Grindhouse Theater blues
We leave 2010 with a recurring theme — local musicians. It’s been an unexpected pleasure this year to shoot the bands and musicians I’ve hooked up with such as these fellows. On the left,Weston Shick. On the right Arnold Jordan. (I have yet to be introduced to the guitarist in the middle.)
North Dakota is blessed with rich musical talent. I think it is because there are people in this culture who realize if there’s going to be entertainment here, they have to make it. So, they make entertainment for themselves and for us.
For my part, I try to capture not only the moment as it existed, but add to it in a bit of a creative burst of energy, my own interpretation of the moment with processing and framing. That’s the entertainment I make for myself.
There are few places for them to perform, but the East 40 Chophouse in Bismarck is one. The lounge with its cozy atmosphere and warm fireplace is a great place to enjoy a respite from winter with good friends such as these.
Now that winter has descended, people start looking for things to do, to liven up the long cold days. Places such as The Walrus in Bismarck accommodate those looking for life. In this case, the Phil McBand band and Weston Shick.
Weston is a young man, 25 years old, who stays busy with his talents. He’s a musician who plays several instruments in different bands in town.
In this case, the little narrow eatery, The Walrus sets aside a tiny part of the front for the music. The place fills up quickly when good jam bands, bluegrass, blues or jazz bands are playing.
It’s cold outside, but the entertainment is hot inside. When it’s hot outside as in the summer, live music becomes a bit more rare.
Do you see an increase in live music options in the winter where you live?
Black Cat Rumble
Four extremely talented local musicians get together for good rockin’ blues. Each play on their own, in their own bands or with others. Sarah McMahon, Adam Halverson, Arnold Jordan and Weston Shick get together to play as Black Cat Rumble.
Bismarck doesn’t seem to have the venue for such outstanding musicians to perform, so they get together when they can, where they can such as here at in the corner of the lounge at a local motel. I don’t know if there’s no market for such music or if there’s no venue. Either way ya gotta catch this talent when you can, where you can.
I was fortunate enough to catch them here, and in conversation with another member of the audience shared the same thoughts. Except he’s a promoter and invited me to shoot some upcoming acts he has coming to town. What good karma! I look forward to developing this line of photography.