St. Patrick's Day brought us quite the matched pair of musical teams. Jason Mraz, last in Santa Barbara at the Bowl, this time came to the Arlington Theatre. He not only brought with him his snappy percussionist, Mona Tavakoli, but her entire college band, Raining Jane. This ensemble was a pleasure to photography, which I did mostly with my 400mm lens, although I went a bit wider on a few shots to show off the stunning backdrop. The performance was an audio visual treat, going from plugged-in to unplugged, making quite the unusual experience.
See the gallery and read the story on thearlingtontheatre.com.
In a rare treat, local favorite, Jackson Browne, played the Arlington Theatre in a solo acoustic performance. The well-seasoned performer had a large quiver of acoustic guitars as his backdrop, seemingly haphazardly selecting a particular for each song. Occasionally, he resorted to his little keyboard setup on stage, so you could see his whole body through as key jammed away on the keys.
The show was surprisingly entertaining, especially considering it was just a single musician making all that music. Browne singled David Crosby out of the audience and praised him as a key mentor, enticing him to duo a song or two. That was a special treat!
Read the excellent review by Jim Youngson, and see my photos at thearlingtontheatre.com