Oxforddaredevil David Kirke is planning to fly a giant inflatable winged horse fromthe base of Mount Olympus in Greece,across the Mediterranean, to Tripoli,Libya.Thefifty-nine year old hopes to recreate the mythical flight of Pegasus on a fortyfoot high white stallion, with a wingspan of 80ft, following his successfulattempt in 1986 to ‘hop’ across the English Channel in the pouch of an inflatablekangaroo.Kirkefounded the Oxford University Dangerous Sports Club in the late seventies,along with Chris Baker and Ed Hulton. The Club first came to public attentionwhen Kirke became the first person in the world to do a bungee jump, on 1 April1979, from the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol. His maiden jump earned him arrestfor ‘disturbing the peace’ and a £100 fine.Kirkedescribed his latest endeavour as an “engineering nightmare”. Asked whether hehad an ETA or a rough idea of when Pegasus would be ready, he laughed andreplied, “No ETA. ETAs are a luxury.” He explained that “even a simple thinglike bungee jumping took a great deal of Maths beforehand.”“Itwill be a real engineering challenge to build, but no one has ever done itthroughout history. There are hundreds of thousands of images of Pegasus, butno one has actually seen one fly through the air. In theory it should not turnover because the wind should hit all the surfaces at the same time. That’s thetheory.”Whencompleted, Pegasus will be entirely inflatable, made of a specially-designedfabric, combining strength and lightness. Helium gas will be used forinflation, rather than hydrogen burners, and the horse will gain height byoffloading ballast and descend by releasing helium. Kirke plans to pilot hisequine companion from a position somewhere near its head, but he will be verymuch dependent on the trade winds blowing down through Africafor direction.Theveteran daredevil and pioneer of ‘extreme sports’ said, “There will be plentyof nights leading up to it sipping horlicks and biting fingernails but worriesare just something you have to sort out before you go because otherwise itspoils the fun when you do.”Theattempt could cost up to £100,000. However, Kirke is encouraged by the factthat a large number of companies around the world use the Pegasus name andimage, and he believes that this will increase the likelihood of securingsufficient sponsorship for the projectARCHIVE: 6th week MT 2005
During the daze between both weekends of New Orleans Jazz Fest, the celebratory energy remains, as many musicians stay down in the Big Easy to play shows and see the rest of their musical brethren. On Tuesday, May 2nd, The Nth Power will bring together a slew of special guests to re-create their Earth, Wind, & Fire tribute known as “Earth, Wind & Power.” They’ll be joined by the second-ever performance of the All Brothers Band, made up of the dual-brother attack of Oteil and Kofi Burbridge and Neal and Alan Evans, up-and-coming funk act Organ Freeman, as well as a tribute to Allen Toussaint by members of Turkuaz, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Electric Beethoven, & Nigel Hall Band. Tickets are currently available here.Watch The Nth Power’s ‘Earth, Wind & Power’ Perform “Devotion” At Brooklyn Comes AliveWith The Nth Power putting together a stellar ensemble for this tribute to Earth Wind & Fire, it is without a doubt going to be an amazing performance. There will be plenty of that funk and soul to keep your body moving into the late-night hours with an incredible cast of musicians including Rashawn Ross (Dave Matthews Band), Skerik, Weedie Braimah, Lyle Divinsky (The Motet), Drew Sayers (The Motet), Erica Falls (Galactic), Paul Robinson, and Farnell Newton, as well as Kofi and Oteil Burbridge.Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company, Allman Brothers), keyboardist and flautist Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band, Derek Trucks Band), keyboardist Neal Evans (Lettuce, Soulive) and drummer Alan Evans (Soulive, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe) are making their second-ever appearance as “The All Brothers Band,” with their first being at last year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive. The Brothers collaborated for an EP earlier this year, though they’ve yet to present this project for public ears. We can expect smooth layers of funk and jazz with these players, but there’s really no telling what they might have in store.Organ Freeman provides some serious toe-tapping jives, fueled by the trio of guitarists Erik Carlson, drummer Rob Humphreys and organist Trevor Steer, hard at work. Like many bands comprised of tight-laced musicianship, Organ Freeman emerged from an intensive music program called the Musicians Institute of Hollywood. Steer explains that the group “initially formed the group as more of an opportunity to experiment than a serious project while we were all students, and continued on as a creative outlet while we all played out as freelance musicians. It wasn’t until years later when we were presented with the chance to do a record that the band sort of morphed into what it is today.”The tribute to Allen Toussaint, known as the “Allen Toussaint Jukebox,” will feature a full set of music from his prodigious career. The band will consist of Shira Elias and Michelangelo Carubba from Turkuaz, Sasha Brown from Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Todd Stoops from Electric Beethoven, and Eric Vogel from the Nigel Hall Band, and it will take place in the cozy confines of The Den.Tickets for this special late-night performance are currently on sale here.– SHOW INFO –Artist: Earth Wind & Power / All Brothers Band / Organ Freeman / Allen Toussaint JukeboxVenue: Howlin’ Wolf – 907 S. Peters Street – New Orleans, LA 70130Date: Tuesday – May 2nd, 2017Price: $27.50adv / $35dosAges: 21+Tickets: Purchase here If you’ll be down in New Orleans for Jazz Fest this year, don’t miss out on all of the awesome late night music options taking place across the city. Learn more about all of the amazing music you can catch at this link.