Load remaining images Bob Weir and Wolf Bros boogied into Red Bank, New Jersey on Wednesday, March 13th, for the first of two nights at the historic Count Basie Theatre. Weir, along with bassist Don Was and drummer Jay Lane enthusiastically performed a mix of covers and original tunes to a tie-dye soaked crowd of around 1,500 at the nearly sold-out venue. Predictably, the easygoing vibe of the audience and the intimacy of the venue made for an exceedingly friendly atmosphere and attending the show felt like going to a family reunion.Related: On Tour With The Grateful Dead 1987: Reliving The First East Coast Shows After Jerry Garcia’s ComaThe band kicked off the show with a beautiful rendition of “Only a River”, a cut from Weir’s 2016 solo album Blue Mountain, and followed it with “The Winners” from Weir’s live collaboration with bassist Rob Wasserman. They then dug into the Grateful Dead’s repertoire, delivering a grooving “Jack Straw” before Weir swapped his acoustic guitar for an electric to rumble through crowd favorite, “Tennessee Jed”. Together, the rhythm players locked down the beat to allow Weir to launch his musical explorations during the song’s extended solo section; moments like this defined the night and provided insight into Weir’s mind and musicality. For those in the audience who only knew Weir as a rhythm guitarist (albeit one of the very best and most unique), these moments proved especially captivating.A cover of Bob Dylan’s “Maggie’s Farm” came next, showcasing Weir’s slide guitar techniques while Lane kept a tight and energetic beat as Was dug deeply into funky, inventive basslines. Weir returned to his own songbook and donned his gray Stratocaster for a quick “Shade of Grey” before moving purposefully into the Dead gem, “Weather Report Suite”. The gray-haired guitarist then launched into the turbulent and expected “Let It Grow”, ending the first set with a raucous jam.Weir and the boys started the second set with a spirited singalong in covering Kris Kristofferson’s “Me and Bobby McGee”. A second Grateful Dead song pairing followed, with “Lost Sailor” cascading satisfyingly right into “Saint of Circumstance”. Weir returned to the Dylan stockpile to break out “All Along the Watchtower” to roaring applause, and from the outro emerged a spicy reggae jam which brought seated holdouts to the aisles to dance. The band kept up the energy through “I Need a Miracle”, which saw Weir orchestrating blistering slide licks while the rhythm section swung.A tender “Looks Like Rain” fell next, delighting many in the audience with the raw emotion of one of Weir’s staple tunes. The outro saw Weir hit his soulful peak for the evening, belting improvised lyrics and howling “Here comes the rain!” An exceptionally smooth and energetic transition brought the band into a dynamic performance of “The Music Never Stopped”, and Weir colored the solo section with his last real bit of creative exploration for the evening. He then brought out special guest Sasha Dobson of Puss N Boots, a talented jazz singer from Weir’s Bay Area sphere, who provided backing vocals on a downright mean “Easy Answers”. The band transitioned from a final jam back into the outro of “The Music Never Stopped” with Dobson to end the second set. After a few moments of anticipatory applause, Weir, Was, Lane, and Dobson returned to the stage to deliver a heartrending “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” encore.Fans can check out the photos from Wednesday night’s show in the gallery below, courtesy of Chris Capaci.Bob Weir and Wolf Bros continue their tour tonight, March 14, with a second concert at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey, at 8 p.m.Setlist: Bob Weir and Wolf Bros | Count Basie Center for the Arts | Red Bank, NJ | 3/13/2019Set One: Only A River, The Winners, Jack Straw, Tennessee Jed, Maggie’s Farm (Bob Dylan cover), Shade of Grey, Weather Report Suite > Let It GrowSet Two: Me & Bobby McGee (Kris Kristofferson cover), Lost Sailor > Saint of Circumstance, All Along The Watchtower (Bob Dylan cover) > I Need A Miracle > Looks Like Rain > The Music Never Stopped > Easy Answers* > The Music Never Stopped*Encore: Knocking On Heaven’s Door* (Bob Dylan cover)* w/ Sasha DobsonBob Weir and Wolf Bros | Count Basie Center for the Arts | Red Bank, NJ | 3/13/2019 | Photos: Chris Capaci
As part of the women’s ACC-Big Ten Challenge, Wisconsin will face Virginia Tech Wednesday night. Although many times the cross-conference tournament brings a nonconference opponent the Badgers rarely see, the Hokies are a program Wisconsin is particularly familiar with.UW head coach Bobbie Kelsey was an assistant at Virginia Tech for four seasons from 2004-07. Furthermore, current Badgers assistant Stacy Cantley joined the program in 2011 after seven years as an assistant for the Hokies. The two coaches have been using their ties to the Hokies to their benefit.“It helps us because we actually recruited a majority of the team,” Cantley said. “When we scout we really go over the personnel, their strengths and their weaknesses. … It’s an advantage to us because we know the kids really well – we coached them and recruited them.”Both Kelsey and Cantley noted Virginia Tech’s athleticism may prove to be a factor in Wednesday’s matchup, particularly on the defensive end. It will become an even greater factor when they face a Wisconsin team averaging more than 17 turnovers per game.“Their defensive pressure is very, very good. We have not seen pressure like this in a while,” Cantley said. “For us, we really need to take care of the ball, be poised on offense and hopefully we won’t turn the ball over like we had earlier in the year.”Wisconsin’s turnover problems took a turn for the better in their last game, a 73-55 victory over Evansville Sunday. Point guards Tiera Stephen and Dakota Whyte helped the Badgers handle the Evansville press and Wisconsin coughed the ball up just 12 times.The Hokies’ intensified press will provide more pressure for the entire game, however, so other Badgers like shooting guard Morgan Paige may have to help out. “It’s going to be a more athletic, up-and-down game, so we really have to be ready for that,” Paige said. “I’ll probably [have to help out more]. That usually happens whenever a press comes up, but we’re capable. We just really have to focus and execute.”Wednesday’s game represents the Badgers third road game of the season and is another lengthy trek from the Kohl Center. Two weeks ago, Wisconsin headed west to take on both Gonzaga and Washington State and will head the opposite direction for the game at the Cassell Coliseum.While the trips have been long, the competition the team has faced has been fierce, and the Badgers are taking advantage of the strong competition. “Whenever you have the chance to play well-known, good schools like Gonzaga or schools that are ranked, it’s always good to see how you match up with them,” junior center Cassie Rochel said. “Especially going into conference play, it’s nice to know how well you can hang. … We take pride in doing well against them and beating them if we can.”The nonconference matchups have also helped Wisconsin mold a consistent starting lineup of seven to nine players logging steady minutes. In the Evansville victory, seven Badgers received at least 20 minutes of time, chipping in at least five points each.From freshmen to seniors, the diverse range of scorers will likely aid the Badgers against any opponent they face, especially the defensive-minded Hokies.“A lot of the freshmen have been [helping score],” Rochel said. “[AnnMarie Brown], who’s only a sophomore, does well with it too, but as coach said in her press conference, it’s nice to see the seniors lead too. … It’s nice to see that everyone can do it, and coach knows we are all capable.”Follow Sean on Twitter
Raise over $15,000 for Cystic Fibrosis FoundationPittsburgh—On a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Station Square, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds defeated VSI Tampa Bay 3-2 and clinched a berth in the USL PRO playoffs. In a critical match-up for a ticket into the post-season, the Riverhounds and Tampa Bay didn’t disappoint the sold-out crowd, as five goals were scored in the second half to deliver an exciting atmosphere at Highmark Stadium. With goals from Jose Angulo, Rob Vincent, and Darren Amoo, along with a “Jersey off the Back” raffle, the Riverhounds also raised over $15,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.With both, the Riverhounds and Tampa Bay playing two matches over the weekend, the tempo in the first half was extremely slow. Carrying tired legs into the match, along with a temperature near ninety, both sides were scoreless at the half.Coming out of the break with playoffs on the mind, the Riverhounds would strike first in the 53rd minute when Angulo converted from the penalty stripe. Driving down the right flank with speed, Mike Seamon would travel over sixty yards on the break. Cutting inside the penalty area to hold off his marker, Seamon would attempt a cross for Angulo, but his service struck the arm of Josh Rife at the near post. The referee awarded the Riverhounds a penalty kick and Angulo stepped up to score the game’s first goal.Seven minutes later, second-half substitute Stefan Lundberg took a page out of Seamon’s book and drove down the left flank with speed. Waiting for his teammates to join him in the attack, Lundberg found defender Mike Green in the left corner. Green played a ball back for Alfonso Motagalvan at the edge of the penalty area. Motagalvan set the ball back for Vincent racing into the attack. Taking a touch to prepare his body, Vincent rifled a shot that tucked just inside the left upright to put the Riverhounds up two goals.The Riverhounds counter-attacked well on the night, and their third goal came on a combination between multiple players inside their own defensive third. Following the combination, Motagalvan found Angulo all alone on the right flank with a ball over the top. Traveling with speed towards Tampa Bay’s goal, Angulo slotted a ball towards the penalty spot for Amoo. Taking a first-time shot with his favorite left foot, Amoo passed the ball past goalkeeper Alex Horwarth to provide the Riverhounds with a three-goal lead in the 68th minute.VSI Tampa Bay recorded their first goal of the night one minute after Amoo’s goal. Mauricio Salles found Cheyne Roberts overlapping into the right corner. Roberts delivered a cross towards the middle of the penalty area for Chad Burt. Taking a first-time shot on frame, Burt’s close range shot was blocked by Hunter Gilstrap, but his save was not cleared. Following up his shot, Burt’s second chance effort would find the back of the net.Tampa Bay would cut the lead to one goal with ten minutes remaining in the match. Receiving a dangerous set piece on right flank, Salles would deliver a cross for Andryy Budnyy at the penalty spot. Rising up in the crowd, Budnyy’s header would deflect off of a Riverhounds Andrew Marshall and at his feet. Taking a touch out of pressure, Budnyy would pass the ball around Gilstrap for the game’s final goal.The Riverhounds return to USL PRO action next Wednesday in North Carolina. The Pittsburgh side will meet the Wilmington Hammerheads at 7:30 p.m. in Legion Stadium. Tampa Bay returns to the Sunshine State next Thursday to match-up with Charlotte Eagles. The match is slated for a 7:30 p.m. start at Plant City Stadium.