Papadosio and EarthCry multi-instrumentalist Anthony Thogmartin has announced the second annual Seed to Stage Academy Ableton Live school, set to take place from April 2nd through April 5th in Asheville, North Carolina.One of the first events of its kind, attendees can expect a four-day immersive Ableton “wizard school” where beginner or advanced musicians can gain hands-on training on the popular digital audio workshop software with Thogmartin and Papadosio’s Sam Brouse.As Thogmartin explains, “I’ve been wanting to open up the different styles of music, and Sam is one of the best compositional artists I know. Sam is going to be teaching songwriting and composition. Him and I both are going to be writing classes for it, and this year, songcraft and live performance are going to be one of our main focuses,”After teaching Ableton Live lessons for around a decade, Thogmartin has completely tapped into the programs various capabilities, constantly solving problems by syncing different components with his band members. He recently started up a “Seed to Stage” YouTube channel where he frequently posts educational videos about Ableton Live for at-home musicians.“Not everyone can watch a video and learn that way. The Academy is very hands-on, and there’s two different classes you can take at once. We have advanced classes and basic ones happening simultaneously. The first three days, we have beginner and advanced two-hour classes in the morning. In the evening, we have a three-hour period called ‘Group Shred Time’ where we have tables set up and people bring their gear and can get one-on-one time with us for specific projects they are working on,” says Thogmartin.This immersive event allows students to tailor their learning experience to gain unique hands-on training with Ableton Live software, receive insider industry knowledge, and master the mindset of a successful career in music in the heart of West Asheville. Students will be able to significantly expand their knowledge on the software and kickstart their career at Ambrose West, which is equipped with a state-of-the-art PA system, sound absorption panels, and multiple breakout rooms. On the fourth day, students can choose to play a 15-minute set to open up for EarthCry’s CD release party at Asheville Music Hall on Friday, April 5th.As Anthony Thogmartin notes, “I would encourage people to want to perform on the fourth day. It gives everyone a chance to perform in front of a crowd, get some photos taken, and hopefully get some social content for their career. This is an all-inclusive, one-stop shop to get your music career started. Music can be anything. If people knew what was possible with the tools that we have and the freedom of being able to record yourself at any time, the possibilities are endless. There’s just so much more that we can do. Technology doesn’t have to be so rigid. It can be fluid like the mind is and that’s what we’re trying to foster with this event.”You can find more information on the Seed to Stage Academy and secure your spot via the official event website.
Friedman cited the relationships forged during his years with the Rays — “an entire organization working together and reading off the same songsheet” — as his fondest memory. Creating that same environment in Los Angeles has been his biggest challenge in his first two seasons with the Dodgers, he said.“That takes time,” he said. “It takes time to fully integrate an organization where philosophically we’re aligned. It doesn’t mean we always agree, but philosophically we’re aligned. I think we’re now at the point where, if you look back over the last year there was a lot of change, now it’s about forging those relationships and creating something special within the framework of our group.”If there was anything he wasn’t prepared for in making the move to L.A., Friedman said it was “probably just the time it takes to create those relationships, just naively expecting it to happen immediately.”“It doesn’t work that way,” he said. “I probably knew that on a different level but wanted it to happen immediately, derived so much satisfaction from it. There was so much change last year that it just takes a little bit of time for it to settle into a steady state which we’re now kind of getting into. That was something that took even more adjustment time than I anticipated.“It just takes some time. It takes time to trust and build those relationships that don’t happen over night. They happen organically and they happen organically over time.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error More memoriesThis is a homecoming week of sorts for Friedman, Carl Crawford, Scott Kazmir, J.P. Howell and Dave Roberts.The Dodgers’ first-year manager made his major-league debut playing for the Cleveland Indians at Tropicana Field on Aug. 7, 1999. Roberts went 3 for 5 in a 15-10 Indians victory. That game is significant in baseball history for other reasons, however. Hall of Famer Wade Boggs got his 3,000th career hit that night.“It’s not the best ballpark around,” Roberts said of Tropicana Field, which the Rays are perennially trying to replace. “But it’s special to me.”AlsoThe Dodgers are playing five consecutive games on artificial turf and five games with the designated hitter on this interleague road trip to Tampa Bay and Toronto, so Roberts will be shuffling his lineups. Outfielder Carl Crawford will not play against the two left-handed starters in Tampa, but will start all three games in Toronto, Roberts said. Justin Turner will DH Wednesday, Adrian Gonzalez on Sunday with others rotating through on Friday and Saturday. … Two relievers with major-league experience signed to minor-league deals by the Dodgers exercised May 1 opt-out clauses and became free agents. Left-hander Sean Burnett has already signed a minor-league contract with the Atlanta Braves and joined their Triple-A team. He had a 3.52 ERA after seven appearances with the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Dale Thayer also opted out of his contract after a 6.75 ERA in seven appearances for Double-A Tulsa. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. >> The Tampa Bay Rays had five 90-win seasons and won two division titles during Andrew Friedman’s time running their baseball operations. He returned this week to a warm reception, a “Thanks for the memories” tribute on the scoreboard and newspaper coverage chronicling his miracle work with the franchise.The Dodgers won 90 games and a division title last season in Friedman’s first year as president of baseball operations. But that accomplishment is viewed very differently given the franchises relative histories (the Rays had never won more than 70 games in a season before 2008) and resources.So Friedman was asked Tuesday at Tropicana Field if he has ever had a moment of regret about leaving the more appreciative embrace of a small-market franchise for the greater demands of a big market.“No. I definitely had a very good thing in Tampa Bay,” Friedman said. “But I’m excited and invigorated by this chapter of my life that I’m currently living. I’m very fulfilled. It is a great group of people that I’m working with. This will always be a really special place to me and my family. But I really love what I’m doing and love the challenge of what I’m doing.”
DES MOINES — A new report concludes Iowa has one of the highest obesity rates in the country. More than 35 percent of Iowans are considered obese, according to a report by the non-profit Trust for America’s Health. That makes Iowa’s obesity rate seventh highest in the nation.Nadine Gracia, executive vice president of the group that did the study, says obesity can lead to serious health issues.“An increased risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and many forms of cancer,” she says, “and so it’s something that really needs to be taken seriously.” Gracia says.Garcia says in Iowa and elsewhere, it’s often hard to find affordable, healthy food and a safe place to exercise.“In far too many communities it is difficult to be able to do those things,” she says, “and so what we’re advocating for is really to help promote making those healthy choices really the easy choice by ensuring that those conditions exist in neighborhoods and communities across the country.”The national obesity rate is the highest its ever been — about 31 percent — and Iowa’s obesity rate is four percent higher than that. The Trust for America’s Health says obesity is “a growing epidemic” in America and policymakers must take action. The group suggests several steps to address the problem, including new taxes on sugary drinks to try to reduce consumption of high-calorie sodas.Read the full report here.