A full gallery of images can be seen below: The show opened with a set from Shaky Feelin’, before the Playground crew came in and got things done. Be sure to check out Cosmik Playground at the Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs, NY on July 3rd, as the band will be performing post-Phish at SPAC. While the July 3rd lineup will feature different players, it’s looking like a great time playing some of the best music. For tickets and more details, you can head here.Photographer Steve Rose was at the show last time; check out some images from the Zappa affair: A Frank Zappa-themed super group called Cosmik Playground got together for a Frank Zappa tribute show at St. Rocke in Hermosa Beach, CA, last night! With Joel Cummins (Umphrey’s McGee), Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Arthur Barrow (Frank Zappa) and Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine) holding it down, this show was a tight-knit tribute to one of the best musicians around. Load remaining images
This year’s Indy 500 appeared to be on its way to a caution-free race until they reached the mid 140 lap segment. Once the wrecks started, they came fast and furious in the last 50 laps. The final wreck at lap 192 actually stopped the race for about 15 minutes. With Hunter-Raey leading on the restart, the final 6 laps were as exciting as any race could be. Ryan Hunter-Raey became the winner of the 98th edition when he passed Helio Castroneves at the start of the last lap. These two drivers had been swapping the lead on the last 6 laps.The 33-year old Floridian kept Castroneves from winning his 4th Indy 500. Marco Andretti had to settle for 3rd, so the Andretti curse on winning the 500 continues. Young Marco tried his best to pass both Castroneves and Hunter-Raey but just didn’t have the power left in his car.What a beautiful day for the race. It is even better that there were no injuries to any of the 33 drivers.
BLUE HILL — The No. 1 George Stevens Academy baseball team will face the only opponent it has lost to this season — No. 4 Mattanawcook — on Saturday for a spot in the Class C Northern Maine championship.The GSA Eagles (16-1) defeated the No. 9 Dexter Tigers 8-1 on Thursday in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals. GSA got rolling in the bottom of the fourth when Dakota Chipman reached second on a dropped fly ball. Jacob Keenan and Will Entwisle followed with back-to-back triples, scoring Chipman and Keenan to put the Eagles on the board 2-0.“We got a huge break,” GSA coach Dan Kane said. “Then back-to-back triples — that doesn’t happen very often.”The Eagles caught another break when Marshal Lebel reached first on a bobbled ground ball, scoring Entwisle for a 3-0 lead. Another single by Tyler McKenney scored Lebel. Tyler Snow followed with a double, and Taylor Schildroth walked to load the bases. Beckett Slayton then singled to score McKenney, and Chipman walked, scoring Snow, to pull the Eagles up 6-0.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textDexter finally caught a fly ball for the third out to end the inning, but the team would never make up any ground.“We kind of have that tendency where, once we get rolling, we’re hard to shut down,” Kane said. “We played tight the first two or three innings. Once that inning got going, everyone loosened up. It became fun again.”Entwisle led the Eagles’ offense with a triple, two singles and an RBI. Keenan had an RBI-triple while Stefan Simmons, Slayton and McKenney each had a single and an RBI for GSA.Matt Richards paced the 9-9 Tigers with two singles and an RBI.The last regional title GSA won was in 2009, and the team has not won a state championship since 2004.The Eagles made it to the regional final last year, where they lost to Bucksport 5-3.Kane said the biggest difference in his team this season is better depth and balance, noting he has five starting pitchers who have gotten decisions on the mound.“I’m fortunate that way,” Kane said. “Plus, defensively, we’re fairly steady in the infield and the outfield, and Dakota [Chipman] does a beautiful job catching behind the plate.”GSA appeared unstoppable at the beginning of the season. The Eagles scored 31 runs over their first three games against Sumner, Ellsworth and Washington Academy — defeating all three teams by 10. But, in their second matchups with those teams, the Eagles barely topped Ellsworth and WA 3-2 and beat Sumner by 9-6 — a much slimmer margin.Kane said the closer games in the second half of the season were the result of younger, inexperienced teams finding their footing.“It wasn’t that we were playing badly, it was just that other teams were playing well,” Kane said. “They were battling us.”But Mattanawcook (15-5) is the only team to pull out a win over GSA, which the Eagles rectified on June 1 in their last game of the regular season when they beat the Lynx 3-1.Mattanwcook nipped No. 5 Fort Kent 10-9 on Thursday to advance to the semifinal at GSA.Kane said Mattanawkcook is a “good, solid team,” but he thinks GSA has more depth.“They’re good athletes, they hit the ball well, and their pitching is similar to ours,” Kane said. “It’s going to be a tight game.”The Eagles’ strategy is simple.“Just be us,” Kane said. “Just try to take advantage of whatever we can. That’s what happened today. We caught a huge break on that fly ball, and then we got rolling.”Bucksport 7, Central 3Tanner Stegner had three hits and scored three runs to pace No. 6 Bucksport to the win over No. 3 Central in Thursday’s Class C North quarterfinal.Matt Vincent added two hits and scored twice for the 8-10 Golden Bucks. Jacob Gauvin pitched five innings on the mound, and Vincent came on and pitched the final two innings.Andrew Speed led Central (9-8) with two hits, including a double, an RBI and a run scored. Zach Randall pitched into seventh for Central before miscues helped Bucksport extend its 4-2 lead.Bucksport will play No. 2 Holden in Saturday’s semifinal for a spot in the regional championship. Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Latest Posts Bio EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016