I've decided to using this blog more to showcase my concert photography while continuing to present my personal projects as well. I do expect that by this time next year, once i am settled into the Martimes countryside of Nova Scotia, i will no longer have too many big bands opportunities, so it seems a fair usage of this space given how much i do enjoy shooting music. This year i am hoping to capture a number of acts i have not yet had the chance to see so keep watching.
Though they have never really been a bucket list band for me i do still hold some fond memories of Kansas from way back in my college years. My tastes at the time leaned towards much more progressive stuff, but Kansas was able to take some of the essential points of that genre and distill it into short form radio friendly songs that had memorable hooks and a soaring sonic presence.
With only two original members (drummer Phil Erhart and guitarist Richard Williams) i did approach this show with a bit of skepticism, but just a few bars of the opener, Point of No Return, told me that this incarnation of Kansas was approaching their old material with both integrity and respect. And considering that bassist Billy Greer has been in this line-up since 1985 and David Ragsdale has logged at least 17 years with them playing his violin, they were a pretty tight unit. Forty years later they still managed to make it sound fresh. For better or for worse that classic hit remained on repeat in my head all through the editing for this gallery.
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