As I sit here finalizing an edit of a video I shot a few weeks ago (scroll down for clip), I'm reminded how fortunate I've been to shoot so many great singers, dancers and instrumentalists over the years. Whether professionally or just for fun, whether photo or video - I always enjoy it.
From bucket drummers on the streets of NYC to San Diego favorite Stevie Harris; from New Orleans brass & marching bands to The Wet Spots; amazing rave DJs in the desert, Vic Thrill in a NYC dive bar basement, Shotgun the Band in the 869 studio garage and Christie Scott on her megaphone and piano in L.A.
There's been Julie Dillon strumming her guitar down the late night streets of Reno, Tsha Marie in studio, The Blessings in a Gothic Victorian house, Tibetan kids on stage in the Himalayas, cabaret, breakdancing, bellydancing etc, etc, etc...
.... I repeatedly find myself around music.
This recent video shoot was my first time shooting for Visionary Dance Theatre in a couple years, and I'm gladly reminded what a great job Spencer, Mickey and their team do with their kids. As Artistic Director Spencer Powell says, "Visionary will always be about providing the performing arts to the people, especially those who don't have the means or the access".
The show was Visionary Youth Theatre's "Pop Rock Revue - Music of the 80s". The audience loved the show, the kids very obviously love what they're doing and I really enjoyed watching it. I wish they had a budget for a higher production-value video (multi-camera, location/rehearsal scouting, sound/lighting/choreography helpful for video) - as their creativity and enthusiasm merits it. If you're in San Diego and have kids looking for a theatre group, I recommend considering Visionary.
Or if you're just looking for a good show, check them out!
Here's some of the great moments from the show: