Brooklyn Comes Alive is a breeding ground for once-in-a-lifetime musical experiences. The eclectic festival forces musicians to think outside of the box, often centering on a theme, a tribute, or a set of choice covers. Plus, musicians love to play Brooklyn Comes Alive because it gives them a chance to play music they don’t often get to play with friends and other musicians they don’t normally get to play with.Relive Hayley Jane’s Epic Tribute To 90’s Female Rockers At Brooklyn Comes Alive [Full Show]In 2016, The Disco Biscuits‘ Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner came together with Break Science’s Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee to debut Breaking Biscuits at Brooklyn Comes Alive, which packed the Music Hall of Williamsburg and was a sure highlight of that year’s event. For 2017, Brownstein and Magner delivered another amazing lineup, bringing together a who’s who of the modern jam scene for their set at Brooklyn Bowl.Watch The Disco Biscuits & UM’s Brendan Bayliss Shred Through Prince’s “Controversy” At HolidazeBrownstein and Magner were joined by Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee (a scandalous choice in light of the growing, albeit playful, tension between the two bands), Mike Greenfield from Lotus, Ryan Jalbert from The Motet, and Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman of Trey Anastasio Band. The result was a fun and funky set that focused mostly on R&B songs and pop classics, such as “Just Dropped In” by Kenny Rogers & The First Edition.Relive The Disco Biscuits’ Hilarious Clap Back At Umphrey’s McGee With This Ginuwine CoverWhen the supergroup took the stage, Magner and Cummins’ dual-keyboard approach would pay off in a big way. The two players traded off solos throughout the set, and it was clear that the duo was having a blast onstage. Brownstein and Jalbert provided the ideal groove for the rest of the band to play off of, and Hartswick and Cressman showcased why they are two of the most talented and versatile performers in the improvisational music scene, taking turns playing their respective horns and trading vocals throughout the set.Hartswick’s standout moment came early in the set, as she kicked the band into second gear with a confident take on Blondie‘s “Rapture”. Cummins really let loose during the number, delivering an out-there synthesizer solo as the rest of the band clicked on the song’s famous groove.When it was Cressman’s turn to take the lead, she shocked the room with her patient and soulful approach to the Mark Ronson arrangement of the classic Britney Spears song “Toxic”. Cressman’s vocals and the fun and unexpected nature of the cover commanded the attention of the room. The band sounded particularly funky on this track, matching the song’s 1960s vibe while Cressman delivered her on-point, intoxicating vocals.It’s not often that members of The Disco Biscuits, Umphrey’s McGee, Lotus, The Motet, and Trey Anastasio Band all grace the same stage. These rare collaborations, unique covers, and once-in-a-lifetime moments are what makes Brooklyn Comes Alive such a special event, and Brownstein / Magner / Cummins / Greenfield / Jalbert / Hartswick / Cressman surely delivered on all fronts.
Nov 27, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – South Korea has reported its first outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza in nearly 3 years, on a poultry farm in North Jeolla province, about 100 miles from Seoul.The virus was detected in dead poultry on a farm in the city of Iksan that raises parent stock for broiler chickens, according to a report that a South Korean livestock official filed Nov 22 with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The report said the outbreak caused 6,500 deaths among 13,000 susceptible birds. The results were confirmed at the National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service in Anyang.The source of the outbreak is unknown, though Reuters reported that the farm lies on a bird migration route.The last poultry outbreak in South Korea occurred in December 2003 and prompted the culling of 5 million birds. No human cases of H5N1 illness have ever been reported in the country, but South Korea’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention said in September that five workers who helped cull poultry nearly 3 years ago showed evidence of past infection with H5N1 avian influenza, though they had not been ill.According to a report today in the Korea Times, the South Korean agriculture ministry has begun culling 236,000 poultry on six Iksan poultry farms. A 3-kilometer quarantine zone was set up around the outbreak site, and a 10-kilometer surveillance zone covers 200 poultry farms in Iksan, Sochon, and Kumgang. Authorities have also banned the sale and shipment of poultry, eggs, and related products from the area and have set up checkpoints to inspect trucks.Farms in the surveillance zone raise more than 50 million chickens and ducks, the Times reported.Several media outlets reported today that South Korean health officials plan on culling cats, dogs, and other animals such as pigs in the area to control the spread of the disease. The Associated Press (AP) said South Korea culled dogs and cats along with 5.3 million birds during its last outbreak in 2003.However, Peter Roeder, an animal health expert with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), told the AP that he questions the validity of culling cats and dogs. “It’s highly unusual, and it’s not a science-based decision,” he said. “We’ve got absolutely no reason to believe they’re important.”Meanwhile, surveillance samples from apparently healthy birds on a farm 87 miles north of the outbreak site have tested positive for avian influenza, and more tests are being done to determine if the strain is highly pathogenic, according to another report today in the Korea Times. The virus was detected in a pair of chickens hatched from eggs purchased in mid November from a breeding farm in the Iksan area.Ministry officials told the Times that the highly pathogenic virus is unlikely because there have been no mass chicken deaths on the farms.Elsewhere, the H5N1 virus was detected in two turkeys that died in early November in Ivory Coast, according to an Agence France-Presse report last week. The turkeys came from a livestock camp at a village near Abidjan in the south. The country’s last outbreak in poultry was in May.Health officials told AFP that health and safety measures had been taken and that people who were exposed to the birds were under medical supervision.See also:Nov 23 OIE notice on H5N1 in poultry in South Koreahttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2006_AI.phpSep 21 CIDRAP News article “Five Koreans had H5N1 virus but no illness”