On Friday, March 29th, J2G Live will host its 6th-annual Dance Party Time Machine at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver, Colorado. As in past years, the fan-favorite super jam will feature three-fourths of The Disco Biscuits, including bassist Marc Brownstein, keyboardist Aron Magner, and drummer Allen Aucoin, in addition to Mike Greenfield from Lotus, Jeff Franca from Thievery Corporation, and Ryan Jalbert from The Motet. Notably, Jamie Shields from The New Deal will also make his Dance Party Time Machine debut during the upcoming show in March.Each year, Dance Party Time Machine brings over 25 musicians together for a one-of-a-kind collaboration. In addition to the show’s high-profile headliners, the event also taps a number of local artists from Colorado, including members of regional acts such as Analog Son, YAMN, Tiger Party, Fox Street, SuCH, Other Worlds, MLIMNA, and more. Together, these musicians come together to lead audiences through the dance party hits from the ’50s up through today, with covers of Elvis Presley just as likely as covers of Childish Gambino.The Dance Party Time Machine will return to Cervantes’ in Denver on Friday, March 29th, 2019, and VIP and GA tickets are currently on sale now here. VIP ticket holders will receive seating in a private balcony area along with free beers from Breckenridge Brewery.
“We’re expecting a good crop, but not what we could have had if you consider the scab problems, especially on our more susceptible varieties,” said Bill McWilliams, a pecan farmer in Crisp County. “Any time you have a wet summer like we’ve had, you will end up with pecan scab.”Roughly half of Georgia’s 120,000 acres of commercial orchards are planted in scab-susceptible varieties, like Desirable, Schley and Pawnee, Wells said. Some farmers sprayed as much as 15 times, or once every 10 days, to keep the disease at bay. They still had trouble staying ahead of it. One spray can cost $10 to $14 per acre.Farmers are getting good prices, around $2 per pound, now for early-maturing varieties, Wells said. Consumer demand for pecans has grown, due in large part to the industry’s strong marketing campaign in recent years.A boost in the pecan market has also come from China’s new-found taste for the nut. U.S. pecan exports have skyrocketed to the Asian country in the past four years and are expected to climb higher. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, China imported 2.2 million pounds of U.S. pecans in 2002. Last year, they imported almost 44 million pounds.“With these numbers expected to increase, the Chinese market for pecans takes enormous pressure off the domestic demand for pecans, allowing prices to stabilize somewhat, which is good for the grower, shellers and consumer,” Wells said.The U.S. is expected to produce between 300 million pounds and 328 million pounds of pecans this year. Harvest will run through Christmas. A pecan-loving disease enjoyed Georgia’s wet summer weather and is now blamed for cutting what was expected to be a large crop, says a University of Georgia pecan specialist. But farmers still expect to have an “on” year.“We had a good crop set early in the year, but we’re seeing some loses to disease now,” said Lenny Wells, a UGA Cooperative Extension pecan horticulturist.Pecan trees are alternate-bearing, meaning they produce a full crop every other year. Most trees in the state are on the same cycle, and this is an “on” year for Georgia pecans. Farmers expect to harvest 90 million pounds, 20 million pounds less than predicted earlier in the season. The state record is 150 million pounds, set in both 1993 and 2007.Georgia leads the nation in pecan production. Farmers in southwest Georgia, the hub of production, began harvesting early-maturing varieties last week. They are running into the aftermath of a disease called scab, the pecan’s No. 1 enemy. The fungal disease scars husks, cuts yields and hurts quality. It thrives in wet summer weather like Georgia experienced this year.
However, the 2018 Africa Freestyle Football Championship will be a fusion of freestyle football and entertainment as top musical and dance artistes will be performing, including Falz, Vanessa MDEE, KCEE, Mayorkun, Slim Case and Mr. RealFeet and Tricks International, organisers of the event has named former professional English footballer, John Fashanu; former Head of Lagos State Football Association, Waidi Akanni; and former Super Eagles Coach, Samson Siasia, Superstar actresses, Kate Henshaw and Tonto Dikeh as brand ambassadors for this year’s Championship.All with enviable careers and celebrated globally are undoubtedly a perfect representation of the sporting excellence the brand stands for.Chairman, Feet ‘n’ Tricks International, Valentine Ozigbo, said this year’s championship would be a mind-blowing competition for participating athletes and fans of the sport.“We have a dream of promoting freestyle football and exposing the country’s talents to be among the best in the world stage. Last year’s event was very successful and we believe this edition would even be better,” he said.One of the brand ambassadors, Samson Siasia, noted that it was great to have such a noble idea which provided an option for lovers of football.“Those who cannot do the rigorous one will just do their thing with freestyle. I look forward to the tournament because it’s going to be exciting,” Siasia said.After the qualifying rounds, the best 16 male and eight female freestyle athletes in Africa will emerge to battle it out at the grand finale on Saturday September 15 in a keenly contested competition that is expected to produce the first African male and female Freestyle Football Champions.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The first-ever African Freestyle Football Championship will start today with the qualifying rounds and Nigerian championship at the Balmoral Convention Centre, Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos.Freestylers from various parts of the country and some others top ones on the continent are expected to be on parade.The championship will also host international freestyle professionals; Guinness world record holder, Iya Traore and Female freestyle legend, Raquel Benetti from Brazil.