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Posted in Artists, Community, Deep Ellum, Love, Magic, music, Shows, Workshops with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 25, 2012 by artlovemagic

Who? All youth 6-16 and their parents

When? Saturday May 26th, noon-4pm

How Much? FREE!!

Where? Life in Deep Ellum- 2803 Taylor Street, Dallas, Texas 75226


Kids will work alongside professional artists of all different mediums. Including music, paint, pottery, pencil, watercolor, chalk, murals, paper crafts and more… Your child will have an opportunity to play, explore, create and learn!

With so many schools diminishing (or eliminating) art programs, it’s more important than ever to find ways to inspire our youth to think creatively and learn new ways to express themselves positively!

Each artist participating in this workshop is a local, working professional.

Confirmed artist lineup: Cori Berg (Craft), Ashley Jones (Mixed Media), Ixchel Aguilar (Painting), Riley Holloway (Drawing), Jason Kinney (Painting), Eddie Medina (Comics), Harmony White (Water color), Kate Colin (Water color), Jerod Davies (Spray paint collage), Bari Candy (Charcoal/Spraypaint),  Issac Davies (MC), Kelly Nygren (Percussion), DJ Ez Eddie (DJ).

The set-up will be studio, not classroom style. Parents must stay on premises. No need to bring anything but your creativity and excitement!

If you would like to volunteer or are interested in donating art supplies or cash donations for a future Kids Workshop please email: jenn@

Special ALM thanks to the Just Us League, whose generous donations made this important event possible, as well as Life in Deep Ellum who lovingly provided their awesome venue for this event.


Posted in Artists, Community, Service, Shows with tags , , , on January 26, 2010 by artlovemagic

We’re just days away from the first Major show of 2010….UNDERGROUND @ Southside, 8pm on 1/30!!!     I’m so excited about seeing all of the new talented artists joining us for their first show and having the opportunity to serve/volunteer; it’s going to be an electrifying event!!

As I was thinking about the show this morning, I had a few random thoughts that I wanted to toss out there…

***Underground Artists – Do you have everything you need for your setup?    This may include: a chair, table, lights, extension cord, power strip, black tablecloth, price tags, calculator, receipt book, plenty of business cards, pens, a tablet for note taking, paper towels, Advil (just in case), tape, duct tape, pins, twine, your art supplies to create during the evening, etc.

***Be cool and arrive on time for setup.  (4pm)    🙂

***Some food is being donated by The Angry Dog and Deb Driscoll, but wouldn’t it be awesome if we all brought a small snack (salty or sweet) to share?

***Send out email reminders to your friends and family and tell them to prepay online to save some $$.  (Don’t forget to include the art love magic link in your email.)

And yes, it’s supposed to be cold on Saturday night (26 degrees), but where there’s art & music, there will be warmth, so tell everybody to come on out and join us.   🙂

Dreaming about art,

Michelle McSpadden


Local Musicians Live and Fly

Posted in music, Uncategorized with tags , , on April 11, 2009 by artlovemagic

I’m writing live from the Lonestar Country Club. Tonight, and the second Friday of every month, we come to see a pretty incredible show here. I wanted to write a bit about it and how it’s now inspired a major artlovemagic project.

It’s a local music jam called the “To Live Is To Fly” festival (named from a Townes Van Zandt song). The show is the brainchild of Richard Paul Davis, lead singer of The Texas Redlegs.

Once a month the Redlegs share their stage with 2 to 3 other local acts, mostly quality musicians early in their performance careers, who need room to grow. While there are a lot of open mic opportunities out there (ours included) for musicians to play a song or two, a good act is going to need more room than that to grow. This show creates space for those acts, putting them in front of a receptive audience for full sets.
The result has been a collective of Dallas based talent, that you can literally watch develop month after month. I’ve been to about five of them, and I’m loving it each time. It’s gotten a small but dedicated following, so you get to see a lot of friends each time out as well.

Many of my favorite local songwriters premiere new songs here. Erin Gayden and Jaimie Reeves regularly play new stuff here. Tonight I’m especially looking forward to sets by Jacob Reeves and Southern Karma.

Each night ends with a long set by The Texas Redlegs, and if you haven’t seen them.. WOW. Pure Texas Rock and Roll. It’s a four piece band, and every member (Rick, Shaggy, Greg, and Tommy) is ridiculously talented. Rick is an incredible frontman. It’s truly a joy to see a passionate band rock a show in a small venue. You can really feel it when you’re only feet away.

A conversation with Rick about why he started this festival led to a similar project at artlovemagic. Our new Concert Series, begining April 16th, is also intended specifically to give longer stage times to acts who are ready to grow. While most artlovemagic shows rotate talent on the mic quickly, the Concert Series will focus attention on only three acts per night, each getting at least a full half hour on stage.

Southern Karma just took stage. I’ve been loving their music lately. Early into their set, they play a brand new song – Get It Right, written by Tony Cherry. On it, Tony’s acoustic guitar mixes with lead singer Melody’s voice to create a really haunting sound. Soul stirring. This is an act to pay attention to and I hope to get them in one of our future concert series.

…Okay, so I’m blogging this whole show live going back and forth between watching and writing. The Redlegs just surprised the crowd by playing the first half of their set an hour early… prior to one of their opening acts. Even cooler, they open with their most explosive song, Black Sky Growl, usually reserved for the end of the night. This is a great surprise for those like me who come every month. Plus, they absolutely kill it. The energy in here is insane.

…Now Jacob Reeves is on stage. I’ve been a big fan of his for about a year now. He’s a great singer and songerwriter and a truly talented harmonica player (proof of this exists in his faded fools video on the video page). If you asked me who are the most talented young musicians who I’ve seen since starting artlovemagic three years ago, Jake is one of the first names who’d pop into my mind.

Jake’s Dad has been coming to some of his shows lately and playing harmonica on a few tracks as well. A treat. Then, a few songs in, Jake asks for a bit more back up, and one by one each of the Redlegs join him on stage.

The Redlegs proceed to open their last set by inviting everyone from the night to play with them. Van Zandt would be proud as they collaborate with the other acts on a few of his songs..

Once again, the show does not dissappoint. If you come out to this festival, chances are good you’ll see me, chances are definite that you see great music. Bring a friend next time. Packing out shows like this and our concert series ensures a healthy scene for local musicians.

I hope we see you this Thursday at Mokah as our own concert series premeiers with Parallel Play, Richard Paul Davis (playing a rare solo act), and Shantytown featuring the lovely Deborah Driscoll. It promises to be a passionate night full of great live music.

More details at
You can check out the Texas Redlegs at
where you can listen to much of their music for free

Story and pics by Michael Lagocki

announcing… The ArtLoveMagic Concert Series

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on April 6, 2009 by artlovemagic

April 16th 2009

We’re proud to announce a new, ongoing series of shows honoring the musicians and vocalists of our collective. You see, on most of our shows, we try to bring you as diverse of a stage as possible, rotating poets and various musicians all night. But from the beginning artlovemagic has been about developing our artists and performers- and our musicians need larger stages and longer sets to grow. Our new concert series will focus the attention on only three acts per night. Each will get at least a full half hour on stage, and we’ll be filling these shows with some of our most talented people.

deb and rickWe’re kicking it off, Thursday April 16th with a show at Mokah featuring a trio of unbelieveable singer/songwriter acts. First up is Parallel Play- an energetic banjo and guitar duo who have become crowd favorites at our recent shows. Next is a rare solo performance by Texas Redlegs frontman Richard Paul Davis. If you love Texas songwriting, you’ll love Rick’s music. Gritty and Raw with excellent guitar work. And finally, a full set by Shantyfolk featuring amazing vocals by Deborah Driscoll (host of Art & Coffee) backed up by artlovemagic regulars Erin Gayden, Tommy Lee, and Matt Baron.

Thursday April 16th
Mokah Lounge
2803 Taylor St Dallas, TX 75226
(free parking- arrive early)

We’re kicking off this series at only $5 per ticket.
Join us in supporting this new effort to love the our musicians.
(byob= additional $5)