Tommy Cappel rips through the drum parts on "Jumpin", a swinging number off the new Beats Antique record, A Thousand Faces. More Beats Antique here: http://beatsantique.com/music/a-thousand-faces-act-1
I've had a fortunate opportunity to work closely with Zoe Jakes doing video production at Datura, a Portland-based belly dance studio run by Rachel Brice and Sol Crawford. From time to time, the MarchFourth Marching Band's tour schedule synchs up with Beats Antique and we'll end up at the same gig - often on the same stage and periodically right next to their playing time. The Oregon Country Fair last weekend was yet another one of those occasions! Here's what I saw...
Every August, tens of thousands of participants gather to celebrate artistic expression in Nevada's barren Black Rock Desert. This vastly inhospitable location, called the playa, is the site of Burning Man, where, within a 9-mile fence, artists called Burners create a temporary city devoted to art and participation. Braving extreme elements, over two hundred wildly ambitious works of art are created and intended to delight, provoke, involve, or amaze.
In 2013, over 68,000 people attended - the highest number ever allowed on the playa. As Burning Man has created new context, new categories of art have emerged since its inception, including Art to Ride, Collaborative Art, and of course, Art to Burn. Burning Man: Art on Fire is an authorized collection of some of the most stunning examples of Burning Man art. Experience the amazing sculptures, art, stories, and interviews from the world's greatest gathering of artists. Get lost in a rich gallery of images showcasing the best examples of playa art with over 200 photos. Interviews with the artists reveal not only their motivation to create art specifically for Burning Man, but they also illuminate the dramatic efforts it took to create their pieces. Featuring the incredible photography of long-time Burning Man photographers, Sidney Erthal and Scott London, an introduction from Burning Man founder Larry Harvey, and a foreword from Will Chase, this stunning gift book allows Burners and enthusiasts alike to have a piece of Burning Man with them all year around.
It's all about the Flamingo Clan, a community of artists, crafts-persons and others who built Ritz Sauna & Showers
over 38 years ago and continue to this day to provide a magical experience to vendors, staff, entertainers, and guests each year at the Oregon Country Fair !
This is the 3rd year we have engaged the community in carving the Pole. Many people (carvers, painters, metal workers, amateurs and professionals) have left their mark on the Pole.According to tradition, everyone who contributes to making the Pole becomes part of the story. It took 3 years and the approval of First Nations and the Canadian Provincial Government of British Columbia to select, acquire, and ship the sustainably harvested 8,000 lb, 36’ Alaskan Yellow Cedar log to the site of the Oregon Country Fair in Veneta, Oregon.
Please join us in finishing and raising the Pole and make it your story too! The Pole will be raised during the Solstice in June 2015 followed by a grand celebration and feast.
Please support the Ritz Sauna and Showers Story Pole Campaign. Watch the video below:
Diggable Monkey is currently working on a wonderful video project with the Ritz Sauna and Showers tribe at the Oregon Country Fair, in Veneta. Here is a shot of the "Flamingo" folks carving the 36 foot Alaskan Yellow Cedar totem story pole, hand selected by the First Nations tribes in British Columbia. The Ritz are soon launching a crowd sourcing project pegged at $46,000 to complete the pole installation by the summer of 2015. I must say, this project is one of the most incredible stories I've had the privilege of working on. The story of the Ritz clan is deep in story, rich in art and full of life. On my first visit, they were so welcoming and eager to tell this incredible story. Stay tuned for the details on the fund raising campaign!
We're excited to be a part of one of Oregon's biggest summer festivals, WTF! We've been sharpening our act a little over the last few weeks in anticipation of our shows on the late night LOL stage. Apart from the sexy new dance squad, we've added a couple new gun slingers on horns: Anthony Meade and Andy Shapiro from MarchFourth Marching Band! Yup, it's a big band and packs a big punch! See you soon... http://whatthefestival.com/
Meet Emily Hetrick, Real Estate Broker and Consultant with Keller Williams Realty, in Portland Oregon. Join Emily on a fun ride through her career story and discover what she really loves about the world of Portland real estate.
Launching into a new project with one of Portland's top real estate agents, Ms. Emily Hetrick. I'm not sure that it could get much better. She is such a great creative force and we've been off to the races with her project for a few days now. Really enjoying to get to know her style and listening to feedback from her appreciative clients.
Diggable Monkey is proud to present a co-production of Kelly Rae Roberts' new online course, Hello Soul, Hello Mixed Media Mantras! In less than two months, 24 high-quality, multi-camera shoot videos were produced for a combined 5 hours of finished educational media content showcasing Kelly's unique painting techniques. The course represents one of the most comprehensive subscription-based online educational courses currently available. Hello Soul, Hello Mixed Media Mantras is the 5th e-course project undertaken by Diggable Monkey. Other recent online course projects include Flora Bowley's 1st painting course offering, Rachel Brice's online belly dance course, Lilla Rogers' Make Art That Sells e-course and Jeffrey Bale's soon to be released stone mosaic course. Looking to design your own educational online course? Give us a call! 503-998-0365
After four pretty stunning Portland New Years Eve events, "Threshold" was transformed into a Chinese New Year celebration in 2010 for Year of the Tiger. This was the promo video we worked up for the event. Thank you to Keri Changstein. You bravely rocked this shoot at 8:00 am in freezing cold weather. Yes, that's ice on the pond...
In May of 2013, MarchFourth Marching Band was honored to do a US State Department cultural exchange tour in China, sponsored jointly by the United States Embassy in Beijing, Sias International University, Sias Foundation, and the Government of Henan China Cultural Affairs. This film traces the band's path through Henan, a relatively remote province of China often referred to as the "Cradle of Chinese Civilization," as they present an American musical experience in concerts, workshops, parades and civic events, promoting peace and goodwill through art and the common language of music. The freaky and urban MarchFourth juxtaposed against Henan's traditionally more rural community not only reflects an unusual slice of modern Sino-American relations, but also provides a unique glimpse into a part of China that most Americans don't see.
Before I bought my current place around 10 years ago, I spent a few months at my friend Benjamin's house in SE Portland. He's since bought the place and rebuilt it up over the last couple of years. It's now available for renting by the day and has really incredible value - especially for small groups of visitors or family who may be visiting Portland for a short spell. If you know anyone looking for a spot to call home for a couple of days, I'd highly recommend this house. Now if I can just convince him to let ME have a retreat there...