Formed in 2015, YAM YAM established their roots after a group of seasoned Harrisburg, PA musicians joined forces in an effort to play 1970’s soul-inspired music with elements of funk, roots, and jazz heavily sprinkled into the mix. The five-piece band—consisting of keyboardist Mike Dempsey, bassist Xander Moppin, saxophonist Jason Mescia, guitarist Tom Fuller, and drummer Tyler Fuller—utilizes stripped-down instrumentation while capturing a high-energy, funky sound. In November, the band released their debut, self-titled album, recorded by Logan Summey at Mechanicsburg, PA’s Rock Mill Studio. YAM YAM has seen a wave of recent success in the wake of the release, as the 12-track album rose to No. 17 on the Billboard Jazz Albums charts.“Lawanda” is a fan-favorite track off of YAM YAM, which opens up with an infectious bass groove backed by an upbeat tambourine. The remaining three members of the band join in to round out their rhythm section as the quintet trickles into the song’s main theme. A heavy-hitting horn section adds some serious depth to “Lawanda”, as Tom Fuller circles his jazz master bandmates with an earworm of a rhythmic guitar riff. The funk-driven tune is capped off with the group’s silky-smooth collaborative vocal work, giving the listener no option but to clap their hands and bounce along to the groove.Today, Live For Live Music is pleased to debut YAM YAM’s video for “Lawanda”, based on bassist Xander Moppin’s inspiration from the film Superbad. Moppin shared the video’s origins, explaining:When we first sat down and wrote Lawanda, we had a good feeling about it, and we really wanted to shoot a music video for it, so when we were thinking of ideas, I remembered the Superbad intro and thought that a video inspired by that type of vibe would match really well with the song.Guitarist Tom Fuller had some additional thoughts, explaining:We sat down with [music video director] Josh [Nesmith of Nesmith Films] to go over the idea, and I said ‘let’s all just boogie in front of a green screen. And that’s really how we got the ball rolling. This style of music video really compliments the song, as well as portrays the personality of the band members well.You can check out the Live For Live Music premiere of YAM YAM’s new video for “Lawanda” below:YAM YAM – “Lawanda”[Video: YAM YAM]Fans can follow the band’s Facebook page to stay up to date with the band’s upcoming tour dates and new music. For more information, head to YAM YAM’s website here.
If you’ve driven east on the Long Island Expressway, you may have missed it. Or, you may have seen the blue sign that reads “Attractions at Exit 70” and dismissed the Shrine of Our Lady of the Island listed underneath it as some kind of roadside gathering of religious statues on a street corner.But winding through 70 acres of the Pine Barrens in Eastport, these peaceful paths seem more suited to a pilgrimage in the mountains of Spain, not sandwiched between two parades of weekenders heading out to the Hamptons. But here they are, completely silent except for a few birds calling back and forth in the trees above, a sanctuary that draws believers from all over to Long Island.At the end of the path is a man-made cavern with an empty pine box in the middle under a sign that reads, “You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen. He is not here. See the place where they laid him.”On one side a quarter-mile path is lined with the Stations of the Cross, wooden kneelers and codes that can be punched into your cell phone for a personal guided tour. A woman in the distance walks alone, stops to kneel at each one, and eventually disappears into the woods.Another woman holds a Bible and sits next to a small garden and a statue of the Virgin Mary, the entrance to the Rosary Walk, with 150 bushes sculpted into beads that end in a hedge shaped into a cross.The entrance to the Rosary WalkAbout a mile down the road a man strolls along the Avenue of Saints, where gifts like miniature statues, flowers and rosary beads are left at the feet of immortalized saints.There’s a chapel, an area for an outdoor mass, a coffee shop and a gift shop. But all of this leads to the main attraction, a towering statue of the Virgin Mary, “the Lady of the Island,” perched on a massive boulder.The shrine is Long Island through and through. The land was donated to the Montfort Missionaries by Crescenzo and Angelina Vigliota, Sr. in 1953 for a shrine to honor Mary. In 1957 the Harrisons of East Moriches gifted the rock and surrounding areas overlooking Moriches Bay. In 1975 the 18-foot statue of Mary and Jesus, designed by Rafael Desoto of Patchogue, was gifted by the Vigliotta family.The Beloved Disciple at the Foot of the Cross statue along the Stations of the Cross trailThe grounds also include a huge replica of the Pieta, the Holy Stairs—a massive concrete staircase leading to a likeness of Jesus on the Cross. Candles, left by past visitors, are still lit, and along the ledge there are messages written on stone. Some are prayers, some are pleas for healing. Others offer messages to the dead. More notes written in ink and marker cover the sign. And others simply offer words of gratitude like this one: “Thanks for everything —Justin.”On July 10 beginning at 10 a.m. the shrine will host the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue – World Apostolate of Fatima, a wooden hand-carved Image of Our Lady of Fatima given to the United States by the Bishop of Fatima in 1967, blessed by Pope Paul VI and crowned by Cardinal O’Boyle in the National Basilica in Washington, D.C., to spread the message of Fatima, which began in the summer of 1916 with the first apparition to three shepherd children by the Angel of Peace in Fatima, Portugal. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York
The Coral Welsh Grand National from Chepstow on 27 December will mark Channel 4’s final racing broadcast, as the UK broadcaster bows out from the sport following 32 years of coverage.Channel 4 management confirmed that its ‘4 Racing’ program would finish the day after Boxing Day and that 4 Racing would not broadcast scheduled racing from Newbury on New Year’s Eve.Detailing its decision not to broadcast racing content on the 31st of December, Channel 4 stated that it had found ‘logistical difficulties’ in the handover of third party broadcast equipment to ITV, UK racing’s new terrestrial broadcaster who will begin its coverage on 1 January.The broadcaster released the following statement relating to its final racing show“Channel 4 is proud of our 32-year association with British horse racing. Over this period, we have continually delivered above and beyond our contractual requirements.”“We have delivered more coverage of racing than any other terrestrial broadcaster and our investment in award-winning weekly coverage has delivered a 10 million audience for the Grand National and numerous innovations, from the jockeycam to the horsetracker.”“Our final racing broadcast will be on Tuesday 27 December and will retain its strong production value. We would like to thank the horse racing industry for 32 fun-filled and dramatic years and wish them the very best for the future.” ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Share Oliver Dowden calls on ‘best and brightest’ to help restart UK sports May 21, 2020 Related Articles ITV Racing begins contract renegotiations with UK Racing May 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share