And so we come to the end of the concert. And I promised a big ending. It was big for me, in a most unexpected way, at least.
Shimabukuro ended his set with his two biggest viral hits, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” And after an hour and ten minutes of waving his arms madly in front of his little ukulele, the show was over.
But before it was, between those two songs, he stopped to thank everyone for coming. He thanked his management and p.r. people. He thanked the owner of the Mexicali Live. Someone ran up to the stage to throw a lei around his neck, which he kept on for the final song. He picked up a piece of paper from the ground and rattled off a couple of names. And then, and you’ll forgive me for paraphrasing for clarity and simplicity here, but he said:
“And thanks to Chris and Augie, our photographers. They worked their butts off tonight.”
And the audience clapped some more.
I very highly doubt the performer on stage will ever stop to thank me for coming to take pictures again. I fear my concert photography career just peaked way too early.
And just to show what a rookie I am, I wasn’t snapping pictures while Jake looked and pointed at me. Ack!
But special thanks to Jake Shimakuburo for having me, his p.r. folks at Shore Media for granting me a pass, and Ilo Ferreira for being a great opening act.
I took nearly 1500 pictures that night, and still haven’t processed all of them. I’ve been busy pulling pics on the fly to illustrate these articles. Aside from an initial sweep to get rid of all the clunkers — mics blocking faces, out of focus shots, test shots, underexposed and overexposed shots to the point of uselessness, etc. — I haven’t done any serious straight-through editing. And with two concerts coming up next week, I don’t know when I will have the time. Yikes!
Yes, that’s right, I’m off to two more concerts in the next week. I’ll be at the Wiggles show at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ on Sunday afternoon, and then back to the Bergen PAC for Huey Lewis and the News. I might have one more show lined up for early August, but that’s iffy.