Frank’s Joyride – Reunion Concert

On August 3rd, Lafayette Indiana was treated to a reunion concert from perennial local cover band Frank’s Joyride. Since their formation 25 years ago, the band-mates have drifted apart to various parts of the country but they come together every few years to rock out in front of their fervent and fanatical fan-base. The band describes itself as “Sloppy and you never know when we’re going to come back. We’re the McRib of music.”

Musically, they’re a joy as they hit all the old standards with great enthusiasm. From a photographic standpoint, trying to get any good shots in this venue was a nightmare. Lighting was scarce and the lead singer had a red spotlight in his face the entire night which made post processing lengthy and deeply troubling.

Here’s our red spotlight victim; I finally managed to negotiate his beet-red face down to a cool and shiny magenta. Also didn’t help that I failed to realize early on that I should have been shooting at about 2 stops below my camera’s suggestion.

From Franks Joyride Reunion Concert

The expressions here are wonderful as the band jams away. The guy on the left was perfectly lit in white the whole night.

From Franks Joyride Reunion Concert

I never could wrestle this into anything but the rather psychedelic colors the camera picked up. I pondered a grainy black and white but in the end didn’t go with it.

From Franks Joyride Reunion Concert

See! Like I said. Enthusiasm! He was in the red spotlight for this shot as you might be able to tell. I couldn’t wrestle him down much past a rather pink cast.

From Franks Joyride Reunion Concert

Unaltered, he just looks like his head is going to explode.

From Franks Joyride Reunion Concert

Sometimes you just have to take time to relax even on stage.

From Franks Joyride Reunion Concert

Eventually, they sent the drummer out to sing a song…

From Franks Joyride Reunion Concert

… but the other two are keeping a close eye on him.

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Moving away from the music for a bit, there are some great images just hanging about in the dark. This half-empty beer glass caught the light just so…

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After a brief break in the music, the band was back with a vengeance.

From Franks Joyride Reunion Concert
From Franks Joyride Reunion Concert

After playing for 4 and a half hours, the band went back to their day jobs. Check them out when they’re next in town…. whenever that might happen to be.

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