I got home in time yesterday, Friday May 17, to catch the Jeff Sipe Trio at Oskar Blues’ Brevard Brewery. All I brought with me was my Leica M-E and Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4. Having been to the Oskar Blues location I knew I’d have a chance to get up close to the action.
Jeff, Mike and Taylor did not disappoint. The music was awesome and it was a great welcome home from a long week at work.
Headed over to the 185 King Street Music Venue this past Wednesday evening to listen to Jeff Sipe’s Trio along with their special guest from the Grammy award winning Steep Canyon Rangers, Nicky Sanders.
The music was scheduled to start at 8pm and I arrived a little early. Had a chance to speak with Roger, one of the bartenders, and the conversation quickly turned to photography as I was wearing my Leica. He still shoots film with his older Nikons, including the Nikon F. While sitting at the bar a couple other guests got in on our conversation and allowed me to grab a couple photos.
Of course good conversation needs a little accompaniment so a cold beer was a definite requirement. I asked Roger for his darkest and he offered up the “Green Man Brewery’s Porter”. It was perfect!
The 185 King Street Music Venue is quite a unique establishment. From their website: “Located minutes from downtown Brevard in the shadows of the former Brevard railroad station, this new venue for local music is about people of all walks of life finding a place where they can enjoy good times and great music together and turn what had recently been an overlooked location in a vibrant arts community into something that belongs to them.”
Every Wednesday night Jeff Sipe hosts a national or regional artist that he has performed with over the years and this past Wednesday was no different as he invited Nicky Sanders to join he and his trio.
Jeff Sipe is an incredible drummer and his style immediately reminded me of Billy Cobham. Cobham was one of my favorite drummers from the 70′s as I still today enjoy fusion which included such artists as Chic Corea, Herbie Hancock, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White and others.
185 King Street’s facility is not large and provides the opportunity for the audience to be up close and personal with the entertainment.
I had a chance to speak with Jeff between sets and in our conversation I brought up Billy Cobham and he did acknowledge that his style of drumming had some influence on his style. But I can honestly say that Jeff’s drumming is the best I’ve seen live. Its one thing to listen through your music player its a totally different experience when you able to listen up close and live.
I can see I’ll be spending some more time enjoying the music action at the 185 King Street Music Venue.
This is my buddy Joe’s ride. My wife and I met Joe and some others at the 185 King Street Tavern for some awesome music last evening. I will publish a separate blog post with photos.
But I wanted to share Joe’s ride now. As we came out of the tavern the street lamp was providing perfect key light and the street lamp in the distance added some additional atmosphere.
Every fourth Friday starting in April and going through December our little town has a gallery walk. Last evening was our first gallery walk for 2013. The weather was wonderful and it made a great excuse to grab my Leica and head into town to grab a few photos. The galleries weren’t crowded yet as the tourists haven’t arrived. But there were many locals in attendance and it made for a wonderful evening.
I began my tour at the Red Wolf Gallery and enjoyed a glass of red wine while I viewed the art and listened to a local musician. What’s pretty cool is several of the galleries in the tour provide refreshments and entertainment making for a unique experience.
From the Red Wolf Gallery I decided to head over to the Bluewood Gallery on Jordan Street owned and operated by Hal Looney. I was able to catch Hal speaking to a couple of his guests as he was describing some of the photographs in his gallery.
The last gallery I wanted to visit was the Drew Deane Gallery owned and operated by Drew Deane. I really like what she creates and I try and bring her expired aviation charts. Drew utilizes the charts in covering boxes and other art work making some very interesting pieces. Plus, Drew always has entertainment and I really enjoy hanging out at her place.
From Drew’s place I headed back up to our main intersection at Main and Broad as I retraced my tracks. The evening light was great and I’m happy with how The Fall Landing’s image turned out. Maybe I should solicit them with a copy of this image for their website.
Now it was time for a beer and since the Brevard Brewing Company was across the street seemed the most logical place for me to go. The Munich Dunkel caught my attention as I’m carrying a German camera and I happen to have a little German in my blood seemed the best first choice. And I didn’t go wrong. It was a finish to great first Brevard Gallery Walk of the year.
Just a couple shots along my walk around town today. Spring has finally arrived here in Western North Carolina and today was a beautiful day to get out and about our little town of Brevard.
"There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs." - Ansel Adams
“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson
The main reason why I've moved up to the Leica M-E:
"I want simplification, not amplification or complication...I just want light controls ... because photogarphy is about light." - Thorsten Overgaard