Concert review: Zac Brown shines in live setting
“It’s supposed to give you enhanced perception of what is going on, so it makes sense that it would be used at [the event],” Johnson-Arbor said. The drug overheats the body and takes effect three to five hours after using it, police said. Johnson-Arbor added that the drug can also increase heart rate and blood pressure. “What we find, every few months there is a new drug that is considered for lack of a better word ‘sexy’ thing to use,” Johnson-Arbor said. Among those drugs that have come into the spotlight recently is MDMA known on the street as Molly which has been suspected in three fatal drug overdoses in the past two months at electronic dance music events in Boston and New York City. Johnson-Arbor said that she and other professionals try their best to stay ahead of the curve, looking to cities such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles for what new drugs are becoming popular. She said: “It’s hard because there are so many things that can be synthesized out there.” State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance said that state police are aware of these drugs, and receive information about drug trends nationwide. Also, he said, state police are aware of the issues that arise from electronic dance music shows and, like they did Saturday night, are prepared to assist local agencies. Johnson-Arbor said that the problem with synthetic is drugs “you don’t know what you’re getting.” “There’s no quality control,” Johnson-Arbor said. “Just because someone sells it as 2C-P, it may not be that.” Johnson-Arbor, who is also a consultant for the Connecticut Poison Control Center, said that this is true of other drugs that people use, including the more popular drugs, such as heroin and cocaine. She said that adding to the problems related to these drugs is that there are no antidotes or cures. She said that once the person gets to the hospital, all medical staff can do is support procedures, like placing an IV to replenish fluids.
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These are regular guys in T-shirts, throwing riffs back and forth for the joy of it. The vibe is jam band, the sound is somewhere between southern rock and Jimmy Buffett, the song choice often unpredictable. The opening actually wasnat all that unpredictable; he started with the subtly reggae infused Jump Right In, establishing the son of Jimmy Buffett credentials heas been establishing over the years. From there he went straight into his version of a80s neo-traditional country with songs like As Sheas Walking Away and Ainat In No Hurry, solid, mid-tempo tunes that fit snugly into the current trend though far better. Whiskeyas Gone kicked the concert up a notch, amped-up bluegrass with fiddle player Jimmy De Martini taking over. From there the Brown bandas jam band tendencies started taking over, and any critical analysis would have to rest on a listeneras opinion of that genre. That theyare talented players is indisputable, and they have a fine sense of dynamics to boot. Theyare also clearly a band, not just an assemblage of hired guns to be shuffled around between tours. There were lots of endearing moments where you were reminded that this was a group of musicians with shared experiences that went back to small clubs, including the point where guitarist John Hopkins stepped up to the microphone to sing Enter Sandman. The genial vibe was such that you could even forgive Brown going for cheap approval by wrapping himself in a Canadian flag during Colder Weather. Milking national pride is a standard trick of the most dishonest of Nashville performers; at least he didnat come out in an Oilers jersey. That 14,000 fans made their way out to see them on a Sunday night at Rexall attested to both their current popularity and possibly a hunger for music that isnat as plastic and moulded as the current crop of performers. Brown is treading a delicate line, but when heas on he canat be touched in the genre.