Article & photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey
BLOOMINGTON, IN (December 19, 2014) – There’s something I’ve been wanting to do for awhile and I think today’s the day… Today will be my 1st concert review. As many of you know, this has been a long time coming, but on the same hand, it’s also very late. The very 1st band ever that I will present to you in photographic splendor is Midwest Hype.
The biggest reason why this is a little long overdue is because the Midwest Hype concert I attended at The Bluebird in Bloomington unfolded back in December. My sister and I arrived at the show a little early in order to be sure to allow enough travel time for the unpredictable Indiana weather. As I drove through the snow that night I realized that Midwest Hype already had my vote for true heart and belief in their music if for no other reason than they were insane enough to drive from Chicago all the way to Bloomington on such a winter’s night. It was blustery and chilly outside, but the warmth and beauty of The Bluebird (and the tequila) soon engulfed us and we were comfortably waiting for the bands to begin.
I previously had seen Midwest Hype open for another concert I enjoyed at The Bluebird so I knew they would be spectacular before they even began. The energy in the room became electric as more of the bands following started to ease their way in to find the best spots to dance in the room. I eyeballed the surroundings to try and make a game plan as to how I would attack and shoot to capture all the right moments. As with most any other photo shoot, though, I ended up forgetting the plan and climbing around the venue like a monkey trying not to dance and drop my precious, my Nikon D800E. By the end of it all I had shot over 500 photos and walked away with the leg and arm craps of a spectacular concert photo shoot.
I did end up having the pleasure of speaking with one of the band members, Justin “Ideal” Deihl, after the show. We talked a little about photo business, of course, but more importantly he took the time to chat with me for a minute. I already knew the band was unprecedented, but in that few moments of talking to Justin I got to see just a snippet of his personality. It was enough for me to know that it is a truly phenomenal group of individuals that has joined together to create not just music, but a positive way of life they want to share with the world. Midwest Hype speaks volumes through their music. There is definitely a little something for everybody, whether you like your music for the groove, or for the message that’s dancing with it.
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