Can you say JAM . . . Acoustically?
Thank you thank you thank you that I did not have to work this week. I was able to see the art gallery Tuesday, become interested, hooked up with David Mueller who tapped me into his FaceBook, and I found out about the Thursday night event. Not only that it is every Thursday night, but this Thursday night was special because it was the end of the year and many artists turned out for this acoustical night (nothing powered here but the lights and coffee pot . . . oh, and the Artists!). WOW!
The event began at 7:00 PM and was scheduled to 11:00 PM. I went there tonight thinking I may spend a couple hours or less. I left at midnight . . . way beyond my curfew. (Old people need their sleep!) I have a lot of photos below for you to look at, to get the feel, the vibe of the evening. You can click on them to enlarge, then click on the photo again to index through if you wish.
At the end of the night everyone was invited to The Blue Room Cafe just down the street on Hohman Ave. The Cafe was staying open until 2:00 AM for the group and invited the artists to bring there instruments and jam some more. I wanted to go, but after leaving the gallery sleep was moved to the top of my list for things to do.
It was a very good turnout of artists. Everyone played for about 2 or 3 songs, then someone else jumped in. They rotated in and out all night. D.K. Upshaw (Donna Upshaw) was also drawing caricatures. I was one of the lucky ones who won a small raffle to have my caricature drawn.
I have grouped the photos by artist . . . not the rotation they played. I did this perhaps for my own sanity, however in hind sight it really does not portrait the evening as it took place. So I may have to go back and arrange this as they jammed.
First up was Melissa Welch playing the sax, and she was one of my favorites. Her rhythm, jazzy sound, ability to pull you in and let you go, was great. When she teamed up with some of the other artists you can tell she knew what she was doing. Coming in on cue and taking it when it was given to her.
Mitch Wright did very well singing and playing the guitar. Everyone was different, but Mitch was unique.
Dakota McCoy shows a lot of promise. He handled the guitar well, sang very well with a strong voice when he needed it.
Home made guitar, slide, and a foot stomping beat. I found Lou Shields very entertaining because of his care free aura. He used a couple different guitars through the night along with his harmonica.
Rich Hall seemed to be in his own groove most of the night. He knew where he wanted to take the music and his fingers had no problem acknowledging his intent.
Talk about a nice rhythm on a twelve string guitar. Joey Humphrey did well to change the pace and to smooth out the evening.
From what I understood KC Wilkerson was a newcomer to the gallery, and I will say my favorite. I enjoyed his attitude, how he got into his music, his want to entertain us, and the stories the music told.
The artists teamed up for some more music (Lee Watson, Dakota McCoy, and Mitch Wright shown below). It was nice to hear this after a lot of solo's. It gave a different rhythm that was strong.
Rich Hall then joined the set.
Jason West was stupendous, even with an upper respiratory ailment. He was definitely polished at his work, and one of my favorites.
The list goes on. Don Taylor continued on guitar with a new song.
There was a raffle for a new guitar that was donated. Melissa won it. Lets see if she can play both brass and strings now . . .:)
There was a good turnout. Being my first time there I did not feel uncomfortable, which showed because I was all over the place taking photos. The guests and artists were very polite and the room was not too crowded. Approximately 65 people attended throughout the evening in total.
Originally I was not going to include this next photo, but it is so strange that you might like it. This was intended as a general shot toward the back of the room, however I failed to setup my camera before the shot. As a result the camera focused on the lady in the center of the picture, while others were a bit out of focus or blurred because of movement and my slow shutter speed. I don't think I could have arranged this to happen if I tried, however I am going to try on purpose the next time I am there. (With the cooperation of the guests, and if I can remember what I goofed up on so I can repeat it.)
And just a couple last inside photos near the end of the evening . . .
The end of the night for me, at midnight. One last photo of the back of the gallery before I go.
Well, maybe not the last photo. As I looked across the parking lot I saw the mural that is painted on the side of a building, all lit up. I remember seeing the lighting mounted during the day every time I passed it . . . just never thought to go back to see it at night. So this was my opportunity to photograph it at night. . .