iStock/ilbuscaBy: EMILY SHAPIRO, GINA SUNSERI and CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(PENSACOLA, Fla.) — The first NASA-SpaceX astronauts are en route back to Earth, with the Crew Dragon capsule expected to splashdown near Pensacola, Florida, at 2:48 p.m. ET.The weather conditions appear “great” for the splashdown, tweeted NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.Crew Dragon Endeavour’s deorbit burn began at 1:56 p.m. and was completed at about 2:13 p.m. ET. As the capsule nears Earth, there will be a communications blackout lasting about six minutes.Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, who left Earth on May 30, undocked from the International Space Station at about 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.Stakes are high as the astronauts only have 48 hours of oxygen in their capsule after undocking.A recovery boat with several dozen crew members, including NASA flight surgeons, is waiting in the Gulf of Mexico.Once the astronauts reach the port in Pensacola, they will board the NASA Gulfstream and head to Houston for a ceremony at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base.Behnken said Friday he was most excited to see his family and his 6-year-old son, saying, “He’s changed a lot in the couple of months that we’ve been up here.”On Sunday morning Hurley and Behnken woke up to a message from their children who were all excited for their return.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Perhaps, in her latest bio, Belgrade born guitarist Ana Popovic should include the word overachiever.Popovic, whose work has drawn praise from such rock luminaries as Bruce Springsteen and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, is set to release Trilogy on Friday, May 20th.As the project title suggests, Trilogy is a collection of three records. Each volume in this 23 song undertaking focuses on a specific musical genre. Popovic and her desperately talented band ambitiously tackle blues, jazz, and funk in turn and the recordings feature iconic guest musicians like Robert Randolph, Joe Bonamassa, and Cody Dickinson, among others.I recently chatted with Ana Popovic about Trilogy, playing with some of the best guitar players in the business, and her favorite Hendrix licks.BRO – Of the three records in Trilogy, which one pushed you outside of your comfort zone the most?AP – It was Midnight, the jazz album. I went back and practiced jazz guitar that I learned years ago when studying in Holland. I changed guitars, playing a Gibson ES 175 for the first time, and I had to deal with a different right hand position, different guitar neck, and a real clean jazz guitar tone. I had no effects at all and just played into a ’66 Fender Super Reverb. It was very clean and precise. Fast licks just need to be flawless. And dealing with the changes, still trying to capture the blue note, I approached the jazz standards from the side of the blues.BRO – Any trepidation in trading guitar licks with Joe Bonamassa?AP – Of course not! I love Joe’s playing and when “Train” was done I simply thought that Joe would kill it here. I texted him and sent him two songs to choose from and he chose “Train.” He delivered an incredible solo. It was exactly what the song needed. I admire him as a player, singer, and band leader, but most of all as the pioneer in blues for building an incredible career on his own terms and not just following the music business rules.BRO – We are featuring “Hook Me Up” on this month’s Trail Mix. Did Robert Randolph share any pedal steel knowledge with you that you can pass along to me?AP – I’ve played with Robert many times and I love his playing. Same thing as with Joe. When I heard the basic tracks for “Hook Me Up,” I thought the chord progression and guitar theme was so Robert! I called him up and he did deliver just what I was hoping for – a fiery, bold, funky, and unpredictable take on a Johnny Guitar Watson song, which was exactly was Watson was.BRO – What words of encouragement do you like to offer girls who show interest in playing rock and roll guitar?AP – Don’t go and learn from just one guitar player. Practice with different guitar players, piano players, or sax players. You can get licks and ideas from different types of musicians and even different musical styles. Trust your intuition and rock!BRO – You are a veteran of the Experience Hendrix Tour. What’s your favorite obscure Hendrix lick? Maybe something from a track that the average listener wouldn’t know?AP – It’s not so much the licks as the sounds he would produce with overdrive and fuzz guitar, his amps turned up to ten. I think his Woodstock “Star Spangled Banner” is out of this world. The solo, where you hear they cry of a baby and the cry of mothers and guns and screams. I don’t think anyone could even come close to that today. It’s simply a total control of the instrument, and he did it fifty years ago.Our friends in Europe will be able to catch Ana Popovic through the rest of May, as she and her band have dates in France, Romania, Serbia, and Holland in their sights. Popovic returns to the U.S.A. in early June, with shows along the East Coast planned throughout the month before the band turns westward.For more information on how to get your copy of Trilogy and when and where Ana and her band will be, please check out her website.Also, be sure to check out “Hook Me Up,” which features the incredible pedal steel guitar work of Robert Randolph, on this month’s Trail Mix.
Governor Wolf Encourages Employers, Individuals to Participate in Moment of Silence for Pittsburgh Shooting Victims November 08, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Hate Crime, Press Release, PSA, Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf is encouraging employers and individuals across the commonwealth to participate in one minute of silence at noon on Friday to call for peace and to honor the 11 victims of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh.“As you take a moment to remember the 11 victims of this heinous crime, I ask that you also reflect on our common humanity,” said Gov. Wolf. “We must never forget this tragic event as we begin moving forward and continue working toward a more peaceful society. I encourage all Pennsylvania employers and individuals to join people worldwide in standing against hate and remembering those who lost their lives.”Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto will lead the worldwide moment of silence during a public event at noon Friday in Point State Park. Gov. Wolf asks citizens throughout Pennsylvania to cease activities and observe the minute from wherever they may be at noon Friday.