Jamtronica trio SunSquabi has announced their first batch of headlining tour dates for the coming year with 12 shows scheduled throughout the first few weeks of 2019. The Denver-based outfit’s Friday announcement follows the previous news that they would also be climbing aboard the Norwegian Jade as part of Jam Cruise 17 in late January.The winter tour will begin with a concert in front of their hometown fans with Too Many Zooz and The Hip Abduction at The Fillmore in Denver, Colorado on January 26th. The band will then make stops at venues throughout the western U.S. including Neurolux in Boise, ID (1/30); Neumos in Seattle, WA (1/31); Wonder Ballroom in Portland, OR (2/2); Wow Hall in the jam-friendly city of Eugene, OR (2/6); Crystal Bay in Reno, NV (2/7); Atrium in Santa Cruz, CA (2/9); Winston’s in San Diego, CA (2/15); and The Morrocan in Los Angeles, CA (2/16), just to name a few. SunSquabi will conclude their winter 2019 run with an appearance a M3F Fest in Phoenix, Arizona on March 2nd, which also includes sets from Umphrey’s McGee, Lettuce, and Twiddle.The winter tour will also mark the first run of shows following the release of SunSquabi’s forthcoming studio album, Instinct, which arrives on January 11th. The band previously released and debuted three new songs from Instinct including “Caterpillar”, “Chrysalis”, and “Night Moth”, as part of their pre-album ‘Metamorphosis’ Series. With fans having already been introduced to some of the new material in a live setting, they’ll be just as happy to head to the merch table to buy the new album by the time SunSquabi hit the road in January.SunSquabi toured pretty extensively throughout the fall months of 2018, which included some shows opening up for Umphrey’s and STS9. They also performed down at Suwannee Hulaween in Live Oak, FL back in late October.Tickets for the SunSquabi’s headlining shows on the upcoming tour are on sale now via the tour page on the band’s website. $1 from each ticket sold on the upcoming tour will be donated by the band to the Can’d Aid Foundation.SunSquabi Winter 2019 Tour DatesJan. 15 – Miami, FL – Jam CruiseJan. 26 – Denver, CO – FillmoreJan. 30 – Boise, ID – NeuroluxJan. 31 – Seattle, WA – NeumosFeb. 1 – Bellingham, WA – Wild BuffaloFeb. 2 – Portland, OR – Wonder BallroomFeb. 5 – Bend, OR – Volcanic Theatre PubFeb. 6 – Eugene, OR – Wow HallFeb. 7 – Reno, NV – Crystal BayFeb. 8 – Berkeley, CA – CornerstoneFeb. 9 – Santa Cruz, CA – AtriumFeb. 15 – San Diego, CA – Winston’sFeb. 16 – Los Angeles, CA – The MorrocanMar. 2 – Phoenix, AZ – M3F FestView All 2019 Tour Dates
The United States is ending its combat mission in Iraq, but the U.S. will remain involved in helping the country transition to a stable and peaceful democracy. That was the message delivered by President Obama in a nationwide address August 31.“We have sent our young men and women to make enormous sacrifices in Iraq, and spent vast resources abroad at a time of tight budgets at home,” the president told the American people. “Through this remarkable chapter in the history of the United States and Iraq, we have met our responsibility. Now, it’s time to turn the page.”The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq began on March 20, 2003. At one point more than 250,000 coalition forces were stationed in Iraq although fewer than 50,000 American soldiers remain. Meghan O’Sullivan, Harvard Kennedy School Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, who served as special assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for Iraq and Afghanistan from 2004 to 2007, says a hasty retreat from Iraq would undermine U.S. long-term interests.“Despite the fact that many Americans might want to see the end of U.S. involvement in Iraq, U.S. interests in Iraq are substantial and the prospects for success in that country are still significantly uncertain enough that continued U.S. engagement is an imperative,” she says.
Dallas Keuchel news: Braves agree to deal with 2015 AL Cy Young winner Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia on Saturday will make what could be his final start in Cleveland, where he began his MLB career in 2001.But the 38-year-old veteran, who is retiring after this season, is not about to let the trip down memory lane get so sentimental and “mushy” he loses focus. Sabathia, who is 3-2 with a 3.61 ERA this year, will face Indians right-hander Adam Plutko (1-1, 6.35 ERA) in Saturday’s game at 4:10 p.m. ET. “It’s fun to be in these moments now where I’m here, when it’s Cleveland and it’s a place I played,” Sabathia said (via Cleveland.com). “It’ll be fun to deal with this weekend. But, not really. I wish I was more sentimental in that way, but no.”But there will be memories. Sabathia played his first eight seasons in Cleveland, earning 106 of his 249 career MLB wins there, along with a Cy Young Award (2007). Related News “It was a great time for me,” Sabathia said. “I was out here early today and just walking around and it’s weird, man. I don’t have like memories good or bad either way. It’s just memories, you know what I’m saying? It’s a weird thing, and it just feels so comfortable to be in this park.”Sabathia told Cleveland.com that as a young pitcher, two of his mentors were former Indians Bob Feller and Mudcat Grant. Grant, an African-American, impressed on him his role as a “black ace.”“I carried that the whole time, and I knew what I wanted to be,” Sabathia said.All these years later, Sabathia has fulfilled the ace role well. The six-time All-Star is 51-41 with a 3.81 ERA in 124 career starts in Cleveland, including 3-2 with a 3.35 ERA in seven regular-season starts there with the Yankees.Of course, Sabathia could yet make another start in Cleveland, if the Yankees and Indians meet in the postseason. What Didi Gregorius’ 2019 debut means for the Yankees