The Boulder Theater in Boulder, CO is in for a serious night of funk on Friday, October 7th. With nine-piece, Brooklyn-based funk powerhouse Turkuaz bringing their electric live performance, along with the old-school soul jazz, boogaloo stylings of The New Mastersounds under one roof, it’s going to be a straight Friday night getdown (get tickets here).In support of this tour, the two groups recently joined together to play each other’s music and record a massive collaboration for a two-track release. The Split 7″ EP features both bands performing a cover song from the other artist’s catalog, while also joining in on the collaboration. Today, the funk squads are pleased to debut their first track, along with a music video, which features Turkuaz covering The New Mastersounds’ song “On The Border”. More information here.Turkuaz’s Dave Brandwein and company deliver tightly arranged pieces, some serious vocal prowess, a dope horn section, and dance-driven uptempo funk with about as much energy as a nuclear reactor. There is a reason they are drawing the crowds across the nation. Their latest album, Digitonium, is a lesson in how to properly craft a song while bringing the groove.With 20+ years under their collective belts, The New Mastersounds are truly the masters of the soul jazz and boogaloo scenes. Between their 2015 studio album Made For Pleasure, and the recent release of their live recording The Nashville Sessions, Eddie Roberts, Pete Shand, Simon Allen, and Joe Tatton are bringing that old-school flavor with a touch of hot sauce to warm you up.This is going to be a funk throwdown that you will not want to miss! Get tickets and more info here.Enter To Win Tickets:
Muncie, In. — To train American workers for technology-based jobs, Ball State University will soon offer an online version of its highly regarded master’s in information and communication sciences.Beginning with the Spring semester, Ball State’s Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS) will launch its online master of science in addition to its on-campus degree. On campus or online, the 38-credit-hour program that can be completed in as soon as 18 months.The program features innovative coursework, a flexible degree plan, and immersive learning opportunities. Students will have real-world issues to solve and projects to collaborate on while working professionals, alumni in the field, and a team of forward-thinking faculty and industry-leading partners.Dennis Trinkle, CICS director and director of the Applied Research Institute at Ball State, said expanding to an online platform will allow CICS to reach more students and fill the need for professionals in high-tech fields.The online master’s, like its on-campus counterpart, will help workers prepare for jobs in an ever changing workplace, he said, citing a McKinsey Global Institute report that projects automation could displace as many as 73 million U.S. jobs by 2030.“The McKinsey report also projects that many new jobs will be created by these new technologies,” he said. “The types of roles that will be most protected from the effects of automation involve managing people, high-level expertise, and unpredictable environments. These jobs will be at a high skill-level and require significant creativity, adaptability, and comfort with rapid change. Our program prepares students with the ability to think critically and to solve novel problems.”For more than 30 years, CICS has prepared students to creatively solve communication and information challenges in business, government, education, and nonprofit organizations using the latest technologies. The program provides students with both practical leadership experience and with technical understanding.“More importantly, we prepare our graduates to be creative, adaptable problem-solvers committed to their own perpetual learning and re-skilling,” Trinkle said. “To succeed in technology, you have to master the art of continuous learning and develop effective techniques for handling stress, change, and disruption. You need persistence, resilience, and confidence. This is the foundation that CICS helps its graduates to build.”Learn more by visiting the CICS website.