In a NY state of mind. The last couple of months, I’ve been burying myself all up into the live music scene of my beloved New York. Jumping on stages everywhere I can, and soaking up the bottomless well of talents, old and new, in this city that really never sleeps. I mean, really. No. Sleep. These are just some of the memories I’ve savored.
In a zone, at sound check. Shelley Nicole and Everett Harp chilling on the BGs, LaFrae bout to bang dem skins. – photo: Paul Lobo
Then this happened. Trying to hide in the corner, but MamaFunk RockStar, Nona Hendryx, was not having any of that. I love vibing with her on stage, anytime.
After the show, there are the shenanigans, always. Nona Hendryx had just ripped up the stage, as per the norm. Maritri, and The Soulfolk Experience were as magnetic and fabulous as usual. Then, yes, the shenanigans commence backstage.
You know what. Just dig up into what I been falling off up onto this fall. Here are a gazillion pictures. Have at it.
The Met photos are by Andrea Watts Photography. Others are selfies, or taken by friends.
Black Rock Coalition Presents: History of Our Future Corey and Vernon of Living COlor Darrell McNeill of BRC Wade In The Water – but not in these shoes! Kicks pimped by Christine Tol Gold cape designed by Fleur Ouwerkerk – Amsterdam backstage at The Met ear pieces by Fleur Ouwerkerk The Family Stand The Family Stand black goat shawl designed by Vanderwilt – Amsterdam ear pieces by Fleur Ouwerkerk V. Jeffrey Smith & SSV at rehearsal in Brooklyn Rocky Bryant and Leslie Lemon at rehearsal in Brooklyn Peter Lord at rehearsal in Brooklyn Ronny Drayton at rehearsal in Brooklyn Marcus Machado at rehearsal in Brooklyn Tom Hammer at rehearsal in Brooklyn The TFS fam! SSV & badass rocker, Sophia Ramos with Leslie SSV & FABulous voice, Shelley Nicole with my buggaboo Jeff This Is Us – I adore the ear pieces of Fleur Ouwerkerk! Pete and I TFS with lovely Melanie Athena This Is Us with sweetiepie, Yumi Akiyama with the fam, Guy Routte & Chanae Routte with hood hippie sista Yvonne Salgado TFS LIVE I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up The man of The Met hour, DMc Glasper is a big ole bear size of a talent Yvonne and I Ain’t we cute Stanley Jordan, Kenwood Dennard and I Stanley Jordan, Kenwood Dennard and Gary Kelly Stanley Jordan Plays Jimi Hood Hippies at it again BRC’s Prince Participatory Experience was killer Right as Nona Hendryx spotted me in the audience Loving up on Felicia Collins More Felicia love Singing FOOL, Ada Dyer At Felicia Collins’ Jukebox, Cutting Room Alec Shantzis, Felicia, Jeff and I I heart he Jeff! My new lovebug, trumpet master JS WIlliams With sistagirl, Maritri After The Soulfolk Experience show LOVE Alyson WIlliams with Will Downing, and Frank Sheffield, after the Kindred event Guy, Will, Aja and I leather top by Vanderwilt Amsterdam ear art by Fleur Ouwerkerk These two, Aja and Fatin are truly special Kindred Presents crew in Philly With brothaman, Will Downing THAT VOICE! My homie At Steely Dan’s show, David Crosby popped up Steely Dan bassist, and looongtime good friend, Freddie Washington with mix engineer and keyboardist, Shinya Miyamoto After another Wednesday at Felicia’s Jukebox After another Wednesday at Felicia’s Jukebox with another looongtime buddy, and pianist extraordinaire, Alec Shantzis My BOO BOO, Lisa “Sangs Her Face Off” Fischer We be trippin’ I love entertaining My babyboy, the insanely talented, Marcus Machado black goat vest by Vanderwilt – Amsterdam Nothing but love So much love and respect for this young man, decades of love for Guy Routte Marcus! Muah! Heyyy After show smiles This Is Us