The Turf Club is one of my favorite places to shoot. If you get there early, you can get a front row spot and be close enough to the artists to touch them (but that is not encouraged). The stage is low enough that you can get some good sight lines and great shots. And they get some fantastic acts. Friday night was one of those nights of fantastic acts.
After dealing with two days of snowstorms and a potential of 20+ inches of snow (I actually got a total of 2 inches of snow where I live), I was running late and arrived at the Turf Club a little later than I usually do. The door had a SOLD OUT sign on the front and the venue was already packed. Several people were lining the stage and I was worried about getting shots without people or obstructions in the way. I managed to get fairly close and slowly maneuver my way into a better spot as the night progressed, which was lucky because the crowd moved close to the stage early and it was hard moving around.
Opening the evening was Moaning – a band out of Los Angeles. They talked about the snowstorm and how they weren’t sure that they would be in town on time for the show. The band has been described as abrasive and gloomy, a perfect match for the recent weather. Their music was mostly hard and fast, but at times soothing and soft with frequent use of reverb and effects pedals. At one point lead singer Sean Solomon left the stage and went into the crowd as far as his mic cord would allow. The audience applauded heavily after each song and seemed to really enjoy them. Their sound was unique and I enjoyed it also. I would definitely see them again.