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They Might Be Giants

They Might Be Giants put on a great show last night. I did secure my photo pass so I was able to shoot the concert. Sadly, the barricade that is usually in place at The Meridian was nowhere to be seen. That is usually the primo spot to be in for shooting the shows there, especially the big draws like TMBG. It creates a jostle free zone for photographers and lets you have some flexibility.

With the barricade gone I has to jockey for position at the front of the stage which was a huge pain. Still, got some good shots…

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John Linnell

The rest are in the gallery right behind this link.

Zappa Plays Zappa – The Evidence


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I caught the Zappa Plays Zappa show last night at the Verizon Wireless Theater. I had seen the Zappa Plays Zappa show last year featuring Terry Bozzio and Steve Vai and it was spectacular.

This time around the special guest was Ray White who’s vocals and guitar work show up on such notable Zappa discs as Zappa In New York, You Are What You Is and Läther just to name a few.


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The opening guitar duet with Frank was awesome, and maybe a little creepy. Father and son jamming together from beyond the grave.


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And there were times during the show that Dweezil actually started to look a bit like his father….


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It was a great concert and well worth staying up past my bedtime on a school night to go see.

There’s a ton more pics in the gallery.

[tags] Frank Zappa, Dweezil Zappa, Zappa Plays Zappa, Ray White, Houston [/tags]

Zappa Plays Zappa – Tour De Frank

Dweezil Zappa is returning to Houston for another show. This is VERY exciting as I thought the last show was incredible and that it was also a one time deal.

They’re back at Verizon Wireless Theatre again. Show date is Nov 12 and tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster.

There’s a tour blog at the official site which can be found here and you can see the musician lineup here.

In reading the ZPZ official site I learned that Dweezil has released a new album called Go With What You Know which features a guitar duet with his father where Dweezil actually plays along with Frank’s guitar solo from the original ‘Hot Rats’ master tapes. That sounds like something worth hearing.

The show last year was phenomenal. It seemed odd to be going to hear Frank’s music sans Frank, but there were times in the show where you could really feel his presence. Dweezil does a good job or representing his father’s work and I expect this show to be even better than the last one.

KPFT Fall Concert Series

My band, The Flying Fish Sailors, will be performing this Sunday, November 4th at Miller Outdoor Theater (on the small stage) and it’s free free free!

Show is 4 pm – 6 pm

We’re sharing the bill with Constant Billy and the O’Maoileidigh School of Irish Dance.

Come see for yourself why The Flying Fish Sailors are the 2007 Houston Press Best Of Houston award winner for Best Pirate Band!

Blaggards – Up Close And Personal

I’ve struck up a bit of a friendship with Patrick Devlin over the years so I should not have been surprised when he started asking the audience if they would mind if Jay Lee came up and took a picture of them …

I’ve always loved shooting from the stage. It’s a unique perspective on concert photography and I was happy to oblige.


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Staring into the face of a Blaggards live audience is a most interesting experience….

Of course while I was up there I took the opportunity to shoot the band


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Keep in mind that the lighting in a night club is intended to illuminate the performers on stage for the audience. When you shoot from the stage you are shooting into the lights and into a dark room for the most part.

The Blaggards

Trying out the new lens in a concert setting and it appears we have a new favorite …


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Patrick Devlin is not a small guy. He’s up over 6 feet and to get that much of him in a landscape oriented shot and have it come out that bright and that clear with no flash in those lighting conditions is a testament to the capabilities of this lens.

And when you go in close it gets even better…


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