As part of the Levine Museum of the New South's "Gospel Shout" series, The House of Prayer For All Prople Church, the "Mother Church," on Beatties Ford Road in Charlotte, North Carolina, had an open house to all who wanted to enjoy their famous shout (brass) and string bands. Yours truly, Dirk Allman, went to enjoy this program. It was quite moving...and joyful...as you can see. If you ever have an opportunity to see and hear this gospel jazz...GO!
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Here's a vintage Thanksgiving display, along with some music, I did for Skyland Family Restaurant's Thanksgiving meal giveaway. This is a Greek restaurant here in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is along South Blvd. It's run by Jimmy Kakavitsas, who immigrated here from Greece decades ago. This is his way of giving back to the community. And, yours truly, is there to give the celebration that certain "old time" Thanksgiving feel. Folks get fed...and I have a little fun!
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Here's a brief clip from the display I did at Mad Monster Party Charlotte, March 22nd, 2014. This event was held at the Hilton Hotel, University of Charlotte area. There was quite a lineup of stars there: William Shatner, Henry Winkler, Rod Serling's daughter, the late great wrestler, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and such. Yours truly did his vintage Halloween/old memorabilia display for the public there, which has always been enjoyed. For that weekend, it sort of becomes my "temporary" museum. And "hands on," too! In this clip, a couple get to enjoy gazing into an orginal late Victorian stereoscope! It was the predecessor of what we would now call the Viewmaster toy. One would insert a "double photograph" (or stereoview card) into this viewer....and the trick of the eyes would produce a three-dimensional image! Great Victorian leisure fun for its day! And convention patrons found it absolutely "fascinating" to actually "use" an object that is now....over 110 years old!
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On Mother's Day, Sunday, May 11th, 2014, yours truly, Dirk Allman, did a modern-mid-century display in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Park Terrace Theater time capsule opening. This was at Park Road Shopping Center, Charlotte, North Carolina. This shopping center was built on part of the Graham Brothers dairy farm, and opened in 1956. The time capsule was a flop. Sealed in 1964, somehow water and mud destroyed all but the small key to the city. Fortunately, Dirk Allman's history display was a SWELL alternative! For my services, I was given an envelope with a few free theater tickets...good to the year...2099! I'll be 135 by then. Who knows? It's possible. Enjoy the video.
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Indie band, The Dinner Rabbits, played at The Milestone Club in Charlotte, North Carolina on August 23rd, 2014. They consist of Thomas Sizemore on keyboards, John Harrell on lead guitar, Zach Jordan on bass, and Derrick J. Hines on drums.
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Here is a vintage Halloween display I did at the Mad Monster Party in Charlotte, late March, 2014. The centerpiece of my display is an actually working Edison phonograph from 1898!
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Dirk Allman here again. This was my vintage Thanksgiving display, complete with old-time memorabilia, at Skyland Family Restaurant's Thanksgiving meal giveaway, in Charlotte, North Carolina. By mixing the decorations with the old-time memorabilia, I try to give folks the impression of what it is like to go to grandma's for Thanksgiving. All the old things that would be found in her house when coming for a visit. Yours truly, remembers such things with my grandparent's family reunions, that used to come around this time of year in Cabarrus and Rowan Counties. All, but a gone era now. This is my three-demensional attempt to commemorate that time. Oh, Kate Smith singing "Moonlight in Vermont"...I don't own it. Just nice accompaniment for this nostalgic display.
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This was filmed in Charlotte's historic African-American Cherry neighborhood, August of 2014. Everybody enjoyed the nostalgic display I put on. Back in the early 1990's, when I worked at Eastover Elementary School, I taught a lot of children that lived on these blocks. Sadly, gentrification has moved in, taking most of the historic houses down, causing many to be displaced. Those residents who remain are fighting higher and higher property taxes. So, I'm glad I got this footage from this happy, sunny, summer day. For it appears to be a vanishing way of life. So it goes in my old town.
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I've entertained at Shad's Landing Independent Retirement Community for quite a many years. It's in the Mallard Creek section of northern Charlotte. Sometimes they have me set up my old memorabilia displays, things they remember. And play some old records, too! As you will see in this video. It was New Year's Eve, 2014...going on into 2015. (Although, our evening ended around 9pm that night.) And...here's it was! Enjoy!
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This footage was taken on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 at the Mad Monster Party horror movie convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. This particular convention was held at the University area Hilton Hotel, near UNC-Charlotte. There was quite a celebrity line up that year, which included William Shatner, Henry Winkler, Rod Sterling's daughter, and the late wrestler, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, famous for his part in the film, "They Live." This was the biggest vintage Halloween/old memorabilia display I had ever done at the Mad Monster convention. It was quite elaborate as you can see. My former neighbor, Thomas Sizemore, came by to play my portable Casio that I've had since about 1993. Enjoy the "mini-tour" of my traveling museum!
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At Shad's Landing Holiday Retirement Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, there is, in the dining room, a "wall of honor." It contains framed photographs of any resident that has served in the U.S. armed forces. This video shows some of them.
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I've been a record collector since about 1979-1980...around 35 years. Probably the happiest hobby I could have ever had. Keeps me busy at the thrift stores! Here's some of my collection that I brought, that particular day, to entertain with at Shad's Landing Holiday Retirement Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Not what I would describe as big collector's items. Just something cheap and fun to collect...and enjoy!
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Dirk Allman here. Just sitting on the evening porch...in the rockin' chair. Playing and singing along with the ukulele. Quoting some old romatic poetry. And touting Ayer's Pectoral Cough Syrup from years ago! As I say, "It's just me, the cat...and the ghosts." Recorded in Charlotte, North Carolina, the evening of February 14th, 2017...St. Valentine's Day.
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My Halloween yard display I put up October, 2014. I repurposed a lot of stuff such as cast off iron fencing and even setting up dead tree limbs to hang Halloween lights on. (I call them "spooky trees.") Tombstones are made out of styrefoam packing material for light fixtures. A little spray-on gray paint equals old-looking tombstones! Save money and make do! And above all...have fun!
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Back in December of 2016, here in Charlotte, North Carolina, I had the pleasure of viewing a locally shown screening of a Buster Keaton silent movie. But it was anything but silent! There was a rollicking grand piano to accompany the humorous scenes shown. The film was shown in an intimate club setting, not unlike the nickelodean houses of almost a century ago. Yes, back when films like this were becoming part of the entertainment landscape of the early 20th century! Sit back. Enjoy what I was able to capture here!
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Just some retro style blow mold yard art at Christmas time.
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I found this 1960's-era, Audiotronics, portable, public school turntable at a local church attic sale. It has a built-in amp that even makes a scratchy 78rpm record have "jukebox quality sound." Here is a small snippet of a Tiny Bradshaw record, "Gonna Have Myself A Ball."
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Back in my public school days, believe it, or not, I used to play the cello! I was usually the best cello player there was. Why? Because most times....I was the ONLY one! LOL! Well, I was mediocre at best. And I'm being too complimentary. However, in the fall of 2014, I was strolling through Charlotte's Freedom Park during "Festival in the Park." It was late September. I happened upon a booth that was somehow, I think, connected with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools orchestral string program. A fundraiser of some sort. Anyhow, park attendees were allowed to pick up stringed instruments...and try them out if they liked. Well, it had been decades since I had picked up a cello. I did the "Jaws" theme, a cat meow, and two World War I bi-planes in a dogfight. Yes, you can do sound effects with a cello! Comedian, Morey Amsterdam, used to do a skit with a cello. When I posted a picture on Facebook, as concerns this incident, one person said I looked like him. Like an old song from the 1920's goes, "Mellow cello, sweet and low...."
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Film from Skyland Family Restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina, which was taken on December 21st, 2013. Restaurant owner, Jimmy Kakavitsas, at great expense, hires out a small red helicopter to transport Santa Claus directly to his business's parking lot so that all the happy children and their parents get to visit with 🎅 Santa. Our Santa (a.k.a. Charlie Whitley), was the best around. Mr. Whitley has the real full beard and build. He used to have a local public access children's show titled "What's Up Grandpa!" And thus was just perfect for the kids and Christmastime. Also, in tandem with Santa's arrival, yours truly, Dirk Allman, would put on his vintage Christmas display of old yuletide decorations, Christmas recordings...and even vintage cartoons from an aging VCR! Kids loved it...and older folks reminisced. It was all I could do to keep the helicopter blades from blowing it all down! But, for the most part, it held up. Enjoy close to eight minutes of grass roots Christmas cheer!
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Here's some more footage I took of a Frank Sinatra tribute artist, performing for the residents of Shad's Landing Holiday Retirement Center, in Charlotte, North Carolina. This was on the afternoon of September 14th, 2014. This gentleman performed after I did a dee-jay set. Alas, I don't know his name, but he sings a nice rendition of "Cheek to Cheek." That tune is mostly associated with Fred Astaire, but most of his tunes this man sang were Sinatra hits.
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On Saturday, December 21, 2013, Santa Claus (a.k.a. Charlie Whitley) came in a red helicopter and landed in the parking lot of Skyland Family Restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina. Restaurant owner, Jimmy Kakavitsas, gave out free food for all who came. Yours truly, Dirk Allman, put on his vintage Christmas display to help put everybody in the holiday mood.
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The first ever "Krampus Night," or Saint Nicholas Day was held on December 13th, 2014, in Charlotte's Bohemian arts disrict of Noda, which is mostly along North Davidson Street. A gaggle of creative people fashioned their very own Krampus outfits and "wooped and hollered" along the main drag of this neighborhood, wandering from one pub to another. But always genuinely entertaining the guests therein. It kind of reminds me of a real life "Where The Wild Things Are," by Maurice Sendak. It's a sight to behold. Krampus Night is slowly, but surely, becoming a "strange" part of the Queen City's Christmas celebration. But an old Yuletide tradition that has primordial roots in old Middle Europe. In this video, some of the Krampus folks put away their costumes to perform holiday music as "The Broken Napoleans" at the bistro of Jack Beagles in Noda.
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This is a Military Memorabilia display I did at Shad's Landing Retirement Community in Charlotte, North Carolina, May, 2014. There are items from World War's I and II, and a smattering of items from Vietnam and Desert Storm. It's for hire! Contact Dirk Allman on Facebook.
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