Jorma Kaukonen performed in Tel Aviv with Hot Tuna!

Talk about Bad Timing!: Hot Tuna did a show there last week and I’ll be there in 2 weeks from now. I saw them during the beginning of this year at the Beacon– They might not be what they were during the Jefferson Airplane days with Slick but Kaukonen and Cassidy still have innovation and the Blues. Check out this awesome article, which discusses Kaukonen’s Jewish roots:

Gregg Allman is coming out with a new album!

For those unaware or not Allman Brothers fanatics like me, Gregg is coming out with a new solo album January 18th, his first since 1997!!! It will be titled ” Low Country Blues”. When Gregg mentioned the new album at the Allman Brothers show at the Orpheum in November, everyone including myself went crazy.. He’s gonna be promoting it on tour in January. First stop NY Jan 18. I am leaving to the holy land Israel the day before but readers, please go and give opinions. Ill surely be buying the album asap.

Happy Hannukah!

Its been 3 weeks since I blogged last: its not that I haven’t had much to say: I saw an Allman Brothers’ concert and played the National Chess Congress– two possible posts right there. With finals rolling around though, life’s been busy. In the spirit of Hannukah though, here’s a pretty cool video thats been floating around the internet by the “Maccabeats” an acappella group from Yeshiva University:

Countdown until Israel: 1 month ,11 days! Until then, 3 more finals and a paper and a 1 month internship at a travel pr firm in NY Imagine Communications.

Predictions for the 2010 USCL Finale!!

Expansion team the New England Nor’easters takes on 2 time Championship contender the Miami Sharks
Now, if this was a North vs south matchup that would make up a nice civil war; however, Miami is “in the West”, so that’s what is the dual of the Eastern and Western champs. Both teams will undoubtedly strive for the very best as NE would love to make history being the first expansion to team to win the Championship, although they already clearly made history with their kind of ridiculous 11-1 score so far, and Miami hope to win their first championship after losing to Baltimore and NY In their two championship outings: So lets, see who shall be the victors!

Bd 1: IM Shanky takes on GM Becerra
I have always viewed Becerra is a rock, Sam begs to differ….. Sam wants to win. I still say Becerra is solid with black… Drawn match in a classical KID.

Bd 2: FM Martinez takes on IM Hungaski
Both players have had great seasons so far: Martinez 6.5/8 and Hungaski 6/7.. Both of Hungaski’s draws came when he had the black pieces. Hungaski will get a slightly worse position out of the opening in his normal Scandinavian but will hold things together to hold a draw.

Bd 3: FM master of tricks Chase vs FM Galofre
These players’ styles are pretty much as different as can be. As seen in his Galofre’s wk 5 GOTW, he is perhaps one of the most wild players in the league, although with good rewards as he has a strong 2.5/3 record and a 2540 performance rating, thats 240 points above his rating…… Chase plays his normal KIA and Galofre gets bored in a taticless game… Lots of maneuvers will happen but neither players will get anywhere… Another draw.

Bd 4: The Shocker of the League Rosenthal takes on Cherniack
Ok, so the last three weeks I regretfully predicted Rosenthal to lose. Instinctively, I would say Cherniack is a clear favorite with his vast experience. The other day, Krasik and I agreed that Cherniack is likely the strongest board 4 in the league.Rosenthal certainly has chances to shock the crowds yet again, but Cherniack is somewhat of a kid killer.. Out of the 5 games he played against 18 yr olds/under this season so far: Shen, Katz, Herbsts, Ostrovskiy, and Xu, hew scored a heavy 4.5/5:: Cherniack wins!

And NE becomes the 2010 champions! Sure, it wasn’t fun being eliminated by them last week, but they’ve been a strong team all season long and didn’t get some of the credit they deserved: Lets go NE!!

With that in mind, as the Championship will be taking place, I will be at the next concert on the agenda: The Allman Brothers at the Orpheum. Here’s a video of “Hot Lanta” at their AC show two nights ago: