Snarky Puppy hosted the first annual GroundUP Music Festival last weekend, spending three glorious nights under the Miami, FL sky from February 10th through the 12th. While the band’s achievements were being celebrated at the Grammy Awards, the musicians were doing what they do best, performing! For three beautiful days, Snarky Puppy and members of the GroundUP Music label set up shop across two stages – The Bandshell Stage & The Park Stage. Between exciting headliners like David Crosby and Chris Thile, exciting collaborations (including Mono Neon, Esperanza Spalding, and Jeff Coffin performing as artists-at-large), and just great jam sessions (John Medeski’s Mad Skillet comes to mind), it was a weekend filled with great music!What follows is a series of video and photo highlights captured over the three days, as provided by CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS. Enjoy!Friday, February 10Snarky Puppy: “What About Me?”David Crosby: “Déjà Vu – Woodstock” ft. Michael League (bass & guitar), Becca Stevens (guitar), Michelle Willis (keys) Late Night at Le Jardin Club at The Deauville HotelGhost-Note with special guest Jeff Coffin: “Ja-Make-Ya-Dance” Ghost-Note with special guest Mono Neon: “Shrill Tones – Can’t Get Right”Saturday, February 11Charlie Hunter Trio feat. Carter McLean (drums), Rob Dixon (sax) with special guest Jeff Coffin: “I Can’t Go For That” (Hall & Oates)Terence Blanchard featuring Michael League (bass), Bill Laurance (piano), Jamison Ross (drums) and Bob Lanzetti (guitar) of Snarky Puppy, with special guest Esperanza SpaldingSunday, February 12John Medeski’s Mad Skillet with Will Bernard, Kirk Joseph, Terence HigginsThe stage debut of Bokanté featuring Malika (vocals), Roosevelt Collier, Michael League and Snarky Puppy membersSnarky Puppy with Esperanza Spalding: “Grown Folks”Snarky Puppy with special guests Chris Thile, Jeff Coffin, Esperanza Spalding and other artists-at-largeAll photos and videos courtesy of CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS.
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0Shares0000Zinedine Zidane (left) has not seen eye-to-eye with Gareth Bales during his two spells in charge at Real Madrid © AFP / Janek SKARZYNSKIMADRID, Spain, Nov 25 – When Zinedine Zidane dropped Gareth Bale for a Champions League game against Paris Saint-Germain last year, Bale believed it was the beginning of the end at Real Madrid.Two seasons on he remains but Madrid face PSG again at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday, with the Welshman’s future still in doubt and his standing among the fans perhaps never lower. Madrid’s two last 16 legs against PSG in the Champions League in 2018, towards the end of Zidane’s first spell as coach and en route to their third consecutive European triumph, marked a turning-point between Bale and his coach.By leaving him out, Zidane’s message was clear: he did not trust Bale in the biggest matches. The pair hardly spoke for the rest of the season, even as Bale scored twice as a substitute in the final against Liverpool.Bale was set upon leaving that summer, only for Zidane to go instead, and while Bale stayed, Zidane came back and their relationship has been frosty ever since.But in the last few weeks, as Bale’s behaviour has wavered and the criticism increased, Zidane has become his staunchest defender.When Bale returned to London to visit his agent earlier this month, Zidane said he had permission to go. When Bale joined up with Wales despite missing six Real Madrid games through injury, Zidane said it was bad timing.And when Bale celebrated behind a flag that put his club lower down his list of priorities than his country and playing golf, Zidane urged the fans to remember his achievements.– ‘Too much noise’ –“I have said before, we need our fans with us,” said Zidane after the game on Saturday.“There’s a lot of noise, too much. He wants to be with us and do well and he’s done that. Talk, talk, talk, it’s not necessary. He’s a big part of the group and we are together.”Zidane’s pleas had fallen on deaf ears not long before, when the screeching whistles at the Bernabeu were loud enough to conclude the majority of fans were unimpressed and wanted to make their point.Yet after his introduction in the 67th minute of the 3-1 win over Real Sociedad, Bale played well and the whistles for his every touch gradually grew quieter.Gareth Bale quietened the whistles after being introduced from the bench in the 67th minute of the 3-1 win over Real Sociedad on Saturday © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUBy the end, there were some applauding as he almost capped a driving run with a goal. “He played 30 magnificent minutes,” said Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno.“He is a player that has the ability to help us a lot, he looks for space, has a good shot, can score. He was magnificent and we will need him for the challenges ahead.”– ‘We’re all united’ –Bale’s team-mates were supportive too. When Luka Modric added a third goal, following a neat exchange between Bale and Fede Valverde, Casemiro and Valverde sought Bale out to celebrate with him.“It was a way to show we’re all united,” said Valverde.“We are going to support him. I went over to hug him because I respect everything he gives me on a day-to-day basis. He is a good person, it is impossible not to love him.“He is training very well and contributing a lot on the field. The fans will end up appreciating him again. We are all fighting for him.”For Bale, the prospect of a rapprochement with Zidane is unlikely, even if the Frenchman is keen to maintain the peace for the sake of the team, particularly while the transfer window is closed.Clubs are not expected to bid in January and while a departure next summer seems more realistic, Bale has made a habit of unlikely revivals.Just as he delivered in defiance in the Champions League final against Liverpool, it would not be a surprise to see him produce again now, when criticism has been at its most intense.“These discussions are always very public and everyone has an opinion,” said Thibaut Courtois, who knows the challenges of winning over the Real Madrid supporters given his own history with Atletico.“Gareth has to give 100 per cent to the team. He played very well off the bench on Saturday and the third goal was a great move between him and Valverde. Now he has to win round the people.”0Shares0000(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)