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Classic Rockathon | Old Fire House Teen Center

May 6th, 2010 at Thu, 6th, 2010 at 1:47 pm by Chad Coleman


Russ Thornburg, guitarist of the band JAR, lies prone on the stage after their final concert during the Classic Rockathon competition at the Old Fire House Teen Center in Redmond on April 30, 2010. More photos and a short multimedia piece after the jump…

JAR vocalist and drummer John Thornburg lead the Kenmore-based band to victory in the Classic Rockathon performing music by The Doors, Neil Young and The Beatles.

Above, JAR bassist Julio Posada, third from right, prepares for his set before the final concert. Below, Posada during the performance.

The crowd mingles under the house lights at the Old Fire House between  sets of the Classic Rockathon finals. I made this photograph and several others from the evening by extending my camera at arms length on a monopod using the self-timer to trigger the shutter.

The band Gentlemen GaGa, of Bellevue, gets the crowd moving during their set at Classic Rockathon finals, April 30, 2010.

Issaquah-based Fit For Hounds performed an 8o’s influenced set including Take on Me by A-Ha.

Left:  Fit For Hounds guitarist Alicia Doerrfeld during a set.  Right:  Signage at the Old Fire House.

After the event I put together a short multimedia piece comprised of all 609 photographs I made — the good, the bad and the out of focus. Admittedly, gathering audio is still a skill that I am continually working to improve upon. My takeaway from this project is that getting great audio from a single recorder of music and vocals is rough at best. The Zoom H2 recorder was usable, but sound from the Kodak Zi6 video camera I used to was virtually unusable as the loud concert sound crushed the input mic. Always trying to learn and improve on multimedia projects. Check out the piece below:


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