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In St. Pete last night, at the very intimate State Theater downtown I got the opportunity to hang out and enjoy some of the best new music being recorded in the blues/soul arena of music...that's just my opinion folks! This is a part of their 1 Hopeful Road Tour.
I first got hooked on Vintage Trouble when they came to Clearwater, FL during the Sea Blues Festival in early 2014...I've been more than hooked since then. As a musician and lover of music I began listening to folks like Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Maceo Parker, Muddy Waters, Eric Johnson, and Ray Charles to mention just a few of the people that shaped my playing and musical tastes. The funky groove of Vintage Trouble has revived so much for me that was my early days in this cool, freshy fresh way. I'm not going to ramble on here, this isn't a review...I just wanted to communicate as a photographer what an incredible blessing and privilege it is to be around and be inspired to make photos by folks like these four guys.
I don't know them personally, yet, but as the saying goes, we're in this love together. Thanks Nalle for letting me come down, here are some of the photos I took last night. Looking forward to many more times. I'll post more in the weeks to come but I'm gearing up for the kickoff of Clearwater Jazz Holiday that starts tomorrow.
As a parting note before I let you check out the photos, I got my career and am a photographer today because of concert photography. Shooting music is how I accidentally became a photographer in 20011 so as tomorrow marks the 4th year anniversary in this art form (with I hope many more to come) this is a special week for me and kicking it off with Vintage Trouble and the Troublemakers was just the cherry on top.
Would love to hear from you, please free to message me if you'd like to know more of connect. Cheers to The New Protocol of Soul. I'm sure glad these guys do what they do!
This past weekend, Safety Harbor hosted it’s Harbor Sounds Music Festival. A great way to kick off the Fall festivities and Octoberfest in this quaint little village. If you’ve been to Safety Harbor, you know this little Tampabay town is tucked away outside the bigger city action. The laid back vibe got kicked aside for the evening when The Black Honkeys came into town. Bro Phil and company turned Safety Harbor to Sexy Harbor with their old school rhythms steeped in Funk & Soul.
I hadn't been to the fair, until this past weekend that is. I've seen photos and could comprehend that this was a part of the childhood nostalgia for many folks. Not that I hadn't been to similar things just not specifically or to the scale of a State Fair. After all, copious amounts of sweet & fried food, rides in varying speeds of dizzying thrill, families letting their hair down and seeking the wholesome type of fun promised isn't limited to just State Fairs.
This urge to finally go was sparked by a tweet from @VisitFlorida sharing an article about a funnel cake burger...yup, I don't need to say much more do I? So with a hunger for some cheat day type food and those popular long exposure ferris wheel shots, I headed out on an adventure.
Happy to announce I did find the burger, it was yummo curtesy of Jane Harris with The Best Around Concessions, took those long exposure ferris wheel photos etc., checked out the livestock, saw a mama cow give birth to her calf (breath) and ran into a bit of Florida history which is the part I wasn't expecting and all that was just one day.
This little section in the park called Cracker Country was my favorite time of it all. That alone is worth the price of admission and boasts being "Tampa's Only Living History Museum." I'll probably do a later blog post about that alone but for now here are an assortment of the stories to share with you from the 2015 Florida State Fair at the State grounds in Tampa.
Ok, here you go, fair photos!
It's such a big deal they drive the cheese in from Wisconsin
What a joyful time with packed crowds and the festive spirit rooted in anticipation that this season is. I love Christmas-love celebrating it, reading stories, partaking of traditions, food, sugary treats, well you get the idea. I took my kids down and happened to have just finished up a photo shoot so had my camera and took some photos for us to remember the fun. This sort of ends up being a little summary of the pomp and show.
I hope you enjoy these and feel free to share with those especially that were there, perhaps they are pictured here.
A few months ago (I Know...Should have posted this back then) my good friend Ken Hannon over at Dunedin Fine Arts Center invited me to shoot the 10th Annual Wearable Art fashion show. (If you follow the previous link, you'll be able to see details on designers. Makeup artists were the incredible team and friends of mine from Salon GW).
This was my first fashion show of any kind so without much experience, the following is just me diving in head first. Really enjoyed this experience, looking forward to more opportunities with fashion in the future. If you aren't already aware of the world class exhibitions, art enrichment, and training going on in the fair town of Dunedin then I recommend you check DFAC out.