On 4 March 2014 the American musician Kelley Stoltz came to town to play his particular brand of offbeat music for the people of Bath as part of his Winter Exposure Tour. We don’t get many interesting gigs in Bath so it was quite exciting to see Kelley Stoltz and his band in such a small local venue and it was thanks to Raves From The Grave that this came to pass.
Whilst a small venue might be good for “intimacy” reasons, there were problems associated with that, of course, as this particular venue resembles a very small, long dark tunnel with scant lighting – unless you’re at the front, you’re unlikely to get a good view or any good photographs.
I made do with just listening from the sidelines for the most part but for a brief period I made my way down the front (being small has its perks – people let you get down the front with no questions asked) and I took a few photographs with the Olympus Trip:
I have a lot of faith in my reliable Olympus Trip but even I over-estimated it on this occasion – there were photos of other band members but as they were further back on the stage and the lighting was abysmal, even the Olympus Trip couldn’t convert the dim light into good images. I just can’t bring myself to blind anyone with the overly-powerful flash though!
Anyway, it was an excellent gig and the first time in ages that I have seen a contemporary band that I have enjoyed so much. Given that it was such a successful evening, I am hoping that Raves From The Grave will organise some other exciting live music in Bath again soon.