The musicians backing Shay Estes have changed since the last time I photographed the group, with two-thirds of Trio ALL bolting for the coasts. So I’ve intended to photograph again when the revised band took the stage. What I didn’t count on was that night being Halloween eve, and a costumed quartet.
But that’s what we got, on an incredibly fun night last Saturday at Jardine’s. Singer Shay was dressed as a chicken, for a show with feathers floating about. Pianist Mark Lowrey came as a member of another local group. Bassist Bill McKemy wore red overalls and a seriously disturbing mask. Drummer Sam Wisman was the Dos Equis guy from commercials I’ve never seen (apparently, I watch too much PBS).
All this means, of course, that I’ll just need to take photos again, on a night when everyone looks a bit more normal. But until then, just how much fun was Saturday night? Take a look for yourself (as always, clicking on a photo should open a larger version of it).
The Shay Estes Quartet. Left to right: Mark Lowrey on piano, a masked Bill McKemy on bass, Shay Estes singing and Sam Wisman on drums
Shay Estes, dressed as a chicken for Halloween, sings
Shay Estes and Sam Wisman
Masked, mustachioed – and surprised – pianist Mark Lowrey
Mark Lowrey, an eerily masked Bill McKemy, and Shay Estes
Bassist Bill McKemy. He doesn't really look like this (he doesn't usually wear a hat).
Shay Estes and, behind her, a creepy-looking bassist
Drummer Sam Wisman with fake gray in his beard
Shay Estes with Sam Wisman and Bill McKemy
Bill McKemy, unmasked. Here's what he really looks like.
On Halloween, Mark Lowrey, apparently, levitates behind the piano
Shay Estes on Halloween