It was simple. So simple that I have to ask, why isn’t more of this happening in our area?
A few Facebook messages in April was all that was needed to assemble a band with members from the Valley, Boston, New York, and Detroit areas. We met, many for the first time, on a gravel parking lot in disrepair outside the Paper City Brewery building. This was one of the many turn of the century brick factories on the Holyoke canals. Talking to the other members, I found out that this particular building was featured on American Pickers just a few weeks before on the History channel. We moved our equipment into a beautiful but seemingly abandon Theater on the 1st floor of the building. This was the Winter Palace Theater, opened in 1921. While we were setting up, a few of us starting talking about the music we were going to play. Some were hearing this information for the first time. Out came the smart phones so we could we listen and practice for a few minutes.
The camera crew consisted of Dave Gasior and Nick Rezendes, (of Dave Gasior Photography and Nick Rezendes Photography.) Although they were already very talented photographers, they were using this opportunity to dabble in the world of music video performances.
Electrical outlets were found for flood lights, mics were set up, cameras were mounted, and button shirts were put on over T-shirts. We ran two songs, about 4-5 times each while the camera crew worked their magic.
That’s it. My motorcycle was parked for less than 4 hours.
This needs to happen more often. A big thanks goes to my old hometown friend Nick Gingras (keyboard) for organizing this shoot.
Although I’ve been apart of many live recording video shoots, I’m blown away at how easy and accessible this process is becoming. With so many hopeful local bands willing to bend over backwards to travel and play for such little cash or exposure, this is an absolute must. For the cost of “eating” a gig or two, we should be hiring such talent as Nick Rezendes and Dave Gasior, and setting up a make-shift stage in one of the many hidden gems in western Mass. We’re running out of excuses to not have this done.
Vocals: Laura Picchi
Keyboard: Nick Gingras
Guitar: Alex Drenga
Drums: Dan Holmes
Bari Sax: Greg Blaire
Trumpet: Me you fool
Bass: Tom Rizzacasa
Filmed By: Nick Rezendes and Dave Gasior
Edited by Nick Rezendes
Audio Mixed by Nick Gingras