Keith Harkin at Poor Davids Pub

On Saturday I had the great pleasure of seeing Keith Harkin perform at the awesome venue that is Poor Davids Pub. If you aren’t familiar with Mr Harkin I demand you remedy that this instant! The blog can wait http://www.keithharkin.com/videos/¬†So good right? Well let me tell you this Keith is just as amazing (if not more so) live as he is recorded. Keith’s talent feels of a different time, like back when musicians were musician, not just people with the right connections, and is it any wonder? Keith has been passionate about music since he was a small child, singing at the age of four, and learning classic songs like “Everybody’s Talking At Me” and “Where Do You Go To My Lovely” from his father. His father is also the man who gave him the push (and cab fare) to audition for the Irish singing group Celtic Thunder, that he has been with since its very beginning in 2007 and continues to sing and write songs for to this day. As if that wasn’t enough Harkin is also signed with Verve, put out his debut self titled album in 2012, which he wrote several songs for, and even managed to do a solo tour across America last spring. Just thinking of all the work this man does makes me tired ūüėČ146111721168That smile though12391610158615421550edit1364Dave Bakey, a badass guitar player and all around great guy, was supposed to accompany Keith, but unfortunately he fell sick and couldn’t make it. So not wanting Dave to miss out on some of the fun Keith gave him a call that way we could all tell him how much we love him. Too sweet.1244The man sings his heart out!15491165Sassy face ūüėČ1273Even though he was super busy needing to pack up and hit the road he stuck around to talk to fans and sign merch…and even take a pic with little sis and I. What a guy!
16151616Regardless of your personal taste in music I can guarantee you will enjoy the musical stylings of Mr Harkin. Keep up to date with Keith through Celtic Thunder http://www.celticthunder.ie/tour his official website http://www.keithharkin.com/ and/or through his various social media platforms https://www.facebook.com/pages/Keith-Harkin/110997345657482 https://twitter.com/keithharkin http://instagram.com/keithharkin

PS the holidays are fast approaching and nothing could make a better gift than Keith’s self titled album which can be purchased anywhere you find music really, but here are some links through Celtic Thunder¬†http://www.celticthunder.ie/content/keith-harkin-keith-harkin-cd Amazon¬†http://www.amazon.com/Keith-Harkin/e/B0090QIRDW/ref=sr_1_2_acs_ent_artist?qid=1385510527&sr=8-2-acs¬†and Barnes and Noble¬†http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/keith-harkin-keith-harkin/24997900?ean=602537115488

Hope you all enjoyed this post and that you have a wonderful Wednesday!

Ronnie Fauss and JD McPherson Concert.

Last Thursday I had the great pleasure of seeing Ronnie Fauss and JD McPherson in concert. The show had sold out, but since the original venue was outdoors (The Belmont) and it had been raining all day, it was moved to The Kessler, well a change of venues and a change of plans meant I was going to be able to have an incredible night full of music, dancing, and of course some concert photography, this is me we’re talking about afterall.

First act was Ronnie Fauss. Admittedly my expectations are never really high to opening acts…I’ve heard some great ones and I have heard some real doozies, much to my delight Ronnie was fabulous! He is a Dallas based singer songwriter who draws influences from John Prine and Steve Earle. His music ranges from moody “bad boy country” to upbeat storytelling country. You can check out his page here ¬†http://www.ronniefauss.com/¬†and if you have to opportunity to see him you should!

92459222925592309219¬†Then JD McPherson took the stage. JD McPherson has something for everyone, honestly if you have the ability to hear I cannot comprehend you not liking these guys. There style is a mix of the kind of music they like, Rock n Roll, Rhythm and blues, rockabilly, etc. JD’s current album Signs and Signifiers is the perfect blend of old and new and shows the true artistry of these incredible musicians! You can find out more about the band here¬†http://www.jdmcpherson.com/news.html

9564Almost as soon as they hit the stage people were out front just ready to start dancing, and oh boy did they dance! Seriously if you ever have the opportunity to see these guys DO NOT HESITATE! BUY THOSE TICKETS! You will not be sorry you did. I have been to my share of concerts and these guys are the best band I have ever seen!

9339Jimmy Sutton kills it on the bass!

9308Ray is a mad man on the keys! I’m pretty sure his hands move at the speed of light!

9483JD is just a rock star I mean really.

9395Doug is a phenomenal saxophone player!

9525Jason is an incredible drummer, I have no idea how he does it!

94529375I love how JD and Jason are basically making the same face.

9383946494359521 Love the way this shot turned out.

93549394949595049399943295399561 I had the most amazing time and cannot express how wonderful these guys are, just do yourself a favor and go see them. Hope you all liked the pictures Happy Wednesday.

Check One Off The Bucket List

Is there anything more satisfying than crossing something off a list? Honestly it doesn’t matter what kind of list, grocery, packing, honey do, but the top has to be crossing something off the ole bucket list. As some of you may¬†know I wrote about how¬†on my bucket list taking part in a music video¬†was one of my goals, and how¬†much I wanted to be in the music video Cray Button with Family Force 5. Well they reached their funding goal for the video to take place,¬†and I was able to be apart of it. So on Sunday morning armed with directions to the warehouse where we were filming, loads of water/Gatorade, and a whole bundle of nerves I set off. I was fairly nervous because I didn’t exactly know¬†what to expect and I wasn’t able to talk a friend into going with me, but about 15 minutes into signing in I made some friends, and the nerves went away thank goodness. The day consisted of waiting about mostly (like any film project does), dancing like a mad person, running, sweating, and oh ya more sweating! Who needs a sauna when you can party in¬†a warehouse with no AC in the middle of a July Texas day? I think I did enough sweating and working out to last me a year, here it is Tuesday and I’m still sore.

Party People

We also did a bit of filming outside, for some crowd rafting. Let me tell you Solomon (lead vocals)¬†is one brave man, I don’t know that I would ever hop onto a little inflatable boat a top of my fans and have them pass me back and forth.¬†In case you are wondering¬†no he didn’t fall…well on the ground that is.

Solomon crowd rafting!

That’s Isaac Deitz up there on the american flag drapped building. He was the videographer/director for this whole thing. My hats off to him!

The whole band of Family Force 5!

The lightboxes!

After all the filming had taken place as a thank you/wrap party the band held a concert, and let me tell you they were absolutely killin it! I have no idea how they put on such a great show considering how hard they had been working all day! But is was amazing!

His face paint did not last long, sweat will do that ūüėČ

Just in case playing an incredible show wasn’t enough the boys stuck around to take pictures and sign things for the fans! So naturally I had to get some pics…sorry for the low quality but I was too scared to bring my Canon. :/

Me and Josh (bassist) poor guy was so tired but he was such a trooper!

Me and Jacob (drummer) this guy is such a goofball I love him!

Me and Derek (guitarist) This guy is always so polite and makes time for his fans gotta love that!

Nathan, Solomon, my lil sis, me, Jacob, Derek, and Josh after a long eventful day.

I had the best time ever and I can’t wait to see the video, they showed us a few clips of what it will look like and I know we are in for quite an incredible video!¬†So if you ever have the opportunity to see Family Force 5 or if you’re lucky enough to be in one of their videos¬†do so! You will have a blast. Oh and you can bet I will post Music Video once its finished and released! Happy Tuesday guys!