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An Orlando Night During The Holidays

December 16, 2012

Last Friday involved another happy hour DJ gig at Peacock Room, located in Orlando.

Check out the new hat.

Photo by Anthony Bonilla

Photo by Anthony Bonilla

 

In the past, acoustic acts used to perform on these nights.  Usually, I would play for thirty to forty-five minutes.  Then, the acoustic act would perform about the same amount of time.  Not anymore.  They didn’t suck or anything.   It just became more and more evident people didn’t care for acoustic music on a Friday happy hour.  At least, in Peacock Room they didn’t.  I even heard some complaints about the acts myself.  Friday is the last day of the work week for many people.  They just got paid and want to let loose.  Acoustic music is the last thing they want to hear.

After my set, I photographed.

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Photo by Marcus Adkins

Photo by Marcus Adkins

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Soon, the automobile and I cruised to Wally’s.

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Costumed folks entered the building.  They were raising money for charity.

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After two beers at Wally’s, the automobile and I cruised to a friend’s Christmas party.  There, a nine weeks-old puppy helped expose my sensitive side.

Photo by Amanda Millar

Photo by Amanda Millar

 

About a hour and a half later, I headed home.

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Another Two DJ Gigs in One Night

December 10, 2012

Last Friday night, I DJed two gigs. This usually happens once a month.  First, I played my regular happy hour gig at the Peacock Room, located in Orlando, Florida.

Recently, I’ve been performing with this sound system.

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No, it ain’t mine. It belongs to Phil Longo, the Peacock Room employee who books me.

In the past, I only used the top speaker.

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The sub-woofer is a recent addition.  Tod, Peacock’s main sound guy, thought of this.

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For those that didn’t know, bass should always be on the floor or somewhere near it.

As you can see, happy hour regulars take care of me when I play their requests.

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I always use a clear plastic container for a tip jar.  A clear container gains more tips than an unclear one.  Also, I wouldn’t recommend using glass containers.  If they break, you or someone may receive a nasty cut.

After my happy hour gig, the automobile and I cruised the forty-five minute drive to Little Fish – Huge Pond, located in Sanford.  Little Fish hosted another Broke-Ass Friday event.

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Due to rent and mortgage payments, many folks are broke during the first of the month, inspiring the name “Broke-Ass Friday”.

This time the night involved a charity event.  Right along with food being sold, a toy drive happened also.

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The foggy night inspired this photo.

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When doing these two-gig nights, I think of British DJ Carl Cox.

If I remember correctly, he does something similar.  After one gig, he’s sometimes off to another in the same day or night.  I think that’s how I remember it.

Anyway, because of my own schedule, I’ll just call myself the Carl Cox of Central Florida.

Mills Avenue Boozing and Spacebar

October 15, 2012

When some DJs don’t have a Saturday night gig, they go boozing.

First, I met Michael Pierre and Al Murphy at The Peacock Room, located in Orlando, Florida.

After a beer and a shot, we walked down Mills Ave.  Because Mills crosses State Road 50, I think this is why they call this particular section Mills 50.

Actually, bringing my Toshiba Camileo H30 was a last minute decision.  It’s actually a camcorder.  Yet, I use it mostly for photography.

Sometimes I didn’t use flash.  For this shot, I turned the flash off and used the store display’s light.

Next, we landed at Lil Indies.

We were really looking for bartender Jennifer Harton, but she wasn’t working that night.

Like other up and coming pics, I shot these using a bar counter or table for support.

After one beer, we left and started walking further down Mills.

Next, we stopped at Bananas.  Just like the flyer on the table says, it’s a twenty-four hour joint served by drag queens.

Al had a Coke and I had a Sprite.

Also, I had tater tots.

After Michael finished his meal which includes a medium-rare burger, we left.

We crossed the street and ran into Wally’s.

Al and Michael didn’t want to go in.  So, I walked them back to Peacock Room and drove back to Wally’s.

Crosby.

Joe.

Before he left,  Joe told me about a party happening at Spacebar, a joint located in Orlando’s Milk District.

After drinking my beer, I cruised to Spacebar.

BYOV stands for Bring Your Own Vinyl.  Every Saturday night, people bring in five records to play on the decks.

Chris “Cub” Mendez.

Nigel John.

That’s me on the left posing with Nigel.

The party was a birthday celebration for Tommy Mot, owner of Spacebar.  That’s him on the right. Local national artist Andrew Spear is on the left.

The guy between Andrew and Nigel is local musician Marc Zoular. Andrew and Nigel were fans of him.

I told myself I was going to stop taking booty pics.  As you can see, some habits are hard to break.

I found this emergency vehicle behind one of the buildings at The Milk District.

Soon, I headed home.

So, how was your Saturday night?

Orlando At Night (No Flash)

October 2, 2012

When it comes to night photography, I sometimes avoid using flash.  These photos contains pics of Downtown Orlando.

Back in ancient times, I first used 3200 film.

A Downtown Orlando parking garage.

Another parking garage.

In a car, me and a sexy redhead  engaged in sensual seduction.  This spot no longer exists.  A hotel and bank rests here now.

An advertisement for my favorite musical.  I saw Cabaret back in 2001.

For the next two photos, I used 800 film.  This was a performance in the Downtown Orlando band shell.  I never knew the production’s name.

The last six are digital.  On my Canon Rebel, I set the ISO at 1600.  Some photos I converted to black and white.

Others I left alone.

I rarely do these kinds of shots. Yet, now that I have a blog to post them on, I might do more.

Puerto Rican Hooptie

August 12, 2012

This ain’t mine. My car looks far more shittier.

Love my Puerto Rican Hooptie.

A  red 1990 Honda Civic.

Puerto Rican because Puerto Ricans

the onely ones I see driving Hondas.

Always the ones asking do I want to sell it too.

Hooptie because old car always making unusual noises

and the car’s paint peels.

 

Takes me almost every where I want to go.

Gets me from one DJ gig to the other.

Best thing of all?

It’s paid for.

No annoying monthly payments.

 

A hooptie.

Yet, I appreciate it.