in performance: maroon 5/kris allen

maroon 5. clockwise from left: james valentine, jesse carmichael, matt flynn, mickey madden and adam levine

maroon 5. clockwise from left: james valentine, jesse carmichael, matt flynn, mickey madden and adam levine

“You’re so far away,” yelled Adam Levine to the back grandstand area at Applebee’s Park last night. The lead singer of pop-soul rockers Maroon 5 wasn’t kidding. The set up had the hitmaking Los Angeles band playing in what would normally be the outfield on a game night, allowing for a massive general admission standing area in front of the stage. But that also meant a big ol’ ocean of empty separated the field crowd from those that had paid as much as $68 is sit far away in the seats.

Levine would have none of it. As the band slid into the easy pop stride of Won’t Go Home Without You, he urged anyone stuck in the seats to “join the party” on the field. And so they did. And so the Applebee’s Park crews allowed for the move without a hint of incident. And so the performance continued with what was essentially one joyous crowd at the band’s feet as opposed to two geographically divided factions.

Unfortunately that was about the most momentous thing surrounding Maroon 5’s performance and Levine’s concert management skills. It wasn’t a bad show, really, just one fueled by such standardized pop-soul mechanics that nothing – outside of the audience migration – seemed edgy or spontaneous.

Levine let loose with clean falsetto crooning, which helped move around otherwise stagnant pop pieces like If I Never See Your Face Again. Other tunes borrowed from soul-pop’s past to gain some legging, as in the way bits of Sly and the Family Stone’s If You Want Me To Stay were slipped into The Sun or the insertion of the 1985 Tina Turner hit What’s Love Got To Do With It into the 2002 Maroon 5 nugget, Secret. At one point, Levine bowed to R&B inspiration entirely with a complete lounge-like cover of Alicia Keys’ If I Ain’t Got You.

The later interpretation began a lengthy sit-down, semi-acoustic set that sounded fine on its own musical merit. But the segment dragged noticeably due to Levine’s lengthy between tune banter. A convoluted diatribe on the types of bugs the California band has encountered during its Southern shows this summer followed the Keys cover. Similarly, She Will be Loved was prefaced by a seemingly endless and aimless spoken intro. Fortunately, the electric crack of Wake Up Call was exactly that, a high octane reminder that Maroon 5, when pressed, can get down to guitar rock essentials.

kris allen.

kris allen.

Formulaic as Maroon 5 often sounded, the band sounded positively adventuresome compared to opening act Kris Allen. The season 8 winner of American Idol served up a 40 minute set of polite intentions, save for telling the crowd “hey, there is hope for you” after a sullen cover of Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror elicited a level of response his performance otherwise lacked.

Covers by The Script mingled in Allen’s set with originals like Is It Over and a dreadfully pedestrian take on The Beatles’ Come Together to form a paint-by-numbers set that allowed very little of Allen’s own artistic identity to emerge.

British Euro-pop belter VV Brown and Florida pop-rockers Miggs kicked off the evening with workmanlike sets devoted to radio-savvy dance workouts like Serial Heartbreaker (Brown) and tight but often lyrically inventive guitar meditations (Miggs).

Maryland Healthcare Briefs: December 19, 2008

The Daily Record (Baltimore) December 19, 2008 | Report Jane Lipscomb, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, has been honored with the university’s 2008 Founders Day Research Lecturer Award. Lipscomb is internationally known for her work in occupational and environmental science. She focuses on the impact of unsafe work environments and long hours on health care and human service providers.

Mercy Medical Center’s Center for Restorative Therapies received a HealthStream Research Excellence Through Insight Award For Overall Outpatient Satisfaction in the Large Hospital Category (250 or more beds). Mercy’s Surgery Center at Weinberg was also honored. The awards are for patient, employee, physician and consumer studies.

Vapotherm announced that Nick Macmillan has joined the company as manager of its home care segment. Macmillan will be responsible for developing and managing the company’s expansion of respiratory therapy products that address chronic and sleep disorders. He has been in the health care management and respiratory industry for more than 25 years.

St. Agnes Hospital’s Breast Center has been awarded the 2008 Terese Lasser Memorial Award from the American Cancer Society. The award was presented to three employees from the Breast Center: Mary Capano, Doris Lindenmuth and Kevin LaMartina. It was created in honor of Terese Lasser, who began Reach to Recovery in 1952 following her own breast cancer experience. site maryland general hospital

Marian C. Callaway has been named director of marketing and public relations for Maryland General Hospital. Callaway brings over 25 years of experience in marketing, public relations, advertising and event planning. Prior to joining Maryland General, she held marketing/communications positions in a number of corporate and nonprofit organizations.

Catherine J. Boyne, president of Gilchrist Hospice Care and a vice president with GBMC HealthCare, has been appointed chairperson of the State Advisory Council on Quality Care at the End of Life. Boyne has served as president of Gilchrist Hospice Care, a GBMC HealthCare subsidiary and the largest hospice organization in the state of Maryland, since 1998.

Upper Chesapeake Health announced that Adele Wilzack and Dr. Faheem Younus will serve on its boards of directors. Wilzack is president of Health Facilities Association of Maryland. Younus is the chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and medical director of the Department of Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control for Upper Chesapeake Health.

MedHelp Inc., a medical management specialist firm in Baltimore, recently hired Ronetta Fields, Randie Mezger and Ron Burr Jr. as A/ R specialists. Fields previously worked for Kernan Physical Therapy- Kernan Hospital. Burr specialized in dental outpatient surgery at Kernan Hospital. Mezger formerly worked for Radiologix.

The V Foundation for Cancer Research has awarded 2008 V Scholar grants and translational grants to researchers across the United States. One of the recipients is Dr. Josh Lauring of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. His focus is on developing potential therapeutic targets for breast cancer.

Dr. Sidney Gottlieb has been named medical director of St. Joseph Cardiovascular Associates, a group of cardiologists and cardiac surgeons who specialize in the treatment of heart disease at St. Joseph Medical Center. Gottlieb is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases. Most recently, he served as director of cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic Canada in Toronto. see here maryland general hospital

Three Johns Hopkins University researchers have been elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine: Dr. Harry C. Dietz, Dr. Lisa A. Cooper and Nancy Kass. Cooper is a professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Kass is the deputy director for public health at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.

Laurel Regional Hospital’s Emergency Department received the HealthStream Research Excellence Through Insight Award for Most Improved Overall Emergency Department Satisfaction. Laurel Regional Hospital is a full-service community hospital serving northern Prince George’s County and Montgomery, Howard and Anne Arundel counties, with 146 beds and 670 employees.

St. Agnes Hospital has promoted Octavia Rector from weekend team leader to nurse manager for labor and delivery. Rector will be responsible for the daily operations of the birthing center. Additional responsibilities include providing mentoring for new staff and continued collaboration with the physician team, including maternal fetal medicine.

The Institute of Medicine awarded the 2008 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Award in Mental Health to Paul R. McHugh, M.D., the University Distinguished Service professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and professor of mental health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He led the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins for nearly a quarter of a century.

Two Upper Chesapeake Health physicians were inducted into the American College of Surgeons. Board-certified general surgeons Maryam Jaberi, M.D. and Sung B. Kim, M.D. will become Fellows in the college. Jaberi specializes in all surgical procedures. Kim specializes in minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgery.

St. Agnes Hospital and the St. Agnes Foundation honored two physicians at the 46th annual Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Medical Staff Recognition Dinner. Dr. Michael Burke was awarded The Seton Founders’ Award. Dr. Paul McClelland is the first recipient of The Bayley Award.

Mercy Medical Center has welcomed Timothy G. Doyle, M.D., and Jason E. Goodman, M.D., to its clinical staff. Doyle has managed an internal medicine practice located in Towson for the past 12 years. Also, Ruth Y. Peng, M.D., joined the Department of Pathology. Peng is a member of the College of American Pathologists.


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