Archive for Erin Gayden

Parallel Play: The Floor’s Made of Lava!

Posted in Artists, Deep Ellum, music, reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2011 by artlovemagic

local music review by Justin Nygren

Take a walk with me down the old dirt path in your grandpa’s backyard where the willow trees dance in the wind and the little boats make their way to the Mississippi.  We’ll talk about the time when we were kids and nothing mattered except goofing off and making fun of adults and their ways that just didn’t make sense.  We’ll pop in the new Parallel Play CD and have ourselves a regular hootinanny.

If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for music that will take you a little outside the bounds of what you’re used to listening to.  There’s always the nugget of gold to be discovered beyond what most people will put in their car CD player to help break the monotony of their Monday drive to work.  This time, I found it in a folk CD.  No, not that kind of folk.  I’m not talkin’ Bob Dylan or Joni Mitchell.  I’m not even talking Something in the Wheel (no disrespect to Mimo).  I’m talkin’ folking folk music that will folk your face right off from the first folking song.

Parallel Play’s new CD, The Floor’s Made of Lava, opens up with Fighting For and a swift folk to your ear to get you out of your seat and movin’.  Each tune carries the uncanny ability to get your head bouncing and your hand slappin’ your thigh…or, like on Racket, stomp the floor with huge thuds of anti-pop-music joy.  And, if you’re patient, you’re rewarded with a taste of some of your grandma’s cranberry jelly at the end.  You know, the beautiful canned amazingness she pulls out at Thanksgiving.  Well, maybe that’s a bad analogy, but you get where I’m going with it.

Oh, but don’t let the tunage fool you.  Their jovial sounds that bring smiles to your faces hold something a little deeper.  If you listen closely, you’ll be taken on a lyrical journey that spans the spectrum of your whole folkin’ life.  From the realization that you’ve spent too much time on that one relationship that just keeps going South no matter how many times you think they’re worth fighting for, to that dress that she wore to the dance back in High School that called out for a good twirlin’…From that time you passed out from too many folkin’ drinks after the annulment finally went through, to that time the undead made their way through a black and white field when you and that blonde girl from down the street…wait.  Nevermind, that was a movie…

Jeremy, Jason and Tomy (and now Erin Gayden!) are to be commended for taking this journey back to their grandpa’s farm for us.  Not all of us have the ability to head to Indiana and see where our grandparents married when they were 16.  We can’t all just pack up in a time machine and see the days when the newest cars were the kind that were just losing their reins from the horses.  But the good news is that these four have done it for us.  Then they came back to tell you that there was still heartbreak back then and that the world hasn’t really changed much since your great-grandparents were your age…including the folkin’ zombies.

Buy it on the iTunes.
Hear them on the MySpace.
See their faces on the Facebooks.

Prepare your face to be folked off at their National CD Release Party at the Prophet Bar in Deep Ellum, TX, June 3rd at 10pm.  You can get more info on their MySpace and Facebook pages.

– Justin Nygren

Artist Spotlight: Erin Gayden

Posted in Artists, Community, Love, music, Spotlight with tags , , , on March 7, 2011 by artlovemagic

Tell me a little bit about yourself..

My name is Erin Gayden.  I am a working musician, solo artist and in the band Parallel Play. I sell guitars at Guitar Center on my time off! Ha!

As you have grown within your talent, what inspires you to create?

Other musicians! I am constantly inspired by my peers and veterans of the craft.  I spend a lot of time during “dry spells” listening to others and going to youtube to see what others like me are doing.

How long have you been producing your craft and why did you begin this form of expression?

Well, I have been playing music for 18 years now. Flute was my first choice but I switched while in college to guitar and I haven’t looked back. I can’t really say for sure why I started playing music. I had to choose an elective in 6th grade and band is what I went with. Staying with it was the only option because I was definatley in love with the feeling of creating.

What do you ultimately want to accomplish with your talent?

A full time living with music. This isn’t about fame. It is about loving what you do.

Outside of your artistry, what other interests do you have?

I’m not sure this counts but I have been building my “at home” recording studio. Outside of music, spending time with my friends and having coffee.

What was your first experience with ArtLoveMagic?

Funny you should ask. I have actually been known to tell this story on occasion from stage. I was introduced by a friend, Luan,  who heard some of my at home recordings on myspace. He suggested I should come play an open mic.  I was a “closet” musician at the time and never played in front of an audience before. The experience blew me away. The applause and support I felt after I completed my 2 song set was more than I ever expected. ARTLOVEMAGIC is one of the reasons I continued to perform.

What web address can one go to to view more of what you do?

You can find me on Facebook under Erin Gayden or Parallel Play.

How can someone contact you?

You can email me at

Deep Ellum On Air – Real Local Music

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 28, 2011 by artlovemagic

Playdough, Parallel Play, Blunt Force Crew, Elle, GOAT, Deborah Driscoll, Erin Gayden, The Texas Red Legs, The Zachary Scott Pohl Band.  What do all of these phenomenal local musicians have in common?  They can all be heard right now at Deep Ellum On Air.

Deep Ellum On Air is the first source we’ve come across that wanted to play all local music, all the time.  Obviously we didn’t hesitate when asked to come do an ArtLoveMagic Radio show, or when they asked our Music Director to give them all the local music we had access to.

So while you’re sitting there Facebooking, working, or reading this blog, you can simply click one of the links to Deep Ellum On Air and enjoy your favorite local tunes.  You don’t have to wait for a song you dig, either.  Deep Ellum On Air has a simple playlist on their home page with the Artists’ names and tracks listed, and all you have to do to hear that track is click on it.  Pretty sweet.

The guys at Deep Ellum On Air have been very good to us and all our musicians.  They’re really great people who, like ArtLoveMagic, just want to help brighten the spotlight on Deep Ellum with more examples of fresh, local talent.  They finance the whole station out of their own pockets for the good of this city and its music.  Since we first came by, the guys have done major work to the space like adding more HD cameras, making the area more comfortable for guest hosts, and adding more microphones and headsets.

The last time we visited the station we asked what their next improvement goal was.  “To upgrade to UStream Pro”, they replied.  That would mean those silly ads and blurry videos would be a thing of the past, and all the people who enjoy the station would have a lot more fun listening.  To get there, all they need to raise is $200.  They just added a brand spankin’ new “Donate” button at the bottom of their homepage.  $200 isn’t an insurmountable goal, and we think our collective could really help out.  Anything you can spare to help these guys out would be appreciated.

Whether you can donate or not, Deep Ellum On Air is free, all-local and all for you.  Enjoy it.  Love it.  Check out our next ArtLoveMagic Radio show in February!  More details to come.

ArtLoveMagic Radio

Posted in Artists, Community, Deep Ellum, Global Community, music, PR with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2011 by artlovemagic

Yep, you read it right…ArtLoveMagic is going to be on the radio.  We’ve been offered a monthly spot on DeepEllumOnAir, a station that has just started up and is all about an area we Love.

For our pilot episode from 2pm – 3:30pm, Michael Lagocki, Jedi Jantzen and Deb Driscoll will be hosting a talk radio segment that features a few local creatives you may know.  Eric Tipton, a soulful Deep Ellum songwriter will be joining us for a live, on air performance of his song, “Soul Music” plus an insightful interview on his current goals and career.

Eric Tipton - Bridget Foley Photography

Our other guests are Chris and Hallie Garcia.  Michael will be talking with them about their experience of moving to Dallas, jumping into the arts scene and Comic books.  Chris is a colorist for a few comic publishers you’d recognize.  Think Marvel.  Hallie is an amazing artist in her own right, and has several different avenues of creativity we’ll discuss.

Apart from the talk between badasses, we’ll also be playing some music from your favorite past and present Dallas musicians. Drop a couple names? Ok. Playdough, Erin Gayden, Zachary Scott Pohl Band and The Texas Red Legs.

We hope you’ll join us for this momentous occasion by tuning in online at  The show will stream live from 2pm – 3:30 pm.

Holiday Gift

Posted in Artists, Community, Deep Ellum, Love, photography, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 13, 2010 by artlovemagic

post by Deb Driscoll
photography by Jen Sulak and Sherry Mudoon

An exclusive gift was offered last night to ArtLoveMagic artists, poets, musicians, producers and volunteers to show our appreciation and Love for all who Give of themselves to make our Light shine bright.

Kyloun Rodriguez, son to David & Nicole Rodriguez

In honor of you, thousands of tiny white lights sparkled last night, draped along walls, hung from ceilings, and wrapped around Christmas trees.  Gold and silver stars, snowflakes and warm candlelight shone into hearts and eyes passing by each intentionally inviting table and chair.

Eddie Walker expressing his … self. 🙂

We wanted you to feel Loved.

Erin Gayden and Jill Round

Other gifts were offered, too.  Original song, Holiday carols, Live painting, Hands-on Holiday fun and of course, Personalized photography.

Sarah Zamora paints pretty.

Jen Sulak and Sherry Smith shared their lens with you and asked you to smile.

Sherry Muldoon and Jen Sulak

Not that they needed to ask.  I saw so many smiles and caring words on tongues and hugs everywhere that I am confident in saying we were blessed by joy from all in attendance.

Aidan Driscoll, my son.
Zach and Keanna are goofy awesome
Brandy Nicole and her daughter
Zach Sulak

All of the portrait photography from the night can be seen (and prints ordered) here at rarmai photography.

If you couldn’t make it, we still hope you know we Love you, and thank you…

Mario Cauley, the True Love behind the party. Producer, leader, friend.

And hope for you to have the Brightest Holiday ever this year, and for every year after.

Yours always,


Myself, Deb Driscoll, honored friend to all of you.

Art & Coffee (December 2010) photos

Posted in Artists, Deep Ellum, music, photography, poetry, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2010 by artlovemagic

December’s Art & Coffee was themed “Giving is Good”. It was a beautiful show with several standout performances on the microphone. Here are a few images and words captured by Michael Lagocki.

Live portraiture is always a really good add to have at artlovemagic shows. Aaron Garcia brought his talents out to draw our audience.

Aaron warmed up with these two portraits of ArtLoveMagic founder Michael Lagocki.

Parallel Play is one of our favorite local acts. This weekend marked the last shows that banjo player Jason Miers would perform with PP. We were honored that they chose to spend two of their last three shows together with us. Parallel Play will go on with this new lineup: Jeremy Drake, Tomy Lee, and Erin Gayden. Can’t wait to see their new look!

Misty Boldish shows Charlie how she uses recycled materials to make functional art.

Our feature poet of the evening was Johnny O, one of the founders of the brilliant Johnny’s a great guy and a serious poet. We’ll be happy to have him back on our mic soon.

Jaden rocks the interactive art table. Most every artlovemagic event has a section where you can roll up your sleeves and make art yourself.

Feature musician Gina Garcia. This was her first artlovemagic show and she did a lovely job. Beautiful singing voice on this girl.

Host and soundman Konichiwa Zack makes sure Erin Gayden has clean sound so we can enjoy her songs.

Among other gorgeous jewelry, Desiree Mazzola made these cool lovemark necklaces for sale.

Always good to have Deborah Driscoll and Erin Gayden in the house.

This was Charles Harrison’s second artlovemagic show. Look for his airbrush skills next at Underground (2/12/11).

And finally… Carrie Sumner really blew me away with this dynamic poetry performance. I had never seen her get so animated before! Great stuff.

This show was produced by Deborah Driscoll and Marissa Colomo.

January 7th’s Art & Coffee is a special songwriter showcase. I wanted to kick off our new year with a spotlight on some of our favorite musicians. Jan 7th will not be an open mic. Instead, come listen to the talents of Ell, Erin Gayden, Zach Scott Pohl, Immigrant Punk, and Jay Bean. Plus, plenty of live art and poetry by K Zack and more.

See you in 2011!


pics by ML


DART & ArtLoveMagic – Saturday December 4th

Posted in Community, PR, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2010 by artlovemagic

Saturday (12/4)
Super Saturday with DART
at Downtown Carrollton Square Beltline and Broadway 1-6 pm
ArtLoveMagic proudly announces our second event engagement with DART. Welcoming the largest light rail opening in the nation in more than 20 years, this live outdoor holiday celebration is free to attend and family friendly. You will love this experience.

It will also be an incredible opportunity to buy unique Christmas Gifts from local creators. We’ll have interactive art setups so that you and your kids can create art, and we’ll have live music and painting performances that will blow you away.

Spend this momentous day with over a dozen of Dallas’ finest live artists, musicians and photographers including :
David Rodriguez, Carolyn Collins, Eddie Walker, Matt Barron,Erin Gayden, The Davies Brothers, Conor Muldoon, the Zach Scott Pohl Band, Josh Dryk and many many more.

for more info read the facebook invite here

girlShow pics by attendee Lou O’Neal

Posted in Artists, Deep Ellum, photography with tags , , , , on July 14, 2010 by artlovemagic

We love it when attendees show up with their cameras and take great pics. Photographer Lou O’Neal’s photos caught our eye because of the sharp, vivid colors. This is a perfect match for such a colorful show with such colorful women.

If you brought your camera to girlShow and want to share your pics or stories with us, you can send them to

Thanks for these incredible images, Lou.

Songwriter Erin Gayden performed in both solo and supporting sets at girlShow 2010, as well as being one of 11 girls to perform in Saturday’s All-Girl Jam.
ArtLoveMagic newcomer Hallie Garcia facepainted our guests (and producers!) both nights of girlShow.
This was the first time we’ve worked with the amazing Bianca Elise. Her work is absolutely beautiful. You can see her paintings at
The lovely Kelly Clemmons performs on our lounge stage. The lounge gave attendees a place to enjoy local performers like Kelly in a more intimate environment than the large venue.
Dehvon Ward was both a member of the girlShow production team and a painter on Saturday night. She set up a beautiful display of her work and sat in the middle of it and painted.

many more pics from girlShow can be seen at the girlShow blog

Live from the Deep Ellum Arts Festival: Day 3

Posted in Artists, Deep Ellum, Love, Magic, music, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 4, 2010 by artlovemagic

words and photos by Michael Lagocki

Game over, man.

Actually, as I type the festival still has another few hours, but mercifully, I got to leave before the end. Other people have it covered. If you read the last few days of this blog you probably understand why this has meaning for me.

Kevin Steele was one of many live painters on Sunday.

The Davies brothers, Isaac, Jashua, and Jerod created their own subsection of ArtLoveMagic Alley where they showed and painted with friends all weekend.

The ArtLoveMagic Alley was an absolute success. We loved doing it and the artists had a great time. Day three had weather challenges. It never quite got to buckets of rain, but several times it drizzled, and the skies threatened to open up. There were more than a few instances where our artists had to quickly cover their work or get it under a tent (rain & live art don’t always mix).

I broke out the paints and markers and created this piece live during the first shift.

Today was a chill vibe and I created a piece myself. I even hung a full gallery display, something I rarely get a chance to do. It felt good. And I like the piece I painted. Many others live created as well, including the poets and musicians who created on the stage. Our stage was pure Dallas songwriting, with performers from our local streets as young as 19 years old holding down full sets.

Erin Gayden gets a little help from a friend when rain threatened to soak her set.

It's good to have friends. All day artists were helped through complex setups by volunteers. The spirit of helping others was evident all over.

So thank you Deep Ellum, thank you Arts Fest and thank you anyone who attended… and especially everyone who lent their hands to lifting, helping, promoting, selling, supporting. Our awesome producers… Deborah Driscoll, Josh Dryk, Isaac Davies, Jay Bookworm, Mario Cauley, and myself all busted our butts day after day to make this thing happen. Our volunteer crew was unbelievable as well. You know who you are and how much we needed you.

You’d enjoy volunteering at our shows if you never have. It’s hard work, but it’s FOR something- supporting artists, musicians, poets, building unique experiences, doing something that inspires people. Most of those folks behind our tables and in production roles are artists and performers themselves. Next time they’ll get on the mic, on the art stages. All they’ll be supported by the same people who helped them this weekend.

We split the day into two shifts of artists. Trayce Cochran painted on the second shift that closed out the festival.

Until next time… art. love. magic.


Lots of Parties

Posted in Community, Deep Ellum, Love, Magic, music with tags , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2009 by artlovemagic

You may have noticed we’ve been throwing a lot of parties at our office lately. We work hard, we’re all volunteers, and we need to have times where we’re just hanging out and having fun together. Our parties aren’t usually publicly advertised, but they are open to anyone who wants to contribute to artlovemagic and help us bless the Dallas art scene.

6128_114796721175_710026175_2742655_3082812_nWe had a pretty good turnout considering we announced the party 48 hours before and had a rainstorm come down on top of us.

6128_114796691175_710026175_2742650_2598670_nThe night was billed as a concert. Deb Driscoll, Aaron Garcia, and Kelly Nygren opened the mic with some smooth, jazzy sounds.

6128_114796761175_710026175_2742661_863105_nNext up was Gayden/Lee. Tommy (playing guitar and sitting) is the original drummer of the Redlegs, and recently departed to take care of his health and pursue new music with Gayden/Lee. After his set, he watched the Redlegs (it was the first time he’d seen them play since leaving the band).

6128_114796811175_710026175_2742669_7398918_nThey play a great mix of covers and originals by both Erin and Tommy. You can hear a taste and check their upcoming gigs here.

6128_114796886175_710026175_2742677_2425339_nWe were planning to have the Texas Redlegs play in our parking lot, but the rain meant we had to move them inside. That’s a whole lotta sound for one little community center. It was pretty crazy in there.

6128_114796906175_710026175_2742679_5268702_nAs Kelly Nygren said, you don’t usually get to see the Redlegs under flourescent light. True pros at all this, the guys put on a great show. Their new drummer, Valente, has a great sound. This band rocks every single time I see them.

6128_114796921175_710026175_2742681_660023_nWe’re artists. We can’t help it. We always seem to be drawing on something.

6128_114796716175_710026175_2742654_6054695_nBabies dig local rock and roll too.

6128_114796866175_710026175_2742674_7520591_nGreat people. At times, artlovemagic is a lot of challenge, especially because we still desperately need people and resources. But really, I can’t imagine a much better way to spend my time then surrounded by the folks in this photo.

6128_114796876175_710026175_2742675_7978874_nIt was meant to give us a night of fun and rest before this weekend’s massive girlShow. I don’t know about rest, but it was definitely fun. Thanks to all who attended and performed. So much love.

post by Michael Lagocki
photos by Nicole Rodriguez