Members Of The Allman Brothers Band To Reunite At Peach Fest Tribute To Gregg & Butch

first_imgThe Peach Music Festival is coming up, and with an already spectacular lineup, they’ve just made another huge announcement. The lineup for the Peach tribute to Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks will feature friends and family from the ABB lineage, paying homage to Allman Brothers Band and Peach Fest founders during what has undoubtedly been a difficult year of losses. The master and former ABB keyboardist Chuck Leavell (currently with The Rolling Stones) will lead the tribute as musical director, alongside ABB members Jaimoe, Oteil Burbridge, and Marc Quinones. Butch’s nephew and Widespread Panic drummer Duane Trucks, Gregg’s son guitarist Devon Allman, former ABB guitarist Jack Pearson, rising guitarist and vocalist Marcus King, keyboardist Bruce Katz (who has toured with both Butch and Gregg’s bands, and Les Brers) Lamar Williams Jr., son of former bassist Lamar Williams and vocalist of Les Brers, guitarist Pat Bergeson of Les Brers, musical director of the Gregg Allman Band and guitarist Scott Sharrard, GAB keyboardist Pete Levin, Berry Oakley Jr., son of original ABB bassist Berry Oakley, and Butch Trucks’s son and guitarist Vaylor Trucks, will all participate in this monstrous tribute to the Allman Brothers Band.Chuck Leavell expresses in a press release, “This is a golden opportunity for those of us that were close to Gregg and Butch to pay homage to them and celebrate their lives and their many contributions to music. I’m proud to be a part of it and can’t wait to share the stage with all the great players that will be a part of it.”This is a tearjerking lineup that should not be missed. More special guests to be announced soon.The Peach daily lineup has just been announced, including single day tickets going on sale this Friday at Noon here.last_img read more

Baker Mayfield reaches out to Giants quarterback Daniel Jones ‘to clear the air’

first_imgMayfield seemed to take issue with how his original comments were framed when the GQ story broke Tuesday.He commented on an Instagram post that applied his GQ comments to a photo of him and Jones: “This is not what I said . . . just so we’re clear. I also said I was surprised I got drafted number one. Then was talking about the flaws in evaluating QBs. Where I brought up winning being important. Reporters and media will do anything to come up with a click bait story. Heard nothing but good things and wish nothing but the best for Daniel.”Mayfield said he sent text messages to Jones later Tuesday to “clear the air with him.”He said Jones appreciated the gesture and told him “no worries, man,” per the Associated Press. Browns sign former Ohio State star Braxton Miller Baker Mayfield wanted to set the record straight Wednesday.A day after GQ published an interview with Mayfield in which he said it “blew his mind” that the Giants drafted quarterback Daniel Jones with the sixth pick in the NFL Draft, Mayfield walked back his comments. He had already reached out to Jones Tuesday. Giants reportedly not planning to have open QB competition despite Daniel Jones’ preseason success Odell Beckham Jr. on Giants trading him to Browns: ‘They thought they’d send me here to die’center_img “It had nothing to do specifically about Daniel,” Mayfield told reporters, via ProFootballTalk. “I reached out to Daniel because all of that blew way out of hand and I wanted him to know how I felt. I’ve heard nothing but great things from Saquon (Barkley) and Sterling Shepard, guys who have nothing but respect for him, and I respect their opinions.”I just wanted to clear the air with him.” Related News Giants’ Pat Shurmur responds to criticism from Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham Jr. Mayfield also noted Wednesday he didn’t feel blindsided by the GQ story but was “pretty confused about it.”“To me, that came back on my character,” he said. “That’s one thing that, I don’t care about a lot of opinions if you like me or not, but that looked like my character was way out of line, so that’s the only reason I addressed it.”last_img read more

Immigrant customers welcomed

first_img“They are impacting the economy,” Passel said. “The unauthorized are explicitly coming for an economic basis.” While credit card use among the nation’s 42 million Hispanics is on the rise, a substantial number of Latino households don’t have access to credit, according a survey conducted by the National Council of La Raza, which found that 80 percent of American households use credit cards compared with only 56 percent of Hispanic households. For years, U.S. banks have made attracting immigrants a major focus of their business strategy, working to sell services that include everything from traditional checking accounts to wire transfers used to send money to relatives back home. Customers don’t typically need a Social Security number to open a standard banking account. Instead, they can identify themselves by using an ID card provided by the Mexican Consulate to its citizens, known as a matricula consular, or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) issued by the Internal Revenue Service. At Bank of America, the pilot program in Los Angeles allows customers to use such forms of identification to also sign up for a credit card. The card is similar to secured cards offered to those with poor credit: It requires customers to have an account with the bank that’s been in good standing for at least three months and comes with a reimbursable up-front fee of $99. “This initiative lets customers build a solid credit history with a leading bank,” Bank of America spokeswoman Betsy Weinberger said. Still, Camarota said most Americans don’t think businesses should go out of their way to cater to illegal immigrants. “Some say it’s bad corporate citizenship,” he said. Critics of illegal immigration have said providing credit to illegal immigrants further embeds the population into American society. Many worry that without a Social Security number, the bank can’t be sure the card’s customers won’t use the credit for criminal activity, such as terrorism or drug trafficking. “We just see this as another step to put our country at risk so they can make a few extra dollars,” said Rod Woodard, director of NC Listen, an immigration reform organization based in Cary, N.C. The attention has rattled America’s largest retail bank. Lewis responded to the controversy in a column in The Wall Street Journal, writing the bank is complying with the provisions of the USA Patriot Act, which set up the guidelines that allows the bank to accept official identification sources issued by foreign governments – including the matricula consular. “And I observe no shortage of irony in the efforts of those whose first concern is national security, but who seek to undermine a regulatory structure that was designed in large part to thwart terrorism,” Lewis wrote. He said only 16 percent of customers to sign up for the card so far lack a Social Security number.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CHARLOTTE, N.C. – When news broke that Bank of America Corp. was testing a new credit card available to Los Angeles customers who may be illegal immigrants, the reaction was predictably harsh. Outspoken critics of illegal immigration called for a boycott and said the bank could be supporting terrorists and drug traffickers. Some outraged customers closed accounts and sent back their cards, chopped into little pieces. The bank’s chief executive, Ken Lewis, admitted that “finding oneself in the middle of a heated national debate is never pleasant.” But Bank of America isn’t the first to offer such a card: Citigroup Inc. said it has done so for years, and Wells Fargo & Co. says it’s thinking about it. The cards are merely the latest progression for an industry that has spent millions to attract customers in the country’s growing Latino community – and among the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants living in the United States. They also reflect a fact faced by every retail business in the United States. While they can’t legally employ undocumented workers, there are few, if any, restrictions on welcoming them as customers. “As a business owner, you sell to whomever comes into your store. You sell to whomever buys from you online. It’s easy, normally,” said Steven Camarota, director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington. “Just in some cases where specific identification is needed, like in financial services, it’s more complicated.” But getting less so. Last month, Bank of America said it had started a pilot program in the Los Angeles area late last year that didn’t require a Social Security number to sign up for a credit card. The Charlotte-based bank insists the card isn’t specifically designed to attract illegal immigrants, and says that so far, it has not. The bank hasn’t decided if it will offer the card elsewhere, but it would likely be popular with a population that generally lacks access to something as common in most American wallets as the dollar bill and a driver’s license. “It’s a no brainer. It’s a very large market,” said Jim Johnson, director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “The bank is just the latest example of a major corporation recognizing the impact of doing business with Hispanics.” In 2005, the nation’s 6.6 million illegal immigrant families had an average annual income of $29,500 and accounted for nearly $200 billion in purchasing power, a figure that’s only expected to grow, said Pew Hispanic Center demographer Jeff Passel. last_img read more