Load remaining images In Hartford, CT last Friday, The Breakfast got together for a kickass show at Arch Street Tavern for long time fans, as well as new ones who’ve never been exposed to their jams before. The Breakfast consists of Tim Palmieri on guitar, Jordan Giangreco on keys, Adrian Tramontano on drums, and Chris DeAngelis on bass. Supporting artist, Mammal Dap, opened the evening and wowed the audience with their psychedelic tones, reminiscent of Lotus and with touches of Umphrey’s McGee influences. Tightly crafted melodies, with an 80’s throwback inflection, hung heavy throughout their set. These guys definitely brought energy to the house, prepping what was to come with The Breakfast.Right out of the gate, the main event got underway, blasting into an extended jam session, heating up the venue as temperatures dipped below freezing outside. The Breakfast’s late night set was jam-packed with auditory goodies. Trippy keys took the audience into another plane. Deep bass tickled at the eardrums while guitar flowed in and out with healthy vibes during “Pygmy Twylyte.” A playful back and forth musical dance opened up as “Tribal Funk Affliction” rolled along, before taking the flow into “Metropolis.” The band was visibly having fun with the extended jams they were throwing out to the crowd.Giangreco took charge of vocals on a double dose of Pink Floyd as the band took off with “Brain Damage” before melding into the expected “Eclipse” for a clean flow. The second half of the set, the band was undoubtedly loosened up. DeAngelis was tearing it up on bass during “Gladys Pimp And Kangaroos With Me,” creating delicious low tones stacked with mind-expanding vibes, while Palmieri cranked out trippy guitar. Kaleidoscopic keys weaved their way in and out of the bass and guitar tones, playfully intertwining with the free spirited musical energy.Teasing the audience into thinking “Wildpack of Asscracks” would be the closer, many fans in the crowd busted into a surprising mosh pit towards the end of the tune. Then out of the hat, they pulled another song, ending the night with “Terrapin Station.” Check out the full audio from the evening below.For more information on The Breakfast, head over to their Facebook page.Setlist: The Breakfast | Arch Street Tavern | Hartford, CT | 3/3/17Set: Tunage* > Pygmy Twylyte > Tribal Funk Affliction > Metropolis > Tribal Funk Affliction, Wake Up In A Coma > Great Big Fiery Ball In The Sky, Brain Damage** > Eclipse** > Gladys Pimp And Kangaroos With Me > Tribal Funk Affliction, Wildpack Of AsscracksE: Terrapin Station****unfinished**last time played 3/19/2011***last time played 6/19/2010Cover photo credit: MKDevoWords and Photos by Sarah BourqueSetlist courtesy of simpletwistupdon. Audio courtesy of skiprince for The Breakfast.
Australian police on Friday moved to ban a Black Lives Matter protest planned in Sydney, citing the risk of spreading the coronavirus.Around 10,000 people are expected to march in Sydney on Saturday to express solidarity with US protestors and demand an end to frequent Aboriginal deaths in custody in Australia.On the eve of the protest, the police — backed by prominent local conservatives — launched legal action to ban the rally on health grounds. Several protests have already taken place across Australia and the planned march in Sydney is one among several due to take place on Saturday.Organizers hope to highlight the high levels of imprisonment for First Nations Australians and the large number of indigenous deaths in custody — more than 400 in the last three decades.The legal action was a U-turn for the police — who initially granted the Sydney event the green light — and follows heavy criticism of the protest in the country’s conservative media.Organizers were determined to go ahead, using a groundswell of public opinion to press for long-stalled reforms.”Tomorrow, we are going to march if they like it or not, because this is our land and nothing is going to stop any of us,” said Latona Dungay, whose son David died in prison in 2015.Green party parliamentarian David Shoebridge attacked the move as heavyhanded, calling for police to take a more nuanced approach.”This is not what’s needed. This needs cooperation and understanding, not force,” Shoebridge said.Protesters in Melbourne were similarly warned they could face fines for attending a rally in the city, with authorities urging people to stay home.Earlier on Friday, hundreds of protesters gathered in the nation’s capital Canberra even as Prime Minister Scott Morrison urged people to stay home.”Let’s find a better way and another way to express these sentiments rather than putting your own health at risk,” Morrison said.He admitted there was more to be done to address indigenous inequality but continued to reject parallels with the United States.”Australia is not other places, so let’s deal with this as Australians and not appropriate what’s happening in other countries to our country at this time.” Topics : Australia has detected a sustained drop in the number of COVID-19 cases, but social distancing rules remain in force and mass gatherings are not permitted. The New South Wales Supreme Court was asked to declare the protest illegal.”We have commenced legal action on the basis that we don’t believe the protest can be conducted in a safe way,” NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said.Civil rights protests shaking the United States have resonated with many in Australia — a country that also wrestles with the legacy of a racist past.