Although Cathy and I both love music and spent years playing (her piano, me trombone), we seldom go out to listen to music. Last night we did get out, though, and it was so wonderful that it just might be the kick we need to do it more.
The event was “Ice Palace Blues”, organized by the Yukon Transportation Museum as part of their 25th anniversary celebrations. The name is a tribute to the recreation centre and dance hall that now houses the museum. Yukon-born blues artist Brandon Isaak was brought up from Vancouver, and he was backed up by well-known locals Paul Stephens on bass and Lonnie Powell on drums.
This was an experiment by the museum, and was a huge success in every way (in the opinion of Cathy and I). There was a wide variety of people there, and it’s a safe bet that many had never been in the facility before.
Paul Stephens on bass.
Lonnie Powell on the drums.
Still photos just don’t do justice to the music or the energy last night, so here’s a 3½-minute video I shot.
As a bonus to a wonderful evening, when we walked out to the car, the Northern Lights were putting on a good show. This was shot hand-held with everything wide open – a 0.6 second exposure at ISO 3200 and f3.5.
Although I got packed up and went for an aurora-hunt drive after getting home, it had already clouded over.