Mellencamp in Chicago with Leica Q

Although I consider myself a Street/ Documentary photographer, I love to cover music events.
I received a call from my friend Marc Hauser about helping out one of his pals with a shoot covering John Mellencamp at the Chicago Theatre.

 Upon arriving at the Chicago Theatre I got the backstage pass and had my Q on me.

Signage backstage.

Signage backstage.

Carlene Carter performs at the Chicago Theatre.

Carlene Carter performs at the Chicago Theatre.

The night of the show and my senses are on overload. I hear the sounds of guitars being tuned, the nerves of the band before they perform. I love it. LIFE is happening, people are awake, and the show will begin shortly. I was thankful to have my Q, and we headed out and started coverage. I carried a Nikon with a large 300mm lens on a monopod since I was assisting. I shot these images with one hand the few moments I could.

Mike Wanchic tunes his guitar backstage.

Mike Wanchic tunes his guitar backstage.

Carlene Carter performs at the Chicago Theatre.

Carlene Carter performs at the Chicago Theatre.

John Mellencamp has the crowd at his show in Chicago.

John Mellencamp has the crowd at his show in Chicago.

Although the Q is fixed at 28mm, I decided to use that to my advantage and got with what the lens was offering. Given my limitations I used the wide angles strengths and made it work. 

John Mellencamp and Carlene Carter perform together.

John Mellencamp and Carlene Carter perform together.

John Mellencamp giving a raw and beautiful performance in Chicago. 

John Mellencamp giving a raw and beautiful performance in Chicago.