Last Saturday evening, I had the chance to experience the latest installment of the Sofar concert series in STL, with a performance by Spectator, Tortuga and Dagmar at Space Architecture in the Grove. The premise of Sofar is intriguing, where users can apply to receive an invitation to smaller intimate performances at unique sites, but the catch is that you won’t know the venue or lineup until the day of. I get the apprehension about committing to the unknown, but here are a few benefits that I left with:
-With a limited amount of tickets available, you definitely felt like the crowd was wanting to be there and glad to be a participant.
-The crowd was asked to refrain from talking or using cell phones during the performances and was encouraged to stay for all the bands. I forget how much of a difference that makes these days.
-30 minute sets from the bands, so you didn’t feel antsy if it wasn’t necessarily a band you clicked with.
-It’s a much more relaxed environment with all of the bands floating around to chat with attendees and catch the other band’s sets.
From a shooting perspective, Sofar is a challenge. With a much quieter atmosphere, the normal DSLR clicks get really noticeable and I ended up keeping shots at a minimum. It ended up being a good chance to break out the Fuji X-Pro1 and we’ll see if you can tell which camera the shots below come from.
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