Funk favorites Lettuce have announced some big summer performance plans set to take place in a small room: New York City’s Blue Note Jazz Club, the West Village room where countless legendary musicians have taken the stage since its opening in 1981. Lettuce will play 12 sets over the course of five nights at the Blue Note this summer, from Wednesday, June 27th through Sunday, July 1st.On June 27th, June 28th, and July 1st, the band will play two sets per night (at 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., respectively). On Friday and Saturday night June 29th – 30th, the band will play an additional late-night set at 12:30 a.m.The residency marks a change of pace for Lettuce in the New York City market, where they normally play larger venues like Brooklyn Bowl and Playstation Theatre. With a higher number of smaller shows, fans will get the chance for a uniquely intimate experience with the band.In addition, the newly-opened Sony Hall in Times Square is being owned, operated, and programme by Blue Note Media Group as part of an extensive brand co-sponsorship with Sony, so perhaps the Blue Note residency is part of an agreement that will also include some bigger shows at the beautiful new venue.Tickets for Lettuce‘s Blue Note residency are available now via the band’s website.
Although Congress has passed legislation to allow TV stations to extend their analog broadcasts until June, local stations in Vermont and northeastern New York plan to shut off analog broadcasts on the original deadline of midnight February 17. Stations WCAX (Channel 3), WFFF (Channel 44), WNNE (Channel 31), WPTZ (Channel 5), WVNY(Channel 22), Mountain Lake PBS (Channel 57) and Vermont Public Television (Channels 33, 20, 28 and 41) looked at the high level of readiness of the local market and the confusion a delay could bring and decided to stay with the February date.Jim Condon, executive director of the Vermont Association of Broadcasters, said, The extension of the analog shutoff will be a great help to viewers in parts of the country that are not ready. Here in Vermont, after more than a year of helping local viewers prepare for the end of analog broadcasting, we know that most of our local viewers are ready. Cable and satellite companies have done their part; stores have maintained a good supply of digital converter boxes, and station staff have helped thousands of viewers individually.The stations will continue working one on one with viewers who need assistance, up to and after the end of analog broadcasting. Stations will also staff a special DTV Help Line at Vermont Public Television where people can get help after the shutoff of analog signals. The toll-free number for that line will be announced at the time of the shutoff.Viewers are welcome to contact the stations at:WCAX (802) 652-6300, www.wcax.com(link is external)WFFF (802) 660-9333, www.FOX44.net(link is external)WPTZ/WNNE (518) 561-5555 (NY) or (802) 655-5455 (VT), www.wptz.com(link is external)WVNY (802) 660-9333, www.abc22.com(link is external)Mountain Lake PBS (518) 563-9770, www.mountainlake.org(link is external)Vermont Public Television 1-800-639-7811, www.vpt.org(link is external)