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Blundering through Cincinnati, laughing all the way


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Bands and Things

I am behind again. I saw several shows and went on several shoots and failed to upload and process my shots. When they pile up, I know my time at the computer grows exponentially.

This particular group of shots were 400 strong when I finally shifted them onto my hard drive. Just culling out the unnecessary duplicates can take a couple hours. Then I battle my inner critic and indecision in post processing.

Let’s not even get into how hard it is to find words to accompany my visuals. The Sonics deserve more words than what I have. These guys brought all the intensity of a freight train barreling through the country side. From my vantage point to the right of the stage, I could feel the wooden floor throbbing with hundreds of feet pounding out their rythm.

Bright Light Social hour is sexy southern rock with a hearty dash of blues. They bring a more subtle energy to the stage, but it feels earnest. They seem most at home jamming, and even while playing tunes off their recording it feels fresh live.

Aside from the music pictures, I explored a bit of Newport, KY. It’s impossible to spend any length of time in Cincinnati and not hear of The Brass Ass. It’s exterior visuals have escaped me until just now. It’s perfect. I also got a few random shots of spring on the Cincinnati side of the river.

Random plug: Trailhead Coffee in Reser Bike Shop is delicious. They have O Pie O pies on Saturdays, and this has become my Saturday morning routine. In the spirit of Agent Dale Cooper, you must experience this goodness. Also, many thanks to Reser for an excellent tune up. I didn’t realize how out of wack my rode was. Well done, friends. No more words. Just pictures.

Pictures of Newport KY

Around Newport KY

Pictures of Newport KY

Around Newport

Pictures of Newport KY

Spring comes to Newport

Pictures of Newport KY

Spring comes to Newport

Pictures of Newport KY

Spring comes to Newport

Pictures of Newport KY

Spring comes to Newport

Pictures of Newport KY

Around Newport

Pictures of Newport KY

Around Newport

Pictures of Newport KY

Spring comes to Newport

Pictures of Newport KY

Spring comes to Newport

Pictures of Newport KY

Spring comes to Newport

Pictures of Newport KY

Spring comes to Newport

Pictures of Newport KY

Spring comes to Newport

Pictures of Newport KY

Spring comes to Newport

Pictures of Newport KY

Spring comes to Newport

Pictures of Newport KY

Spring comes to Newport

Pictures of Newport KY

Spring comes to Newport

Pictures of Newport KY

Spring comes to Newport

Pictures of Newport KY

Spring comes to Newport

Pictures of Newport KY

Spring comes to Newport

Pictures of Newport KY

Spring comes to Newport

Pictures of Newport KY

Spring comes to Newport

Pictures of Newport KY

Spring comes to Newport

Pictures of Newport KY

Spring comes to Newport

Pictures of Newport KY

Spring comes to Newport

Pictures of Cincinnati OH

Spring comes to Cincinnati

Pictures of Cincinnati OH

Spring comes to Cincinnati

Pictures of Newport KY

Spring comes to Newport

Pictures of Newport KY

Spring comes to Newport

Pictures of Cincinnati OH

Spring comes to Cincinnati

Picture of The Sonics performing at The Woodward Theater

The Sonics at The Woodward Theater

The Sonics performing at The Woodward Theater

The Sonics at The Woodward

The Sonics performing at The Woodward Theater

The Sonics at The Woodward

The Sonics performing at The Woodward Theater

The Sonics at The Woodward

The Sonics performing at The Woodward Theater

The Sonics at The Woodward

R Ring performing at Northside Tavern

R Ring at Northside Tavern

R Ring performing at Northside Tavern

R Ring at Northside Tavern

R Ring performing at Northside Tavern

R Ring at Northside Tavern

R Ring performing at Northside Tavern

R Ring at Northside Tavern

Bright Light Social Hour performing at The Woodward Theater

Bright Light Social Hour at The Woodward

Bright Light Social Hour performing at The Woodward Theater

Bright Light Social Hour at The Woodward

Bright Light Social Hour performing at The Woodward Theater

Bright Light Social Hour at The Woodward

Bright Light Social Hour performing at The Woodward Theater

Bright Light Social Hour at The Woodward

Bright Light Social Hour performing at The Woodward Theater

Bright Light Social Hour at The Woodward

Bright Light Social Hour performing at The Woodward Theater

Bright Light Social Hour at The Woodward

Bright Light Social Hour performing at The Woodward Theater

Bright Light Social Hour at The Woodward

Pictures of Newport KY

Spring comes to Newport

Pictures of Newport KY

Spring comes to the Brass Ass.

Pictures of Newport KY

Spring comes to the Brass Ass

Pictures of Newport KY

Spring comes to the Brass Ass

Pictures of Newport KY

Spring comes to the Brass Ass

Pictures of Newport KY

Spring comes to the Brass Ass

Pictures of Cincinnati OH

Spring comes to Cincinnati OH

Pictures of Cincinnati OH

Spring comes to Cincinnati

Pictures of Cincinnati OH

Spring comes to Cincinnati

Pictures of Cincinnati OH

Spring in Cincinnati


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Bright Light Social Hour and San Fermin

I checked out Bright Light Social Hour at Motr a few weeks ago. They put up a good show at Bunbury 2013. The close atmosphere of Motr suits this band. They tore through their set. When they returned for an encore, they dropped their made for radio, pop influenced rock and rolled into a blues inspired jam session. The energy shifted in the room, while the band morphed into their most true selves.

Bright Light Social Hour at MOTR. There was a good crowd for the show. 20141101-20141101-DSC_7888

A couple of weeks later I saw San Fermin at The Woodward Theater. The venue just opened in early November. I was excited to see my first show there. The venue is significantly larger than Motr, with more stage and floor space as well as a wrap-around balcony. The space reminds me of the old Southgate House ballroom, but deeper and more narrow.

The venue is spacious and painfully clean. The stage is raised enough that at the back of the crowd, people on stage are visible. The balcony provides excellent vantage points, while still feeling intimate. I will gladly return.

I wasn’t sure what to expect with San Fermin. I caught 5 minutes of their packed MPMF 2013 show. There was barely room to move in The Know Theater. At the time, there were about 8 people in the band, complete with a bari saxophone player and a trumpet player.

But technically, San Fermin is a composer, and it isn’t clear if he tours with the same musicians. He could turn up with a drummer and a vocalist or with a full band. I didn’t see any horns on the stage at The Woodward; my anxiety grew.

When they hit the stage, I was delighted to see the full band. The stage was set with mic stands topped with retro light bulbs. The bulbs fluctuated in intensity with the music. When they would hit creshendos the stage was awash in light that contrasted beautifully with the band’s dark attire. The lighting was a simple but delightful addition to the show.

Ah, and the sound. They sounded excellent. The acoustic sound of the drums was a little promenant from my balcony position. I hope The Woodward suspends the speaker stacks in the near future. I think that would solve the problem, as the sound from the floor was balanced.

The Woodward Theater is a stellar addition to Cincinnati music venues. San Fermin performed with excellence. Bright Light Social Hour is a jam band dressed up like pop. Cincinnati has a great music scene. The end.