“These guys are much better than the opening bands we usually see” – Steph before theÂ Matisyahu show at Boarding House Park in Lowell
A week or so later a friend and I were having some drinks at a bar before heading into a Redsox game when I noticed a familiar face behind the counter. I couldn’t place it at first but I knew that I recognized her. After a few minutes I thought to myself Â “was that the chick from the other night”. Can’t be. Like the dork that I am, I frantically pulled out my iPhone and began to look up the opening band to see if I could find a picture to confirm myÂ suspicions. I couldn’t.
A few minutes or so of searching I gave up and “popped the question”. Flattered by the fact that I recognized her, or maybe I imagined that due to the beer, it turned out I was right. She – Hayley Jane – was the lead singer of the band a few days earlier. It struck me as silly that someone asÂ naturallyÂ talented as Hayley wasÂ servingÂ a scrub like me at the local gathering hole. We chatted, water cooler talk mostly, during the down time between her work obligations to patrons. I had mentioned that I recorded both bands that night and I would be more than happy to share their set with them.
Before that particular concert started I thought the PA guy came on and hadÂ declaredÂ “no flash photography for the opening band” but what he had actually said was no flash photography for the opening 3 songs of both bands. Â So sadly no pictures. I guess things always come around though.
A few days after meeting Hayley I emailed her about the recording, my interest in photography, and how I was just looking to shoot anything I could. Turned out they had a gig coming up that I, unfortunately, couldn’t make. However, in a few months, they had a gig at the Paradise in Boston a venue that I had frequented previously as a taper and concert goer. It also happened that they were looking for a picture for their new website they were working on.
To my delight the band was a super group of people. Extremely talented, friendly, young and eager. I got a bunch of great candid shots backstage before the show and some decent ones during the show considering how poor the lighting is at The Paradise. Â Turns out that instead of using one picture for their website, basically every picture on it I took.