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2nd Annual Interfaith Memorial Service for Haiti, Brooklyn 2012

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
January 31, 2012

When I heard that 13-year-old SHEIMYRAH MIGHTY, whom I first photographed singing at a 2008 rally at Long Island’s Eisenhower Park, would sing the U.S. National Anthem at the 2nd Annual Interfaith Memorial Service for Haiti on January 11, 2012, I looked into covering that Brooklyn Borough Hall event.

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January 11, 2012 - Brooklyn, New York, USA: Commemorating the 2nd anniversary of the Mw 7.0 earthquake in Haiti, people hold up glo-sticks at 2nd Annual Interfaith Memorial Service for Haiti, Wednesday night at Brooklyn Borough Hall. (Ann E Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Brooklyn, New York, USA. January 11, 2013. 2nd Annual Interfaith Memorial Service for Haiti, at Brooklyn Borough Hall. (© 2012 Ann Parry, Ann-Parry.com)

I went with a friend and fellow-photographer, Mike Leverett Dorn, and since we were running a bit late, we rushed from the MTA Borough Hall subway stop into the Hall. And as we raced up the long flight of stairs I could hear Sheimyrah singing. Just (barely) in time!

New York City Police Commissioner RAY KELLY was the Keynote Speaker, and other participants in the memorial service included a variety of Haitian musical and literary artists (Sheimyrah Mighty is Jamaican Haitian American); politicians; architect Rodney Leon who designed the African Memorial Burial Ground in NYC; Christian, Muslim, and Jewish spiritual and community leaders; and providers of Haitian humanitarian relief.

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Sweet Suzi & SugaFixx

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
November 1, 2011

Sweet Suzi & Sugafixx – Long Island’s scorching blues group – performed at the recent Merrick Street Fair.

Having stepped down as head of publicity for the MBCCA concert association, I expected to take a break from covering the performing arts, but Sweet Suzi & SugaFixx’s raw, powerful, emotional performance on stage outside RS Jones stopped me in my tracks.

Making "Rock on" "horns" (corna) hand gesture is Blues singer Sweet Suzi Smith, performing with guitarist John Puglisi of "Sweet Suzi and Sugafixx" at Merrick Street Fair in Merrick, New York, USA, on October 22, 2011 (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, Ann-Parry.com)

Blues singer Sweet Suzi Smith & guitarist John Puglisi of “Sweet Suzi and Sugafixx” at Merrick Street Fair, NY, USA,  11/22/2011 (© 2011 Ann Parry/ Ann-Parry.com)

You never know what you’ll get at town fairs, where musical groups can be more notable for their enthusiasm than talent, but – Wow! – the passion, musicianship, and stage presence of Sweet Suzi & SugaFixx blew me away.

Curbdogs Guitarist JOHN PUGLISI (from right here in Merrick), bassist JOE PAGANO, and drummer RONNIE SCIASCIA are the sizzling SugaFixx in SWEET SUZI SMITH’s band.

And back at home, when googling them for caption info for their photos, I made to sure check their schedule of upcoming performances in the area.

Click here: Sweet Suzi & SugaFixx photos at Merrick Street Fair gallery


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