Ericson Holt would be my choice for my favorite keyboard player AND vocalist among the many Florida Keys music performers. He’s got old school N’Awlins piano chops combined with a whiskey-soaked voice that is steeped in emotion and vibe. Mick Kilgos is possibly one of the finest rock and blues drummers I have ever had the pleasure to perform with, and he backs up Holt with an experienced hand that most drummers couldn’t handle….from a whisper to a crash.
These are a few pics from a gig at the Little Room Jazz Bar – shot with the Nikon Coolpix A, using an analog film preset in Photoshop to get some of that analog warmth to go along with the music. I try to make my images look like the music sounds to me….synesthesia, I suppose. I hear in colors and I see in sounds sometimes. It was inevitable that photography and music would collide in my life.
During my latest trip, I tried to shoot as many photos as possible. I have done a lot of gigs with Chris Rehm and Dani Hoy, and wanted to capture what it’s like to be there. My photos are infrequently “proper” – they are not expertly exposed and focused, but I am trying to capture a mood. As one street photographer said ( I think it was Bruce Gilden) – “When I see a good street photograph, it can make me SMELL the street”….
For me, I just try to capture the essence of the subjects I am shooting, as well as the environment around them and use a touch of post-processing to make things “pop” a little. All shot with the humble Nikon Coolpix A – I am following through with the Zack Arias challenge to shoot one full year with a single camera and lens.
These photos were taken at Grunts, a small off-Duval watering hole, as well as at the Doubletree Grand, a big corporate hotel way up on the other side of the island from Duval. It was a fun week!
During my recent visit to The Rock, I had the pleasure of seeing the Sunday Ramble, a somewhat loosely-themed grouping of various Key West blues musicians in the blues genre. Two musicians I have performed with regularly were there, Bill Blue and Ericson Holt. Mike McAdam was the tastiest guitarist of the night, and Key West stalwarts Caffeine Carl and Captain Carl provided the local guitar flavor. Why wasn’t I doing this gig? I am too far out of the loop with the “local scene” and have been living in Chicago most of this year. But I did manage to do a couple of gigs and studio sessions during the week I was there, and will hopefully play more gigs with Bill and Ericson again. These are just a few photos from my seat at the show – there was another local pro photographer at the show with much better gear than I, and hopefully she will have some amazing shots!
Lance is one of my favorite singer/songwriters on the island, and I used to gig with him pretty regularly when I am on the island. Here’s some shots from a recent gig he did at an art event at SALT in Old Town KW….