Alexander Abreu and Havana De Primera

One day I will post about my life as a world renowned concert photographer.  Today, however, I will share the fun I had Sunday, my first gig with an all access concert pass  😀  along with some of the lessons learned. 📝

Concert promoter, DJ Warapo Productions, gave me an all access pass.  Needless to say, I was thrilled!  My first ever!  Doors opened at 8. I expected the show to start at 10:30-11:00, Cuban time. I arrived at 8 with gifts for Alexander and my book for him to sign his picture.  I actually had agonized over which color Sharpie to bring.  ha! I settled on red to match the red shirt he had on in the picture I took at Club Rojo in Havana.  I turned down a pre concert dinner date with the team because I anticipated exchanging gifts and chit chat with the band kickin’ it backstage before the concert began.  Well!

As it turns out, I got there before the band got there.  Second lesson learned.  📝  When they did arrive they went directly on stage.  There was no pre show photo opp and gift exchange. 😏 At the end of the concert backstage was rushed with fans.  Although I had access, after being there for five+ hours I guess I ran out of steam and crawled to my car.  Third lesson learned.  📝. I’ll save my gifts and books for the next tour stop.  #notstalking

I thoroughly enjoyed access to the VIP areas and the balconies.  And I love Alexander’s music.  Images from the show:

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Okay, maybe I’m getting a little too carried away with Mayito.  #toughassignment #somebodysgottadoit 😉

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Women’s March Los Angeles

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By some act of faith the torrential rain storms let up for a couple of hours and the Los Angeles march was treated to postcard perfect southern California weather.  There were so many people (750,000) between Pershing Square and City Hall that the march was more of a stand for Women’s Rights than an actual march.  Although ostensibly a march for women’s rights it was clearly a peaceful protest of the despicable campaign rhetoric, maddening cabinet picks and the inevitable reprehensible policies of the new administration.

I marched with the Rosenbaum family.  Here are some images from the day . . .

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