Organ master Cory Henry has announced some very special guests for his New Year’s Eve celebration in New York City: global jazz/blues collective Mwenso and the Shakes and ever-creative bassist MonoNeon. For the past two years, Snarky Puppy have performed at Irving Plaza in New York City on New Year’s Eve.With the Puppies switching up their plans this year, it only makes sense that their place at Irving Plaza would be picked up by Snarky Puppy veteran and the Chief Apostle himself, Cory Henry. Henry will bring his Funk Apostles with him to New York for what’s sure to be a memorable New Years Eve performance.Henry won two GRAMMY awards for his work with Snarky Puppy, however he also has been an in-demand touring and recording musician for years now. Henry formerly toured as a member of Aretha Franklin‘s band, and his studio work has allowed him to cross paths with a diverse list of artists such as Bruce Springsteen, The Roots, P. Diddy, Kenny Garrett, Yolanda Adams and more. Henry has also seen success as a solo artist, with two solo albums charting in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Jazz charts.As a result of Henry’s many musical endeavors, he has crossed paths with tons of incredible musicians over the years, and from those experiences The Funk Apostles were born. All of the members of the band are talented players with years of experience under their collective belt who Henry met throughout his career. Guitarist Adam Agati has worked with everyone from Booker T. Jones to Ludacris; bassist Sharay Reed has performed with Patti LaBelle, Chakha Khan, and more; drummer TaRon Lockett has performed with some of the biggest names in R&B, such as Erykah Badu, Montell Jordan and Snoop Dogg; keyboardist Nick Semrad ’s credits include Miss Lauryn Hill and Bilal.Henry has put together a true all-star cast from the world of funk, R&B, hip-hop, and soul, and they are coming to New York prepared to ring in the New Year in the funkiest way possible. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.***Tickets On Sale Here***Show: L4LM & CEG Present – Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles WithCity: New York, NYVenue: Irving PlazaDate: New Year’s Eve! Sunday December 31st, 2017Doors: 8:00 PM || Show: 9:00 PMTickets On Sale Here
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Strategic planning is one of the most important things your financial institution does. It’s unfortunate that so many planning sessions result in chaos, unproductive decision making and a plan that serves as a paper weight instead of guiding the organization to success. Something this important should be successful every single time. Use these three Fs of strategic planning to help improve your planning process.Funnel – The most effective planning sessions are the ones that start with big ideas and end with specific goals and defined action plans. Think of the process like a funnel – wide or broad at the top and narrower at the bottom. As you work your way toward the bottom of the funnel, you increase the amount of detail at each level should have a clear strategy at the end. Read more about this approach in Leading for Growth by Umpqua Bank CEO Ray Davis.Focus – Contrary to many businesses which believe they need to be all things to all consumers, we believe financial institutions become more successful by focusing on what they do best. continue reading »
Turkey’s tourism sector has made a fast start in 2018, as the recent positive early booking figures and demand across the globe suggests that the country expects 40 million tourists and over USD 30 billion in tourism revenue this year. Taking into account the favourable demands from Europe, which is defined as the country’s main market, and the Commonwealth of Independent States, tourism experts predict that Turkey is to witness record-breaking arrivals in 2018. Firuz Bağlıkaya, Chairman of Travel Agencies Association (TÜRSAB) said as a result of a favourable demand from abroad this year, the sector expects to see an all-time high.Bağlıkaya also added that within the scope of the tourism revenue at the end of 2018, they anticipate that the average tourism income per capita will reach USD 750. While the country welcomed 32.4 million last year, according to Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) data.Numan Kurtulmuş, Minister Of Culture and Tourism, Republic of Turkey stated that Turkey tourism’s next five-year target is to welcome 50 million tourists and generate USD 50 million income by 2023. According to the Culture and Tourism Ministry, Turkey welcomed 3 million foreign visitors in the first two months of 2018 during its winter period, which increased by 34.91% year-on-year in the first two months. Bağlıkaya revealed that demands from Germany and Russia, which are Turkey’s main tourism market, are very positive. Germany’s demand increased by 60% whereas Russia’s by 30%. From its European neighbours, Turkey expects the number of visitors from the UK and the Netherlands to rise. In terms of outbound arrivals to Turkey from Russia, the country is forecasting an increase of 20%. According to British flight search app, Skyscanner data, April 30 – May 9 flight bookings from Russia to Istanbul have increased by 102% compared to the same period last year.