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Homemade Jamz and a King Biscuit

What do you get when you put some Homemade Jamz on a King Biscuit? Smoking Blues! Especially when the guitars are made from car mufflers!

This performance was at the 2011 King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas. It was the first festival I had attached my Flip Ultra HD video recorder to a 6 foot (1.8 meter) Targa monopod (which is like a long stick) to film and I was able to get some incredible angles of the band that would have been impossible without it. Plus, it saved my back a lot of pain which I experience just holding the video recorder with my arm, having to keep it raised up all the time.

When you watch the video, as it progresses, I keep elevating the Flip to get over the crowd's head. This is much better than trying to reach over people's shoulder and having to request my through a crowd to maintain a good view.

Playing guitar and having a general feel for music gives me insight into when to zoom in and out because, as a musician, you have a feeling when a guitar lead is coming up and when it is going to end or when something special is about to happen, which it did around the 5:15 mark of this video.

I must admit, having the video recorder way up in the air, it is difficult to view the recorder's monitor and keep a focus on what your wanting to capture and from time to time you are having to glance around to see where you are walking and sometimes I just want to see the band with my eyes instead of through the monitor.

Well, around the 5:15 mark I happened to be doing that when I noticed the guitar player reaching for his hat. I knew it could only mean one thing, he was going to play the guitar over his head, behind his back (what I call the "Hendrix Move") and sure enough that is what happened! You'll notice, almost in sync, when he pulls his hat off, I raise the Flip video as high as I can get it, holding the the mono-pod at the bottom and raising my arms above my head. With my height and the 6' length of "stick" the camera angle is about 13 feet (4 meters) in the air!

Needless to say, my view of the video monitor was minimal but I just did the best I could to hold it steady and keep a focus on the image while he was playing.

I didn't really get to see the results of my efforts till I got home and uploaded the video. That's when I noticed the dude wearing the black hat and shades, he seemed pretty amazed at the young man's performance as well!

When shooting video at a concert, you do seem to miss the "experience" of being there, living the moment. But when you get home and watch the fruit of your efforts you really get to see a lot of things that, otherwise, you would have missed such as the crowds reactions and the musicians expressions. Also, if you go to different festivals you'll start noticing familiar faces in the crowd. This does open doors to conversation when you see them again as you can say, "Hey, I seen you at that other festival!", even if it was just in the video.

Seeing the same people at Blues festivals does create a sense of "family" when you're there, making the experience seem like a family-reunion, especially if a few years have gone by since the last time you've been there.

Okay, enough of blogging, let's watch this video of the Homemade Jamz Blues Band at the 2011 King Biscuit Blues Festival, held annually the weekend prior to Columbus Day in Helena, Arkansas.

Homemade Jamz Blues Band
(by the way, this is a debut performance of a new song)

Here is a slow motion video pictorial of the "Hendrix Move"
(playing the guitar over his head, behind his back)
Pictures extracted from the video using the Flip Video software.

Homemade Jamz-The Hendrix Move

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