Saturday, May 28, 2011

Asheville Horns at Downtown After 5

Asheville Horns kicked off the season of street festivals for the City of Asheville on May 20 for the first Downtown After 5 of 2011. DTA5 is somewhere in between a block party and a mini festival. Held on the third Friday of each month, Asheville's Downtown Association sets up a big stage on Lexington Ave. and with the street closed off to cars, thousands come out to dance, socialize and take in the great food and beer available at the event. When DTA5 is in effect, 4 hours can't last long enough because it is such a great time. Asheville Horns with many members of Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band and Josh Phillips Folk Festival blazed funk which kept anyone close to the stage shakin' their stuff. Greg Hollowell switched between his alto and tenor saxophone which set the city groovin' to some authentic funk. Derrick Johnson was smooth on the trombone to where any musician from New Orleans could learn a thing or two. The highly talented and beautiful Mary Frances made the best use of ten fingers that one could imagine with intricate, tight and just right-on jams on the keyboards as well as with her Roland Lucina handheld synthesizer.

Asheville Horns

Asheville Horns

Asheville Horns

Asheville Horns

Asheville Horns

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Glasvegas at The Note in West Chester

May 25, 2011

Glasvegas performed at The Note in West Chester, PA on Wednesday night as they embark on a brief US tour. Supporting their newly released sophomoric album, EUPHORIC /// HEARTBREAK\\\, they pounded out a great performance from start to end. You'll be hard pressed to find another band that's as hard working, friendly and thankful for their fans as Glasvegas. This tour boasts inimate shows you will not want to miss!

Photos by Joe Ryan/

Glasvegas taking time to meet fans after the show and posing for photos

Remaining tour dates:

05/29/11 Toronto, ON Lee's Palace
05/31/11 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
06/01/11 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Cafe
06/04/11 Seattle, WA Neumos
06/05/11 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
06/07/11 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall


Pain Pain- Intro
World is yours
IMO Cheating Heart
Shine like stars
Whatever hurts
Lonesome swan
Euphoric take my hand
Ice cream man
Go square go
Flowers & Football tops
S.A.D. Light
Lots sometimes
Daddy's gone

Official band website:

"EUPHORIC /// HEARTBREAK \\\" available on ITUNES.

An Evening with David Crosby & Graham Nash

The State Theatre in Portland Maine proudly presents
David Crosby and Graham Nash
Sat., May 21, 2011

Article and  Photographic images created by Conall O'Brien. 

Graham Nash & David Crosby

State Theatre - Portland Maine

Crosby and Nash, longtime creative partners since first harmonizing in 1968, performed as a duo backed by a band consisting of Crosby's son, James Raymond on keyboards, Dean Parks playing guitar, bassist Kevin McCormick and Steve DiStanislao on drums. 
Two sets were played with Crosby and Nash switching between acoustic and electric instruments, opening the first set with the classic Byrd's song  "Eight Miles High". Nash-written classics" Marrakesh Express", " Our House" and the CSN/CSN&Y hit "Teach your Children" were played as well as "Immigration Man" ," Almost Cut my Hair", and one of my favorites ' Wooden Ships" written by Crosby, Stephen Stills and Paul Kantner. ( Personal note - I tell everyone who knows me that Paul Kantner's Jefferson Starship was a catalyst in me being a photographer as the Jefferson Starship has no restrictions on photography by members of their audience).  

I chose this street image for the yellow "Paint (Gov.) LePage " flyer attached, a project melding art and community.

Evenings performance was available on USB flash drive, 30 mins. after the show.

Band merchandising. 

This photographer was keen on creating images of the Grammy-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers -  Graham is a renowned photographer who has authored several photographic books and who's work in digital fine art printing is in the Smithsonian's permanent collection " Camera". David's father was a  filmmaker who won an award for best photography for "High Noon". As hoped for Graham and David played "Camera"  a song written in 1994( CSN "After the Storm"), which channels my same feelings of wanting to capture images at night with just my eyes., and I feel an idea to encourage photography. I was able to create images of the first two songs, and then sat down and actively listened to the rest of the show for the complete experience.

Detail of Ornate wood carvings in the balcony of The State Theatre in Portland, ME.

Graham Nash

David was enjoying the vibes at The State Theatre

Twice inducted R&R Hall of Famers - Crosby(r) & Nash(l)

Graham Nash

Lyrics to " Camera" -

Music: David Crosby, Stephen Stills;
Lyrics David Crosby (c) 1994 Stay Straight Music,
all rights adm by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., BMI

I rode my bike to town today
Wobbling down the path
I knew the kids would see me
I love it when they laugh

And I wish I were a camera
And I could slice time like a knife
Seeing stories in the faces
And crystallizing life

Wish I were a camera
I wish it all the time
It gives my eyes a reason
It gives my life a rhyme

I'd be a lens that could see souls
A shutter that never shuts
I'd have film that lasts forever
And I would live in huts

In the jungles of South America
Like my father before the war
I'd find out where we came from
And what this life is for

And I wish I were a camera
I wish it all the time
It gives my eyes a reason
It gives my life a rhyme

And I wish I were a camera
I wish it all the time
It gives my eyes a reason
It gives my life a rhyme

I would climb right off this planet
On the clearest night of all
And photograph the future
When it finally comes to call

I would save up all these images
These instants in a box
And when I am old and lonely
They could cover up the clocks

And I wish I were a camera
I wish it all the time
It gives my eyes a reason
It gives my life a rhyme

I wish that I could shoot at night
And leave without a trace
And catch my lover's sleeping smile
By the starlight on her face

But I think mostly that l'd see children
'Cause they haven't learned to hide
And they watch me on my bicycle
And laugh with me as I ride

Graham Nash 

Barefoot and Grounded Graham Nash

David Crosby

Graham Nash & David Crosby

Graham Nash & David Crosby

For more info: visit

Thank you to everyone at  The State Theatre - Portland for arranging the exquisite performance with David Crosby & Graham Nash.

For local information to Portland ME please visit Portland's music blog

Article and photographs © 2011 Conall O'Brien All Rights Reserved
obiephotography at hotmail dot com

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