I feel incredibly fortunate to live within walking distance of so many awesome music venues. One of my favorite things about living in Richmond is the bounty of live music offerings every night of the week. The Camel is a smaller venue whose roster always supports local musicians while also offering a sprinkling of talented acts from out of town. I like how the Camel displays visual art as a complement to its function as a music and social venue. Every month the curator changes its visual art display, and this month’s really caught my eye.
Turns out the paintings are by a VCU educated visual artist, Renee Kaelbar. Many of the pieces, like this one, give the impression that they’re literally EXPLODING outwards in a kaleidoscopic offering of colors. I’d love to have one of these! In “real life” you get a sense of Renee’s incredible talent for layering colors and shapes. I love art that toys with geometrical concepts on flat surfaces.
Happy birthday to the insanely talented and nutty Miles Davis. Currently enjoying Ascenseur Pour L’Echafaud in his honor. Additionally, listening to this album makes me feel pretty damn classy.
Miles Davis “Generique”
I very quickly became obsessed with Frankie Rose’s album “Interstellar,” and this song in particular. So catchy, in the best way possible, i.e. in the way that I don’t mind it being that song my brain plays on repeat as background music for itself. (yes, this happens)
This whole piece reeks of an empathy that we all might consider bathing ourselves in, at least once a day. I couldn’t have written it better myself:
”And to think that the nasty, brilliant drums AND that gutsy, forlorn voice that sounded like it bubbled up out of the Mississippi mud was coming out of ONE dude - Mr. Levon Helm - is something that inspires and depresses musicians forty-plus years after he showed up on the scene. “
Levon Helm, drummer and singer of The Band, passed away from throat cancer last week. The outpouring of love directed his way over the last week, from every corner of the world, was remarkable. His family did an interesting thing too; they told the world before he died that he was in his final…