Matt Shotwell GroundUP Music Festival returned to Miami Beach, Florida, over the weekend for its second annual event. Hosted by Grammy-winning, jazz-funk collective Snarky Puppy and their associated label, GroundUP Music, the festival featured a special Snarky Puppy set each day along with performances from an eclectic list of international talents. For the second annual GroundUP Music Festival, the event saw performances by The Wood Brothers; The Flecktones Trio featuring Béla Fleck, Victor Wooten, and Futureman; Robert Glasper; Knower; Roosevelt Collier; Joshua Redman; Weedie Braimah & The Hands of Time; Banda Magda; and so many more.GroundUP Music Festival offered more than just great music, as fans had the opportunity to participate in intimate masterclasses and workshops. Charlie Hunter kicked off Friday’s festivities with an intimate performance workshop, followed by Becca Stevens & Alan Hampton’s waterside workshop titled “Song Trading on the Beach” and a headlining performance by the Flecktones trio. Saturday started with a percussion summit featuring Futureman, Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy), and Weedie Braimah (Trombone Shorty), among others, anda workshop led by Béla Fleck and Lionel Loueke titled “Exploring Your Individuality,” while the rest of the day saw performances by Roosevelt Collier, The Wood Brothers, and Underground System & Weedie Braimah, and more. To close out the three-day event, Sunday’s highlights included a conversation between bass heavyweights Victor Wooten and Michael League, a genre-bending lesson with Robert Glasper, songwriting with The Wood Brothers, and a capella on the beach with members of KNOWER and Banda Magda.Check out the full weekend gallery below, courtesy of photographer Matt Shotwell.GroundUP Music Festival | Miami, FL | Photos by Matt Shotwell Photo: Matt Shotwell Load remaining images
MASON CITY — The Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors this morning approved the recommendation by the county’s Compensation Board that the county’s elected officials get a two-and-three quarters percent pay raise in the next fiscal year that starts in July, with the supervisors turning down the recommended pay raise for themselves. The supervisors had the choice of accepting the Compensation Board’s recommendations or approving a lower percentage of a raise for the county positions of sheriff, attorney, treasurer, auditor as well as themselves. Iowa law prohibits the supervisors approving anything higher than the board’s recommendation. Chris Watts was the only supervisor to comment about not accepting a pay raise. “My only comment I guess would be my promise to the voters when I first ran, and this is four years in a row that the County Supervisors have taken this action.” With the pay raises being approved starting on July 1st, Sheriff Kevin Pals will annually make $109,031; County Attorney Carlyle Dalen’s salary will be $130,253; while County Treasurer Patricia Wright, County Recorder Colleen Pearce and County Auditor Adam Wedmore’s salary will increase to $80, 263.
CLEAR LAKE — Clear Lake’s City Council tonight will discuss establishing an early retirement incentive program. The voluntary program would assist eligible city employees who wish to retire but cannot do so because of medical insurance coverage concerns. To be eligible, participants would have to be current full-time or full-time equivalent employees who are age 56 or older and have not less than 25 years of continuous employment with the city. Those who would participate in the program at age 60 would remain up to five years or when they become Medicare eligible on the city’s group health insurance plan under a single policy. Employees can choose to continue family health coverage by paying the difference between the cost of the family plan and the city’s contribution toward a single coverage premium. An employee who retires prior to age 60 can utilize post-retirement accumulated paid leave conversion credit to pay health insurance premiums. If that would be insufficient to cover the cost of health insurance to the age of 60, the employee would be responsible for the full premium until age 60, at which point the premium for a single policy would be covered by the city.Eligible employees must retire from city employment between August 1st and September 30th of this year, with notice of intent to retire having to be filed prior to July 17th. The Clear Lake City Council meets tonight at 6 o’clock at City Hall.