Don Mennig is known for capturing some of the most breathtaking nature and wildlife photos. However when he turns his camera on the wildlife that can be found on stages across the country the results are really spectacular as well. Don has been good enough to offer up ten of his favorite images from his past year of concert Photography. Peep the visual goodness below.
Watch Dumpstaphunk destroy the Blockley before heading off to Bonnaroo. The video below features Ivan Neville, Tony Hall, Nick Daniels, Ian Neville, and the heavy-hitting female drummer Nikki Glaspie doing a cover of “Fame” and then watch as Ivan jumped off his keys and scooped up a guitar to have a nasty guitar jam with Hall and Ian.
More than likely you haven’t run across these dudes from Philly, The Extraordinaires’ but as soon as you hear them unload their freak folk in the same vein as Rubblebucket but with some old Drink-up Buttercup gusto. They killed their set last week opening for the Spinto Band and mixed up guitars, horn and rowdiness into everything from a bit of GnR’s “Welcome To The Jungle” to their own bumping original “Patent Pending.” Peep them slay the Kung-Fu Necktie in the video below!
On a sleepy Sunday evening Damian Jurado stopped into Johnny Brenda’s to grace us with most of the songs off of his 10th studio album, Maraqopa. The Following video of Jurado doing a wonderful version of “Nothing is The News” from the Philly show. This is a shining example of some of the guitar heavy jamming that you can expect from him with a full band.
If you combine the precision of the band Battles and the lofty floating vocals vibes of Massive Attack you end up with Polica. The new band from Minneapolis is a powerful four piece rock electronic band fronted by the unforgettable and heavily manipulated vocals of singer Channy Leaneagh. Peep them below doing “Dark Star” and “Amongster” at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia.
“There must be more to life than having everything.”
― Maurice Sendak
Today I lost my favorite childrens author Maurice Sendak. He always reminded me to embrace my inner child and built in so many meaningful lessons along the way. Over the past years living in Philadelphia I had fallen back in love with his work because we have what I think is the largest collection of his work housed in the city of brotherly love at the http://www.rosenbach.org/
This hidden gem of a museum in the city is well worth a visit.
The images below are some of Sendaks original notes and scetches that he made in the creation of Where The Wild Things Are that were taken at the Rosenbach Museum. Thank-you Maurice for all your inspiration!