first_imgComing from the small central New York town of Oneonta, Greg Ellis rose to the top as one of the most well-known and forward-thinking lighting designers in the music industry. You probably know him best from his work with Pretty Lights, but what you might not know is what Greg Ellis does when he’s not busy lighting up the amazing Derek Vincent Smith. Greg began his career in the music industry as the house lighting designer for the historic Toad’s Place in New Haven, Connecticut back in the early 2000’s. After doing that for several years, he received a call from his life-long friend (and current Production Manager and Front of House audio engineer of Pretty Lights) Phil Salvaggio to come out to Colorado in 2008 and work with Pretty Lights who was on the verge of taking off in his career. Greg packed up his car, headed west, and the rest is history.Having worked with Pretty Lights for nearly 10 years now, Greg has lit up some of the most historic venues in the U.S., including their nine annual trips to the renowned Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO. Now, he’s taking his production game to the ultimate next level with The Phoebus Cartel, a Visual Design group focusing on concert design, content creation, and live performance.This week, Greg Ellis will bring his production talents to Colorado for a blowout show at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO on Friday, January 26th. Euphonic Conceptions and Live Nation have teamed up to present Re:Creation, featuring Michal Menert and the Pretty Fantastics, Breaking Biscuits (Break Science w/ Marc Brownstein & Aron Magner of the Disco Biscuits), Late Night Radio (Live), Eliot Lipp, Dynohunter, and Unlimited Gravity (tix available here). Following this, he will be on the road with Break Science for their entire five-day Winter Tour. Some of these shows will take place in venues as small as a 300-person capacity, allowing for some of the most intimate shows the “Lazer Shark” has performed in nearly a decade. Here is what Greg Ellis had to say about his upcoming performances.L4LM: How did you come about with getting involved with the Re:creation show?Ellis: There were some other projects that weren’t able to come to fruition and this kinda popped up in the last couple weeks and the timing just happened to work out. The whole thing fell into place sort of magically. I’ve got a good rapport with those guys…Menert and I have worked together a couple of times, same with Break Science and the Disco Biscuit guys, Elliot Lipp, etc.. It’s going to be just like a family reunion.L4LM: Will you be doing production for all the artists on the bill? What can the attendees of these shows expect from you as far as production goes?Ellis: I’m gonna do it for everybody. I plan on lighting the whole night up!L4LM: Having worked with Pretty Lights for nearly a decade, what is it like from going from working with one artist for a such an extended amount of time to doing a show with multiple artists whom you haven’t had as much experience in working with?Ellis: Having been the house lighting designer for Toad’s Place for four years, I come from a background of doing lights for a different band and different styles of music every night. It’s easy for me to come into a situation like this, but at the same time this is a pretty high-profile gig with a bunch of different acts and I haven’t been in Denver in years. I put a lot of pressure on myself to rise to the occasion.L4LM: What can fans expect at this show? Will you be doing any video production or sticking to more of a traditional lasers and lights set up?Ellis: This show will be just lasers and lights. The video production would take up a lot of real estate and with so many acts performing, it would be a logistical nightmare. Using just lasers and lights, I can create a different aesthetic from set to set and really try to match moods a little bit more.L4LM: In regards to the Break Science tour, you did production for two shows with them in November, but how will that compare to doing five days straight with them all around Colorado?Ellis: That run is going to be crazy, I can’t tell you the last time I’ve done lights in these smaller rooms. That shit is going to be wild. It’s going to be a lot of fun! I’ve put together a pretty different set up from what people are used to seeing from me. I’m taking a very different approach to these shows. I’m putting a good amount of time programming and developing some new ideas so I can at the very least have some conceptual overtones throughout the run.Perhaps one of the biggest changes in the life of Greg Ellis comes from the inception of his new design firm, The Phoebus Cartel. Around a year and a half ago, Derek Vincent Smith sat down with Ellis in New Orleans and the pair began working on the possibilities of integrating analog-based visuals to match the often-times analog-based music.L4LM: You’ve said before that some of your early inspirations as a lighting designer came from Chris Kuroda (Phish) & Andy Walton (Radiohead), is there anyone that inspires you now that you’re heading into uncharted territories in dealing with analog-based visuals?Ellis: Because it’s such uncharted territory, some of the inspiration comes from the unknown. For me it’s been an interesting process because I’ve kind of just gone into it with a clean and unaffected mind between what is and isn’t possible. I’m taking things from the 80’s and 90’s and merging them with cutting edge technology and it’s creating opportunities that a lot of people maybe are afraid to venture down.L4LM: What sort of projects does the Phoebus Cartel have coming up that the people can check out?Ellis: Well I recently performed a show mostly to get the name out there in Atlanta at Aisle 5. I just wrapped up with creating a music video for the guys in Kung Fu, working on one for Break Science, and another video for a collab track with Marvel Years and Maddy O’Neal.L4LM: Are there any new technologies coming out now that you think will revolutionize the concert experience?Ellis: From a technology standpoint, virtual reality is a big thing. It’s starting to take off from a performance standpoint. I’ll be curious to see where that goes. I personally don’t know if there’s a place in it for my artistry or not yet. I feel like one of the most important things to me is the interconnectedness between everything–whether it be the people the venue, the band, myself, the crew. The communal aspect of live music is what makes it so special. Let’s be honest here, a virtual reality is kind of the polar opposite of that.L4LM: What about your work with Pretty Lights?Ellis: The stuff that he’s (Derek Vincent Smith) working on for his next album, which don’t even ask me when it’s coming out because I don’t have an answer…One of the highlights of one of the songs that’s been released is this line, “Human energy is a form of light”, which I took that concept and ran with it this past year. In essence, all the analog synthesis stuff gave me the ability to affect the live camera feed. It was a physical representation of that concept, taking their bodies and their energy on stage and literally turning it into an abstract light show. Had Derek not handed me that piece of equipment a year and a half ago, that never would have been possible. It was one of those things where the stars aligned, it just kind of naturally happened.L4LM: What would be your ideal show to do production?Ellis: I won’t rest until I do a headlining show at MSG, that’s the dream. Being a kid from New York, seeing several shows there, that’s the mecca. Madison Square Garden, that’s the dream venue.Greg Ellis is a self-proclaimed workaholic, and with all that he has going on the title is well deserved. 2018 is shaping up to be a huge year for the Lazer Shark and his new design firm The Phoebus Cartel. Be sure to check out his work as he makes his return to Colorado next week for the upcoming RE:CREATION show at the Fillmore Auditorium with Michal Menert & The Pretty Fantastics, Breaking Biscuits, Late Night Radio Live Band, Eliot Lipp, Dynohunter, and Unlimited Gravity on Friday, January 26 (tix available here).[article photos: Cait Falc Photography from PL NYE)[cover photo: Taylor Wallace (Alive Coverage) from the Phoebus Cartel Aisle 5 show]last_img read more

first_imgWinner of the Virginia Sprint Series Fast Friday Feature at Dixieland Speedway was Jeff Taylor. (Photo by Jim Haines) By Jim HainesELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (June 9) – New Jersey hotshot Jeff Taylor travels the country running his IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car and you never know where he may show up next … this week it was the winner’s circle when the Virginia Sprint Series traveled to Dixieland Speedway.Taylor had the lead from the initial green in the first Fast Friday Feature of the season and was a car length ahead of Daren Bola at the checkers.Mike Leraas, Jerald Harris and Brian Lawson rounded out the top five.Anthony Linkenhoker and Taylor paced the field early with Taylor showing the top side was the place to be. He made laps up top with Leraas in tow and Bolac charging toward the front.Dixieland is quick, short oval and at halfway the front pack was getting tight with Harris in the group and lapped traffic in the mix. Taylor stayed high as Leraas and Bolac were swapping se­cond.Bolac made a big push to get by Leraas for second. With three to go, Bolac got alongside Taylor in turns one and two up high but Taylor had a better line off two and got back in front.The white flag waved with Taylor clear of traffic and he stayed good to the checkered flag.The Virginia Sprint Series is next at Eastside Speedway in Waynesboro on Saturday, June 17.Feature results – 1. Jeff Taylor; 2. Daren Bolac; 3. Mike Leraas; 4. Jerald Harris; 5. Brian Law­son; 6. Bronzie Lawson; 7. Tom Humphries; 8. Anthony Linkenhoker; 9. Tony Harris; 10. Bill Rice; 11. Chris Ware; 12. Charlie Ware.last_img read more

first_imgAnd that, ultimately, will be what defines the career of this potentially franchise-shaping point guard, this made-in-L.A., made-for-L.A. floor leader who’s expected to only revive the championship aspirations of a 16-time title winner.How well Ball plays and how well, in turn, he lifts the teammates around him is all that matters once the Lakers open training camp today.There’s so much more to his story, of course, so many more things that every other team in the league won’t be forced to avoid as possible distractions this season.That’s assuming, naturally, that Ball is the only NBA player whose family is currently the subject of a TV show produced by the same folks responsible for “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”This one is called “Ball In The Family,” and the trampling invasion of cameras might be too much for some parents to handle. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersRelated Articles Test scores on rise BOYS VOLLEYBALL: Flintridge Prep takes aim on spot in Division V finals SOUTH BAY: Then again, LaVar Ball is the same father who in June appeared on WWE Raw – with Lonzo and youngest son LaMelo – and, at one point, pranced around the ring wearing a scowl but no shirt.“We don’t concern ourselves with that,” said Magic Johnson, who, as Lakers president of basketball operations, has to be concerned with everything Lakers. “The only time I’m going to concern myself with what he does off the court is if it affects his play on the court.”The guess here is that isn’t going to happen, that Ball won’t allow it to happen. He seems much too mature, much too well adjusted to living at the center of the circus.But players older and more NBA experienced have had their careers and lives derailed by off-court drama. As a team, the Lakers also traditionally have generated enough of their own soap opera storylines.For a franchise rebuilding everything from its roster to its reputation, the Lakers will be challenged enough dealing with the Western Conference without also having to survive themselves, too.For the record, Ball never had any issues with such things, at least publicly, during his one season at UCLA.He also insisted there would be no taping for the TV show once training camp begins, the Lakers entirely too familiar with what can go wrong when one of their players is recorded in a private setting, without his knowledge.“I think he’s tired of all this,” Johnson said of Ball, motioning toward a media horde that full-court pressed the Lakers here. “He’s like me. ‘I just want to play.’ I think he just wants to play.”Magic paused briefly and then did what made Magic famous around here years ago.He got out front and led “Showtime,” the Ball-infused enthusiasm that envelops this franchise resulting in so many people seeing a Lakers’ future worthy of the Lakers’ past.“Then, Saturday night,” Johnson said with wide eyes and a wider grin. “Sold out. In Anaheim. Wow! That’s when we’re going to get to see him play.”Yes, the Lakers do begin the preseason at Honda Center against Minnesota.And although the game isn’t actually sold out, it is notable that there’s this much anticipation for the start of games coming after four straight years when everyone couldn’t wait for the Lakers’ season to be over.“You know how you like somebody and you want to see them do well?” Johnson said. “This dude here deserves that. He’s just, ‘I’m just Lonzo.’ Everybody’s making a big fuss about him. But he’s not making a big fuss about himself.”Taken second in the NBA draft, Ball has risen to No. 1 by every other measure, his presence alone bringing an astounding amount of relevance to otherwise meaningless games this summer in Las Vegas.New Lakers center Brook Lopez on Monday called Ball “a transcendent talent.” Forward Larry Nance Jr. predicted the rookie is “going to be awesome.” Johnson already made headlines months ago when he called Ball the Lakers’ savior.“It seems like he’s got a crazy following,” Lopez said. “Everybody’s following his every move. But ’Zo is just ’Zo. He’s just chill. For as much as he has going on around him, you would never know.”Starting today, this basketball story continues. All the rest of it? Well, like “Ball In the Family,” the Lakers would prefer for that to remain somebody else’s reality. PreviousLakers center Brook Lopez talks to the media during the Lakers media day event at their new training facility in El Segundo on Monday, September 25, 2017. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Lonzo Ball greets Chris McGee, right, and James Worthy during the Lakers media day event at their new training facility in El Segundo on Monday, September 25, 2017. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Lakers top draft pick Lonzo Ball answers questions during the Lakers media day event at their new training facility in El Segundo on Monday, September 25, 2017. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsBrandon Ingram is photographed during the Lakers media day event at their new training facility in El Segundo on Monday, September 25, 2017. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Lonzo Ball conducts an interview at the Lakers media day event at their new training facility in El Segundo on Monday, September 25, 2017. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Lakers coach Luke Walton answers questions during the Lakers media day event at their new training facility in El Segundo on Monday, September 25, 2017. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Lakers top draft pick Lonzo Ball fields questions during the Lakers media day event at their new training facility in El Segundo on Monday, September 25, 2017. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Andrew Bogut talks about being signed as the newest Laker during the Lakers media day event at their new training facility in El Segundo on Monday, September 25, 2017. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Magic Johnson, Los Angels Lakers President of Basketball Operations, talks during a news conference at an NBA basketball media day at the UCLA Health Training Center in El Segundo, Calif., Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball poses for a picture during NBA basketball media day, in El Segundo, Calif., Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, right, shakes hands with Magic Johnson, president of basketball operations for the team, during NBA basketball media day in El Segundo, Calif., Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball waits to be interviewed during an NBA basketball media day at the UCLA Health Training Center in El Segundo, Calif., Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball poses for a picture during NBA basketball media day, in El Segundo, Calif., Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Kyle Kuzma is photographed at the Lakers media day event at their new training facility in El Segundo on Monday, September 25, 2017. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Lakers head coach Luke Walton conducts a radio interview during the Lakers media day event at their new training facility in El Segundo on Monday, September 25, 2017. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Lonzo Ball poses for photos at the Lakers media day event at their new training facility in El Segundo on Monday, September 25, 2017. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Brook Lopez during the Lakers media day event at their new training facility in El Segundo on Monday, September 25, 2017. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Jordan Clarkson is photographed during the Lakers media day event at their new training facility in El Segundo on Monday, September 25, 2017. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Vander Blue is photographed during the Lakers media day event at their new training facility in El Segundo on Monday, September 25, 2017. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Julius Randle is photographed during the Lakers media day event at their new training facility in El Segundo on Monday, September 25, 2017. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Jordan Clarkson is interviewed during the Lakers media day event at their new training facility in El Segundo on Monday, September 25, 2017. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Larry Nance, Jr. is photographed during the Lakers media day event at their new training facility in El Segundo on Monday, September 25, 2017. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Brook Lopez, left, and Larry Nance, Jr. have a chat as they wait to be photographed at the Lakers media day event at their new training facility in El Segundo on Monday, September 25, 2017. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Luol Deng is photographed at the Lakers media day event at their new training facility in El Segundo on Monday, September 25, 2017. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Coach Luke Walton is photographed at the Lakers media day event at their new training facility in El Segundo on Monday, September 25, 2017. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Ivica Zubac is photographed during the Lakers media day event at their new training facility in El Segundo on Monday, September 25, 2017. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Andrew Bogut talks about being signed as the newest Laker during the Lakers media day event at their new training facility in El Segundo on Monday, September 25, 2017. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Lakers top draft pick Lonzo Ball fields questions during the Lakers media day event at their new training facility in El Segundo on Monday, September 25, 2017. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson addresses the media at the Lakers media day event at their new training facility in El Segundo on Monday, September 25, 2017. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)From left, Larry Nance, Jr., Kyle Kuzma and Brook Lopez chat during the Lakers media day event at their new training facility in El Segundo on Monday, September 25, 2017. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Andrew Bogut talks about being signed as the newest Laker during the Lakers media day event at their new training facility in El Segundo on Monday, September 25, 2017. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson addresses the media at the Lakers media day event at their new training facility in El Segundo on Monday, September 25, 2017. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Lakers center Brook Lopez talks to the media during the Lakers media day event at their new training facility in El Segundo on Monday, September 25, 2017. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Lonzo Ball greets Chris McGee, right, and James Worthy during the Lakers media day event at their new training facility in El Segundo on Monday, September 25, 2017. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 32Lonzo Ball greets Chris McGee, right, and James Worthy during the Lakers media day event at their new training facility in El Segundo on Monday, September 25, 2017. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)ExpandEL SEGUNDO — There were questions about his rapping, about his often outrageous father, about his family’s reality television show.There also were questions about his hairstyle and shoe preference, appropriate since Lonzo Ball, like few NBA rookies before him, has been, in fact, exposed from head to toe.He had an answer for each Monday at Lakers media day, my favorite coming when the player who, at this stage, is equal helpings hope and hype articulated the reason for his relentless cool and unyielding confidence.“I’ve been playing basketball my entire life,” Ball explained. “I think I’m pretty good at it.” South Bay bankruptcies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgNBA superstar @StephenCurry30 discussing how @HowardU student inspired him to bring first division 1 Golf program for men and women to the university. @nbcwashington pic.twitter.com/SiHvIsTmee— Meagan Fitzgerald (@MeaganNBCDC) August 19, 2019“Golf is a sport that has changed my life in ways that are less tangible, but just as impactful,” Curry said in a release. “It’s a discipline that challenges your mental wherewithal from patience to focus, and is impossible to truly master, so when you hear about these passionate student athletes who have the talent but don’t have a fair shot at the game, it’s tough. I feel really honored to play a small role in the rich history of Howard University, and look forward to building their first men’s and women’s golf teams with them.”According to the Washington Post, Howard had Division II golf teams for decades before dissolving the programs in the 1970s. Now, after conversations with a student at Howard, Otis Ferguson, who said he gave up golf to attend the school, Curry has funded the rebirth of golf at Howard. Related News Now Howard will have those funds from Curry, which will be paid out over the next six years until the program becomes self-sustainable. “It’s a big opportunity for us to expose students to a game that oftentimes is played as business deals are decided and a game that generations of families can play together,” Howard President Wayne A.I. Frederick said.The Post noted it will take the school a year to hire a coach, recruit players and figure out course and tournament logistics. The program has targets the 2020-21 academic year to begin competition. Tiger Woods on missing Tour Championship: ‘I’ll be watching the guys on TV’ Thanks to NBA superstar and avid golfer Stephen Curry, Howard University is adding Division I golf teams for the first time in its history.Howard, a historically black university, made the announcement Monday that a seven-figure donation from Curry has enabled the university to form both men’s and women’s teams that will compete at the top level of collegiate golf. “No matter where you come from or what socioeconomic background you had, we all were that kid once upon a time that was just excited about finding out who they were as a person through athletics,” Curry said. “I was blessed at a young age that we could afford to play. I just think about how many kids, especially from underserved communities, have the talent to play but just don’t have the funds or the resources.”last_img read more