Concluding the festivities at the PARC 45th Annual Black Tie Sapphire Ball at the Vinoy Resort St. Petersburg Florida was a performance by Kool & the Gang. This gave me an opportunity for live concert photography after several hours of general candid event photography.
They played over an hour set of their hits making it seem like it was the 1970s, even asking the crowd, what were you doing in the 70s? Many in attendance were similar in age to the band so they could very well have been dancing to Kool & the Gang back then at one of their first concerts.
Kool & the Gang still had all their trademark dance moves and seemed to hold nothing back jumping in the air, cavorting around the stage and giving a max energy performance for those attending the PARC 45th Annual Black Tie Sapphire Ball.
I used a variety of lenses to get different shots of the members of Kool & the Gang. It was not really possible to get right in front of the stage due to the crowd and lack of barrier between them and the stage, so I mostly shot from the sides.
There was pretty good lighting during the concert which I tried to use as best as possible to enhance the concert photographs I made.
This low sapphire lighting seemed to glow like a fog on stage, a very cool effect.
I kept wondering where one can get a Kool & the Gang style sequin animal print shirt? Is there like a 70s rock star store one can go to? Are they custom made? Do they travel with hundreds in a case?
Though many in the crowd matched or surpassed the ages of Kool & the Gang, the dance floor was packed and they were getting down on it, celebrating and keeping it too hot.