Music gets muffled by COVID-19 pandemic; Festivals, clubs and even Rolling Stones silenced

Music gets muffled by COVID-19 pandemic; Festivals, clubs and even Rolling Stones silenced

COVID-19 has pretty much eliminated the month of June for music festival goers in Middle Tennessee and around the country. And the rest of the summer is in question as well. Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, the massive four-day celebration of all forms of music and entertainment had been scheduled to take place June 11-14 down at The Farm in Manchester. But this year, because of the pandemic, the festival was moved to September 24-27, in hopes the virus will have run its course by then. Tickets for the festival, which generally reaches near-sellout (80,000 or so proportions), will be honored for September’s new date. “Please continue to radiate positivity through this uncharted time in our world. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you on The Farm (the pastureland where the annual festivities are held) this fall,” reads a message posted on the festival’s web site. Even more disastrous to Nashville economy and for fans of country music is the news that the annual CMA Fest was canceled completely for this summer, ending a 48-year run. “As the world is still greatly affected by the spread of COVID-19, we cannot in good conscience risk the health and well-being of our fans, artists, staff and country music community,” is the statement from the Country Music Association. More than 40,000 fans annually attend each of the four nights’ “big concerts” in Nissan Stadium, home of the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. But there are many other fans who come to the city and fill up hotel rooms and honky-tonks for affiliated activities —...
Audience members experience A Heavenly View with Elevate Dance Show

Audience members experience A Heavenly View with Elevate Dance Show

The stars and the sky were the inspiration for The Elevate Dance Show by The Foundation Dance Theatre (FDT). The show reminds audience members to always look up with A Heavenly View. The Elevate Dance show was a 3-day event (March 6-8) held at Bennet Campus Center in Shamblin Auditorium. Dancers, who are part of this company and the theatre department had the chance to share what they have been rehearsing since the fall. There were group dances and duets with styles that varied from ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop. The FDT company is under the direction of Kari Smith & Leigh Anne Ervin who lead all students during the year. During the show, in between dances, a video would be shown of Kari Smith explaining the principles of the FDT. Kari Smith who is an instructor for the company states there are five pillars they want their students to understand. Leaning into these pillars during their time with the company. Storytelling, Education, Endurance, Passion, and Artistry. As one dance ended a video would be shown to explain each pillar, but also show behind the scenes footage of these dancers. “Dance is a big part of musical theatre but, dance is kinda a different world than theatre. They all fall under storytelling but, with dance, it’s very universal,” said sophomore musical theatre major Drew Flickinger. “I auditioned for FDT in the fall of my freshman year and they took a shot at me, so I got to do elevate last year and I really loved it so of course, I did it again.” Flickinger appeared in four out...
Bisons take down No. 1 North Florida

Bisons take down No. 1 North Florida

The Lipscomb Bisons, eighth in the ASUN conference, beat conference co-leader North Florida on Saturday night 85-73. After the tip-off, UNF missed their first 3 three-point attempts, but quickly after that, they gained a lead, keeping Lipscomb on their toes. UNF got in some foul trouble, leaving room for Lipscomb to go to the line. The Bisons went into half-time leading the Ospreys by two, 45-43. “We really shared the ball and played well,” said Head Coach Lennie Acuff. “They (UNF) are tremendously talented, really well-coached and a good basketball team. It’s just a long game with them and they can score.” The Ospreys came out of half-time and tied up the game with off their first possession. Senior guard, Ivan Gandia-Rosa was the lead scorer for the Ospreys giving 30 of their 73 points. The Bisons had a slow start as they were down 48-52 early in the second half. With just 12 minutes left in the second half, the Bisons score was leading UNF by two. They used this momentum and left UNF in a scoring drought leaving the Bisons with a 15-0 run. Ahsan Asadullah, who scored 23 points, had a career-high 18 rebounds and 8 assists. UNF got into some foul trouble late in the second half allowing the Bisons to broaden their lead. The Bisons were able to maintain their lead but got in some foul trouble which took UNF to the line. The Ospreys could not put a stop to Lipscomb’s offense. The Bisons will host Stetson Feb. 1 at 4 pm.   Photo courtesy of Mckenzi...
Gallery: Bisons Basketball fall to Jacksonville Dolphins 85-89

Gallery: Bisons Basketball fall to Jacksonville Dolphins 85-89

The men’s basketball team faced off against Jacksonville in Allen Arena with hopes to pull out a win to end their 3-game losing streak. The Bisons fell short to the Dolphins in overtime 89-85, their record now 7-13 being 8th in the ASUN Conference. Despite the hard loss, Coach Lennie Acuff had nothing but positive words for his team. “It was a tough loss,” said Acuff. “I thought they played really really well, you have to tip your hat to them. They played with great energy and effort, I thought our guys played hard too they [Jacksonville University] made a few more plays.” Click to read the full story from Taylor...
Bisons Basketball falls short to Jacksonville in overtime 85-89

Bisons Basketball falls short to Jacksonville in overtime 85-89

The men’s basketball team faced off against Jacksonville in Allen Arena with hopes to pull out a win to end their 3-game losing streak. The Bisons fell short to the Dolphins in overtime 89-85, their record now 7-13 being 8th in the ASUN Conference. Despite the hard loss, Coach Lennie Acuff had nothing but positive words for his team. “It was a tough loss,” said Acuff. “I thought they played really really well, you have to tip your hat to them. They played with great energy and effort, I thought our guys played hard too they [Jacksonville University] made a few more plays.” Jacksonville scored the first seven points of overtime to take an 82-75 but the Bisons then got a three-pointer from Michael Buckland to open a 7-2 run. The first half was a slow start and the teams went back and forth gaining the lead. Jacksonville finished out the first half with a 42-34 lead. Last week Coach Acuff told reporter, Grant Ledgister, “You’ve got to have a short-term memory and get back after it on Monday. We’ll do that. It’s just a matter of we’ve hit a tough spot, and we just got to have enough about us to go back to work.” Entering the second half both teams came out with intensity for the first few minutes. but the Bisons regained their speed to fight and caught up to Jacksonville early in the second half. Freshman forward, Jacob Hobbs took it to the rim off a fast-break and created a 2-point game, putting the Bisons back in it. He was then fouled and went to...