This past weekend marked the transplanted return of Bear Creek, which opened up as the Bear Creek Bayou Festival at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans, LA. With thousands assembled for the exciting festival, many flocked to the Howlin’ Wolf for some late night fun, in the form of a funky tribute to the late great Bernie Worrell.Worrell sadly passed away due to cancer earlier this year, and an all-star crew of musicians came out to perform in his honor. The full lineup for the show included Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Ian Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Nick Daniels (Dumpstaphunk), Nigel Hall (Lettuce), Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power), Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce), Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce), Jen Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), and TJ Norris.The musicians took turns sharing stories about the late Worrell, only adding to the emotional significance of the night. It was the music that shined through, as the band brought out countless classics from Worrell’s catalog. Among the many played was “Mothership Connection,” a P-Funk regular that featured Worrell’s iconic synth playing.Fortunately, our own Rex Thomson was on hand to capture this moment. Watch this all-star lineup’s great version of “Mothership Connection,” streaming below.For fans of Nikki Glaspie, Eric “Benny” Bloom, and Ryan Zoidis, be sure not to miss them perform a special tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire alongside Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Natalie Cressman, Skerik, and more at the second annual Brooklyn Comes Alive, a multi-venue music festival with over 50 artists performing throughout Brooklyn on October 22nd. All the information you need to know is located right here.
The No. 2 USC women’s golf team has begun its 2016 season this week by competing at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate in Orlando, Florida, which began on Sunday and will wrap up Tuesday. Through 36 holes played at Reunion Resort on Sunday and Monday, USC is currently tied with No. 22 South Carolina for fourth place in the team standings at 12-under.The Women of Troy entered Monday’s second round tied for third place in the team standings, but ultimately fell to fourth after recording a team score of 3-under; they were passed by Georgia who finished with a round two team-score of 9-under on Monday.As an individual, redshirt senior Victoria Morgan was a team-best 3-under in Monday’s round two. Overall, Morgan is tied for 12th at the tournament with a score of 5-under through the first 36 holes.“I was just hitting the ball really well out there [Monday], I think I only missed like one green,” Morgan said. “My putting was kind of off, but I made things easier on myself because I was hitting the ball so straight.”Play at the ANNIKA was temporarily delayed on Tuesday due to disruptive weather conditions. Several players’ rounds were interrupted mid-hole and halted until conditions improved — this was the case for Morgan.“I had a six-foot birdie shot coming, and I marked my ball … but then the horns blew and I had to go inside before I could finish,” Morgan said regarding the delay. “I was stressing about that putt for like an hour-and-a-half, but I ended up making it; so it’s all good.”Also tied with Morgan for 12th place (-5) in the tournament standings is senior Tiffany Chan. After scoring 5-under in the opening round on Sunday, Chan finished with a round two score of par. Senior Gabriella Then is tied for 20th (-3), while sophomore Robyn Ree is tied for 34th (+1). After scoring one-over in both rounds one and two, senior Karen Chung is tied for 36th (+2) in the player standings.USC (-12), is 13 strokes behind tournament-leading UCLA (-25) in the team standings entering Tuesday’s final round of play.“Our goal was to win out here, and it still is,” Morgan said. “Our team has an incredible amount of talent; the five players that we have here are capable of shooting some really low numbers on any given day, so if we all bring our game [Tuesday] there’s no reason we can’t come back.”The team begins final round play Tuesday morning with South Carolina and Florida.
Reigning champions West Indies have qualified automatically for next year’s Twenty World Cup in Australia. West Indies won the T20 World Cup for the second time back in 2016 when they beat England in a dramatic final in Kolkata.Since then, their form has been erratic, however. In 2017, they won six of 11 matches and last year, managed a mere two wins in 13 outings, while losing to Pakistan and India in 3-0 clean sweeps.For the Windies, the news of their direct qualification will be welcomed, especially after the disappointment of missing out on a direct route to the ICC 50-overs World Cup in England next May.They were forced to go through a 10-team qualifier in Zimbabwe last March in order to book their place at an event they have won twice.Top-ranked Pakistan, India, England, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand are the other automatic qualifiers for next year’s T20 World Cup from October 18 to November 15. Six teams from the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier later this year while join Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the group stage, with four qualifying to the Super 12 stage. The Caribbean side booked their spot by virtue of their current seventh place in the ICC T20 rankings at year end, with the top eight teams including hosts Australia, all securing their places at the showpiece. Former champions and three-time finalists Sri Lanka ranked ninth and Bangladesh, 10th, will have to go through the group stage of the tournament with six other qualifiers in order to make the Super 12s. Minnows Afghanistan, coached by Trinidadian and former West Indies head coach Phil Simmons, also qualified directly by virtue of their eighth place in the rankings.