Bluzhammer brought their A Game to Froggie’s on a rainy Saturday night in late February. Those that braved the elements were treated to vintage ‘hammer at the Froghouse with a few guest artists and friends joining the band onstage.
I’ve written a few words about Bluzhammer before so I won’t tread that same ground again other than to say that they are one of my favorite group of human beings and really know how to light up a place. You really should check them out.
Instead, I want to use this space to talk about a couple of the people that I’ve met around the area. Today I want to show some images of Julie and Ed.
If you have ever been to Froggie’s it is a good bet that you’ve seen Julie and Ed on the dance floor, gracefully moving and swaying to the beat. In many ways, they are a part of the show and vibe that is Froggie’s, I truthfully couldn’t imagine them not on the floor showing off their moves.
Ed approached me awhile ago when I was in Froggie’s getting ready to shoot a blues band, he introduced himself and we had a great chat about music, the area, and the history of music. Since that day, when I’m on the way to shoot a show at Froggie’s, I look around to see if I can find Ed somewhere in the crowd. Strangely enough, it is usually him who finds me no matter how much I look!
Which all kind of leads me to my point: Music and vibe is much more than just the performers on the stage. Sure, they are the reason that we show up (sometimes in the middle of what feels like a monsoon), we are fans of the music, fans of the players, fans of the talent. But to feed just that itch we could all stay home and stream Spotify or Bandcamp or even fire up the Victrola. But no, we gather in a place, not just to hear the music and watch the band play, but to connect. Connect with old friends and friends we have not yet met so that we can share our love of the music. Of the vibe. Of the venue. Of each other. To me, that is the definition of a scene. Guard it, nurture it, support it, and celebrate it.