A Muscle Shoals LegendOn the sixth day of Phishmas… Page McConnell Chats in the Streets of LondonOn the seventh day of Phishmas… The Peanuts Conjure Cartoon Phish for “YEM” Dance PartyOn the eighth day of Phishmas… Trey & Mike Chat with MTV on H.O.R.D.E. Tour (Swig Beer, Cross Legs)On the ninth day of Phishmas… How Chris Kuroda & Phish’s Lighting Team Map out a SongOn the tenth day of Phishmas… Phish Does ITOn the eleventh day of Phishmas… The “Down With Disease” Music Videolast_img read more

Greensky Bluegrass Welcomes Cris Jacobs For Traveling Wilburys Cover & More In Charleston [Photos]

first_imgOn Wednesday night, Greensky Bluegrass continued their early-2019 All For Money tour with a performance at Charleston, SC’s Charleston Music Hall featuring support from Cris Jacobs Band.Following Jacobs’ opening set, Greensky took the stage and opened their two-set performance with If Sorrows Swim track “In Control”. “A Letter To Seymour” was up next, followed by the first 2019 renditions of Tuesday Letter cut “Grow Bananas” and Steppin’ In It‘s “Last Winter In Copper Country”. “Into The Rafters” and Bill Monroe‘s “Wheel Hoss” followed, before Five Interstates (2008) number “200 Miles From Montana”, All For Money tracks “Cathedral Eyes” and “Ashes”, and If Sorrows Swim cut “Kerosene” closed out set one.Recent setlist staple “Just To Lie” opened the second frame before moving seamlessly into a pair of selections from 2016’s Shouted, Written Down, & Quoted, “Hold On” and “Take Cover”. Another All For Money song came next in “Do It Alone”, followed by a cover of John Hartford‘s “Steam Powered Aeroplane”. All For Money‘s “Wish I Didn’t Know” followed, before the band took things up an extra notch with “Burn Them”.Finally, the band welcomed Cris Jacobs to join them for the set’s final two songs, “Jaywalking” and The Traveling Wilburys‘ “Handle With Care”, before returning for a “Dustbowl Overture” encore.Greensky will continue their run of performances with Cris Jacobs Band tonight, Thursday, January 24th, at The Mill & Mine in Knoxville, TN. For a full list of Greensky Bluegrass’s upcoming All For Money tour dates, head to the band’s website here.Below, you can check out a gallery of photos from Greensky Bluegrass and Cris Jacobs Band’s performance at Charleston Music Hall courtesy of photographer Ellison White.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | Charleston Music Hall | Charleston, SC | 1/23/19 | Photos: Ellison WhiteSet 1: In Control, A Letter to Seymour, Grow Bananas, Last Winter in the Copper Country, Into the Rafters, Wheel Hoss, 200 Miles from Montana, Cathedral Eyes, Ashes, KeroseneSet 2: Just to Lie> Hold On, Take Cover, Do It Alone, Steam Powered Aeroplane, Wish I Didn’t Know, Burn Them, Jaywalking*, Handle With Care*Encore: Dustbowl Overture*with Cris Jacobs on guitarGreensky Bluegrass w/ Cris Jacobs | Charleston Music Hall | Charleston, SC | 1/23/19 | Photos: Ellison White Load remaining imageslast_img read more

The Flaming Lips Announce New Album, ‘King’s Mouth’, Set For Release On Record Store Day

first_imgThe Flaming Lips have announced their 15th studio album, King’s Mouth, set for release on Record Store Day, April 13th. King’s Mouth is the follow up to band’s 2017 album, Oczy Mlody. The new album will feature 12 new tracks and the music will be connected by narration provided by The Clash’s Mick Jones.The album parallels frontman Wayne Coyne’s 2015 art installation, also called King’s Mouth, where participants crawl into a large metallic head to experience a music-driven LED light spectacle. King’s Mouth will also be accompanied by a book, King’s Mouth: Immerse Heap Trip Fantasy Experience, which Coyne wrote and illustrated. The Flaming Lips will issue a limited run of 4,000 copies of the LP, which will be pressed on gold vinyl and will only be available at participating independent record stores. Another version of the album will be released globally in July.Coyne shared his thoughts on the new project. He explains,The King’s Mouth immersive/child-like qualities are born from the same spark and womb as The Flaming Lips live performances. The King’s Mouth adventure was made for humans of all sizes, ages, cultures, and religions.The Flaming Lips currently only have two scheduled live performances, as the band will play Ogden, UT’s Ogden Amphitheater on July 18th, followed by a show at Prato, Italy’s Piazza Duomo on September 1st.For ticketing and more information, head to The Flaming Lips’ website.last_img read more

Willie Nelson Expands Outlaw Music Festival Tour With New Fall Dates

first_imgWillie Nelson turns 86-years-young on Monday. To celebrate another trip around the sun, the cannabis-loving country singer and guitarist has added more dates for his Outlaw Music Festival Tour, which will now keep him and his musical friends on the road with their country/rock caravan into the early part of the fall.Related: Willie Nelson Performs With His Sons & Dave Matthews During Grammy Week CelebrationThe second leg of dates for the tour will begin with a stop at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NH on September 6th, featuring performances by Willie Nelson & Family, Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss, Brothers Osborne, and another act still to be announced. From there, the tour will make scheduled stops at venues including Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY (9/11); The Mann Center in Philadelphia, PA (9/13); Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA (9/14); Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, NC (9/15); Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Indianapolis, IN (9/20); and Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH (9/22).In addition to the above-mentioned performers, Nelson will also be joined throughout the September run of shows by even more artists including Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The Avett Brothers, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, and more to be announced.“The second leg of the Outlaw Music Festival Tour with all my friends is going to be a blast,” Nelson mentioned in a statement to go with the announcement on Monday. “We’ll see you out there this summer!”Nelson also recently announced the forthcoming release for what will be his mind-blowing 69th studio album when Ride Me Back Home arrives on June 21st via Legacy Records. He and Alison Krauss are also scheduled to hit the road together for a run of co-headlining dates on their Together Live summer tour beginning at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD on June 19th.Tickets for the new dates will go on sale starting this Friday, May 3rd. Fans can head to the Outlaw Music Festival website for more info.New Outlaw Music Festival Tour Dates: September 6 – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion – Gilford, NH (Willie Nelson & Family, Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss, Brothers Osborne, Opener TBD)September 11 – Forest Hills Stadium – Queens, NY (Willie Nelson & Family, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Alison Krauss, Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real)September 13 – The Mann Center – Philadelphia, PA (Willie Nelson & Family, Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss, Gov’t Mule, Opener TBD)September 14 – Veterans United Home Loans Amp – Virginia Beach, VA (Willie Nelson & Family, Bonnie Raitt, The Avett Brothers, Alison Krauss, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Opener TBD)September 15 – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek – Raleigh, NC (Willie Nelson & Family, Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Opener TBD)September 20 – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center – Indianapolis, IN (Willie Nelson & Family, Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, Alison Krauss, Brothers Osborne, Opener TBD)September 22 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH (Willie Nelson & Family, Luke Combs, Bonnie Raitt, Brothers Osborne, Opener TBD)View All New Outlaw Roadshow Dateslast_img read more

Riot Fest Announces 2019 Lineup: The Raconteurs, The Flaming Lips, Ween, More

first_imgRiot Fest will return for its 15th anniversary in 2019 to Chicago, IL’s Douglas Park, set to take place from September 13th through 15th.On Wednesday, Riot Fest unveiled their 2019 lineup including Blink-182, Slayer (performing their final Chicago & Milwaukee show), Bikini Kill, The Raconteurs, Rise Against, The Flaming Lips, Jawbreaker, Ween, Die Antwoord, Patti Smith & Her Band, Taking Back Sunday, Rancid, Violent Femmes, Descendents, Manchester Orchestra, Dashboard Confessional, Rancid, Against Me!, Streetlight Manifesto, Andrew W.K., Less Than Jake, White Reaper, and many more.Special to this year’s event, Riot Fest attendees will witness The B-52s’ last show in Chicago, in addition to rare full-album performances by The Flaming Lips (performing Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots), Ween (performing The Mollusk), Dashboard Confessional (performing The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most), and Bloc Party  (performing Silent Alarm in celebration of the album’s 15th anniversary), just to name a few.Founded in 2005, Riot Fest features the best of punk, rock ‘n’ roll, hip hop, metal, alternative, and just about everything in between. Founder Riot Mike is credited with helping to reunite iconic bands like Naked Raygun, The Replacements, The Misfits, and Jawbreaker, among other reunions—a staple feature of Riot Fest, alongside the full album performances, freak shows, carnival rides, and occasional butter sculptures.A variety of different ticket options are now on sale here for Riot Fest’s 2019 event.See the full lineup below. Head to Riot Fest’s website for more information.last_img read more

Harvard lends a hand to Chile

first_imgThe 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Chile a year ago was so strong it nudged the Earth’s axis and ever so slightly shortened the length of a day. Even after months of rebuilding, the damage is still apparent, according to Harvard faculty members working on earthquake relief.“It looks post-nuclear,” said Brad Epps, professor of Romance languages and literatures, describing the coastal town of Dichato, devastated by both the quake and the tsunami that followed. Epps led a group of 15 Harvard students to Dichato and elsewhere over winter break to help the rebuilding effort. They worked to reconstruct parks, schools, and kiosks to get local commerce moving.The trip is just one of several ways in which the Harvard community has reached out to help Chile. Faculty members lead a number of projects there, and alumni are playing key roles in the reconstruction. Some projects, such as ENLACE, a planning and research effort by Chilean students in the Boston area, and organized by Daniel Hojman, associate professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, grew from the quake’s aftermath. Others, such as Un Buen Comienzo (A Good Start), an early childhood program run in schools near the capital, Santiago, existed before the quake and are being extended to quake-stricken areas.With the regional office of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies in Santiago, Harvard has a base from which such efforts can be coordinated. Ned Strong, who directs the office, said that, in the days after the quake, Harvard faculty members involved in Un Buen Comienzo traveled to displaced-persons camps to provide mental health assessments of children there who may have been traumatized by the disaster.In addition, he said, alumni affiliated with the Harvard Club of Chile delivered two planeloads of medical supplies. Alumni hold key positions, such as planning for coastal reconstruction with an eye to prevent tsunami-related damage in the future. Pablo Allard, another alumnus, is in charge of coordinating the reconstruction efforts of the Chilean Ministry of Housing. Chilean President Sebastián Piñera also has strong Harvard ties, having received a doctorate in economics at the University in the 1970s.Harvard is assisting the broader planning effort, which Chilean officials say will run three years. Harvard President Drew Faust plans to visit Chile at the end of March and attend a meeting of Harvard faculty members, government officials, representatives of nongovernmental organizations, and private companies involved in reconstruction. The group will discuss public health and mental health issues stemming from the destruction, efforts to prevent and minimize damage from other natural disasters, and long-term planning for the reconstruction.Other faculty members involved in the meeting include Hojman; Judith Palfrey, Brazelton Professor of Pediatrics; MaryCatherine Arbour, instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School; Doug Ahlers, adjunct lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School; and Miho Mazereeuw, lecturer in landscape architecture at the Graduate School of Design.The Chilean government has received praise for its earthquake preparation and response. Though the quake was significantly larger than the one that devastated Haiti, the death toll was far smaller, about 500, compared with more than 300,000 in Haiti. Despite the lower death toll, the quake and tsunami destroyed many buildings, roads, and other infrastructure. Strong said an estimated 280,000 families remain in temporary housing and in displaced-persons camps that vary widely in their access to sanitation and clean water.Arbour, who is also a physician at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital, said the mental health assessments done by her and Palfrey, who practices at Harvard-affiliated Children’s Hospital, involved adapting survey instruments to assess children’s nutrition, access to education, and access to social support and to measure the impact of the quake on their family structure.Arbour and Palfrey are among the Harvard faculty involved with Un Buen Comienzo, which also includes faculty from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Among those involved are Catherine Snow, Graham Professor of Education, and Hiro Yoshikawa, professor of education. The project is conducted in tandem with Chile’s Ministries of Health and Education, Universidad Diego Portales, the private foundation Fundación Educacional Opportunidad, and other partners.The project involves early childhood intervention for low-income families. Un Buen Comienzo trains teachers to recognize potential problems in young children in four areas:  language development, health, family stability, and socioeconomic development. The project provides intervention for 60 Santiago schools that serve 3,000 students. Arbour said the government has asked the organization to replicate its programs in communities further south, where earthquake damage is more severe.Arbour said the effort is being conducted as a research program to see if this type of intervention can be effective. In populations struggling with different challenges, the research can be extended to examine new questions.“The government’s disaster response was pretty remarkable for how quick and coordinated it was,” Arbour said. “The trouble with a disaster is that you’re never going to be satisfied, even if you’re doing a good job, because it’s [still] a disaster.”last_img read more