Images, words and musings about life, music and art in the Alamo City and beyond

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

THE MOVIE THAT CAN SAVE A LIFE


Ken Raimondi has a story he wants to tell. Its one of hope and despair, empathy and apathy, life and death. Thats a pretty tall order to fill in just a 20-minute film, but Kens sure he can do it – if you help.

Kens using a Kickstarter campaign to make his film, “Her Unlikely Kin.” Its the story of teen-ager Sarah Rassi who desperately needs a bone marrow transplant. Theres only one donor who can help her – Peyton Sinclair. As if this scenario isnt dramatic enough, add to that the fact that Sarahs Muslim and Peytons a veteran with PTSD.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A SOUL TRACK (FRAME OF) MIND


Soul Track Mind at Sam's Burger Joint and Music Hall Sept. 13, 2014.

I couldn’t let today go by without wishing you all a happy Soul Track Mind Day! In fact, it’s Soul Track Mind Month! That’s according to the ATX Music Office and the Austin Music Foundation, and that sounds pretty official to me.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

'MUSIC & MORTAR' BLENDS TWO PASSIONS


Buddy Guy at the Aztec Theatre, March 6, 2014.

“Music and Mortar” brings together my two favorite subjects to shoot – live music and architecture. Presented by the St. Mary’s University Department of Arts, the official Fotoseptiembre event opens with a free reception open to the public on Sept. 4 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Louis J. Blume Library.

The 60 images in this exhibit capture a diverse slice of life. ZZ Top, an abandoned trailer park and Diana Ross. San Antonio favorites Flaco Jimenez, Ruben V and Jimmy Spacek. Lyle Lovett, a New Orleans hotel and Gary Clark Jr.  What do they all have in common? They’re all in the show.

Friday, July 25, 2014

FOR THE LOVE OF LIEBERT

Ottmar Liebert on the cover of one his two new albums out this year, "Bare Wood."
(Courtesy photo/Greg Gorman)

In a 23-minute conversation with Ottmar Liebert, we discussed everything from the glory days of radio to the weather in Santa Fe to men wearing lederhosen.

Oh, and music, too, of course.

Liebert is known for his distinctive sound that blends both old and new – a style he calls contemporary flamenco.  A self-professed lover of San Antonio, Liebert and Luna Negra return to our city Thursday, July 31, at the Aztec Theatre. It will be Liebert’s first time playing at the historic downtown venue.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

SO THAT'S WHAT MADE MILWAUKEE FAMOUS

What Made Milwaukee Famous (Courtesy of Stevan Alcala Photography)

When Jerry Lee Lewis sang “What Made Milwaukee Famous” in 1968, he was referring to beer. More than 40 years later, an Austin-based band has taken that song title and given it a new identity – theirs.

What Made Milwaukee Famous is a band that doesn’t like to be pigeonholed when it comes to their sound. It’s rock, pop, indie, Americana and ballads all rolled up into one big rubberband ball of music.