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The Avett Brothers

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Mar 7, 2019 – 7:00 PM

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The Avett Brothers: If you put your ear to the street, you can hear the rumble of the world in motion; people going to and from work, to school, to the grocery store. You may even hear the whisper of their living rooms, their conversation, their complaints, and if you're lucky, their laughter. If you're almost anywhere in America , you'll hear something different, something special, something you recognize but haven't heard in a long time. It is the sound of a real celebration.

It is not New Year's, and it is not a political convention. It is neither a prime time game-show, nor a music video countdown, bloated with fame and sponsorship. What you are hearing is the love for a music. It is the unbridled outcry of support for a song that sings to the heart, that dances with the soul. The jubilation is in the theaters, the bars, the music clubs, the festivals. The love is for a band.

The songs are honest: just chords with real voices singing real melodies. But, the heart and the energy with which they are sung, is really why people are talking, and why so many sing along.

They are a reality in a world of entertainment built with smoke and mirrors, and when they play, the common man can break the mirrors and blow the smoke away, so that all that's left behind is the unwavering beauty of the songs. That's the commotion, that's the celebration, and wherever The Avett Brothers are tonight, that's what you'll find.

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  • Two Icelandic mountain climbers missing for 30 years in the Himalayan mountains are now home after an American hiker found their remains last month.  Kristinn Rúnarsson and Thorsteinn Gudjonsson, both 27, were last seen alive Oct. 18, 1988, at a height of 21,650 feet on Pumori, a mountain about 5 miles from Mount Everest on the Nepal-Tibet border. Rúnarsson’s father, Rúnar Guðbjartsson, told the Iceland Monitor last month that the discovery of his son’s body brings the family some closure.  “When people were hugging me and giving their condolences I said, ‘Congratulate me instead, he’s been found,’” Guðbjartsson told the newspaper.  >> Read more trending news Guðbjartsson described his son and Gudjonsson as childhood friends who lived for mountain climbing. They had climbed South America’s highest peak, as well as several North American mountains, before heading to Nepal to tackle Pumori.  The long-grieving father remembers the day his oldest son flagged him down as he drove by and told him word had come that the pair was lost on the mountain.  “It's impossible to describe. It was so painful,” Guðbjartsson told the Monitor.  Rúnarsson’s girlfriend was pregnant when he vanished. “Five months after he was declared deceased, we sort of got him back; he's the spitting image of his father,' Guðbjartsson said of his grandson, Kristinn Steinar. Steve Aisthorpe, a Scottish climber who was part of Rúnarsson and Gudjonsson’s expedition, searched for his friends for weeks before abandoning hope of finding them alive.  Aisthorpe, now a 55-year-old mission development worker for the Church of Scotland, said in a story on the church’s website that the positioning of ropes where the bodies were found suggests his friends either had reached or had almost reached the ridge atop Pumori’s face when they fell into a crevasse. Pumori is one of the more challenging of Mount Everest’s neighboring peaks in the Himalayan range.  The pair ventured up the mountain alone when, 12 days into their expedition, Aisthorpe and a fourth member of their crew, Jon Geirsson, both fell ill, Aisthorpe said. Geirsson cancelled the remainder of his trip and went home, while Aisthorpe descended to a nearby village to see a doctor.  He sent a message back to the expedition’s base camp, set up on the upper Changri Shar glacier, telling Rúnarsson and Gudjonsson to “feel free” while he recovered to make an attempt to summit the mountain without him.  He never saw them alive again.  “I’ve never felt as alone as the day I arrived back at our high camp,” Aisthorpe recalled.  He said he climbed back up to the camp, hoping desperately to find his friends safe there. When he called out to them, his voice was met only by echoes as it bounced on the ice and rocks.  “Even as I finally reached and then unzipped the tent, I still nurtured a hope that the boys would be lying there, comatose, sleeping off the climb of their lives,” Aisthorpe said. “But it was empty and I scanned our route up the steep face above, but nothing moved.  “It was then that my guts started to twist and a cold sweat began.” Aisthorpe called for help, which consisted in part of a helicopter search launched five days after Rúnarsson and Gudjonsson were last seen. He said helicopters in Nepal were few in 1988 and they could not conduct the types of searches that take place in the Himalayas today.  “Looking down into the deep crevasse that guarded the base of the west face, I expected to see a flash of red or yellow Goretex but there was nothing,” Aisthorpe said. “A couple of weeks later, I left the area, convinced that Kristinn and Torsteinn must have fallen somewhere high on the face and their remains swallowed by the cavernous crevasse below. “This was what I explained to their families and friends on a visit to Reykjavík shortly after my return from Nepal.” The Monitor reported that at least one person who saw the pair on Pumori saw them reach the summit before they disappeared. Guðbjartsson told the newspaper that his son told him, in his last postcard, that he could see the peak of the mountain.  Guðbjartsson said last month that he was unsure if the bodies would be able to be recovered, but that it didn’t matter. His grandson, Steinar, agreed.  “He told me that Kristinn and Thorsteinn had told people that if something happened to them, the mountain could keep them,” Guðbjartsson told the Monitor. “They didn’t want to put people in danger to save them. The mountain would take what it was going to take.” Conditions on the mountain have since allowed the pair’s bodies to be recovered. According to Aisthorpe, a group of local climbers brought their remains to Kathmandu, where they were cremated.  Relatives were able to bring their ashes home to Iceland.  Aisthorpe said the discovery of his long-ago friends’ bodies has brought many emotions to the surface. He said he hopes that, with time, it will also bring those who loved them peace.  “My diary of the expedition reminds me of how, as someone who had only recently embraced the Christian faith, I found comfort and guidance as I turned to God in prayer,” Aisthorpe said. “In the midst of the desperate tasks of searching and then leaving the mountain alone, the words of a Psalm were a personal reality -- ‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.’ “I plan to go to Reykjavík in Iceland to meet their families soon and pay my respects.”
  • Demanding that Democrats accept his call for $5 billion in funding for a wall along the border with Mexico, President Donald Trump sparred with top Democrats in Congress in an extraordinary scene played out before television cameras in the Oval Office on Tuesday, as the President said he would be happy to see a partial government funding lapse over border security. “I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck,” the President said in what quickly escalated into a bitter back and forth between the President, Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer, and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. “If we don’t have border security, we’ll shut down the government,” the President made clear at several points in the photo op, which left reporters stunned as they left the Oval Office. CLIP: Exchange between President Trump, @NancyPelosi & @SenSchumer on border security and government shutdown. Watch full video here: https://t.co/5Y6NEITjCe pic.twitter.com/kVmcJKkEbx — CSPAN (@cspan) December 11, 2018 Several times, Pelosi tried to turn the discussion away from the differences between the two parties, urging all sides to debate in private. But that didn’t work, as the President jabbed at the likely next Speaker of the House. “It’s not easy for her to talk right now,” Mr. Trump said, apparently alluding to Pelosi’s efforts to nail down the final votes from fellow Democrats to make her Speaker. “Nancy, we gained in the Senate,” the President said at one point, interrupting Pelosi multiple times. “Excuse me, did we win the Senate?” Here is the full photo op: One thing left unsaid by the President is that it’s not clear if GOP leaders have enough votes in the House to approve the $5 billion in wall funding. Five of the 12 funding bills for the federal government have already been approved – so any funding lapse on December 21 would impact some – but not all – of the federal government. The military, Congress, the VA, military construction, energy and water programs, health, education and labor agencies have all been funded – but many like NASA, the Department of Justice, Homeland Security, Interior and others have not.
  • Attorneys for President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn are expected to make a sentencing recommendation Tuesday in a case brought by special counsel Robert Mueller’s office. >> Read more trending news Prosecutors with Mueller’s team said last week in court filings that Flynn has been cooperative since he pleaded guilty last year to making false statements to the FBI. In light of his assistance, prosecutors asked that Flynn receive little to no jail time for his crime, an argument Flynn’s attorneys are expected to echo, according to The Associated Press. >> Mueller investigation: Report recommends little to no jail time for Michael Flynn Flynn resigned from his post in the Trump administration in February 2017 after serving just 24 days in office. He pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian officials and agreed to fully cooperate with Mueller’s team.  Flynn is scheduled to be sentenced next week by U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, according to court records.
  • Taking flak from both parties in his first testimony on Capitol Hill, the head of Google denied charges from Republican lawmakers that his company produces politically biased search results, and tussled with other lawmakers worried about the amount of location data taken in by Google from consumers when using the company’s apps and search engine. GOP lawmakers said too often a simple search about a Republican legislative initiative brings back nothing which would be considered non-partisan. “Article after article opposing the Republican tax cut,” complained Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), as he joined a series of GOP lawmakers in saying that Google was clearly placing its thumb on the political scale in terms of what comes back in searches. But the Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, repeatedly denied that Google was doing anything intentionally. “I lead this company without political bias; we work to insure that our products continue to operate that way,” Pichai said. “To do otherwise would be against our core principles and business interests.” The complaints on what came up on search results was not limited just to Republicans, as Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) said that when he did a news search on his name, what popped up was mainly conservative news sites. “It looks like you are overly using conservative news organizations on your news,” Cohen complained. “I’d like you to look into that.” On the issue of privacy, Pichai again faced bipartisan concern, as lawmakers expressed some befuddlement at how much information Google takes from users – especially location information – making the case that it is difficult for the average consumer to turn off those functions, to preserve their privacy. At hearing discussing political bias accusations, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) asks Google CEO Sundar Pichai to explain how a picture of Donald Trump comes up when looking up the term 'idiot' under images and how search results work https://t.co/UnnwgPQFqO pic.twitter.com/oqRmMeWzW5 — CBS News (@CBSNews) December 11, 2018 “When it comes to data collection, can you commit to improve the dashboard transparency and tools on how to protect privacy?” pressed Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA). “It’s an area we want to do better,” Pichai said, explaining that Google needs to ‘simplify’ those dashboards for consumers. “Does Google track my movement? It’s either yes or no,” said Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX). “It’s not a trick question,” as Poe dug into one of the basic issues – should consumers be forced to opt in or opt out – when it comes to Google platforms and consumer information.
  • Forty-four former U.S. senators are calling on their colleagues to be “zealous guardians of our democracy by ensuring that partisanship or self-interest not replace national interest.” The letter published in The Washington Post warned members of the Senate that the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election could come “when simmering regional conflicts and global power confrontations continue to threaten our security, economy and geopolitical stability,” and that “the rule of law and the ability of our institutions to function freely and independently must be upheld.”  The letter was signed by the following 32 Democrats, 10 Republicans and two Independents:  Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), Bill Bradley (D-N.J.), Richard Bryan(D-Nev.), Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.), Max Cleland (D-Ga.), William Cohen (R-Maine), Kent Conrad(D-N.D.), Al D’Amato (R-N.Y.), John C. Danforth (R-Mo.), Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), Dennis DeConcini (D-Ariz.), Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), David Durenberger (R-Minn.), Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), Wyche Fowler (D-Ga.), Bob Graham (D-Fla.), Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Gary Hart (D-Colo.), Bennett Johnston (D-La.), Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.), John Kerry (D-Mass.), Paul Kirk (D-Mass.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Ben Nelson(D-Neb.), Sam Nunn (D-Ga.), Larry Pressler (R-S.D.), David Pryor (D-Ark.), Don Riegle (D-Mich.), Chuck Robb(D-Va.), Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Jim Sasser (D-Tenn.), Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), John W. Warner (R-Va.), Lowell Weicker (I-Conn.), Tim Wirth (D-Colo.) Click here to read the letter.

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