Event: Jared Hart and Dave Hause At The Stone Pony

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A few more from Night 1 of The Gaslight Anthem at The Stone Pony.

On Friday, the first opening act was Bayonne, New Jersey, native Jared Hart. I first became aware of Jared’s music a few years ago, as I started listening to his band The Scandals. Super punk rock-influence there.

I’ve seen him before a couple of times as he’s been opening and/or doing back up vocals for Brian Fallon’s solo shows the last couple of years.

Jared has a very particular voice – quite harsh, like he gargles glass. May not be for everyone but he makes it work.

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Over the years, his hair and beard have gotten longer but the voice hasn’t mellowed. He’s still quite young, so looking forward to seeing the rise of his career.

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Jared often does a duet with singer Casey Macalush on his song “The Leo”. Here’s fan video of this song from Friday. Nice Tom Petty t-shirt on Casey (strong Tom Petty theme throughout the evening, much more so than Springsteen. Petty is a big influence on TGA/Brian Fallon so maybe there’s a connection).

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Casey Macalush duets with Jared Hart

Interestingly, as you can see in the background, Jared’s  set included a string quartet, the Four Shore Strings out of Red Band, New Jersey. I thought that was an interesting addition to his set that I certainly didn’t expect.

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Two of the Four Shore Strings

Aside from the music, one of the best parts of this set… Rocky Cantanes’ beautiful Gretsch guitar


After about a 30 minute break, the middle act came on: Philadelphia’s Dave Hause & The Mermaid.

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First, Hause rhymes with “pause” or Jaws. He had a wonderful t-shirt available that showed classic Jaws poster but with Hause at the top, rather than Jaws. A little vague if you don’t know him as a musician but I kinda wished I picked it up.

As you can see above, the light was a little different now. Some clouds came in to break up the bright white background I had for Jared’s performance. Evening was approaching so the background wasn’t so blown out as it was around 6.

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Photo above was shot with my little Canon SX610 HS point-and-shoot with the “miniature” feature (blurs the top and bottom to give it a tilt-shift look).

Classic sunglasses+ full sleeves of tattoos = a great look. I have to admit…while I had heard of Dave Hause…I’d never gotten around to listening to him. A bit disappointed in myself as I really loved his set.  Going to be picking up more of his music soon!

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I really like that he had Red Foxx on his guitar strap, too.

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He was probably the most animated of the bands (including TGA) and moved around the stage quite a bit. I kept trying to get a shot of him leaning over the stage with the Empress Hotel in the background, but I couldn’t quite snag it.

Tim Hause, Dave’s brother, is part of The Mermaid. Must be fun to be on tour with your brother. I went high-key on this one to blow out the sky and some scaffolding wires behind Tim.

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Kind of like the B&W version too.

Jared stayed on for the Saturday and Sunday shows, but Chuck Reagan took over DH&TM spots both nights. Which ever night you went, there were a few really good opening acts to get the crowd ready for The Gaslight Anthem.

Speaking of t-shirts, I had to grab a hyper-local TGA shirt. They had some neat designs (old cars and such) but to grab the APNJ one was the one I had to pick.

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Gear note: My backdrop here is Savage Universal Seamless Paper in Thunder Gray. I’ve been looking for a backdrop of this color, at a reasonable price, for a while. A gray backdrop is quite versatile and I’ve been loving it.

I got the 107″ which is quite long and a bear to handle by yourself. But, I already needed one that length, so I guess it came in handy.

This is a thicker paper backdrop and, as you can see, it has some role lines in it. This was the third time I’ve set it up and I see the lines are more pronounced. Last evening, I cut it so that when I use it again, the paper will be clean and flat (first time I used it, it was fine). I guess, again, it depends on how much you want to pay. Perhaps a more expensive one doesn’t leave these roll marks.

Ironically, I’ve known about Savage for a long time. Way back when, I worked with John Madere, and he was using a paper backdrop to do executive portraits, and I’m pretty sure it was Savage. It sat rolled up in its box in my office for a long time, the thinking being if we ever needed to do a new executive portrait, it would be right there. When I changed to a new job and a new location, I left it. Wish I had kept it now!

In any case, I love the color. I’ll probably get a smaller one for individual portraits soon.

If you use a backdrop for headshots, what do you like to use?

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