As I wander around this town getting into different adventures, I always (try to) make sure that I have my (not so) trusty mobile phone at the ready. Believe it or not, it’s new and I usually end up grabbing a photo of my shoes when something interesting goes down in my vicinity. But while I’m mostly late with the shot when there’s a shoving match in the Quicktrip checkout line; as of late I’m getting rather good with my powerful 2 megapixel new mobile blogging device and I’ve been able to snag a few decent shots.
In fact, I’ve even managed to learn a few things about this cowtown while snagging these images.
On Monday night local band Valency played to surprisingly big crowd of at least 100 at Jardine’s. I’m NEVER out on a Monday night so I was doubly impressed. The progressive rock, blues, jazz fusion group has some rather dedicated fans and I certainly was impressed by the musical skill of the band during their performance. I’m looking forward to checking them out again.
Bill “Jazzbo” Hargrave is a beloved fixture in the local music scene but this week was the first time I was able to have a conversation with him that lasted more than a few seconds. He’s a great guy and he is now part of Kansas City history. We talked about his still busy musical schedule as he played a few low key notes at Jazz. He told me a bit about the derivation of his stage name Jazzbo and even noted a few early gigs with Kansas City’s own Whizzo The Clown. Apparently, the guy used to perform his musical act in full clown gear.
And earlier on in the week, I noticed that neither the media nor any blog picked up on the fact that The Plaza was once again set upon by African-American young folks. Of course, the news of these students congregating on The Plaza during a high security, police-state-like lock down escaped so many local newsies because they were just celebrating prom. I don’t know if you can see it but they waved to me as I snagged this pic of the revelers enjoying their night and escaping the mainstream media stereotypes because minority youth only seem to garner media coverage when they’re doing some horrible.
Meanwhile, I thought to myself: It’s clear that local media doesn’t focus at all on images of minorities partying responsibly. If I ever plan on rioting, I should dress nice so that I might escape media scrutiny.