In 2016, my daughter introduced me to Icon For Hire and I was hooked pretty much right away. I had the opportunity to photograph them that same year, but was never able to make it to a show since then. So, when their next Minnesota show was announced at the Skyway Studio B venue and I actually was able to make it, I immediately put in to cover the show. From what I remembered the last time, it was going to be a fun one!
While walking from the parking ramp to the venue, I realized I forgot how interesting the Twin Cities is on the weekend. There was something going on at just about every venue in the area. I walked into the venue and was happy to see a good number of people had already arrived. The intimate venue is nice as fans can get up close to the bands, but as a photographer it’s a little more tricky without a barricade. I had a choice to park it up front or use my bigger lens and walk around. I don’t like to be stuck in one spot, so I chose the latter.
City of the Weak went on first and showed how great the show was going to be. They always have a fun and energetic set and this one was no different! Their section of the stage was limited and reminded me of The What’s Up Lounge stage in Mankato. They still managed to move around and engage the crowd though. The only tricky person to photograph was the drummer because he was back in a corner and not very well lit, but I found a spot behind a speaker to sneak my camera in to get him! City of the Weak delivered the performance that I have come to expect and enjoy!