Yesterday’s May Day Festival in Southaven County Park, Long Island was a huge success. I loved seeing everyone from local, county, state officials to the generations of families that came out to celebrate live original music. And I was beyond happy to have my friends in Miles To Dayton ask me to come out and take both pics from the stage as well as new band pics afterwards. After crawling through the woods, risking tick infestation and being denied access to the hospitality area, we stumbled across this old barn and took a series of shots where I was half blinded by the sun. But I’m so happy that the end result captured the smiles of this beautiful, family based band. Listen to the them! But more importantly, catch them when you can - amazing.
I can’t believe I let the better part of 3 months go by without a single post! February was pretty quiet in terms of shows and me getting sick for almost 2 weeks. And worst of all my baby, my Ziggy, a cat I had for nearly 18 years got progressively sicker and passed away the first week of March.
Still, I hit so many great shows since then - from Fontaines DC and Body Type, to Jonathan Bree and Mahogany, multiple David Keenan shows, a few of them with Jeffrey Martin, a record signing for Glen Hansard with surprise showing at Scratcher Sessions along with Mark Geary, Failure and Swervedriver, Lilly Hiatt, Suitcase Junket, Modeselektor, Old Sea Brigade and Jon Bryant, local friends like Zach Heckendorf and Silver Relics and so on and so on….
Starting this week I’m getting back on track! Upcoming shows include Foxing w/ Now Now, Shlomo Franklin’s record release, and at the end of May, Mick Flannery who I’m really looking forward to returning to the States. Upward and onward!
This past Sunday, January 27th saw a packed crowd at The Scratcher in NYC’s East Village. Every Sunday they host 2 musicians/bands as part of the Scratcher Sessions from 7-9pm. A true musician’s showcase where the events are emcee’d, the crowd asked to give the artists their attention and a tip bucket is passed around with 100% of the proceeds going to the artists themselves. This has been going on for 12+ years and while I’m definitely the new kid on the block, I’ve been welcomed in like family.
One of the crowd favorites (and my own) is Mr. Niall Connolly. A New Yorker by way of Cork, Ireland he brings his gift of song and storytelling, humor and humility, and always delivers a heartfelt performance. Which brings me back to this past Sunday where he (and amazing opener Emily Jackson) packed the Scratcher with a rapt crowd who did not need to be asked to lend their attention - he had it.
Pictured here with my photography inspiration and friend, Anthony Mulcahy, during an impromptu duet for Niall’s last number, ‘Skin and Bones’. By the end of the song the entire bar was in one big singalong and it was magic.
I wasn’t familiar with Tuff prior to his latest album The Other but better late than never as they say. He and his band put on a great show (with awesome opener Stonefield) and The Other is one my favorite recent albums (it actually came out in April 2018 but its new to me).
Love going to a show and discovering another amazing band opening up. Totally blown away by Stonefield at Bowery Ballroom last night - I felt like Luscious Jackson had been possessed by 70’s Black Sabbath and Stonefield were the result. Can’t wait to see them live again.
I was so close to staying in last night after having gone to shows the last couple of days. So glad I decided to go out! The 2019 APAP Showcase at Hill Country BBQ last night featured some amazing acts, including Youth In A Roman Field who I’ve been fortunate to see a few times now. And in various formations from a duet at the Scratcher to a full 5 piece at Mercury Lounge to a trio at Pete’s Candy Store. Last night they played as string quartet and I only wish they had more time (30 minute sets) because they always put on a great shows. Their 2018 album Storm Conductor is one of my faves from last year.
I’ve never watched The Voice so before last night I had never heard of Sawyer Fredericks. I went to The Loft to see my friend Shlomo Franklin perform and just knew he was opening for someone. I left there last night a total fan - Sawyer’s an old soul who channels his musical heroes when he performs. And it’s crazy how young he is! Every song introduction started with “I wrote this song when I was” 13 or 15 or 16. And the much older crowd laughed when he asked “So, does anybody like Creedence Clearwater"?” before playing a great rendition of Have You Ever Seen the Rain. This guy’s got a long, long career ahead of him.
Last night my friend and incredible singer/songwriter Shlomo Franklin opened up for Sawyer Fredericks at City Winery’s new space The Loft. I’ve seen Shlomo perform many times and it doesn’t matter if he’s playing to 10 people or 100, he gives it his all. And last night was no exception based on the enthusiastic response he got from the crowd. One couple even came up afterwards and handed him a $50 bill because they so enjoyed his show and said they know how hard it can be when you’re starting out. That’s amazing.
Excited for Shlomo to be playing at The Loft - City Winery tonight, opening for Sawyer Fredericks. He played City Winery last year opening for Tom Cochrane and it was an amazing show.
Last night’s show at Rockwood Music Hall - stage 2 was one for the books! Zach Williams is a master singer/songwriter/storyteller who leaves it all on the stage. Whether he’s recounting how he met his wife, how he began performing at a local Starbucks after her paralyzing accident, how he turned his journal entries into songs, or how he moved to and fell in love with New York City, he holds nothing back. I wish i had discovered him a decade ago.
First time seeing Zach Williams perform tonight and am pretty excited! Also kicking myself for not going to Bowery Ballroom on NYE for Lone Bellow but oh well, that’s so last year :-p
I can’t start the year off and not hear this song in my head. Hopefully the lyrics “nothing changes on New Year’s Day” don’t apply though!
It’s January 1st and I’m officially kicking off this site, which is something I’ve talked about for the better part of 5 years. Back then though this site would have been nothing but a collection of skylines and sunsets and other random nature themed pics. The last year saw me hitting a lot of shows, meeting a lot of great people from the musicians to other photographers and figuring out what I want to concentrate on.
I already have a few shows lined up for 2019 (Massive Attack!) and am looking forward to another year of capturing the magic on (and off) the stage. My main goal though is to find a music site/blog that I can shoot for and reach a broader audience…..