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How NOT to Host a Benefit Show

Outdoor shows without proper shelter can be trouble.

Benefit shows. If you’ve been a musician for more than about 30 minutes, chances are you’ve been asked to play at least one. If you’ve been gigging regularly for over 35 years, like me, you’ve probably given up trying to count the number of requests you’ve received. Now, let me point out right up front that I’m not against benefit shows. I really don’t mind donating my time and resources for a few deserving and well-managed charities each year. It feels good to give back, and I rarely pass up a chance to play music, when given the chance. But lately, it seems like every week someone is holding a benefit of some sort and expecting musicians to give up their personal time and talents for free, while being treated like third world refugees. A recent bad experience at a benefit show prompted some rumination, and subsequently, this post. (more…)

Charlie Worsham – Auburn Hills, MI – 9.18.13

Charlie Worsham - 09.18.13 - Auburn Hills, MI (Jon Diener)

 

For the last few months, I’ve been seeing the name ‘Charlie Worsham’ pop up in music circles and social media. So, I decided to see what all the fuss was about and checked out his August, 2013 release Rubberband on Warner Bros. Records. Not only did I immediately hear/see what all the fuss was about, but I instantly felt a connection to Charlie’s songwriting, voice and instrumental prowess. Short version = this guy is going places.

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Little Big Town – Huntington Center – 10.04.12

A selection of my favorite images from the October 4, 2012 show at Huntington Center in Toledo, OH. As with the Eden’s Edge photos from the previous post, this Little Big Town set was part of the Rascal Flatts “Changed” Tour of 2012.

 

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The full gallery of images can be viewed here.

All images ©2012 Jon Diener. No unauthorized copying, reposting or distribution permitted.

 

Eden’s Edge – Huntington Center – 10.04.12

Back in about 2007, when my son was in the Music Business program at Belmont University in Nashville, he met a trio of musicians that were relatively new to Music City and needed some demo recordings. He did a few sessions with them over a period of a couple years and shared some of those recordings with me at the time. I thought the singers/musicians were very talented and showed a great deal of promise with their songwriting.

Now, fast-forward to 2012…

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Little Big Town – DTE Energy Music Theater

After a few months of distractions in other areas of life, I realized I haven’t posted anything about the last couple shows I’ve shot. So, here’s the first installment of Operation Catch-Up 2012.

You may have read an earlier post of mine, 10 Years and 180 Degrees Later, about returning to DTE Energy Music Theater to witness my son work his magic as Front-of-House sound engineer for Joe Nichols. That was on June 20, 2010. Fast-forward 2 years and a month… and it’s deja vu all over again. This time with Chris working for Little Big Town, and touring the country as part of the Rascal Flatts “Changed” tour.

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Last Summer on Earth Tour

The Mayan calendar seems to come to an abrupt end in late 2012, so why not celebrate the end of times with a summer music tour? Specifically, the Last Summer on Earth Tour.

Barenaked Ladies - Toledo Zoo Amphitheater - 07.06.12 (Jon Diener)

 

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