It’s a sad, sad dayÂ 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.
Thanks to the support of East of 8th, I’m able to photographÂ plenty of shows — which leads to hearingÂ great new music! I’d heardÂ Rayland Baxter before, but Ruby the Rabbitfoot was totally new to me. Both played a great set at 3rd andÂ 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!
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!
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.