Speaking of the Devil (Above):
Last Roses and Early Snow — Photo by M.E.
Snow has been falling regularly in the mountains of Northern Utah and at lower elevations every day. The benches of Davis County seem to be at or above the snow line now.
Night In Europe
Canal Boat on Stadionkade — Digital sketch by M.E.
Amsterdam had a boat festival at the end of the summer that celebrated watercraft of all sorts, at all times of day for over two weekends. I was staying on a pleasant canal on the south part of town, with mostly private pleasure boats plying the water, so it extruded a vibe of relaxation that was different from some other spots around that busy international harbor city.
Work and Play in Holland
Souvenir paper from Amsterdam’s south and west neighborhoods.
A shout-out to “Pebbles,” the personable manager of Ijsboutique (Delicious Ice Cream from the heart of Amsterdam) who read my post about her business in the lovely community surrounding Johannes Verhultstraat. The collage above consists of fragments from a few more more neighborhoods — My daily haunt at Studio Seven near Westerpark; The friendly printer on the other side of Vondelpark from Ijsboutique who helped turn my sketches into artwork; and Duende Dos, a Spanish Tapas place located at a fascinating junction between the Brouwersgracht and De Jordaan. It is blessed with a resident Stork too.
Speaking of the Devil Below
This show was so interesting that I saw it twice in one weekend:
Memorabilia from the performances of late October 2013 — including credits. Yes, I went to the after-party and talked with some of the awesome cast. Finally met Stephen Brown too.
I had seen the “sneak preview” in June and was curious about how this challenging piece would continue to do in the cultured, but conservative, State of Utah. I’ve used the word “rambunctious” to describe what I saw in June. The energy of all the performers seemed high-strung, as if they were exploring their roles, which might have been true, or false, but is total projection on my part.
On Friday night, the dance was clean and smooth, the acting edgy and engaging, but Totem and Taboo’s music stunned me, although I’d heard it before.
Lead singer Vanessa Angulo had a somewhat more complicated part as Queen of the Damned that required her to join in with the drama, but her singing was brilliant, and the audio mix was superb. She has plenty of presence anyway, but the job she did as a dramatic bridge between the band, the dance, and the audience was nothing less than splendid — so there I was on Sunday to see and hear it all again. No knock on the superlative dancing and acting, but that 70 minutes of live music was powerfully satisfying.
Brian Kubayscz, the guitarist, told me that he was having more fun playing it after so many months. I took him at his word, and also thought the piece was a touch less cruel, although its Black Humor was just as dark — but it still retained its surprising and very subjective ending.
I took a chance and saw this concert at the University of Utah:
From my program for the PDC at the University of Utah’s Dance Building.
Seeing dance performances on campus was something me and my friends did regularly at said University when we were students there. We had some talented people, and they did some wonderfully good things. It was fun sitting with one of those same friends at a whole new Dance Department, watching fine choreography and quality dancing. Criticism of the Performing Dance Company concert? Uhh — it got better with each piece, and started out beautifully.
Disco Never Dies !!!
Funky is what Funky does — the Disco Drippers were always a Funk Band and still are!
Disco Drippers at the State Room Oct. 26, 2013 — Photo by M.E.
A decade past, they would play two or more weekends a month, year in and year out, which could be really tough on their golden-voiced singers. (Thank goodness cigarettes are banned indoors now.) They are doing yearly reunion concerts recently, and the voices of the leather-clad angels from Heaven are worth most any time or effort to hear and see! I spent a bit of time assembling a Facebook Album of this high voltage event, instead of sketching and drawing the band like I used to do in pre-millennium days.
Vivid Funk and Black Rock
Living Colour was on the road celebrating the 25th anniversary of Vivid, and I caught them live at the old Union Pacific Depot.
25 years of Vivid: “That makes me OLD!” sang Cory Glover.
It was great hearing Mr. Glover sing twice in one year! He fronted Galactic very, very well, and was radiant at the lead microphone for Living Colour. Still, nothing will ever match my delighted surprise when he defiantly sang Swampp Dogg’s magnificent and ultra-obscure Total Destruction to your Mind with Galactic.
All Souls Day
Take it to the Woodshed! Stars of Ladies That Rock: (L to R) Amber, Ischa, and Melody — Hey, what happened to Raffi, Amber? (Photos by M.E.)
Halloween night was on a Thursday, which made it a little bit difficult for costume-lovers. I saw fancy dress at the Disco Drippers and Meat & Marrow the preceding weekend, and a few more the weekend afterward.
(Right) Ischa Bee enjoys the wonderful music of Melody Pulsipher (Left); Sinister view of Melody on All Souls Day inset at the middle — Photos by M.E.
It was my first time hearing local professional Melody Pulsipher, and I was totally impressed by her voice, songs, and work ethic. It was another one of those Ladies Nights where every act was extraordinarily good.
Thanks for the melodic CD, Melody ! — partial scan by M.E.
I guess that’s ONE way of doing it – listen to the song above at http://melodyvocals.com/
Dia des Muertos, Batman — is there anything better than acoustic MiNX?
I can’t remember being at the Woodshed while MiNX did an acoustic set. Whether this was the first time they brought out the wood for the Woodshed or not, it’s always GOOD to hear these arrangements.
Waking up the “Dead” with electric MiNX — photo by M.E.
The sneaked one of their new songs from MiNX 13 into the electric set. We fans ALMOST convinced them to do one more, but we’ll just have to wait until the CD Release Party on November 16.
Lady Murasaki rocking the star spot on Ladies Night at the Woodshed November 2013. Amber Taniuchi – Vocals / Guitar; Stephen McSweeney – Guitar; Tyler Morris – Bass; Jonathan Baez – Drums — Photo by M.E.
The sound mix was really nice, and I enjoyed the Lady Murasaki band’s intricately-woven jams around Amber’s sexy contralto voice as people danced until curfew.
Speaking of Diva Vu:
(R) Kim Manning on the very high stage at De Paradiso in Amsterdam wearing roller skates. I was in the crowd, but this ain’t my picture; (L) Ms. Manning’s CD — our mutual Kickstarter project.
After the Parliament/Funkadelic show in Amsterdam, I met singer/skater Kim Manning in the lobby of the band’s hotel. She recognized my name and gave me a copy of her new CD for contributing to the Kickstarter project that raised the money for it — Good People!
More Diva Doings
MiNX is throwing their second CD Release Party this year in November.
They played one new song last Friday — and the audience wanted more.
Dance to Terabyte & the Battery Eaters — music from the big woods via Soundcloud.
Singer Kelly West still watches the ski slopes above Fish, Montana.
Angie Brown’s S.L.U.G. Magazine may be online, but it is also distributed free on paper anyplace that’s cool.
Rasa Vitalia is singing and dancing with Katdelic around the Bay Area.
Dancer Katie Duck is going on tour in England and Spain.
Polymath Lady GaGa continues to recover from her hip injury, and those sea shells are still selling by the sea shore.
Isn’t that the Sun ‘way over to the right, beyond the Moon … ?
The Earth and Moon — NASA photo from a Mars Express flyby.
Online Versions of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Barsoom Novels:
REMINDER: Research this prolific author on ERBzine.
A Princess of Mars ; The Gods of Mars ; Warlord of Mars ;
( 1911 to 1913 — The heart of the Pulp-Classic world of Mars/Barsoom.)
And thereby hangs a tale As good luck would have it As merry as the day is long At one fell swoop …
(We’re quoting Shakespearean Theatre.)
Read my very personal review of 004’s CD State of Affairs: HERE
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