6/18/17 / by Matt Oberski

 Pokey LaFarge

Pokey LaFarge

I've grown lazy with these posts. I do have days off, but they are filled with so many things, I hate to say that roaming and photographing have taken a back seat to other responsibilities. I hope to change that soon!

Yesterday, I took the day off to photograph a show at The Pyramid Scheme in downtown GR. That place is easily my favorite bar and venue in West Michigan (though they almost lost me when they cancelled Half-Off Tuesdays a couple years ago...). The main act was Pokey LaFarge, with the South City Three and a couple other musicians backing him up. I was covering the show for my summer internship at The Rapidian, a local online news hub for Grand Rapids. I've always loved writing and reporting, and wrote for the high school paper and Grand Valley State University's publication The Lanthorn for a year before my passions for journalism dimmed a bit through college. Having been out and on my own, paving my own way and having been in the professional food world for almost a year now, I wanted to pick up writing and reporting again. The folks at The Rapidian accepted my application as their summer intern, and for the past few weeks, I've been writing and photographing various events under arts and entertainment. While the internship on top of my cooking job adds up to 60+hrs/week, I'm loving it, and surprisingly managing my time well enough to make it work (haha). 

Pokey is a St. Louis artist who's music is hard to describe, as he told me it would be before the show. I hear it as a beautiful blend of jazz, western swing, classic R&B, honkey tonk, and other southern/midwestern influences from the 40's through the 60's. While I may have been one of the youngest people at the show, I was entranced as everyone else in the venue was, tapping our toes or doing a little dance in place. His entire set was a blast, filled with energy and an overwhelming sensation of fun. I'm very glad I got the opportunity to talk with Pokey, see him perform, and be able to write a preview for the show (which you can read here).