A Unique Perspective On Concert Photography From A Blind Music Fan, Ahmad Zaghal

Baldwin Pops Concert to be held at the Orange Beach Senior Center on Oct. 20

20 View/Post Comments Baldwin Pops performed on stage at a previous concert. (Submitted by Jeanne Fitzgibbons) The City of Orange Beach will be hosting a free concert featuring the Baldwin Pops Concert Band. The event will be held Oct. 20 from 4:306:00 p.m. on the lawn behind the Orange Beach Senior Center & Library, located at 26251 Canal Road. This will be the Pops fifth year to hold a concert in Orange Beach. For this event, both the Senior Center and Library will be open, making for easy access to those who may use wheelchairs or walkers. Plenty of restroom facilities will be available. The Senior Center & Library are located on Wolf Bay and offer a waterfront view with beautiful sunsets this time of year. For the past four years the concert has been held at Waterfront Park, which is only a few hundred feet from this years venue. The location has been changed due to construction at the Coastal Arts Center. These improvements will allow the grounds to better accommodate events like this in the future. Parking will still be available at Waterfront Park for the Pops Concert. Everyone is encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnics and beverages. The Checkered Tablecloth Award will be presented to the group judged to have the most interesting picnic setup and there will be a kids parade through the crowd following the intermission.

An artisan gives finishing touches to an effigy of demon king Ravana in preparation for the upcoming Hindu festival of Dussehra in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh October 8, 2013. The effigies are burnt during the festival which commemorates the triumph of Lord Rama over Ravana, marking the victory of good over evil. REUTERS/Ajay Verma (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Fifteen people were transferred to the Woodford County jail Friday in anticipation of a busy weekend with the concert and the unrelated Illinois State University homecoming activities. The cost of housing those inmates for the weekend was estimated Monday at $2,100. A total of 90 people were booked into the jail between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Monday, and 79 of them were released on bond, according to Sheriff Mike Emery. Drug-related arrests related to the Coliseum event added to the jails population issues, he said. The event impacted us in a negative way in terms of our population. We had nine drug arrests from traffic stops of people going to the concert. There were two drug overdoses reported before 10 a.m., said Emery. A traffic stop by McLean County sheriffs officers netted 2 pounds of marijuana scheduled for delivery to concert patrons, said the sheriff. On Saturday, the jails population peaked at 270, a number that includes those held on new charges along with people serving sentences and awaiting trial. A decision on when the inmates will be returned to McLean County will be made after a review of the population, said Emery. Bloomington police reports indicate that Ecstasy, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana were found in vehicles of people stopped Friday afternoon. During the concert, a man was removed after he was found naked on the floor. He was charged with aggravated battery to a police officer for allegedly kicking an officer who tried to restrain him.

Concert to benefit music foundation The Project Matters to be held Wednesday at Mexicali Live

Its a totally funny idea, Zaghal, 31, says. And now people are taking it more seriously. And thats great. Maybe there is a point to this! Point or no point, Zaghal is dedicated to pursuing this project some thing he refers to as both a joke and an experiment. He attends roughly 20 concerts a month, always arriving in time to snag a spot up front. Once the band gets started, he hoists his iPhone to his ear and listens. Screen-reading software tells him when hes selected the camera function. Then, he points and shoots. 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. .

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WHEN: 8 p.m. Wednesday. WHERE: Mexicali Live, 1409 Queen Anne Road, Teaneck; 201-833-0011 or mexicalilive.com . HOW MUCH: $15 and $18. MORE INFO: theprojectmatters.org . The initial goal of The Project Matters foundation was modest. “All I wanted to do was help a kid buy a pack of strings, something so small which I know would mean a lot, because you go through them so quickly,” said Karen High. “I know. I lived it. I witnessed it. We had the means for $10 here and $10 there, a lot of kids don’t.” The retired teacher from Freehold, her husband William and son Matt started The Project Matters in memory of her other son, Benjamin, a musician who died at 19. Since its inception, the foundation has bought those strings and done much more, including buying instruments and renting studio time for New Jersey bands with musicians 21 and under. After doing some research, they choose a band to help for a year. The fourth band to benefit from The Project Matters named after Benjamin’s posthumously pressed CD named “Matters” is GNGR (pronounced ginger), who will be playing Wednesday night at the organization’s benefit concert at Mexicali Live in Teaneck . “It’s provided gear and financial support that’s also going into recordings,” said GNGR guitarist Jake Lefkowitz, 17 and a senior at Wayne Hills High School.