If theres nobody to chat with between sets, hell caption the images and post them to Instagram straight from the gig. That isnt the case at last Tuesdays Rocketship show. Between bands, Zaghal is hanging out in the front yard, chatting with the singer of Neonates, a band he photographed in August, and the guitarist of Fell Types, whom hes about to snap in a few minutes. The social demarcation line that usually separates bands from fans is nonexistent here an attitude of acceptance and inclusion passed down from Washingtons storied hardcore punk scene. Which is to say, the blind guy shooting concert photos is really no biggie. I dont get asked about [being blind] as much as youd expect, Zaghal says. Maybe thats what keeps me coming to these shows, subconsciously. . . . I never thought about it. An alterna-rock beginning Zaghals taste gravitates toward the vanguard, but his first concert was anything but Limp Bizkit, Everclear and other alterna-rockers at the 1999 HFStival at RFK Stadium.
Flint concert composes ‘unique harmony’ to honor Daniel Pearl World Music Day
Insurers are also key during those times when stars do not show and concerts get canceled. On Wednesday afternoon, a Los Angeles jury found AEG Live was not liable in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of late pop singer Michael Jackson, in a case where lawyers in court papers had suggested the damages could exceed $1 billion. The fact that AEG Live found itself at the center of the wrongful death suit had sent shockwaves through the music world in past months, with concert promoters as well as well-known entertainment insurers like AON/Albert G Ruben and Lloyds of Londonexpected to beef up policies for acts they insure and potentially raise some prices. Even though AEG was not held responsible, insurance experts believe the case has spurred the industry to re-think policies and find ways to prevent similar situations down the road. The role of Dr. Conrad Murray, convicted for manslaughter for his role in administering a fatal dose of the surgical anesthetic propofol to Jackson, is already prompting changes, say underwriters. In the future, the star or his promoter may be required to carry separate insurance on his entourage. “The biggest stars all have doctors and their own staff,” said Lorrie McNaught, senior vice president at Aon/Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services Inc, a large entertainment insurance firm, which has handled many of the world’s biggest tours over the last 12 months. “If you have a security guard who winds up punching someone in the face or kills someone, who is responsible? “Is it the artist, the bodyguard, the promoter? I think promoters will require stars to indemnify their own staff,” said McNaught. “Even if AEG was not held responsible, I still think this case will make attorneys find ways to tighten contracts.” An attorney for Lloyds of London involved in the Michael Jackson case declined comment for this story.
“That gave us the idea, that music has the power to empower,” Judea Pearl said. “That’s what we wanted to give to the world.” Then, the concerts began spreading worldwide. The Flint Jewish Federation hosted its first “Humanity and Harmony” concert came Sunday, Oct. 6, at the University of Michigan-Flint Theater. Steven Low, executive director of the Flint Jewish Federation, said the concert featured stringed instruments like violins, banjos and mandolins played by people of varied cultures — all designed to help bring the community together to honor Daniel Pearl. “He had this really great, big idea about bringing all these different styles of music together,” said event coordinator Michael J. Thorp, who also served as emcee for the concert. Low began developing the concert after reading an article in a Jewish magazine about Daniel Pearl World Music Day, which has inspired 2,000 concerts in 120 countries. “I thought, ‘We’ve got so many different groups here in Flint and if we could all come together over music, how awesome would that be?’ ” Low said. The concert was designed to focus on Pearl’s life rather than his tragic death. The local concert honored Pearls love of music and his work as a journalist with an essay contest sponsored by The Flint Journal. Ellie Cowger, a senior at Fenton High School, won first place and a $500 scholarship for her essay on “Why Journalism Matters in Today’s World.” Both Jordan Hancock, a freshman at Davison High School, and Alexandra Howell, a senior at Fenton High School, were honored as finalist in the contest. “I love what Steven (Low) said about how music can bring us together,” said Journal Editor Marjory Raymer, when presenting the awards. “The other thing that I firmly believe is information brings us together. Information is how we learn about one another. It’s how we right wrongs in society, and it’s also how we help one another; how we learn to love one another and understand each other.” Music in the universal language that can bring people together, said Judea Pearl. “The other side is using bullets,” he said.