I went down to the river to see Hoots and Hellmouth last night. It was a quick, casual night out with my wife and a few friends. Normally I may or may not take my camera on a night like that (lately not taking it more often). But... I know H&H always put on a great show, and they often jump around like jackrabbits on meth, so I figured I'd pack up.
If you've never seen the band, GO. They write amazing songs and play with an unusual intensity, and they're top-notch musicians on top of that. They do everything from traditional-sounding folksy tunes to funked up Prince-playing-at-your-neighbor's-campfire to gospel goodness to quiet moments of transcendence. They're one of the few bands I've seen that can have everyone up and dancing and stomping their feet in one song, and moments later the audience is quietly, breathlessly hushed, hanging on every note coming out of Sean Hoots' mouth. (Well, except for that obnoxious chick sitting behind us who didn't shut up the whole night...)
Anyway - we arrived a little late, but I still managed to grab some cool shots of the band. I'm looking forward to catching them at a more intimate location soon. They handle the big stage well, but they seem to just thrive on the feedback of smaller crowds.
Here are some shots from last night: