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Have I mentioned recently that my interest in shooting more shows at Cargo @ CommRow is on the rise? This semi new-ish venue in downtown Reno is bringing in some great talent these days, with plenty of national touring acts (Murs, K.Flay, The Green) and with the first sell-out show coming from local vocal hero Whitney Myer, there is no doubt that more will be catching on to the growing buzz surrounding this elegant nightspot.
I showed up to the venue a little early for Das Racist’s show on Tuesday, April 4th and not having seen any opening acts mentioned on the Facebook event or ticketing Website, I was curious to see what this alternative rap trio from Brooklyn had up their sleeves for their 2012 Reno, NV performance. There were several younger fans there ahead of me and I had the pleasant opportunity to chat with both the female bartender on duty for the evening and the venue’s Production Manager, Dan Bishop, who were both a joy to share words with.
The show started shortly after 9PM with an illuminated screen filled with projections of psychedelic waves surrounding a large domesticated feline being ridden by a juxtaposed animated character whose face switched between ex-pres. George W. Bush and Osama Bin Laden. There’s a shot of that below if you’d like a visual to accompany the description.
The three members of Das Racist (Heems, Kool A.D. & Dapwell) made their way onto stage with an air of wit and humor, and after a couple songs began to pass out jumbo-sized bags of gummy worms and (presumably warm cans of) Tecate to the audience. There was also a chicken dinner plate and cantaloupe offered up to the crowd, both of which are also included in the Super Happy Fun Bonus (B&W) Pics featured at the end of this post.
The show lasted about an hour and the trio of east coast gents made a point of hanging out with their fans at the merch booth directly outside of the venue’s 3rd floor entranceway. A true testament to the intimate live music experience Cargo @ CommRow provides to both local and visting concertgoers.
Camera settings on my Nikon D7000 + AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED body and lens combination included a range of ISO from 1600 – 6400 and steadily held aperture and shutter speed settings of f/2.8 and 1/200th of a second, respectively.
There was no photo pit, but front of stage access was pretty easy to come by, and with a little bit of leaning room available at nearly every angle, a variety of close-up shots were within reach, provided ample lighting was in frame. I was also able to move around behind the front of stage crowd for a couple interesting shots encompassing more of the high up stage lighting and a more wide angle view of the venue’s atmosphere for that evening. Needless to say, these things please me as a live music photographer. Thanks Cargo / CommRow!
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Super Happy Fun Bonus (B&W) Pics!
Yes, I remember the first time I heard “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell” by Das Racist, and it was one of those jaw-dropping moments of disbelief where I, as the listener, was unsure of whether or not what I just heard was ‘for real’ aka not a spoof, but a legitimate musical offering. Whether or not I was able to answer that question on the spot is forgivable, as now the answer is plain and clear, Das Racist is truly legit.
My second personal interaction with Das Racist came at one of the most magical moments in my life. No, not my first CD, concert, fan meet-and-greet or celebrity spotting. The moment I speak of is when, duh duh duh, Spotify was released in the USA!
I’ll be blunt. I’m now a paying Spotify subscriber, and have been since October, 2011, and the thing I miss the most after making the upgrade (besides the monthly withdrawal from my checking account) is the commercials.
I know, you’re probably like, “what? commercials? you freak.” but seriously, Spotify had some of the most creative commercials I’d ever willingly sat through (September, 2011 specifically, I’m looking your direction) and there was one I keenly remember for Das Racist’s newest offering, Relax, which after one or two listens, got me to listen to the album. It was pretty epic. Several tracks even made it into my “Best of 2011″ playlist.
Check that out right here if you’re on Spotify.
The listening was more than enjoyable and I can safely prophesize that Das Racist’s upcoming performance at Cargo @ CommRow this Tuesday (April 3rd, 9PM) will be one of our favorites thus far into 2012. Join us on the third floor of CommRow and come say hi to me (Brian) up-front. I’ll be the guy with the big lens hangin’ out. Get in on the action ahead of time and tell your friends using this fancy Facebook Event Page!
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