The House Concert

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Walter Parks warms up before performing a house concert in southeast Portland.

There’s the old debate about whether or not there is a “first annual” anything. But you see it all the time. First annual festival. First annual sale. First annual meeting. The AP style book sends a quick reminder that the word annual should not be used until an event has occurred for successive years.

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Walter Parks, April 2010

And so it’s difficult for me to say that I am starting a “long-term project.” It can’t really be a long-term project until I have worked on it for some time. However, I am intrigued by the house concert. After hosting a show at our home last month, I decided I would try to slip into a few and make some pictures to see what happened.

Walter Parks is a great guitarist based on the East Coast who played a little house concert the other night. He plays guitar for the legendary Richie Havens, he’s in Swamp Cabbage and he plays soulful, thoughtful tunes as a solo artist. It was a thrill to be in little dining room in southeast Portland watching him perform.

I love this and want to dig deeper. I hope to continue with it for some time. A long time.

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Walter Parks, April 2010
all images © Tim LaBarge 2010

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