Danny McDonald

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Mighty Mongo

For the last four years I have been a very big fan of local St. Petersburg band, Mighty Mongo. The band comprises of two University of South Florida St. Petersburg students that I have known since my freshman year. Throughout the years and going to their shows, I have met the other two members as well and have become friends with them.

Mighty Mongo comprises of Alex Card, Anthony Isoldi, Scotty Chmura and Lindsay Vitola. Each member is incredibly talented and together they make amazing music that ranges from rock, reggae and a very unique style of a combination of more genres.

Card plays the bass as well as vocals. Isoldi is an amazing lead guitarist. Vitola has an incredible voice and also plays the keytar. Chmura brings it all together with high energy drums that are flawless. Together they comprise of Mighty Mongo and have been working really hard to get where they are for the last four years.

The band have frequently played around the Tampa Bay Area and also playing at the campus a couple of times. One will find several Mighty Mongo gear around St. Petersburg that are worn very proudly. Recently Mighty Mongo found out that they are going to be on the Vans Warped Tour 2012. Through dedication and strong amount of effort, they are achieving closer to making a well recognized band throughout more levels.

I have add several pleasures of being able to watch Mighty Mongo perform. Whether it was back in the old Paddy Burkes or Sloppy Pelican days, watching their album release party at Vintage or just having them perform for a good cause on campus. Throughout the years I build up a database of Mongo Photos to share with everyone!

Please be sure to check out Mighty Mongo at the Warped Tour this year. They got a couple stops in Florida including Orlando and St. Petersburg so don’t miss out!

Alex Card of Mighty Mongo.

Lindsay Vitola and Anthony Isoldi.

Anthony Isoldi.

Scotty Chmura.

Swings Tampa Bay

Two of my friends started up an organization in St. Petersburg, Florida called Swings Tampa Bay. Reuben Pressman and Hunter Payne carried out the idea to a pitch contest hosted by Creative Tampa Bay and Creative Loafing called 10/100/1000. The idea originated from a interactive art project Hunter did for his class at The University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Winning the contest provided Reuben and Hunter $1,000 to make Swings an organization that can make an immediate impact on the community.

The concept of Swings is revolved around creating spontaneous community building by hanging up Swings anywhere in the Tampa Bay area. The power of the Swing becomes magnetic and can attract people to meet each other. The organization first started out by going out and buying pieces of wood and then cutting them up. Swings always tries to involve the community in any way possible. So the first couple of months Swings would go to community events and have free “Lets Paint Swings” events that will allow anyone in the community to go and paint whatever they want for a swing that will be hung up in the community. After each person painted up their swing, they got their picture taken and will be added on Swing’s facebook page.

After collecting a mass amount of painted swings, Reuben and Hunter will go out throughout the night and hang up the Swings in the community. So far Swings has collected over 1,000 painted swings and have hung up over 100. Some Swings will be taken down while others will up for a period of time. When one walks by one of these swings, it is the feeling of youth and connection to a community one will experience.

Swings has started to take interest out of state and even international. Swings Holland took off after contacting Reuben and Hunter and arranging everything to become an expansion. Swings Holland have been doing the same process of painting their swings and hanging them up in random places all over Holland and now throughout Europe. The magnetic power of Swings has expanded out and will continue to do so, one swing at a time.

I have a good database of different ‘Lets Paint Swings’ events since I would try to go out to as many of them as possible. It is pretty easy to get creative shots at these events because of the amount of art and colors that were used. I enjoyed taking all of these shots and plan to keep helping out Swings as much as possible.

'Lets Paint Swings' at the Saturday Morning Market in Downtown St. Petersburg.

Swings being painted by members of the community.

 

Nancy and an English Springer Spaniel

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Bananas Records

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Florida Sunglasses

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The Catch

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Madeira Beach

As my first post, I would like to show off a little bit about how amazing it is to live in Florida, especially during the end of December. My family and I are renting out a beach house, enjoying the sun and pool daily with the relaxing sounds of the waves every five seconds. Here is a shot of our view from the balcony. I have decided I want to live on the beach eventually. I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year!Image

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