Skyrocket

Trish and Darin Murphy’s current musical project “Skyrocket” performed at the Houston Continental Club on Friday night to a packed house. The group is made up of a fantastic batch of Texas musicians and the performance is nothing less than spectacular.

Of course you must like 70’s and 80’s cover tunes because that’s what they play, and they play it remarkably well. Trish Murphy sang Heart’s “Crazy On You” in the first set and it was spot on. Other songs for the evening included “Rock and Roll All Night” by Kiss and “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds just to give you an idea of the repertoire.

Their song list is available online here.

It’s an amazing show and I highly recommend checking them out if you have the chance.

Pics from the evening are here in the Skyrocket gallery.

Tom Waits Glitter And Doom – Houston

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The Tom Waits show was literally fantastic. Not only the performance, but the cast of characters in attendance. I got to see many current friends as well as people I don’t tend to run into except every so often when an event like this rolls around.

I struggled with the idea of not bringing a camera and I knew that cameras were technically verboten but I really wanted to get some shots of this once in a lifetime show.

It’s been many many years since I smuggled a camera into a concert. The last time was at a Frank Zappa concert in 1984. I pondered tucking a camera as I could not imagine the staff of Jones Hall patting people down or scanning anyone with metal detecting wands. But I just couldn’t bring myself to do that so I opted to bring my Alpha 100 with the good old 50mm lens for a low profile shoulder bag “hope they don’t make me go back to the car” casual walk through the front door and what do you know? It worked. In hindsight I should have brought the new camera and bigger lens. Ah well, live and learn.

Once the show was underway point and shoot cameras as well as pocket video lit up the audience and the staff at Jone Hall did nothing to stop any of it so I snagged a few shots of my own.

The set list from the show:

Lucinda
Down in the Hole
Falling Down
November
Dead and Lovely
Lie to Me
Day After Tomorrow
Hoist that Rag
Get Behind the Mule
Cemetary Polka
Trampled Rose
Jesus Gonna Be Here
Lucky Day
Tom Traubert’s Blues
House Where Nobody Lives
Innocent when you dream
Make it Rain
Murder in the Red Barn
Come on up to the House
Dirt in the Ground
Eyeball Kid

Goin’ Out West
All the World is Green

For a recap of the show itself you can check out the story at The Houston Chronicle

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The above two photos are my favorites of the evening. The rest are here in my gallery.

Ride The Wild Surf

The Allen Oldies Band celebrated the release of their new album “Ride The Wild Surf” last night at the Continental Club. Needless to say, a good time was had by all.

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Especially entertaining was Tomas Escalante (Suspects/Clouseaux/El Orbits) and his son singing backup on “Sweets for My Sweet”, a song written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman and originally recorded by The Drifters in 1961.

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Poi Dog Pondering

I was very happy when I saw that Poi Dog Pondering was playing at The Continental. I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed them…

Frank Orrall

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Frank Orrall

Susan Voelz

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Susan Voelz

Charlette Wortham and Frank Orrall

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Charlette Wortham and Frank Orrall

I had a lot of fun shooting this due to the projections on to the band stage that were part of the show.

They Might Be Giants

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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 Flansburgh

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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]

Photo Credit


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I’ve been rather tickled that many of my photos have ended up in places like Myspace as bands’ and friends’ profile pictures. I’ve even had a few show up in photo galleries on more official band web sites.

I am almost always asked for permission and my only stipulation is a photo credit, a link back to my site and please ask first. I think that’s fair.

For now it’s cool and novel to just give them away in such a manner. It’s free publicity, not that I am looking to go pro or anything (yet). Besides, what else would I do with them other than let them languish on my hard drive…

A few weeks ago I was contacted by the webmaster for Wayne “The Train” Hancock about using some of my photos on the web site. I’m a pretty big fan and this was fine by me. I gave the guy permission to use what he wanted from my site. There’s no money involved, but I do get a photo credit and a link back to my site so that’s pretty cool.

I just got an e-mail from the webmaster letting me know the pics had been added to Wayne’s photo gallery. What he didn’t tell me was that one of them is on the entry page.

Rock on!