Last week, we had a great time shooting Great Big Sea who were in Halifax for their 20th anniversary tour. I remember the first time that I ever saw them live was when I was going to Saint Mary’s University. Thursday nights were the best time to hit the campus pub, so bunch of us skipped afternoon classes and spent the rest of the day using our student loan money to pay for pitcher after pitcher of watered down draft. Up until that point, I didn’t really know much about Great Big Sea … only that they were a crazy band from Newfoundland who fill up every bar they play.
Years later, while Susie and I were living in North Carolina, we’d drag all of our American friends out to see their Charlotte show to give them a taste of the Maritimes. And seeing them today, there’s no question that they’re still playing sold out shows with as much fun and energy as they did when I first saw them.
And in complete contrast, after we wrapped up with our shoot, we ditched most of our camera gear and ended the night at the Marquee Club’s grand re-opening to catch the Wintersleep show, another one of my favourite East Coast bands. The Marquee is great … an incredible spot to catch a live show (and different idea for a wedding venue!). We shot almost the entire night with our new cameras (Fuji X100s) which were perfect to manoeuvre through the two packed houses and document the energy as part of the crowd.
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