It’s Never A Bad Time To Watch Prince Get Down To “No Diggity”

first_imgFor fans of Prince, don’t miss the Purple Party: A Tribute To Prince featuring members of The Main Squeeze, Turkuaz, The Motet, Snarky Puppy, Thievery Corporation, Allen Stone & More at the Maison in New Orleans on Sunday, May 6th during Jazz Fest. For more info click here, and to purchase tickets click here. For our full guide to Jazz Fest late nights, click here. On August 13th, 2004, Prince brought his Musicology Live 2004ever tour to Washington, D.C.’s MCI Center. The band lineup for the tour featured drummer John Blackwell, bassist/vocalist Rhonda Smith, guitarist Mike Scott, keyboardists Renato Neto and Chance Howard, a horn section comprised of Greg Boyer, Maceo Parker, and Candy Dulfer and, of course, Prince, who did a bit of everything–from vocals to guitar to bass to keys to drums.Midway through the show, the Purple One passed off the frontman duties to the talented Mr. Howard, who handled lead vocals as the delivered a cover of 1996 Blackstreet classic “No Diggity.” After beckoning the crowd to join him in cutting a rug (“D.C, D.C., I need somebody, I need somebody to dance with me!”), he bounced excitedly around the stage, beat-boxing, boogying, jumping, engaging with the crowd, and generally enjoying the shit out of his funky-ass band. That all culminated in Prince and the crowd alike basking in the glow of a ripping Mike Scott guitar solo. Thankfully, pro-shot footage of the performance is pretty easy to find online, so you can enjoy this infectious performance whenever you’d like. After all, there’s never a bad time Prince get down, Good Lord…Watch the band’s performance of “No Diggity” from 8/13/04 at MCI Centere below courtesy of  YouTube user tonyringo7:[Video: tonyringo7]last_img read more

Connacht pile on the points

first_img Press Association The home side were full of early running against a stiff Sportsground wind, a fifth-minute effort from the returning Tiernan O’Halloran helping them on their way to a 13-5 half-time lead. Treviso centre Sam Christie struck for a try before the break, but Pat Lam’s men had the bonus point in the bag by the 54th minute thanks to successive scores from Jake Heenan, Matt Healy and Denis Buckley. Connacht gave their bid to finish in the top half of the Guinness PRO12 a big lift with a 53-5 bonus-point win over Benetton Treviso. center_img Man-of-the-match Craig Ronaldson was near faultless off the kicking tee, pocketing 18 points from nine attempts, with Aly Muldowney, Healy and Danie Poolman completing the seven-try rout. The result moved the Irish province six points clear of the seventh-placed Scarlets, as the battle for European Champions Cup qualification intensifies. The Italian defence crumbled out wide in the opening minutes when Healy’s lovely run and snappy pass out of a tackle sent O’Halloran stepping through to score on his first start of the season. Ronaldson converted and then added a penalty on the quarter-hour mark after a spell of forward pressure. The visitors should have replied via good breakdown work from scrum-half Alberto Lucchese, but Jayden Hayward pushed the resulting penalty wide. Connacht kept the Italians out as they pressed for a try from a close-in penalty and the hosts’ solid scrum platform saw them build for a second successful penalty from excellent out-half Ronaldson. However, Treviso hit back in the 34th minute when Niyi Adeolokun and John Cooney were unable to stop Christie from close range, with Hayward missing the conversion from the left. A foot in touch denied winger Healy a quick try on the resumption, although the Connacht pack were in clinical form when a well-worked maul saw flanker Heenan crash over in the right corner. Ronaldson maintained his 100 per cent kicking return at that stage, brilliantly drawing in the difficult conversion off the left post. Try number three swiftly followed as Healy deservedly got over near the left corner flag, profiting from Poolman’s timely injection of pace in a back-line move. The province’s best maul of the night saw prop Buckley plunge over for the bonus-point score. And although they failed to prosper from hooker Tom McCartney’s eye-catching run, a short Ian Porter pass soon had the hard-working Muldowney reaching over the line. As the penalties stacked up, Treviso replacement prop Salesi Manu was sin-binned for a ruck infringement near his posts and Healy scored again, before Poolman outpaced the cover to get his side past the half-century points mark. last_img read more