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I got to hang out with Riviera for a little bit last week.  Great band out of Chicago, reforming here in Portland.  Check out their Facebook page for upcoming shows and to listen to some of their music.  Hopefully, I’ll get the chance to shoot some live shows and maybe get some in-studio shots when they record their new release in the Spring.

From their site: “After several years in Chicago, Riviera is now based in Portland, Oregon and firmly ensconced in that city’s thriving music scene. Riviera was called “one of the city’s top unsigned bands” by  the Chicago Tribune’s Metromix and has opened for Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Son Volt, Califone, Hem, The Radar Brothers, Brent Best (Slobberbone) and Kraig Jarret Johnson (The Jayhawks,  Golden Smog, Run Westy Run).

Riviera has found recent success in licensing their music for film and television. Most recently, their songs have been featured on the A&E TV show The Cleaner, starring Benjamin Bratt. Three songs were also featured in the award winning independent film, Riff Raff. The band is focused on licensing more material with discussions ongoing with music supervisors and producers.”



The Lewi Longmire Band

Lewi Longmire 01

Stage 01

Lewi Longmire 02

Every Thursday, the Lewi Longmire Band plays at the Laurelthirst bar on Glisan Street. It’s a free show from 6p-8p and I’ve been going fairly regularly for the last couple of years. Great music, great crowd, almost home by dinner!

I talked to the band and asked if they would mind me taking photos. I got the ok, and rented a Canon 85mm f1.2 L lens for the night. Wow, that lens was awesome. The depth of field is so shallow wide open, that if the focus is off by a few centimeters, you won’t end up with a usable photo. I lost a lot of photos due to this, but when I got it right, the focus was ultra-sharp. I wish I had an extra $2000 to buy my own…

I decided not to adjust the white balance when mastering the photos. They came out a bit hot, but I think that they worked out better this way with the lights, textures, and background colors.