Well, my first real adventure out & yet not much mobility-to take pictures. So until all of my friends email me their snap-shots of the evening...I can only offer you the lowdown details and the few I have.
Words really cannot do it justice. Seriously, nothing can prepare you for seeing an entire venue at capacity-with a line down the block and around the corner, all to help you out. I wasn't sure what it would be like, but knew that I should rent a wheelchair just so that people wouldn't accidently hug me or bump into my stitches. You would think that the wheelchair would provide protection enough, but alas- I still had my share of purses bump me-cameras land in my lap- big beers spilled on me-. I wanted to walk around so bad and take pictures and check out the scenery out back. In the courtyard of the ECHO, the HIT and RUN silkscreening crew were busy creating one of a kind t-shirts with my art for people to buy. The biggest hit seemed to be the georgie boy screen-oodles and oodles of Persian faces.
My agorophobic mother chose to not attend- but Mr. P was not having that. He went back to the place and forced her to come out. Good thing he did because she hugged the stage and fell in love with Lavender Diamond, and kept muttering that ENTRANCE was phenomenal.
The amount of people surrounding me with love was overwhelming. It created this anxious happy stutter to my heartbeat, almost as if I had run around the block 10 times. I could feel my stomach pulling with every longwinded conversation, which after a week of solitude was exhilarating...yet tiring. Straining to talk over the crowd and music forced me to use muscles buried someplace down near that injury. Eventually I had to retreat to a bathroom stall for a moment to catch my breath.
The night got more crazy as great friends were turned away at the door due to over capacity! David Cross, the comedian, was escorted out by security guards simply because he said to the waiting crowd- IT's not that crowded in there, there's still room- it's a benefit- let them in" maybe they thought he would incite a riot.
I had no idea that so many awesome friends would come out for this event! The energy in the room surrounded me like the warmest hug.
I can't wait to see the cool photo shots by my friend EMMA- who snuck in on a school night prepared to tell the doorman that she was my sister.
The evening was a success- and left me depleted of all energy- which is why I slept most of Friday away in my room.
I was bummed that I didn't get any pics of ANIMAL MAgik- they were amazing on stage! First time playing out and they were like a perfect record!
here's the film link from MIKE BENSON