June 17, 2009 – As previously reported, Craig Finn of the Hold Steady is a fantastically dynamic subject, a representative fact made clear as the Brooklyn five-piece as they opened for Dave Matthews Band.
This was a quick three songs, but a lot of fun. The Hold Steady put on a great show despite the 100º heat index, particularly frontman Craig Finn, who was a blast to cover.
The band was set up relatively far back from the front of the stage, so I shot this performance primarily with the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8. From that zoom range, I mostly shot above 105mm.
Overall, the lighting for this show was pretty straight forward. Lots of hot light from high in the ceiling rig and not too much in the way of atmospheric effects.