The 59th-annual Newport Folk Festival is currently underway, taking over Newport, Rhode Island’s Fort Adams State Park. The festival has long stood out as one of the premier music events in the Northeast, consistently curating one of the most expansive and highly anticipated lineups of the summer. On Saturday night, the secret headliner revealed itself to be Mumford And Sons. The British band played 15 songs, packing the setlist with unordinary covers and exciting guests.During their surprise set, Mumford And Sons kicked things off with Brandi Carlile, Maggie Rogers, and Jerry Douglas for a collaborative rendition of their own “Awake My Soul” from 2009’s Sigh No More. The next six songs remained within the band’s original, career-spanning catalog, before shocking the crowd with an unexpected cover of Radiohead‘s “All I Need”, welcoming out Phoebe Bridgers for the In Rainbows track, as well as dobro player Jerry Douglas, who stuck around through the remainder of the set.After the band’s own “Ghosts That We Knew”, Mumford And Songs welcomed out Brandi Carlile once again for a cover of Simon & Garfunkel‘s “The Boxer”. Carlile stuck around for another cover, The New Basement Tapes‘ “Kansas City”, penned by Bob Dylan, a veteran of the Newport Folk Festival.Following Sigh No More‘s “Dust Bowl Dance”, 24-year-old Maggie Rogers returned to the stage to play her own hit, “Alaska”, with Mumford And Sons–marking a truly beautiful moment for the up-and-coming star.After their own “I Will Wait”, Mumford And Sons welcomed out Mavis Staples, Brandi Carlile, Maggie Rogers, Phoebe Bridgers, Phil Cook, and MC Taylor (Hiss Golden Messenger) for a celebratory finalé, appropriately covering The Band‘s “The Weight” to close out the surprise set.Mumford and Sons fear. Phoebe Bridgers, Jerry Douglas – “All I Need” (Radiohead)[Video: rac3m]Mumford And Sons feat. Mavis Staples, Brandi Carlile, Maggie Rogers, Phoebe Bridgers, Phil Cook, MC Taylor – “The Weight” (The Band)[Video: rac3m]Earlier in the weekend, legendary folk and rock icon David Crosby joined Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit for a rendition of his own “Wooden Ships”, which was featured on Crosby, Stills & Nash‘s self-titled 1969 release, followed by the iconic fan-favorite 1970 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young track “Ohio”, a protest song penned by Neil Young following the Kent State shootings on May 4th, 1970. Get the full low-down, plus videos, here.Tonight, Newport Folk Festival continues with Brandi Carlile, Gary Clark Jr., Toots and the Maytals, and more.Setlist: Mumford And Sons | Newport Folk Festival | Fort Adams State Park | Newport, RI | 7/28/18Awake My Soul (with Brandi Carlile, Maggie Rogers, Jerry Douglas), Broad-Shouldered Breasts, The Cave, Little Lion Man, White Blank Page, Love of the Light, Tompkins Square Park, All I Need (Radiohead cover, with Phoebe Bridgers). Ghosts That We Knew, The Boxer (Simon & Garfunkel cover, with Brandi Carlile), Kansas City (The New Basement Tapes cover, with Brandi Carlile), Dust Bowl Dance, Alaska (Maggie Rogers cover, with Maggie Rogers), I Will Wait, The Weight (The Band cover, with Mavis Staples, Brandi Carlile, Maggie Rogers, Phoebe Bridgers, Phil Cook, and MC Taylor)
Forthe second straight game, UW freshman Lin Zastrow set career marks in scoring,while also establishing herself as a surprising and quiet threat in the post.Comingoff a career night against the Big Ten leading Ohio State in which she tallied15 points off the bench, Zastrow posted one better Thursday night against thevisiting Lady Lions of Penn State, setting a new career high with 16 points. Althoughthe freshman shot just 6-15 from the field, her scoring helped the Badgersbreak out of a slump with the blowout win.Inthe opening minutes, and with the game as close as it would get, senior JoleneAnderson grabbed a defensive rebound and fed Zastrow up the court, splitting apair of defenders with the precision pass. The catch, the shot and the 3-pointplay initiated what would become a night to remember for the freshman.Grabbingsix rebounds and a notching block, Zastrow was more than an offensive threatfor the Badgers.Theadded boost from Zastrow and other bench players had head coach Lisa Stoneecstatic after the team?s second win in conference play.?Ithought Lin Zastrow was outstanding,? Stone said. ?Coming in, when Danielle wasin foul trouble, [Zastrow] was able to help keep the team on pace and disallowa run.?SeniorDanielle Ward played limited minutes with foul trouble throughout the game andwas unable to score in the post against a tougher Lady Lion, Janessa Wolff.Ward finished with just two points and two rebounds in 10 minutes.Flashingan array of post moves, Zastrow maneuvered eight points in the paint, includingan offensive rebound and put back.At6-foot-4-inches, Zastrow missed her only attempt at from beyond the arc.Fearless of the jump shot, however, she was able to sink two shots just insidethe 3-point line.Itwas the boost from the Ohio State game that gave Zastrow the confidence she?splayed with lately.?Ifelt more comfortable this game just because of the Ohio State game,? Zastrowsaid. ?I felt like what I can do against them means that maybe I?m not as badas I think I am.?Withconfidence becoming a trend for the young star, Zastrow has higher hopes forthe remainder of the season. And with a few quick baskets to start the last fewmatchups, it?s getting easier for the forward to feel good about her play.?Italways helps [gaining confidence] when you hit your first shot because it givesyou some confidence,? Zastrow said. ?I remember against Ohio State, when I hadthat first move for the basket, I realized, wow, I can like play with theseguys.?Aftertwo dominating performances, Zastrow and the Badgers have momentum at last,defeating an above-average Penn State team.Besides Zastrow?s output, the balancedscoring attack of the entire Badger lineup gave Wisconsin an impressive marginof victory Thursday, something coach Lisa Stone and her staff would like to seecontinue into what has been a disappointing season.
The latest from the ESL camp is today’s announcement of two key global executive hires.Ralf Reichert, ESL Joining the new look management team is Rodrigo Samwell as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and Martin Hubert as Chief Revenue Officer (CRO).Ralf Reichert, Global CEO and President, ESL said of the news: “This is an exciting time for the global esports industry with ESL at the heart of this massive ecosystem. “These new executive hires reflect the company’s global focus to better service our growing roster of partners, publishers and sponsors, and add expertise in key areas such as marketing and sales. We are excited to welcome Martin and Rodrigo to the team.”As Global CMO, Rodrigo Samwell will be responsible for product marketing, brand strategy, communications, innovation, customer analytics, merchandising, licensing and sales channels. Samwell has made the move from Vodafone Group, where he held the position of Group Head of Marketing Strategy. Vodafone has of course been involved in esports by the way of sponsorships, most recently it became the key sponsor of mousesports. Global CRO Martin Hubert’s role will be growing ESL’s revenue worldwide. Hubert has joined the team from Zalando Media Solutions, where he was both Vice President and CEO of nugg.ad, a Zalando subsidiary. Esports Insider says: Two major new hires for ESL is a signal of the company’s intent and plans to continue to expand rather than rest on its laurels. Samwell’s work in esports with Vodafone should hold him in good stead whilst Hubert takes on the challenging role of growing revenue on a global scale.