D.J. Williams is performing a surprise homecoming show next Wednesday, June 14th, following his arrival home to the United States, with his solo group D. J. Williams’ Shots Fired — an all-star collective of funk musicians from across the scene. The celebration, dubbed “D.J.’s Deportation Celebration – a Welcome Home Party,” follows Williams’ detainment in the Middle East, which saw the guitarist of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe held over an issue at customs, and his subsequent release back to the United States.Slated for Interscope Records’ showcase room, The Peppermint Club, in West Hollywood, the night is sure to be a jubilant welcoming party for those who missed the musician while he was away. For D.J.’s Deportation Celebration, Williams will be joined by Rashawn Ross (Dave Matthews Band), Max MacVeety (Lyrics Born), Pete Griffin (Dr. John), David Veith (Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe) and Kenneth Crouch (Eric Clapton/Lenny Kravitz). In a statement, Williams said, “It’s been a hell of a ride to get here, but I’m back and ready to rage with my Shots Fired crew once again!” Tickets for this intimate, limited-space show at The Peppermint are on-sale now, with advanced ticket purchases encouraged. You can get tickets here.
Indianapolis, Ind. — Indy 500 qualifying saw its first true “Bump Day” since 2011, today. The top of the speedway chart is the secondary story, with two cars — both driven by fan favorites — failing to make the field of thirty-three. Drivers James Hinchcliffe and Pippa Mann find themselves on the outside looking in, for different reasons. After rain twice halted qualifying earlier in the day, Hinch went out to try and make the field and experienced a major wobble in his car, forcing him to return to pit lane for repairs. But the gun that marks the end of qualifying would sound before his #5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports car could make another attempt. Asked about speculation that his team may still secure a spot for him in the 500 by “buying a ride” the Canadian driver indicated he would be open to the prospect — saying, “I’m here to race.” The most recent precedent for such a move in IndyCar is from 2011. Then, Michael Andretti’s Andretti Green Racing did the same for Bump Day victim, Ryan Hunter-Reay.For Pippa Mann, a part-time driver that competes only in the Indy 500 each year, missing “the show” was for an entirely different reason. At a tearful post-race press conference the 34-year-old British driver said her Dale Coyne Racing team worked late into the night last night, but simply could not find the speed for her car.As for the fastest cars of the day, three-time winner Helio Castroneves put together the fastest four-lap average early in the session, at 228.919 miles per hour. Indianapolis native, Ed Carpenter, was second-quickest at 228.692 mph, and Frenchman Simon Pagenaud was third fastest at 228.304 mph. The top nine qualifiers today are locked into starting in the first three rows, but will now compete in a single-attempt shootout on Sunday for their starting order. The rest of that top nine are: Will Power, Sebastien Bourdais, Spencer Pigot, Josef Newgarden, Scott Dixon, and former IndyCar star Danica Patrick — who’ll be making her first Indy 500 appearance since 2011.The rest of the field (positions 10-33) are also guaranteed to start somewhere in rows four through eleven, and will likewise compete again Sunday to determine their position on the grid.Qualifying resumes Sunday at 2:45 p.m. at The Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 102nd running of The Indianapolis 500 is Sunday, May 27th on Country 103.9, WRBI.
New Delhi: With the race for semi-finals virtually over for Pakistan and Bangladesh, the two teams head for their last 2019 World Cup encounter at Lord’s in London to play for pride and end the tournament on high. For Pakistan, the journey has been full of ups and down. However, Bangladesh, on the other hand, have been able to impress with their consistent effort in the mega event.With Pakistan being the host for the game. Bangladesh team need to wear the ‘away jersey’. Interestingly, the game will also see a few players from both sides playing their last World Cup game. The likes of Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Mashrafe Mortaza are few among many in the list and all will look to give their best.With this, News Nation brings to you as what could be the best fantasy XI for the encounter between Pakistan and Bangladesh:Wicket-Keepers: Mushfiqur Rahim and Sarfaraz AhmedBatsmen: Soumya Sarkar, Haris Sohail, Imam Ul Haq, Fakhar ZamanAll-Rounders: Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammad HafeezBowlers: Mashrafe Mortaza, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.