Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Parachute CD Release Party: Losing Sleep (Charlottesville, VA)

Saturday night, the Music Resource Center welcomed home veteran Battle of the Bands winner Parachute (formerly known as Sparky's Flaw), as the center graciously hosted the CD release party for Losing Sleep.

Now sporting a new name and with a new album on their lips and fingertips, Parachute packed the sanctuary with family, friends, and lots of dreamy-eyed teenage girls as they put on a fantastic show full of energy, and emotion. If you’ve never heard of Parachute, you certainly will soon! Check them out at http://www.weareparachute.com/.

As always, you can view additional images of this stellar performance at http://www.bigdoorphotography.com/ under “What’s New?!” in the gallery.

Monday, May 25, 2009

WAHS Invisible Children Benefit (Charlottesville, VA)

On this Memorial Day, we are asked to take some time to reflect on all of the brave men and women who have died while defending our country. Since this past Friday, I have also been thinking about a younger generation of warriors who have not been given a choice in the war in which they have been made to fight.
Invisible Children's goal is to create awareness regarding the plight of the people of northern Uganda, caught in the midst of a civil war between the government and Joseph Koney’s Lord Resistance Army, a rebel group that makes extensive use of kidnapping children and forcing them to become child soldiers.
Friday night, students from Western Albemarle High School held their second Battle of the Bands at the Music Resource Center, raising money to support Invisible Children. Each band took the stage not only to display their musical talent, but also to raise consciousness and put an end to this social injustice. Charlottesville's own, Grey Matter also performed and judged the performances.
If you’d like to see these kids in action, please visit http://www.bigdoorphotography.com/ under "What's New?!" in the gallery. Further information on Invisible Children can be found at http://www.invisiblechildren.org/

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Monacan Powwow (Elon, VA)

In an open field just outside of Madison Heights, the Monacan people spent the weekend hosting their 17th Annual Powwow. Saturday was a perfect day for families and old friends to meet up and celebrate history and heritage.

The farmer’s tan and red chest that I am currently sporting reflects the 7/8 mixture of German & Scot-Irish that are my most notable cultural features, but on this day I was there to celebrate the 1/8 of me that is Cherokee, while honoring my grandfather. Thank you, DeeDee, for your part in making me who I am today.

As usual, the festival proved to be a colorful learning experience that encourages love, understanding, and respect for all people…the Indian Way…and I left grateful for the opportunity to make this event a lasting part of my spiritual journey, as I look forward to the next reunion!

Like what you see? There’s more! Check out www.BigDoorPhotography.com under “What’s New?!” in the gallery section.

For more information on the Monacan culture, go to www.monacannation.com

Guitar Raising at the Music Resource Center (Charlottesville, VA)

One Friday afternoon in mid-April, the MRC experienced the beginning of a weekend full of incredible blessings, beginning with the installation of a soapstone guitar sculpture lovingly created by Gina Carroll, which she unveiled last October at the center’s “Party Like A Rock Star” fundraising event.

Executive Director, Sibley Johns, steadily cut through local government’s red tape in order to have the sculpture placed in the churchyard at 105 Ridge Street that the Music Resource Center calls home. Volunteers gathered at the MRC to undertake the rather interesting process of moving the sculpture approximately twenty feet from inside the church doors to its brick pedestal in the front yard.

After the excitement of the guitar raising, I sat in with some members of the center as they passionately played with their creative tool of choice, making their music come alive!

For more information on the MRC, please visit http://musicresourcecenter.org/