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Featured Artists: Miki Lansdowne, Third Coast Kings, Mark Bradford, and Tarell McCraney

A photographer explores the abandoned past, funk musicians bring the groove back to their Detroit roots, junkyard scraps come to life and a new world spin on a Shakespearean classic.

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Miki Lansdowne

Urban exploration photographer Miki Lansdowne explored and captured her first abandoned building in Arkansas. Now Lansdowne’s art has brought her all the way to California where her photos examine the past and its link to the present day.


Third Coast Kings

The Third Coast Kings are a seven element proper deep funk and soul outfit from Michigan. They make it a point to remain true to the style and technique of playing proper deep funk and soul to a live audience that might otherwise only be heard on dusty 45s. They are proud to be a part of the growing number of acts putting the right kind of funk back onto the stage, bringing the hot heat to wherever they perform, like only the Kings can. These cats will put the dip back into your hips and the jive in your stride. The Third Coast Kings are composed of Steve Barker on bass, “Gemstone” James Keovongsak on drums, Andy Filisko on guitar, Terry Kimura on trombone, Ryan Dolan on trumpet, Alec Cooper on tenor sax and Sean Ike on vocals.


Mark Bradford

Mark Bradford (Scrapdaddy), a Houstonian for the past thirty-nine years, has had quite a diverse career in art. Having a great-grandfather that was an inventor, Mark caught the “creativity bug” at a very early age. Mark delves into many mediums of sculpture, such as metal, concrete, and chainsaw art, allowing his creations to truly be one of a kind. His main source of inspiration is the joy he evokes from both children and adults, when witnessing his many different pieces.

Mark has traveled all over the world, and through these travels, he has been fortunate enough to find continuous sources of inspiration. His work is featured throughout North and South America, as well as Europe. He has participated in several television shows, that include “Battle Bots”, “Junkyard Wars”,”Guinness Primetime Live” and even hosted two shows for the History Channel entitled “Scrapyard Scavengers.” Mark has also performed twice with two different creations of his at the Essen Show in Germany. He has been featured in the “Smithsonian Magazine” and “002”, and is regularly featured in newscasts and newspapers. Mark’s work has also recently been showcased in two solo exhibitions at the Art Car Museum, in Houston, TX, as well as the Beeville Museum of Art, in Beeville, TX.

  • Scrap Daddy

    Photo credit: Robert Seales


Tarell McCraney

Tarell Alvin McCraney is a playwright exploring the rich diversity of the African American experience in works that imbue the lives of ordinary people with epic significance. Complementing his poetic, intimate language with a musical sensibility and rhythmic, often ritualistic movement, McCraney transforms intentionally minimalist stages into worlds marked by metaphor and imagery.


“Taking this equal parts tragedy equal parts history and setting it in the budding racial politics of the New World, a history ripe with pirating and battles over loyalty, we heighten the forbidden and passionate love affair between the conqueror, Antony, and colonized, Cleopatra.”

Tarell McCraney




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