In just a few short weeks, premiere funk group Lettuce will return to one of most storied venues of all time, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, for a true musical celebration that could only be dubbed “Rage Rocks.” With The Wailers, Manic Focus, Pete Rock and Rahzel, the funk phenoms will let loose in Colorado on June 10th, and we couldn’t be more excited. Tickets are still available here.It seems like just yesterday that Lettuce joined forces with The Motet at Red Rocks for a glorious night of funk tunes. On June 6th 2015, Lettuce hit the stage, dropping funk bombs left and right on a thoroughly excited crowd. The band brought out tons of their classics, and even called on Nigel Hall to lend his vocals to their instrumental grooves. Check out our full review here.In celebration of the upcoming Red Rocks show, we wanted to throw it back with some footage from last year’s performance. Here are five choice cuts from Red Rocks 2015, sure to get you pumped up for Red Rocks 2016!By Any Shmeeans Necessary > Colorado Love > By Any Shmeeans NecessaryGet GreasyChiefPhyllisMakin’ My Way Back Home w/ Nigel HallAll videos were filmed by Jordan Inglee and mastered by Phil Salvaggio, for the purposes of Lettuce’s Live BitTorrent bundle. Lettuce’s Red Rocks throwdown, “Rage Rocks,” kicks off on June 10th, with support from The Wailers, Manic Focus, Pete Rock and Rahzel. Tickets are on sale now and can be found here!Check out last year’s setlist below.Setlist: Lettuce at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO – 6/6/15Big Anthem, By Any Shmeeans Necessary > Colorado Love > By Any Shmeeans Necessary, Get Greasy, Chief, Phyllis, Breakout > Relax > Jesus Dre > Trap > Madison Square, Squadlive > Lettsanity, Lett Zeppelin, Do It Like You Do > Makin’ My Way Back Home
Cedric Neal’s Broadway credits include After Midnight and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, but the Texas-born performer is now U.K.-based, to the benefit of audiences that can see him starring as Berry Gordy in the West End premiere of Motown the Musical, which opened this week at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Broadway.com caught up with the charming Neal to talk living legends and hitting that top B-flat.How are you feeling as you make your West End debut?Let me tell you, the whole thing has been a whirlwind experience! I got called into audition for Motown when it was in New York three times, and three times something came up. So it’s divine timing that my husband and I moved over to London and the opportunity came up here.Was the offer always to play Berry Gordy?In New York, I’d had one audition for Stevie Wonder and another for someone else, so I was sure in London that they were going to call me in for Stevie Wonder or Marvin Gaye but they said, no, it’s Berry Gordy!Has Mr. Gordy seen your performance yet?He came to previews and [was there] opening night. The night he was in, he came by my dressing room before the show basically to tell us, “You guys have this” and not to be nervous because he’s notorious for having notes. There’s even a line in the show where Diana Ross says, “Notes, notes, always notes!”In which case, what were his notes?He came backstage after the curtain call and—I call him Pops—I said to him, “So, Pops, are we getting our notes tonight or in the morning?” And he said, “I have no notes at all.” When I posted that on Facebook, a friend responded, “See? Miracles do happen!”It must be daunting playing a figure who is also a producer and the writer on this show.True, but I’m in an interesting position as against Charl Brown [2013 Tony nominee, who plays Smokey Robinson] or Lucy St. Louis [who plays Diana Ross] in that they are playing living legends who are recognizable by face and body, whereas nobody knows the temperament or physicality of Berry Gordy. They only know the artist. So I get to play what Berry Gordy thinks he sounds like when he’s singing.Are you a good fit physically?There’s definitely a resemblance! His longtime assistant Mario said at the last dress rehearsal that I was the one of this show’s various Berry Gordys who looks the most like him.How would you describe the part if you had to do a character breakdown of it?A charismatic, charming, vision-driven male who can sing up to a B-flat—and who happens to be Berry Gordy!You’ve got easily the biggest part in the show—is it a tough sing?The first song he sings in act one is “To Be Loved” which is an emotional roller-coaster right off the bat, and then more than two-and-a-half hours later I’m singing, “Can I Close the Door (On Love),” which is one of the two songs Berry wrote for the show. I call it my Jennifer Holliday moment.What about that inimitable Motown sound: was that part of your DNA?Definitely! My parents had three boys and my younger sister and all of us sang. My dad would be singing The Temptations with me and my brothers as the background singers, while my mom was singing Gladys Knight. It was a very loud household.The music is so infectious that it must be hard to shake off.It is a part of my life, yes. Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life is one of my favorite albums of all time and is always in rotation in my iPad—but one thing I do when I get to the theater is to refuse to listen to any of the music from the show so that it’s fresh when I am in the show.So many of the same musicals are running here and on Broadway: do you feel as you never left home?In a way yes, but in a totally opposite way, I’m very well aware that I’m not in New York anymore. London has been nothing but receptive to my talents and the gifts I have to offer. I’m well aware of divine positioning and believe that I am exactly where I am supposed to be.And in a bigger role than you have so far got to play on Broadway.Well, it’s no secret in New York when casting agents and directors see you as a certain thing that it can be hard to get past that. I was getting wonderful featured ensemble roles in New York, but I don’t think it was easy for them to see me as the leading man because they didn’t know me as one.You’ve been in Dreamgirls before in the U.S., and the show is now coming to London at the end of the year. Any interest in reprising it here?I’ll just say this: I’ve done Dreamgirls three times in the States, twice as James “Thunder” Early and once as C.C., and I think I’ve had my fill of Dreamgirls. I love that show and wish the London production nothing but success, but there are some other roles out there.Do you miss New York?The thing I miss about New York is that I can’t celebrate all the things happening this season with the Shuffle Along cast and The Color Purple cast and the On Your Feet cast. I miss not being able to celebrate with them.But this part surely represents ample compensation.I don’t know how this is going to sound but London is keeping me from missing New York. Cedric Neal in ‘Motown'(Photo: Alastair Muir) View Comments
Cortez Subsea has strengthened its pipeline engineering capabilities with the formation of a new team in Cairo.Six staff members have joined the company to deliver work globally.Among the new recruits is Mohamad Fathy who heads up the team. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help deliver opportunities for the company. Cortez is in a strong position, having invested in its team and resources steadily this year so far,” said Fathy.In support of project wins in 2019 Cortez Subsea currently employs 50 people in the UK, Malaysia and in Cairo.Managing director of Cortez Subsea in the UK, Alasdair Cowie, said: “We have enjoyed steady growth since 2019 when we were awarded a contract to lay the first ever mechanically connected pipeline offshore Malaysia.“We also continue to build on our track record in delivering inspection campaigns worldwide.“The team in Cairo means we can continue to strengthen our presence and adds additional skills and experience to our team.”
Gafoors EBD junctionOne day after a lowbed truck was involved in an accident at Mc Doom, East Bank Demerara (EBD) clocking off three lanes of the roadway, the Guyana Police Force and the Public Infrastructure Ministry are in talks to find a workable solution to traffic woes on the East Bank of Demerara.This was related to Guyana Times on Monday by Traffic Chief Linden Isles. On Sunday, commuters traversing the EBD highway were blocked off for over two hours after a lowbed truck carrying oil rig equipment made a U-turn at Mc Doom, causing the gear to topple off onto the roadway.Traffic Chief Linden IslesIsles, while not divulging much information, noted that systems have to be developed to reduce traffic backup in that specific area.“Presently we would have already, in conjunction with the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, we already looked at the area and plans are in place to have something be done there (so) something is on stream to deal with the traffic at that particular junction,” the Traffic Chief informed.He explained that an assessment of the area was conducted and the necessary systems are likely to come on stream soon.Meanwhile, in relation to the investigation into the accident, the Traffic Chief noted that Police have since launched a probe to determine whether the lorry driver will be held liable for the incident.“We are doing some investigation and coming out of that investigation, if we find that negligence and faulty packing (was involved) he will be charged,” Isles noted.The Traffic Chief said the matter has sparked concern from a number of persons. In this regard, he said the police is concerned about the manner in which such vehicles that have the responsibility of distributing and transporting these containers actually pack them.The lorry which was transporting the oil rig equipment that toppled on Sunday causing the major traffic buildupAsked if the Force is likely to prohibit U-turns at the junction, the Traffic Chief reminded that the Ministry has its plans which are likely to bear fruit soon, especially since an assessment of the area was already conducted.This publication understands that the lorry, GWW 8170, was transporting oil rig equipment and while negotiating a U-turn, the items fell on the roadway.No one was injured.It was, however, a frustrating period for commuters, who had no other option but to sit and wait for over two hours in the lanes of traffic. Guyana Times was told that the traffic was backed up all the way to Diamond on the East Bank, while the lines in the opposite direction reached as far as Mandela Avenue.Although Government received funding for a bypass road from Diamond to Ogle, East Coast Demerara, the project is yet to commence.The preliminary report has pegged the project cost at US$104 million.This Diamond-Ogle bypass project will see some 26 kilometres of roadway constructed, linking two of the country’s main thoroughfares – the East Bank Highway and East Coast Highway. This new road link will also be connected to key communities in Georgetown and along the East Bank of Demerara. These include Diamond, Mocha, Eccles – all on the East Bank – and South Ruimveldt (via Aubrey Barker Road) in Georgetown.Back in 2016, Finance Minister Winston Jordan signed a US$50 million loan with the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of India for the construction of a 20-kilometre road from Ogle on the East Coast of Demerara, to Diamond.Since the Indian Government is funding the project, it is required that the contracts be awarded to companies from that country and as such, the 10-month design consultancy project was awarded to RITES Limited.