On Aug. 29, 2009, I had my photo taken. Zack Smith, chronicling the faces at Carrollton Station that evening, set up a makeshift photobooth a "portrait lightbox," as he called it, and framed two shots: one normal, the other "whatever." Smith, a noted photographer, educator and drummer for Rotary Downs, wanted to document the faces of the post-Katrina revival of local music. The three bands that played that night (Smiley with a Knife, Big Rock Candy Mountain, Caddywhompus) are post-K creations band members are either lifelong citizens, collegiate stakeholders, or out-of-towners-turned full-blooded New Orleans romantics.
The faces make their Smith-shot debut at NOIR Fest III, 10 p.m. this Saturday at Blue Nile. Here's how Smith explains the project:
One projection will be showing all of the 1st shots, and the 2nd projector will be showing the 2nd style of shots. Each set of images will be on a dissolved loop so that each face melds into the other as we go along. Psychedelic? Yes. Transformative? Yes."
Here's Gambit's rundown of the musical portion of the evening:
The New Orleans Indie Rock Collective added Ruston, La., folkies Giant Cloud and Lafayette's GIVERS to the second night of its annual showcase. Fresh from a string of tour dates with Dirty Projectors, the GIVERS send rainbow waves of shining Afro-beat, sing-along psychedelics and colorful dance-pop. Hurray for the Riff Raff and Loren Murrell also perform. Tickets $6. Weekend passes $9.