The beloved “Wheels of Soul” returns for the third straight year, as the Tedeschi Trucks Band hosted summer event always brings some of the greatest talent together for extended tour engagements. This year is no exception, as TTB has recruited by Hot Tuna and The Wood Brothers for a month long tour schedule together. The tour runs from July 1st through the 30th, culminating in two nights at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO.The three bands will cross the country together, starting in the Northeast before moving to the Southeast and Midwest, ultimately ending up in Colorado. The Wheels Of Soul tours are known for their collaborative spirit, and the musicians from Hot Tuna and Wood Brothers are no stranger to collaborating. Jorma Kaukonen, for example, has played many times with TTB in recent double billings.“It’s been great to develop this tour into an annual event where we get a chance to hit the road and share the stage with fellow musicians we love and respect, says Susan Tedeschi in a statement. “Each year we try to find bands that share our musical vision while bringing their own unique talents to this traveling circus.” Oliver Wood adds, “We go way back with Derek and Susan. They are some of our favorite friends and collaborators.” Wood co-wrote a track on TTB’s Revelator album, and both Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi appeared on The Wood Brothers’ Paradise album as well.Check out the full tour schedule below, and head to TTB’s website for details.Wheels of Soul Summer Tour 2017July 1 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire PavilionJuly 2 – Essex, VT (Burlington) – Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley ExpositionJuly 3 – Saratoga, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts CenterJuly 5 – Vienna, VA (DC) –Wolf Trap *July 8 – Rochester, NY – Highland BowlJuly 9 – Simsbury, CT – Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts CenterJuly 12 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater **July 14 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater **July 15 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre ***July 16 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre **July 19 – Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Insurance LawnJuly 21 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music CenterJuly 22 – Huber Heights, OH (Dayton) – Rose Music CenterJuly 23 – Rochester, MI (Detroit) – Meadow Brook AmphitheatreJuly 25 – Rogers, AR – Walmart Arkansas Music PavilionJuly 27 – Albuquerque, NM – Sandia CasinoJuly 29-30 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre*On sale March 18th**On sale February 10th***On sale February 3rd
It was organized by the Tourist Board of the City of Zagreb and the Croatian Tourist Board and under the auspices of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and with the support of Hansa Media and the City of Zagreb. The emphasis of the conference was on the potential and rapid development of health tourism both in Croatia and in the world. At a very interesting panel discussion on health tourism in Croatia, the director of the Svjetlost Special Hospital for Ophthalmology, Nikica Gabrić, pointed out that Croatian health care institutions should unite. “Croatia has 20 private hospitals earning more than 30 million kuna. Only twenty! That means two and a half million in revenue per month, and that’s a small trade. We need to reunite. Croatia needs a “health plaza” in which 10 private hospitals and clinics will work together. All in one place where patients will be able to come and solve all their needs”, Explains Gabrić. Minister Cappelli said that wellness should not be neglected in everything, in which the daily consumption of users reaches almost 150 euros, while in spa tourism it is 60 euros, and in medical tourism 240 euros. He also said that he agreed with the statement that health care should be privatized because “this will lead to additional investments and better quality for domestic and foreign patients, and thus more doctors will stay in Croatia.” The Health Spot Croatia conference has also been announced for next year, when the rest of the topics that are not this year will be covered, given the extensiveness and complexity of the topic. Minister of Health Milan Kujundzic agrees with that. “What we certainly have in Croatia are professional people in medicine and health who have already proven themselves and this is the greatest potential, which, along with security, climate and other, is the foundation for building quality health tourism. The Ministry of Health and the Government will continue to monitor the needs of this activity and do what they can for this development., he concluded. Health Spot Croatia held at the Esplanade Hotel in Zagreb brought together numerous Croatian and European experts in the field of health tourism, but also tourism in general. Ognjen Bagatin, director of the Bagatin Polyclinic, continued and stated that “service is the future. “It is important for patients to have the whole package, and we need to work on that. In the private sector, the client or patient should be the king, the emperor and we are all at his service. We have to be the best here too. We don’t have to struggle with price, but with quality. My personal opinion is that we have excellent doctors, and private clinics need to be invested in and promoted in order to grow them from about 20 to about 60 or about 100“. Bagatin said, stressing that investments should be made in health tourism throughout the year. More information, as well as presentations from the conference, can be found HERE. Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli pointed out that in the future tourism strategy from 2020, health tourism will be in the “top three, if not the top one” products in the Croatian offer. “This type of offer strongly contributes to the development of year-round tourism in Croatia, which is our goal, and it also contributes to increasing investment. This year alone, more than 7,5 million euros are being invested in this type of offer. Now, for the first time, we have a legal framework for the development of this offer through changes in tourism and health laws, and we believe that it will be easier for everyone to work, in which it is important to maintain quality and be price competitive, which Croatia already is.”. Photo: Hgk “It is estimated that health tourism brings in about 500 million euros a year, as well as that it could be much more, even a few billion, because Croatia has both natural and professional advantages over many countries. Due to this offer, tourists stay longer in Croatia, about 13 days. Most foreign tourists come from the traditional markets of Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Italy, and the expertise of doctors and the reputation of the institution are most important for choosing a destination.”, He said. Dragan Primorac President of the Management Board of the Special Hospital Sv. Katarina and the Ambassador of Penn State University, Dragan Primorac, in their lecture commented on the future of medicine and the importance of investing in its development. He emphasized the competence and expertise of Croatian medicine and doctors, which contributes to the great potential of Croatia as an important European health and tourism destination. “Without excellence all this we are talking about makes no sense. Croatia has potential and Croatia has people. We witness this truth every day in all health care institutions, whether public or private”, Concluded Primorac.
This week, Tom Rennie is joined by former Premier League star Jason Euell to talk Southampton v Liverpool.Meanwhile, ex-Tottenham player Kevin Watson discusses their derby clash with West Ham, Alan Brazil gives us his three to watch and Ray Hudson from Sirius XM plays ‘Tom against the world’.