**** NOTE: My November 2012 posts have been lost due to system issues. They are: Good Guys Show, Nostalgia Drags and my Day of the Dead shoot...hoping to recover them. Sorry if you came here to specifically see those posts.

Monday, July 30, 2012

RIPS' Zombie Beach Party 2012!


Dive-bar party in all it's gory glory!

Rips, a great little dive-bar in Phoenix threw a "Zombie Beach Party" over the weekend. With some great local bands and some very committed participants! It was a killer time.
Here are the winners of the Zombie get-up contest
Tonya, Kaysee, Miss Michelle & Aura.

Whiskey Kiss...great band! They're heading to 
Viva Las Vegas next year (VLV16).
Here's a link: Whiskey Kiss @ Reverb Nation
Trailer Queen performed a great and goulish set.
Trailer Queen @ Reverb Nation 
Bassist, Jamie Waldron. 
Here playing bass for Trailer Queen.
Above and below, make-up artists were there to help you get your scary on!

Atomic Shore....kick-ass surf instrumentals and a lot of fun to watch.

Local favs, The Jamie Waldron Trio....Jamie's band.
Che Nemeth on bass.

That's what I witnessed! It was a lot of fun.
The music was stellar!!
Sweet dreams, all !

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Salvage In The Desert 

I don't want to make any car guys sad with this post, though this first photo looks as if the '53 Chevy died of dehydration in the desert like a run down horse in a spaghetti western. (The quarter that wasn't eating by buzzards!) If you're familiar with the legendary "dry heat" of Arizona and likely want to strangle the next person who utters the obvious in a phrase, you know that it's a lack of hydration that is keeping this car alive. Chrome still shines out in the Casa Grande desert and classic sheet metal is still holding up better than anywhere else in the country. (Okay, that's a guess based on the phrase "But it's a dry heat" ..hands gripping throat now.) To their credit and financial success, Desert Valley Auto Parts (DVAP) is saving these classics from the scrap heap, with some restoration sales, but mostly selling classic parts to local car enthusiasts, out of state guys and they even ship parts to Europe.
I had met Jason McClure, who co-runs the business with his dad, Ron, at a Good Guys show back in 2010. He urged me to visit one of their two sites and photograph the amazing collection of cars.
I chose the Casa Grande site which contains 1950's and earlier models. Here's a few images...

60+ and still a shiny smile, or grimace...orignal teeth.
Click here to check out Desert Valley Auto Parts (DVAP)
I'll be posting more from DVAP down the road.
Stay hydrated.