With my new direction in careers, I have made it a point to get out and just shoot…shoot what I want to shoot. So, when I saw that my good friend, Kirk, and the Vertical Arrays were playing at Surfside 7 in Fort Collins, I decided to head North with my camera gear in-tow. This kind of shoot is really getting back to my early days of photographing live music — a cramped bar with no real lighting to speak of, but filled with people out to see some local music…oh, and loud…very loud.
I had a great time, the music was awesome, and I got to see a friend I haven’t seen in a while. Check them out if you get the chance…
Jason Sharp: Guitar/vocals
Cameron Alberts: Drums
Kirk Alberts: Bass guitar
I have been going to see these guys for over ten years now and it’s as fun today as it was that first day back in August of 2000. It never gets old to me, or my friends, and I don’t think it ever will.
The Friday and Saturday shows were a great time, but Sunday was ridiculous (see setlist below) with the first set containing all original tunes and the second set, and encore, nothing but cover songs…some well known and some not so well known. The energy and excitement in the crowd was amazing to see with almost the entire venue getting down to the music.
Sunday was my 40th show…and what a memory it will be.
|1: Wondering > Surprise Valley > C. Brown, Little Kin, Pickin’ Up The Pieces, Stop-Go > Big Wooly Mammoth, Worry, Love Tractor, Conrad
|2: No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature, Bowlegged Woman, Lawyers, Guns, And Money, Can’t Find My Way Home, Mama Told Me Not To Come, Knocking ‘Round The Zoo, Walk On > Jam > I Walk On Guilded Splinters > Red Beans, Fairies Wear Boots > Sharon > Wild Thing
|E: Wild Thing Reprise, Sultans of Swing > Goin’ Out West, End Of The Show
|[Only ‘Wild Thing Reprise’; Last ‘Wild Thing’ – 10/31/01, 688 shows]
A huge thanks to Troy, Jason, and Frank for the awesome seats all weekend.
Sometimes being a photographer can be a real drag and sometimes it can be the most enjoyable job out there…this was definitely the latter.
I was hired by a non-profit group to photograph their Mardi Gras party at the Oriental Theater in Denver, and I did so pro-bono as a way to give back. The only thing I asked of the group was that I be allowed to set up a portrait station and charge people a nominal fee to have their photo taken against a white backdrop. Everything went incredibly well and I can’t wait to work with the Krewe of Baloo again.