far back is the new front row?

Earlier this week, my friend Nate invited me to see his band Camp Ground perform at Mercury Lounge.  They delivered a dreamy set of richly layered alternative synth-pop.  I then stayed for the following indie rock act, Steel Phantoms, who were quite good as well.  These guys also treated us to an assortment of projected graphic art, thanks to Carmen Osterlye.

At larger showplaces, unless you’re very tall, you might have to stand near the front to get a good view of the stage.  In a more intimate venue like Mercury, any spot is fine, and this night, being in back was the way to go!  These projections intermittently blanketed the entire room, creating ephemeral moving prints on the backs of everyone’s shirts.  I spoke to Carmen afterwards to tell her how much I enjoyed the display, and shared with her how I loved when the graphics were cast on the whole audience, activating everyone as part of the artwork!


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