John Rodden (of No Outlet) @ J.D. McGillicuddy’s

April’s been a super busy month for me so far, so I have tons of photos to share.  First and foremost, I’m happy to announce that I have joined the team over at Ear Nuggets as a contributor.  Check it out, especially if you’re looking for new music to listen to this summer.  As a music fan as well as a photographer, I’m excited to watch the project grow.

Now to the photos.  Last weekend I was booked fairly solid, but my buddy John told me he was playing an acoustic set at a nearby pub (J.D. McGillicuddy’s in Wayne, PA if anyone’s interested).  I had Friday night free after work, and rented a Canon EF 50mm ƒ/1.2L from BorrowLenses for the weekend, so I stopped by to hang and shoot a bit.  The 1.2L is a beast in a poorly-lit situation like the front area of a bar with the tables cleared.  Literally, there was only ambient light available and I rarely use flash shooting live music.  I think it kills the mood.  Even at an ISO of 2500, on the APS-C sensor of a Canon 7D I got some pretty awesome shots without having to do some extreme noise reduction.  I changed the autofocus to one zone to ensure there weren’t too many shots with the microphone as the focal point.  It’s no wonder this lens is so damn expensive!

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Shoshana Bean at Rockwood Music Hall

Spring finally seems to be on its way, and I will take the current “mid-sixties and rain” over the past “low-twenties and clear.”.  With this season change comes new hope, new projects, and the sudden panic that you have yet to file your taxes.  I figured I would post these shots before I get lost in a box of receipts.

Shoshana Bean has embarked on a whirlwind tour promoting her latest EP release, Shadows to Light, which dropped at the end of last year.  Shadows to Light is an entirely acoustic recording which includes a stripped-down “Runaway Train,” and a brilliant cover of Sia’s hit single “Chandelier.”  Bean was back in New York City for one sold-out acoustic performance at Rockwood Music Hall’s Stage 2.  Those in attendance were treated to a duet with Eden Espinosa (also a former Elphaba in Wicked), as well as some throwback tunes (namely her infamous 2008 release, “Naomi,” a large departure from her current sound).

To catch Shoshana Bean near you (she will be performing in Hawaii and the United Kingdom in the coming months), visit her official website for ticket info.  And to see the photos, go past the jump.

All photos were shot on the Canon 7D mounted with a Canon EF 24-70mm ƒ/2.8L II USM lens.

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