No lies, my first Bonnaroo was AMAZING. We got in on Thursday evening after sitting in traffic for a couple of hours. After that it was on to exploring! The evenings were amazing, and Thursday night was a little chilly hence the unicorn hoody. Here’s a ton of pics I took at the festival and as I comb through, I’ll add more! If you like it, share it! Thanks!
I am extremely fortunate to have a number of awesome and talented musician friends, so when I got the call from Kaston asking me to do the My Politic photoshoot I jumped! Here’s a little info about the band:
My Politic is an indie/americana trio hailing from Nashville, Tennessee. The musical stories they craft have drawn comparisons to songwriting greats such as John Prine and Townes Van Zandt, and to contemporary artists like The Avett Brothers and The Milk Carton Kids. Tight harmonies, intelligent songwriting and their obvious passion for live performance have become integral to their musical identity. It all began back in 2003 when Nick Pankey and Kaston Guffey met in the small town of Ozark, Missouri and played in several bands before forming My Politic in 2007. They recorded their first album, “A Few Words I Couldn’t Find Yesterday” in 2008. After playing for years in the Springfield, MO area they decided to move to Boston, MA and try their luck on the East Coast. In 2012, “Could You Come Home” and “Oh My Love” from the Album “Younger Still,” released in 2010, were featured on the Real L Word on the Showtime network. In 2013, the band released their fifth album “Love and A Motor Home.” Since forming, the band has played countless shows across the US, which has helped solidify their Americana sound. My Politic made the move to Nashville, TN in the Fall of 2013 where they have expanded their sound with the help of mandolin/dobro player Wilson Conroy, bassist Will Cafaro, fiddler Jen Starsinic and occasionally drummer John Wood. “Anchor”, the bands 6th album was released in 2015 to critical acclaim. In 2017, the band started recording their 7th album (first studio production) titled “12 Kinds Of Lost” at the Sound Emporium. The album is set to release late summer 2017.
Check’em out here! https://www.reverbnation.com/mypoliticmusic
Before heading out to Bonnaroo last week, I got a chance to shoot STC’s latest show Pippin! Get tickets through the 25th here https://www.streettheatrecompany.org/now-showing
John and Jen is Street Theatre Company‘s latest show with only one more week remaining to catch it! I was fortunate enough to get a chance not only to shoot some of the promo photos for it, but also get a chance to see this unique play. Tomorrow, May 3rd, Street Theatre will be participating in The Big Payback so if you’re into theatre and want to help out a great organization, head over here!
ABOUT STREET THEATRE COMPANY
Street Theatre Company’s Mission
Street Theatre Company is a professional non-profit arts organization dedicated to pioneering innovative modern musical theater in Nashville. Our aim is to engage our audience with universal stories that speak to the human experience and challenge conversation, to support local artists, to provide arts education to children of all ages, and to foster a new generation of theater arts participants and supporters.
Finding a Home
STC continues it’s concerted effort to find a permanent home. Over the past couple of years, we’ve done performances at the Looby Theater, 4th Story Theater, Bailey Middle School, and Holy Trinity Community Church. We’re working hard to find the perfect space to help us create and maintain quality theater for years to come. To that end, last year STC raised over $16,000 in its incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign! We’re currently in preliminary negotiations with a a few possible future venues. Keep checking right here for further information.
Boys & Girls Club of Maury County 2017 Great Futures Luncheon
The Annual “Great Futures Luncheon” is one of the Club’s main fundraising events and is attended by 300+ community leaders. This year’s luncheon was held on Tuesday, April 4th in the upstairs event space at Puckett’s downtown Columbia.
The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America is to “enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.” The vision statement of the Boys & Girls Club of Maury County is: “We strive each day to POSITIVELY IMPACT Youth, STRENGTHEN Families, and ENRICH Maury County, one child at a time.
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Photos from the 2017 Mule Day Parade!
From Wikipedia:”Mule Day” has been a popular Columbia tradition for nearly 170 years, since the 1840s. It began as “Breeder’s Day”, a single day livestock show and mule market event held on the first Monday in May. Over time, “Mule Day” evolved from a single day event into a multi-day festival, attracting thousands of attendees, lasting almost a week. According to its official website, the heavy involvement of Maury County in the mule industry caused the event to grow for a time into “one of the largest livestock markets in the world.”
In 1933, Thomas Marion Brown had the idea for a Mule Day Parade and Celebration as a way to bring in money to the community. He approached W.D. Hastings of the Daily Herald and J.J. Johnson to bring this event to life. They went to the Chamber of Commerce and in 1934 the First Mule Day Parade was a reality. Tom designed the Mule Day Crown which is on display in the Maury County Public Library. He was the first Grand Marshal and led the parade for about 7 years.
Mule Day suddenly gained wider notice in 2006 when the Mule Day Parade listing in the National Asset Database, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) list of potential terrorism targets, was featured in a New York Times article.
This project is near and dear to my heart. Growing up I remember this mall as a vibrant and awesome place you could pretty much get anything you needed. When the Hull Property Group took over, it started to go downhill. I would know, I worked there and saw it happen. My first job at the mall was at KB Toys in the summer of 2002. In late January of 2004, I closed the door to that store for the last time. My second was when EB Games (now Gamestop) opened in 2005. I worked there til Christmas of 2006 and by then most of the mall had dwindled away.
This property needs to be used correctly for our town to continue to flourish. Take look at the state of the mall as it sits today.