Anyone hip to the groove is sure to love the band Ripe, as the Boston-based group continues to pick up new fans with amazing opportunities. 2016 has been a banner year for the band, as they’ve gotten to perform at festivals like High Sierra and Summer Camp, and even went on the road as support for G. Love & Special Sauce earlier this year. With a showcase set coming up at Brooklyn Comes Alive (more info here), we caught up with the band’s dynamic frontman Robbie Wulfsohn to learn all about the Ripe adventure.The band got their beginnings at the Berklee College of Music, when they met within just a few weeks of starting at school. “Within two weeks of getting to school, we were making music together at parties,” says Wulfsohn. “Two weeks after that, we realized we wanted to do this as a band, and then it snowballed from there.” It’s been five years since those early days, and the snowball only grows larger.Ripe settled in quickly as a seven-piece ensemble, backed by a diverse array of musical influences and styles. Part jam band, part funk, part jazz and part soul, the band draws from everywhere to give fans a high-energy performance from start to finish. “I want to appeal to Phish fans, and to D’Angelo fans,” says Robbie. When asked about the band’s genre, however, it’s all “dance music” at the end of the day.For a great taste of the band’s music, we turn to their recent session on the Audiotree Live video series. Audiotree is a artist-centric music company, with a popular live video series that pairs talented musicians with top-notch production. “They made it sound amazing, look amazing. They made us feel so comfortable. It’s wonderful to come into contact with people who care about the way that we do.” You can see the band’s awesome session, streaming in full via the playlist below.There’s an undeniable charisma that comes across in the band’s music, led by the dynamic presence of Robbie himself. Though the lead singer is a talented guitarist, he decided early on to let friends Tory Geismar and Jon Becker take the guitar duties for their shows. He talks enthusiastically about connecting with the audiences, to play off of them with total freedom on the stage.One particular frontman highlight for Robbie came months after the band’s tour with G. Love, during a subsequent performance at the House of Blues in Boston months later. “He challenged me to a freestyle battle, completely out of the blue. I rap battled G Love on stage for the first time! My heart felt like it was going to jump out of my body, but I think I was able to hold my own.”It’s moments like those that keeps Ripe moving in the right direction, as they got to experience a whole new world performing at big festivals this summer.“Most of the band grew up going to festivals as spectators, so to be able to contribute to that from the artist spot is truly something I’ve been waiting to do for as long as I can remember. Especially at High Sierra where everyone’s at equal playing field, you could go to the area back stage if you want a Coconut Water and there’s Thievery Corporation hanging out. The Turkuaz guys caught your set and are happy to see you and want to talk to you. Guys that I have been listening to, as long as, if not longer than we’ve been a band. We’re finally able to give back to people that like that kind of sound with the thing that we do, and it means so much to me.”We’re honored to have this emerging talent join a roster of artists like Joe Russo, Oteil Burbridge, Jason Hann, Aron Magner, John Medeski, Marc Brownstein and more at the second annual Brooklyn Comes Alive. On October 22nd, 50+ artists will be descending upon Brooklyn for unique performances, spread across three venues. Says Robbie, “Looking at the list of musicians, I’m freaking the fuck out. It looks unbelievable. The more I find out about it, the more I enjoy it.”The future is looking bright for Ripe, as they continue to work on new music for their first full-length album. The band has two EPs previously released, both of which can be found on Spotify. So don’t miss Ripe when they come to town! We’ll be boogie-ing right there with ya.For more on Ripe, be sure to visit their official website.
Ellis must change credentialing formOver the last 12 years, I have privately urged Ellis Hospital to change its credentialing procedures. I hope that by my publicly airing my concerns, they will be taken more seriously. Ellis Hospital requires all physicians who have privileges to complete a detailed medical questionnaire.We are required to list the doctors we have seen, the reason for the appointments and any medications prescribed. We also must answer questions about various symptoms, including our reproductive and mental health. I do not even work at Ellis Hospital. I must complete this form to access patient labs from the Ellis electronic record. Ellis requires me to disclose my entire medical history to review patient labs.While privacy issues are concerning, I am more troubled by the impact these questions have on fellow physicians. I have been unable to convince colleagues to seek treatment for depression because they do not want to disclose that treatment on the Ellis Hospital form. Suicide rates in physicians are much higher than in the general population. I worry about those who need treatment but are not receiving it.Several months ago, I was told the form would be changed. It has not been changed. This week, two physician administrators called me and reminded me that change takes time – that they want to make changes but must first filter through many committees. Twelve years is too long to wait, when changing this form may save a doctor’s life.Catherine Smitas, MDSchenectadyOpine on abortion, not breast feedingDear Diane Sanders Hombach, regarding your Oct. 30 letter (“Writer has no right to discuss abortion“) to Mr. Wendell Neugebauer, I believe he has every right to his opinion on abortion.Just because a man can’t deliver a baby doesn’t mean he doesn’t have feelings for an unborn child.If he were commenting on whether a woman should breast feed or not, now that’s another matter. Note to Wendell – If you think you were spanked over your comments on abortion, don’t even voice your opinion on breast feeding.Lorraine VanDerWerkenSchenectadyExactly what crimes did Trump commit?I just read Ms. Cartwright’s Nov. 9 letter (“No good Democrat is supportive of Trump”). As is common practice among the opposition, they spray around phrases that President Trump ‘broke laws’, defied the Constitution, etc.But, as is also common practice, not once do they ever list these illusory occasions. Let me try to help: Did he prohibit ‘due process’ during the Kavanaugh hearings? No, no. That was the Democrats. Did he bribe a foreign government to fire an elected official? No. Did he direct states and cities to ignore federal immigration laws to let criminal aliens out on the streets? No, no, those were Democratic controlled entities. Did he sign bills allowing the abortion of fetuses up to the time of birth? Oops, sorry, there is nothing in the Constitution on that; it comes from a higher law. Ever hear of Thou Shalt Not Kill? Alas, those bills were signed by Democratic governors, not President Trump. He is pro-life and that is not a crime.I will wait for you, or anyone, to come up with some crime that is provable. How did Mueller make out? But if you and others who believe as you think there is nothing wrong with the items I’ve listed, then your title is accurate: There are no good Democrats.Jeffrey FalaceSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRiggi had become ineffective on councilIn response to Tricia Margas’ Nov. 11 letter (“How could voters not re-elect Vince Riggi?”), for my family it was very easy to not vote for Riggi.In June, my wife Barbara called Vince Riggi at home at least three times about problems we were having with Schenectady code enforcement. My wife was a former Riggi supporter and had been former president and vice president of the Mont Pleasant Neighborhood Association, plus she had graduated high school with Mr. Riggi.Three phone calls on separate days and guess what? No answer back and no support of Vince Riggi.Vince blended in too much with the other members of the City Council. The elections show Vince had lost over 500 supporters between 2015 and November 2019. He had become ineffective.Jack Fitch, Sr.Schenectady
Dutch asset manager PGGM and energy giant Shell are interested in acquiring Dutch energy company Eneco, citing its sustainability credentials.Both companies said they were assessing the options for a joint bid in the controlled auction of the Rotterdam-based energy firm.Last December, Eneco and its shareholders committee announced the start of its privatisation process. Eneco is currently owned by 53 Dutch local councils, with Rotterdam and The Hague as the largest shareholders. Its value is estimated at between €2.5bn and €3bn.PGGM – the €215bn asset manager for the large healthcare scheme PFZW – and Shell said they offered the expertise, the ambition and the financial firepower to continue and extend Eneco’s sustainable strategy and contribution to the energy transition. PGGM has put sustainability as the cornerstone of its investment policy and has made long-term investments in the energy transition worldwide.It said Eneco could contribute significantly to its portfolio of sustainable investments as well as the reduction of the carbon footprint of pension capital. It would also offer a “unique opportunity to invest directly in the local economy”.Currently PGGM has a €7bn stake in climate-related investments, as part of a target to invest €20bn by 2020 into impact investments related to climate, food and clean water security and care.At the end of 2015, healthcare scheme PFZW vowed to halve its carbon footprint over a four-year period through divestment of its stake in 200 carbon-intensive companies, reinvesting the proceeds in the best performers in its portfolio. A spokesman for the pension fund said it had completed three-quarters of this process.Shell said it was increasing its activities in the energy transition through investments in wind and solar energy, electrical mobility and the power sector. It invests between $25bn and $30bn (€22-26bn) annually.Change of interestIn 2017, when asked by IPE’s Dutch sister publication Pensioen Pro, the largest Dutch pension funds showed little enthusiasm about the idea of taking a stake in Eneco.At the time, both PFZW and the €409bn civil service scheme ABP declined to respond to questions about investing in the company.The metal industry scheme PMT said it was not considering a bid, while its sister scheme PME said it lacked a mandate to actively search for such deals.Eneco had previously highlighted that a new owner should provide stability, have a long time horizon and be a responsible investor.Dutch unions FNV and CNV also said they preferred a sustainable and solid local stakeholder, such as the large Dutch pension funds.The auction plan is subject to approval from Eneco’s approval. The aim of the investors was to establish Eneco as a growing and competitive supplier of sustainable energy products and services for customers in north-west Europe.Frank Roeters van Lennep, PGGM’s CIO for private markets, highlighted that the energy transition offered attractive opportunities for sustainable long-term investments, and said that Eneco could play an important role in realising the consortium’s joint targets.Shell added that it would offer access to innovative start-ups and technologies for digital developments and mobility as well as a significant number of partners and customers.“This offers opportunities in the entire energy chain, from the production of renewable energy to trading and delivery at home, on the road and at work,” said Maarten Wetselaar, director of Shell’s new Integrated Gas & New Energies division.Sustainability targets