Saturday, June 6, 2009

First Friday

The first Friday of every month in Phoenix is called “First Friday” and it is dedicated to the arts in central Phoenix. All the art galleries, both large and small are open late and special exhibitions are announced to the public. Emerging artists can display their works and get noticed. Many cafes, bars, and other business will stay open late to cater to the crowds of people who stroll the galleries.

There is one little corner on 7th Avenue, near where I live that every first Friday supports a group of drummers who drum out a rhythmic beat that is enjoyed by young and old alike. The rhythms entice studied belly dancers as well as people who just get caught up with the music and the moment.

One special feature is the fire dancers who swing these flaming pots to the beat of the drums. It is beautiful to watch and invigorating to listen to. As I write this, my ears are still full of the cadenced and uplifting beat of the drums.

12 comments:

siva // ശിവ said...

HORRIBLE...

JM said...

First Friday really sounds like fun!

glenda said...

First Fridays are so much fun. I've got to go again. Would love to hear the drummers.

Memphis MOJO said...

I tried to shoot fire dancers in Hawaii, but wasn't very successful -- it's hard. Nice job!

Wonder what the "horrible" comment means? Must be a cultural thing.

cieldequimper said...

What an amazing shot! Well done!

Jacob said...

I've never heard of this, but what a great idea...we need to give budding artists every opportunity! The drums and fire and belly dancers sound wonderful!

Jarart said...

Fantastic night shot! Sounds like fun. The cactus flowers were beautiful in your post from this week.

Randy said...

I am so happy that you posted this shot. I get a little, just a little homesick when I think of First Fridays. My best friend even called me to let me know he was going yesterday. Wish I was there.

Christopher said...

I have been trying to get to First Friday for the longest time. It's hard for me to have a Friday night free since I work until midnight. I crave the rhythm of drum circles and I've heard only good things about the one there.

Jilly said...

Love the idea of First Friday. Well done on your shot. I'm sure I'd find this v difficult or let's say, impossible!

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis's» espresso shop participates in a First Friday event sponsored by Solano Avenue merchants. We call it "Art Attack" and display the works of local artists.

Kcalpesh said...

That's a risky business... but First Friday sounds good fun. Nicely shot photo!!!