ART ALEXAKIS - EVERCLEAR
I have quite a few bucket list groups/bands that I need to see. The problem is, I hate going to festivals and large shows. I'm not a young whipper snapper anymore and fighting 10,000 people to simply get close to an artist isn't worth it. I went to Woodstock in 1999 and had a blast, but I don't think I could sustain it at 35 years old any more! Everclear and Art played at Woodstock but as I recall I was hanging around the other stage to catch the Foo Fighters. The Foo Fighters cancelled and G. Love stepped in, at the time I was disappointed as I didn't get to see Foo, when I could have seen Everclear. However,G. Love made an impression and I have seen them numerous times over the years from that set.
There are a lot of bands I want to see but I don't want to pay $80 for a ticket to be stuck with a 600 yard view. It's just not fun any more. I recently received some tickets to see Radiohead at the AAC in Dallas and while the show was cool I felt no attachment in a 20,000 seat venue.
The point of this long winded story is that I have a handful of artists that I need to see before I pass and I prefer to see them in a small intimate setting. I still haven't seen the Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters (and probably won't for a while because of my aforementioned point), Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Common, and a few others that I can't think of right now. I'd love to see Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds acoustically but I think that ship has sailed. One of the best shows I've seen in the last five years was Ben Folds with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
The beauty of getting older is that some of your favorite artists aren't playing huge venues and you can catch them in an intimate setting. I was fortunate to being able to jam out to with Mr. Art Alexakis, the frontman for Everclear.
Art is currently pre-touring on a solo acoustic set, it almost has an VH1/MTV Storytellers (if you can remember those, when MTV actually played music) vibe. While Everclear won't be mistaken for Led Zeppelin or the Beatles, Everclear is a band that has always made an impression on me. I have always loved the simplicity and songwriting. Art has an ability to portray his life in an honest way, very introspective and full of humility. It takes a lot of guts to write music that talks about your own personal life and he does that graciously. So, while Taylor Swift sings about haters hating and players playing, guys like Art tell stories about their lives thru music. This is what I try to do that thru my photos.
I was happy to have shook his hand personally and thanked him for writing such great music over the years. Listen to songs like Drama King, I Will Buy You a New Life and Father of Mine.....there are great songs thru their entire discography.
As for the show is was great! Art even brought people out of the crowd to sing backup and play the keytar! Love it!
Cheers to Art and Everclear and Art if this blog post finds you I'd love to shoot your band for a few tour stops!
shot with the Fuji X-Pro 1 and Fujinon 56mm F1.2 lens