So last week I made the conscious decision to take a week or two off from shooting shows and to attempt to re-charge before the big music festival push coming soon.
This decision also coincided with a business trip for a conference I was scheduled to attend in Orlando, Fla., this past week. This trip obviously made it much easier for me to not just say “what the hell?” and get out to a show.
The conference was a meeting of company executives sharing best practices, new ideas and a chance to meet some of our peers in other markets.
On the first night of the conference, we went to dinner and were told that after dinner we would have entertainment provided. So after enjoying a meal together we wandered down to the ballroom and I could tell that there was going to be a band or musician because there was a stage and lighting rig set up in the ballroom. I absolutely did not expect what came next.
My company, which owns TV, radio and newspapers around the country had brought in the Zac Brown Band to play a private show for us. Zac. Brown. Band. Very cool!
I immediately took my place in the front row center stage to see the show from the perspective I have been accustomed to with my photo credentials. I also began regretting not bringing my camera for this event. What was I thinking?
Anyway, I began doing the superfan thing or using my iPhone to try to capture the show as well as I could (I am terrible with that thing). Here are some images I did catch with my phone.
Also since I was so close to the band I could see the setlist, and I noticed that they were going to do Ants Marching by Dave Matthews Band. I decided to try to video that song with my phone. The above video is what I caught.
I had not seen the Zac Brown Band before but I truly loved the intimacy of the show and I apparently was the only one who did not know every word to every song. Everyone had a great time and I cannot wait to see these guys again – with my gear.