Have you gotten a chance to listen and see a Steelpan band? If not, please find one and take a few minutes to close your eyes and listen. Here.
I met the inspirational, Matthew Potts back in February. See those red drum-looking things? Do they look a bit familiar? He and Ronald Matthews made them from 55-gallon drums. The two met in April at the Great Lakes Steel Pan Festival that Matt created a couple of years ago. The two decided they’d find a way to bring the steel pan orchestra, from Trinidad and Tobago. By August, mission accomplished.
Did I say that Matt is still in his 20s? Did I say he runs a non-profit “Cultural Arts and Music” center for local artisans? [tweetthis]This guy is truly incredible. [/tweetthis] Please click the link above and find out more. You won’t be sorry, I promise.
By the way, I took these photos after my short-class on low-light photography with the iPhone. I sat in the balcony at the Woodstock Opera House. No retouching!