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Hall & Oates

Hall & Oates - Jammin'
So it's a new Bands, Brew and BBQ concert season at Sea World, and there's at least three acts my wife wants to go and see. The first act she wanted to see was this past Saturday, Hall & Oates. For those too young to know who they are, Daryl Hall and John Oates are a rock duo who made were best known from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s. Like many rock acts they faded a bit into the background as different rock fads came and went. And like many other rock acts that are still capable, they're touring around the country. Many of them are touring through Sea World in Orlando.

The concert started promptly at 4pm, and finished right at 5. The band came back for three more encore numbers, much to a very appreciative crowd. The music and act was tight and very well done. The backing musicians were excellent, especially the sax player and the third guitar player (to the left). The playing was tight, with only a few (minor) off-notes during the entire set. I kind of miss the rougher, more spontaneous performances from decades ago, but then that's irrational me talking.

The next two acts we'll be seeing is Michael McDonald and Sheryl Crow. It will be interesting how those shows go.
Hall & Oates
Hall & Oates - Crowds 2
Hall & Oates - Black Harley
Hall & Oates - Identifier

Technical

I used the Olympus E-M5 with the M.Zuiko 40-150mm R and 45mm lenses and the Sony NEX-5N with the Sony 19mm for the wide shots. Both cameras produced excellent results image-quality wise. But it was the E-M5 with the 40-150mm R that was the fluid photo-capturing machine. The E-M5 lives up to its considerable reputation. It makes the 40-150mm zoom, a consumer zoom, a very good zoom. My only wish is that Olympus would produce a µ4:3rds version of the High Grade 50-200mm f2.8-3.5.

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