Readers of my PiercingMetal.com site know full well that I see a LOT of concerts with journalistic intent in mind but it is rare that I am actually the guest of another provider of similar entertainment. I sometimes kid with my fellow media peeps how my simply going to a show to just “enjoy it” was difficult and that I always felt compelled to bring some kind of visual image or story to the masses after the fact no matter who it was. That being said when our own Skeleton Pete was preparing to cover the Wanda Jackson/Imelda May show at Central Park’s Summerstage for his eponymous blog, I was more than happy to be the guest that came with his credentials. The show was free for this particular outdoor event, but there are ones that are pay to enter. Here is the marquee for the show.
Just last week Bay Ridge’s own Street Sounds Music celebrated it’s annual “Gretsch Day” and for those fans of the wonderful instruments that come care of this fine company, this was the place to be on this almost Summer afternoon. Street Sounds is cited as the world’s largest retailer of these guitars and when you see the collection they offer you as a musician you can see why this is the case. This will be the third event of its kind being held at the location and it was going to be a fun filled day of special guests, food, prizes and music. Today was also the annual Mermaid Day Parade out in Coney Island but I felt my time was better spent socializing and reporting on this event. So read on dear readers and hopefully feel like you were there with us.
The store was decorated up for the event with signs whose bright colors welcomed all passerby. Here’s a shot of the shop owner Rocky Schiano and guitarist Paul Pigat.
Next up a little better view of today’s musical menu. As you can see there would be appearances by Fred Gretsch and Joe Carducci along with Miss Kim Falcon. Fred Gretsch III actually was responsible for reviving the company a little over twenty years ago and Joe is their product specialist while Kim is their official spokes model/calendar girl. Now that you know all of these details we can continue along.
Readers of my music journalist adventures and narratives who are keeping tabs of what I do over on PiercingMetal.com and its companion Blog are probably already fully aware of my recent outing to the Blogworld & New Media Expo 2011 which was held at the Javits Center on Manhattan’s West Side this past week. I attended said convention for the exhibition floor only in order to see what I might learn as a person whose brand is firmly entrenched in the world wide web and its Blogosphere. The Javits Center as an event space was no longer new to me as a media scribe for I had been on point to cover 2010’s NY Comic Con and Anime Festival as well as the absolutely incredible Toy Fair 2011.
Continue reading PiercingKen’s Adventures At Book Expo America 2011
Today was going to be my first ever time attending the PDN Photoplus Expo at the Javits Center. Even though I have been writing and photographing the things that interest me for a number of years now, it was only very recently that I decided to delve into the conventions and that is why my PiercingMetal fans have some coverage of the 2010 NY Comic Con on the main site.
This past weekend was the New York Comic Con & Anime Festival that was being held at the Javits Center in NYC. It ran from Friday until Sunday and in my guise as Master and Commander of PiercingMetal.com, I attended all three days of this incredible convention event. The official site blog will feature a number of narratives that relate to the goings on at the convention since some of my wanderings found me discovering some cool music stuff and the personality responsible for them as well.
The convention is also one that offers a wide variety of companies the chance to come in and present their wares for the general public and one such booth that I found was the one for designer h.Naoto and also Gashicon. Gashicon is a Japanese illustrator and the creator of the Guro-kawa (or grotesque and cute) character mascots of Hangry & Angry. If you are a fan of the J-Rock style of music you know who I am talking about but if you are still in the dark please know that this is a group founded in 2008 by Hitomi Yoshizawa and Rika Ishikawa. Here’s a photo of the girls that I found online. I admit that I myself do not have much of an idea about them…..yet. There is always time.
When I stopped by the booth I was told that a fashion design show would be held downstairs from the main exhibition hall and this would be featuring many of the Japanese Gothic Lolita fashion designs that I saw in front of me at the booth. Designer Gashicon was there as well and she showed me all of the characters that she had designed for the group. There were many of these plush characters available for sale and they were selling like hotcakes. Those images will be in the Comic Con blogs so watch for them. Since the fashion show was early enough on the Saturday of the Con, I got into place and aimed the camera at everyone as they strutted their stuff and showed off these designs.