Rhythm Congress

You just don’t see many bands these days with horn sections and that’s a shame. They add a such a huge dynamic to the sound, particularly with a rhythm and blues band. We’re lucky to have a really good group in these parts. Rhythm Congress brings a healthy dose of horns to their shows and they always manage to get the crowd on their feet.

I got to catch their recent show at the Black Sparrow Music Parlor in Taylor, TX - a wonderfully intimate little music venue well away from the Austin metro. Live music is a passion of mine and I love that the Black Sparrow brings in an eclectic mix to small town Taylor. You can hear everything from Big Band to Death Metal at this place.

My lovely and talented friend Samantha sings lead for Rhythm Congress and I always enjoy her energetic performances. I met Samantha back in my days of photographing the Texas Stars, where she frequently kicks off the games by singing the national anthem. Her band is is rock solid and a joy to see and hear.

Rhythm Congress at Black Sparrow

It's not often around here that I get to see a large band with a horn section. When I heard that Rhythm Congress was performing at the nearby Black Sparrow Music Parlor in Taylor last Friday night, I was thrilled that I would be able to attend. My friend Samantha, who I know from her fantastic renditions of our national anthem at Texas Stars games, sings for the band. It was a real treat to see her and the guys in Rhythm Congress perform some great R&B tunes with a full bodied sound that can only come from a band with horns.

As is usually the case, I opted to take some photos in black and white with my Fujifilm X100F's wonderful Acros film simulation. I love what that simulation gives me in low light performances like this. I can crank the ISO up and get a pleasing grain while maintaining a refined look. I just love the tonality that I get, as it helps contribute a sense of intimacy to stage lit performers. Using the in-camera highlight and shadow controls I am able to emphasize what is important and let the rest fall to shadow.

One of the things I love about photographing bands in small venues off the beaten path like this is the access I can get around the stage. Folks were able to find comfortable seating in the parlor-like room and I had plenty of space to wander around the stage for a few songs and get close up shots with my TCL converter on my X100F. It was tricky to isolate band members and I had to really push my exposures in some areas of the unevenly lit stage. Still, I came away with some shots that I think capture some of the energy of the performance.

More photos from the show are on my gallery site.