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Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Motorco

Friday night, Holy Ghost Tent Revival returned to Motorco.

Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Motorco, Durham NC, 03/02/12

Delightful as always, and fascinating to see how their sound and stage show has shifted with this new lineup.

Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Motorco, Durham NC, 03/02/12

This is one of the bands I’ve been lucky enough to watch grow (and grow up). And every time one of their shows ends, I’m always smiling.

full photo set here


20 Favorite Photos of 2011

This isn’t about my most techically perfect photos, or the most sale-able, or the most viewed. Those lists would all look very different. These are my favorite concert photos I took this year. It’s an interesting question for me because I shot more this year for other people or with the intent to cover a show in a more traditional press photo sense. But those photos aren’t here.
If I had to pick 20 photos to remember my year in concerts by, it would be these 20.

The Tomahawks, Hungry Heart of Gold, Local 506, Chapel Hill, NC, 1/7/11
1/7, The Tomahawks, Local 506

Maple Stave, Fullsteam, DTFH Fest, Durham NC, 1/21/11
1/21, Maple Stave, DTFH Fest, Fullsteam

Tea & Tempests, Pinhook, Durham NC, 1/27/11
1/27, Tea & Tempests, Pinhook

Hammer No More The Fingers, WKNC Double Barrel Benefit, Kings, Raleigh NC, 02/05/11
2/5, HNMTF, WKNC Double Barrel, Kings

Tips for the Band, Motorco Garage, Durham NC, 03/08/11
3/8, Motorco Garage

X-Ray Eyeballs, Pinhook, Durham NC, 03/09/11
3/9, X-Ray Eyeballs, Pinhook

Pink Flag, Motorco, Durham NC, 04/14/11
4/14, Pink Flag, Motorco

Future Kings of Nowhere, Motorco, Durham NC, 05/02/11
5/2, FKoN, Motorco

Red Collar, Casbah, Durham NC, 05/28/11
5/28, Red Collar, Casbah

Lurch, Save the Scrap Exchange, Casbah, Durham NC, 06/04/11
6/4, Lurch, Save the Scrap Exchange, Casbah

Onward, Soldiers,  Motorco, Durham NC, 06/17/11
6/17, Onward Soldiers, Motorco

Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Motorco, Durham NC, 07/06/11
7/6, HGTR, Motorco

Midtown Dickens, Whistlin' Dixie Premiere, Pinhook, Durham NC, 07/10/11
7/10, Midtown Dickens, Pinhook

Red Collar, Motorco, Durham NC,08/06/11
8/6, Red Collar, Motorco

Last Year's Men, Churchkey/The Layabout Day Party, Slim's, Hopscotch, Raleigh NC, 09/09/11
9/9, Last Years Men, Hopscotch, Slim’s

The Flaming Lips, Raleigh City Plaza, Hopscotch, Raleigh NC, 09/10/11
9/10, Hopscotch, Raleigh City Plaza

Red Collar, Cave, Chapel Hill NC, 10/25/11
10/25, Cave

Tayisha Busay, Pinhook, Durham NC, 11/3/11
11/3, Tayisha Busay, Pinhook

Bombadil, Cat's Cradle, Carrboro NC, 11/12/11
11/12, Bombadil, Cradle

Beirut, Cat's Cradle, Carrboro NC, 12/8/11
12/8, Beirut, Cradle

Links to all year end coverage:
Year End Concert Stats
Top Ten Albums of 2011
Ten Favorite Shows of 2011
Great Moments of 2011

Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Motorco

Yesterday’s stormy weather caused Holy Ghost Tent Revival’s show that was scheduled for the Duke Gardens to be moved inside to Motorco Music Hall.
It was wonderful.
A beautiful, packed house of enthused fans.
Watching the band, you can tell just how hard they’ve worked to get to this point. And how far they’ve come from the nights playing in places like the 8×10 in Baltimore to 8 or 10 people.
Just fantastic all around. So amazing to see HGTR again and to see them doing marvelously.

A few more shots:
Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Motorco, Durham NC, 07/06/11

Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Motorco, Durham NC, 07/06/11

Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Motorco, Durham NC, 07/06/11

Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Motorco, Durham NC, 07/06/11

full photo set here.

And here’s hoping next Wednesday brings more rain so Lost in the Trees moves to Motorco as well.

Best Shots of 2010: 11-15

11. Kaia Wilson, The Butchies, Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC, 07/21/10
Sony a350, 50mm fixed, 800iso, f/1,7, 1/15
I love that Kaia was still enough in the spot light that I could overexpose at 1/15 and still get really sharp detail and shadows.

Sunrise, Isle of Palms, SC, 11/27/10
12. Shaft of Sunlight, Sunrise, Isle of Palms, SC, 11/27/10
Sony a350, 50mm fixed, 200iso, f/5.0, 1/200
It’s so rare that I capture such perfect sunlight. To really understand why I love this photo you have to know the quote, “Sudden in a shaft of sunlight, Even while the dust moves, There rises the hidden laughter” from TS Eliot’s Four Quartets. In this case it isn’t about he technical details just lucky timing and a good eye.

Hammer No More The Fingers, TRKfest,  06/26/10
13. Hammer No More the Fingers, TRKfest, Pittsboro, NC, 06/26/10
Sony a350, 18-125mm lens at 35mm, 800 iso, f4.5, 1/25
TRKfest took place outside at Piedmont Biofuels so virtually all the lighting was from the superbright LED stage lights. I love how quickly the light falls off here leave them in almost silhouette. (and Duncan’s hat)

Magic Mike, Papa Mojo's, Durham NC, 05/21/10
14. Magician Michael Casey, Papa Mojo’s, Durham NC, 05/21/10
Sony a350, 50mm fixed, 3200iso, f/1.4, 1/15
Sometimes you need every bit of light you can get in. Not a stage show (obviously) but Michael working the crowd with magic. This is my camera pushed:3200iso, f/1.4. and handheld at 1/15. It’s grainy as heck (the a350 only looks great to 1600) but it gets the moment exactly right.

Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Local 506, Chapel Hill, NC, 05/06/10
15. Charlie Humphrey, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Local 506, Chapel Hill, NC, 05/06/10
Sony a350, 50mm fixed, 1600 iso, f/2.2, 1/20
506 has gotten better about being something other than aggressively red in camera. But the red occasionally pays off, like here – hitting off the brass just right. I love all the lines in this photo, from the “X” on his hand to the lines of the trumpet, to, even, the hard crease in his pants.

Holy Ghost Tent Revival

Holy Ghost Tent Revival