As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, L.A. proggers Big Elf opened up last Friday’s show at Chicago’s Riviera Theater. While the headlining band Porcupine Tree is known for their modern sound and multimedia performances, Big Elf seemed content to be illuminated in simple monochrome lighting that suited their more retro approach to prog rock. At times they reminded me of Deep Purple, Rainbow, ELP and even (gulp) Spinal Tap. But they clearly love what they do and so did the crowd. Can’t argue with that.
As usual with the opening act, their gear was pushed right up to the edge of the stage. While this typically presents the opportunity for some close-ups, the Riviera’s rather low stage required me to shoot from my knees to avoid blocking the fans’ view (something I always try to avoid). Plus, the lighting was practically non-existent at the edge of the stage.
In any case, I did my best to capture some good shots. And while they looked like crap in the flat monochrome lighting, I converted them to black and white with much better results.