Tagged: acoustic



Try to listen to Sareena Dominguez without loving her style, talent and the incredible feeling she puts into her performances. Seriously. Try. Sareena is another Phoenix-based musician who came highly recommended by several friends. So of course, I had to track her down, shoot a video with her and share her beautiful voice with you all. I can’t even put her music into a genre. She’s just GOOD. And you’ll have to go see for yourself. Or listen. Sareena just released her first album this year, Moonbeams,  under River Jones Music Label and has an official music video. And if her talent wasn’t enough, she brings to the stage her band members and an amazing presence that engages the listener and viewer completely. I strongly urge you to check out her page and go see her live. She plays several shows around town and this is only the beginning for her.

This post is a special one, as Sareena had just written this new song and was more than happy to share it. She also performed an A cappella cover of “I Heard It Through The Grapevine.” Be sure to watch the second video as well for this special treat. Listen and stay updated here:

https://www.facebook.com/sareenadominguez OR http://soundcloud.com/sareena-dominguez

***Note on the location. The videos were shot in the live performance and art gallery, Burnt Sky Studio, located in Downtown Phoenix. Burnt Sky promotes the creativity of our local artistic community through paintings, photography, sculpture and live performances. Please stop by during a First Friday and support Phoenix’s creative endeavors and talent. Thank you to Todd and Jennifer Stevenson for generously opening the studio for the shoot.



Sareena Dominguez performs a new song, “Nicholas,” and an A cappella cover of “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” in Burnt Sky Studio.



Janelle Loes. Sweet. Lovely. Talented. What a combination. When we met, I was so impressed with her diverse instrument use and beautiful voice. Janelle is a singer/songwriter from Phoenix who has been playing and singing since she was a child. She was trained on the violin, but also learned how to play guitar, piano and accordion. She first started playing live shows when she was 13. Her first album, Here and Now, came out a year ago. Although Janelle now lives in Flagstaff, you can catch her from time to time playing various shows in Phoenix. She recently performed at Cartel Coffee in Scottsdale. Check out her Facebook page to stay updated on upcoming shows and listen to more of her music.

http://www.janelleloes.com/ OR https://www.facebook.com/janelleloes

***Note on the location. Janelle and I were determined to get outside for the shoot, despite the difficulties of outdoor shooting. We headed downtown and found a spot at Civic Space Park. Civic Space Park offers downtown residents and visitors a park with a cool design, local coffee shop-Fair Trade Cafe, four chess tables, seasonal community events and a well-known landmark public sculpture called Her Secret is Patience, by artist Janet Echelman.

Janelle Loes performs “Float” at Civic Space Park in Downtown Phoenix.


Something old and something new. That’s how I’d describe this post. New being that I recently had the very delightful opportunity to meet and get to know Gabe Williams and Chanelle Sinclair, husband and wife duo of the local band, The Bear and the Bird. I can’t begin to tell you how sweet and genuine these two are. Gabe and Chanelle have been playing together for more than a year now and met through a mutual love of music. In fact, on the day of our shoot, they were celebrating their one-year anniversary of being married. Gabe also plays and sings in the Phoenix-based band, Bears of Manitou, and Chanelle is a professional photographer. Talk about talent! But they are as humble as can be, easygoing and kind. You’ll find that their music reflects their, lack for a better word, awesome personalities. Not to mention they are tremendous foodies and enjoy good whiskey. Can you tell I love these two? I encourage you to check them out.

http://thebearandthebird.com/ OR https://www.facebook.com/thebearandthebird

And before I talk about the location – let me mention that I was beside myself that Gabe and Chanelle play a fantastic cover of The Tallest Man on Earth, a shared favorite musician. Even more exciting, Tallest Man will be playing at The Crescent Ballroom on Sept. 1. Hope to see you there! It will be a great show.

***And now for the old – Butter Toast Boutique. I happened upon this vintage shop during a leisurely stroll in the Roosevelt Row area one afternoon. I immediately fell in love with its charm, excellent taste in vintage clothing and drum roll…prices I can afford! Hard to find a good vintage store with all three. I want to say a special thanks to the owners, Traci Nelson and Jasmine Jarrett, for letting us shoot in this location. If you don’t get a chance to check this place out during its normal hours, stop by during a First Friday. And check out their site here.

photo gabe williams and chanelle sinclair inside butter toast boutique

Gabe Williams and Chanelle Sinclair, The Bear and the Bird, perform “The Wild Hunt” and “Lost” inside Butter Toast Boutique.



As promised in my previous post, here’s a little video of Phoenix-based band Russian Arms and Optics. We had a great time shooting on the ice in the middle of summer in Phoenix. In fact, by the time we finished, our hands and feet were frozen. But it was a welcome break. I love this version of “It Was Only A Dream,” but to listen to them play live in their full glory is a completely different experience. And I suggest you check them out. Their sound is indie rock with a mix of dance and pop. They are full of energy and when you’re at a show, so are you.

When I first met the Pattersons (Liz-lead singer, Michael-keys/organ), I was a teenager and I’ve been following their work ever since. It’s been a long, fun ride and I’m excited to see where they’ll go next with Russian Arms and Optics.
Hope you take a listen and look them up!

http://www.reverbnation.com/russianarmsandoptics or https://www.facebook.com/Russianarmsandoptics

***A note on the location. We shot the video at Arcadia Ice Arena which is connected to Ice House Tavern, a bar that overlooks the ice. Russian Arms and Optics plays here frequently and considering the name of the band, we thought it only appropriate to shoot in the coldest of conditions in Phoenix.

Russian Arms and Optics performs an acoustic version of “It Was Only A Dream” at Arcadia Ice Arena.



Ah yes, here it is. My vintage post. And there are a few reasons why. First, Michael Brian Patterson is a dear, old friend of mine who has known me since the days of going to shows in tiny, dark, cramped venues on school nights. High school nights. In those days, Michael was playing for a band called the Dietrichs and I was a loyal fan to the end. It’s been amazing watching him play over the years and I am very excited to feature his current work. Michael is in two bands right now, Broken Gun and Russian Arms and Optics. These songs are from Broken Gun, but if you check back soon you’ll be seeing a post featuring Russian Arms and Optics (in a very unique location, I might add).

Secondly, Michael arrived at the video shoot with a beautiful, vintage guitar that belonged to his grandmother in the thirties. I was beside myself. I love antiques. Especially musical ones.

*A note on the locations. Lastly, both videos were shot in two historic buildings in Downtown Phoenix on Roosevelt Row. The historic element is evidenced by the creaking floorboards and mint green-hued kitchen. Unless you know the owners personally, I guess I will not be encouraging a visit to these locations. 🙂 But I do highly recommend you visit Roosevelt Row for its thriving art community, weekly events and local shops, bars, restaurants and art galleries.

We hope you enjoy the post!


Michael Brian Patterson performs “It Ain’t Over” and “Dry Wells” in Downtown Phoenix.