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JoJo Murray ~ Top Flight Band | by Viewminder
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JoJo Murray ~ Top Flight Band

It was poppin' blues guitarist JoJo Murray on the street that led to an epic turn of events that scored Viewminder a shooting position on stage with the Top Flight Band at Chicago's Blues Fest on Sunday June 12th in Grant Park on the Mississippi Front Porch stage.


JoJo was walking down the street with bassist Bob Pratt when I jumped 'em and showed him this shot.


He dug the shot and he invited me to shoot him and his band from up on stage when they played with blues diva Nellie 'Tiger' Travis.


JoJo got me through security saying 'he's with me' and later I was given press credentials because the guys with security didn't want to get in trouble...


'Where's your press pass' the security guy asked.


'I sweated it off' I replied with the only thing I could think of.


'You'll need another one' he said 'I don't wanna get in trouble.'


'I don't want you to get in trouble man' I answered sincerely 'you got another one?'


'Yeah... here' he said as he pulled a press access bracelet out of an envelope and put it on my wrist.


It was the beginning of an incredible day of up close shooting of some of the best blues musicians alive as they played on stage in front of the crowds in Grant Park.


In JoJo's hands a guitar could make sounds like I've never heard before.


The man was a true professional whose fingers danced on the frets like none I've ever seen.


A fun guy to shoot on the street, on stage JoJo was focused and displayed incredible concentration as he worked that guitar in a way that only he could.


JoJo Murray could really make an electric guitar sing the blues.


Faces on the street

Chicago 6.12.11

35mm 1.8 expo dropped contrast bopped

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Taken on June 12, 2011