***Update 4/14: George Porter Jr. has been added to this celebratory lineup.***Today, Blackbird Presents announced its annual “Second Weekend at the Saenger” concert series during Jazz Fest with “New Orleans Is Waiting For Columbus,” set to take place Saturday, May 6th at the Crescent City’s historic Saenger Theatre. The all-star event celebrates classic live album Waiting For Columbus, the most beloved album in Little Feat’s expansive catalog. The show will be led by musical director and Grammy-winning guitarist Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule, The Allman Brothers Band, The Dead) and Grammy-winning producer/multi-instrumentalist Don Was, as well as AMC/CMA Award-winning singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson, The Radiators’ Dave Malone, keyboard master John Medeski, legendary funk drummer Terence Higgins (Dirty Dozen Brass Band, John Scofield’s Piety Street Band), horns master Mark Mullins (Bonerama, Harry Connick Jr.), and a handful of surprise guests.Named one of the 10 best live albums of all time by Rolling Stone readers, Little Feat’s Waiting For Columbus compiled live recordings from their 1977 performances at the Rainbow Theatre in London and the Lisner Auditorium in Washington, D.C. The album–which went platinum and remains Little Feat’s best-selling release ever–features the band’s biggest hits, including funky 1970’s New Orleans-style tracks like “Dixie Chicken,” “Fat Man In The Bathtub,” and “Willin’.”Tickets go on sale March 31, 10:00 A.M. CT via Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster locations or by phone at 800-745-3000. Fans can also purchase tickets at the Saenger Theatre Box Office.[Cover photo via Rex Thomson]In addition to our long list of exciting late nights, Live For Live Music is partnering with “Crawfish King” Chris “Shaggy” Davis to host the second annual NOLA Crawfish Festival during the days between the two Jazz Fest weekends, from May 1st – 3rd at Central City BBQ. The event will feature all-star musical collaborations by John Medeski, Terence Higgins, George Porter Jr., Eric Krasno, Jon Cleary, Nigel Hall, John “Papa” Gros, Ivan Neville, Cris Jacobs and more, in addition to craft beers and Shaggy’s world famous crawfish! For more information, or to purchase tickets, head to the event’s website.
Are you planning to attend Microsoft Ignite or SQL PASS Summit in early November? Dell Technologies will be out in full force, in both Orlando and Seattle, talking to attendees about the benefits of Dell EMC Storage for their existing Microsoft SQL Server versions and looking ahead to the release of Microsoft SQL Server 2019.Microsoft SQL Server 2019 has exciting new data virtualization capabilities that come along with its highly anticipated release. Big Data Clusters take advantage of numerous PolyBase connectors to bring insights on data, where it sits, without complicated and costly ETL processes. These new features will unlock great insights from your company’s data… and even more so when data is stored in the right place, at the right time, with the right SLA.SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters leverages Kubernetes as a whole new deployment platform. For those coming from prior versions of SQL Server on Windows, implementing this can be a daunting challenge. There are many factors to consider when planning your deployment and we will have all the experts on hand to guide you through best practices on data placement whether structured or unstructured.Can’t wait to learn more? Join Dell Technologies for an hour of data training this Wednesday, October 30th, to hear about the containerization of Microsoft SQL Server and Big Data Clusters, including availability and protection strategies.The reality for most companies is that SQL Server 2019 is unlikely to happen a greenfield scenario and there are probably many other Microsoft SQL Server versions already deployed. Consolidation onto a modern all-flash platform with consistent data services can elevate the capabilities of an environment and maximize efficiency and agility.Join us at Microsoft Ignite 2019Dell Technologies is a Diamond Sponsor and will be on-site in the Partner Solution Zone at Booth #1547. Come visit us and speak with our technical experts about how we help our customers make IT and Digital Transformation Real – from the edge to the core to the cloud.Expo Theater Session Wednesday November 6, 10:55AM – 11:15AMTitle: It’s all about the data: Abstraction beyond virtualizationAbstract: In the data-driven age, information is as valuable as currency. Only when you can harness data from multiple sources and formats can you accelerate business innovation. Containerization enables agility at hyperscale and is a critical step towards achieving true data abstraction beyond just virtualization. Join us to learn how Dell EMC delivers foundational solutions to support Microsoft SQL Server 2019, including big data clusters, enabling businesses to take advantage of next-generation analytics, and go behind their data to draw valuable insights.Sponsored Session: Thursday, November 7, 10:15AM – 11:00AMTitle: There is a new era in data management – Dell Technologies makes data innovation a realityAbstract: There are many paths towards modernizing the Microsoft Data Estate. Designing the right solution that meets today’s needs while laying the foundation for where your business will need to be tomorrow is a critical step in becoming an innovation leader. Join us as we outline the modernization strategies organizations need to consider in this new era of data abstraction and how Dell Technologies can guide you on this journey.Join us at SQL PASS Summit 2019Dell Technologies is a Gold Sponsor of the event and will be on-site at Booth #216. Join us in the booth for happy hour on Wednesday night, grab a souvenir cup with a complimentary beverage. Meet with our experts to get educated and pick up your pass for a free massage and unwind at the VMware Lounge.Sponsored Session: Wednesday, November 6th, 7AMTitle: SQL Server 2019 and Big Data Clusters on Dell EMC StorageAbstract: Dell EMC Storage and SQL Server 2019 are changing the game for big data and data analytics. In this breakfast session come learn how Dell EMC Storage is enabling SQL Server 2019 Big Data Cluster. We’ll also discuss some architecture options for deployments and talk about the latest integrations from Dell EMC.Technical Session: Thursday, November 5th, 10:15AMTitle: Deploying SQL Server 2019 and Big Data Clusters on VMwareAbstract: SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters introduce Kubernetes as a whole new deployment platform. For those coming from prior versions of Microsoft SQL Server on Windows, this can be daunting to deploy and manage. This session will walk through how to do the deployment step-by-step so you can understand how it is done, the components involved, and what you might need to learn more about as you take the journey to SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters.Following SQL PASS Summit & Microsoft Ignite 2019, look for our follow-up blog containing the Dell Technologies and perspective of all the announcements from a very active week!
GUYANA’S top female badminton player, Priyanna Ramdhani, rallied her way to three gold medals on the final day of the Caribbean Regional Badminton Confederation (CAREBACO) Junior U-19 International Championships, which took place on Sunday in St. Michael, Barbados. The 2018 NSC Junior Sportswoman of the Year, who was an U-17 triple champion last year, proved that she had what it takes to beat the best at the U-19 level this year.Two of her victories were doubles, while she also powered her way to the singles title.In the Ladies U-19 Singles final, the 17-year-old defeated Imani Mangroe of Suriname, 2-1, in a three-set thriller.She easily won the opener 21-8, but the Surinamese player fought back to even the game (18-21), before the Guyanese closed out the victory at 21-17.Priyanna also won gold with Tyrese Jeffery in the Mix Doubles final. The Guyanese pair defeated Barbadians Dominick Scantlebury & Sobers Robyn (21-11, 21-9).For her other gold medal, Ramdhani teamed up with Trinidadian Chequeda De Boulet to defeat Mangroe and Chaista Soemodipoero of Suriname (21-18, 21-11).Along with the three gold medals, Guyana gained a bronze when Jeffrey and Akili Haynes teamed up in the U-19 Men’s Doubles.According to president of the Guyana Badminton Association, Gokarn Ramdhani, who incidentally is Priyanna’s father: “The (Guyanese) players were very focused and their determination were only to win.” The older Ramdhani added, in a release, that the side prepared well and he was happy to see the association’s training methods executed on the court.“It was a very proud moment for us when the Guyanese National Anthem was played three times for the three gold.”The competition continues today with the senior championships.