Watch The Nth Power’s ‘Earth, Wind & Power’ Perform “Devotion” At Brooklyn Comes Alive

first_imgWe are approaching the one-year anniversary of The Nth Power’s tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire, the late-night party that had everyone talking after Jazz Fest in 2016 (and it’s happening again on May 2, 2017!). A few months after its NOLA test drive, the band recruited a cast of characters for a revival at the second-annual Brooklyn Comes Alive in Brooklyn, New York, during October of last year. Dubbed “Earth, Wind & Power,” the show saw The Nth Power welcome an insane lineup of musical guests to help pay tribute to the iconic soul catalog of EWF. In honor of the late Maurice White, the band brought out Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge and a killer horn section that included Eric “Benny” Bloom, Ryan Zoidis, Skerik, Natalie Cressman, and Farnell Newton to complete their lineup.The funk assassins of Earth, Wind & Power will return yet again to New Orleans on Tuesday, May 2nd at The Howlin’ Wolf, and they’re bringing a ton of special guests for this show including Rashawn Ross of Dave Matthews Band, Skerik, Weedie Braimah, Farnell Newton, Galactic’s Erica Falls, and Drew Sayers and Lyle Divinsky of The Motet (tickets). In honor of next week’s show, enjoy this performance of “Devotion” from the Brooklyn Comes Alive installation of Earth, Wind & Power.Earth, Wind & Power will be joined by Oteil and Kofi Burbridge and Neal and Alan Evans, also known as the All Brothers Band, as well as up-and-coming funk act Organ Freeman. Additionally, a number of awesome musicians will gather in The Den to pay tribute to Allen Toussaint. The band known as the “Allen Toussaint Jukebox” will consist of Shira Elias and Michelangelo Carubba from Turkuaz, Sasha Brown from Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Joe Tatton from The New Mastersounds, and Eric Vogel from the Nigel Hall Band.Tickets for this special late-night performance are going fast and are available at this link![Cover photo courtesy of Phierce Photo]last_img read more

Watch Hard Working Americans Play Adult Swim’s Bizarre Fish-Tank Stream/Talk Show, ‘FishCenter Live’

first_imgFormed in 2013, Hard Working Americans is a well-seasoned all-star group composed of Dave Schools and Duane Trucks of Widespread Panic, Todd Snider and Chad Staehly of Great American Taxi, Daniel Sproul of Rose Hill Drive, and multi-instrumentalist Jesse Aycock. The group is currently in the midsts of their fall tour, which spans through to the beginning of November, in support of their new live album, We’re All In This Together. Yesterday, Hard Working Americans found the time to stop by the offices of Adult Swim, making an appearance on the network’s eccentric program, FishCenter Live—a bizarre talk show that narrates footage of tropical fish in a fish tank.During their live performance on FishCenter Live for the show’s fall concert series, Hard Working Americans opened their time on the show with renditions of “Half Ass Moses” and “Burn Out Shoes” before moving into a light-hearted interview segment (with the camera view shifted back a stream of the fish tank), during saw the group and the show’s hosts taking call-in questions. The format is definitely one of the more strange settings for an interview, but it’s worth a watch. You can check out a replay of the Hard Working American’s appearance of FishCenter Live here, with their segment starting around 9:37. [H/T JamBase]last_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee Shares Stories & New Songs At ‘it’s not us’ Release Party [Video/Photo]

first_imgLoad remaining images After twenty years, thousands of concerts, and ten studio albums, on January 12, progressive rock stalwarts Umphrey’s McGee released their newest album it’s not us. The creation and release of their eleventh studio album culminated in a very intimate concert at Chicago’s Park West that doubled as the release party. The atmosphere at Park West was definitely more casual and relaxed than the raging musical marathons a UM show is usually known for.The short set was highlighted by stories, anecdotes, and other nuggets of UM information that was given by the band members themselves. So instead of taking the stage and beginning with a spacey “Jazz Odyssey”, guitarists Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger discussed at length the genesis of the title of “Half Delayed,” one of the songs off it’s not us. They then played “Maybe Someday”, which could be traced all the way back to 2008’s “Waist Down,” a UM original that has disappeared from their repertoire.Bayliss detailed the life and love (and struggles) of having children and how that became the catalyst for the song, “Whistle Kid”. That song has a very catchy whistling part that won’t be forgotten by anybody that hears it—you could hear the tune being whistled by fans outside the venue three hours later after it was played. Bassist Ryan Stasik relayed how all members of the band took part in recording the whistling except for Joel Cummins and himself because they “only know how to suck while the others guys can blow.”The new material was given a respite when Bayliss announced that the next song “goes out to anyone that doesn’t like the new album”, and they launched into a fun “Bridgeless.” The song was stretched out slightly and had a “Cut the Cable” sandwiched inside. They brought out the acoustics for “You & You Alone” which definitely demonstrated how UM’s acoustic tunes are some of the best they have written, and then kept them out for a rendition of Marshall Tucker Band’s “Can’t You See” which had everyone clapping and singing along. The last song not featured on the new album was a fantastic “Blue Echo.” A great jam vehicle, this version didn’t disappoint. After the composed section, Stasik immediately got the groove going with a catchy bass line that developed into a full “So Fresh, So Clean” jam that was the best jam of the night. They returned to their new material and ended the short set with two more songs from the new album, “Silent Type” and “Looks.”It was odd having the show over but people remaining in the venue. Nobody left because as the musicians exited the stage, the PA slowly took to playing it’s not us in its entirety. The band members gradually took to mingling with the crowd for conversations and photos with Umphreaks. Fans were very happy as they (we) noticeably had ear-to-ear grins while hanging with the band. The 1939 Underwood typewriter that was utilized significantly for the it’s not us concept art was on display. Fans were able to write messages for the band to read through later.Even with the show over, the environment was chill yet jovial, and it was a great way to hear the album. For some fans, it was the umpteenth time they had heard it, having listened to it almost religiously since it was officially released only three days ago. For others, it was the first time hearing it. Whichever category one falls in, the album is bound to be enjoyable. The only song remaining off the new album that hasn’t been played is “Dark Brush” and that is one of many things to look forward to as the Umphrey’s goes forth into 2018.Thanks to Kevin Higley on YouTube, you can watch a few videos below, plus make sure to check out a number of photos from last night’s show, courtesy of Ojeda Photography.“Half Delayed”[Video: Kevin Higley]“Maybe Someday”[Video: Kevin Higley]“Can’t You See”[Video: Kevin Higley]Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | ‘it’s not us’ album release party | Park West | Chicago, IL | 1/14/18Set: Half Delayed, Maybe Someday, Whistle Kids, Bridgeless -> Cut the Cable -> Bridgeless, You & You Alone, Can’t You See, Blue Echo, Silent Type, LooksUmphrey’s McGee | it’s not us album release party | Park West | Chicago, IL | 1/14/18 | Photos by Daniel Ojedalast_img read more

Trey Anastasio Trio Offers Tour Debut, TAB-Phish Crossovers In Birmingham [Photos/Videos]

first_imgPhoto: Christian Stewart Photo: Christian Stewart On Tuesday night, the Trey Anastasio Trio continued their spring tour with a performance at Iron City in Birmingham, AL. The band opened the show with a first set full of fan-favorite Phish tunes like “Blaze On”, “Party Time”, “Heavy Things”, and “Undermind”, as well as Trey Anastasio Band songs that later made the jump to the Phish arena, like “Alaska” and “Everything’s Right”. The first frame also featured the second “Set Your Soul Free” of the tour, as well as the tour debut of “Frost”.Set two opened with another Phish/TAB crossover favorite, “Gotta Jibboo”. That moved into an extended “The Way I Feel”, followed by “Night Speaks To A Woman”. The TAB/Phish crossover tunes kept coming from there, as the band rounded out set two with “Bug”, “Steam”, “Soul Planet”, and “Sand”. As he has in each city on this tour, Trey emerged for the encore with his acoustic guitar, offering a selection of solo numbers including “Farmhouse”, “Miss You”, and “More”, before welcoming Russ Lawton and Tony Markellis back onstage to close the show with “Pigtail” and “First Tube”.Trey Anastasio Trio tour continues tomorrow as the band begins a three-night run at New Orleans, LA’s Civic Theatre. For a full list of upcoming Trey Trio dates, head to Anastasio’s website. Below, you can see an assortment of photos from the Trey Anastasio Trio show at Iron City and view a gallery of photos from the show via photographer Christian Stewart.Trey Anastasio Trio – “The Way I Feel”[Video: Robby Stewart]Trey Anastasio [Solo Acoustic] – “Everything’s Right”[Video: Robby Stewart]Trey Anastasio Trio – “First Tube”[Video: bigphish7499]Setlist: Trey Anastasio Trio | Iron City | Birmingham, AL | 4/24/18Set 1: Blaze On, Party Time, Set Your Soul Free^, Frost^, Undermind, Heavy Things, Alaska, Burlap Sack and Pumps, Drifting, Everything’s RightSet 2: Gotta Jibboo, The Way I Feel, Night Speaks to a Woman, Bug, Steam, Soul Planet, SandEncore: Farmhouse*, Miss You*, More*, Pigtail, First Tube-* = Solo acoustic-^ = Tour debutTrey Anastasio Trio |  Iron City | Birmingham, AL | 4/24/18 | Photos: Christian Stweartcenter_img Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Holly Bowling Announces Fall 2018 Tour Dates

first_imgToday, Holly Bowling, the beloved pianist known for her solo instrumental reimaginings of live Phish jams and Grateful Dead classics, has announced a number of tour dates for fall 2018. Most recently, Bowling has been focused on her new project, Ghost Light, which also features Tom Hamilton (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead) and his American Babies collaborator guitarist Raina Mullen, as well as bass player Steve Lyons (Nicos Gun) and drummer Scotty Zwang (Dopapod).Bowling’s upcoming solo tour will kick off on August 30th at the Bluebird Theatre in Denver, Colorado, a venue that served as one of her sold-out stops during her mini-tour of Colorado at the beginning of the year. From there, Bowling will head southeast starting on September 5th with a number of tour dates in Charleston, SC; Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; and Asheville, NC.On September 9th, Holly will make her way to Washington, DC for a performance at The Hamilton. The DC show marks the start of the Northeast leg of Holly Bowling’s tour. From September 11th to 16th, she’ll tour across New England and the mid-Atlantic, hitting cities like Asbury Park, NJ; Fairfield, CT; New York, NY; Ardmore, PA; Boston, MA; and Cohoes, NY. To close out her tour, Holly will mount a brief West Coast run, including two nights at Portland, OR’s The Old Church Concert Hall as well as shows at Seattle’s The Triple Door and San Rafael’s Terrapin Crossroads.Tickets for the majority of Holly Bowling’s fall solo tour go on sale this Friday. Exceptions include the shows in Atlanta and Boston, which go on sale on May 31st, and in Fairfield, CT, which goes on sale on June 3rd. You can head to Holly’s website here for more information and ticketing, and read below for the full listing of tour dates. Holly Bowling Upcoming Tour Dates:8/30 – The Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO9/05 – Charleston Pour House – Charleston, SC9/06 – City Winery Atlanta – Atlanta, GA (On Sale 5/31)9/07 – McGlohon Theatre at Blumenthal Performing Arts – Charlotte, NC9/08 – Isis Music Hall – Asheville, NC9/09 – The Hamilton – Washington, DC9/11 – Paramount Theatre – Asbury Park, NJ9/12 – StageOne – Fairfield, CT (On Sale 6/03)9/13 – (le) poisson rouge – New York, NY9/14 – The Ardmore Music Hall – Ardmore, PA9/15 – City Winery Boston – Boston, MA (On Sale 5/31)9/16 – The Cohoes Music Hall – Cohoes, NY9/20 & 9/21 – The Old Church Concert Hall – Portland, OR9/22 – The Triple Door – Seattle, WA9/23 – Terrapin Crossroads – San Rafael, CAView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

iHeartRadio Festival Taps Jack White, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey

first_imgJack White, Justin Timberlake, Carrie Underwood, and Mariah Carey will headline the iHeartRadio Music Festival when the event heads to Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena on September 21st and 22nd. Now in its eighth year, the festival will feature a number of hugely popular acts, including Sam Smith, Kelly Clarkson, Jason Aldean, Shawn Mendes, Panic! at the Disco, Luke Bryan, Kygo, and Rae Sremmurd. “There’s no other concert with a lineup as diverse as the iHeartRadio Music Festival. We pride ourselves on inviting the most eclectic lineup of headliners you’ll ever see on one stage,” iHeartMedia chief programming officer Tom Poleman reportedly said in a statement. “This Festival has the best artists from every style of music heard on iHeartRadio stations across America, giving both artists and our listeners a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”This year’s event will also host a Daytime Stage at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds. Performers like Dua Lipa, 5 Seconds of Summer, Lil Uzi Vert, Dustin Lynch, Bazzi, Belly, Bobby Bones & the Raging Idiots, and Greta Van Fleet will appear at the stage.iHeartRadio is set to broadcast a livestream of the festival on many of its stations. Additionally, The CW will broadcast a two-part special on the gathering on October 7th and 8th. Tickets for the iHeartRadio Music Festival will go on sale on June 15th.last_img read more

Lettuce, John Scofield Team Up To Funkify The Theatre At The Ace Hotel In L.A. [Full Audio/Review]

first_imgFor most bands, there’s an indelible divide between a festival performance and a headlining show at a venue. Where festivals afford concert-goers the freedom to wander and dance as they please, a set inside a theater creates a more controlled environment with a far more curated vibe. For Lettuce, though, there is no such divide, no barrier between shows and settings—least of all when a legend like John Scofield is involved.That was certainly the case on a Wednesday evening inside the Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. With Scofield in the mix, Lettuce inspired an incredibly kinetic audience—one that included Oscar winner Christoph Waltz and Howard the Dancing Man—to turn a seated theatre into a festive scrum.The bandmates from the Berkeley College of Music warmed up the stage for Scofield with a stirring rendition of “The Force” as the opener. That classic got some fans out of their seats and a chosen few (including Howard) venturing into the aisles and toward the stage. Over the course of the evening, those numbers swelled, track by flowing track. From saxophonist Ryan Zoidis and trumpeter Eric “Benny” Bloom blasting away on “Blast Off” to guitarist Adam Smirnoff and keyboardist Nigel Hall tending to a sonic garden on “Madison Square” to bassist Erick “Jesus” Coomes and drummer Adam Deitch holding down motive beats on Scofield standards like “What You See is What You Get” and “Take Hits”, Lettuce collectively drew attendees out of their seats and into what became a full-on pit in front of the stage.By the end of the night, when Lettuce returned to the stage for an encore of Scofield’s “Ladies’ Night”, there appeared, to the naked eye, to be more people moving and grooving through the aisles than observing from their seats. That is, except for Christoph, who stood and observed like a classically brainy Hollywood villain plotting his next dastardly deed.No matter the cause for anyone’s individual attendance, the collective effect was clear. With a brilliant blend of musicianship rarely seen anywhere—let alone in a burgeoning jam destination like L.A.—Lettuce let it be known that there need not be boundaries between revelers just because of their seat assignments. Instead, if your hips and feet so desire (and they should), you darn well can translate sensational sonic vibes into a venue-wide waltz, no matter where your ticket tells you to go.You can listen to a full audience audio recording of the L.A. performance below:Lettuce w/ John Scofield – 3/20/19 – Full Audio[Taped by Pat Myers]Lettuce and John Scofield will bring their collaborative powers to San Francisco throughout this weekend. For a list of upcoming dates and additional details, head here.last_img read more

Meow Wolf’s Taos Vortex 2019 Lineup: George Clinton, Flying Lotus, Sinkane, More

first_img“We look forward to returning to Taos in support of their local economy and have a weekend lineup of musical artists that share in the sense of adventure,” Event Director Max B.K also added. “These are artists who are unafraid to push the envelope and experiment.”Fans should get their tickets to the event soon, as “early bird” tickets for the full-weekend sold-out in just five hours according to the announcement. Fans can head to the festival website for ticket options. Taos Vortex will return for its second year this summer, when the three-day music festival takes place at Kit Carson Park in Taos, NM from Friday, August 16th through Sunday, August 18th. Earlier this week, the event’s organizers shared the full lineup of artists who are scheduled to perform at this year’s event, including George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Flying Lotus (3-D set), ZHU, Nick Murphy A.K.A. Chet Faker, and many more.Related: Flying Lotus Releases “Spontaneous”, “Takashi” Off Forthcoming ‘Flamagra’ LPSome of the notable artists out of the 35 total featured on the event’s 2019 lineup poster include Barclay Crenshaw, Sinkane, Calexico and Iron & Wine, CocoRosie, Empress Of, Goldlink, Lykke Li, Oh Lawd, G Jones, Snail Mail, Justin Martin, Soulection, Desert Hearts, Justin Jay’s Fantastic Voyage, Too Many Zooz, and Wajatta (a collaboration between Reggie Watts and John Tejada), just to name a few.“Taos Vortex’s immersive environment centers around the diverse neighborhoods and creatures that inhabit them,” event organizers said about the ethos of the event in a press release. “Huts and homes installed around the park invite everyone to step inside, find the neighborhood that suits them, and celebrate the multidimensional weekend of the summer.”This year’s performances will take place on two stages–The Spire stage, which will be more of a traditional staging setup, and The Glade, “a meadow” where fans can casually hang out and enjoy the performance in a more intimate setting between the fans and artist.last_img read more

Getting fresh with Mollie

first_imgPeople can argue endlessly about what the right food choices are — and will. But iconic cookbook author Mollie Katzen used a visit to Harvard to serve up a better idea: Don’t argue about categories.Joining the food fight “separates us from the food and one another,” she said during a lecture-lunch Tuesday (Oct. 19). “I’m trying to encourage a big-tent attitude toward food.”Katzen’s four-day visit (Oct. 18-21) included one class and at least three formal meals with undergraduates, at Quincy and Adams Houses and at Annenberg Hall. There was a Katzen-cooked meal at a new community dining table at Harvard Divinity School. And there were two lecture-lunches, one in Lehman Hall, upstairs from the Dudley Café, and the other at the Harvard School of Public Health, where Katzen is a charter member of the Nutrition Roundtable.Medical audiences are a favorite with Katzen, who lives on the West Coast and is the author of 11 books, with 5 million in print. “People eating healthily,” she said, “is good business.” And it’s good business to talk to physicians, too, said Katzen, given that so few medical schools require training in nutrition.Most of the wisdom of medicine is “in modernity,” she said, but “in food we’re really moving backwards” toward an “old-fashioned and simple” time of fresh food and home preparation.At the Lehman Hall luncheon, a sold-out audience sat on folding chairs, ate a $5 vegetarian meal, and listened as Katzen unspooled lessons in menu strategies, kitchen lore, nutrition, home cooking, and the joy of fresh food. Lunch was vegetarian, including tofu cutlets, black bean burgers, bulgur pilaf, and steamed squash with a maple-mustard glaze.But Katzen, author of the seminal “The Moosewood Cookbook” (1978), said her menu is still meant for a big tent: “I’m not here to tell people to never eat meat.” Food-choice categories tend to be pretty flexible these days anyway, she said. “My favorite is Häagen-Dazsian vegan” — a vegan who avoids all dairy except ice cream.Still, Katzen’s basic message is to encourage her listeners and readers to favor plant foods, “to eat lower on the food chain,” she said, where healthy diets mostly reside. She lives by a mantra-like summary found in Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food” (2008): “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”This “haiku,” as Katzen called it, contains a puzzle for many people, who wonder what food from plants really is. She quoted a frustrated listener: “Am I supposed to eat my lawn?”And within any question about vegetarian food, there is always one other: Where do you get your protein?Katzen does luncheon-lectures at Harvard twice a year, each with a theme. Last time it was herbs; this time it was vegetarian sources of protein, what Katzen called “gatherer proteins,” as opposed to the kind hunters bring to the table.The secret is to eat a variety of plant foods, “an incremental protein plan” that over days or weeks assures that vegetarians are getting the medley of amino acids they need. To illustrate, Katzen pointed to the long table of buffet choices in the lunch prepared by Dudley Café chef Jeff Cota. “The modular protein collaboration of all these items really adds up beautifully,” she said.First there was the hummus, a store-bought brand that Cota dressed up with roasted garlic and blender-chopped chickpeas to give it more texture. Slather hummus on a sandwich instead of mayonnaise, said Katzen, and “it gives you a protein boost right then and there.”The protein-rich spread is easy to make, said Katzen, but “don’t feel like a bad person if you’re buying your hummus.”The marinated broccoli with mushrooms and walnuts offered its own lessons. The walnuts bring protein to the table, but they are also rich in essential fatty acids, said Katzen — “essential” because they are not made by the body.Don’t count total grams of fat in your meals, she said. Count the quality of the fats you use, and the best of these include the oils in walnuts and olives.At that point, Katzen made a confession: that her original “Moosewood” cookbook included a lot of butter and cheese, ingredients that were part of her “insecurity cuisine” at the time — a fear that taste was only guaranteed by rich ingredients.While Katzen talked, white-coated chef Martin Breslin was next to her, busily demonstrating how to assemble and cook the black bean burgers that were the menu’s most explicit source of protein. Breslin is director for culinary operations at Harvard University Hospitality and Dining Services, where Katzen is on the advisory board.The lessons that these “sliders” offered were less about nutrition and more about cooking technique. The longer onions cook, the sweeter they get, said Katzen. Don’t add salt to simmering beans, because it toughens their skins. Avoid nonstick pans, but make your own (in effect) by adding “cold, cold oil” to a very hot pan, she said. “The oil will slick easily.” Add a potato masher to your kitchen arsenal. They are low-tech and efficient, said Katzen, and “the sound effects are terrific.”The menu’s spice-crusted tofu cutlets added other lessons in kitchen lore. To make the tofu even firmer, simmer it in boiling water. To flavor it, press it into a spice blend and heat it in a dry pan without oil. Use a good spatula, thin and made of metal.The roasted squash offered up other lessons. When cutting it, said Katzen, “a sharp knife is a safe knife.” When roasting it, lay it in the pan in a single layer; piling the squash up will only steam it. Bake it very hot to bring out the natural sweetness of inner juices. “Your seasoning,” she said, “is the heat itself.”Cota served the menu’s bulgur pilaf on halves of poblano chili pepper. Use these or just bell peppers, she said, and “you feel like you’ve had an entrée.”As for menus in everyday life, Katzen said people are less in need of new recipes and more in need of strategies for coping with food.Some of those strategies are simply practical. She explained how to manage the daunting volume of fresh vegetables — those broom-size bunches of kale and other challenges. Her answer is blanching, a quick immersion in boiling water that reduces the volume of hearty greens, and doubles their shelf life.Other food strategies offer perspective. Don’t try to learn cooking by mastering a book full of dishes. Mastering one will do to start, said Katzen, whose mission is to make everyone a home cook.  “Cut through the noise,” she said. “Cook at home. That’s my diatribe.”Part of the “noise” is the argument about what to buy, said Katzen: organic produce from far away, or conventional produce from a local farm? It’s a conundrum she called “the conflicting halos,” and the answer is simply to buy good food, mostly plants, and cook it at home.Home cooking  can build a sense of community. “Take time on a Sunday,” said Katzen, “and make it something you do with people.” Food preparation can be like doing “small crafts projects,” she said.Slowing down and being creative are all part of the picture too, said Katzen. When she had her own cooking show on television, “my model was Mr. Rogers.” But TV cooking shows now are “more like a gladiator sport, with a lot of sadism and tension,” she said. “I see this as adding to the worry.”Later that afternoon, Katzen was still worry-free, serving up samples of a kale and garlic sauté she tossed with olive oil and salt on an outdoor burner at the farmers’ market outside the Science Center, one of two sponsored weekly by Harvard’s Food Literacy Project.No dish is ever perfect, she said, wielding a big spoon from behind sunglasses. “But if you run across perfect, I’m not against it.”last_img read more

Innovation, collaboration key to inaugural projects in Library Lab

first_imgThe Harvard community has responded with insight and imagination to a call from the University’s Library Lab to collaborate with the Harvard Library and “to serve as co-creators of the information society of the future.” With generous support from the Arcadia Fund, Harvard’s Library Lab is designed to leverage the entrepreneurial aspirations of individuals across the University.A slide-show generator, a multimedia library without walls, a digital atlas viewer, and an online platform for library-related communities of knowledge were among the 10 collaborations proposed by members of the Harvard community and funded by the Library Lab.“It is clear,” states Harvard Library Executive Director Helen Shenton, “that innovation and collaboration are linked phenomena. And nowhere is the connection more apparent and more powerful than in library and information science. Each of these projects has the potential to make an original contribution to the way that our Library works.”The Library Lab is based on a laboratory model initiated at Harvard Law School Library. John Palfrey, the Law School’s vice dean for library and information resources and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, developed the Law School lab in response to a need for “innovation at the highest level.”“In the traditional library structure,” Palfrey says, “there’s not been an obvious center for innovation.”The University’s Library Lab is managed by Harvard’s Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC). “Our goal,” notes Stuart Shieber, OSC director and James O. Welch Jr. and Virginia B. Welch Professor of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, “is to provide concrete support for innovation and experimentation that will lead to improved library services.”In August, the Library Lab issued a call to students, faculty, and staff to submit proposals, and subsequently held public information sessions as well as office hours for potential applicants. By the Dec. 1 deadline, a total of 30 proposals had been submitted.On Feb. 1, the Library Lab review committee allocated up to $700,000 for 10 wide-ranging approved projects generated from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; the graduate Schools of design, government, and law; the Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; and the Harvard Library Office for Information Systems. The approved projects are from a variety of schools and departments and involve faculty, staff, and students. Each project will be created using open-source software and shared with as broad a community as possible.According to Shieber, new proposals are due April 1 and a second round of funding decisions will be announced in May. Harvard students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to apply. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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