Posted in music | pictures on January 23, 2009

photos by Tim Griffin

Regina Spektor
Regina Spektor

Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is the nation's leading sexual and reproductive health care advocate and provider. For more than 90 years, we've done more than any other organization in the United States to improve women's health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and advance the right and ability of individuals and families to make informed and responsible choices.
Regina Spektor, Ra Ra Riot and The Bloodsugars made up the bill at the Planned Parenthood benefit concert that took place at Bowery Ballroom in NYC last night (1/22). There was also a raffle. To quote Tim, they "gave away a lot of high end pampering ($300 haircuts etc), 1 day of recording studio time, a vintage guitar, ipod touches, and a bunch of cds autographed by the bands and a meet n greet with Regina."

Tim also said Regina was amazing, and that many in the crowd thought so even more than him ("they kept crying out I LOVE YOU! every 2 minutes"). At the beginning of her long set, she forgot some lyrics, but "it didn't take long for the audience to sing along in unison to prompt her along." As you can see in the pictures, she had a big piano there on the Bowery Ballroom stage.

Ra Ra Riot put on "their usual good show", and Tim said that The Bloodsugars were a good opener "and really earnest". You can catch the Bloodsugars next at the Guilt By Association Vol. 2 Release Party at the same NYC venue on February 5th. Francis and the Lights and Savoir Adore are also on that bill. Ra Ra Riot don't have any other scheduled NYC dates at the moment, but they do have plenty of other tour dates.

More pictures from the show below...

Regina Spector

Regina Spector

Regina Spector

Regina Spector

The Bloodsugars...

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Regina Spector

Ra Ra Riot...

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Regina Spektor...

Regina Spector

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Comments (27)

It was quite an awesome show. Regina mostly played new songs. Nice pics Tim - your camera kicks ass!

Posted by Simon | January 23, 2009 9:44 AM

Regina Spector out of my uterus!

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2009 9:51 AM

dem some purty girls

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2009 9:55 AM

Who was the lighting guy for Regina? You did a lot better than 99% of the shows at Bowery.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2009 9:55 AM

Seriously? "Bloodsugers" in the title. Time to hire a copy editor who knows how to spell the tough words like "sugar". Jeez, how amateurish can you be.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2009 10:11 AM

kill babies!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2009 10:13 AM

"Seriously? "Bloodsugers" in the title. Time to hire a copy editor who knows how to spell the tough words like "sugar". Jeez, how amateurish can you be."

You have waaaaay too much time on your hands. Get a job....maybe Copyediting?

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2009 10:20 AM

those ra ra riot girls sure are pretty

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2009 10:20 AM

good thing I get to stare at the girls from ra ra riot on sunday night

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2009 10:21 AM

Regina Spektor is seriously one of the nicest people I've ever met, with a kick ass voice to boot.

Posted by tremags | January 23, 2009 10:32 AM

"Who was the lighting guy for Regina? You did a lot better than 99% of the shows at Bowery."

you're a dickwad.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2009 11:06 AM

I think Tom Yaps was the lighting guy.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2009 11:18 AM

Simon/9:44 - Thanks! I hope I had at least *something* to do with the pics and it wasn't all the camera. :)

9:55 - I thought Regina was thanking a woman for setting her lights up (she thanked them when she switched to the keyboard).

11:06 - Ouch... I don't know that 99% is a fair estimation, but I think some things don't always seem to factor into lighting considerations, at least from *my* point of view:

While the red, green, yellow, and blue gels/lights add ambiance, without white fill (often there isn't any) the overall view and certainly capturing pictures becomes incredibly difficult to manage. You can see the results in the shots of Bloodsugars... The 'washed out' ones were when the lighting was all yellow or red or both. I had to desaturate to get anything usable... this is a very old complaint from photogs the world over. The BS picture one was when whiter light was finally added, and it was bright enough to see the band. The larger version really pops - thanks to the lighting.

Half of BS' set was in very dim yellow only, and they lights went up and down in brightness. As there wasn't a huge style change in what they were doing, I didn't get the need to dim the lights, then make them bright, then dim them again (but hey - I'm not a lighting guy/gal)

Looking at Ra Ra Riot - things get better since now I guess lighting was raised to accommodate for more ppl on stage, though a bit too much yellow and red... if they were pulled back about 10% and about 20% more white - woulda been supercalifragilistic awesome.

For Regina - NOW the lighting is addressing the performer (my guess is it's a lot easier to do with one stationary person)! Colors are used for ambiance and background effect, while the performer is delicately highlighted and made to look GREAT. She didn't look like a lava person or someone with liver failure! Woohoo.

Having said all of that :) I appreciate there is a tremendous amount of effort going into the lighting, and I'm not trying to denigrate anyone's work... just throwing my limited opine out there. A little feedback might help bring everyone to a different level (audience, lighting, bands, photogs, etc).

Enough? :):):)

Tim

Posted by tim | January 23, 2009 11:54 AM

"To quote Tim, they "gave away a lot of high end pampering ($300 haircuts etc)"

Planned Parenthood has really lost the plot. Those $300 haircuts could've covered the expenses for a lot of nice abortions.

Posted by Ron Reagan Jr | January 23, 2009 12:05 PM

Think about it, the "$300 haircut" is actually $300 donated by the hair salon to PP and then giving them a free gift cert to raffle off, duh ;)

Tim: I'm sure you had *something* to do with the awesome pics (but the camera helps =p) Rock on!

Posted by Simon | January 23, 2009 3:32 PM

i didn't work this show, just to be fair, and there are plenty of shows that have boring lights in general in nyc, which is why people hire professionals. clearly, regina brought her own people, a set designer and/or lighting designer, and house LDs are a lot more conscious of doing less exciting stuff when the headliner has their own person. how many shows have you been to where the openers get as good lighting as the headliner? of course it looked best for regina, because she's paying for experience and planning and skill. any band could hire a lighting designer; if they decide not to, they're the only ones to blame if the lighting isn't great.

tim - not to hate, cuz i like some of your photos, but there are plenty of good photographers who can shoot in low light. white light is appallingly unattractive, especially on faces, and especially at bowery - it's a small enough venue so that even low/saturated light can fill the stage. plus, most performers prefer it darker rather than brighter.

Posted by will the LD | January 23, 2009 3:35 PM

show kinda sucked with all the political crap the broads were yapping about before spektor.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2009 4:08 PM

Actually lots of nyc photographers complain about the light at bowery/MHOW. not asking to blind the performers, just a bit of more front lighting on their faces so we can see them? How is white light more unattractive than RED CASTS on the performers faces? It makes them look like Satan. But if it's what the performers want, I guess there's nothing to do 'bout it.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2009 4:27 PM

Abortion is the new black!

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2009 4:39 PM

Thanks for the response, LD. I hear ya. As for the low light, low light wasn't my issue - it was more the colored lights that were what gave me grief. :) AND colored lights can be just fine - but when they are the primary lighting - well it's not to my taste. :)

And YOU Simon. Can't give an inch, can ya? Ha! Yep. It's all just button pushing...

For all of you Canikon fans - they are great cameras - but I shoot Sony/Minolta.

Posted by tim | January 23, 2009 11:48 PM

The name "The Bloodsugars" is insensitive to people with diabetes.

Posted by Wilford Brimley | January 24, 2009 12:23 AM

Spektor forgot so many lyrics it was kinda sad. still not a bad show, at least no annoying highschoolers drowning her with their singalongs.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2009 4:16 PM

Tim, your photos are beautiful. Thank you for the nice words about the lighting & set design for Regina.

Posted by Alison Brummer | January 24, 2009 11:21 PM


to: Posted by Wilford Brimley | January 24, 2009 12:23 AM

Actually the Bloodsugars are called that because their lead singer is a diabetic ha

Posted by Wesley | January 27, 2009 2:59 PM

did buying tickets for this show automatically put you on the planned parenthood email list? i don't really a daily reminder to use condoms.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2009 4:43 PM

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