Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Mardi Gras 2.20.07

Jorma pics are on the way, but for now, here's a few shots from our Mardi Gras celebration with the Firecracker Jazz Band and the Luminescent Orchestrii. One of those nights when watching you was just as entertaining as watching the band. Party On!

Friday, February 16, 2007

Jonathan Richman featuring Tommy Larkins

You know Jonathan Richman as a member of The Modern Lovers. And if that doesn't ring a bell, you definitely know him as the musical narrarator in the hillarious 1998 comedy "There's Something About Mary." Jonathan and Tommy performed a stripped-down set of accoustic numbers to an audience full of long-time fans and few first-timers as well. The guy has a wonderful personality on and off stage, and was fine with photos, as long as I "didn't hurt anyone while doing so." What a guy!

Deerhoof 2.13.07

Deerhoof performed to a sold-out crowd on Tuesday (that's Valentines eve for all ya' lovebirds out there). Below is one of the few shots I got during soundcheck. I always ask permission before photographing any musician, however, these guys quickly changed their mind (collective) and decided that they didn't want any more photos. This is a landmark for me-the first band in 13 months to request no photos, so I felt I should proudly post this pic here (which I got permission to take, remind you). And I guess it's only fitting to stop and say thanks to the 107 acts that gladly allowed themselves to be captured in Grey Eagle history throughout the last year. Thanks, guys!

From the Archives: Hackensaw Boy 2.11.07

Matthew Ryan, Tim Easton, & Paul Burch 2.10.07

On Saturday, we a got a diverse display of singer/songwritters in the form of Matthew, Paul, and Tim. Each performer gave heartfelt sets to a very passive, yet appreciative crowd. A nice mellow weekend before a week of several sold-out shows.

Matthew Ryan

Tim Easton

Paul Burch

Greg Brown 2.9.07

Greg Brown packed the house on Friday, February 9. Here's a pic taken during soundcheck.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Scott Miller 1.28.07

The first few weeks of 2007 have been busy down at the ol' drinkin' hole. We've seen several packed shows already, and much more is to come in the weeks ahead. Check out some highlights below that you may have missed, and check out the link to the Grey Eagle's homepage for details on upcoming shows...February marks one year of photos (and blog), and next week I'll celebrate this phenomenal milestone by compiling highlights, best of/worst of overall/local, artists to keep an eye on, and any other creative category I can think up. Remember, it's good to have an opinion. Stay tuned...

From the Archives

The night I was forced to work outside...isn't that child labor or something?

What the hell is this comin' from the sky? This never happens in N' alens....

Danielle Howle 1.27.07

Danielle Howle came to the Eags last Saturday...she earned quite a reputation for playing with the Tantrums a few years back, recently she's been doing the solo thing, and just came off a tour with fellow Columbians Hootie & the Blowfish...She's an extremely personable gal-she sang for a while, and then made some sort of concoction as seen in the pot below...

Bobby Bare Jr. 1.26.07

Bobby Bare Jr. plays the Grey Eagle so often that soon he'll be paying us (rent) and sleeping on a couch. But that's not a bad thing. And every time the show gets better.

Brett Dennen 1.25.07

Brett Dennen is a new favorite at the Eagle. He's one of the few performers who has a unique, original voice, unmistakeable with one word. We had heard the buzz for weeks, and the large turnout for Brett's first time in Asheville proved we weren't the only ones glad to have him pay a visit. If you haven't heard him, you can be sure you will soon. We were glad to make the guys feel at home; rest assured they'll be back ASAP. Here's a few shots from soundcheck.

Josh Rouse 1.23.07

Josh is an excellent singer/songwritter who's been making a name for himself in the past few years. This was evident from the cherry-red tourbus parked outside on Tuesday. We were pleased to welcome Josh and his band during the first week of their tour, before heading out with John Mayer. The band sounded excellent, accompanied by Josh's girlfriend Paz Suay on several tunes. Fantastic night of music with fantastic folks. I even got a personal tour of the tourbus!