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GMF 2017

I GMF2017recently attended the Gasparilla Music Festival in Tampa, Florida. It’s an all day, all weekend music, local foods & brews, arts & crafts festival that is truly fun for the whole family! I was so impressed with this event.  Here’s why:

  1. There was something for everyone. For kids of all ages, there was fun around every corner. I felt most akin to the giant art wall and the musical tent designed to inspire and empower children to paint the next Mona Lisa or play an instrument they’ve never seen before.
  2. Live music.  There’s just something so wonderful about live music. Wouldn’t you agree? I was inspired to write this blog because of new bands I was introduced to at this festival. They had me buying their albums the next day and I’ve been listening ever since. This festival packs a cultural line up. Again, a little something for everyone. A kids corner for rockin’ out with the festively dressed Bears & Lions. Live music could be enjoyed from any of the four stages throughout the days with local bands from all different genres. From rock to indie to the big brass sounds of New Orleans all the way to Venezuela for some latin influence and of course, more mainstream headliners, Cage the Elephant and Ryan Adams, to bring it all home. It was a jam packed line up designed to cultivate and spark the senses.
  3. I love the cause. While researching, I discovered the festival is not only back by many local supporters, but also put on by local nonprofit. The Gasparilla Music Foundation is an arts and cultural organization dedicated to youth education through local music promotion. What a cool thing for my city! With continued budgets cuts to schools and in response, having to scale back on extracurricular activities like music education, it’s good to know I live in a place where the community can come together and fill the gap.
  4. The food and beverage selections. Every vendor was local. They didn’t populate the park with carnie food trucks, nope. They classed it up and went to the local restaurants. Each tent decked out the same and very nondescript. Instead event organizers let the aromas of delicious food guide you to the vendor. Local breweries, and there are many mainly because Tampainians like to drink, were decked out with their latest pours and well staffed to really execute and move the lines quickly.  Which is a major deal at large events like this. Another note worth mentioning was how clean everything was. I loved that not only did they place their garbage cans strategically, but they had constant maintenance of them to ensure they didn’t overflow. This is a small thing but such a big deal.  Good for you, event planners! You get a big A for Awesome on that one.
  5. And finally, the location. You could not ask for a better venue for this. Located in Curtis Hixon Park, right in downtown Tampa on the Hillsborough River side. This park provides wide open spaces and two levels. Perfect for separate stage setups. This park also has its own amphitheatre which naturally presents event organizers with another stage option. There is cause for concern because this park offers very little shade and in Florida, even in early March, the sun and heat can be brutal. Fortunately the event contained several large tents for festival goers to lounge under.

If you live in the Tampa Bay area, this is a must attend event! Check out the details about this event and more at: https://gasparillamusic.com or peruse pictures from this year’s event on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/gasparillamusic/ 

See you next year. Cheers and rock on!
erinalbertson.com 

 

art, Personal

Art To Take Away The Pain

fridakahloI recently attended the Frida Kahlo exhibit at The Dali museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. Words cannot express how her artwork moves me. It’s almost as if you can feel the pain. And the pain is so compelling and awe-inspiring that you cannot look away. Her art seems to beg the question of a desire for pain in order to transform into something more profound, balanced and pure. As if the pain was meant to be a part of the transcendence.

If you are not familiar with Frida Kahlo, a brief background update can be found here. Or you can check out her biography Hollywood style by watching the movie, Frida. It’s playing on Netflix these days. I really liked the movie and thought Salma Hayek did a fantastic job. It’s worth the watch.

At the age of 18, Frida was in a horrible traffic accident and it is from that experience her life of pain and art began.

frida2Frida’s work and life presented at The Dali include several of her more well-known pieces as well as numerous photographs from her life. This is what I find most fascinating about the exhibit. The photographs. Those are the ‘real’ moments. Glimpses into reality and truth. It’s probably why I’ve always been drawn to the photographic art versus art paintings. The imagination can paint wonderful images but they are a stark comparison of an actual moment in time, which often offers up something more perverse and meaningful.

As I looked through the photographs in the exhibit I began to see a common thread. Frida did not smile much. Perhaps her tumultuous marriage with the artistic philanderer, Diego Rivera, or the constant pain from her accident and the isolation of it all drove her sorrow. I could feel it. It was palatable as I reviewed the images. I was moved with emotion.

If you are unfamiliar with Frida Kahlo give her work a view. It’s beautiful, weird, full of pain and emotion and will surprisingly uplift you in the most unassuming way. With her use of color and imagery to describe her world, you too will be transcended.


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Here I Go Again…

122446088It’s been a long time since I dusted off the old blog here @WordPress. A couple days ago I picked up the pace on my more familiar blogging style with my typical tech posts, but today, on a more personal note, I’d like to take a moment to breathe it all in and reset. So, here I go again out into the ether.

February 2, 2017: “You could be standing on the cusp of a new venture and be in deep discussion about which direction to take in order to move forward.” –Aquarius daily horoscope from AstrologyZone by Susan Miller

Funny thing about horoscopes is that they either are punctual or not. I can’t help but take my chances, so I continue to check. Maybe I’ll find inspiration in the mystic. The aforementioned daily horoscope brings a smile to my face as it could not be more poignant on a day like today. As the old adage states, “Times they are a changing.” Yes, they sure are. And they are changing at such a rapid pace it’s almost deafening. Could it simply be that I’m getting older and my life is more consumed than ever with responsibilities and daily tasks? Very possible. Most assuredly even. But in these agile times, it is important to take a step back and breathe it all in.

Unfortunately, most of us, myself included, become bogged down in the daily grind and we tend to forget how important these little moments of pause can make not only to our internal wellness but for the betterment of others we surround ourselves with. See, I truly believe what we put out there, we receive back and therefore I must always be aware of my words, my actions and what they might mean to others. This is a daunting task that requires vigilance and diligence. I am not always successful and that’s OK. We must reconcile to pick ourselves up and move on. Ultimately the world goes on and so must we.

I am on the cusp of a new venture, how did my horoscope know? I am in a deep discussion with myself of how I move forward. What’s my direction? It is still unclear to me. I will press on and continue to put myself out there. You cannot stop me for I am a formidable force. I will continue my journey and I hope you will come along. I am sending my love for it is all I can give.

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