Strawdogs 1997

Every so often a photographer will find a subject and a day, or an hour, where nearly every shot says something right. One such time for me was photographing one of my favorite Minneapolis bands the Straw Dogs, a jump-jazz/blues outfit headed by their irrepressible vocalist, Jon Eric Thede.

It was early that July and they were playing a lunchtime gig on the plaza on Nicollet Mall. I can’t recall if I arranged to be there, or just happened by with my camera and some film – four rolls, forty shots.