7 Shots from Dallas, Texas

Below is the work of lifestyle photographer and great friend, Charles Reece of Charles Edward Photography. Sometime after midnight in the early morning hours of Saturday April 16, 2010, Chuck shot these and a few more. He is one of the Top 10 inspirations in my career, a good brother indeed and a primary contributor to BavuBlogs, in case you haven’t noticed yet.

Above is a clip of us performing Smiley Faces. Shoutout to S1 lol

[ Vooski daps Chucky Sly ]

This is me dapping up co-headliner Chucky Sly, not to be confused with Chuck Reece who captured these moments with his camera. Sly and I merged our sets by transitioning with “This Just In” (Special Edition). We also went straight to the studio from the show. He also lives less than an hour from me now, in Corona, California.

[ The Look of Love ]

The experience I had on this Dallas trip was basically the exact reason why I perform and record music. There were at least 200 people there, and they were noticeably from different segments of the community. I’d estimate that about five different “scenes” all came together to make this night go as well as it did.

[ In the Face of Adversity ]

Despite a nagging injury, I did my best. Two weeks prior, I had an abcess sliced open and stuffed with gauze to drain. Then I had to change the gauze several times per day. Now if I told you where the abcess was, or how when they shot the numbing agent through the needle into it, it felt like a blowtorch shooting up my — nevermind. Overall, I felt like my energy and focus were lacking at this show, but the audience wasn’t treating me that way.

So I played right along (dap)

[ The ‘Bavu Drakes’ Skit ]

I’m pretty sure this pic was during the Bavu Drakes skit or whatever you’d call it exactly. Basically, I lip-synched myself singing “Best I Ever Had” over the “How Deep Is Your Love” intro. And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s really ok.

[ Connect For… ]

I love to make a personal connection with audience members, although I can’t say that I treat my musical performances as pure entertainment. As far back as the concert industry goes, you’ve got sellouts and sell-outs, selling drinks and concert tickets. Selling CD’s. I want to believe that I’m selling more than that. If you know me personally, or are the least bit observant, then you know that at this point I’m trying to stay souled out and sold out and such.

[ Introducing Earnest Vulner ]

That’s a corny name I tried to make up one day to convey conviction. Thankfully, I was convicted to leave that idea wherever it came from. My wife says she fell in love with me because I’m genuine. I don’t know about all that, but I could never fake a face.

[ The Point of it All ]
“And the point of it all / Is I Love You” — Anthony Hamilton


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