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Chicago Architecture And Blues

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Did I mention I love my job? At the end of September I flew to Chicago to shoot some new images for the House of Blues. The private Foundation Room club is remodeled and in need of some new photography.  The Foundation Room is stunning to begin with, its East Indian style design makes it a great place to hang for dinner and drinks. After some prep, styling, and special lighting set up we were ready to shoot. The next photo task was to dress and photograph an individual opera box which are available for private rental for concerts and shows. All the House of Blues are unique, Chicago stands out as the concert hall is modeled after the spectacular “Estavovski” Opera House in Prague.

House of Blues Opera Box, Chicago

House of Blues Opera Box, Chicago

Foundation Room House of Blues, Chicago

Foundation Room House of Blues, Chicago

The concert hall is filled with precious rare art along with the “Crazy Quilt” curtains which close off the opera boxes and stage when needed.

Many top musicians and groups have filled this room with great music over the years, and it still continues on a nightly basis which brings me to my next story.

After refueling on famous late night House of Blues Cajon cooking, a local blues band took the stage at “The Porch” which is the stage area inside the restaurant. While photographing the venue in full swing, dinner, music, and drinks, some of the crowd starting whispering about the guest musician that had just stepped onto the stage with his guitar.  One of Chicago’s most famous living blues players, Jimmy Johnson plugged in to sing and play a full set of traditional Chicago style blues at the House of Blues on a Monday night. Right place, right time I guess !

Jimmy Johnson, Chicago Blues Guitarist, House of Blues Chicago

Jimmy Johnson, Chicago Blues Guitarist, House of Blues Chicago

Hanging out and working at the House of Blues is always a treat for me. As a fan of Blues music and collector of Outsider Art, I try to view as many pieces of the art in each venue as I possibly can. Many of the rooms are decorated not only with outstanding art, but with the famous photo series of blues artists in black and white done by photographer Jeff Dunas.

Foundation Room, House of Blues, Chicago

Foundation Room, House of Blues, Chicago

Chicago is a special city to begin with, in particular in September when the nights are cool but old man winter has not started shutting down streets and waterways. The Marina City area of downtown Chicago is alive at night with activity and a perfect place to work the magic of my Night Time Architectural Photography. Did I mention I love my job?

House of Blues, Chicago

House of Blues, Chicago









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