We have two icons on our cover. Both are musicians. One plays the harmonica and one plays the Saxophone. They are natural born music brothers, but, the first time they played together was for the celebration of IMAGINE Magazine’s 200th Edition and our 19th Birthday Celebration.
When blues legend James Montgomery plays the harmonica, he “brings it on home”. Whether it’s recording with Kid Rock, sitting in with Gregg Allman, or fronting his hot band of thirty years, Montgomery plays with authority. While growing up in Detroit he learned first-hand from the masters – James Cotton, John Lee Hooker, and Jr. Wells – at the legendary “Chessmate.” Over the years, he’s carried on in the tradition and continues to be a vital presence in Blues as one of the most dynamic performers on the scene. And he
belongs to us – New Englanders and we see him as one of the most generous and supportive famous people in our region.
In addition to playing a mean Saxophone, Don Packer is the Senior Editor and Coowner
of Engine Room, Brewhouse VFX and Conductor Productions. He is also a past President of the Massachusetts Production Coalition and a current member of its board. We see him as one of IMAGINE’s and our industry’s most avid supporters. In IMAGINE’s early years of getting Film Tax Credits into the legislative consciousness and then passed in Massachusetts, he would take the time to visit the State House with us to call on our legislators and explain what our industry had to offer the Commonwealth. He was also there from the beginning to support key legislators directly at events in their honor.
Mixing Don Packer and James Montgomery for this celebration was brilliant. We shot our cover photo in the Flag Building on Berkeley Street where Don Packer’s industry businesses reside. It is a beautiful building with a great history and seemed perfect for this photo assignment.
Our cover photo was captured by Carolyn Ross of Carolyn Ross Photography. And our Cover design is by IMAGINE’s Design Editor Monique Walton.