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Ann Arbor Summer Festival 2009

 
Ann Arbor Summer Festival 2009

Breathless! That’s me after shooting 16 days (out of 24) at the Festival.

This is the first Festival out of the past three I’ve shot where there wasn’t a performance in the sky above Ingalls Mall. I don’t mind admitting that performers such as Strange Fruit and Heliosphere can make it a smidge easier for me to take dazzling photographs (almost to the point where it feels like cheating). This year, without the distraction of people flying in the air, I was delighted to discover the many awe-inspiring moments on the ground. I guess you can say this year’s Festival brought me back to earth.

Hardly! Rather, several musical acts had me flying… over the moon — including Nomo, Hullabaloo, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, and My Dear Disco! Circo Comedia charmed my socks off. Body Masterpiece accomplished the impossible: making kids even cuter!

It’s a big honor to be a part of this Festival in such an integral and celebrated manner. I couldn’t be prouder to see my images displayed in the Festival program and website, helping to convey this magical and unique community event. Not to mention printed large-scale and hung on the wall of the Power Center lobby. I can’t thank Robb Woulfe enough for inviting me to be involved with the Festival at this level. I also want to thank him for his contribution to our community: Robb’s artistic leadership, enthusiasm, professionalism, and good humor have made the Summer Festival an event we can’t help but embrace and enjoy. His staff and all the Festival supporters truly have done a spectacular job this year inspiring and uplifting us AND making us groove. Now we just have to keep it going!

Seriously, we do!

One last thank you: to my husband Rich (aka Rico). There’s no way I can shoot two festival evenings out of every three (on top of my regular studio work) without his support. The extra-innings parenting is one big way he makes this possible, but he’s also working overtime to bolster my energy and confidence. Plus, so often with photography the decisive moment is spotted during the grueling culling/editing process. Out of the several hundred shots I take of Sharon Jones, which is going to be “the one”? When my eyes hurt, or I’ve simply lost objectivity, I can depend on Rich to make these choices. He’s got an impeccable eye, and brings a much needed fresh perspective. I think he does an amazing job. Wouldn’t you agree?

Ann Arbor Summer Festival 2009 | This and the triptych above: Late-night dancing to Orquestra Sensacional — good shots made great with a little help from my friends. (You know who you are.)
This and the triptych above: Late-night dancing to Orquestra Sensacional — good shots made great with a little help from my friends. (You know who you are.)
Ann Arbor Summer Festival 2009 | Body Masterpiece was very popular during the Festival’s first weekend. See my entry on First Friday for more pics.
Body Masterpiece was very popular during the Festival’s first weekend. See my entry on First Friday for more pics.
Ann Arbor Summer Festival 2009 | This is the first year I got to shoot Mainstage acts: Los Lobos at the Power Center. Seems that all of Ann Arbor’s cool kids (over 40) were in attendance. (You know who you are.)
This is the first year I got to shoot Mainstage acts: Los Lobos at the Power Center. Seems that all of Ann Arbor’s cool kids (over 40) were in attendance. (You know who you are.)
Ann Arbor Summer Festival 2009 | Gratuitous blogger’s-art-in-the-lobby shot.
Gratuitous blogger’s-art-in-the-lobby shot.
Ann Arbor Summer Festival 2009 | Sneakin’ Out was the opening act for Pink Martini. They nearly stole the show. To see why, watch this video!
Sneakin’ Out was the opening act for Pink Martini. They nearly stole the show. To see why, watch this video!
Ann Arbor Summer Festival 2009 | The lovely Pink Martini performed at Hill Auditorium — this was taken from the front of the mezzanine.
The lovely Pink Martini performed at Hill Auditorium — this was taken from the front of the mezzanine.
Ann Arbor Summer Festival 2009 | I’m a new fan — nay, addict — of Hullabaloo. I especially loved the energy of their bass player, who has inspired me to learn to play bass (in all my copious free time).
I’m a new fan — nay, addict — of Hullabaloo. I especially loved the energy of their bass player, who has inspired me to learn to play bass (in all my copious free time).
Ann Arbor Summer Festival 2009 | Tango lessons. (The dance instructor is the one sporting the treacherous footwear — and I’m not talking about the flip-flops!)
Tango lessons. (The dance instructor is the one sporting the treacherous footwear — and I’m not talking about the flip-flops!)
Ann Arbor Summer Festival 2009 | Chic hats? Check. Pink sno-cones and cotton candy? Check. Adorable girls? And how!
Chic hats? Check. Pink sno-cones and cotton candy? Check. Adorable girls? And how!
Ann Arbor Summer Festival 2009 | I had to crop this one super-close: Sharon Jones has soul to spare! The Dap-Kings were keepin’ the groove sick and tight. This was far and away Rico’s and my favorite Mainstage act. Get your soul-fix here.
I had to crop this one super-close: Sharon Jones has soul to spare! The Dap-Kings were keepin’ the groove sick and tight. This was far and away Rico’s and my favorite Mainstage act. Get your soul-fix here.
Ann Arbor Summer Festival 2009 | I was grateful for the chance to briefly photograph Diana Krall at Hill Auditorium. This was taken from the back of the house during the first song with a 135mm lens.
I was grateful for the chance to briefly photograph Diana Krall at Hill Auditorium. This was taken from the back of the house during the first song with a 135mm lens.
Ann Arbor Summer Festival 2009 | Mission accomplished: Got all seven members of My Dear Disco and at least several hundred of their best fans in a full-out, rockin’ shot. It wasn’t easy. The fans were quite cooperative, but a certain band member kept doing his patented “duck and cover” move (he knows who he is — nah, I’m gonna rat you out, Tyler).
Mission accomplished: Got all seven members of My Dear Disco and at least several hundred of their best fans in a full-out, rockin’ shot. It wasn’t easy. The fans were quite cooperative, but a certain band member kept doing his patented “duck and cover” move (he knows who he is — nah, I’m gonna rat you out, Tyler).
Ann Arbor Summer Festival 2009 | Someone who should know told me that My Dear Disco brought in the biggest TOP crowd since 2004.
Someone who should know told me that My Dear Disco brought in the biggest TOP crowd since 2004.
Ann Arbor Summer Festival 2009 | Circo Comedia at the Power Center. My vantage point is perhaps not the best to fully appreciate what this duo did. One of them is wearing roller skates (more specifically, one inline skate and one “traditional” roller skate). The ladder is rickety (at best) — although to call it “rickety” is to pay it a rather undeserved compliment. In point of fact, it was busting apart at critical junctures, which made it completely — utterly and hilariously — unsound. In the photo on the right, the dude’s balanced atop a board that’s rolling freely atop a cylinder that’s rolling freely atop a (literal) house of cards. And several of the consituent cards had just been — accidentally, I’m sure — knocked over. Trust me, it’s a miracle these guys aren’t in traction.
Circo Comedia at the Power Center. My vantage point is perhaps not the best to fully appreciate what this duo did. One of them is wearing roller skates (more specifically, one inline skate and one “traditional” roller skate). The ladder is rickety (at best) — although to call it “rickety” is to pay it a rather undeserved compliment. In point of fact, it was busting apart at critical junctures, which made it completely — utterly and hilariously — unsound. In the photo on the right, the dude’s balanced atop a board that’s rolling freely atop a cylinder that’s rolling freely atop a (literal) house of cards. And several of the consituent cards had just been — accidentally, I’m sure — knocked over. Trust me, it’s a miracle these guys aren’t in traction.
Ann Arbor Summer Festival 2009 | A lot of people fell in love with MC Frontalot at this performance. I may have been one of them. Check out the Bic pen and Petzl headlamp — inspired!
A lot of people fell in love with MC Frontalot at this performance. I may have been one of them. Check out the Bic pen and Petzl headlamp — inspired!
Ann Arbor Summer Festival 2009 | Rico suggested I shoot George Bedard with a slow shutter to capture the energy of his playing.
Rico suggested I shoot George Bedard with a slow shutter to capture the energy of his playing.
Ann Arbor Summer Festival 2009
Ann Arbor Summer Festival 2009
Ann Arbor Summer Festival 2009 | Duffy King, who was playing with Bugs Beddow. I’m just beginning to get an inkling of a notion of the tremendous talent we’re lucky to have in our small corner of the world.
Duffy King, who was playing with Bugs Beddow. I’m just beginning to get an inkling of a notion of the tremendous talent we’re lucky to have in our small corner of the world.
Ann Arbor Summer Festival 2009 | Bugs Beddow Band knew how to coax the Festival crowd into the  perfect photo-op formation.
Bugs Beddow Band knew how to coax the Festival crowd into the perfect photo-op formation.

Want more Festival pics? Check out the slideshow at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival homepage.

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Comments

Amazing! I love George Bedard and the picture is great! You really capture the energy of the whole festival. -t

#1 theresa

As expected, these photos rock. :) We were at Los Lobos (yes, guilty, over 40) and were admiring your work around the lobby as well. Very cool, Myra!! Btw, my step-daughter (a Jr. next year at CHS) has already decided she’d like you to do her Sr. pics. :)

#2 Barb

Wonderful photographs and what a superb record to remember a wonderful season. BTW… I never did make it to the library event. Darn!

Myra,
Thanks for making us look so good. Excellent photography again this year – you really capture everything so well. And yes, I agree on Sharon Jones. What a performance. Cheers.

Love your pix!

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I’m a professional photographer specializing in studio and lifestyle portraits of children, families, high school seniors, and performing artists. I live in Ann Arbor with my husband, Rich, and our 14-year-old son, Max. Learn more about my portrait and headshot services at Myra Klarman Photography.

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