Horseshoes and Handgrenades at Shiner's Saloon

It has been a full weekend of concerts for me. After catching up with the Yes Men on Friday, I got to check out my friends in Horseshoes and Handgrenades last night at Shiner's Saloon. This talented duo always puts on a fun show. As an extra treat, the guys did a second set as the Honeysuckle Roses with a couple of other guys, including my good friend Mark on bass. Mark and I have been known to jam together and even play a gig together once in a blue moon. I'm just as happy, if not more so, to just be there behind the camera and capturing a few great moments of great friends doing what they love. Here are some of my favorite snaps.

All photos were taken with the Fujifilm X-T2 and XF 35mm f/1.4 lens using Acros film simulation. 

Ryan and the Relics at Shiner's Saloon

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.