The Birmingham, Alabama music scene was the focus of attention at Saturn Birmingham on January 18th as the venue hosted three Magic City bands for a parachute show. For those who don't know, a parachute show is when the bands literally perform under a lit parachute that makes for a very nice change of pace when it comes to a concert backdrop. The three bands that performed on the 18th were Bitter Calm, Captain Kudzu, and Holiday Gunfire.
I decided to check out and photograph this show for a few different reasons. One being that I had never photographed an actual parachute concert show before. I have, however, photographed some of Saturn's dance parties that made use of the parachute backdrop. Another reason is that, frankly, I wanted to shoot a show just for fun and not have to worry about the variety of things that are present when shooting, for example, a credentialed show. I've felt like I've been in a rut recently, especially due to the lull after the holidays that can be such a dead period when it comes to concert photography, so getting a chance to do a show where I had zero worries really did help clear my head.
I'm glad I made the decision to go out and catch this show because I had a blast. Not only did the three bands perform quite well and present different styles of music throughout the night, but I rather enjoyed the challenge of photographing the show with the parachute backdrop and the lighting in play. Some might have been put off by how things looked, but I loved using the aesthetic of the show to capture and convey the moods of the bands involved. I mean green lighting was in play for two of the three bands, and I'm never going to be angry when green is featured heavily.
This was also my first time seeing each band perform, and I definitely walked away a fan of what I heard from each group. Bitter Calm opened things with a rather moody and dreamy set, Captain Kudzu followed it up with a bit harder performance, and then Holiday Gunfire amped things to the max with a heavy sounding headlining show. Even though they all did different things during their performances, the bands complimented each other nicely when looking at the evening as a whole.
I'm going to be keeping my eyes and ears open for these bands in the future, and I hope you do the same. Check them out, along with the photos, at the links below:
BITTER CALM: BAND WEBSITE
CAPTAIN KUDZU: BAND WEBSITE
HOLIDAY GUNFIRE: BAND WEBSITE
If you were at the show, I'd love to hear what you thought about the performances, the look of the room, and anything else.