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Lovehammers @ House of Blues

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the Lovehammers. I knew frontman Marty Casey had won Rockstar:INXS, and that the Lovehammers had been around the Chicago scene for a while, but that’s about it.

Ultimately, my final decision on them, after the seeing them perform at the House of Blues was that as a photographer, I love them, but as a music lover, I’m not so sure about them. Photographically speaking, they had tons of energy, Casey continually interacted with the crowd, and they had great stage presence. But musically, they weren’t bad, just a little ordinary. However, the photographer side of me always wins, so I’m going to say that I wouldn’t mind seeing them again. I’m curious to see how they would perform on a smaller stage with a more intimate crowd.

Shooting Notes

House of Blues is always fantastic to shoot at. Even on an “off” night for them, their lighting is still better than most other venues in Chicago. I’m not sure if its their placement of lights or their light techs, but they always do a great job of shaping light. With that said, this set wasn’t terribly hard to shoot. The hardest part was keeping up with Marty Casey, and moving around in the very narrow pit (which had several other photographers – we were all climbing over each other).

I definitely used the 16-35mm the most for this set, especially with Casey’s tendency to come right to the edge of the stage to sing to the audience.

Lovehammers @ House of Blues

Lovehammers @ House of Blues

Lovehammers @ House of Blues

Lovehammers @ House of Blues

Lovehammers @ House of Blues

Lovehammers @ House of Blues

Lovehammers @ House of Blues

Lovehammers @ House of Blues

Lovehammers @ House of Blues

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