Sarah Lee Guthrie (his daughter) opened for him and she’s a wonderful talent too.
Sara Lee Guthrie
“Alices Restaurant” is a favorite tune of mine and one of the first fingerstyle songs I learned to play on the guitar. It was a special treat to see and hear him perform this and many other songs. It was also special to hear him and Sarah Lee talk about their life, family, and friends. Here are a couple of things I learned:
In the Alice’s Restaurant movie, Arlo, Officer Obie, Judge James Hannon and his seeing eye dog all portray themselves. Relations between Arlo and Officer Obie were frosty at first, but they became good friends.
The Alice’s Restaurant song is 18 1/2 minutes long which is the same length as the famous gap in Nixon’s Watergate tapes. Arlo suggested that Nixon listened to the song and that’s why he had to erase that section.
Arlo Guthrie and his band
Photography notes: These were all made with a Sony RX-100 III point and shoot camera. I took this one because I’m never sure what the camera policy will be at the Plaza – it seems to vary. The Sony only has a 24 – 70mm equivalent lens, but we had seats up front. I used it wide open (f/2.8) in aperture priority with the spot meter. I manually varied ISO between 800 and 1600. The shutter speeds varied between 1/60 and 1/200 seconds. I shot in RAW and used DXO Optics Pro to process the RAW files. This SW is excellent at removing noise and preserving sharpness – even with the smaller sensor in this camera. The camera’s auto white balance did OK, but I used the eyedropper to set it based on Arlo’s gray shirt.
Lynn and I really enjoyed the concert. And I like my new t-shirt too. We need more songs about social consciousness, activism, and protest. There’re certainly enough subjects to write about.
Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Now – go support your favorite artists and make some photos!
Lynn and I went to see James Taylor last Tuesday. He played at the arena downtown and the place was packed. I guess there’s still a lot of us old timers that like his music (and can still hear). He played a lot of his hits and a few newer songs too.
James Taylor and his All Star Band – In concert at the Amway in Orlando, Florida. November 18th, 2014. (ISO 800, f2.8 @ 1/80 sec., 70mm eq.)
Like any large sports type arena, the acoustics and sound mix weren’t the best, and the prices for this type of entertainment (along with parking and popcorn) are very high. But it was a very good show and we both enjoyed ourselves.
Photographically, this is a very tough assignment. Unless you have a stage or press pass, your camera gear and access will be limited. For these events, the Amway has a very restrictive camera policy: Your camera has to “fit in your pocket”. Even though we had good seats, we were still pretty far from the stage. My Sony point-and-shoot camera does fit in my pocket and I thought the photo above was worth keeping. But I still wish the lens was longer than 24-70mm equivalent.
Back when I was in the Navy, I had to go to sea for months at a time and leave Lynn behind in Charleston, South Carolina. We missed each other terribly. One of my favorite songs from then was James Taylor’s “Carolina in my mind”. It was wonderful to hear him play it live – with Lynn in the seat right beside me.
Keb Mo (Kevin Moore) made a return visit to the Plaza Theatre in downtown Orlando last night. This time he left the band home and performed solo.
The man has a lot of talent. I enjoyed this show every bit as much as his last one here. He sang and played four different instruments – including three guitars and a harmonica. The place was full of his fans and they obviously enjoyed the show too. He interacted quite a bit with the audience and most of the songs he played were based on requests. There was even one funny part where he played a montage of several cover tunes while waiting for an audience member to return – since she had requested the next song.
Once again Lynn and I had excellent seats (this time on the left) and I was able to get a couple nice photos of him.
I highly recommend both Keb Mo’s music and the Plaza. If you get a chance, check ’em out.
Queen Extravaganza performed at Orlando’s Plaza Theater on Fathers Day to a sold out, enthusiastic crowd.
Queen Extravaganza at the Plaza: Yvan Pedneault, Francois-Olivier Doyon, Tyler Warren, Brian Gresh, Tristan Avakian
QE as we’ll call them, is a tribute band backed by Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. The show ‘celebrates the music and live experience of Queen’. They’re on their summer tour and stopped for one night in Orlando.
Brian Gresh solo
This very talented group of musicians put on a wonderful show and performed many of Queen’s greatest hits. I’m not a proper Queen super fan, but to my uninitiated ears, QE were really good. The very loud sound mix and very annoying lighting (which occasionally flashed strobes directly into the eyes of the audience) bothered me a bit. I suspect that the sound level and lights are purposeful and similar to a live Queen show, but I have to admit I never saw them live, so I don’t know.
Brandon Ethridge, Brian Gresh, Tristan Avakian, Francois-Olivier Doyon and Yvan Pedneault
The Plaza has been one of my favorite venues for concert photography. I think their policy used to be “no professional cameras”, but at this show their sign said “no interchangeable lens cameras” and “no flash or video”. They didn’t give me any hassle at all, but they were stopping people making videos with their phones. I’m not sure if this is a permanent change or was specific to this event. It would be a shame if it’s permanent. I really enjoy the acts at the Plaza, but one of the key draws for me is the opportunity to make some photos. If it becomes too hard to carry my camera in, I’ll probably go there less.
Another wonderful concert at Orlando’s Plaza Theater last night! Keb’ Mo’ was in town – if you like the blues you probably already know about him. If not, you should.
Lynn and I had excellent seats which made for great listening as well as a great photo vantage point.
He and his band seemed to really enjoy themselves. They played a combination of older tunes and some off of his new album (The Reflection). The audience enjoyed it too.
… And the band
If you live in or near Orlando, pay attention to the Plaza. There might be some shows you’d be interested in. It’s a great venue. If you go and want to take a camera, bring a smaller one. They don’t allow “professional cameras or flash photography”. I’ve posted a couple other photos from last night in this set on Flickr. And you can read a blog entry I wrote about Hot Tuna at the Plaza here.