PREMIERE: The Fritz Shares Soul-Driven “Stuck In Between” Video From Asheville Homecoming Show [Watch]
Asheville, NC-based dance rock band The Fritz has been steadily gaining steam since their formation in 2010. The five-piece band—consisting of guitarist Jamie Hendrickson, bassist Jake O’ Connor, drummer Michael Tillis, vocalist/ keyboardist Jamar Woods, and percussionist Mikey “Spice” Evans—take on an aggressive approach to funk, soul, and rock, creating a sound that is uniquely their own with high-energy and groovy dance tracks. With powerful vocals, climactic solos, and tight grooves, The Fritz has built a devoted following as they captivate audiences across the country.In October 2018, the quintet released their latest studio effort, ECHO, recorded at Asheville’s Echo Mountain Recording Studios. The LP features Trey Anastasio Band’s Natalie Cressman on trombone, and Snarky Puppy’s Chris Bullock and Justin Stanton on trumpet and saxophone.In February, The Fritz were on the road supporting Baltimore-based funk quartet Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. While on tour, the quintet celebrated a special homecoming show at The Orange Peel in Asheville. During their noteworthy opening set, The Fritz delivered an exploratory 10-minute rendition of “Stuck in Between”. Backed by a prominent bass line and tight-knit groove behind the kit, The Fritz’s recent take on “Stuck in Between” hits all of the feels. The track has a slight ’80s disco vibe highlighted by Jamar Woods’ funky work on the synth. Moving out of the song’s intro, Woods takes a soulful lead on vocals as the sold-out Asheville crowd boogies along. Before crashing back into the chorus, Hendrickson soars off into hyperspace with an ever-evolving guitar solo, backed by his faithful bandmates pushing him on.Today, Live For Live Music is pleased to debut The Fritz’s pro-shot video for “Stuck in Between”. Woods explains,It’s always a pleasure playing in our hometown. The crowd has great energy and trusts us so we can take chances and play off what they’re giving to us. And having our friends at IAMAVL.com being able to come out and shoot this video to commemorate the occasion just adds to the hometown feel.You can check out the Live For Live Music premiere of The Fritz’s new “Stuck in Between” video below:The Fritz – “Stuck in Between” – Live at The Orange Peel[Video: The Fritz]The Fritz has a busy 2019 ahead of them including festival appearances at Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s Domefest, Suwannee Rising, Tom Tom Festival, and Sustain With Sound Festival. You can check out a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates below, and head to The Fritz’s website for ticketing and more information.The Fritz 2019 Tour Dates:3/14 – 8×10 – Baltimore, MD3/15 – Dogfish Head Brewery – Rehoboth Beach, DE3/16 – Sprout Music Collective – West Chester, PA3/17 – Garcia’s at The Capital Theatre – Port Chester, PA4/04-4/06 – Suwannee Rising – Live Oak, FL4/11 – Live at Lake Raleigh – Raleigh, NC4/12 – Tom Tom Festival Charlottesville, VA4/13 – Sierra Nevada Brewery – Mills River, NC4/25 – The Glass House – Lynchburg, VA4/26 – Gypsy Sally’s – Washington, DC4/27 – Sustain With Sound Festival – Wilmington, NC5/16-5/18 – Domefest – Masontown, WV5/31 – The Pour House – Charleston, SC6/01 – 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL6/06 – Radio Room – Greenville, SC6/07 – Aisle 5 – Atlanta, GA7/27 – Gathering at Chafees – Girard, PAView Tour Dates
Dave Helmly, head of strategic development for Broadcast at Adobe®, has forged a distinguished career in video and imaging, helping professional creators nail their workflows.As a #DellInsideCircle member, Dave uses Dell Precision mobile workstations daily with his team of 15 international field representatives. We sat down with him to hear his thoughts on the role of technology in video and image editing, which technologies get him most excited, and how he expects the industry to evolve. Matt: What technology really excites you? Are there specific trends you are seeing?Dave: Our team’s daily job is more about being trusted advisors to our customers who are looking to spend their money wisely to create fast and solid edit stations. Most of my test projects are based on real-world work from customers looking to increase their output to post and deliver content faster. I use these projects to test workflows and ensure speed and stability for the work they need to do now – and in some cases the work they will need to do in the future.Technology like Intel’s Thunderbolt™ has been a game changer in our industry from fast backups to simplifying local RAID storage setups to faster networking for laptops. Other technology like VR 360 video was discovered early on and became a feature set in our products. Usage of VR has shifted from being a consumer visual walkthrough tool to a professional one. AI technologies, like our own Adobe Sensei™, are advancing at lightning speed every month. We are working on some very cool AI tech for video creators. Check out the sneak peek of Project FastMask from Adobe MAX a few years ago: It’s available now in beta in After Effects® as Roto Brush 2.The majority of my day-to-day customers are leaders in the US media and broadcast space. I also work with Hollywood editors, well known YouTubers, and leading film schools. The biggest trend and number one topic on any given day since the pandemic hit is remote editing. I see HDR and 10-bit displays becoming the norm the same way HD video took over a few years ago. Nearly all of my customers have stated that delivering HDR content is a top priority for them and they need the right tools and workflows to ensure they can update their supply chains with HDR content. As a result, you’ll see more enhanced and simpler HDR video workflows from us. Matt: As a #DellInsideCircle member, you recently tried out the Precision 5750 mobile workstation. What were your first impressions? Dave: The design is sleek, slim, and lightweight. It’s hard to believe it’s a 17-inch because it fits into my 15-inch laptop case with ease. It’s a powerhouse; I was also able to run several test projects in Adobe Premiere® Pro with 4K edits and 8K edits. I was using a Dell 5530 2-in-1, and I still love that machine, but there’s no question that this one is much faster. I would recommend it to any peers in my field.Dave Helmly working on Adobe Creative Cloud with a Dell Precision workstation in his studioMatt: If you had $5,000 to build an at-home editing studio, what would you invest in? Dave: If I were to advise someone on what to consider within their budget, other than your workstation and Adobe Creative Cloud®, I’d suggest a standup desk that adjusts up and down, a high-end webcam like a Sony or Canon DSLR for web meetings – as a video editor, your image is everything, an Ultrawide HDR Display, and Thunderbolt 3 raid for local projects.If you have another $5,000, then definitely upgrade to the main editing hardware. Newer technologies like NVMe drives, NVIDIA RTX GPUs, and 10th Gen Intel® Core™ or Xeon® processors would benefit any workflow.Matt: You have been in the industry for over 35 years and with Adobe for almost 25 years. What key technologies have been industry gamechangers?Dave: Both Photoshop® and Premiere have been around for 30 years and have created the imaging and video standards that the industry has been built around. Many of the advancements we see around digital cameras, HDR displays, compute power, drive access and speeds, drive capacity, and real-time GPU effects are a direct result of the need to create faster and do work that stands out from the crowd. You see this every day on YouTube where successful creators deliver high quality videos that have now reached 8K frame size and playback. They are setting the pace for what you’ll see from broadcasters. Matt: Any predictions for the industry?Dave: Overall, remote editing has been quite successful for most customers but the lack of face-to-face meetings in the office has made working as a team more difficult. The number one thing I hear customers wish for is better collaboration tools for remote team editing so that multiple people can simultaneously edit or review the same project. I believe cloud-based workflows will become the norm for film and broadcast editing. It will happen fast, within two to three years. Cloud-based rendering and delivery will shorten the time to the supply chain and bring overall costs down as the cost of cloud compute equals out. We will still require high-end local workstations as the risk of moving to the cloud 100% for compute is too high. Currently, it’s more about having a seamless connection to the cloud. Matt: Who are your favorite creators to follow on social media and who should we watch out for?Dave: The first one that comes to mind is Devin Graham (Devin Supertramp). I met him early on in his career and introduced him to RED Camera several years ago. As a result, I’m a better RED shooter myself. Devin always shares his workflow on his Behind-the-Scenes channel and answers questions on shooting techniques and which lens to use. Peter Hollens is another one to watch. He has a fresh look to his edits that just pull you into his world. On the tech side – it’s hard to match Linus Tech Tips. I have a lot of respect for him and his team’s passion for advancements in technology. He can be brutal to software companies like ours, but he drives us to do better in terms of performance and stability. Matt: What’s your most prized possession?Dave: This one is easy. It’s relationships with like-minded people. Engaging in tech conversations with customers, peers, and friends make Mondays okay.
BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 6) – The IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s Deery Brothers Summer Series event rescheduled from Monday to Thursday has now been canceled.“With the rain earlier this week, there’s just no dry spot left in the pit area. We’ve waited as long as we can for the grounds to dry and drain, and it’s just not happening,” explained IMCA President Brett Root. “The Boone Speedway property cannot hold any more race car haulers and pitting our Late Model competitors off the property is not possible. We apologize to those competitors and the loyal Deery Series fans.”The 32nd annual series now ends with the Governor’s Cup event at Davenport Speedway on Sept. 21.Qualifying for both Modified and Stock Car divisions is now underway at Boone.