For years, Keller Williams has been known for his one-man-band routine, working loop pedals and various instruments for a fun-filled musical display. Recently, however, Williams has channeled his musical energy into a brand new quartet, called KWahtro. After numerous well-received tours, the group will release their debut album, Sync, on January 20th.The new quartet sees Keller team up with bassist Danton Boller (Jazz Mandolin Project, Roy Hargrove), guitarist and longtime collaborator Gibb Droll (Brandi Carlisle, Bruce Hornsby) and drummer Rodney Holmes (Carlos Santana, Steve Kimock). Special guests on the album also include The Accidentals, Mike Dillon and Williams’ son Cabell Williams. Sync will feature the “acoustic dance music” that fans have enjoyed from live KWahtro performances, with all original music mostly written by Keller Williams.Meanwhile, Williams has prepared the release of a second album, Raw, for the same day. Raw is just what it sounds like, as Williams leaves behind the effects pedals and performs with simply a guitar and his vocals. It looks to be quite the showcase of Keller’s musical abilities.Aside from the two album releases, Keller has a busy 2017 ahead. He’ll be touring with Leo Kottke for a “Shut The Folk Up & Listen” tour, and performing both by himself and with KWahtro throughout the spring season. Check out his full tour schedule, posted below.Keller Williams Tour DatesJanuary 12 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse *January 13 – Rutland, VT – Paramount Theatre *January 14 – Keene, NH – The Colonial Theatre *January 19 – Eugene, OR – WoW Hall ~January 20 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom ~January 21 – Seattle, WA – Nectar Lounge ~January 26 – Ocala, FL – Reilly Arts Center *January 27 – Clearwater, FL – Capitol Theater *Januar 28 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Parker Playhouse *February 02 – Cincinnati, FL – Live at the Ludlow Garage *February 03 – Pittsburg, PA – Carnegie of Homestead Music *February 04 – Buffalo, NY – Performing Arts Center Rockwell Hall *February 09 – Davenport, IA – Redstone Room #February 10 – Omaha, NE – Waiting Room #February 11 – Minneapolis, MN – The Cedar #February 16 – Durham, NC – Carolina Theatre *February 17 – Greensboro, NC – Carolina Theatre *February 18 – Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre *February 23 – New York, NY – New York Society for Ethical Culture *February 24 – New Brunswick, NJ – State Theatre *February 25 – Beverly, MA – Cabot Performing Arts Center *March 09 – St. Louis, MO – Sheldon Concert Hall *March 10 – Chicago, IL – Park West *March 11 – Madison, WI – Barrymore Theatre *March 16 – Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig #March 17 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection #March 18 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue #March 30 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room *March 31 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee *April 01 – Green Valley, AZ – Green Valley Rec Center *April 06 – Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre *April 07 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse *April 08 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall ** = Shut the Folk Up & Listen ft. Leo Kottke & Keller Williams~ = KWahtro# = Keller Williams Solo
Alaba has been integral to the German side’s success, having made his debut there aged 17 Chelsea take on Bayern again later this month for the first time since 2012. Alaba, Muller, Boateng and Neuer remain and are serial winners. Bayern are on course for an eighth successive Bundesliga title. Alaba has been integral to their success, the 27-year-old Austrian made his debut here at 17, and recently celebrated his 10th anniversary in the first team. A certain Louis van Gaal gave him his debut. ‘He gave me a lot of trust,’ says Alaba. ‘He threw me into the cold water early and today I’m grateful for that. He was a manager who was very “mutig” [brave] at this time. ‘He brought out Thomas Muller, Holger Badstuber and me. He brought a lot of football instinct with him and you could feel in every single practice he has a plan and he knows what he wants.’ Primarily a full-back, Guardiola encouraged Alaba into central midfield, which is where Hansi Flick, Bayern’s interim coach, has been using him. He’s filled in as a No8 and No6 in central midfield and on the left wing. ‘I played No10 for Austria,’ he says, beaming. Alaba’s journey to Munich is a fascinating one. His father George is a celebrity in Austria, as is pop star sister Rose May. George, a crown prince from Ogun state in Nigeria, arrived in Vienna in 1984 to study economics and met his future wife, Philippine-born Gina. But he also worked as a DJ and recorded a hit record. ‘Oh yeah, he was a singer, he had a group and they achieved a gold disc,’ says Alaba. ‘My parents came a long time ago to Vienna, met in Vienna. Of course they had to go through a lot also, but we’re very happy to have our home in Vienna.’ Football dominated his young life. ‘When I was small I was following the Premier League a lot, and when I was a younger player I supported Arsenal. Patrick Vieira was one of my favourite players.’ Might we see Alaba in the Premier League one day? ‘We’ll see. At the moment, I don’t think too much about it, but I can imagine playing somewhere else in my future.’ Vienna wasn’t particularly multicultural back in the 1980s. ‘Back in the days, when me and my sister weren’t born yet, it wasn’t that easy, like maybe it is today,’ he says. ‘Of course, I had things when I was a young boy in my school or also in the street. If you put everything together, maybe not that much. But I had problems there too.’ He is well versed in the recent problems English football has encountered with a fresh wave of racism and the threat by the England team to walk off the pitch. Alaba says: ‘It’s sad that players have to say something, because everybody sees it and everybody hears it, so why should the players [have to] do something? It’s not easy, they have to do their job. It’s sad players have to take their courage and go to the coach or referee. We have to find a solution.’There are a growing band of players willing to put aside their instinctive desire to play in order to make a bigger point by walking off. Primarily a full-back, Guardiola encouraged Alaba into central midfield where he now plays Read Also: Lampard reveals how Kepa has reacted to Chelsea axing ‘Of course you want to finish the game but if it [the abuse] is that hard…? I think football is a game where people come together and football should bring everybody together, whether it is religion or skin colour or where you come from. ‘We should be happy to enjoy that moment together, those 90 minutes where we can show love. Because I think football is love — and when love is not there, for what should we play?’ Bayern need to find a balance between domestic dominance and a return to the pinnacle of European football. Two Champions League wins in 43 years feels a little light for one of Europe’s powerhouses. ‘I think we’re in a good way to reach our goals and maybe also to make a dream come true in the Champions League,’ he adds. First, though, there is the ghost of Chelsea 2012 to exorcise. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made6 Natural History Museums That Have World’s Greatest CollectionsFans Don’t Know What She Looks Like NowFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art10 Absolutely Unique Facts About Kanye8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks Memories of May 19, 2012, are seared on to the souls of Bayern Munich players. ‘This city was burning,’ says David Alaba, star of this current Bayern team, a burgeoning youngster back then. ‘It was on fire!’ Bayern Munich star David Alaba wants revenge over Chelsea in the Champions League Munich indeed was in full carnival mode, hundreds of thousands hitting the streets to attend live events.The Champions League final had come to town and Bayern Munich had fought their way through for the right to contest it in their home stadium. ‘Our City, Our Stadium, Our Cup,’ read the vast banner at the Bayern end, surrounding a huge image of the famous old European Cup. It had been 11 years since they had last won that trophy. The sense of destiny hung heavy in the spring evening at the Allianz Arena. ‘We played against Real Madrid in the semis,’ continues Alaba. The game was dominated by Bayern against an ageing Chelsea team before shootout pain This was Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo’s record-breaking Real Madrid, the team that beat Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona to the title and accumulated 100 points. ‘I still remember that game and how we came through. We had a great team, great team spirit. But I got my yellow card in this game, I was not able to play in the final.’ Alaba was confined to the stands on that fateful day. ‘We played a hell of a game against Chelsea,’ he recalls. ‘And at the end of the day … we didn’t have the W…’ Juan Mata missed Chelsea’s first penalty in the shootout but Didier Drogba scored the winner In simpler terms, Bayern lost to Chelsea, a night also indelibly etched into the memories of Blues fans and, of course, current manager Frank Lampard. A tense game, dominated by Bayern against an ageing Chelsea team shorn of suspended John Terry, appeared settled by Thomas Muller’s 83rd-minute goal. The twist came from Didier Drogba’s 88th-minute headed equaliser. Even then, Bayern missed a penalty in extra time. Juan Mata missed Chelsea’s first penalty in the shootout, though Lampard scored and eventually Drogba, 34, won the trophy with his spot-kick. ‘It was painful,’ Alaba recalls. ‘Not to be able to help the team, especially in a game like that, a Champions League final and then we didn’t win. Chelsea take on Bayern again later this month for the first time since 2012. Alaba, Muller, Boateng and Neuer remain and are serial winners. Bayern are on course for an eighth successive Bundesliga title. Alaba has been integral to their success, the 27-year-old Austrian made his debut here at 17, and recently celebrated his 10th anniversary in the first team. A certain Louis van Gaal gave him his debut. ‘He gave me a lot of trust,’ says Alaba. ‘He threw me into the cold water early and today I’m grateful for that. He was a manager who was very “mutig” [brave] at this time. ‘He brought out Thomas Muller, Holger Badstuber and me. He brought a lot of football instinct with him and you could feel in every single practice he has a plan and he knows what he wants.’ Primarily a full-back, Guardiola encouraged Alaba into central midfield, which is where Hansi Flick, Bayern’s interim coach, has been using him. He’s filled in as a No8 and No6 in central midfield and on the left wing.
HOW THEY STANDTeam P W D L GF GA GD PtsRangers 34 16 9 9 47 36 11 57Rivers Utd 34 18 2 14 36 28 8 56Wikki 34 15 9 10 43 27 16 54Ifeanyiubah 34 15 8 11 36 32 4 53Lobi Stars 35 15 7 13 39 35 4 52Sunshine Stars 34 13 11 10 43 35 8 50Enyimba 34 14 8 12 33 31 2 50Nasarawa Utd 34 16 1 17 39 39 0 49Kano Pillars 33 14 6 13 45 38 7 48El-Kanemi 33 15 3 15 36 37 -1 48Plateau Utd 34 13 9 12 32 34 -2 48Akwa Utd 34 13 7 14 42 42 0 46Tornadoes 33 14 3 16 36 38 -2 453SC 34 13 5 16 39 46 -7 44MFM FC 34 11 9 14 34 37 -3 42Wolves 34 11 9 14 27 36 -9 42Abia Warriors 33 10 11 12 30 37 -7 41Heartland 33 9 10 14 21 29 -8 37Ikorodu Utd 34 7 11 16 31 52 -21 32Giwa FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Bobby Clement netted twice in each half of the Match Day 36 fixture at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium to return the Coal City club to the summit of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) log after rivals, Rivers United went down to a Christopher Waziri goal in Bauchi against Wikki Tourists.As though there has been a premonition of what the Flying Antelopes will turn the season into, the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium was renamed the Cathedral at the start of the season and ‘worshipers’ have been trooping in like never seen since the shine went off the Rangers all white outfit. But Coach Imama Ampakabo and his young squad seem to have the right kind of vim to return the sheen.Sunshine Stars started the match in Enugu perhaps with an intent to curtail their hosts and they did just that for most of the first half until the last quarter when lanky Bobby Clement made his physical attributes count. Rangers thus climbed to 57 points, one point ahead of former leaders, Rivers United.The ball bubbled inside the Akure Gunners box on the 37th minute and Clement pounced to score, picking his spot to put the Flying Antelopes ahead. Sunshine Stars looked like they switched plans from their defensive intent to offensive when they mounted pressure for the equalizer and on the 41st minute, Orji Kalu handled the ball inside the box for a penalty. Dele Olorundare stepped forward but his effort was saved by goalkeeper Nana Bonsu.Eight minutes after, Clement’s physique came in handy when he rose highest to head home a Chuka Egbuchulam cross. The rains poured down but Rangers held on for a win that may indeed be the turning point in their quest to break a 32-year title drought.In Bauchi, Coach Stanley Eguma saw his match plan to take a point out of Bauchi succeed until the last 10 minutes. Festus Umana lifted the ball high across the Rivers United goal area and it was knocked down by Abubakar Lawal for Waziri to finish and gift all three points to the Bauchi Tourists that now moved two places up to the third position on 54 points.FC IfeanyiUbah saw their unbeaten run stopped by a brace from Yaya Soumaila in Makurdi where Lobi Stars snatched all three points after Ismaila Gata pulled the Anambra Warriors level on 52nd minute from the penalty spot. Soumaila had put Lobi ahead, finishing off a Kingsley Eduwo assist on the 32nd minute and with the fans growing restive after Gata’s equalizer, the attacker popped up to restore the lead 18 minutes from regulation time. Lobi overtook Sunshine Stars to the fifth place with 52 points behind FC IfeanyiUbah that stepped down from 3rd place on 53 points.In another nervy encounter, Abia Warriors rekindled their survival from relegation with a first win in six games following a 2-1 defeat of Nasarawa United at the Umuahia Township Stadium. It was defender, Ogbonnaya Okemiri who gave Abia Warriors the lead on 18 minutes but Douglas Achive restored parity for the Solid Miners on 59 minutes. The goal must have sent the winless hoodoo scare to the Abia Warriors bench inside the stadium where fans were barred from watching following unruly crowd behavior in their last game against FC IfeanyiUbah. But with three minutes left on the clock, an own goal from Abdulbasit Shittu ended the Umuahia side’s victory drought.It however has done little to help Abia Warriors relegation throes as they only stayed on 17th place with 41 points, though four more than Heartland on 18th place. Abia Warriors still have a game on hand against State rivals, Enyimba.In Warri, a Sikiru Alimi strike on 18th minute helped the Seasiders pick all three points against Shooting Stars but the result still left both sides within the relegation fight. Wolves stayed put on 16th place with 42 points while Shooting also stagnated on 14th place with 44 points. There is still all to play for in the race to beat the drop.Former Champions, MFM puffed and huffed to a nil all draw against strugglers, MFM in Port Harcourt. Enyimba remained a shadow of the stuff that made them champions last season and hardly troubled a more youthful and fast footed MFM side that were unlucky not to have scored on two occasions. MFM remained on 15th position with 42 points and still must win one match from the remaining two to stay safe.In Jos, Plateau United piped Ikorodu United 1-0 to officially confirm the club’s relegation back to the Nigeria National League (NNL) just after one season in the elite division. The 11th minute goal headed in by Kelechi John off a cross by Bright Silas made it mathematically impossible for the Lagos side to get off the relegation bracket with two matches left to end the season.On Wednesday, Kano Pillars will host El-Kanemi Warriors in Kano while Heartland receives Niger Tornadoes in another battle of a relegation candidate against a safe side. Heartland will need to win the remaining three fixtures to stand a mathematical chance of beating the drop after amassing 37 points so far. Pillars and El-Kanemi still fancy an outside chance of getting into the top four but one must cancel each other out on Wednesday.