Colin Hay, Colonial Theatre, Laconia, New Hampshire, 4.7.24

April 08, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

The best is yet to come with Colin Hay.


On a gentle spring evening, Colin Hay rolled into the small New Hampshire town of Laconia, opening his set to a nearly full house at the famous Colonial Theatre on Main Street.  Colin joked during the show there "was nothing going on here" and the crowd was caught laughing in agreement.  Colin shared stories of past bandmates, meeting Paul McCartney, and many more as the crowd cheered his performance on.  For the Colonial, this was more than just a concert; it was an intimate gathering that celebrated the past while looking forward to more stories, more laughter and more music.

As a solo acoustic artist with a career spanning four decades, Colin brings his stories to life through his music. Colin kicked off his performance joking this must be the "senior show".  With a career of more than 40 years, and fans following his musical journey, it was not a surprise that the audience was made up of all genders and ages to represent his last 40 years of fans. Colin kicked off his set with 'Going Somewhere", warming up the crowd for what was to come.  Between Colin's storytelling and musical talent, his show provides an opportunity for his audience to gain insight into not only his creative mind, but how the songs came to be. Mid-set he hit the crowd with 'Overkill' and "Who Can it be Now' where everyone joined in on the choruses of songs that brought back memories for all.  His final three songs seemed to be really what his fans were waiting for. 'I Just Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You', a deeply emotional and real story of moving on, but also not forgetting where you once were. 'Waiting for my Real Life' and "Down Under' were hits that everybody enjoyed, evident amongst the laughter, stories and genuine love for his music. 

Colin joked that he is often asked if songwriting is 'worth it' and he shared this is definitely a vocation that you should look into seeing as his hit "Down Under' was able to sustain his career for the last 40 years.  Hay's engagement with the audience through jokes, personal stories and hits speaks to his ability to transcend mere performance, creating an atmosphere where everyone felt part of something special.  Thank you Colin for sharing your art and music with New Hampshire.  Colin Hay is off to Maine and can be found on tour in and around New England for a few more dates.  www.colinhay.com


Avenged Sevenfold, Manchester, NH 3.23.24

March 28, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

A snowstorm dropped almost 2 feet of snow in some parts of New Hampshire Saturday night, that did not stop fans of Avenged Sevenfold! Fans from all over New England showed up in full force and ready to rock! You can bet A7X didn’t disappoint! 

 

Avenged Sevenfold, also known as A7X, is known for their powerful live performances, combining heavy metal music with a theatrical stage presence that captivates audiences. Their dedication to ensuring that fans have an unforgettable experience is evident, from the choice of opening song that immediately grabs everyone's attention to the care they show for their fans' safety, as demonstrated when they stopped the music during "Bat Country."

The energy at an A7X show is palpable, with dancing, moshing, and crowd surfing being integral parts of the experience. It’s clear that the band's hits like "Blinded in Chains" and "Afterlife" are perfect anthems for such an environment, energizing the crowd and setting the perfect scene for fans to fully immerse themselves in the music.

Avenged Sevenfold’s ability to create a strong connection with their audience, ensuring that the fans get more than their money’s worth, is a testament to their status as a top live act in the rock and metal scene. The band's attention to their fans, whether it's through their performance or moments of care, like ensuring a fan's safety, makes their shows not just a concert but an event to remember.


Brandy Clark - Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH, 3/16/24

March 18, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

The Mixtape interview with Brandy Clark - click here. 

 

Brandy Clark's recent performance at the music hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, exemplifies the unique, intimate nature of live music. By inviting her friend Hayes Carll to join her on stage, Clark not only diversified the show but also enriched the overall experience for her audience. This collaboration allowed for a more dynamic interaction, as both artists shared personal anecdotes and laughed with the crowd, fostering a sense of connection and community.

Clark's storytelling stood out as a highlight of the evening. Her narrative about the creation of "Dear Insecurity" and its solo performance resonated deeply, earning her a partial standing ovation. This song, along with "Hold My Hand," showcases Clark's ability to convey emotion and connect with her audience on a personal level. The latter, a favorite of Clark's for its heartfelt delivery, exemplifies the power of music to touch hearts and bring people together.

The music hall in Portsmouth provided the perfect setting for such an intimate show. Known for its ability to foster a close connection between artists and their audience, the venue amplified the impact of Clark and Carl's stories and songs. The shared experiences of family and past love, combined with their musical talent, made for an unforgettable evening.

Clark's approach to touring, with its emphasis on storytelling and personal connection, highlights the evolving nature of live performances. By sharing the stage with a friend and engaging directly with the audience, she creates a unique concert experience that transcends traditional musical performances. As "Dear Insecurity" grows into a new favorite for Clark, it's clear that her ability to connect with her audience through storytelling and song remains unmatched.

 


12/OC at Wally's in Hampton Beach, 3/8/24

March 18, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

12/OC showed up for their fans Friday night at Wally's in Hampton Beach.  Alongside my partner, Jason of Acoustified Media and Tales from the Pit Podcast, we captured some great moments of them on the stage performing their latest single, 'Better with a Beer'.  This band is hot on the tails of the country music scene and their fans made sure they knew it!  Keep an eye on these guys - just a matter of time before we see them out on tour again with their own album.


Updates for 2024

December 20, 2023

I am very excited to say that in collaboration with Jason from Acoustified Media, we will be offering a new wedding photography and videography package for limited dates in early spring and fall.  Jason and I have over 20 years combined experience with portraiture and are looking forward to seeing you on your special day.  Be sure to reach out to me for details!

In addition to our wedding adventures, we plan to open a studio space in mid January to provide access to custom portraiture for headshots for business, acting, dance and more.  As well as studio time for beauty and glamour photos!

Come check us out on instagram @photographybybonnie or @acoustified

There will be a formal announcement in early January and we can't wait to share across all the social media platforms!

All my best, 

Bonnie

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