Load remaining images Music on the Mesa in Taos, New Mexico, came to close last week, touting their the best line-up yet. The festival transpired over three days on the site of the Taos Mesa Brewing Company and featured artists for over eight hours each day on three stages. Roughly five miles from the quaint town of Taos, the festival site was set among sagebrush with a 360-degree view and the Taos Mountains as the backdrop. Featuring music on the amphitheater, patio, and indoor brewery stages, festival organizers made every attempt to keep the music playing without pause by starting each band on their respective stages as the previous group ended their set. With the long game in mind, they utilized the brewery stage for the hottest part of the day gigs as well as the late night closers as temperatures began to drop.The vibe of Music on the Mesa was without pretense and brought out people of all ages. Arriving on site, attendees were greeted by knowledgeable and friendly volunteers who directed both single day pass holders and those who were in for the long haul. The price for Music on the Mesa’s line-up was ridiculously low at $99 for the early bird and $125 after that. Camping was an option at a mere $20, and patrons were able to come and go as they pleased, as many left the festival grounds during the day for rafting excursions or the therapeutic hot springs of the Rio Grande river gorge. For those looking for more creature comforts, restored vintage Airstreams were also available. The campground itself featured two bonfire sites for after-show festivities and a circus tent erected for late-night picking sessions, advertised and encouraged by the promoters. The walking distance between tents and the venue was no more than five minutes for even the most distant camper. Other amenities included made-to-order options, catering to both vegetarian and the carnivorous, multiple watering stations that were always filled to keep patrons hydrated, and a handful of vendors offering handmade goods, including clothing, art, and instruments. Inaiah Lujan, a self-professed ‘mole snob’ from Colorado’s Haunted Windchimes, declared the pork mole tacos worthy of his palette. Of course, let us not forget the beer! Offering their full listing, the brewery delivered on service and quality, keeping lines short and patrons returning for more.Featuring some of the best in Americana and jam, promoters enlisted a lineup that even the bigger festivals would be envious of and, as if the roster wasn’t enough, each act certainly brought their best to the table. From start to finish, it seemed as though no group needed a warm-up tune or proper sound check to get going, bringing their “A” game from the first notes of each set. As if it couldn’t be better, the innumerable amount of sit-ins kept the smiles rolling. On night one, members of Elephant Revival sat in with local boy Ry Taylor, the first act of the festival, lending vocal and percussive accompaniment. Biko Casini joined on-the-rise bluegrassers Gipsy Moon and a portion of the following set of Elephant Revival alongside Omar Al’Tbal of Gipsy Moon. Later in their set, Elephant Revival also invited Mackenzie Page and Matt Cantor of Gipsy Moon to assist on vocal duties. Drew Emmitt’s conglomerate of Leftover Salmon and the Infamous Stringdusters turned into a familial jam when Drew pulled his own son to the stage and Gipsy Moon’s Salmon spawn Silas Herman.The following day saw Austin powerhouse Patrice Pike invited to guest with Robert Randolph on both lead vocals and drums for a total spiritual meltdown. The closing band of the second evening, regional act Last To Know, certainly received the biggest and best surprise by far the entire weekend. Halfway through their set, Robert Randolph and the entire Family Band joined the stage. This extensive guesting was more than likely an effort to make up for the sound issues Robert Randolph’s set experienced on the amphitheater stage, derailing the focus of the band. The set continued past the point of alcohol service and no one seemed to mind. The set was finally called due to exhaustion and smiles carried weary patrons and players off to bed. For most, the closing day held the most potential for mind-bending sit-ins and certainly did not disappoint.Railroad Earth treated the audience to an unexpected soundcheck jam that was more of great first set then a test run. Although Andy Goessling was absent for medical reasons, uber-talented hired gun Erik Yates stepped up to the plate and the band progressed with a misstep. For their main set, most of The Cheese Dusters, including Bill Nershi and Michael Travis of String Cheese Incident and Andy Hall and Chris Pandolfi of the Infamous Stringdusters, were invited to join in for the last tunes of an already festive session. The favor was returned when Tim Carbone was summoned to join The Cheese Dusters, potentially one of the greatest one-off collaborations of the summer, which included the aforementioned musicians plus the legendary John Cowan of New Grass Revival.What made Music on the Mesa stand apart is that it still seems to be off the radar, especially in this region. Although the turn-out size was perfect, the expectation of greater numbers from the Jam Nation, especially from the Colorado neighbors, fell short. The patrons truly seemed to be there more for the music than the party, although plenty enjoyed both. The festival vibe appealed to all walks of life and many families were seen with kids in tow, including noise-cancelling headphone-sporting infants and toddlers. Surprisingly, in the age of liability, security was present, but very toned down. On each of the nights, children could be seen hoisted up on any of three stages and left there to enjoy the music without intervention. Although it would be hard to top the 2017 line-up, enthusiasm expressed by the promoters revealed that this weekend of magic was not a one-time thing and that next year they would try to outdo themselves. Going to the larger festivals might provide more of everything, but if someone is looking to experience something different at a reasonable cost without the lines and headaches, this southwest secret might be the destination that delivers.You can check out photos from Music on the Mesa below, courtesy of the author, Jake Sudek.Music On The Mesa | 2017 | Photos by Jake Sudek
Southern buyers are fuelling demand for houses close to Brisbane’s CBD.But while demand for houses is heating up, the Herron Todd White report reveals the Brisbane apartment market is a different story.It’s declining, along with Canberra, Perth, Gippsland and South West Western Australia, according to the report.Owner-occupier designed units in Brisbane are still doing well if priced appropriately, but demand from interstate and overseas investors is cooling rapidly.“In our experience, new units are off about 5 per cent from their market highs if they were purchased in the past three years,” the report said. Houses in New Farm, like this one for sale at 255 Moray Street, are in high demand.Steve Condon from Place Estate Agents – Coorparoo said Camp Hill and the surrounding suburbs of Coorparoo and Holland Park were attracting strong interest from southern residents.“I’ve actually got an interstate buyer coming up this Thursday I’ll be showing properties to,” he said. “They’ve made the decision they don’t want to spend their money in Sydney anymore and instead spend money in Brisbane and eventually move here.”Mr Condon said Camp Hill’s proximity to the CBD, large parcels of land and good capital growth made it attractive to interstate investors and owner-occupiers.Another market trend Herron Todd White has uncovered is in Bulimba, in Brisbane’s inner east.“Where it used to be cool to acquire a large double block with a classic cottage, many are looking to get a post-war and enjoy more flexible options when it comes to a possible demolition and rebuild.”The report said there was strong demand for both renovated Queenslanders and modern homes completed to a high standard. Houses in Camp Hill, like this one for sale at 121 Martha Street, are in high demand.Herron Todd White Queensland managing director Gavin Hulcombe said there seemed to be a strong correlation between interstate migration and sales volumes.“The spread between Sydney and Brisbane prices is arguably as wide as it has been for the past 12 to 15 years,” Mr Hulcombe said.“We’re seeing southern buyers come here and see value within some of Brisbane’s better suburbs close to the city.”According to the latest ABS data, Queensland recorded positive net interstate migration of 11,581 in 2015-16 – only second to Victoria.The Herron Todd White report said buyers should be prepared to fork out more than $1 million to snap up a quality house close to the CBD. In West End, stock is in scarce supply, but for between $1 million and $1.3 million, you can find a 4-bedroom home on a 200sq m to 300sq m lot.In Camp Hill, $1.25 million to $1.75 million will get you a decent sized house on a standard 405sq m block, according to the report.Expect to pay between $900,000 and $1.5 million to get in the door in New Farm or Teneriffe – and even then the house will still need some work. Demand is heating up for houses close to Brisbane’s CBD.WE knew they were coming, but it appears southern property buyers have finally arrived in Brisbane.Cashed up and after more bang for their buck, Sydney and Melbourne suitors are on the hunt for houses close to Brisbane’s CBD.The latest Herron Todd White Month in Review reveals buyers are willing to pay big bucks for quality properties close to the city, particularly in the suburbs of New Farm, Teneriffe, Camp Hill and West End.Demand is coming from owner-occupiers and local investors who are competing with Sydney and Melbourne buyers, who think nothing of dropping between $1 million and $1.5 million on a house.“For that sort of money they’re barely getting a garage the same distance from the CBD in Sydney,” the report said. Houses in Teneriffe, like this one for sale at 30 Waverley Street, is in high demand.“Sydney and Melbourne buyers moving to Brisbane are conditioned to paying much higher prices than perhaps the local market,” Mr Hulcombe said.“But they are still competing with the local market because these suburbs are still highly regarded areas.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoAnd it’s not the just ready-to-move in stock that’s attracting attention.The report said inner-city houses with the potential to renovate or demolish and rebuild had investors and owner occupiers in a frenzy. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Propertyology managing director Simon Pressley said more than 80 per cent of inquiries about Brisbane properties came from Sydney and Melbourne residents looking to invest.Mr Pressley said they usually fit two demographics – the long-standing resident or the “rentvestor”.“There’s the long-standing Sydney or Melbourne resident whose home has grown in value in the last three to four years and want to do something with it as they’re hearing the warnings Sydney and Melbourne won’t always be like this,” he said.“And then there’s the “rentvestor” – the younger, Gen Y millennial.”Mr Pressley said their first home was often an investment property in a more affordable city and Brisbane was the next alternative.
The Wisconsin men’s tennis team could not have dreamed of better results from their weekend at the Bobby Bayliss Invitational in South Bend, Indiana, winning a total of 29 matches and only dropping seven the entire time. Junior and Spain native, Chema Carranza, led the way for the Badgers, going undefeated and winning all four of his matches. Two of those four were played with his partner, Chase Colton, in doubles. The duo moved to 8-0 on the season and has cemented itself as one of the most dominant on the squad. Carranza was named to the All-Tournament Team after his stellar performance for his efforts all three days.Men’s tennis: Senior John Zordani looks to lead younger teammates in 2016 through experienceJohn Zordani is a Big Ten anomaly. He is the sole representative of the senior class on a talented University Read…Despite the quick start by Carranza, the rest of the Badgers only picked up steam as the weekend progressed. The squad battled early, winning three of their first four singles in the third sets, and pushing toward a successful finish to the Invitational. Day two saw the unranked Badgers assert themselves against big ten opponents Penn State and Indiana, as well as the likes of Marquette and Notre Dame. In a day of singles matches, Wisconsin came away with ten wins total and seemed to separate themselves from the pack. In his first of two triumphs in the second day of action, Alan Sweet won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0, and set the standard early. Not to be outdone, Wisconsin’s player of the weekend, Carranza, made quick work of Notre Dame’s Jonathon Small and disposed of him in two sets while only surrendering two games.The final day was the strongest showing of the tournament, however, as the Badgers went 7-1 in singles and a pristine 4-0 in doubles. The charge was led by Carranza again as he stuck out a three set win over Michigan’s Davis Crocker. The junior then teamed up with Colton to scorch the Louisville duo of George Hedley and Sean Donohue eight games to two. The Badgers wrapped up the weekend at an outstanding 29-7 and set a solid precedent going forward. Head coach Danny Westerman and the squad should be in a good position as they approach the midway point in their early season tournaments. Wisconsin takes the next week off before traveling to Columbus, Ohio for the ITA All-American Tournament on October 20th.
What was that streak of light across the South Florida sky last night?Was it a meteor, a comet, space junk falling to Earth or something else? From Deerfield Beach to Vero Beach, people were perplexed by the strange object. The double meteor looked like an “elongated orange stream flowing from the west coast of Florida to the east coast.”The flash of light lasted about 30 to 45 seconds.No, we were not invaded last night by Martians but we appreciate the level of confidence you have of us to stop intergalactic invaders. pic.twitter.com/ziSw40vjlO— PBSO (@PBCountySheriff) July 3, 2019 Whatever it was, residents across South Florida and the Treasure Coast took to social media to show photos and video of a large fireball streaking across the sky early Wednesday morning.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston Economic Development CouncilThurston Economic Development Council (EDC) is pleased to introduce Jace Munson as President, and Reid Bates, Vice President, of the Thurston EDC Board of Directors. Both commenced their position at the beginning of this year, for a 2-year term that runs through the end of 2014.“The EDC has a long history of strong Board leadership. Both Jace and Reid possess a strong working knowledge of the Thurston County’s economy. Jace has long been recognized as one of the region’s premier leaders in his economic sector, and brings a solid background in business and community development. I am looking forward to working with Jace as our president – and I am confident that the EDC, with his leadership, will continue to see success in our efforts to recruit employment, retain our local business, and expand market opportunities,” says Michael Cade, Executive Director of the EDC.Jace Munson is the Principal and CEO of Berschauer Phillips Construction Company, a family-owned general contracting firm in Tumwater, WA. He has been with Berschauer Phillips for 18 years, and has extensive experience in general contracting and construction management services for private sector, governmental and public works clients. Mr. Munson has been a member of the Thurston EDC board since 2004.Reid Bates is the Managing Partner of Express Employment Professionals of Olympia, a recruiting and staffing firm in the South Puget Sound area. He has been with Express Employment for 6 years, and has extensive corporate management experience. He has been on the Thurston EDC board of Directors since 2010.We welcome both Mr. Munson and Mr. Bates to their respective roles, and look forward to their guidance as we continue our economic and community development work in Thurston County.