Night On High Street

Open Mic Night at The Warehouse Gallery & Café, 28th February 2013.

This was the second time I’d been here, and the last – it has sadly closed down. Upstairs is a real swanky restaurant.

The first time I was here was just for ice-cream and coffee. It was a surprisingly wide shophouse in what was known as High Street, later Jalan Bandar, and today Jalan Tun H.S. Lee.

The Woh Fatt you see in the background is not the legendary musical equipment stockist, but a stationery shop.

I brought my Sony Alpha 99, Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 135mm F1.8 ZA and Minolta 50mm F1.4 Original.

Despite this, light plays the most part in the clarity of the image.

Intricately inked classical guitar!

Gregory Ramanado!


Greg rolls into rap, too!

Ivon Smith tunes up.

Keino Mess and a dude on harmonica.

I don’t know who was who – the emcee wasn’t really announcing who was who.

Shaneil Devaser.

This dude again.

Jalan Tun H.S. Lee is a long road.

Greg and I camwhoring. Today you’d call it a selfie.

Tima, emcee, organizer, and one heck of a singer as I’d later discover by chance as part of Mutima.

Ivon is one heck of a bluesman!

Aslak Gronflaten on trumpet.

Once again with feel.

I’d name those who I can figure out from the invitees on the Facebook event.

Gregory Funkanado goes up again! This open mic had a very different feel, a very informal one, where anybody anytime could go up and jam. Pictures are in chronological order.

Ovation Al DiMeola signature model.

This guy has electronica sounds in this box.

The difference between my Carl Zeiss and the old Minolta is obvious. The Minolta loses contrast when shot at F1.4.

At F2.0, because it wasn’t designed with a circular aperture, the aperture’s shape becomes prevalent in out-of-focus areas when stopped down.

Out-of-focus areas can get distracting with the old Minolta.

Hameer Zawawi.

Fake plastic audience member.

The legendary Professor Che Wan Zawawi Ibrahim.

He had some catchy songs! Leave The Blues Behind.

Hameer, his son, on shaker.

There was another song that had us all singing along, but I can’t remember what it was.

Crowd dances along.

She sang a cover of Whitney Houston – Saving All My Love For You. Nice voice!

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