As Covid-19 ravaged the globe, the concert industry was hit harder than most. Touring musicians, their crews, music venues…few were spared the hardship of a world that just shut down. As vaccines became readily available, though, there was a glimmer of hope; the industry adapted, and music fans once again were able to watch the bands they love. 2021 Mempho Music Fest, headlined by Widespread Panic and the Avett Brothers, returned the first weekend of October and provided a cathartic release for bands and fans alike.
Photos: Michael Saba Before heading across the ocean to play a string of dates in Japan, Jimmy Herring brought his band, the 5 of 7, to the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, Georgia on November 20, 2019 to play one last show on American soil. Photographer Michael Saba was there to capture the hometown show.
Photos: Brad Kuntz There aren’t many names out there right now that are hotter than Billy Strings. The Lansing, Michigan-born William Apostle brought his band to The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC for a Clockwork Orange-themed Halloween show, and we had Brad Kuntz on the scene to capture the magic.
Photos: Josh Mintz On October 5, Dumpstaphunk took the stage on a humid night at Mobile, Alabam’s Flavor Fest on Dauphin. Fronted by Ivan Neville, part of the royal New Orleans music family (son of Aaron), Dumpstaphunk is what their name sounds like – funk.
Hot August Music Festival takes place every year in Cockeysville, Maryland. The 2019 edition had a solid lineup, headlined by Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. The lineup was diverse; the top of it was rounded out by Billy Strings, Melvin Seals and the Jerry Garcia Band, Samantha Fish, and Turkuaz.
Widespread Panic’s guitarist, Michael Houser, was a musical luminary that was taken from the world too soon. Each year, on August 10, Mikey’s former guitar tech, Sam Holt (Sam Holt Band, Outformation), pays celebrates his late mentor with Remembering Mikey, a tribute concert. This year’s show was at Atlanta’s Terminal West, and photographer Michael Saba was there to capture the magic.
The Levitt Shell is an outdoor venue in Memphis, TN that once hosted Elvis. After falling into decay, it was renovated and now hosts a free concert series twice a year in the spring and fall. Donna the Buffalo took the stage on June 30 for a solid Sunday evening set.