I had only a passing familiarity with Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears before seeing them tonight at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. Which was a shame, because they put on a fantastic, high-energy show that had my adrenaline (and sweat) flowing despite coming at the end of a rather exhausting weekend.
It was a tough show to shoot, with the low light and the lack of a pit at the Cedar. Lewis subtly favored the far side of his mic stand from where I was positioned, and I didn’t manage to make my way over to the “correct” side until late in the allotted five (!) songs. So many of my best shots are of the band rather than the bandleader. Oops. Still, I got some workable shots, and I’m particularly glad that I broke out the 85/1.4 a fair bit. Although I have to say, focusing that thing wide open on a fast-moving musician in low light? That’s pretty challenging.
Here are some favorites:
Those Darlins opened, and were in fact the reason I showed up; I’ve shot them twice before and both times were an absolute blast. Unfortunately, their set tonight was strangely low-energy, perhaps because it was early (8pm) and the crowd was pretty inert. It also may have been because they played almost exclusively material from their new album Screws Get Loose, which is a lot more straightforward garage rock than their unique, punky debut album. Still, as always they gave me some good photos.