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

Sunday, September 13, 2015


Mike Zito performs at Sam's Burger Joint and Music Hall Nov. 25, 2011.

In a few weeks I’ll be going back to St. Louis for my high school reunion.

Class of ’75.

That means 40 years, for those of you who aren’t quick with your math skills.

Monday, September 7, 2015


I passed by this sign hundreds of times and never noticed it. One day I happened to look up as I drove by and I was so surprised and excited to "find" it. I'm glad I looked up that day, and especially glad I went back to take photos. Soon thereafter, there was a fire that demolished the building. Thankfully, the sign was recovered and it is now in storage. This is one of the photos in my Fotoseptiembre exhibit, "What Once Was."

It’s been nearly a year since I last wrote as The Groovy Gringa.

Shame on me.

The blog was always in the back of my mind as I traveled or went to concerts and enjoyed live music. I kept thinking, “Oh, I’ll get back to it soon,” and I never did.

So what better time to revive my blog than this week as I await the opening of my second solo Fotoseptiembre exhibit? A bit self-serving? Perhaps, but at least it got me writing again!

This year’s exhibit is named “What Once Was.” I focused my camera on buildings, signs and other architectural elements that have been forgotten or neglected. Most of the photos were taken in the San Antonio area, but others are scattered throughout Texas and there’s even a couple from South Dakota and Nebraska.

Please join me at the opening reception Thursday, Sept. 10, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Travis Collaborative Building, 237 W. Travis, in downtown San Antonio. It’s free, but please RSVP here: 2015 Fotoseptiembre: “What Once Was” Exhibition Opening.

The exhibit and opening are sponsored by Debra Benditz of Debra Benditz Art Studios. She has been an amazing mentor and dear friend in helping put this show together. BONUS: Her studio is in the same building so you’ll also be able to view her beautiful work!

Hope to see you there!


By the way, I did keep busy this past year even though I wasn’t blogging! Took a ton of photos. Since I started shooting for Sam’s Burger Joint in November 2010, I’ve posted more than 7,000 photos to their Flickr site. And as of today, I’ve started posting once again to my own Flickr site for The Groovy Gringa. There you’ll find photos from my travels, and live music at the always-cool Luna Music Bar and Lounge, the Aztec Theatre and the Majestic Theatre.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


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


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


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.