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– Marisa Frydman (@musicalmarisa) Last night, a small group of hard-core Mumford & Sons fans gathered at NYC’s (le) poisson rogue for the hottest ticket in town, an intimate secret show announced by the Grammy winning folk-rock band only 24 hours before. The 700-member audience, studded with celebrities and music industry professionals, grew more excited as each moment drew closer to the band’s entrance. The price for the event itself was right at $40 a ticket, that is if you were lucky enough to get a ticket before they quickly sold out only minutes after going on sale. And as the four gentlemen of Mumford & Sons took the stage, the energy in the small Greenwich Village venue was electric.There were however, two glaring, catches at the sold out performance, and the first occurred before crowd members set foot in the venue itself. Upon checking in, all audience members were required to hand over their cell phones, as per the band’s request. This was due to the second catch of the evening, the fact that Mumford & Sons would be previewing new music off of their upcoming unreleased album, Wilder Mind, and they did not want it recorded or released to the public. What I didn’t realize is that only new music would be played, the only song that the crowd was familiar with was their recently released single “Believe”. Those in attendance essentially became human guinea pigs for the band as they tested out new material on us and gaged our reaction accordingly. Marcus Mumford even offered his thanks to us all for doing so.The intimate secret show last night was very interesting to say the least and while I cannot tell you the tempos or styles of any particular song that was played last night, it’s safe to say this. If the song selection at last night’s show is any indication, then expect the band to stick with the identity that they have already established. For some, it may be disappointing to hear that their song-writing style did not morph, grow, or evolve into something new and fresh since the release of their widely praised album Babel. However, it was still very cool to see such a larger than life band in an intimate setting and so appreciative of their fans. Although the music they played left something to be desired, Mumford & Sons succeeded in putting on a good ol’ rock show at an unlikely venue. It was nice to see a band that famous give back to their biggest fans and supporters, it is certainly an experience they will not forget. See below for last night’s set list:
View Comments Broadway’s talented dancers aren’t letting the COVID-19 pandemic stop them from keeping active and sharing their skills. Tony-winning producer Jenna Segal has announced a series of at-home exercise classes titled Get in Shape Grrrl—Broadway COVID Series taught by main-stem movers. Ashley Fitzgerald Kelly, a standout dancer of The Cher Show, jump-started the series this week with a tribute to that glittering musical.”The unthinkable happened when Broadway closed,” said Segal in a statement. “As a mom at home with three kids and as a producer of women’s works with multiple projects suddenly halted, I thought, ‘Women know how to take a situation and creatively engage, so what can I do?’ I adore all the dancers I’ve worked with on Broadway and in the ballet so I decided to hire them to get us all moving!””During this time when we all need to hunker down and stay at home, I want to ensure that we can remain upbeat, moving, healthy and positive through fun cardio and muscle-toning sessions for the whole family,” added Kelly, who met Segal while performing in Gigi on Broadway. While the classes are free, Kelly says, “We are asking for people who want to take care of the community to donate to Broadway Cares.”Each dance-exercise session, themed by specific show, combines a mix of 10-minute short workouts to get energy going along with 45-minute sessions full of strength training and cardio. Some workouts will be taught live and others will be pre-recorded and posted at specific times. Playlists will appear on Spotify.On the series’ docket is a Moulin Rouge!-themed class taught by Khori Michelle Petinaud; also scheduled is hoofer Chip Abbott hat-tipping Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Carleigh Bettiol and Karla García honoring Hamilton, Alison Solomon teaching from Beautiful—The Carole King Musical, Justin Prescott looking back to Fela!, Chris Vo offering a Broadway mashup, Stephen Hanna teaching to Hello, Dolly! and Nancy Braun dancing to Beetlejuice.For more information about the series of classes, click here.
The biggest gaming event in Latin America came to an end on October 14. At the Expo Center Norte, over 300,000 visitors gathered to enjoy the event that included the Brasil Game Cup finals.On stage, W7M Gaming raised the cup as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive champions. The female title went to the new team OpTic Brasil that continues to dominate the region. Encore e-Sports finished in first place in the Dota 2 final.The Brasil Game Show had international guests like League of Legends stars Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg, and Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell from Team SoloMid.This event provided just a glimpse of the potential of esports not only in Brazil but in Latin America.PRINGLES GAMES CELEBRATION The Professional League of Videogames (LVP in Spanish) announced the launching of four national League of Legends tournaments in Latin America. After the success of the Circuit of Legends, LVP decided to create national leagues in Chile, Peru, Argentina, Mexico, and Colombia.Every league will feature eight teams competing in two different seasons. The Circuit of Legends will continue with the teams that conquer the amateur competition can move forward to the national leagues.Latin America remains an emerging region when it comes to League of Legends but times are changing. In the 2018 World Championship, the representative of Latin America North went head to head with G2 from the EU LCS in the second round of the play-in stage. The national leagues alongside the Circuit of Legends are the first step for aspiring professional players. Nurturing young talent is the key to improve the region, and Latin America is ready for it.Subscribe to ESI on YouTube Early this year, Riot Games announced the merge between the Latin America North League (LLN) and the Latin America South Cup (CSL) into the new Latin American League (LLA). Based in Santiago, Chile, this new league would try to emulate the format of the NA LCS and the EU LCS.In order to join, organisations had to show a marketing plan, plus a business and sports plan in a similar fashion to the application process for both the NA LCS and the EU LCS. The eight teams that are joining the league are as follows: All KnightsFurios GamingInFinity eSportsIsurus GamingKaos Latin GamersPixel Esports ClubPredators EsportsRainbow7The change doesn’t come without challenges – with most of the organisations are coming from Mexico and Argentina. Moving to a new country is far from ideal for well-established organisations that through the years have grown a following in their home countries.Chile is now the destination in Latin America for League of Legends fans.BRASIL GAME SHOW It’s not always easy to keep up with Latin America and its fast-growing esports scene. From new organisations to successful tournaments, ESI brings you our top five stories from the region in the last two months.OPTIC GAMING ACQUIRES BRAZILIAN ALL-FEMALE ROSTER Another major gaming event is set to take place soon – this time at the World Trade Centre in Mexico City. On November 9, over 15,000 visitors will gather for the fourth edition of the Pringles Games Celebration.Two stages will play host to a broad variety of esports events, including the Red Bull M.E.O, and the first LATAM Fortnite tournament. Attendees will have access to the 250 gaming stations, exhibitors, and conferences.Mexico, as one of the most populated countries in Latin America, has a fast-growing esports scene. Events like Pringles Games Celebration are bringing together the communities and creating opportunities for amateurs and professionals alike. This event keeps growing every year and without a doubt will become a reference point for the confident in a couple of years.LVP ANNOUNCES NATIONAL LEAGUES IN CHILE, PERU, MEXICO, ARGENTINA, AND COLOMBIA Back in September, North American organisation OpTic Gaming announced the signing of a new Brazilian Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster. The organisation keeps expanding its international presence and this time, OpTic decided to enter Brazil with an all-female team.The roster continues to dominate the competitive scene in Brazil. Most recently, the roster took home the Brasil Game Cup. The all-female roster is one of the most successful in the country with multiple titles under their belts.OpTic clearly provides a stable structure that will allow the players to continue their road to success. Brazil is a hot spot for North American teams with organisations like Team Liquid competing in the Brazilian circuit.Whilst foreign investment improves the region overall, it also puts systemic pressure on the local organisations who need to step up their game if they wish to stay on the level of a team like OpTic Brazil.RIOT ANNOUNCES LATIN AMERICAN LEAGUE (LLA)
Netball South Africa President Cecilia Molokwane has fully recovered from Covid-19 after being in quarantine for the past two weeks.Molokwane had travelled to the United Kingdom and had several meetings with heads of various sports federations including the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa prior to her testing positive.Molokwane has been in quarantine as per instructions by her medical doctor and has since gone back to retest.The results came back on Saturday and Molokwane has now tested negative. She joins over 50 people in South Africa, who have recovered from the pandemic.South Africa has 1 585 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.Molokwane also confirmed that none of the persons she interacted with upon her return from the UK have tested positive.“Following my results, both my Medical Doctor Sam Manthata and MEC for Health in Limpopo Dr. Phophi Ramathuba recommended that I be in quarantine for at least two weeks before I can retest again,” she said in a press release on Sunday morning.Molokwane revealed that this has been a nightmare experience, and urged everyone to take the virus seriously.“It is such an exhausting exercise however it’s worth it to be self-quarantined for my sake and the sake of those close to you. I have a 3-year-old daughter not being able to even give her a hug is a nightmare; one needs to be self-disciplined because the virus doesn’t move however people do,” she said.“This virus is serious, and I see people not taking it seriously and it worries me, I will continue with my family to adhere to the precautions and the lockdown.“To all those that were praying for me and those who never judges me and supported me a big thank you. Coronavirus knows no colour, race, gender, religion whether rich or poor it will get you, so for us to safe the country please stay at home and be safe.”– Sport24For more news your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.