The wheels continue to turn in the music industry, as another independent festival has been sold to a a major promoter. With major independent festivals like Bonnaroo, Governor’s Ball, Firefly, and Hangout getting snapped up by the likes of Live Nation and AEG Live over the past few months, major music festivals are ripe for the picking, and they have been dropping like flies.However, in a surprising move, the relatively small-yet-powerful Madison Square Garden, Co. has jumped into the race, as they have announced their purchase in a controlling interest of Boston Calling. Besides it’s namesake festival, Boston Calling owns and produces several block parties in Boston, as well as a new event taking place this fall called Copenhagen Beer Celebration. This comes on the heels of their announcement that the twice-annual Boston Calling event will move to a new, larger location in nearby Allston, MA, and go from two weekends a year to one three-day festival over Memorial Day Weekend.While fans might be nervous about a new company, especially such a big shot in MSG Group, taking over a beloved independent festival, MSG has released a statement highlighting the independent vibes of the event, and how they are looking to kelp the event remain in that vein. The festival has been curated by The National‘s Aaron Dessner in the past, and, thankfully, he will remain in that role as the festival builds around him with new comedy, visual art, and film offerings in coming years.See below for statements on the acquisition from MSG President/CEO David O’Connor and Boston Calling CEO Brian AppelSee MSG President/CEO David O’Connor’s statement below:“We have been exploring music festivals as a way to further expand and strengthen our position in the ‘live experience’ space and are very pleased to welcome Boston Calling Events to the MSG family. Over the last three and a half years, Boston Calling’s popularity has been built by its commitment to operating as an open and independent festival that welcomes artists from all genres. We want to support Boston Calling Event’s efforts to preserve this well-earned reputation as it moves forward with its plans to expand and enrich this great event for a great city.”See Boston Calling CEO Brian Appel’s statement below:“We are excited about joining a company that not only shares our commitment to delivering artist- and fan-friendly events, but that truly believes in the growing value of unique and exceptional live experiences. Their support will be invaluable as we continue to work on delivering successful events for music fans, while exploring new opportunities in the festival space.”The clock seems to be ticking on all independent festivals or promotion companies. Boston Calling is certainly a very successful festival, but even if they put on two festivals a year, it doesn’t hide the fact that the festival was only three years old. Who knows which other events will get swallowed up over next couple of months, as more and more beloved events get caught up in this musical arms race.
The Latest: Chelsea makes hotel available for free Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):___1:20 p.m. March 18, 2020 More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Premier League team Chelsea is making a hotel located on the grounds of its Stamford Bridge stadium available free of charge for London’s medical workers during the coronavirus outbreak.The club says Russian owner Roman Abramovich will cover the costs of providing the accommodation for staff of the National Health Service who “will be working long shifts and may not be able to travel home or would otherwise have to make long commutes.”Chelsea says the offer is initially for a two-month period and will be reconsidered depending on circumstances.The entire hotel will be given up for medical workers if necessary.___ 1 a.m.Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and pop star wife Ciara have announced they are donating 1 million meals through Seattle’s Food Lifeline to help provide meals for those in need during the coronavirus outbreak in the region.“Everything we do together makes a difference,” Ciara said in a video posted to her Twitter account. “And together we will conquer this tough time that we’re going through.”According to Food Lifeline’s website, the organization provides the equivalent of 134,000 meals daily and had 58 million pounds of food sourced last year.___ Associated Press
SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs were upset with non-calls, became anxious as they struggled to overcome a rare deficit and grew tense as they fought to maintain a late lead against the Clippers.And the Spurs enjoyed it all.LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 13 rebounds, Tony Parker scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, and San Antonio held on for a 115-107 victory on Friday night to remain undefeated at home.After winning their previous four games by an average of 26 points, the Spurs embraced the challenge of capturing and maintaining a lead in the final minutes. “Clips are a hell of a team,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “Very experienced, obviously well-coached, they’re disciplined (and) they’re used to winning. So, when you can win a game like that, it gives you a good measuring stick.” Kawhi Leonard had 19 points and Tim Duncan added 14 for the Spurs, who are 15-0 at home this season.Chris Paul had 27 points and 10 assists for the Clippers, who entered the game having won nine of 11. Blake Griffin added 25 points and DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and 17 rebounds.The Spurs leads the league in several defensive categories, but offense dominated the first matchup between the teams since the Clippers eliminated the then-defending champions in the first round of last season’s playoffs.“It’s just two very offensively powered teams,” Paul said. “We are usually right up there at the top in the league in offense and they are usually right up there, too. Tonight both teams just made shots and it came down to whoever made the most stops.” San Antonio opened the final quarter on an 11-0 run, beginning with Patty Mills’ layup on the fifth pass of the possession after the Spurs passed up three 3-pointers. Parker’s 3-pointer closed the run and gave San Antonio a 96-88 lead with 9:17 remaining.“I thought we still played all right (during the Spurs’ run),” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “I just didn’t think we executed well offensively and I thought it bled over to our defense. I thought we were frustrated from the offensive end in that stretch and then they scored every time.”The Spurs then resumed intentionally fouling Jordan, and it disrupted their offense as much as it limited the Clippers.San Antonio would not score until Parker hit another 3-pointer with 6:08 remaining, but the Spurs were able to maintain a 99-93 advantage. Parker also drained a 15-footer with 1:19 remaining and ran down a long rebound off Manu Ginobili’s miss with 53 seconds.San Antonio entered the game holding opponents to 88.2 points, but the Clippers matched that in taking an 88-85 lead entering the fourth.“This is good for us,” Aldridge said. “It makes us focus at the end of the game; not be so easy. I thought our guys played well down the stretch.”Aldridge shot 11 for 18 and grabbed 11 defensive rebounds in matching his season high for points.“It was huge, it was huge,” Parker said. “I felt like we really saw the LaMarcus we’re going to need if we’re going to make any kind of run.”TIP-INSClippers: Griffin had 13 points in the first half. It was the 22nd time he has scored in double figures in the first half, which leads the league. … The Clippers will play just four games at home this month, which is the least in a single month in franchise history since playing three games in January 1992.Spurs: The Spurs have won nine games by 20-plus points, which is the most in the league this season. Oklahoma City is second with five wins of 20-plus. MORE 3s, PLEASEGriffin made both of his 3-point attempts, raising his season average to 40 percent on 6-for-15 shooting. Rivers said he would like Griffin to start taking more 3-pointers, but the onus is on Griffin.“He can shoot them,” Rivers said. “It’s funny, he works on them. I still think at times he doesn’t really want to shoot them unless we draw the play up for him to shoot it or it’s late clock.”NOT A FANGinobili said he is not a fan of intentionally fouling to put a poor free-throw shooter at the line. Jordan was 8 for 20 from the line, with most of the fouls being committed intentionally beginning late in the third quarter.“If they change the rule, we’ll adapt,” Ginobili said. “If the rules are like that, they’re shooting poor percentages. When you do the equation, the points per possession that they get with that, it works out. If something changes in the rules, then you adapt and look for a different strategy. Maybe it’s not the most attractive strategy, but it’s within the rules.” UP NEXTClippers at Houston, tonight Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum On Thursday, Williamson – who’s averaging 23.1 points in 29 minutes per game – went 6 for 8 from the floor and put up 13 points in 15 minutes.But because New Orleans continues to be cautious with the young star, and because he’d missed two weeks of practice time while outside of the bubble tending to a family matter and then quarantining for four days upon his return, a minutes restriction precluded him from playing late in New Orleans’ loss Thursday, and the Pelicans fell to 10-10 in games he’s played.New Orleans was 1-2 this season against the Clippers. In each game, the winning team scored 132 points or more.The Clippers and Pelicans are averaging 116 points per game, tied for fourth-most in the NBA – although the Clippers typically get an offensive boost off the bench from Lou Williams (18.7 points per game) and Montrezl Harrell (18.6 points), though neither will be available Saturday, respectively, because of an extended, ongoing quarantine or because of an extended, excused absence.George suggested after Thursday’s loss that the Clippers will be better prepared to absorb a motivated opponent’s initial foray going forward.“The game was a little out of hand to start off,” said the Palmdale native, who added five rebounds, three assists, three steals – and five turnovers and five fouls – to his ledger Thursday.“But they were the aggressors. They attacked us defensively. They pressured us. Second half, we came out and I thought we attacked more. We pressured them more. We got back to playing our style of play and the game changed.”NEW WAYS TO ENGAGEThe Clippers organizations has gotten creative, coming up with ways to connect members of its fan base digitally while the team plays out the season in Florida.Among the new, interactive options: “Overtime Live,” a regular postgame show hosted virtually by the team’s radio announcer, Noah Eagle, and longtime Clippers fan and comedian Carl Tart. Fans can watch on the team’s official Facebook site (https://clippe.rs/FBGroup) and season-ticket holders will have access to engage with the hosts.Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 In different measures, some good, some bad, others ugly, the Clippers looked Thursday like they hadn’t played in serious NBA action since March 10.With a team-high 30 points, Paul George backed up his proclamation that his shoulders benefited from four months of rest, that they’d healed completely, and that his psyche feels better for it.In other respects – a ghastly 22 turnovers and 30 personal fouls – the shorthanded Clippers’ cobwebs were enough to elicit shrieks.Now, on the heels of their bubble-opening 103-101 loss to the Lakers, Doc Rivers’ squad shouldn’t expect the New Orleans Pelicans to accommodate the Clippers in their search for rhythm and cohesion ahead of the playoffs in mid-August. Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime No, the hungry, high-octane Pelicans have good reason to be disruptive.New Orleans (28-37) is one of five teams chasing the eighth and final playoff spot, held currently by Memphis, which has a four-game lead on the Pelicans. And after dropping their bubble opener 106-104 against Utah on Thursday, the Pelicans will have even less room for error in their remaining seven seeding games.Veteran coach Alvin Gentry has his Pelicans believing they can insert themselves into the postseason picture.“I think we’re in a good place,” New Orleans center Derrick Favors told reporters, via Zoom, a couple days before the restart. “A lot of guys came back in shape, lot of guys came back ready to play, hungry, ready to prove themselves. I think we can come out here and surprise a lot of people as long as we stay together and continue to play hard and stick to the goal – and that’s to make the playoffs.”The Clippers will face No. 1 draft pick Zion Williamson for the first time Saturday; the high-flying 20-year-old juggernaut missed all but 19 games before the restart while he recovered from surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee. The team also has unveiled a new mobile app, which will repackage some of the team’s more popular in-arena activities to fit on a phone, with games such as bingo, a trick-shot challenge, a dance challenge, fan of the game, a T-shirt toss and a pop-a-shot style game.Additionally, season-ticket holders have access the NBA’s “Michelob ULTRA Courtside” live video experience, in which they’ve been invited to submit reaction videos that will be shown live in the arena and on the broadcasts. Season-ticket holders also were invited to a virtual town hall, which featured a live Q&A with Lawrence Frank, the team’s president of basketball operations, and Gillian Zucker, the president of business operations.Pelicans (28-37) vs. Clippers (44-21)When: 3 p.m. SaturdayWhere: HP Field House, Lake Buena Vista, FloridaTV: ESPN, Fox Sports Prime Ticket Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error