Asbury Park Music & Film Fest Part 3: Wyclef in Asbury Park
If you read Part 2 of this series, you’ll see that part of my day at the Asbury Park Music & Film Festival was the presser for Danny DeVito.
You may know Wyclef Jean best from being part of The Fugees, and their hit song, Killing Me Softly. As Billboard.com states, “The former Fugees member’s performance will directly benefit the youth of Asbury Park, NJ, as proceeds will go toward obtaining a new mobile recording studio [called the Beat Bus ~ Ed.] for the musically inclined children of the area. The move comes as part of Clef’s continuous benevolence and willingness to assist the creative community, while staying a positive role model that any passionate individual can look up to.”
He’s been spending a lot of time in Asbury Park lately as the local news channels have been reporting.
Anyway, we were to supposed to get an opportunity to photography him at the Beat Bus at 5:30 p.m. (his show at The Stone Pony was to start at 8.)
So, after the DeVito pressers, I went across the street from Convention Hall to Bradley Park. In true festival atmosphere, there was an outdoor stage set up, a beer tent, food trucks, etc. It wasn’t super built up, but I can see this festival area becoming bigger in the future. Best of all, for me at least, there was a charging station hosted by the Asbury Park Press! To me, that’s bigger than the beer tent.
I shot some of the bands on the outdoor stage (a future post, just wait) and figured out how to kill some time, aside from charging my phone. It was a sunny day, but a brisk ocean breeze so a little chilly. I decided to go across the street and grab a burger at the Wonder Bar and warm up. This was around 4:50 p.m. I still had a long night ahead of me and I wasn’t sure I’d have the opportunity to eat again.
I warmed up while waiting for the burger, then gobbled it down because I didn’t get it until about 5:15 and I didn’t want to be late for the Wyclef presser. I paid my tab adn hustled across the street.
Good thing I hustled because….we ended up waiting a good 45 minutes for Mr. Jean to show up in his Escalade. Apparently the sound check at The Stone Pony took longer than expected. So we stood there and waited…and waited…and waited.
We were standing around for so long, when I saw a dapper gent across the street in the shadow of Convention Hall, I had to go grab a portrait of him. Turns out, it was Asbury Park Councilman Jesse Kendle.
When I came back, I went on the bus to a) warm up again and b) check it out. It’s an old school bus retrofited to be a mobile studio, complete with drum room.
Finally…Wyclef showed up. Not much was said, so he was mugged for the camera scrum in front.
At one point, he told rock photographer Michael Zorn to give him his camera so that Michael could shoot the scrum. Here’s what Michael saw (from his IG feed and used with with his permission.) That’s me next to Wyclef. If he had asked me what camera I was using, I would have said a FugeeX100T. (get it?)
And here’s what we saw. My shot.
We had Clef for about 10 minutes, then he went on the bus with some of the kids. I didn’t go in – should have – but waited to grab some when he came out.
I grabbed a couple shots of the kids, too, that would be appearing later that evening as part of Clef’s Carnival Tour.
Around 6:30 or so, Wyclef was back in the Escalade and on his way back to the Stone Pony, three blocks away. The next time I saw him, at the Pony, he was in full on Wyclef mode.
I really like this image. I got Clef, the crowd, the photographers. There’s a lot going on. Think I’ll make a big print of this one.
So that was my time with Wyclef Jean! Lots of waiting but some shots I like.
More still to come…Part 4 on the way.
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