Over the years, I’ve been able to photograph a great deal of live music with some of the shows being absolutely incredible. None of the shows, though, can measure up to the impact and importance of one I photographed on March 23rd. As part of Wellthatscool.com, I had full access to photograph the Tuscaloosa Get Up! benefit concert to help Habitat for Humanity in Tuscaloosa. The show was held at the historic Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa, and it produced a packed house. The three bands on the bill, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, The Dexateens, and The Alabama Shakes absolutely slayed the jam packed crowd. It was a full on assault of rock and roll from three ALABAMA based bands. Before the actual show began, the three bands performed a small acoustic set for special VIP guests. It set the stage for what was to come.
Once the show began, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires took the stage first and opened things off with a spirited intensity. The band has a new album approaching and an opening gig with The Alabama Shakes on select upcoming tour dates. As a result, they are going to continue to impress live audiences all over the country.
After The Glory Fires finished, Lee Bains didn’t get much of a rest as he took the stage with The Dexateens, who elicited a fantastic reaction from the hometown crowd. Bassist Matt Patton, due to travel issues, couldn’t make the start of the set but arrived in the middle of it and stepped in without missing a beat.
When The Dexateens finished, The Alabama Shakes took the stage and got the entire crowd on their feet. It’s been a crazy ride for this band as they’ve gone from playing local Tuscaloosa bars to major events and venues across the country and world. Tuscaloosa, though, embraced them early, and they are quick to return the love. They closed things out with another spirited set that sent the crowd home happy.
All in all, it was a magnificent night that raised over $20,000 for a very deserving family in Tuscaloosa. I will be doing another blog post soon covering the behind the scenes activities and other events that happened at The Tuscaloosa Get Up! Until then, though, please check out the gallery from the musical performances at http://www.dsmithimages.com/site/music/the-tuscaloosa-get-up:-3-23-12/1/