Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Jayhawks at the Fillmore, 1/9/15

Thursday night, my friend George and I braved the evening traffic up to San Francisco to catch one of my favorite bands, The Jayhawks, at the venerable Fillmore Auditorium. George was kind enough to get tickets for a band he had only a passing familiarity with, but left a fan of this great "Americana" group from Minneapolis. Two hours of terrific songs written by Gary Louris and played by a band with thirty years of touring and recording under their belts. We got up there in time to have dinner at an Ethiopian restaurant and then walked a block to arrive early enough to get a table near the front. I also had time to go upstairs to the restaurant to take some shots of the amazing collection of posters spanning the entire history of probably every show held there. The Fillmore has a capacity of 999 on the floor and it was about 75% full on a Thursday night. Trapper Schoepp and the Shades from Milwaukee opened and were excellent. That's him with his brother Tanner on guitar in the third photograph. I used the tiny Sony RX 100 111 and am still astonished how fantastic this little camera is even in extremely low light. I had to shoot at 1/125th of a second to get sharp results, but the noise even at the high isos is pretty well managed. These photographs are at between 2000 and 6400 iso with almost zero manipulation in Photoshop, except for cropping.

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