Rock and Roll International Exhibition at MPLS Photo Center

Thanks so much to Kim of Kim Turner Photography  for sending me a message back in November letting me know about an exhibition for Rock & Roll photography happening at MPLS Photo Center .  The deadline for submission was THAT NIGHT!  But I figured why not, and pulled out a few images to send in for consideration!  A few months went by and then I got the email letting me know that TWO of my images had been selected to hang in the show.  Very excited to announce the opening of the exhibition in Minneapolis.  If you find yourself there between now and March 1st, stop by and check out all the rocking images.  Keep an eye out for my images of Bob Miller of Fear of Music and Moby outside his NYC apt!

 

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Night 16 of The Rock and Roll Highway (Part 1) | Lincoln, NE | The Zoo Bar | Covington Rock

7/10/14 – Lincoln, NE
As I stepped out of the cab on P Street I could hear the faint sounds of something I knew I was gonna dig.  Like dig-dig, dig so hard core, I picked up my pace.  I was running late, see, I had fallen asleep when I sat down for a moment to catch my breathe after the drive from Boulder.  It had been a good day, though with limited places to stop..mostly just empty space, with some oddly placed roundabouts in Nebraska.  Nothing for miles and then a roundabout, I couldn’t fathom what it was for?  Was there ever traffic here?  Maybe its just to break up the endless nothing.  So I fell asleep when I got to Lincoln and I was running late.  I didn’t know anything about the band opening for A Ferocious Jungle Cat but the sounds that were getting louder with every stride were making me curse that needed/not needed (sleep when we are dead) nap I had unexpectedly fallen into.

I stepped into the bar and felt like I was witnessing vintage rock from the late 60’s or 70’s. The energy felt like I had stumbled off the dingy bus from Almost Famous INTO A huge arena show.  In fact, I had stumbled out of a cab into a bar with a capacity of 125.  This band was doing IT.  Their sound and vibe made me feel like I was experiencing music from a time that I can only watch in movies and read about in books while I sigh about being born in the wrong decade.  I walked into my musical dream.

Octavio Genera, the singer,  has that special something combined with an unrelenting energy.  He glides across the stage while at the same time writhing in musical ecstasy.  He voice goes smooth with a soulful edge to dangerously raspy from song to song.  And with a badass band full of enthusiastic charisma behind him, the show was unstoppable.  Aaron Eisenberg, Joey Bustos, & Ryan Noble create the foundation for Octavio to freak out with a grace and beautiful that is rarely combined.   They have that right combination –  just enough soul and just enough R&B with a whole lotta driving rock that makes for the perfect sound.  Thank you  The Soft White Sixties.

 

 

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Night 4 of The Rock and Roll Highway | Amarillo, TX | Covington Rock

I had asked my new friends at The Mercury Lounge in Tulsa where I should go in Amarillo and everyone unanimously said The Midnight Rodeo.  So when I got back to my nest for the night, after that amazing night of music, like, wow…blow me away night of music,  The Dirty Creek Bandits and Tyrannosaurus Chicken just knocked my socks right off, I googled The Midnight Rodeo to see what was going on.  There was a fella called Charlie Worsham playing.  His website said that he was the opener for Brad Paisley, so I knew he was country and had to be good as I know the name Brad Paisley, I don’t know his music other than its new country but I know his is big.

I love me some honkey tonk, ole classics, rockabilly, western, just haven’t explored new country, outside of the tv show Nashville.  Since I was going to Texas I had to add a bit of country to the tour and I figured it would be fun to pretend I was on an episode of Nashville all night.  I freakin’ love that show.   I reached out to the venue and tried to get a bit of sleep.  When I woke up, I had a message from The Midnight Rodeo saying  if I could make it to Amarillo by 7pm, they would introduce me to Charlie’s tour manager to see about photo permission.   It was a 5 1/2 hour drive and it was nearly 2pm.  No problem. Made it to Amarillo and found the place mostly on time, always on time, on the right time.  The peeps at The Midnight Rodeo are fantastic.  They welcomed me in and Winter gave me a full tour of the spacious dance hall/bar/club.  I loved it.  Texas does it big.  There was a racecourse of a dance floor that went around a bar in the middle of the room, 4?+ bars that were on the outside and a spacious stage.  The place is awesome and at night the lighting gets sexy and there is a lot of smoke.  A lot of smoke.  There were even ashtrays in the bathroom stalls.

This old smoke filled bar is something I’m not used to.

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The ladies room also had a giant comfy sofa and I took a lovely 20 min snooze.  Awesome music and amazing drives leave little time for sleep, so the sofa was a most wonderful surprise.  When I emerged from the ladies room, the bar had gotten packed with dancers and I mean DANCERS!  wow.  Those Texas men know how to spin their ladies around. There was one fella who looked like he was ready for front row at a Slayer concert, I saw him and wondered how his pretty, boot wearing lady convinced him to come to this bar…  Never judge a book by its cover and that long haired metal fella turned out to be the best country dancer in the place.  He swung his lady (and his hair) all over that race course dance floor.  He spun her, he flipped her, he boot scoot n boogied her all night long.  wow.  It was beautiful.    This was their warm up dance.  I forgot to video later due to my whooping and cheering as they flipped by. Yes to the men who can scoot and twirl a lady around the floor like that.

& then it was time for the show!!!   One thing is for certain, Charlie Worsham is an entertainer.  That fella knows how to work a stage.  He made every person in the room feel like he was there for them.  He held hands, he read notes, he sang happy birthday, he even let one girl attempt to play his guitar and he smiled at her even though she couldn’t strum to any sort of rhythm.  He made eye contact with each person there and I could see life long fans forming in front of me.  It was easy to see that he loves what he is doing and he wants everyone there to be as happy in the moment as he is.  Busting out covers of Michael Jackson, Hall & Oates, Ozzy Osbourne & Katie Perry made me grin and he had me 100% when rocked Eye of the Tiger.

After the show, the dj came out and everyone started rocking their way around the racecourse dance floor.  New Yorkers always find each other and I’ve spent so much time in that city with the ole day job that I feel >almost< like a proper new yorker.  There were friends from Columbia and were on an adventure weekend and had stumbled upon this wonderful place unlike anything in our pavement jungle.

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We were all standing and watching in awe when all of a sudden the music took a drastic change and a whole new sorta line dance started happening..except for that one couple doing the outercourse.

I had a great time at The Midnight Rodeo.  If you are in Amarillo, this is the place to go!