Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir kicked off his brief, country-spanning “Campfire Tour” last Friday, and stopped at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA for a great performance last night. Weir recently released Blue Mountain, his first full batch of solo songwriting in over 30 years. The album itself paints a beautiful picture of cowboy living, but the music truly comes to life witnessing Weir with a guitar in hand.At times Weir would play by himself, at others he would perform with his newly-arranged ensemble that includes Steve Kimock, Bryan Devendorf, Scott Devendorf, Jon Shaw and Josh Kaufman. While the show focused on the music of Blue Mountain, there were plenty of treats for Weir’s longtime fans. He even opened the show with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece,” and included “Big River,” “Friend of the Devil,” “Bird Song,” “Cassidy,” “Ship Of Fools,” “Standing On The Moon” and “Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad” throughout the performance. The encore saw Weir and his band play “Ki-Yi Bossie” and “Peggy-O,” closing out the night with the emotional two-song pairing.Thanks to YouTube user gridlifeTV, we can watch a handful of videos from the performance, including the great 14-minute version of “Bird Song”. Tune in below and enjoy.GonesvilleBird SongKi-Yi BossieThe full setlist can be seen below. [Photo courtesy of mattbusch28 // Instagram]
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI says two pipe bombs left at the offices of the Republican and Democratic national committees, discovered just before thousands of pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol, had actually been placed the night before. The FBI says the investigation revealed that the explosive devices had been placed outside the two buildings between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 5. The devices were not located by law enforcement until the next day. It is not clear whether that means the pipe bombs were unrelated to the next day’s riot or were part of the riot planning. Both buildings are within a few blocks of the Capitol.
18K Hogpen Hill ClimbUnicoi State Park, Ga., January 11When the words “hill” and “climb” are included in the name, you know it’s going to be a doozy of a race. This annual 18K takes place in the rolling hills of northeastern Georgia near Unicoi State Park. The first couple of miles are easy breezy downhill, but don’t let that fool you. The climb starts gradually at first before sharply increasing gradient in the last six miles for an overall elevation gain of 2,500 feet. Veteran hogs cite this race as one of the toughest road runs in Georgia but also one of the most accommodating. Digital timing, baggage check-in so you can have warm clothes at the finish, and organized shuttle buses for spectators make this a must-do for anyone trying to get an early start on those New Year’s resolutions. runthehogpen.orgFoot Levelers Blue Ridge MarathonRoanoke, Va., April 26When the Blue Ridge Marathon began in 2010, the course covered just 6,140 feet of elevation change. Now in its fourth year, this 26.2-miler covers a total of 7,430 feet of elevation change, thus justifying its title as America’s Toughest Road Marathon. The course follows some of the Blue Ridge Parkway, but racers will also find themselves weaving through Mill Mountain, Peakwood, and up to Roanoke Mountain. If this stout marathon is too big of a bite, try the half or new 10K route. blueridgemarathon.comBearwallow Beast 5KGerton, N.C., May 4It was only a few years ago when Bearwallow Mountain was in danger of being lost to development and the prospect of public access, let alone a public trail system, seemed like a far-fetched dream. But with the conservation efforts of Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and the Barnwell family, Bearwallow Mountain and the 165 acres surrounding its grassy knob are entirely protected and open to the public. This 5K celebrates that achievement and embraces hard work and persistence. The course is defined by a beast of a climb – over 1,400 feet – to the summit and incorporates asphalt, forest service roads, and singletrack. bearwallowbeast.comHatfield-McCoy Marathon and HalfWilliamson, W.Va., June 14A race named after a legendary 19th century family feud is sure to make for an interesting event. The Hatfields and the McCoys were two families who lived along the Big Sandy River near the border of Kentucky and West Virginia. Their relationship was fraught with violence, murder, revenge, and even intermarriage, resulting in a complex mess of family loyalties and social allies. Although seven of the Hatfields would eventually be sentenced to life in prison and another Hatfield sentenced to death, the family feud would continue for generations. To race in either the marathon or half, you’ll have to take a side. Since the event’s debut in 2000, the Hatfields are up 8 to 6. Choose wisely. hatfieldmccoymarathon.comBlue Ridge RelayVirginia / North Carolina, September 5-627,000 feet of elevation change. 208 miles. 36 legs. 4-12 team members. 12 hours. 2 vans. And you’re off. The Blue Ridge Relay is truly a one-of-a-kind race, starting at Grayson Highlands State Park near the base of Virginia’s highest peak, Mount Rogers, and winding its way toward Asheville, N.C. From the New River to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Grandfather Mountain, and Mount Mitchell, if you’re looking for a team building experience that will push your limits while highlighting some of the region’s most iconic attractions, the Blue Ridge Relay will be right up your alley. blueridgerelay.comBest of the RestOskar Blues 4 MilerBrevard, N.C., March 15 • pisgahrunning.comCooper River Bridge Run 10KCharleston, S.C., April 5 • bridgerun.comCharlottesville MarathonCharlottesville, Va., April 5. • charlottesvillemarathon.comCredit Union Cherry Blossom Ten MilerWashington, D.C., April 6 • cherryblossom.orgCharlotte RaceFest Half MarathonCharlotte, N.C., April 12 • charlotteracefest.comDismal Swamp Stomp Half MarathonChesapeake, Va., April 12 • dismalswampstomp.comThe Bear 5-Mile RunLinville, N.C., July • hopeformarrow.orgPeachtree Road Race 10KAtlanta, Ga., July 4 • peachtreeroadrace.orgParkersburg News & Sentinel Half MarathonParkersburg, W.Va., August • halfmarathons.netAsheville City Marathon & Half MarathonAsheville, N.C., September 27 • blogs2.citizen-times.comTucker Foundation Run For It 5KDavis, W.Va., September 28 • tuckerfoundation.netThe Genworth Virginia 10 MilerLynchburg, Va., September 28 • virginiatenmiler.comRace 13.1Winston-Salem, N.C., October 12 • race131.com/races/winston-salemGreensboro 5K, 13.1M, 26.2Greensboro, N.C., October 18 • greensboromarathon.comBaltimore MarathonBaltimore, Md., October 18 • thebaltimoremarathon.comAnthem Richmond MarathonRichmond, Va., November 15 • richmondmarathon.com_______________Check Out Our Other Race Ahead GuidesTrail RunningRoad RunningRoad BikingMountain BikingClimbingPaddlingMultisportsSnowsports
Update on the latest sports UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Nationals have put star pitcher Stephen Strasburg on the 60-day disabled list, ending his season. Nationals manager Dave Martinez says the right-hander will undergo carpal tunnel surgery next week. The 32-year-old signed a seven-year, $245 million contract with Washington during the offseason. He was 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA in two starts in 2020.In other major league news:— Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres is expected to miss two to three weeks while recovering from strains in his hamstring and quad. The club also said pitcher James Paxton won’t throw for 14 days because of a strained left forearm.— The Twins have added two more pitchers to their injured list. Jake Odorizzi is sidelined with bruised ribs and fellow right-hander Zack Littell is shut down because of right elbow inflammation. Both players were hurt during Friday’s 7-2 loss to the Royals. The Rockets’ offense stalled in OT after James Harden fouled out for the first time all season. Harden finished with 38 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.Jeff Green had 22 points for the Rockets, who again were without Russell Westbrook.NBA-COACH OF THE YEARNurse voted NBA Coach of the YearLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Nick Nurse was voted NBA Coach of the Year on Saturday after leading the defending champion Toronto Raptors to another 50-win season, this time without Kawhi (kuh-WY’) Leonard or a full schedule. WOMEN’S BRITISH OPENPopov takes 3-shot lead into final round of British OpenTROON, Scotland (AP) — Sophia Popov will take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Women’s British Open as she goes for her first major title. Popov shot a bogey-free, 4-under 67 to tie the low score of the third round at Royal Troon. The 27-year-old German was 4 under par overall and one of just three players under par after 54 holes. Minjee Lee of Australia and Jasmine Suwannapura of Thailand were the other two after both shot 69 to be tied for second place on 1 under. NASCAR-DOVER Hamlin wins againDOVER, Del (AP) — Denny Hamlin zipped past teammate Martin Truex Jr. with less than 10 laps to go and won Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway.Hamlin matched Kevin Harvick for the season victory lead with six, equaling his total from last season and closing within two of his career high set in 2010.Truex snapped a streak of five straight third-place finishes and ended up second. It’s his sixth straight top-10 finish.Kyle Busch was third to make it a sweep of the top three spots for Joe Gibbs Racing. Harvick was fourth and Chase Elliott fifth. Miami had four players score at least 20 points, led by 27 from Jimmy Butler. Goran Dragic (DRAH’-gihch) finished with 24 points Bam Adebayo (ad-ah-BY’-oh) had 22 with 11 rebounds, and Tyler Herro (HEE’-roh) scored 20. The Pacers opened the second half on a 12-2 run and cut their deficit to two three times in the fourth quarter before falling.Malcolm Brogdon set career playoff highs with 34 points and 14 assists for Indiana.The Thunder have pulled within two-games-to-one in their series by opening overtime on a 12-0 run before completing a 119-107 victory over the Rockets.Chris Paul had 26 points, including a pair of three-pointers during Oklahoma City’s overtime run. Dennis Schroeder (SHROO’-dur) was high man for the Thunder with 29 points. Associated Press NFL-NEWSBrowns CB Johnson released from hospital after liver injuryUNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Browns say cornerback Kevin Johnson has been released from the hospital and is doing well after suffering a lacerated liver in practice this week.The 28-year-old is expected to be back at the team’s facility in the next few days. He’ll have to go through COVID-19 protocols before he can be re-integrated into team activities. The Browns said his status will be evaluated on a “week by week basis.”Johnson was injured when he was landed on by rookie tight end Harrison Bryant as the two were battling for a pass during a red-zone drill. Nurse was a runaway winner, receiving 90 first-place votes from a panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters. Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer was second after leading the Bucks to the best record in the suspended season, earning 147 points. Oklahoma City’s Billy Donovan was third with 134 points. NHL-MILBURYMilbury silenced for rest of playoffsUNDATED (AP) — Mike Milbury is stepping away from broadcasting the rest of the NHL playoffs. August 22, 2020 — The Rays won for the 12th time in 14 games by defeating the Blue Jays, 2-1 on Kevin Kiermaier’s RBI single in the bottom of the 10th. Tampa Bay starter Aaron Slegers struck out five over four no-hit innings in his first start since July 2018 while with Minnesota.— Eddie Rosario slammed a three-run homer and Miguel Sano (sah-NOH’) added a solo shot and three RBIs in the Twins’ 7-2 victory against the Royals. Randy Dobnak’s ERA rose to 1.78,