Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Little Wings, Sonny & the Sunsets at The Outer Space 06.13.13

You might have noticed there are a few venues in Connecticut with similar names. I've taken pictures at The Spaceland Ballroom, The Space and now The Outer Space. Surprisingly,  The Outer Space, which is the smallest, has had the best light. Tables are lined up in front of the low stage, with a bar directly behind them. There are white lights hitting the performers, which don't make for dramatic light, but are great for concert photography.

This was an assignment for StGA and Adam was doing the writing for it. I didn't really research the performers before hand, shame on me, but I was pleasantly surprised by Little Wings, aka Kyle Field. He played a solo set, with the addition of the drummer for Sonny & the Sunsets for a couple of songs. Field was highly animated: gesticulating with his hands, dancing on the stage and singing passionately. He was a combination of Niel Young and Andy Stochansky, and by far had more fans there for his set. The large straw hat gave me a tiny challenge, but luckily, Field threw his head back plenty, allowing for light to reach his face.

Sonny & the Sunsets didn't exactly win me over. There was no set list and the band had no energy. The most exciting point of their performance was when a beer fell off of their amp and spilt all over the stage. I've seen musicians play without a set list before, and it can be done well, but this was just long lulls in between songs where the band members looked at each other. It really felt like they didn't want to be there and that's disappointing.

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