Let's look back to last month and remember what a fun day St. Patrick's Day was. Do you remember??? I know it's probably a little foggy after all that green Coors Light, but KTCL Channel 93.3 put on another Keggs & Eggs for the books.…
Obviously, I love local Denver music, and especially the celebration that is Hometown For The Holidays. KTCL Channel 93.3 hosts an annual contest that encourages submissions from Colorado bands, who are then narrowed down to ten finalists for us to choose from. The top three play a concert together at Summit Music Hall and two different prizes are announced. There is the Performance Award - gauged by applause - which was narrowly won by former finalists Pandas & People. (Seriously, Nerf had to use a noise-measuring app to figure it out.)
Hometown For The Holidays 2016 WinnerThen there is the Song Contest winner, who will open next year's Not So Silent Night. Redlands took that prize for their song "Big Talk" and have had a steady stream of shows since then (Next up: February 4th with Shatterproof). [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="700"] DJ Alf holding the sign for Redlands during HTFTH 2016.[/caption]
Guys, bear with me for second here. It's going to sound like I am ragging on KONGOS, but I really more raising a question. Not that I expect them to answer, so perhaps it's a bit of rhetorical question, but here goes. Why do bands have crappy lights while photographers are in the pit? Seriously. I'm seeing this more and more and am completely baffled. Do bands want to have bad photos taken? In the case of KONGOS, it was incredibly dark with only strobe lights during the first two songs. As a photographer, that is when you "spray and pray," meaning you just shoot shoot shoot and hope you get something, anything. We only get three songs, but luckily on the last one, the curtain fell and glorious lights came up behind the band, not to mention electronic screens. I know that bands are doing what they feel is right for them and their fans - but I really don't understand why the good lights come on later when no one is photographing. Again KONGOS, love you, you're talented, entertaining, great show... but I walked away from the pit and looked back, then my jaw dropped as all these beautiful lights were floating down on the front row full of cell phones.