Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Storm Clouds Over Bangor (east side)

I had some errands to run in the Bangor Mall area this afternoon on the way to work. I'm glad I got them done before these clouds showed up!

Thunder was cracking and rumbling (all too closely) as I snapped shot number three above. I managed to climb back into the car just a few moments before the rain started coming down in buckets.
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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Beam (me up, Scotty)

2008 Northeast Regional Gymnastics Meet in Waterville, Maine. Submitted to Moody Monday's Competitive challenge. I'd love to have had a better vantage point and/or shoot against a better background for this, but there was no room to maneuver in the gym.
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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Pointing the way

Pointing towards (or away from?) Macro Day's challenge. Stairs anyone?
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The 2008 American Folk Festival will be here before you know it

The Lowell Folk Festival is going on this weekend. The National Folk Festival was in Butte, Montana two weeks ago. I wish I could've attended both, but I can't be in two places at once. I had a great time at the North Atlantic Blues Festival two weeks ago, so I can't complain too much about missing the festival in Butte. This weekend I am working instead of attending Lowell. I could probably complain about that, but I won't. There is less than a month, now, until our festival in Bangor kicks off once again. Gotta like having a free festival I can walk down the street to attend!

For information on this year's festival go to the American Folk Festival web site.

The image above is from the opening set by the Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band (from New Orleans) on the Heritage Stage at the 2007 American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront.

Submitted to Shutterday's Anything, Anything, Anything Under The Sun challenge.
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Friday, July 25, 2008

Belgrade Lakes Golf Course

We had the good fortune recently to be able to play the Belgrade Lakes Golf Course. The bad fortune for the day was that we got rained on a couple of times while we were playing the front nine. The timing, though, was pretty good as we'd just finished the front nine when the thunder and lightning portion of that day's weather decided to arrive. We hung out in the clubhouse for a bit rather than get completely drenched by standing outside for a few seconds.

Now we'll have to go back so we can play the back nine.

The view was kinda cool for a rainy/cloudy day, but it would be nice to be able to go on a clear day and take in the entire view. Not a bad place to work, I imagine!

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Reflections on the 2008 North Atlantic Blues Festival

More photos from the 2008 North Atlantic Blues Festival can be found on Whittling Fog on flickr.

In addition to the photo collage above (where a couple of those mirror shots were even intentional!) I've got a few reflections on the 2008 North Atlantic Blues Festival.

My experience at this year's festival was excellent (it usually is as this is a great festival)!

Saturday provided plenty of performances to soothe any guitar freak with Lil' Dave Thompson (Mississippi), Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones (Dallas, Texas - who served some time in Freddie King's backing band, played with Katie Webster, Charlie Musselwhite, has backed many other fine blues performers and has led his own band for the last decade or so), Lurrie Bell (Chicago - Carey Bell's son - he's backed, and released an album with, his dad, spent time in Koko Taylor's band, has several of his own albums and has a personal history worthy of a good blues song or two or three) and Walter Trout (New Jersey - he's performed or recorded with Pee Wee Crayton, Finis Tasby, Percy Mayfield, John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton and been a member of Canned Heat and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. He's also had a solo career since 1989.)

Saturday also saw Sugar Blue (Harmonica - Harlem, New York) and Ruthie Foster (acoustic guitar- Austin, Texas) perform. Two of the highlights of the weekend, for me, were Sugar Blue's rendition of Sonny Boy Williamson's anti-war song "Another Man Done Gone" and Ruthie's rendition of the traditional tune "Death Came a Knockin' (Travelin' Shoes)". Ruthie's entire set, though, was a highlight. She just seems to completely occupy whatever space she plays, whether it's a cozy theater in front of 200 people or the big stage in Rockland in front of 8,000. Ruthie's performed quite often in Maine over the past four years. We've managed to see her twice in smaller rooms - once at the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor for an Austin/Acadia connection show and once in Unity at the Unity Centre for the Performing Arts, so WE knew we were in for a treat!

As Paul Benjamin told me on Saturday, Sunday's performers would have a little something for just about anyone's taste in blues.

The morning started with soulful singer Chick Rodgers (Chicago - she has a new album out on Koko Taylor's label), followed by an effervescent Wayne Baker Brooks (guitar - Chicago - son of Lonnie Brooks and brother of Ronnie Baker Brooks), the sultry/soulful, funky blues and R&B of Janiva Magness (Originally from Detroit - another performer with a personal history worthy of many blues songs), the West Coast Swing (and many other styles he's absorbed in a 40+ year career) of Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, and Elvin Bishop (formerly of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band - one of those 60's bands that inspired so many people to pick up a guitar or harmonica) put the FUN in funky to cap things off. It's hard to pick a highlight from Sunday because everybody was good and very different from the previous performer. If pressed, I might have to say that Bishop's more bluesy, lightly funky treatment of "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" worked really well for me.

I should also mention that Roger "Hurricane" Wilson played in between sets both Saturday and Sunday. His vast repertoire lent itself well to playing between sets beside the stage and probably getting more total performance time than any one of the main stage acts. I've always like Roger's recorded version of the Reverend Gary Davis song "Death Don't Have No Mercy". His live rendition of the song was another highlight of the weekend.
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Sunday, July 13, 2008

North Atlantic Blues Festival 2008 - Sunday

Some images from the second day of the
2008 North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland, Maine.

More to come (both here and on flickr).

Chick Rodgers (guest-photographed by Jenny Why_me)

Wayne Baker Brooks

Janiva Magness

Rod and Honey Piazza

Elvin Bishop (right) with Mighty Mike Schermer
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North Atlantic Blues Festival 2008 - Saturday

Some images from the first day of the
2008 North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland, Maine.

More to come (both here and on flickr).

Lil Dave Thompson

Andrew Jr. Boy Jones

Sugar Blue

Lurrie Bell

The Festival Site

Ruthie Foster

Roger "Hurricane" Wilson

Walter Trout

Guest photography (I'm pretty sure it's just the Trout shot) by Jenny Why_me.
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Friday, July 11, 2008


Submitted to Unique's challenge for Lunar Moon.
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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Dogs like to play at the beach, too

This playful dog got loose briefly at Popham Beach. He didn't seem inclined to just run off, but he had a lot of fun teasing his humans by playing a game of "Catch Me If You Can".

They eventually did, but, well... you can see what happened when dog, muddy sand, ocean and human got together.
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July 4th Sunset at Fort Popham and Popham Beach

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