Yuri Juárez makes it look easy. It isn’t

Yuri Juárez and his Afroperuano Group will be performing at the cell theatre in Chelsea on June 13 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Charles R. Hale Productions series, “Thoroughly New York.” Yuri is a remarkable musician (and person) with a long list of credentials. The sheer experience of seeing him and his band …

Trina Hamlin Sound

I had read that Trina Hamlin had performed with the Indigo Girls, among many other remarkable names in her career. Hearing her perform in the cool, intimate loft setting at NoHo Sound near Cooper Union in Manhattan, I had to wonder if she got her sound from the Indigo Girls or if the Indigo Girls …

To Jonie, with love

By Mitch Traphagen There is no possible way to describe the sheer energy, passion and impact of Aleta Jonie Maschek. She was a force of nature. She had done everything, was doing everything and knew everyone. She loved telling stories from her days in television, from New York to Tampa, telling stories of the people …

Finding Home in a Dive Bar

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN On our second visit to New York City, my wife and I knew that we wanted to live there. Coming from the insane sprawl of Florida where everything is a 20 to 45 minute drive in hot traffic away, actually walking to a store felt like freedom. On our first two visits, …

Tangled Up In Blue

May 26, 2018 at 8:01 a.m. Photo of Manhattan In Blue taken from Exchange Place in Jersey City. Fujifilm X-H1 with Fujifilm XF 35mm f/1.4 lens. And for those of us of a certain age… Early one morning the sun was shining I was laying in bed Wondering if she’d changed at all If her …

Captain of my own shipwreck

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN In the dream I awoke from last night, I was preparing to leave Florida. I had checked the bilge on the boat as I always do and was ready to go. A woman stopped me on the way out, touched my arm, and said, “I will miss you.” In my dream, I …

All Too Soon Enough

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I think it possible that the road to hell is paved with 13 lanes running northbound out of Atlanta. It is truly amazing that anyone gets out of there alive. Oddly, it reminds me of life itself. One of the few advantages of a 1,700-mile drive is the copious time to be …

Moving Home (the first time)

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN We were welcomed to the city by rain, two young guys I only hoped were the people we hired to help us move, along with a nice police officer and a handful of emergency medical technicians, straight out of an ambulance with lights flashing. “I’m sorry about the mirror,” the EMT supervisor …