Charlie Murphey Leaving Town, January 2016

It’s a sad, sad day when a good friend moves away. Even in those sit­u­a­tions where you know the move is a good one, that a fresh start will help your friend grow and find new com­mu­ni­ty, it’s still a dif­fi­cult scene. For­tu­nate­ly, some­times that friend knows lots of oth­er friends and they all come togeth­er and throw a big par­ty with lots of music and even the friend him­self gets on stage and opens up for everyone.

From Char­lie Mur­phey’s last show (at least…for now) in Nashville.

 

High Watt, Jan­u­ary 2016.

Rayland Baxter & Ruby Rabbitfoot, August 2015

Thanks to the sup­port of East of 8th, I’m able to pho­tograph plen­ty of shows — which leads to hear­ing great new music! I’d heard Ray­land Bax­ter before, but Ruby the Rab­bit­foot was total­ly new to me. Both played a great set at 3rd and Lind­s­ley in August as part of the Nashville Sun­day Night Lightning100 series. A nice space with lots of view­ing options (includ­ing boun­ti­ful bal­cony seat­ing!) Be sure to check out both Ray­land and Ruby if you ever get a chance!

Sideshow Fringe Festival 2015, July and August 2015

How do you choose the “best” of the pho­tog­ra­phy from five days and dozens of pro­duc­tion? I don’t real­ly have a good answer. There are ways of rank­ing, and rerank­ing, and rererank­ing, work until the “top” bub­bles up. Anoth­er way is to try and include one work from each per­for­mance, but that’s not always pos­si­ble either. Maybe a quo­ta of the best from each day? Nah, that’s not real­ly fair either. And would any of them give a good sense of the whole experience?

What I have done, some­what for pos­ter­i­ty and some­what to try and just make one post (instead of the dozens I could make), is to go through my saved pho­tos from the entire expe­ri­ence and put togeth­er a set of all those that rep­re­sent the expe­ri­ence.. Then I culled and culled until I had the 32 images below that give the best view into what it was like to see the entire 2015 Sideshow Fringe Fes­ti­val. Or, at least, that’s my selec­tion for today!

Many kudos to Jes­si­ka Mal­one and Mitch Mas­saro for their incred­i­bly vivid direc­tion, and the same to all of the tech­ni­cal staff that ran a seam­less expe­ri­ence for every­one. And, of course, plau­dits and praise for all of the per­form­ers. An incred­i­ble expe­ri­ence for all!

High Watt Recap 1 of 4: Field Report and Joe Pug

After meet­ing the folks from East of 8th blog at the Apache Relay show ear­li­er this year, I’ve col­lab­o­rat­ed with them by pro­vid­ing pho­tos from four High Watt shows. I also real­ized I haven’t post­ed any of the work on my site, so here are recaps from each of the shows!

Christo­pher Porter­field with Field Report is the new king of singer/songwriter Amer­i­cana in my mind (although he’d prob­a­bly decline the throne and insist he’d be the court jok­er instead). Joe Pug brought a high ener­gy show — with tight ban­ter, smart songs and a stun­ning set of back­ing musi­cians. Both acts are well worth see­ing — def­i­nite­ly check them out.