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Projects Photographs “COPY” 2010 ArchDaily Year: Ribbon House / G2 EstudioSave this projectSaveRibbon House / G2 Estudio Houses Area: 396 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses•Argentina ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/98642/ribbon-house-g2-estudio Clipboard Architects: G2 Estudio Area Area of this architecture project Save this picture!© Laila Sartoni+ 23 Share Photographs: Laila SartoniText description provided by the architects. Linking distant lands, this time G2 Estudio was hired by two families from Tahiti- French Polynesia, partners in the adventure to create a holiday house in San Carlos de Bariloche – Patagonia Argentina, the one should have a wide integrated space for leisure and recreation, two master-rooms, two bedrooms for the children, and all the necessary equipment to a holiday house… Save this picture!© Laila SartoniLike the current residence style of the owners (on an island), the choice of the area where the house would be implanted also seems to be an island, but this time between two rivers, surrounded by a stunning landscape into the four cardinal points: Cerro Catedral to the West, Sierra Ventana to the South, the Golf to the North, and a canyon with a creek and lush vegetation to the East. This way the house should be sufficiently dislocated in the footprint composition to ensure that each volume can achieve a particular frame of the breathtaking nature… Save this picture!© Laila SartoniThe initial idea comes from the juxtaposition of volumes, each containing different functions, on one hand the social life and in the others the private life. When this volumes meet each other, mixing the geometry and the space, it generate dynamic routes between the activity and rest areas of the house, that getting in tension they experiment the transition between being supported on the rock to raise into the sky searching perfect visuals. Save this picture!© Laila SartoniIs this way that we can appreciate an up-down experience link. The morphology and materials used, were thought to achieve that the strong became in fragile, the solid in ethereal, the supported in support, the dynamic in static, and vice versa. Save this picture!© Laila SartoniSo the house is a search between the balance, juxtaposition, ribbon, viewing-point, vital tour, and hug. To get the artistic expression and for reach the limits of the materials, the work was performed with two different systems that can reflect the idea of the project. The support would be reinforced concrete, bringing it to their fullest potential in horizontal planes, vertical and lead off, for a seismically active area such as San Carlos de Bariloche, along with the stone as a heavy and rustic material in dialogue with the nearly mountains. The sustained would be of steel-frame for the outer shells, partitions, panels, sun visors, which would be clad in wood from the area taking advantage of its warmth and lightness. For the roof panels and folded it, was used asphalt slate black color, creating color and texture contrasts. Save this picture!© Laila SartoniThe interiors are the result of the interpenetration of volumes compositional directions respecting convergences and materiality making a dramatic balance between the expression of forms, textures and visuals.- Save this picture!© Laila SartoniWith Ribbon House G2 Estudio close a small cycle of evolution in the search for housing types, and launches into new spaces for these architectural exploration, arguing that every expression of architecture should be unique and unrepeatable as the users are.Save this picture!© Laila SartoniProject gallerySee allShow lessEuropean Architectural Travel PhotographsArticlesVertical Theme Park / Ju-Hyun KimArticles Share Ribbon House / G2 Estudio CopyAbout this officeG2 EstudioOfficeFollowProductsWoodStone#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWoodHousesArgentinaPublished on December 27, 2010Cite: “Ribbon House / G2 Estudio” 27 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021.
Nate Hamilton of Milwaukee’s Coalition For Justice joins protesters in Madison demanding justice for Tony Robinson and all victims of police terror, March 6.Photo: Joe BruskyHundreds marched and joined in other events in Madison, Wis., on March 4 through 6 to demand justice and to honor the life of Tony Terrell Robinson. Robinson was killed a year ago on March 6, 2015, by police officer Matt Kenney, who is now back on the police force after no criminal charges were brought against him.On March 6, Madison protesters were joined by Nate Hamilton, a leader of the Coalition For Justice in Milwaukee. Hamilton’s brother, Dontre Hamilton, was shot 14 times and killed by police officer Christopher Manney on April 30, 2014, in broad daylight in downtown Milwaukee. No state or federal charges were brought against Manney and he’s now receiving disability pay.For information and updates, visit facebook.com/justicefordontre, facebook.com/fergusontomadison and #JusticeForTony.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website The Board Meeting on March 12th has only two items on the agenda; an emergency declaration and the approval of the second interim budget report.I will cover the emergency declaration first. The Education Code requires Board approval for many decisions that may come from a Superintendent.Under normal circumstances this is entirely appropriate, however during emergencies or public health crisis moments the need to follow the process requires a Superintendent to call an emergency meeting to approve several types of actions that may be necessary in the upcoming weeks, from reassigning of personnel from one site to another, to signing a contract for an outside cleaning company specializing in sanitizing possible biohazards, to closing a school under the advice of county health officials.To remove the possibility of red tape from delaying the response of the district, we are bringing forth a resolution empowering the Superintendent to take actions in response to the public health situation without waiting for Board approval.Of course we the Board will still be monitoring the actions of the district.The second item is the second interim budget. This budget has us meeting our required reserves in each of the next three years, subject to budget assumptions that are in line with county standards for approval. We are currently projecting a 500 student decline in enrollment, following the loss that we had at the start of the last two years from our projections. It’s a fairly conservative estimate in normal conditions, but with families getting priced out of Pasadena it is possible that we will come in below that number.It is, however, also possible that we will come in with more students than we are projecting, and if that occurs we will have to hire teachers at the start of August. This is always a difficult time in staffing determinations, because we don’t want to lay off more staff than we should, but once we pass the March 15th deadline we cannot lay off more staff for the upcoming school year… so if we err on the side of not laying off enough staff, we may be overstaffed next year.It is always a hard balance to strike between site stability and fiscal responsibility. We also are working off of revenue assumptions, given that it is always possible for California to slip into a recession or for the governor’s proposed January budget to undergo changes before it is approved in June. Unfortunately, we have to forge ahead with our best estimates now, and trust in the state legislature to prioritize state spending sensibly.This is a fairly routine meeting, albeit one outside of our normal meeting schedule, and only warrants a special meeting itself due to filing deadlines for the second interim budget. latest #2 Board of Education President Previews Highlights of Thursday’s Meeting By PATRICK CAHALAN, President, Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education Published on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 | 1:29 pm Community News More Cool Stuff Subscribe Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week HerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News 13 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Patrick CahalanPresidentPasadena Unified School District Board of Education Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
Print This Post Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago March 19, 2019 3,255 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News First-Time Homebuyers Skylar Olsen Zillow 2019-03-19 Donna Joseph Related Articles According to Zillow’s 2019 Best Markets for First-Time Buyers Analysis, first-time buyers looking for an affordable home without steep competition will have the best luck in Tampa, Florida. Tampa topped the list for the second year in a row. This was followed by Las Vegas, Nevada; Phoenix, Arizona: Atlanta, Georgia; and Orlando, Florida.Thirty-five of the largest U.S. housing markets were ranked by Zillow based on where first-time buyers were successful in moving into a home with a strong forecasted appreciation. First-time buyers make up 46 percent of all buyers, and more than 6 in 10 of them are Millennials, the analysis stated. Zillow indicated that the U.S. housing market has recently cooled off and inventory recorded an increase by 1 percent year-over-year, after dropping to 8.7 percent last year. It’s the first time inventory has been up heading into home-shopping season in at least five years. Another positive trend for first-time buyers, the analysis noted, is the inventory of less-expensive starter homes rising up 4.1 percent, compared to 12.9 percent the previous year. However, despite this change, there is a lack of homes for sale to meet buyer demand, keeping the market competitive.Addressing the challenges faced by first-time buyers, Zillow stated that they are naturally disadvantaged compared with other buyers on account of insufficient capital from the sale of a previous home to help fund a down payment or keep up with bidding wars. They have also had less time to save for a down payment than most repeat buyers. Interestingly, younger buyers are more likely to go over their budgets to purchase their first home. Buying in the top markets (as listed in Zillow’s analysis) may help this group stay within budget to buy a home. Per the analysis, market trends show they are more likely to require smaller down payments and to have had prices cut. “The shortage of starter homes across the country is finally starting to ease, and that’s good news for would-be first-time buyers who have been saving up to make the leap into homeownership,” said Skylar Olsen, Director of Economic Research at Zillow. “Unfortunately, prices of homes in the lower third of the market have risen so much in recent years that for many households’ budgets they no longer qualify as affordable. But markets like Tampa and Las Vegas still provide plenty of bargains,” she added. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Donna Joseph Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Top 5 Markets for First-time Homebuyers Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Donna Joseph is a Dallas-based writer who covers technology, HR best practices, and a mix of lifestyle topics. She is a seasoned PR professional with an extensive background in content creation and corporate communications. Joseph holds a B.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Mass Communication, both from the University of Bangalore, India. She is currently working on two books, both dealing with women-centric issues prevalent in oppressive as well as progressive societies. She can be reached at [email protected] Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: How Natural Disasters Are Influencing Delinquency Rates Next: What Makes Diversity in Mortgage Businesses Critical Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: First-Time Homebuyers Skylar Olsen Zillow Home / Daily Dose / Top 5 Markets for First-time Homebuyers The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save
Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Permit plan eases way for employing overseas staffOn 18 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. A government initiative that allowsmultinational employers to issue UK work permits for overseas staff hasstreamlined the application process.Both Sony UK and Ernst& Young have benefited from the pilot scheme introduced in October 2000.Previously, applications were processed by Work Permits (UK), part of the DfEE,and it could be a slow process.Ernst & Young hasprocessed 100 work permits since it joined the scheme. The company estimatesthat there has been a 60 per cent increase in permits.Kevin Smith, directorof work permit services at Ernst & Young, said, “We had to getinvolved in the scheme. There were obvious benefits, such as having control ofour own work permits.”He admits that itplaces an administrative burden on employers and is pushing for a system whereapplication forms can be downloaded from Work Permits (UK). The transfer ofemployees from abroad occurs at Ernst & Young only when it cannot fill theposition in the UK. Smith said mosttransfers have come from the US, but he has also taken on staff from India.Sony has dealt with 17work permits since joining the scheme. Vanessa Buckley,international assignment coordinator for Sony, said, “We have Japaneseexpatriates coming to the UK and this scheme was a good opportunity for us tohave total control over the transfer of employees.”Other companies in thescheme include UBS and Rolls-Royce. The scheme has now been extended to July. By Karen Higginbottom
Image: DenisonInstalls commercial scale wells. Photo: Courtesy of David Mark from Pixabay. Denison Mines reports the successful installation of two Commercial Scale Wells (“CSWs”) within the Phoenix deposit (“Phoenix”), as part of the ongoing In-Situ Recovery (“ISR”) field test program at the Company’s 90% owned Wheeler River Uranium Project (“Wheeler River”), located in northern Saskatchewan, Canada. Additionally, the Company is pleased to report the successful deployment of the MaxPERF Drilling Tool and its plans for completion of long-duration hydrogeological test work during the remainder of the 2019 ISR Field Test program.Operational HighlightsInstallation of the first CSWs designed for ISR mining in the Athabasca Basin: CSW1 (drill hole GWR-031, in Test Area 1) and CSW2 (drill hole GWR-032, in Test Area 2) represent the first large-diameter CSWs successfully installed, for the purpose of ISR mining, in the Athabasca Basin region. The completion of each CSW included the drilling of a large-diameter vertical borehole (~12 inches in diameter) approximately 400 metres from surface, to intersect the Phoenix ore body, and the installation of well materials designed to meet expected environmental and regulatory standards for eventual ISR mining. Locations of the Phoenix Test Areas and CSWs are shown in Figures 1, and Figures 2 and 3 respectively.Successful lateral penetrations of the Phoenix ore body using the MaxPERF Drilling Tool: Penetrators Canada Inc. (“Penetrators”), developers and operators of the MaxPERF Drilling Tool, successfully deployed the tool within CSW1 and completed 28 lateral drill holes (penetration tunnels) within a variety of ore types associated with the Phoenix deposit. MaxPERF deployment at CSW2 is planned to follow during the remainder of the 2019 ISR Field Test program.Initial short-duration hydrogeological tests demonstrate effectiveness of MaxPERF at Phoenix: Initial short-duration hydrogeological tests confirmed increased flow rates in Test Area 1 following the completion of the MaxPERF drilling in CSW1. These results demonstrate the effectiveness of the MaxPERF Drilling Tool in providing increased access to hydraulic connectivity associated with the existing permeability of the ore zone.Long-duration hydrogeological tests planned to complete the 2019 ISR Field Test: Based on the successful completion of CSW1 and CSW2, and following the successful deployment of the MaxPERF Drilling Tool, long-duration hydrogeological tests are planned to be completed during the remainder of the 2019 ISR Field Test. These tests are expected to be carried out in both CSW1 and CSW2 to allow for the simulation of fluid flow, within Test Area 1 and Test Area 2 of Phoenix, under conditions similar to an envisioned commercial production environment.David Bronkhorst, Denison’s Vice President Operations, commented, “We are very pleased to have completed the successful installation of the first two Commercial Scale Wells at Phoenix. As part of the Company’s risk managed approach to the 2019 ISR Field Test program, we continue to build on operational successes and advance towards the completion of all of our program objectives – including the testing of the MaxPERF Drilling Tool, which has already proven to be effective when deployed in a CSW. With the varied geology interpreted at Phoenix, the ability to use MaxPERF, to mechanically engineer increased access to the existing permeability of the ore formation, bodes well for potentially normalizing the geological variations in a production environment.”Commercial Scale Well (CSW) InstallationsCSW1 and CSW2 were successfully drilled to their designed depths and locations within the Phoenix deposit. A directional drilling methodology was employed in conjunction with Measurement-While-Drilling (“MWD”) surveying technology to accurately determine the well path to its desired target location.Well materials, designed for commercial ISR production, were successfully installed as planned – providing a double-walled and fully-sealed piping system. Additionally, the outer casing of each CSW was successfully grouted in place with a single-stage cement application, providing a further seal between the CSW and outlying sandstone formation. The piping system installed for both CSWs is ISR mining solution ready and is expected to meet environmental and regulatory standards. A CSW is considered complete once the piping system has been installed and the outer casing grouted into position. Further details regarding the design of the CSWs are provided in Denison’s news release dated September 19, 2019. Source: Company Press Release CSW1 and CSW2 were successfully drilled to their designed depths and locations within the Phoenix deposit
USS Cole arrives in 6th Fleet View post tag: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Cole arrives in 6th Fleet Authorities December 23, 2016 Share this article View post tag: USS Cole U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) entered the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations after departing its homeport earlier his month.Cole, assigned to Commander Task Force 65, entered Europe on December 21 to conduct a regularly-scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.“We are looking forward to operating with our allies and partners as we are building our combined capability and capacity to protect regional waters, security and commerce,” said commanding officer, USS Cole, Cmdr. David Wroe.USS Cole is homeported in naval station Norfolk, Virginia.
Photo: Chad Anderson Photo: Dave Vann Photo: Chad Anderson Photo: Chad Anderson Load remaining images Photo: Chad Anderson Panorama returned to New York City this weekend, and it featured one of the most eclectic and interesting festival lineups in the country. The festival boasted a little bit of something for everyone, with festival producers Goldenvoice delivering a mix of the reclusive Frank Ocean, Australian psychedelic powerhouse Tame Impala, British alt-groove heroes Alt J, modern pop icon Solange, 1990s juggernauts Nine Inch Nails, and A Tribe Called Quest for year two of the still-new-feeling NYC festival. Of course, the likes of MGMT, Justice, Nicolas Jaar, Tyler The Creator and Spoon were on hand to continue the festival’s diverse tone.The festival focuses on a more technology-driven experience, with several huge, lit-up installations by HP and American Express on site to help create a more festive vibe. The centerpiece of the festival is actually not anything related to music, however, it’s a huge space that can only properly be described as a pop-up museum dedicated to interactive, technology-based art known as The Lab, a collaboration between META and HP. The Lab, which returned as a bigger, better, more realized version from last year’s first edition of Panorama, featured multiple installations that all required some level of interaction with the technology and art. It was truly a sight to behold, and worth the price of admission for the festival alone.Outside of The Lab, there was plenty to experience at Panorama. The Point was an open-air club that allowed festival-goers to dance themselves clean, those who were 21+ could hang in a private area called The Grove with some higher end cocktails and lots of shade (sidebar: the average age at Panorama was noticeably higher than most other festivals, the whole venue felt like a 21+ area). The festival also featured some of the best foods that New York City has to offer, with favorites like Roberta’s Pizza, Salvation Taco, Oddfellow’s Ice Cream, and Matchabar being offered alongside festival favorites like Spicy Pie.Of course, the music at Panorama was amazing. Nine Inch Nails stunned the audience with their high-octane live show, A Tribe Called Quest threw themselves a huge sendoff for their final ever (probably?) NYC-area show, and Tame Impala melted faces with their comically psychedelic light show. Acts like Vince Staples and Glass Animals made the most of their big stage experience, getting broadcast across Randall’s Island on the festival’s huge, panoramic LED screens, giving these somewhat smaller artists the headliner treatment.While the festival did experience some production difficulties–namely, the collapse of the floor of the stage known as The Parlor, which led to several cancelled sets by artists like Breakbot and DJ Shadow–the festival once again boasted a relaxed vibe with plenty of space to sit and hang out with friends, short lines at almost every vendor, and great site lines from almost anywhere on the concert field.See below for a weekend’s-worth of photos from the great Chad Anderson!Panorama 1017 | Photos by Chad Anderson Photo: Chad Anderson
Load remaining images From the Planet Bluegrass organization, the same brilliant minds as Telluride Bluegrass and Rocky Grass, the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival has been going strong for 27 years. And like Telluride, the genre of the festival has slowly loosened to broader interpretations, allowing for some of the country’s (and world’s) most spectacular artists to grace the stage in the lovely town of Lyons, Colorado. This year’s lineup included national acts such as Lake Street Dive, Elephant Revival, The Revivalists, Dave Rawlings Machine, Gregory Alan Isakov, and many others.A routinely family-friendly festival, Folks Fest has grown in recent years, with the 2017 attendance likely setting records on both Saturday and Sunday nights. Having seen some major work since the 2013 floods, the Planet Bluegrass venue itself shows some beautiful improvements. The surrounding vistas remain incredibly gorgeous and picturesque, rivaling any outdoor venue in the country, and providing the perfect backdrop for a laid-back festival.Friday’s schedule kicked off with the traditional morning Songwriter Showcase, followed by a pair of female-led acts, Austin-born Brooklynite Phoebe Hunt with her band The Gatherers, and a solo singer-songwriter hailing from Scotland, Rachel Sermanni. Both artists eased the festival crowd into the weekend, Sermanni delighting the calm Friday attendees with her traditional Scottish folk songs, many inspired by the poems of Robert Burns. Gregory Alan Isakov, South African native and a Colorado local, closed the first night with a lengthy set of remarkable, delicate, and often haunting tunes. A pure lyrical genius, Isakov demanded attention and all but silenced the crowd at times, leaving everyone dreaming of what the rest of the weekend held in store.Yet despite our dreams, Saturday mornings are often tough for festival and bluegrass folks. In that regard, Idaho-born Korby Lenker couldn’t have been a more perfect opener. The winner of last year’s Songwriter Showcase, Korby’s unique blend of folk, acoustic, and island-tinged music came on easy and delightfully. Following Lenker, Melbourne’s all-female Mae Trio took the stage, their bluesy take on bluegrass and folk music serving as the perfect lunchtime pick-me-up before some more traditional bluegrass music from Ben Sollee & Kentucky Native. Among others, Sollee’s refreshing take on Bill Monroe’s “Blue Moon of Kentucky” was a fan-favorite and an impressive feat from a fairly young picker.Hailing from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Mandolin Orange filled the mid-afternoon slot on Saturday, their slow, thoughtful songs steeped in bluegrass and good ol’ fashioned country music finding a perfect audience with the relaxed Folks Fest atmosphere. The band found themselves naturally at home on the Planet Bluegrass stage; their song “Wildfire,” from the 2016 album Blindfaller, resonated particularly well with the Colorado foothills crowd, many of them all too familiar with recent forest fires. Led by duo Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin, the group played a stellar set, heavy on songs from Blindfaller, proving their recent rise in the bluegrass and folk circuit shouldn’t be ignored. Folk legend Loudon Wainwright III followed, playing a handful of his classic folk songs, including “The Picture,” “Daughter,” “The Swimming Song,” and his hilarious “My Meds.” Loudon proved he’s still got it, cracking the crowd up and getting them up and dancing before one of the weekend’s more anticipated sets.Elephant Revival took the stage in the early evening, the hot summer sun slowly relenting as a cool breeze came over the festival grounds. Opening with a pair of songs off of their newest release, Petals, the band shined with their newer, heavier sound on “Hello You Who” and “Home in Your Heart,” led by multi-instrumentalist and transcendental siren Bonnie Paine. A couple of songs later, the band welcomed Josh Ritter and Phoebe Hunt to the stage to join in on “Grace of a Woman. A beautiful tribute off of 2013’s These Changing Skies, fiddle players Bridget Law and Phoebe Hunt played some stunning duets on the song. Ritter remained on stage for “Girl in the War,” a poignant, evocative song covered occasionally by Elephant Revival at recent shows and truly brought to life with his presence. “When I Fall” and a rare cover of Pink Floyd’s “Have A Cigar” let the bass-heavy side of Elephant surface once again, with Dango Rose leading the band on electric double bass. Following a few more songs, the band closed out their Saturday set with members of Mandolin Orange, Ben Sollee, Phoebe Hunt, and Josh Ritter, playing “Good Graces” and a blistering take on “Rogue River.” New Orleans septet The Revivalists closed out Saturday night, understandably delighted to be the weekend’s one true rock and roll band. Lead vocalist David Shaw took no time getting to know the fans, while still staying plenty involved with the rest of the band. Each member of the group, from guitarist Zack Feinberg to drummer Andrew Campanelli, had their moment to shine as the band took us through a well-curated set of some of their better-known songs. They capped off the evening with a fiery version of The Beatles’ “With A Little Help from My Friends,” led by Shaw singing the song in true Joe Cocker fashion.Sunday got started with Egyptian legend Ramy Essam, a true testament to the far-reaching, genre-bending selection artists at Folks Fest. Known for his appearances during the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 in Cairo, his music felt especially fitting in light of recent events in Charlottesville and Boston here in the United States. Folk and bluegrass queen, Mollie O’Brien, played a lovely set with Rich Moore before Fort Collins’ SHEL took the stage. SHEL was one of the largely-unknown standouts of the weekend. Yet another all-female band, the four ladies stunned the folks in attendance with a delectable, distinctive sound. Constantly flirting with rock, folk, bluegrass, grunge, and other alternative genres, they played a music entirely their own, remaining social and engaged with what was likely a very large audience for the local band.Canada’s Wailin’ Jennys took the stage next, with, you guessed it, more astonishing female leads, along with a couple lovely lads! The group was just another example of Planet Bluegrass’ ability to book incredible bands that most of us have barely heard of, but undoubtedly should have. Josh Ritter was a certain exception to that, but he wowed the packed Sunday crowd nonetheless, his huge, positive presence enveloping the crowd as one of the few solo artists of the weekend. He welcomed Daniel Rodriguez and Bonnie Paine from Elephant Revival on for a song, played an original take on the traditional song “Louis Collins,” and graciously opened the stage for Lake Street Dive shortly thereafter.Having catapulted onto the scene in the recent years, Lake Street Dive is one of those constantly-hyped, “must see this summer” kind of bands. Having said that, the Brooklyn-based quartet lived up to their reputation beyond belief, playing an impossibly tight set reminiscent of the glory days of Muscle Shoals’ Swampers and Motown’s Funk Brothers. Frontwoman Rachael Price carries the torch and charisma of old female legends, with Bonnie Raitt and Aretha Franklin both coming to mind, while the always-stunning upright bass player Bridget Kearney keeps everything wonderfully put together. Opening the set with an acapella intro to their famous single “Bad Self Portraits” from the 2014 album of the same name, the band played the hits right off the bat, leaving time for them to dig deep into their catalog. They followed with “Neighbor Song” from 2010’s eponymous Lake Street Dive, gathering around a single mic a few songs thereafter for their stripped-down take on George Michael’s “Faith” from their 2012 album Fun Machine. Guitarist and trumpeter Mike Olson shined during the stripped-down segment of the set, and drummer Mike Calabrese played an impeccable solo before the band return to its full format. “Call Off Your Dogs,” “Side Pony,” and “How Good It Feels,” all off of their latest album Side Pony, each showcase the band’s obvious professionalism, their immaculate attention to detail and their sheer joy for playing good, timeless music. Another cover from Fun Machine, their rendition of Paul McCartney’s “Let Me Roll It,” let Price flaunt some surprisingly strong guitar skills before ending the set with two more tracks off of Bad Self Portraits, “Seventeen” and “You Go Down Smooth.”Not to be forgotten, the infamous Dave Rawlings Machine closed out the weekend with the classic, foot-stomping folk-rock music of Dave Rawlings, Gillian Welch and friends. The group’s enthusiasm was infectious, the Sunday crowd wide-eyed and lapping up every second of the final set. His song “To Be Young,” co-written with Ryan Adams, rippled through the field, bringing dreary fans to their feet, as did his raw take on the Grateful Dead’s “Samson and Delilah.” Ultimately, this year’s Folks Festival proved one of the best yet, showcasing a broad variety of folk-influenced music from across the world, while constantly providing a relaxed, family-friendly outdoor atmosphere that rivals the most illustrious venues in the country. Planet Bluegrass in Lyons hosts a variety of other concerts this summer and fall, as well the annual Telluride Bluegrass and Rocky Grass festivals. More details can be found at bluegrass.com!Check out the full gallery below, with photos by Chris Klein:Rocky Mountain Folks Festival 2017 | Photos by C.K. Klein