Improper scheduling truncated viewing much of The Fantastic Harlan Jones Band at the Satellite on 4.1.11 in Los Feliz, but what was photographed and heard was adored heartily. How refreshing to encounter a new band with its own style, themes, chops, attitudes and songs, all down pat already. Chris Parsekian (left in photos above and below) writes all the songs.
Although they bristled at my inadvertent comparison to The Quireboys but with far more groove, they wouldn't be out of place in the rollicking canon of Rod Stewart and Faces, the Black Crowes, vintage Chess Records, Chuck Berry, Ike & Tina Turner, The New Barbarians, the Isley Brothers or other professional tail-feather shakers of note.
Sweaty aftermath of the gig for all concerned, left to right FHJB inner circle Frankie Favorito, FHJB's singer/guitarist Chris Parsekian and his friend Will, rock 'n' roll clothing designer Evita Corby and interested bystander, hot guitarist Andrew Scott.
Rarely proffered tech notes: low light with only pink or blue stagelights against silver curtain, but first shots without flash looked good on camera lcd screen at site. When I goosed the color saturation and tweaked its balance later, these appeared, huzzah! I had been thinking in terms of a conversation with an L.A. Times fashion editor earlier in the week wherein she noted Photoshopping/retouching, even in studio fashion shots, was forbidden at her newspaper because of truth in reporting ethos there. When asked if adjusting color balance was sanctioned, like compensating for no or fluorescent lights (which make everyone and everything look green) she said yes, because presumably that was for verisimilitude. This series (minus last flash shot) then could pass muster.
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