Tuesday, January 13, 2009

January 12th gig at The Palms

What a slammin' night this was, OMG! Got a lot of shots to review (131 dumped into iPhoto) and select to post. We were packed, and the energy on the stage and in the room was about as good as it gets. Above, the moon was just too cool tonight, so I stopped in The Palms garage on my way in and shot this looking back east.

So, I get to the lounge and there's some private party goin' on "from 6 to 9" (right). The gear is all stuffed on the stage with the curtain closed.

Just about all of the seats are stowed, stacked to the ceiling, in the dressing room. Swell.

Some cat gets on their disco mic at 9 pm and says "we're gonna close down the bar in about 20 minutes, but you can stay if you want; there's a band tonight, uhhhh...Santa Fe..." Whatever.

Please do stay and hang, but step aside and let us set up the room.

Worked out OK. We got it all put together and started pretty much on time. Below, the dressing room "after."

Guest sit-in percussion artist tonight, wow! The talented and beautiful and so-nice Marcie Chapa from the Beyonce tour. She got called up twice, first for "Negrita," and then for the crushing "System of Survival" finale.

Some of you may have noticed that I was right up in Gil's facial hair tonight shooting (I hate to perhaps be a distraction during the show). Gil just got an endorsement deal with a brass mouthpiece manufacturer, and asked if I could zone in and get some usable promo shots. Done. bro'.

I put the Sony Alpha 350 in full-bore 14.2 megapixel large shot mode and fired away. I think we got some keepers. Shot a couple dozen close-ups. Still going through them.

Below, Jessica and Andy (our CEO of Soul) are diggin' the hang...

Below, Lenny and Tyriq with NFL coach Mike Tice.

Still going through shots in iPhoto. Getting late, may have to continue after some Zzzz's. Almost 4 am, getting way tired.

Below, Lorraine Fidler handling the Fat City Superstore for us. Thanks!

Much more to come. I gotta crash...

Oh, yeah, btw: Odyssey this weekend (click the image to enlarge). Bellagio, Fontana Bar, 6:30 pm.



More shots and thoughts...

The musical highlight of the night for me was the band's rendition of the renowned Kenny Loggins tune "This Is It?" Lenny crushed the lead vocal, and the cats incinerated the arrangement. That chart just blisters your brain cells, they wrote it specifically for the night Kenny sat in back in November.

Joey, we love ya, bro'. What a great drummer, and a great person. Though we have missed our Pepe, we will now miss you equally when Pepe returns to the gig in February (Criss Angel show is now gonna be dark Sundays and Mondays).

More shots...

Also in the house last night were esteemed industry guests Serena Henry, Air Supply drummer Mike Zerbe, Tom Fowler (Ray Charles, Frank Zappa, George Duke...), serial top hit songwriter Jimmy George, and some of the peeps from the electric string quartet Phat Strad. They have a new CD out.



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An email I just got from Carolyn Freeman:
Hi, Bobby,

Nathan and the LV Jazz Connection are off to Los Angeles. We are going to be at the Jazz Bakery, 3233 Helms Ave., LA 90034, Jan. 26th, 8:00 and 9:30. Bobby Shew and Tyia Wilson are both appearing with us. We are all very excited to get our first out of town gig.

Also, we are doing a mini concert locally at the Black Label, 3550 S Decatur, SE corner of Decatur and Spring Mountain, Jan. 17th, 2:00. Wanted to do a warm up for the band before LA. Would love to see you there.

- Carolyn Freeman

Check this video of the Spring Mt. Ranch concert I covered for the blog. Our own Nathan Tanouye conducting.


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