The Revivalists made their way home to New Orleans last night, of course, during the most wonderful time of year. The septet hosted Vulfpeck and The Soul Rebels for an evening full of Jazz Fest’s finest fans, friends, and family. With plenty of cross collaborations, the spirit was very much alive in the The Orpheum Theatre.Catapulting off the high energy of The Soul Rebels’ set, Vulfpeck trotted on with a “Funky Duck” into “Outro” opener, welcoming The Rebels’ funk-electrifying horn section to the stage. Their arrival immediately infected everyone in the room with an upbeat, pip-in-the-step, smile-across-the-face, contagious head-bopping energy that Vulfpeck’s music just so happens to provide.When The Revivalists took the stage, the room huddled close for the home team and were immediately satisfied with a Prince cover to start the night off right. The band has been covering the Purple One since Halloween, but last night’s performance particularly struck a chord with the audience. “When Doves Cry” was an appropriate opener, as it lead straight into a heavy “All In The Family” > “Bulletproof” jam-infused rocker. Snarky Puppy’s Nate Werth took off on percussion, adding a distinctly fulfilling presence throughout the rest of the set. The room was treated to an “Amber” “Fade Away” medley, which transitioned into an ever-inspirational “Keep Going” sing-a-long. A heart-pounding, old-school “Upright” smacked the audience with another song from the new album, “Gold To Glass,” as the New Orleans natives brought the audience even higher with a “Stand Up” scorcher.In light of 2016’s most devastating passes, David Bowie, too, was honored last night with an epic “Fame” cover. The dance party continued into three of their most adored tunes, “Criminal,” “Fireflies,” and “Soulfight,” which featured Bobby Lee Rodgers on guitar. The guitar-work between Rodgers and Zack Feinberg impressively brought the set to an end, with spirits and energies at an all time high. As the band exited the stage after an incredibly powerful set, the room held tight knowing full well they’d be back with more.The Revivalists’ Guide To Surviving Jazz FestKeyboardist Michael Girardot and frontman David Shaw returned to the stage for an emotional “Men Amongst Mountains” performance. With the crowd in the palm of his hands, Shaw extended his vocals to a new world, leaving the room breathless before delivering their newest single, “Wish I Knew You.” The dance-heavy tune brought a new aura to the room, as the crowd chanted, “wish I knew you when I was young, we could’ve got so high!” in the arms of their dancing fellow loved ones.Like “two strangers in the bright lights,” Shaw asked for the stage to go completely purple before bringing one last tribute to Prince, an ever-appropriate “Purple Rain.” The crowd came in close for the last time, as the evening closed on a perfect note.The Revivalists’ Rob Ingraham Goes Hilariously In-Depth About TODAY Show ExperienceThe nods to the fallen stars deepened the intimacy of last night’s show, carrying an irreplaceable light that extended deep into the night. Thanks to dedicated fan Todd Neal, you can watch some highlights from The Revivalists performance below:“When Doves Cry” “Purple Rain”“Fame”“Amber”“Upright”“Criminal”“Men Amongst Mountains”Later in the evening, or morning, Shaw made his way over to the Blue Nile and played with fellow New Orleans band, Naughty Professor. They performed a new, unreleased song, “Stray (So What),” which Shaw wrote and produced with the band, hopefully to be included in their highly-anticipated upcoming album. Check it out:The Revivalists @ The Orpheum 4/23/16:When Doves Cry, All In The Family, Bulletproof, Amber, Fade Away, Keep Going, Upright, Gold To Glass, Stand Up, It Was A Sin, Need You, Fame, Criminal, Fireflies, SoulfightE: Men Against Mountains, Wish I Knew You, Purple Rain[Photos courtesy of Josh Timmermans]
One worker lost his life in an incident at a shipbreaking yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh, while scrapping a vessel owned by Taiwanese shipping company Evergreen Marine, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform said. Local reports say that the man was cutting the containership Ever Union at Kabir Steel’s Khawja yard when he fell from a great height. Unfortunately, he died on the spot.Kabir Steel’s shipbreaking yards are part of the large industrial conglomerate of Kabir Group of Industries. The NGO Shipbreaking Platform said it has documented several severe accidents at the company’s yards over the last years.In 2017 and 2018 alone, at least four workers were killed. In 2016, Kabir Steel’s private security personnel fired shots and injured seven people who were protesting following the death of a shipbreaking worker.The Post-Panamax boxship Ever Union was beached in Bangladesh in April this year. As informed by the NGO Shipbreaking platform, the Taiwanese owner of the vessel has been under the spotlight for its “irresponsible shipbreaking practices”. In January 2018, the Norwegian Central Bank announced its decision to exclude Evergreen from the Government Pension Fund Global, due to the shipowner’s poor management of its end-of-life ships and their sale for dangerous breaking on the infamous beach of Chattogram.The NGO coalition added that since 2018 the company has not changed its policy. Five Evergreen vessels, including two Post-Panamaxes and three Handy containers, ended up in Bangladesh this year, data provided by VesselsValue’s shows. Three of them were allegedly sold to shipbreaking yards owned by Kabir Steel.The Ever Union was sold for demolition for more than USD 10 million. Before reaching the shore, the ship was renamed Vera and changed registry to the Paris MoU black-listed flag of Palau, the NGO said.Despite activities being slow due to the monsoon rains, incidents keep occurring. According to the platform’s member organization Young Power in Social Action (YPSA), another worker lost his life in Chattogram at the beginning of July.In May this year, three workers died and several others were injured in an explosion at Mahinur Ship Breaking yard, known as Premium Trade Corporation. The incident once again reflected the overall dire working conditions at the Bangladeshi shipbreaking yards.“Twenty workers lost their lives in 2018. The number of deaths was the highest in last eight years. These two recent accidents bring the total death-toll of the shipbreaking industry this year to at least ten workers,” Muhammed Ali Shahin, Project Coordinator at YPSA, commented.“Clearly, no lesson has been learned. Accidents keep happening, indicating a complete lack of intention from yard owners to ensure workers’ safety,” he further said.A total of 193 ships were broken in the second quarter of 2019. Of these, 146 vessels were sold to scrapping yards in South Asia, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform’s report shows.More than half of the ships sold to South Asia in the second quarter changed their flag to the registries of Comoros, Niue, Palau and St. Kitts and Nevis just weeks before hitting the beach.