Saturday, June 28, 2008
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And reverberating in my head!
While I do not have the time, right now, to delve into the impression that she has made upon me ... since the purpose of this posting is to provide you with links to various videos and images that I shot of Melange Lavonne performing at the Main Stage during the 2008 Capital Pride Festival, hopefully, I'll find the time later to give her a proper review.
The above photosets which are included in my 33rd Annual Capital Pride / 2008 collection and along with the following videos are accessable from my 33rd Annual Capital Pride - WDC / 2008 webpage:
- Video #1/4 featuring Gay Bash
- Video #2 & 3/4 featuring Gay Parenting & Gay Marriage
- Video #4 featuring The Game
Metro Weekly's 5 June 2008 article Mixing It Up by Doug Rule sheds light on her story.
In addition to writing songs, dabbling in music production and touring with HomoRevolution 2008, Melange has also done some modeling and acting and is attending school, majoring in graphic design with a minor in business marketing.
I am almost certain that once you hear her music and listen to her lyrics or witness her performance ... you, too, will not be able to 'get Melange Lavonne out of your head'.
And like so many others, including me ... wishing and hoping for her next project.
Friday, June 27, 2008
He suggested that we head over to the Dancehall Tent which was where many of the folks that I've captured in past years were dancing
To my delight, I thoroughly enjoyed myself as I captured folks dancing to the Gulf Texas region music of the Les Amis Creole Trio from Beaumont, Texas.
Led by veteran fiddler and accordionist Ed Poullard, this trio ... includes James Adams and Lawrence Ardoin ... draws its inspiration from old-style French songs of the upper Gulf Coast. They expertly play and preserve a traditional repertoire of waltzes, ballads, and two-steps. Featuring the acoustic interplay of diatonic accordion, fiddle, guitar, and voice, their music is homemade, with an Afro-French twist.
I throughly enjoyed myself until when at the conclusion of their performance that, another white person approached me the way white people do "... when they see black men ..." and started to rant something about unless I had press credentials that, perhaps, I should not be video-taping.
And though I observe many white people and Asians with all kinds of cameras and video-recorders seldom is there a time that white folks and sometimes Asians do not approach me the exact same way as did that white man.
As a 50 something black man who, over the years, practiced integration and who experience the racsim everywhere that I've gone I turned and said "White man, please. I'm 54 ... years old. You don't tell me what I can or can not do!"
After that incident at the Dancehall, I headed home and in continued to document Washington DC, from the perspective of a black man, by focusing on several ongoing projects, including the VRE L'Enfant Station, the Southwest Federal Center - 7th Street, SW, the Marcel Breuer designed HUD Building and a view of the 14th Street Rush Hour Traffic from the 7th Street, SW, overpass.
Since having first seen on TV in the summer of 2001 Gordon Parks' "Solomon Northup's Odyssey - Twelve Years a Slave" when ever I now see a fiddler as was the case on Wednesday, 25 June 2008, that I captured the Les Amis Creole Trio ... I can not help but reflect on my experiences and those of Soloman Northrup.
Click the above image to view my Les Amis Creole Trio - 2008 Smithsonian Folklife Festival photoset and 2008 Smithsonian Folklife Festival collection which are accessable from my 42nd Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival / WDC webpage.
Here are the videos that I shot of the Les Amis Creole Trio during my 25 June 2008 visit to the 2008 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
Max Baca, David Farias, Lorenzo Martinez and Israel Villanueva, a contemporary-sounding conjunto ensemble, Los Texmaniacs combine traditional instrumentation and repertoire, with blues, rock, R&B, and a dash of country. Leader Max Baca is a much-in-demand bajo sexto player whose music echoes that of his many genre-bending San Antonio mentors—legendary musicians like Doug Sahm, Augie Meyers, and Flaco Jimenez.
All of which can be accessed from my 42nd Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival webpage, here is my Los Texmaniacs - 2008 Smithsonian Folklife Festival photoset and 2008 Smithsonian Folklife Festival photo collection.
The following are videos that I shot of Los Texmaniacs during my 25 June 2008 visit to the 2008 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Though I'm seriously contemplating featuring my 2008 Smithsonian Folklife Festival to my recently launched ipernity account, for now, here is my Texas Johnny Brown & the Quality Blues Band photoset at Flickr.
And here are videos #1/2 and #2/2 that I shot of Texas Johnny Brown and the Quality Blues Band's 2 - 3pm set on the Opry House Stage.
Then too, though it has been one of ongoing projects since 1993 I am SERIOUSLY CONTEMPLATING NOT RETURNING TO THE 2008 SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL this year as a result the racism that I experience each and every time that white people see black men ...
As a 50 something black man who, over the years, practiced integration ... I'm sick and tired ...!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Though I have a few more images to upload to my DC Cowboys - Capital Pride Festival - Main Stage - 15 June 2008 photoset here are my four video projects of the DC Cowboys Dance Company's performance during the Capital Pride Festival:
Monday, June 23, 2008
Though I have a few more photos to upload of DJ Alex Funk performing at the 2008 Baltimore Pride here is video #1/2 and #2/2 of Alex funkin' up the crowd from the Dance Tent during Saturday's Block Party.
To learn more about DJ Alex Funk visit his website or myspace. Having just finished two busy weeks, in addition to regular appearances at Club Hippo, you can catch him at the Red Maple on Thursdays (gay boys and top 40 remix) and Fridays (international staight crowd and electro/latin/2step).
Click the above image to view my Alex Funk - Dance Tent - Block Party - Baltimore Pride - 21 June 2008 and Block Party - Baltimore Pride - 21 June 2008 photosets which are included in my 2008 Baltimore Pride photo collection.
Here are my 33rd Annual Baltimore Pride and 2008 GLBT Pride Season webpages.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Saturday, 28 June 2008's MUSCLE BEARS CRUSIE, co-hosted by Pual Skelson, featuring DJ Mark Cicero and apperances by Jonny Mack & RIck Gonzales. $25 in advance / $30 at the gate.
Sunday, 29 June 2008's CRUISE 1: GAY PRIDE CRUISE sailing on Queen of Hearts featuring DJ Robbie Leslie. Performance by Victoria Lace. $25 in advance / $30 at the gate.
Sunday, 29 June 2008's CRUISE 2: THE LATIN CRUISE, co-Hosted by Club Atlantis, sailing on The Star of Palm Beach, featuring DJ Eddie Cruz. $25 in advance / $30 at the gate. Advance Tickets for the Latin Cruise only available from Club Atlantis.