Two bands, back to back — a frequent occurrence anywhere but in Bismarck. Here, you’re lucky to get one band playing one time in one venue. But thanks to Steamer Productions, Charlie Horse, a local blues band opened the night at the Doublewood Ballroom.
I’m generally pretty amazed by the local talent, people who have day jobs but come out at night to show their artistic creative side — a side that remains hidden during the day as print shop printers, mechanics, cooks and teachers. Charlie Horse is one of those hidden talents.
I like shooting bands like this. They’re very appreciative of the attention and the respond with a general friendliness. After all, if you’re not one of their family or friends, you probably know someone who is. It’s a small world.
As a fledgling musician photographer, I like the freedom I’m afforded to get up close, get behind and get down in front of the band to get the photos I like. None of which I’m allowed to do with big-name acts. But who knows, just like they have a day job, so do I. Just like they’d like to make it full-time in the music circuit, so would I be able to make it full-time shooting musical acts. I guess that’s on my (gut) bucket list.