Boost for HR as IPD wins charter status

first_imgThe IPD’s victory in its six-year battle to gain chartered status has beenhailed as a massive boost for the personnel profession. From 1 July the organisation will be able to call itself the CharteredInstitute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), putting HR professionals on apar with accountants and marketeers and making the institute the third largestchartered professional organisation in the UK.Already senior personnel practitioners are saying the move will give HR moreclout and attract more talent to the profession.But it could still take years before members can individually becomechartered. The institute is yet to decide the qualification criteria forgranting this status.For now IPD-accredited professionals will be able to call themselvesmembers, fellows or associates of the CIPD. The institute will now focus on arebranding exercise in the run-up to 1 July and has promised that funds forthis have already been allocated and subscriptions will not be increased as aresult. Disciplinary procedures remain unchanged.Leading practitioners welcomed the Privy Council’s decision but said it wasnow up to the profession to deliver the high standards that chartered statusconfers.”This raises the status and raises the stakes,” said Bruce Warman,personnel director at Vauxhall Motors. “If it works we have a great future– if we do not then we only have ourselves to blame.”Geoff Armstrong, director general of the IPD, who has crusaded for charteredstatus, said, “It recognises that people management and development is adistinctive, systematically learnable body of knowledge, understanding andcompetence which adds value to organisations.”By Philip WhiteleyOther chartered institutes: number of membersInstitute of Chartered Accountants 116,000Chartered Institute of Management Accountants 110,000Institute of Personnel and Development 95,000 Chartered Institute of Bankers 50,000 Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators 45,000 Chartered Institute of Marketing 31,175 Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Boost for HR as IPD wins charter statusOn 22 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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USNS John Glenn Passes Acceptance Trials

first_imgComplement34 mariners Back to overview,Home naval-today USNS John Glenn Passes Acceptance Trials View post tag: USNS February 13, 2014 View post tag: Glenn [mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 13, 2014; Image: US Navy USNS John Glenn Passes Acceptance Trials Training & Education Speed20 knots View post tag: Acceptance MOBILE LANDING PLATFORM (MLP) SPECIFICATIONS Length233 m USNS JOHN GLENN AT SEA TRIALSThe US Navy’s Mobile Landing Platform, USNS John Glenn, passed Acceptance Trials, which took place off the coast of San Diego on February 7. Range9,000 nautical miles The trials and tests were conducted off the General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) shipyard by the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).USNS John Glenn was christened on February 1st at NASSCO shipyard.The MLP vessels are envisaged to provide a “pier at sea” that will become the core of the Navy/Marine Corps sea basing concept. This capability will allow prepositioning ships to offload equipment and supplies to the MLP for transshipment to shore by other vessels. View post tag: John View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: trials View post tag: passes View post tag: Naval StatusInactivelast_img read more

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BAE Systems Receives Additional USS Leyte Gulf Works

first_img Share this article July 20, 2015 View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, Norfolk, Virginia, is being awarded a $38,6 million modification to a previously awarded contract for USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55) fiscal 2015 extended docking selected restricted availability. An extended docking selected restricted availability includes the planning and execution of depot-level maintenance, alterations, and modifications that will update and improve the ship’s military and technical capabilities.Work will be performed in Norfolk, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by February 2016.Mid Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center, Norfolk, Virginia, is the contracting activity.[mappress mapid=”16523″]Image: US Navy View post tag: Additional View post tag: works Authoritiescenter_img BAE Systems Receives Additional USS Leyte Gulf Works Back to overview,Home naval-today BAE Systems Receives Additional USS Leyte Gulf Works View post tag: Naval View post tag: USS Leyte Gulf View post tag: BAe Systems View post tag: americaslast_img read more

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Postdoctoral Associate – Emerging Infectious Disease (65014)

first_imgA post doctoral position is available in the department ofEnvironmental and Global Health at the University of Florida tostudy the molecular pathogenesis of facultative and obligateintracellular bacterial pathogens in the laboratory of AnthonyMaurelli, Ph.D., Emerging Pathogens Institute and Department ofEnvironmental and Global Health, the University of Florida,Gainesville, FL .Projects on the molecular pathogenesis of Chlamydiainclude: characterization of the pathway for peptidoglycansynthesis; the role of peptidoglycan in cell division; developmentof tools for genetic analysis of Chlamydia spp.; andidentification of transport systems for uptake of nutrientsessential for Chlamydia growth. Pilot projects on publichealth surveillance of Chlamydia are also available.Projects on the molecular pathogenesis of Shigella involvemechanisms of emergence of Shiga toxin producing strains of S.flexneri and metabolic requirements for intracellularShigella growth. Pilot projects on public healthsurveillance of Shigella are also available.Stipend and Benefits: Salary for a full-time, (1.0 FTE) is$52,704. Postdoctoral Associates are also eligible for healthinsurance and 5 hours of personal leave biweekly.Experience in bacterial genetics or bacterialphysiology/biochemistry and molecular biology is required.Individuals trained in public health field work who are interestedin studying environmental and transmission aspects ofShigella and Chlamydia infections will also beconsidered.Minimum Requirement: PhDCandidates should attach a statement of short-term and long-termresearch and career goals, a current CV, and three professionalreferences with your online application.Application review will begin immediately and continue until theposition(s) are filled.Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript tothe hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not beconsidered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” isvisible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside ofthe United States are required to be evaluated by a professionalcredentialing service provider approved by National Association ofCredential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found athttp://www.naces.org/ .The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institutiondedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty andstaff.The University of Florida is An Equal Employment OpportunityInstitution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed toapply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the FloridaRelay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent uponeligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordancewith Florida’s Sunshine Law.#Category=40The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.last_img read more

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Research study reveals new insight into obesity

first_imgA new study which has shed new light on the immediate uptake of meal fat by fat tissue within hours of eating, and also on the process of fat storage in obese people, has sparked much interest in the national press.One of the scientists involved, however, was frustrated by reporting of the study in the national media. Fredrik Karpe, a researcher at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine and Professor of Metabolic Medicine, told Cherwell, “This news item has literally exploded and unfortunately the journalists are consistently focusing on the wrong aspects.”He claims that the results about fat storage which have sparked such media interest are not novel at all and have in fact been known for more than 40 years and added, “The interesting part which journalists would not want to focus on is the effect of obesity.‘In this instance, our study showed that the fat tissue was actually quite inactive and didn’t take up the meal fat very effectively at all. Instead the fat went elsewhere, in particular to tissues that aren’t very good for fat storage and therefore potentially caused harm.”Karpe explained that the absence of this immediate meal uptake by fat tissue could result in liver fat accumulation, which can lead to liver failure.Alice Caulfied, a medical student at St Anne’s, commented, “If the media chooses to neglect important aspects of the study, such as the problem of inactive fat tissue during obesity, the problem will only worsen. Once a level of obesity has been reached no more fat can be deposited externally and will therefore instead accumulate internally, for example on the organs.‘If people remain unaware of this they will continue to consume excessively and not appear to be putting on any more weight, while in reality they are on the inside – leading to problems such as cirrhosis and heart fat deposition.”Adam Mackinnon, a first year biologist, said, “It is understandable that the media would skip over the scientific details in favour of a more dramatic headline which grabs their reader’s attention. At the end of the day, people are more interested in obesity than in metabolic processes.”last_img read more

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CSM cupcakes

first_imgThis recipe combines CSM’s Craigmillar-branded Extra Moist Cake and Crembel Lemon Fudge Icing.Easter Cupcake baseDeposit Craigmillar Extra Moist Cake Mix in Plain or Choc into a cupcake tray lined with paper cases. Bake at 190°C for approx 12-15 minutes.ToppingOnce cool top with melted Craigmillar Natural Colour & Flavour Lemon Fudge Icing and decorate.DecorateTo make bunniesPipe using icing coloured brown. For his ears use sugarpaste cut out in a heart shape, colour pink and pipe outline in brown. Finish by piping icing to make his eyes.To make chicksUse icing coloured yellow to pipe a bold chick head and body. Colour desiccated coconut yellow and sprinkle over Mellomallo chicks. Finish with sugarpaste coloured orange for a beak and pipe coloured black icing for his eyes.To make lettersCut letters to shape using sugarpaste, coloured green, and pipe lines on the letters using icing coloured yellow.Cost per unit: 12p-13p (incl foil case)RRP: 65p-85p per unitlast_img read more

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A view to Verona

first_imgVerona, the renaissance town of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, home to a summer opera, daily street market and, every third year, Italy’s premier baking show.Verona’s centre is compact and traffic-free. There are taxis and tiny buses if you want help to roam, but one of the early morning pleasures is to wander the old streets, pop in the busy bakeries, buy a prosciutto roll perhaps, then stop at one of the renowned patisseries for an espresso and cake. Now you are ready to visit the show.Bakers from all over Italy, Europe and further afield enjoy coming to SIAB. Italian bakers and confectioners are equally passionate about baking machinery, durum wheat, and delicious cakes and desserts filled with confectioners’ custard or the latest concoction, which for summer may include ice-cream instead of cream.Italy is also, of course the land of the pizza. So small bakers up to large producers are catered for at the show.But bread and confectionery take centre stage. Polin always has an enormous stand, and names such as Mondial Forni, Zuchelli Forni and others, which have British agents, are also present.The latest launches will include energy-saving ovens, dough-processing lines, depositors in short everything to do with dough make-up and pastry production.And if you need inspiration for shopfittings and counters, the Italians are renowned for their design flair. Events: lBreads of the World demonstrationslWorld Pastry team championshipslRenaissance Breads demonstrationslMaster Pizza competitionlSpeciality breads and breads for restaurants Information When: Saturday 22 May Wednesday 26 MayWhere: Veronafiere, about one mile outside Verona city centre on the main bus and taxi routes How to get there from the UK:By air: Fly to Verona, or Brescia airport (both with direct buses to the city centre of Verona). Or fly to Milan and take the train to Verona.Where to stay: Google the SIAB Bakery show 2010 and choose from a list of hotels or telephone the organisers on +39 045 8298111.Where to eat and drink: You are spoilt for choice, but La Bottega del Vino has an excellent mid-priced menu and some incredible wines.To registerl Go to the site: www.siabweb.com and follow the instructions. l SIAB staff are happy to help with any further information or support you may require. Tel: +39 045 8298111 Sara Carmignola, project manager, SIAB “We look forward to welcoming British visitors to SIAB, which, over the years, has become an increasingly international show to the point of becoming one of the reference exhibitions for the sector, not only in Italy but abroad. Thanks to a very high level of technological innovation, SIAB is renowned for updates in the bread, pastry, confectionery and pizza fields. After a gap of three years, the exhibition, taking place again in Verona, will illustrate the evolution of the market, which, despite the general recession at the moment, does not seem to have diminished the enthusiasm of the bakery sector an important driving force in any economy. “This is why, once again, SIAB ranks as an eagerly awaited occasion among trade operators. It will showcase many aspects for small businesses and industrial bakeries, as well as pointing to future trends. There will also be an impressive programme of demonstrations, new recipes, and competitions.” Selected new products l RM FORNIRM Rotor Ovens: the Rotating Oven guarantees baking uniformity for any type of product, from first to last trays, says the firm. The heat exchanger is steel, resistant to high temperatures and said to give high thermal efficiency, using minimum energy. Rack rotation is on the upper part of the oven, making it easy to clean. The steam generators are controlled by an automatic device and steam supply can be set from zero to 60 seconds.l TRIVENDING Easy Bread: this automatic bakery product vending machine offers a 24-hour service to customers in any transit situation outside the shop, in high traffic areas, on delivery routes or even in areas with few facilities. It provides just-in-time products during times of maximum customer request, says the company.Easy Bread offers a range of products, including bread, speciality breads, bread sticks and fresh snacks, and allows direct management of the product by the manufacturer.l ORVEDOPM and VGP: the OPM line is a fully-automated high-tech machine for thermo-sealing and packaging any type of preformed tray in vacuum- and modified atmosphere, and any kind of foodstuff, including pizzas, rolls and sandwiches. Its sister VGP machine is constructed from stainless steel and is able to reach 99% vacuum level and inject up to 100% gas, without the aid of a compressor, says the firm, which claims it is suitable for small shops or large stores.KOMSA ITALIA Protective systems: the Antimet dumper isolation valve is designed to prevent an explosion in one system part from spreading to another. Meanwhile, the Antidet Suppressor is used to protect plants and operators from the adverse effects of an explosion caused by dust/air mixtures, by suppressing the explosion inside an enclosed plant.l ARTIGIANCARTA ’Europa series’ tray: while respecting EU directives regarding the suitability of containers for direct food contact, this tray pays particular attention to design and presentation. The tray is 100% water-repellent, biodegradable and decomposable.Heat-moulded trays for biscuits: these are used for packing products, such as chocolates, pralines and shortbreads. The high vertical sides surround and protect the product without hiding it. Brilliant gold film is used to enhance product presentation and the tray base features a tread option, which prevents the product moving, so it can be flow-packed without the goods being ruined or squashed.l ICB TECNOLOGIEChoco temper: a new chocolate temperer that melts and tempers chocolate extremely fast. Touchscreen technology makes it easy to use and set up, says the company, and the constant tempering action makes it possible to obtain a continually fluid chocolate.l AGUGIARO & FIGNA MOLINIPowdered mother yeast: this yeast offers more acidity than standard yeasts in the market. Using wholewheat flours and long fermentation, it provides a lot of acidity and flavours in the sourdough. Thanks to a new drying machine, that works at low temperatures, the yeast maintains this acidity and flavour in the final product. The final bread is said to have a better taste, longer-lasting freshness and is more resistant to mould.SIAB 2007: 400 exhibitors from 15 countries; over 50sq m of space; over 50,000 visitors from 83 countrieslast_img read more

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Press release: Record road investment in the Midlands to step up in 2018

first_imgApril will mark three years since Highways England embarked on delivering the Government’s Road Investment Strategy, the biggest investment in the country’s major roads since the 1970s.Nationwide, almost 40 projects will hit key milestones in the first half of this year, joining the 18 major projects that have already opened to traffic since April 2015 and 16 others currently under construction.Completed schemes in the Midlands include the opening last year of the strategically important Catthorpe Interchange at the M1/M6/A14.This interchange is providing direct access between these roads and removing the queuing associated with the two very small local roundabouts, previously used by over 45,000 vehicles per day.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer. These upgrades in the Midlands, will improve millions of journeys. Each of these milestones in the Midlands is evidence of Highways England delivering major infrastructure upgrades for the whole country. the Preferred Route Announcement to ease three bottlenecks on the A38 in Derbyshire a consultation on the improvement of the M42 junction 6 near Birmingham Airport and the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) a public information event about the A45/A6 Chowns Mill roundabout upgrade the Preferred Route Announcement to upgrade the A46/ A428 at Binley, Coventry The upgrades are funded by the Government’s £15bn investment in motorways and main A roads and being delivered by Highways England.Highways England chief executive Jim O’Sullivan said: Work is soon to start on two smart motorway upgrades on the M6 at junctions 2 near Coventry to junctions 4 near Coleshill and on the M6 between junctions 13 at Stafford to 15 near Stoke on Trent.Once complete they will add over 30 miles of new lanes to the strategic road network, increasing capacity by a third, and introducing new technology to tackle congestion and keep drivers informed.These schemes are part of six schemes in the Midlands reaching major milestones between January and June this year.Other key milestones on schemes in the Midlands include:last_img read more

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Press release: Huge increase in UK Personal Protective Equipment production

first_imgFrom the beginning of the outbreak, the government has worked tirelessly to find new ways of getting more PPE to staff across the health and care system as quickly as possible.In April, the government launched the PPE action plan, setting out clear, decisive actions on securing enough PPE to last through the crisis and ensuring those who need PPE can get the right type at the right time. The temporary team rapidly mobilised by Lord Deighton to source UK manufactured PPE included many senior executives from the private sector, many of whom were involved in the delivery of London 2012. Health and social care workers treating COVID-19 patients have access to an uninterrupted supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), the government has confirmed today.Four-month stockpiles of items such as face masks, visors and gowns will be in place from November to provide a continuous flow to the frontline, helping to ensure staff always have the equipment they need. Overall, 32 billion items have now been purchased.Thanks to the unprecedented domestic production of PPE, for items such gowns and FFP3 facemasks, 70 per cent of the expected demand for PPE will be met by UK manufacturers from December. Businesses have been supporting the national effort by creating hundreds of new jobs and reducing reliance on overseas companies. Before the pandemic, just 1 per cent of PPE was produced in the UK.The government has today published a new PPE strategy setting out a data-driven approach to building further resilience in the supply chain to respond to rising rates of coronavirus infectionHealth and Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: during the peak of the pandemic from 20 April to 26 April, 102 million items of PPE were delivered. 121 million items were delivered between 14 and 20 September now we have more resilient supply chains the normal supply chain for PPE was designed to accommodate delivery to 226 NHS Trusts, but essential supplies are now being sent to 58,000 different settings after a new distribution network was built from scratch we have rapidly processed over 23,000 cases from over 15,000 suppliers to ensure they meet the safety and quality standards that our NHS staff need, as well as prioritising offers of larger volumes. We have actively engaged with over 99% of the companies that have offered PPE. We now have sufficient contracted supplies for our foreseeable demand in all product areas we announced free PPE to support care homes as part of our new Adult Social Care Winter Plan Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Strategy: Stabilise and build resilience For case studies of individual businesses taking part in the MAKE initiative, visit: COVID-19 has presented many challenges and none more critical than ensuring the right PPE equipment is available at the right time to protect frontline health and social care staff. We have brought together a team that unites our procurement expertise and have overhauled the distribution network to rely less on overseas imports and more on our excellent businesses at home to ensure there is a reliable supply over the years to come. It has been an extraordinary effort by so many to get to this point but we will not lose our focus – the PPE strategy outlines how we are building further resilience in order to be ready for a new wave of infections in the autumn, winter or beyond. Since February 2020, over 3.5 billion PPE items have been distributed to the frontline, including GPs, social care providers, community pharmacists, dentists and hospices.Amid unparalleled demand, the average number of items of PPE distributed increased considerably. For example: At the start of the pandemic, meeting the huge demands for PPE was a massive challenge. That’s why we have worked every day since to ensure we have an uninterrupted supply to meet the challenges in the coming months and protect those who are protecting us. We have built robust and resilient supply chains from scratch and thanks to an absolutely phenomenal effort from UK businesses, almost three quarters of demand for PPE will soon be met by UK manufacturers. As we take every step to combat this virus we are setting out this plan to reassure our health and social care workers that they will have the PPE they need to carry out their tireless work. Large stockpiles in place for items such as face masks, visors and gowns Almost three quarters of expected demand for PPE to be met by UK manufacturers from December More than 300 deals have been struck to provide PPE. We have been working with many household names including the Royal Mint, Royal Mail, eBay. Through the ‘make’ initiative we are working with companies like Honeywell to manufacture and deliver PPE at scale and pace, levelling up jobs and skills across the country, reducing our reliance on overseas manufacturers and lowering our carbon footprint.Lord Deighton, the government’s adviser on PPE who previously led the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, was also appointed to oversee supply and ramp up manufacturing of PPE from UK-based companies.Lord Paul Deighton, adviser to the Health Secretary on PPE, said: Further information New UK deals will bring millions more PPE items to frontline healthcare staff Major milestone hit as 2 billion items of PPE delivered Millions more items of PPE for frontline staff from new business partnershipslast_img read more

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An Inside Look At Some Of Our Favorite After Parties For North Coast Music Festival This Weekend

first_imgChicago’s now-annual Labor Day Weekend gathering, North Coast Music Festival, is right around the corner, with Grant Park once again ready to play host for the celebration falling from September 1st through 3rd. North Coast already boasts an enviable and diverse lineup, pulling some beloved names from the electronic, jam, hip-hop, and reggae scenes and beyond for one of their most eclectic and can’t-miss lineups to date. Given its lineup, the festival itself is already set up to be quite an experience in its own right, with its internationally renowned headliners—Deadmau5 & Eric Prydz, STS9, Primus, Ween, Gucci Mane, Bonobo, Damian Marley, Carnage, Tipper, and Big Boi—drawing just as many fans as its stacked down bill, which includes Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Bob Moses, Ganja White Noise, Autograf, Lettuce, BadBadNotGood, Tank and the Bangas, SunSquabi, Spafford, The Russ Liquid Test, and Manic Focus, just to name a few. (Ticket for North Coast Music Festival are available here.)L4LM’s Top 10 Acts To Catch At North Coast Music FestivalHowever, the festivities in Chicago won’t end once the music stops at Grant Park. There are a number of official after-parties planned to keep the party going each night. We’ve decided to give you the inside scoop on a few of our favorites, and we’ll see you there!Friday — Manic Focus & Russ Liquid at Bottom LoungeOriginally from the Twin Cities but based in Chicago, John “JmaC” McCarten, better known as electronic producer Russ Liquid, is known for his dynamic sound that perfectly synthesizes soul, dubstep, hip-hop, blues, funk, and more. Over the past few years, the producer has been blowing up as a must-see live act, with his shows always offering his patented hard-hitting bass lines juxtaposed with thrilling vocal samples pulled from a wide range of genres. As the years have gone by, Manic Focus has continued to be on the forefront of innovation, frequently enhancing his performances with live instrumentation, including frequent collaborator, drummer Jacob Barinholtz, in addition to special cameos from the likes of Big Gigantic’s Dominic Lalli, GRiZ, and The Floozies’ Matt Hill.For this special Friday performance at Bottom Lounge, Manic Focus will team with Russ Liquid (a.k.a. Russell Scott), the electronic producer and classically trained pianist, saxophonist, flutist, and trumpeter. Russ Liquid in his own right is something special, heading the electrofunk powerhouse The Russ Liquid Test, which sees Scott joined by guitarist Andrew Block and drummer Deven Trusclair. As collaborators on GRiZ’s All Good Records, Russ Liquid and Manic Focus share a common sense of musicality and interest in pushing the boundaries of electronic music as its known today. Listen to Manic Focus’ “Habit” featuring Russ Liquid below to get a taste of what’s to come on Friday night, and swoop your tickets here. You can find the daily schedule and a limited supply of 3-Day, VIP and single day tickets for North Coast Music Festival on the event’s website here. You can also check out the full line-up for official North Coast after-parties below.FRIDAYManic Focus & Russ Liquid – Bottom Lounge – Tickets available HERE (17+)Eric Prydz – the MID – Tickets available HERE (21+)Gucci Mane – Prysm Nightclub – Tickets available HERE (21+)SATURDAYSpafford – Concord Music Hall – Tickets available HERE (18+)EOTO – Bottom Lounge – Tickets available HERE (17+)Don Diablo – the MID – Tickets available HERE (21+)Carnage – Prysm Nightclub – Tickets available HERE (21+)SUNDAYSTS9 – Concord Music Hall – Tickets available HERE (18+)Destructo – the MID – Tickets available HERE (21+)Elephante – Sound-Bar – Tickets available HERE (21+)MONDAYPorn and Chicken – NCMF Official Closing Party ft. Special Guest TBA – the MID – Tickets available HERE (21+) Saturday — Spafford at Concord Music HallSpafford is undoubtedly one of the biggest rising stars on the jam scene right now. Since the group’s inception in Prescott, Arizona, in 2009, the quartet featuring Brian Moss (guitar/vocals), Jordan Fairless (bass/vocals), Andrew “Red” Johnson (keys/vocals), and Cameron Laforest (drums/percussion/vocals) has been on a non-stop upward musical trajectory, with this past year or so seeing the group support Umphrey’s McGee, headline their own national tour, and consistently rise higher and higher on the numerous festival bills they’ve been featured on this summer. Known for their wildly diverse sound, tight transitions, and attention to extended jams, the group has become a sweetheart of the jam scene, and people can’t get enough of them.In fall of last year, Spafford made their debut in the city of Chicago after fans across the country called for the group to leave the Southwest and make their way east. For the Chicago debut in September of 2016, the group quickly sold out The Tonic Room, leaving many eager fans boxed out of their Chicago debut and forcing the group to add a second show last minute to keep up with demand. In April of this year, the group came back to Chicago, similarly selling out the show coming off of a number of sold-out performances in Denver, Phoenix, and beyond. The Windy City clearly can’t get enough of these up-and-comers and tickets will undoubtedly move fast, so make sure to grab your tickets here before it’s too late.center_img Sunday — STS9 at Concord Music HallSTS9 really doesn’t need any introduction. The jamtronica heavyweights are headlining North Coast Music Festival on Saturday night and have been a huge name in the scene for the majority of the two decades they’ve been together since the group’s inception in Georgia in the late 90’s. Their list of festival experiences and sold-out venues is expansive, and pretty much all fans in our scene are familiar with Sound Tribe Sector 9 in some capacity. While the group has a longstanding history and a dedicated fan base already, Tribe is particularly on fire this year as they round into their 20th year. They’ve been sounding tighter than ever, and just last week, the group released a brand-new single, “Real & Imagined,” which was recorded during the Artifact sessions, a period of time between 2001 and 2004 that eventually bore STS9’s critically acclaimed and beloved 2005 album.While the group will be front and center at North Coast on Saturday, fans who want to get a second helping of the innovative five-piece outfit will get the chance on Sunday night, when STS9 hits Concord Music Hall for a more intimate performance than their festival appearance offers. You can snag tickets to STS9’s Sunday hit at Concord Music Hall here.last_img read more

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