It's been almost a year since I opened this thread, and a LOT has happened since then. I do have to say that the TV shoot I talked about in the last post went GREAT, and I have some fantastic material from all 3 acts that I can't wait to share. I might have some thoughts on that later, but now, more music!
First, a brush with "fame". Lindsey Pavao is a local singer who was on this season of The Voice, making it to the semi-finals before being eliminated (the show going from 8 down to 4 finalists). Really nice voice and some really good performances on the show, even though I feel it's largely pointless to judge a singer based on nothing but covers. Anyway, she's back home and trying to adjust to life back in the real world, and one of her first local performances was at a bar downtown with a friend opening, and a band I know well and have shot a few times playing 2nd and her headlining.
So I figured I'd go to see what she can do. Unfortunately, for the purposes of filming, all the "fans" drawn to the gig because of her TV fame turned out to be drunken louts who couldn't figure out that screaming "WE LOVE YOU LINDSEY!" in the middle of a quiet acoustic song kinda ruins it for everybody else in the crowd. So the only salvageable footage I got was when the 2nd band joined her for a couple of the covers that made her famous, and were loud enough to drown out most of the idiots. Posted one so far.
Lindsey Pavao - Somebody That I Used To Know
Next up, Autumn Sky released her 2nd full-length CD on Saturday. Here's one of the new tracks, Best and Worst
Another friend released his CD that night as well, and I'll have a clip from him shortly, but to open for both of them, Ricky Berger once again left a stunned crowd with performances like A Wish Is A Dream Your Heart Breaks
. Amazing piano fireworks, even if she did screw up once and whisper "shit!" into the microphone.
A few days earlier, another amazing female voice from the area performed her last show before moving up to Humboldt. Jesi Naomi with In My Veins
James Cavern from earlier that night covering Pursuit of Happiness
Then to close out that night, something of a local all-star band jam out for 26 minutes on The ReOccurring Dream
Then the day after, I head down to a lunchtime park show, and get a full set from Island of Black and White
. Really great energy from them, and because it's outdoors, some of the best sound I get. I also fancied up the transitions between songs with the event sponsor logo, and some shots from around the park. Trying to up my game as far as overall presentation so I can start attracting some paying gigs with this stuff!
One thing I'd like to do in this thread over the next few weeks is start building a convenient artist/song index in the original post to make it easy for anybody curious to just browse around my page. I have about 245 clips up now, and so many more to come!