Hope Country @ The Varsity Theater

Hope Country was the main support for Quietdrive at their holiday show, and they were the big surprise of the evening for me. I wasn’t familiar with either opening band, and it’s always a treat to find a great band when you least expect it. They brought some great crowd interaction to their set as well as the quieter side of the singer-songwriter genre, and the two extremes made them blast to photograph.

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Kill The Alarm @ Lincoln Hall

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Kill The Alarm. Garen has been recording his new record (which was just released – this was the Chicago CD release), and as he’s out of New York, Chicago isn’t exactly local to him. He’s been missed.The great thing about KTA is that Garen is a fantastic performer. He not only has killer guitar skills and an amazing voice (and some pretty awesome songwriting abilities), but he is a pro at cracking jokes between songs, or mixing things up by bringing people out to help perform a song or two. I respect those individuals who can command complete attention onstage with just themselves and a guitar. It can’t be easy.

Pat McAloon (the guitarist for Pat McGee, who was headlining) came out to help sing a song.

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David Ford @ Schubas

David Ford @ Schubas
Very rarely does a CD and a few YouTube videos impress me so much that I switch around my plans to make sure I can cover a show of an artist I hadn’t even heard of until that week.

In fact, I’m not sure that it has happened until David Ford.

One of my favorite publicists forwarded on some info about Ford and mentioned that he was playing at Schubas and if I’d like to cover the show… I would have liked to, but I was actually covering MER’s show that night (photos of that are forthcoming in the next few days), so I politely declined, with a promise to shoot next time he came around. But then I kept listening to the CD and pulled up a few YouTube videos of his live performances, and I was hooked. The next morning, I emailed the publicist back and asked if he knew the set time for Ford – that if I could, I’d juggle it so I could do both shows. Turns out, the set times worked perfectly, and the rest is history.

I’m so glad we went. The show really reminded me of a Butch Walker show – Ford is a bit more singer/songwriter-y – but the banter and stage presence was up to par with Butch, which is something I don’t say about anyone. Really, I can’t describe it. It was just a good show.

Check David Ford out here, you really should.

David Ford @ Schubas

David Ford @ Schubas
David Ford @ Schubas

David Ford @ Schubas

David Ford @ Schubas

David Ford @ Schubas

David Ford @ Schubas

David Ford @ Schubas

David Ford @ Schubas

David Ford @ Schubas

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Joey Marcantonio Promos

Joey Marcantonio

I know Joey through a mutual friend, but we met for the first time when we did these promos.  Joey is a great guy, who just loves music.  We had a lot of fun talking and getting to know each other during the shoot. I’m looking forward to working with him more in the future.

Joey just released a CD – you can download it for free (or just listen to it) here.

Joey Marcantonio

Joey Marcantonio

Joey Marcantonio

Joey Marcantonio

Joey Marcantonio

Joey Marcantonio

Joey Marcantonio

Joey Marcantonio

Joey Marcantonio

Joey Marcantonio

Joey Marcantonio

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