Photo Gallery – Midwest Hype @ The Bluebird 12-19-2014

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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Photo and video footage shot for Photographic Melodie by Melodie Yvonne Ramey. Shot with Nikon D800E
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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne, lead photographer and owner of Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the age of 5, and was immediately hooked. By the age of 15 she began to turn every trip, even just to the local park, into a fantasy scene of her own imagination, and started mentoring with many local professionals. Melodie received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up listening to many amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when listening to music. Her goal was to help people SEE the music.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography. She published her first print work, a collection of images & poetry, in 2011, and has since published many more print works. Melodie currently acts as owner & lead photographer at Photographic Melodie, House Photographer for Purdue Theatre, and Tour Photographer for multiple Billboard Charts topping bands as well as freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and musicians.

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