With Instrumenthead picking up steam as exhibits in various locations around the US and Spain keep us plenty busy, it’s any wonder we were able to spend two weeks in any one place. However, teaming up again with our exclusive print partner Jakprints, we did just that with a pop-up Instrumenthead exhibit at King Dusko in Charleston, SC during the Spoleto Festival. Gallery owners McKenzie Eddy and Dan Dickey opened up their burgeoning event space for us to take over May 30th – June 8th with musical events and photo shoots running throughout. Team Dusko did a killer job of driving traffic our way, even hosting the local ABC News affiliate as they spotlit our event. It’s amazing to be able to take Instrumenthead almost anywhere and have the response be so positive. Even better is being able to always leave something behind. This event benefitted the Music Maker Relief Foundation, a non-profit setting out to preserve and promote the wellbeing of musicians carrying on traditional Southern music.
Instrumenthead at King Dusko Charleston
Instrumenthead Opening at King Dusko Charleston
Don Flemons Performing During the Instrumenthead Opening at King Dusko
Michael Shoots an Instrumenthead at King Dusko, Charleston
Michael Weintrob and Joel Timmons of Sol Driven Train with Joel’s Instrumenthead
Michael with Tim Duffy of the Music Maker Relief Foundation
King Dusko’s McKenzie Eddy
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The years slip away and yet it never gets old. For the better part of 20 years I’ve joined the parade of New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival revelers, capturing as much as physically possible over the two weeks. Last year we found a different kind of success with our Instrumenthead Exhibition in the Frenchman Art Market and it inspired us to display within the festival. In a full-circle experience, we did just that, showing off a collection celebrating the African Diaspora in the Congo Square Marketplace.
Besides being nearly as busy as running around attempting to photograph the stages, connecting with our neighboring artists and meeting patrons on a different level was as inspiring as it was fulfilling. I had the opportunity to be interviewed by students from the local Akili Academy and as always, we were able to leave a portion of our proceeds in New Orleans benefitting the New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Foundation.
Don’t think however I didn’t make just a little time to capture the action….
Students from the Akili Academy
Henry Butler with Steven Bernstein’s MTO
Backstage with Johnny Winter
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