First show of 2018 and couldn’t have been happier to kick it off with this year’s Winter Jam iteration. The massive tour has quickly become an anticipated mainstay on my annual concert calendar and with 10 acts on the lineup, there’s always an enjoyable mix of anticipated and new acts to enjoy during the night (this year slanted slightly more towards the “new to me” end of the spectrum).
Westover | Mallary Hope | Dan Brennes
Post WJ Thoughts:
I definitely admit that pre-WJ, I brushed off Skillet as “just another rock band” and was somewhat expecting to duck out early to get a jump on traffic. But holy smokes, their stage presence and intensity totally won me over and I would 100% try to shoot them again next time they rolled through town.
Comedian John Crist was definitely a highlight of the night and was definitely a good choice to add to the lineup.
Somewhat similar to my Skillet admission, I’ve glossed over Kari Jobe in the past, but have really grown to appreciate her music and performance ever since catching her on The Garden Tour. Officially a fan.
The quirk pop of Westover definitely caught my attention and I’m curious to see where the band goes from here.
The Mother Clucker chicken sandwich from Byrd & Barrel was my choice for my Winter Jam dinner (i.e. I need to scarf this down as fast as I can to get back to shooting). Fantastic (although the lack of alcohol service that night was a bummer).
Jordan Feliz | Newsong
KB | John Crist
Rather than the “U” double catwalk of last year, this year’s stage setup consisted of one really long catwalk extending in the center. While it really works from an attendee-perspective, it definitely can throw some challenges in the photo pit as you’ll sometimes just find yourself on the wrong end of the catwalk and have to decide whether you want to burn time waiting for them to come back or try and navigate the pit to get a better position. For anyone with the luxury of shooting more than 1 WJ, taking mental notes of artist positions on night 1 would seem like a strong recommendation.
The 14-24mm was usually the star of WJs past, but it was really ineffective this year due to the deep catwalk. A long-range lens and a prime in the 30-50mm range would probably be the best duo to keep you flexible enough to adjust to the action.
Kari Jobe & Cody Carnes | Nick Hall | Building 429