Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Mammoth Cave National Park

I went to a national park MONTHS AGO. I'm getting to it now because life is busy, you know? Anyway, before I got to Mammoth Cave, had to stop in a small town for a sandwich and a slice of pie.


Our Park Ranger was a wonderful guide who warned us several times that if we entered unprepared, we would die. An elderly gentelman ignored the warning, and then put us all at risk. Watch out for your old folks, people. 


 Look, caves don't photograph well. Go to one yourself if you want to see what it's all about. Cool? Cool.



When I go out of town without my son, I take a toy he's favoring at that moment and photograph it with stuff I see. Here's his lego man on the visitor center sign. 

Friday, June 8, 2018

World's Greatest Dad at The New Dodge Lounge, Hamtramck

First time shooting in Hamtramck since I used to do the Music Fest (and will be back there for a Ben's Encore finale in the fall), and a new location -- New Dodge Lounge. Taking the design of a stage at the front to catch the eye of the street, the view of the neon sign behind the bands lent itself perfectly to several shots.

World's Greatest Dad captured my ear thanks to a feature on washedupemo.com, whom I trust implicitly. I was certainly the old guy in the room, but it felt good to support a scene with the local openers, throwing me back to the hall show days of my high school years. I wrote a review, but I don't feel like editing it right now, after doing photo edits all morning. So, here's the bands:

Opener 1: Get Tall, album on bandcamp, twitter




Opener 2: The Doozers, facebook






Headliners! World's Greatest Dad from Atlanta, GA. twitter, official website
LISTEN TO THIS BAND. BUY THE ALBUM. THESE ARE GOOD PEOPLE. 







Criminally underattended and absolutely wonderful. Also, yes, this is the first post in forever, and I've been to another national park since, so I'll handle that post soon. 




Saturday, September 23, 2017

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

I'm on one of those National Park quests in my life, and while circumstances have prevented any more trips for the moment due to how insanely busy I am, I stole away to Cuyahoga Valley a few weeks ago for the day. Situated between Akron and Cleveland, this is a national park Ohio-style. It doesn't take long and isn't the most amazing, but if you love history the way I do, it has some learning experiences along the trails. There's also a train and multiple minor waterfalls.








If you're on a National Park quest, or enjoy history, I recommend you stop in and learn about trains and boats. The hiking trails I traversed were rather low-level, and had I three extra hours, I would have taken the train round-trip.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Electric Six at Pig & Whiskey, 2017

This certainly isn't the first time I've seen Electric Six, and it won't be the last. This has been one of My Bands for a long, long time, and thankfully they are well-ingrained as a pillar of Ferndale's annual BBQ/Bourbon Bonanza, Pig & Whiskey.  Without further ado, here's the finest six-piece to ever dance their way into hearts across the world.









At the end of the set, Dick Valentine came down from the stage and personally hugged each and every person (hyperbole) including yours truly. What a time to be alive.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Urbanrest Brewing Co.

This weekend, I had an opportunity to attend the soft opening for Urbanrest Brewing Co. in Ferndale. My friend Bryan had a connection to the brewer from his homebrew days, and was also a kickstarter backer, which got him invited +5 to opening night. I was very impressed with the space and the beer, as well as learning about their open fermentation process from the brewmaster himself, but more than anything, it was amazing to see his dream come true all around us. No tours of the facility were available on Friday, but I at least got to capture the people enjoying what they do.







Saturday, May 27, 2017

JR. JR. at the Masonic Temple

Hey there. I decided to sneak out to a show, super last minute, two weeks ago. I've lived in the Detroit area for most of my life, but this was both my first time seeing JR. JR., as well as my first time inside the Masonic Temple. Neither disappointed in the least. 






I didn't want to mess with camera restrictions, so I brought in the camera body, capped, in one pocket, with a nifty-fifty in the other. My camera coat has large pockets. Turns out I could have brought in much more, but I actually had a better time moving around for the shot simply because I had to -- with a fixed lens, you've got no choice. Anyway, great time! See ya. 



Sunday, March 5, 2017

Something as simple as Rock & Roll would save us all

Yesterday evening, my buddy Shawn invited me out to see his band, The Reissues, playing at The Old Miami in Cass Corridor. I've always wanted to shoot a show there, ever since I saw the music-inspired metal door, but this was the first time I'd ventured in. Shawn's band was second up, so first up, let's feature a few from Former Critics, a female-fronted emo/alternative outfit that worked overtime and fired the crowd right up, turning an empty floor into remnants of the tile.





Next up, The Reissues, the main feature of this post. Fronted by two men that exchange positions and instruments, and backed by energetic drums and creative synth use (along with a glockenspiel), these guys kept us all going for a full hour of powered rock. 














I was super glad I found the time and got the invite, because this did not disappoint. Sadly I could not stay for the final band, but diaper duty calls. Anyway, better use of five bucks than a fancy coffee -- support your local music scene!