Author: Jenkins

Live Your Art at the Living Arts Collective. 

One Saturday a month the Living Arts Collective and Aubrey Griffith-Zill put on the Live Your Art event.  Steep In had the pleasure of being invited to the most recent event, on the 9th of December. The Living Arts Collective is essentially an intentional community center in Durham, NC. They provide dance, yoga and other body work classes as well as host events focused on supporting local artists and musicians.  “The Living Arts Collective aims to cultivate community through conscious living and creative movement.” It seems to me that Live Your Art is an event that boils down everything that LAC stands for and it makes for a wonderful time.  It functions as a monthly mini music festival, the only real difference being the event is alcohol free.  This limitation didn’t hinder us from having a good time.  Anyone who didn’t have a smile on their face was probably meditating or focusing on some art form.  There were two live artists painting, Emily Wimbish and Edward Rubio, and many others who were coloring or painting for fun. …

The Cozy Log Cabin

This past weekend a group of my friends got together to celebrate the Christmas season.  I expected the event to be like most other Christmas parties, but you know, with people I love hanging out with.  Apparently the Honey Badgers keep the party going Shakori-style even when the Grassroots festival isn’t in town. I showed up to the address of what had been described to me as a cozy log cabin on the Facebook event page, upon arrival it became clear to me that this cabin was indeed truly named The Cozy Log Cabin.  When we rolled onto the property we saw signs for the cabin.  As we followed a sign directing bands to a certain spot I realized I had heard about this place before.  It had to be the venue I heard about in Pittsboro, where private festivals like Spring Jubilee had taken place. The stories I had heard were not misleading.  I immediately fell in love with the place and can’t wait to go back for future parties and shows.  After I …

Sean Kyd Music Video Release – Coupons

A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to be on set taking behind the scenes photos for the new music video by local rapper Sean Kyd.  I was working once again with Patrick Lincoln and Holt Babcock of Torch House Media. You may remember him from the ZenSoFly video, Getting Started. Coupons, which was just released on Black Friday, is Sean Kyd’s first Music video and its a banger. It features local dancers Ryan Pham and Kevin Kankman, who brought some serious moves.  It was a whole lot of fun to be on set with all these guys, and the video turned out great.  Give it a look and check out some of my shots below.

 Groove in the Garden Recap

Raleigh Little Theatre and The Pour House Music Hall welcomed us back to The Rose Garden to groove for the third year.  I went to the event last year and had a good time, but this year’s the line up blew me away.  Groove is easily the best bang for your buck when it comes to local music events, $25 for a whole day full of talent. The line up included American Aquarium,  Toubab Krewe, Bomdadil, Lonnie Walker , Rebekah Todd and the Oddesy ( if you keep up you know how much I love them), Dark Water Rising, Kate Rhudy, and several other great acts. Bombadil, a local group from Durham, has been one of my favorite bands for several years now.  Its hard to find yourself in anything but a blissful mood while listening to their soft, light sounds and pure harmonies.  Their deftly mingled voices paired perfectly with the cool North Carolina Autum air that the sunset provide that night. Toubab Krewe stepped up the tempo a bit with their West African, American Jam fusion.   Their groove woke the crowd up and drew them …

ZenSoFly

So, I want to take a few minutes to talk about my friend Zen Stewart, she’s so fly! For those of you who aren’t familiar with her yet she is a hip hop artist out of Raleigh NC.  Over the last few months I’ve gotten to tag along and take some photos of all the things Zen is a part of these days.  I lucked into this experience because my roommate, Max Lewis, produced most of her latest EP Sunflowers and has been performing with her.  Over this time she has performed more shows than I can keep track of, dropped a single, Getting Started,  complete with a new video (produced by Torch House Media),  come out with the aforementioned EP, performed at The Red Hat Amphitheater for Hopscotch, and won the Best Hip Hop Female Carolina Music Award. Its been great to get to know her. She is as nice as she is cool.  And I’m certain she has the coolest wardrobe of anyone I know.  I find myself wondering if because she does so …

Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival Fall 2017 Recap

Any of y’all who have followed my posts know that the Grassroots Festival at Shakori Hills is my favorite event in North Carolina, and probably anywhere.  I have no shortage of desire to share my thoughts and feelings about this wonderful gathering. I only hope my words don’t become too repetitive or dry. Every year I’m blown away by the love and community found tucked away in the woods of Pittsboro. Although Shakori has felt like home to me since my first time four years ago, it has been inspiring to feel that love grow as I become more intertwined in the Shakori community. This year I got to dance with and talk with some of the old-timers who have been attending and serving for quite some time. I felt a real connection with Honey Badger, one of the established camps, that adopted me in last spring. “Oy! Oy! Oy!” I even got to spend some time with a boy who has literally never missed a Shakori since birth. He told me he has been …

#DARETODISSENT a New ACLU Mural in Downtown Raleigh

Last night at 6 pm Dare Coulter and the ACLU of North Carolina unveiled the New Mural entitled #DARETODISSENT.  The Mural is a collection of iconic images from protests throughout recent history.  The scenes depicted include images of the 1968 Olympics and even Woke Baby from the recent Women’s March.  When the ALCU in conjunction with the Raleigh Murals Project approached Dare about the idea for a mural in downtown Raleigh, she suggested a protester’s rights theme.  In the current political climate, Dare feels the importance of our constitutional right to protest the government, and wanted to share that with Raleigh through her art.  The ACLU was on board and they got the ball rolling. I have known Dare for several years now, we had classes together back at NCSU. I have always loved her art and have been eagerly waiting for her to land a Mural in downtown Raleigh.  I’m super proud of her for her work on this Mural.  She has worked long nights and hard days with no shade in the baking …