Jenny Lewis at the House of Blues, New Orleans LA
I don’t think I’d ever buy plane tickets only weeks before flying out for a one night stay halfway across the country where temperatures easily exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit, only to spend hours in various airports along the way because cheap tickets mean many connecting flights. Unless of course, I’m going to see Jenny Lewis.
My wife orchestrated this whirlwind trip after we missed seeing Jenny in concert at the Fillmore in San Francisco (it was my fault, but that’s another story). Jenny performed on June 26th 2009 at the House of Blues in the French Quarter area of New Orleans. Yes, this is old news, but hey, I just started this blog! We landed in Louisiana at dinnertime, had dinner at the venue’s own restaurant, enjoyed the concert, which ended around 11pm, woke up at 5am the next day and flew back home. That was it!
No cameras were technically allowed in the venue, which ruled out bringing my D90 to the event. But stealthy use of
my Lumix LX3 allowed me to grab some decent shots of the performance. Most of them I recorded in black and white, processed by the camera. There seemed to be too much of a mixture of color on the stage from multiple light sources, and so I felt that black and white captures were much more pleasing to the eye.
One thing I wish I could have done was do a photo walk through the French Quarter. But I had absolutely no time to do so unfortunately. One day I’ll have to return to gorge on some real southern cooking, and capture some great images of this interesting area. But NOT during the summer!
I couldn’t remember all of the songs that Jenny sang, but my wife remembered the following, in no particular order: See Fernando, Jack Killed Mom, Pretty Bird, Rise Up with Fists!!!, Happy (a slow version), The Charging Sky, You Are What You Love, Handle With Care, Trying My Best To Love You, Carpetbaggers, The Next Messiah, and an acoustic solo version of Silver Lining. The Encore was three (or 3.5) songs: a brief “Man in the Mirror” acapella tribute to Michael Jackson (RIP), Acid Tongue, a new song (didn’t catch the title), and Born Secular.
Though we were exhausted after our return home, and sick of airports (there were TWO connections on the way back), the experience was worth it. Life needs crazy spontaneity sometimes, and Jenny’s performance was stellar and unforgettable. She has an incredible stage presence, a great personality, and of course, a beautiful and unique voice.
You know what else was unforgettable? Losing my $500 dollar earphones somewhere along the trip. Ouch…