Out of New York, The London Souls are a blues-rock duo composed of guitarist Tash Neal and drummer Chris St. Hilaire, and the two have been enchanting audiences with their explosive live performances for nearly a decade. It seems as though Con Brio functions as an almost perfect inverse of The London Souls. Where the London Souls are reminiscent of the raw musical stylings of the Black Keys, Con Brio, and particularly the group’s charismatic singer and frontman Ziek McCarter, evokes psychedelia-drenched James Brown and Otis Redding. And while The London Souls have a decade of performance under their belt, Con Brio is a relatively new project out of San Francisco, with the band dropping their debut LP Paradise last summer.Con Brio Covers Stevie Wonder While Cruising Over The Golden Gate Bridge [Watch]Despite these surface-level differences, both Con Brio and The London Souls have taken the music world by storm as of late. Both acts offer up music that taps straight into the heart, and both have similarly been wowing crowds across the country with their uplifting and fiery performances. At the tail end of the summer, Con Brio and The London Souls teamed up for a joint six-date tour across the East Coast in promotion of a collaborative 7-inch vinyl featuring tracks “All Over Me” and “Certain Appeal”.This joint project is somewhat of a long time coming considering The London Souls’ drummer St. Hilaire and Con Brio bassist Jonathan Kirchner have been friends since childhood. As told by Kirchner, “Chris and Tash and I go back to high school days in New York. They were always the baddest musicians I knew, so to get to play shows together all these years later—and of course to have them sit in and rip it on a couple songs—was a total dream come true.”Watch The London Souls Obliterate Their Late Night Jazz Fest Set [Video]Today, Live For Live Music is proud to premiere a live pro-shot video of the two band’s collaborative tour—a joint rendition of Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home To Me” for a performance at Boston’s Brighton Music Hall on August 23rd. Kirchner gave more context to the performance, “[Con Brio saxophonist Marcus Stephens] gets the nod for suggesting the Sam Cooke cover a couple days before this video was shot. We ran it once in soundcheck and then just went for it. They’re such natural musicians it was a breeze to throw together, and you could tell the crowd really responded to the spontaneity of it.”You can watch the video for yourself below to get a taste of what these two powerhouse performers can do when they join forces.You can find out more information about Con Brio on their website and about The London Souls on their website.Upcoming Con Brio Tour Dates12/27/2017 Harlows – Sacramento12/28/2017 Moe’s – Santa Cruz12/29/2017 Hopmonk – Sebastopol12/30/2017 Swedish American – San Francisco12/31/2017 Swedish American – San Francisco1/13/2018 Crystal Bay Casino – Crystal Bay, NN1/17-1/22/2018 Jam CruiseUpcoming The London Souls Tour Dates3/7/2018 – The Music of Led Zeppelin – Carnegie Hall – NYC[Photo: Cortney Armitage]
The former chief of a South Korean conglomerate was convicted of raping his maid and sexually assaulting a secretary Friday but only given a suspended sentence.Kim Jun-ki, the 75-year-old ex-chairman of DB Group, which has activities in finance and steel, repeatedly violated the two women, the Seoul Central District Court found.But it gave him a 30-month jail sentence suspended for four years, on the grounds of his age and what it said was the “forgiveness” of his victims. Topics : South Korea’s economy is dominated by a number of family-controlled conglomerates known as chaebol. They are credited with a key role in powering the country’s economic growth, but are also accused of murky connections to power.Kim was DB Group’s chairman at the time of the offences in 2016-17, and admitted most of the charges.”Even though Kim was in the position of a conglomerate leader who needed to show socially exemplary behavior, he forgot such responsibilities and assaulted his secretary and housemaid several times,” the court said, describing his crimes as “bad”.Kim, who had been in custody, was released after the hearing. Prosecutors had sought a five-year sentence. Critics accuse the country’s courts of showing leniency to chaebol family members.Previously, leaders of the Hyundai Motor, Samsung and SK groups have been given suspended sentences, and later presidential pardons.Their offences were generally financial, such as corruption, tax evasion or embezzlement, and charges of sexual offences against chaebol chiefs are unusual.Many of the conglomerates have highly hierarchical, rigid management structures and an opaque governance style that can enable workplace abuse.In one high-profile case, a Korean Air heiress threw a temper tantrum over how she was served macadamias, making a crew member kneel on the floor to beg forgiveness and ordering the aircraft back to the gate so he could be thrown off, earning herself instant “nut rage” notoriety.
In a moving and insightful in-depth interview with Sky F1’s Natalie Pinkham marking both the anniversary and the release of his acclaimed autobiography, Watching The Wheels, Damon discusses the defining moments that have shaped his life on and off the track.Formula 1 2016 Season,22nd October, 20:15pm2016 Drivers’ Championship£10 Free Bet, No Deposit NeededHill explains how, at first, he resisted expectations he would follow in the footsteps of his father, a double world champion, and pursue a career in Formula 1, preferring a future that involved two wheels instead of four:“I never had the dream of being a racing driver. When I was growing up, people kept on asking me ‘are you going to be a racing driver like your dad?’” Damon explains.“My reaction was I’m not going to do that if that’s what you expect me to do. I was against just conforming. The thing that lighted my fire was getting on a motorbike.“If I had a dream it would have been to be racing like Barry Sheene in Grand Prix bike racing.”But as Damon acknowledges, his life was inextricably linked to Formula 1 to the extent it was almost inevitable he would get drawn into the sport eventually. Even his christening was attended by the likes of Sir Stirling Moss and Bruce McLaren.But it wasn’t until Hill was in his early thirties that he became an F1 driver and four years later he was the world champion.“I had met a lot of skepticism in my career and I had to prove people wrong,” the Sky F1 pundit says of his title win.“So by winning the championship, I felt – there you go, you said it couldn’t be done, now what are you going to do?”Hill’s father passed away when he was 15, but he touchingly describes how he is sure he was watching him win the championship in 1996 and would have been “tickled pink.”But his father’s death wasn’t the only tragedy that Hill experienced. He was also the team-mate of Ayrton Senna when the Williams driver died as a result of the injuries sustained at the 1994 San Marino GP.“It changed my life,” Damon candidly acknowledges. “I don’t think I would have won a world championship. I would have been number two to Ayrton, I might have been battling for second place with Michael (Schumacher).“I was thrown into the front line after losing Ayrton, promoted to the guy carrying the championship hopes which I never would have expected to have done.”Hill experienced at close hand some of the most iconic drivers in the sport, not just Senna and Prost, but also Schumacher – and it is clear he still has mixed feelings when it comes to the German:“Michael was clearly a very talented and determined driver but he was with a crew who were more inclined to do whatever they had to do to win.“He had this relationship with the regulations which a lot of people questioned.”By contrast, he acknowledges that Schumacher was also one of the most talented drivers he came up against: “I found him awe-inspiring.“I raced against him in Suzuka, I was following him right on his gearbox in torrential rain and I was watching his car control and he was like a magician. He seemed to be going off all the time and yet he didn’t.“So I am in total awe of his ability and competitive spirit but I think his philosophy about sport was slightly different from mine.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The 1996 World Champion reflects on proving his skeptics wrong, the impact Ayrton Senna’s death had on his career, Michael Schumacher the “magician” and his new bookIt’s been 20 years since Damon Hill became Britain’s eighth Formula 1 world champion, clinching the 1996 title with victory in the Japanese GP.