Friday, August 14, 2009

San Francisco Goes Black

Another Bay Area invasion by the Trust Your Struggle Collective, this time going down at D-Structure in Frisco, Califas. Be sure to be there because the rumors of D-Structure's opening nights (which are true!) is that they always bangin'.

DSSF & Trust Your Struggle Collective Presents:

The Black Art Show

Guilty Party:

(and a few extra as always...)

**All visual art will be executed in only black and white**

Audio by:

520 Haight Street
San Francisco Califas

Afterparty at NICKIES
466 Haight Street
w/ Dion Decibels & The Whooligan


ADK said...

hey how can i get in touch with you guys...

Ramone said...

What's good my people, this is Clifford at the Historic Victory Grill in Austin Tx

"Last summer, Ghislaine and I were at the end of our rope. We needed a release valve from the daily grind, pressures and monotony of life in RI, but we were pretty much financially strapped. I don’t want to say broke, but we were barely squeezing by. Most of the side gigs and workshops had dried up, and there weren’t many prospects. Despite this fact, we chose to take a leap of faith trip down to Atlanta to check out some new scenery/vibes. In the back of our minds were the bills and problems that piled, but in the front of our mind was the possibility of higher ground. Deep down, we believed that there was something out there waiting for us if we were only ‘brave’ enough to break free from our surroundings.

So, we packed the car and drove. Then, out of the blue, somewhere about 5-6 hours down the road (in the middle of Pennsylvania), I got a voicemail from CCRI (Community College of RI) about a job opportunity as an English instructor for the fall semester. Financial problems/worries solved (at least temporarily). We could now enjoy the entire trip without any concerns about what was waiting for us when we returned. This incident was the beginning of our affirmation(s) that when you move in faith, good things happen. We have learned to trust our inner feelings more in life, and we have been rewarded every time. With faith, all things are possible.

During our time in Atlanta, we checked out several spots. One of the places we went to was called Little 5 Points. While walking around the area, we passed by an interesting piece of writing on the corner of a wall on a side street of one of the main throughways. The writing on the wall said, “TRUST YOUR STRUGGLE.” The writing stopped me in my tracks, and I asked Ghislaine to take a picture next to the wall (see below).

Fast-forward to today (August 20, 2009). We arrived in Austin yesterday evening, and our first stop this afternoon was a place called Victory Grill – a historic landmark of the old chitlin’ circuit. Blues and jazz luminaries such as B.B. King made stops into this place on their way to becoming national recording artists. In fact, B.B. King played there one night for tips on his way up to Memphis for a show. Talk about GRINDING! That’s right y’all! B.B. King himself played for tips at a small chitlin’ circuit club in Austin!

We ended up hanging out at the Victory Grill for about an hour, speaking with Clifford, the current managar/chef/booking agent/everything-else at the Grill. During our conversation, Clifford told us about the rich history of the Grill. He also told us that a group of artists came down from New York City to paint a mural on the outside of the building last summer (the same summer Ghislaine and I traveled to Atlanta).

Guess what the name of the group was?


It turns out the group is an artists collective that paints murals around the world (the image at the beginning of this post is from Colombia — shout out to Norman Ospina!). Not sure when they painted those words down in Atlanta, but we felt them for sure.

We no longer believe in coincidences. Trust your struggle!



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Alex // August 21, 2009 at 3:29 am | Reply

powerful words! breaking the shackles of fear can only benefit us. trust that the struggle is meant to teach us something. thank you jon! and the timing of your post is no coincidence either…i was just promoted and will be relocating to central connecticut with my young son. yes, i am a bit apprehensive but i won’t be bound by fear. i KNOW i will call upon these three words in the near future. thank you and may you and ghislaine continue to be blessed