I got to see my friends Ryan and the Relics recently at Shiner's Saloon, a little upstairs bar on Congress in downtown Austin. I enjoyed their blues influenced original music and blend of fun cover songs. The guys are all great musicians so it's a treat to see them play. It was my first time at this bar and I found it to be a nice diversion from the usual "dirty 6th" scene in the heart of Austin's live music district. The place wasn't very crowded and it made for a more intimate performance. Band frontman Ryan wandered around a bit during their set, serenading a few ladies and borrowing phones or shot glasses for a guitar slide. Austin has countless stages - some quite large and many smaller spaces like this one at Shiner's Saloon. I think it's great to be able to see bands who are willing to use a small space to their advantage and interact with fans and friends. It makes it more of a party than a performance.
Images captured with a Fujifilm X-T1 and XF 35mm f/1.4 lens. Classic Chrome film simulation.