Concert Photos: The Blizzard of 78, The Lights Out and Old Jack at Church

Somehow two of my favorite bands came together with limited intervention on my part: The Blizzard of 78 and The Lights Out shared the stage at Church on June 25th. They were joined by a new favorite, Old Jack. I had a day left on the Nikon 1.4 85mm lens I was renting this week and snapped these photos at the show. The lighting in the club seemed to be intentionally awful (too much red!) so I made most of the photos black and white. View the full set of photos on Flickr.

The Blizzard of 78

Nate / The Blizzard of 78 at Church

The Lights Out

Matt King / The Lights Out at Church

Old Jack

Dan Nicklin / Old Jack at Church

Peonies — the official flower of

Growing up in Nebraska, peony bushes lined the back of my grandparents house in Fremont. On Memorial Day Weekend, we’d cut the flowers and put them in mason jars to bring to relatives graves around northeastern Nebraska. Ever since then, peonies (and lilacs) have been my favorite flower. They only bloom for a few weeks in May and early June — not long enough!

I took this photo of two pink peonies in Central Square in front of Betahouse. View the image on Flickr to see a larger view of the flowers.

Two Friends

Sammy Miami of Houndstone Performing at Church

Sammy Miami at Church

I’m not a fan of pay-to-play music festivals like Emergenza, but it meant the opportunity to see Sammy Miami’s band Houndstone perform at the Paradise Rock Club if they won their first round at Church on Monday night. They had the biggest crowd and came in first place. Now everyone within 100 miles of Boston needs to come out and see them at the Paradise. It’s happening sometime in May — TBD!

Peonies at Mount Auburn Cemetery

Peonies in Mount Auburn Cemetery

I haven’t been taking lots of photos lately but I’m going to dig back into that. Thanks to some help from Kristarella in the Thesis WordPress theme forum, I was able to make some tweaks to the photo blog category of so the photos appear in an area that can accommodate larger photos.

I need to do more tinkering but for now, here’s a photo I took a few months ago of a bunch of peonies at the Mount Auburn Cemetery. I’m optimistic winter will end eventually!

Today’s Photo: Flathead Without Potato

I haven’t been writing a lot of words on lately — busy with client work and some other projects including Exploit Boston!. I’m going to start updating the site most days with a photo when the wordy entries don’t happen. You can always read my micro-tidbits over at

When I first moved to Boston, Flathead and his little dog Potato were regulars in Harvard Square. This was back in 1994-1998(ish) before the square started to transform into more of a mall. Remember The Tasty Diner and Wursthaus? Flathead (aka Ned) was back in town in September and October this year and it was a blast of fun nostalgia to run into him as I was walking back to Harvard Square after a late Tuesday night enjoying the music of Session Americana with friends at the Lizard Lounge. I stopped to say hi to Flathead and ask if I could take a few photos and noticed that Potato wasn’t there — he had died a few years ago.