In 2016, The Revelers performed two live, house concert/dances at Deep End Sessions in Southern California on two very special evenings - first on Valentines and again on the Summer Solstice! This film is edited from both of those performances. The concerts were mostly all acoustic in the early tradition of how this music and dance form began in Southwest Louisiana... in the house! The Revelers are Grammy Nominated Super Group, consisting of members, Blake Miller, Chas Justus, Glenn Fields, Eric Frey, Daniel Coolik and The Chris Miller. Deep End Sessions is honored to call The Revelers our 2016 House Band! Enjoy in full 1080 HD and with good speakers/headphones.
This clip is of Mary Kageyama Nomura, also know as The Songbird of Manzanar, performing W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues." Mary began singing this song, when she was 16 or 17, while she was interned at the Manzanar relocation camp in the Eastern Sierra during WWII. "St. Louis Blues" became one of the first blues pop songs and was performed by jazz, blues and country icons like : Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Ethel Waters, Bing Crosby, Fats Waller and even Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. This performance did not make it into my short film about Mary, but I wanted to make it available online.
Before my opening at the Agriculture Museum I distributed these invitations to my favorite local businesses in Santa Paula and Fillmore. The images below are of the storefront window of El Vaquero Güero Western Wear, and of the check out counter of the Garden Market.
On January 21, 2017 I joined 750,000 people on the streets of Los Angeles to defend our vision of America. The Women's March was a peaceful worldwide protest for equality that took place only a day after the inauguration of the 45th president of the U.S. The protest, an act of solidarity against 45 and his nefarious agendas, is now the largest single-day demonstration in U.S. History; worldwide participation is estimated around 5 million people, and there were 673 marches on all seven continents. Here are some of my photographs from the march in Los Angeles.