Those are nice photos. Good lighting. I love the Great American Music Hall - the sound and atomosphere is as good as the lighting. Mark Calderon is one of the most awesome people I've ever met. I started taking bass lessons from him like six months ago and my playing opened up. He's the man!!
I have a question for you - why don't you ever move away from the stage and get the whole stage in one shot? It seems that those type of shots are missing from your collections. Is it logistics - are you afraid you will you lose your spot in front if you move back? Or, do you not want heads in the photos?
When I posted about my workshop on my blog, I resorted to taking a frame from the video footage rather than use one of your photos and credit you because I wanted a shot of the whole stage with all of the musicians, from not so close. I can imagine the pros you aspire to work with might want the same thing.
Thanks for the comments as always. It is mostly logistics; often the floor is crowded, and as I'm not tall the only way I could get the full stage without going to the balcony would be to hold the camera above my head. My camera does have a "Live View" feature which allows previewing on the screen, but it's not nearly as reliable or easy to use as looking through the viewfinder.
I'll definitely keep your comments in mind though. I have shot from the balcony for some shows like at the Red Devil but that place is a nightmare as you know with the poles and chandeliers blocking every angle. For GAMH the balcony was reserved for VIP passholders, though for photo access I probably could have asked to get up there, they had already hired another photog and being ill as it was I didn't bother.
Well, I think it's time that BB hire you and or at least give you an all access pass so you can move around!!
It pained me to miss the concert but I had agreed to housesit for my mother in Vegas this week while she's on a long trip. I've seen the International Playboys (I think Glen Hartman is the ring leader) a couple of times at the Boom Boom Room and they play my favorite music right now - New Orleans funk/rock/blues.
I agree that you have a great ability to capture musicians. It'll be fun to see what the next year holds for you.