Caroline Smith @ The Vintage



BRENT PENNINGTON "Caroline Smith" plays at The Vintage in downtown Scranton on the evening of 27 May 2013.

So was I rocking out in downtown Scranton, over Memorial Day weekend?  Heck yes!  (Yeah, I know, I’m only about six weeks late here…but getting back on track.)

Anyway, I was back at The Vintage – which is pretty much my go-to hotspot in town – Mandy and I hung out for the night’s concert, which featured “Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps.”  And they were awesome – what a voice, what a sound!  I’m not entirely sure what genera they fall into, I guess sort of a soulful, modern folk sound, and they’re well worth checking out.

For me, the measure of a good band is that it’s easy to get lost in their music.  You stop thinking about anything and just listen, really listen, as they play.  Then the song ends and you’re kind of startled by the sudden silence.  And if it’s a really good band, everyone claps and cheers until the next song starts, and so the evening goes.

BRENT PENNINGTON "Caroline Smith" plays at The Vintage in downtown Scranton on the evening of 27 May 2013.

BRENT PENNINGTON "Caroline Smith" plays at The Vintage in downtown Scranton on the evening of 27 May 2013.

BRENT PENNINGTON "Caroline Smith" plays at The Vintage in downtown Scranton on the evening of 27 May 2013.

BRENT PENNINGTON "Caroline Smith" plays at The Vintage in downtown Scranton on the evening of 27 May 2013.

Of course no matter how good the music is, I’m still a photographer, and have a compulsive need to work the event.  It’s those old photojournalism roots showing through, the idea that if it’s worth being there for, then it’s worth capturing on film.  So I moved around a bit and did my best to try and capture the feeling of the evening.  Color is always a very subjective element in photos; in this case I didn’t try to balance them out.  The warm, yellow light fits with the mood, fits with the music, so I left it.

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Of course no show would be complete without an opening act, in this case the local band “A Fire with Friends.”  They’re a local favorite, one of those bands where it seems that everyone knows at least one of the band members.

BRENT PENNINGTON "A Fire with Friends" opens a show at The Vintage in downtown Scranton on the evening of 27 May 2013.

They’re popular for good reason – these guys know how to rock out!  They’re there to have a good time and it’s obvious, watching them play, that they are just having fun, making music, performing, doing something they love.  Despite having heard a lot about them, this was my first time hearing them for myself.  (Somehow I haven’t been to a lot of concerts, well…ever.)  I’d definitely go back to see them again!

BRENT PENNINGTON "A Fire with Friends" opens a show at The Vintage in downtown Scranton on the evening of 27 May 2013.

 

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