Tribute Night

I have several buddies that play in tribute bands around Austin. A couple weeks ago I got to see them playing across three different tributes at Come and Take It Live. Telephantasm (Sound Garden), Feed My Eyes (Alice in Chains), and Naked and Fearless (Tool) all played great sets. I’m always impressed with the talent these guys all have. While they do it for fun, they take the reproduction of the music very seriously. It’s not an easy undertaking to play this sort of music well - especially Tool.

It was my pleasure to be able to document some of the show with my camera. Yes, I’m still shooting live music my trusty Fujifilm X100F. It wasn’t easy at times. Not because of the camera - a mosh pit was going on behind me during Naked and Fearless! Those crazy kids… A few favorites from the show are below. If you want to see more, check out my gallery site at the links.

Naked and Fearless

Feed My Eyes


Like a Stone

My friends in Telephantasm, an Austin-based Soundgarden tribute band, gave a moving performance in honor of Chris Cornell last night. The world lost an amazing musician and vocalist when Chris committed suicide just a few days ago. Anxiety and depression are such terrible monsters to face. As someone who knows what the battle feels like, it's a hard blow to hear about someone losing the fight.

The guys pulled together an acoustic version of the Audioslave song "Like a Stone", a song they'd never done before last night. A video of images from Cornell's life played behind on the screen behind the band. It was touching. I might have had a little something in my eyes while I watched the heartfelt tribute. Chris is gone. The music lives on.

I didn't have my "real camera" with me but I had to capture a few images with my iPhone. Thankfully there was a video recorded and you can check that out here.

Tribute Night at The Tavern

This past Saturday I got to see a couple of fun rock shows at The Tavern in Round Rock. The best part was that I didn't have to venture anywhere near downtown Austin and the mayhem that is SXSW! Telephantasm (Soundgarden tribute) and Naked and Fearless (Tool tribute) shared the stage and belted out worthy performances of the music of their respective bands.

It was my first time to visit The Tavern and I was surprised by the thick crowd on that rainy night. I got to the show a little early with my camera to check out the scene. When I saw how dark the stage was, I almost took my camera bag back to the car. The stage had no dedicated lighting. Clubs around here aren't known for having very good stage lighting but I think this is the first time I've come across a good sized club like this with none. Zip. If not for a bit of light from a projector showing backgrounds for the bands spilling on to the guys, autofocus would have been futile.

I really wanted to get some shots so I dialed my Fuji X-T2 all the way up to ISO 12800 and opened my XF 35mm lens up to f/1.4. Yeah, it was that dark. I knew the images were going to have dense grain and as I prefer to do anyway, I set my camera to shoot in black and white with the Acros simulation. Back at home I processed the images further in Lightroom to get a look similar to pushed Neopan 1600 film. The results aren't bad. If you pixel peep, yeah it looks like a grainy blizzard. If you look at a reasonable distance and can appreciate grainy film they're fine. The lack of light meant a lack of contrast so I also did a bit of dodging and burning in Lightroom to help bring in some contrast and open up details.  Sure it's digital but the look and methods are quite reminiscent of film work.


More shots from Telephantasm's set are here.

Naked and Fearless

More shots from Naked and Fearless' set are here.

Tribute Night at Hanovers

A buddy of mine plays drums for Telephantasm, a Sound Garden tribute band, and I got to check out a performance at Hanovers in Pflugerville last night. It was an all tribute night with Wicked Garden (Stone Temple Pilots tribute) and Guerrilla Radio (Rage Against the Machine) sharing the bill. 

I was really impressed with each performance. These guys are all great musicians and they did an amazing job recreating the sound and look of each band. I'm more of a fan of Sound Garden than the other original bands but I enjoyed the other acts and especially liked the energetic performance of Guerrilla Radio. Here are some favorite moments from the show.


Full gallery of Telephantasm photos can be viewed here.

Guerilla Radio

Full gallery of Guerrilla Radio photos can be viewed here.

Wicked Garden

Full gallery of Wicked Garden photos can be viewed here.

All photos were taken with a Fujifilm X-T2 and XF 35 f/1.4 or XF 23 f/1.4 lens using Acros film simulation.