Sometimes I wonder how I managed to get into photography and those times are usually when I’m doing something rad like a concert or during perfect light on a wedding day. It isn’t often I venture into this side of photography and it’s a refreshing change of pace. Last night was another example of why I love to take photos. Vince Vaccaro, a local musician, invited me to the CD release for Jon & Roy’s new album “Homes” at the McPherson Playhouse. For those of you that haven’t been to the McPherson yet, you must go to see a concert there. It is an unbelievable venue both in appearance and acoustics. The upper level has extremely steep seating that seriously made me feel like I was right up front, even when I went to the back, and the sound was loud without being too much. I don’t know the technical side of it, but it sounded great.
Here’s a pic of the McPherson as it was filling up. The concert was an absolute sellout for Jon & Roy, Vince Vaccaro and Ryan Guldemond. When I was standing on the side stage, the view of the people in the stands was pretty impressive.
Before the concert, I was just cruising around listening to all of the guys getting amped to get out there. They were talking about the theater, the size of the Crooked Coast Amber Ales and the excitement of being about 10 minutes from going on stage. I didn’t really know what to expect, but it was pretty relaxed. They were all a great group of guys that like making music. Here are a few “behind the scenes” type shots.
Vince putting his set together.
I always like getting on the stage and taking some detail shots of the instruments. It gives me a chance to fool around with depth of field and hopefully get some interesting pics.
Right before Vince gets on stage, I see him go setup his gear. I don’t know why I assumed these guys don’t get a bit nervous, but I heard him comment to some of the other guys about the butterflies in his stomach. The first thing I thought about was that he loves this, making music and performing. The 2nd shot below has to be my favorite photo from the night. I saw him warming up behind the curtain with all of the people coming in and I felt pretty fortunate to be able to see on either side. I thought everyone might like to see what it looks like.
Dave Sawchuk(I think) from the Zone 91.3 announcing Vince onto the stage
Vince Vaccaro / I remember when I met Vince about 12 years ago. I was on a trip down to Seattle and my buddy Josiah invited him along for the road trip down in a yellow Volkswagen beetle. I have to say I still miss that car of Josiah’s. Anyway, I heard a CD Vince had made and then he started fooling around on the guitar. We were just kids and he had amazing talent that blew me away. I’m not at all surprised that he has his songs playing all over the radio. If you haven’t heard any of his stuff, check out his myspace page and keep your ears open for any gigs coming up.
After Vince’s set, Ryan Guldemond of Mother Mother came on. I didn’t really know what to expect of this singer going solo except for a few songs with Jasmin Parkin. I had heard the band’s songs “O My Heart” and “Body of Years” on the Zone and thought I knew what I was going to hear. Instead, he busted out some songs that I hadn’t heard but will be on their upcoming album, according to Dave Sawchuck. The songs were funny at times and just plain fun to listen to. I’m looking forward to picking up their album. Here are some of Ryan and Jasmin.
Between Ryan and Jon & Roy there was a short intermission. I went down to the green room and Ryan Tonelli was psyching himself up by running around, one of his band members was sitting down jamming on a guitar and another was in an interview.
Yep, I’m in the pic. Very rarely do I ever get in front of the camera so I thought, “Why not?” I was getting this shot below.
Jon & Roy are an awesome band. I’ve heard them a couple of times now. My first time seeing them live was at Christmas time for their Jon & Roy Annual Christmas Special. I am definitely a fan. They were doing a CD release last night for their album “Homes” that is being officially released in a couple of weeks. If you get on it, the Zone is giving away some CD’s in the coming weeks. To be honest, I haven’t really had a chance to chat with the guys, but they seem like pretty genuine dudes. Their new album, after hearing some songs last night, is reggae influenced and I enjoyed it even more than their last concert. Not that the last one wasn’t good but I REALLY enjoyed this one. I’ll be picking this one up on iTunes pretty quick. Just so everyone knows, I am under no obligation to promote the album here, so trust me when I say it’s good. In fact, I’m not even sure if they are going to like all of the pics I post here, but I hope they do.
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Jon & Roy, Ryan Tonelli and Dougal McLean
the set list *if you’ve seen Jon & Roy and heard the hysteria for the encore, you’d know they’d come prepared this time*
Any band that doesn’t do an encore isn’t worthy. It doesn’t matter whether or not you know it’s coming, but there is something that engages the crowd when the band walks back on stage that is hard to put into words. It’s just exciting and extremely high energy.
Well, that’s all I have. I took a ton of photos and it was hard picking and choosing what to post. I hope whoever visits my page enjoys these pics. Feel free to drop a comment, visit me on facebook and check out these talented musicians.