Party @ Don and Beth's

I ‘m not usually around Brooklyn over Memorial Day weekend, so I was a bit surprised to find out that there were actually a lot of parties to attend.  The one I was able to go to was being thrown by Don Palmer and Beth Fredrick over in Fort Greene.  Not only was it packed, but it was a great meetup of a lot of folks involved in the arts, music and particularly the Black rock scene.  I talk about the fact that Black rock is really about community, and I feel really fortunate to be friends with so many wonderful and talented people.

It was definitely a glorious Brooklyn afternoon, and my hat’s off to Don and Beth for hosting (yet again).  Here are pics for all those who couldn’t attend:

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Bill “Downtown Impressario” Bragin and Lisa Phillip

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Jimmy “all the way from J-ville” Saal and Kevin O’Neal, who’s gigging at The Carlyle this week with Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr.

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Singer/songwriter Janice Pendarvis (r) and her son Devin

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Time Out NY’s jazz critic K. Leander Williams (r) and his wife, Andree Lamoth

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Bill Toles: When he speaks, you should listen

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Producer Alexa Birdsong

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651′s Anna Glass and Kevin O’Neal

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Soulfeast Music’s Brian Bacchus

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Tyler, Elijah and Caleb

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Jimmy Saal (‘cuz he just had to be in another picture!) and bassist extraordinaire Melvin Gibbs

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