Ounsa and Crowd
Fuji xpro2, 85mm, f/2.8, 1/100s, ISO 1600
Ounsa Mébarkia is a fantastic and spectacular singer who occasionally plays with the wonder French brass band Ceux Qui Marchent Debout (CQMD). I saw them live at New Morning a couple of years ago, and revisiting those photos I found this one which I liked a lot. The pattern on the dress, the expression on her face and the crowd in the shadows below…
Canon 7D, 185mm, f/3.2, 1/500s, ISO 400
Vintage trouble in general has a nostalgia feel not only in their music but also in their looks. But while that might be true of the band in general, it’s striking about singer Ty Taylor, a living blend of James Brown and Junior Wells with the energy to live to that legacy. I shot this ages ago, but it went bizarrely unpublished until now.
Ben in the Light
Fuji x100s, 50mm, f/2,8, 1/125s, ISO 1600
I haven’t posted a concert photo in ages. Truth be told, I haven’t been to a concert in ages. This is the last gig I attended in Europe, Monophonics at the Nouveau Casino in Paris. Since the Monophonics band backed Ben L’Oncle Soul (a French soul singer with a pretty decent voice) during his French tour, he paid them a visit during their gig. To be fair, the photos I got with the x100s and the 50mm extension weren’t great overall. 50mm isn’t close enough for most shots, and the AF performance was seriously hampered by the extension, but there are a few good shots, including this one of Ben. Not the kind of shot I normally capture, but I really like the light display here.
The Soul Imp
Canon 7D, 225mm, f/3.2, 1/1250s, ISO 400
There’s something delightfully impish about Vintage Trouble‘s lead singer Ty Taylor. His energy on stage is second to none, and it brings back memories of early James Brown or Junior Wells shows. Fantastic music and fantastic band if you can catch them.
Nigel Hall is a wonderful soul singer and keyboard player who played with Soulive and Lettuce. This was shot at a Lettuce concert in NYC’s Brooklyn Bowl.