The BeachLife Festival has announced its inaugural 2019 music lineup for a “first-of-its-kind coastal event” in Los Angeles, California. Going down May 3rd – 5th, 2019 at Redondo Beach, CA’s Seaside Lagoon, the three-day festival will feature oceanside headlining performances from Bob Weir and Wolf Bros (Friday), Brian Wilson w/ Al Jardine & Blondie Chaplin (Saturday), and Willie Nelson & Family (Sunday).The BeachLife Festival lineup is rounded out by Ziggy Marley, As The Crow Flies, Violent Femmes, Steel Pulse, Grace Potter, Blues Traveler, Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers, Everclear, Chevy Metal, Sugar Ray, Donavon Frankenreiter, Keller Williams Grateful Grass, and many more, with three top-tier artists blurred out to be announced in the coming months.According to a press release, top SoCal chefs will also have their own stage, the ‘Side Stage, a 50-seat, sit-down, pop-up restaurant that will give festival-goers access to an unprecedented upscale dining experience just feet from the main stage. There will also be a curated wine village with boutique wineries, a massive craft beer bar focused on LA breweries, a VIP poolside experience, an elite speakeasy, and multiple bars and food vendors and trucks across the venue. Band-inspired menus will be created by handpicked chefs such as esteemed California-based chef and restaurateur, David LeFevre. Additional chefs will be announced soon.“We’ve painstakingly curated this lineup to capture what we believe is the unique spirit of BeachLife, bringing together a mix of legendary icons, headlining touring bands and emerging artists who all in some way represent our Southern California beach lifestyle,” said Allen Sanford and Rob Lissner, co-founders of The BeachLife Festival and LiveList, a Venice-based tech platform that streams live music performances around the world, in a joint statement.Check out the full lineup below, and head here for more information. Tickets are on-sale now at various levels. According to the event organizers, a percentage of ticket sales will be donated to several charities, including: Surfrider Foundation, 5 Gyres, and Redondo Beach Police Foundation, with additional non-profits forthcoming.In related news, Bob Weir and Wolf Bros announced a 20-date tour earlier this morning, which will bring the trio throughout the U.S. this March. The Grateful Dead guitarist/singer/songwriter will once again team up with drummer Jay Lane (Furthur, RatDog) and legendary musician, producer, and current Blue Note Records president Don Was. As the bandleader put it in his announcement tweet, “This is more fun than a frog in a glass of milk!”
At the time when the apostle Paul was writing the letters that would become some of the earliest texts in the Christian scriptures, the world was “full of gods … almost a forest of statues,” according to Laura Nasrallah, professor of New Testament and early Christianity at the Harvard Divinity School.In addition to the Roman pantheon, in a move that elevated the power of the state and encouraged the faith of the masses, political leaders were often deified after their deaths — and all were on show in public statuary.“You really met a god on every street corner,” Nasrallah said.Understanding that Roman world of multiple gods, many cultures, political oppression, slavery, and economic inequality is critical to any in-depth appreciation of these earliest Christian texts, Nasrallah told a crowd of more than 60 members of the greater Allston-Brighton community at the Harvard Allston Education Portal.During her May 14 discussion, she encouraged the audience to consider the historical epistles in their cultural context — an effort she explores in “Letters of Paul,” a Harvard X course with more than 22,000 learners worldwide.“The letters of Paul are still relevant today: liturgically, as Western classics, and as ways of thinking about politics, ethnicity, or equality,” she said. “But it’s important to understand these letters as strangers” before accepting them as friends — to “puzzle out the meaning” of what Paul, and others like him, were trying to say, she said.“If there’s anyone who represents the threading together of important perspectives in new and creative ways to transform our view of the New Testament of early Christianity, it would be Laura,” said Robert A. Lue, professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology, faculty director of the Ed Portal, and faculty director of HarvardX. “She investigates how these texts have had an impact not only on religious communities, but also the political landscape.”Nasrallah’s talk was part of HarvardX for Allston, an educational initiative that brings HarvardX content to the community with the added component of face-to-face interactions and discussion. It’s been a hit with the community; one Allston resident at the lecture, Mark Yoder, was a repeat visitor to the faculty series.“She did a very good job of trying to isolate some beginning, key topics,” he said of Nasrallah’s talk. “The questions that she’s raised and what she’s talking about are important issues. It was great.”“It’s a great thing for Harvard to direct its resources to make the richness of our world more accessible to the community, to provide spaces where members of those communities can enter into that scholarly debate quite smoothly,” Nasrallah said.