Event: Dave Hause At Crossroads
I first had the chance to shoot Dave Hause back in August, on a hot summer night in Asbury Park.
He stood on the stage with his band, The Mermaid (which includes his brother, Tim on guitar) in front of about 5,000 people, plugged in and tore through his set. I wasn’t too familiar with his music then, but definitely liked what I heard.
I shot the show, posted some pics, made some prints. And often plugged Dave Hause into Spotify or on YouTube to listen to his music. He got his start in the early ’90s Philadelphia, about the time I was living in South Philly. Unfortunately, our paths never crossed then, though I’m sure I would have liked what I would have heard.
Anyway, he and his bands have been playing and touring and writing and playing and touring. He’s been putting the work in, that’s for sure. Even appeared in a Gaslight Anthem video.
But he’s older now. Still has a lot of tattoos covering his arms but a few more lines in his face. He’s a troubadour for sure, a raconteur that connects with is audience, no matter the size.
Crossroads, in Garwood, New Jersey, holds maybe 200 people. Maybe. Every time I walk in there, I get surprised how small the actual surface face is in front of the small stage. But then, by the time the headliner comes on, the people pack in and I’m surprised how long it takes me to get from one side to the other.
Anyway, I was there covering the show at the request of promoter Andy Diamond (who, incidentally, has a Gaslight song named after him). I’ve met Andy a couple of times and we have a common friend in the photographer Drew Gurian. When I expressed an interested on social media to shoot this show, Andy brought me in. Very cool.
Even though it’s a small club, I wanted to shoot Dave and Time from a variety of angles up close and even further back (I had my 70-200 mm with me). Sometimes up close is..well, too close. I like to shoot the stage and the crowd. On a small stage like at Crossroads, where Dave was playing acoustically, there’s no big movements, no leaps, no exaggerated posing. So I wanted to pick my shots, literally.
Somehow, I did get an “action” shot in an otherwise subdued performance. Not tack sharp, but I quite like it.
I quite like this one too, especially after I finished it using one of Nik’s Analog Camera filters. In fact, I ordered an 8×10 of this shot, so I can’t wait to see what it looks like printed.
Dave and Tim had a great set, nearly two hours. They covered a lot of ground from Dave’s old stuff, to his brand new EP, September Haze, to some covers as well. A very good show.
Opening for Dave was a singer/songwriter Kayleigh Goldsworthy. She’s another one that I shot back in August as she plays the Hammond organ in Dave’s band. Not only that, but she plays guitar and violin, too. More on that in a bit.
She did a short set to get the crowd warmed up. While she sounded great, I have to say, though, she was tough to shoot…didn’t look up to much so I struggled to get that eye contact shot. Perhaps I should have worked the floor a little more for her, like I did for Dave, but I had a good spot by the back bar and that’s where I wanted to start for Dave’s performance.
The violin came out later, when she guested on a couple of songs with Dave and Tim.
Kayleigh came out a final time to join Dave, Tim, and Dave’s drummer, Kevin Conroy. A bit of a reunion from The Stone Pony show.
This will be the last time Dave steps on stage for awhile. After all that touring and writing and recording and touring, he’s taking a little break. And, he and his wife are expecting twins in January. So this was a nice set to then take a step away.
I found Andy afterwards, gave him a big hug and thanked him. Hoping to see him again soon, I stepped out into the cold New Jersey night. A big change from that night in August. It was 32 degrees now, and my breath came out in cold puffs.
My night wasn’t done as I promised Andy 5 or 10 selects later that night. That would happen once I got home. I climbed in the truck, and pointed it south on the Garden State Parkway.
Lemon Hill was ringing in my ears but there’s always time for one last shot before hitting the GSP. It was Veteran’s Day.
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