Karl Denson Tiny Universe guitarist D.J. Williams and his band, Shots Fired, are on the front lines of SoCal’s new-era funk scene. An entire music community has materialized around the band’s residency shows, no two of which are the exact same, thanks to an impressive rotating roster that features some of the biggest names in today’s funk, rock, and jam scenes. Performing regularly for the past year almost exclusively in Los Angeles and San Diego, Williams has decided to take his band on field trips for a very limited number of quick strikes while they prepare to release their first album, Live From Over Where.For their Las Vegas debut, Williams has — for one night only — renamed his collective “Bowls Fired,” in recognition of the victims of the recent and horrific attack on the city by a lone gunman. The “Bowls Fired” moniker is also a double entendre that references the party’s host, Brooklyn Bowl Vegas, while giving a wink to the band’s cannabis activism. After being detained in the Middle East for 42 nights — in conditions that would make Amnesty International and the U.N. cringe — for possession of a vape pen, Williams was deported and immediately signed a sponsorship deal with Legion of Bloom, who handed out their top shelf “Monarch” vape pens during a recent LA residency.For this one-time-only engagement in Las Vegas, D.J. Williams’ Bowls Fired! will include Rashawn Ross (Dave Matthews Band), James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band), Andy Geib (Slightly Stoopid), Chris Stillwell (Greyboy Allstars), Todd Stoops (Electric Beethoven) and John Staten (Pimps of Joytime) performing a selection of future funk classics.
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West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison has been charged with assaulting two women. He has since been loaned out by West Ham to Birmingham and, more recently, QPR. West Ham declined to comment when contacted by Press Association Sport. Despite being touted as a bright prospect at Old Trafford, Morrison only appeared in the League Cup before Ferguson took the decision to allow him to leave. West ham boss Sam Allardyce took him to Upton Park but he was soon shipped out to Birmingham on loan, a move that the 59-year-old felt helped Morrison develop his attitude. Upon his return to Upton Park, Morrison established himself in the West Ham first team and was one of their better performers in the early stages of last season. He scored a memorable goal in a 3-0 win at Tottenham which was voted as goal of the season by Hammers’ fans before a niggling groin injury and a drop in form saw him lose his place in Allardyce’s side. Morrison picked up the first of his four England Under-21 caps in a 4-0 win over San Marino in October and was subject to a bid from Fulham in January – although the offer was rejected. Instead he was moved on to QPR on a loan deal until the end of the season as he helped Rangers to gain promotion from the Championship before returning to West Ham. Morrison did not travel with the squad on their recent pre-season tour of New Zealand as he underwent surgery on his groin problem, training alone at the St George’s Park national training base in Staffordshire. His long-term future at West Ham has again been questioned after the club’s co-chairman David Sullivan suggested Allardyce was not keen on keeping Morrison in his squad – even though the board wanted to offer the midfielder a new deal. But Allardyce came out on Wednesday to back Morrison, if he can prove he wants to make it at the club. “We thought we’d brought Ravel to the forefront of his abilities this time last year,” Allardyce told talkSPORT. “He had a fantastic pre-season and he started the season exceptionally well. I think that drifted away somewhat and he ended up with QPR on loan and ended up helping get them promoted.” Press Association Morrison, from Urmston, Manchester, was arrested on Wednesday and has been charged with two counts of common assault. He is due at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court later today. A spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Police said: “At about 3.20am on Sunday, July 27 2014, police were called to an address on Alexandra Road, Peel Green, Salford, following reports a 19-year-old woman and a 39-year-old woman had been assaulted. “Officers attended and established the young woman had also been assaulted outside a bar in Manchester city centre earlier that evening and a 21-year-old man was subsequently arrested at a later date. “Ravel Morrison, of Urmston, is charged with two common assaults. “He is due before Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on July 31, 2014.” Morrison was widely tipped to become a Manchester United regular as one of the club’s best home-grown prospects in their youth teams. But the midfielder was sold by former boss Sir Alex Ferguson to West Ham for £650,000 in January 2012. The 21-year-old is accused of attacking a young woman outside a bar in Manchester city centre in the early hours of Sunday morning. The former Manchester United player is also accused of assaulting the same woman and another 39-year-old woman hours later.
The team could really go in any direction, which is not a bad thing considering that at pick number 20, a lot is going to happen before they have a chance to make a selection. But that’s where having a list like the Cardinals do — that goes to 120 but has at least 20 players they are really high on — comes in handy. There won’t be any reason to panic into moving up to nab a guy or worry that their target will be taken. If it happens, just move on to the next one on the list.“You’ve just got to be patient and trust your board,” Keim said. “I think if you trust the way that you have the players ranked, you know that at the end of the day we’re going to get one of those players ranked one through 20, and we feel good about every one of those guys.” Comments Share “We went to the board with about 591 players and just this morning we finished up with 120 players on our draft board, so we’ll draft off that board that has 120 players.”Go ahead and adjust your mock draft accordingly.As of now, the Cardinals have just six picks in the draft, with their first selection being the 20th overall. The second-year GM said there are at least 20 players they like in this draft, guys who would fit with their roster and make an impact in 2014. What position they play, though, is still a mystery. That’s a good thing.Coming off a 10-6 season, the Cardinals don’t really have any obvious needs. Yes, they could afford to improve along the offensive line. They probably wouldn’t mind adding a pass rushing linebacker or a safety, either. And according to many analysts, the team may be after its quarterback of the future next week. “The guy that has the most passion, the best football player available because we really don’t have a glaring need,” Arians said of what he’s looking for at 20. “And a guy that would play for free; a guy that loves to play the game. “You’re going to pay him anyway, but he’d play for free. He brings that kind of passion and excitement to your building.” Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim and head coach Bruce Arians were not ready to divulge who they would like to draft next week when they spoke to the media Thursday at their Tempe training facility.They did, however, narrow the list down a bit.“We started this process last May with our college scouts who went on the road and looked at 13,000 names across college campuses, seniors and draft eligible juniors,” Keim said. “And whittled that number down to a little less than 2,000 NFL prospects for us. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact