The most unique concert hall in the Southeast—if not the world—rests some 300 feet below the Cumberland Plateau and just outside McMinnville, Tenn. Carved by millions of years of underground river flow, the Volcano Room, one of the caves that make up the labyrinth of Cumberland Caverns, has become home to the monthly concert series known as Bluegrass Underground.Stage in a CaveIn the 50-odd years that Cumberland Caverns has been open to the public, thousands of visitors have passed through the Volcano Room, but it was a recent visit by music fan Todd Mayo that led to the series genesis. “My wife and I were like so many other visitors going down to the caverns,” says Mayo. “We went through the Volcano Room and we were awed by its majesty. It’s spectacular. Being a music fan, I asked the tour guide if they ever had live music down there. They had not. We finished the tour and I wouldn’t shut up about it. I’d had ideas about shows before, but at that moment it crystallized.”Mayo gained the support of legendary WSM Radio—the home of the Grand Ole Opry—and enlisted the help of Grammy-winning sound engineer Phil Harris. It soon became obvious to all involved that they were on to something incredible. Says Harris, “The natural acoustics in the Volcano Room rival the finest studios in Nashville. Taken with the cave’s natural features and 350 million years of evolution, there isn’t another performance space like it anywhere on the planet.”Both musicians and audiences alike have been taken with the opportunity to participate in a subterranean concert. Bluegrass phenoms The Infamous Stringdusters played the series’ third show in November, and bass player Travis Book noted that it was unlike anything the band had ever done before. “Playing in the cave was completely surreal,” he says. “Being underground brought about a lack of distraction, and the sense that what we were doing at that moment was so completely unique—unlike anything else that was going on in the world at the time—made it truly special.”Mayo has heard audience members echo these sentiments. “We’re really pleased with the audience response,” he says. “It’s amazing to see the looks on their faces. It’s a musical adventure because most of the people that come to the Volcano Room have never done anything like this before. I’ve been told more than once that it is almost a spiritual experience. That tells me we’re off to a good start.”
Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US First Published: 12th August, 2020 08:05 IST Written By SEOUL, South Korea — A Korean boxer who knew he didn’t deserve his gold raised the hand of an American who felt cheated, and with that noble gesture of sportsmanship ended an Olympics that will be remembered, sadly, for its scandals.So many athletes came and did so well – the Soviet gymnastic whizzes and men’s basketball team, East German swimming star Kristin Otto, Americans Greg Louganis, Janet Evans, Jim Abbott, Carl Lewis, Florence Griffith Joyner and Jackie Joyner-Kersee.These Games overcame the fear of terrorism and civil unrest and brought together nearly 10,000 athletes from 160 countries in stadiums, arenas and pools as fine as ever seen.The Soviets reigned again with 55 golds, followed by East Germany’s 37 and the United States’ 36. Host South Korea rose to No. 1 in Asia, and fourth in the world with 12 golds.As always, though, the medals meant much less than the memories the athletes and fans took away with them.There were glorious moments, from an opening ceremony with exotic dancers and parachutists to a closing with hugs and tears, fireworks and dances, and the mascots of Seoul and Barcelona, the site of the 1992 Games, floating together into the starry night.Yet, the highest moment of the Games – Ben Johnson rocketing to victory over Lewis in a 100-meter dash world record – led to the deepest pain when the Canadian was caught cheating with muscle-building anabolic steroids.Twenty years from now, when most of the records set in Seoul are broken, the impact of Johnson’s disgrace will still be felt if athletes and trainers heed the events here and end doping.“There have been high points and some low points, and the most important low point was Ben Johnson,” Juan Antonio Samaranch, president of the International Olympic Committee, said Monday. “That was indeed a blow.”Catching Johnson, however, and expelling him along with nine other athletes with positive drug tests was an indication, Samaranch said, that “we have won the battle against doping.”Lessons for the future also could be learned from the strange and appalling things that went on at the boxing ring, from an American fighter missing his bus and his bout, to Korean coaches pummeling a referee, and judges losing sight of honesty.Three golds, three silvers and two bronzes were quite a haul for the U.S. boxers, but they weren’t enough to wipe out the bitterness of a decision Sunday against 19-year-old Roy Jones in the 156-pound final against Korea’s Park Si-hun.Jones peppered Park’s face with rights and left hooks for three rounds, forced him to one standing 8-count and could have gotten three others that would have ended the fight in the ring. Instead, the decision went to the judges and the result was astonishing – to the fighters, the coaches and even to many Koreans.The Soviet and Hungarian judges scored it 60-56, a huge spread, in favor of Jones. The judges from Uruguay and Morocco scored it 59-58 for Park, and the judge from Uganda had it 59-59, with a plus mark for the Korean that gave him the gold.On the victory platform, the gold around Park’s neck and the silver on Jones’, the Korean raised the American’s hand for the crowd. Here, the gesture said, is the real winner.“I thought I lost the fight,” Park said. “I might have won the gold medal thanks to the advantage of a home ring.”Jones, little soothed by his award afterward from the International Amateur Boxing Association as the outstanding fighter of the tournament, charged the judges with robbing him of his gold and his dream and said he was giving up plans for a professional career.Samaranch said Monday the IOC will study whether boxing should be continued in the Olympics because of the hazards in the sport and the problems of officiating.“We are really not happy with the way judges and officials are acting,” he said. “We take the problem very seriously.”A much more serious problem for the United States – a rising tide of anti-American sentiment – was exacerbated at the Games by the coverage of NBC, the arrest of several American athletes and the perceived rudeness of the U.S. team at the opening ceremony.The Soviets, meanwhile, cultivated friendship by bringing in the Bolshoi Ballet, the Moscow Philharmonic, films, a photo exhibit and copies of the Communist Party newspaper Pravda.The announcement of an unprecedented sports exchange program between South Korea and the Soviet Union and the arrival of the first Soviet diplomats since World War II also warmed relations.Soviet athletes, as they did in Calgary during the Winter Games, made a special effort to meet with local people. American athletes tended to isolate themselves.All those differences became apparent at the sporting events, where Koreans often cheered louder for the Soviets or East Germans than they did for Americans, despite a close 40-year relationship with the United States.The ongoing student protests, aimed in part at kicking out the 42,000 U.S. troops in South Korea, never threatened the Olympics and didn’t gain more support during the Games, but they showed a darker side of the feelings expressed in the arenas.NBC left Seoul richer in the pockets but poorer in reputation. Viewers complained about too many commercials and taped features, and frequent shifts from one event to another. In South Korea, the network was accused of anti-Korean reporting and insensitivity to the local culture.NBC spent $$440 million broadcasting the Games, and a network source said its profits could be as high as $$80 million.In a whirl of races and scandals and a blur of tears, happy and sad, the Olympics slipped from summer to fall. They were the most expensive and biggest ever.The Seoul Olympic Organizing Committee says it made a $$349 million profit on the Games. Four years ago, the Los Angeles Games earned a $$225 million profit.Some athletes left Monday with medals, others with only souvenirs. Some will get rich off these Games, others will struggle.East German swimmer Kristin Otto, the first woman ever to win six gold medals in one Olympics, received a gold crown from local newspapers Monday as most valuable player of the Seoul Games.The Paek Sang crown, made of 20-karat gold and designed after the headgear of ancient Korean warriors, cost $$11,000, its donors said. Although it was not an official IOC award, the winner was chosen by a panel of four IOC members.Greg Louganis’ diving career ended with his second pair of gold medals in the springboard and platform events, and he says he’s off to begin an acting career.Perhaps his first film should be his own life story, beginning with a troubled youth and teen-age bout with alcoholism and ending with his dives in Seoul after hitting his head on the springboard.Louganis said he talked with his coach about quitting after hitting the board and opening a cut that needed five stitches to close.“We walked and discussed all the things we had gone through to get there,” he said. “I decided to stay in, and I’m glad I did.”Image credits: AP COMMENT LIVE TV Last Updated: 12th August, 2020 08:06 IST AP WAS THERE: 1988 Seoul Olympics SEOUL, South Korea — A Korean boxer who knew he didn’t deserve his gold raised the hand of an American who felt cheated, and with that noble gesture of sportsmanship ended an Olympics that will be remembered, sadly, for its scandals
0Shares000Barcelona’s Gerard Pique irked his club’s management by participating in a documentary that speculated on Griezmann’s possible move to the Catalan club © AFP/File / Cristina QuiclerMADRID, Spain, Jun 19 – Barcelona star Gerard Pique has landed himself in hot water with the club’s managers over his involvement in a documentary which saw Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann announce his decision to snub the Catalan giants.Pique owns the production company that filmed “The Decision” in which the French striker mulls a possible move to Barcelona before finally revealing his decision to sign a contract extension with Atletico through to 2023 instead. The documentary aired on Thursday on a Spanish pay TV channel and Griezmann, 27, on Monday signed the deal, which will reportedly see his salary rise to 20 million euros a year, making him the best paid player in the club’s history.Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has spoken to Pique and informed him that his role in making the video had “generated surprise and discomfort within the club and among many of its supporters”, Barcelona vice president Jordi Mestre told a news conference on Tuesday to present former player Eric Abidal as the team’s new sports director.“We will speak internally with Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti after they return from the World Cup,” he added.Umtiti apparently irked Barcelona’s management as well because he replied to a Twitter message sent by Pique promoting the documentary by writing: “I just need the popcorn”.“At Barca we want players who are committed and determined to win here, above all. That said, we are sorry and we regret that the fans could have felt disappointed” by Griezmann’s final decision and the way it was delivered, said Mestre.Pique has defended himself, saying he was not aware whether or not Griezmann was going to stay with Atletico when he got on board with the TV show and that the French player was unsure of what path to take until the last minute.He wrote on Twitter that the documentary was “another way to see the life of a football player and his doubts over the most important decision of his career”.0Shares000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)
England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 5 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT smart causal 5 Latest Manchester United News But the pair have clearly helped solidify things as United bounced back from defeats to Brighton and Tottenham – a 3-0 loss that represented the heaviest home defeat of Mourinho’s managerial career.United return to action at Old Trafford for the first time since then when Wolves visit on Saturday.The promoted side’s manager Nuno Espirito Santo was part of Mourinho’s squad when Porto won the Champions League in 2004, while the United manager’s agent Jorge Mendes is playing a noteworthy role in a project that has a distinct Portuguese flavour.Asked if he had spoken to Mendes about Wolves, Mourinho said: “No, I don’t speak with him for quite a long time, to be honest.“But when we speak we don’t speak about my job or his job. He’s my agent and that’s it. 5 “I want him to play totally fresh. To play for Manchester United is difficult enough for a kid of 19 years old coming from another country and after an important injury and surgery.“He doesn’t need to face more difficulties because of accumulation of matches.“He played 90 minutes, Champions League, difficult pitch, recovered totally and Tuesday he plays again.“But I think he showed for the ones that don’t know him very, very well, he showed that he is not a player to be here just on formation.“He is a player to be here for competition for positions. He’s a very good player.” “I think the team as a team is resolving the defensive problems better than before,” Mourinho said when asked about the duo.“I don’t want to say it was (Eric) Bailly or (Phil) Jones and it is now Smalling or Lindelof.“I think the team is more compact, is more solid.“The spirit, the cooperation, the empathy, the communication – all of that improves in the team and good results bring confidence and I think we are improving as a team.“I don’t want to say our improvement has the name of Chris or Victor. The team is playing better and of course they are part of the team that played well in these matches.” Nuno Espirito Santo was part of Jose Mourinho’s Champions League winning squad at Porto in 2004 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade possible standings Mourinho says Dalot will play United’s Carabao Cup tie at home to Derby on Tuesday night Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade deals Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? United swooped to bring in Dalot on a five-year deal and, having overcome a knee injury, the right-back made his first-team debut on Wednesday against Young Boys in the Champions League to the excitement of many Red Devils fans.Young Boys 0-3 Manchester United reportIt was an assured display from Dalot in Switzerland, but Mourinho will not take any risks with the talented full-back when Wolves visit on Saturday.“I want him in this process of adaptation, I want him to play totally fresh, so he’s not playing tomorrow,” the United boss said.“He plays Tuesday again (against Derby in the Carabao Cup). Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Manchester United youngster Diogo Dalot will have to wait for his Old Trafford debut as Jose Mourinho plans to ease him into the fold.The 19-year-old only made a handful of senior appearances for Porto but Dalot was attracting serious summer interest from some of Europe’s top clubs. Matic and Rashford are unavailable as they are suspended Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Dalot performed well on his United debut in their Champions League win over Young Boys RANKED 5 gameday cracker REVEALED silverware REVEALED “But I think the work in Wolves is good because it’s not just about the Portuguese influence – Portuguese manager, staff and players – it is also about getting the right ones and I think they got good young players and they got also good experienced, stable players.“So, they got this season, the Portuguese national team goalkeeper, they got (Joao) Moutinho, which is one of the players of the 100 caps club.“Big stability in the team. The young ones are young boys with good potential and you can see the work of the coaching staff and the team is a really, really good team.” Mourinho’s side are looking for their fourth straight win in all competitions 5 United captain Antonio Valencia is set to replace Dalot in the starting line-up, having been rested for the 3-0 win in Bern due to concerns over the impact of the synthetic surface.Jesse Lingard, another rested for the Young Boys trip, and Phil Jones, out recently with a hamstring complaint, are also back in contention for a match that Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo are not ready for.Marcus Rashford and Nemanja Matic are suspended as United look to extend a three-match winning streak that has coincided with a settled centre-back partnership of Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling.