I went with my wife as a spectator/fan and brought my Crumpler 6MDH full of stuff. 8.0 is a bar/restaurant in downtown Fort Worth that has an open patio with regular concerts in the summer. Bruce Robison is a well-known Texas singer-songwriter who has written a few #1 country hits performed by Tim McGraw, Dixie Chicks, and George Strait.
He played with his band: a guitarist/pedal-steel player, a bassist, a keyboardist, and a drummer. Unfortunately the lighting was set up so that Bruce was quite brightly lit compared to the rest of his band, and it was pretty packed so I didn't feel comfortable moving around much. On the bright side (so to speak), the bright lights on Bruce make it pretty easy to edit out background junk to make it uniformly black, which I have done for a few of the shots here. Fortunately we were able to stand pretty close stage right. And actually, the more I look at these, the more I realize that I lucked out because my angle was pretty much the only one that would get me Bruce against a solid dark background with no distractions, which I think adds a lot of impact to these images. Most of my shots were at ISO 800 with the 85/1.8, but I also bumped it up to ISO 1600 for shots with the 70-200/4 and 24-105/4. I kept the shutter speeds in the 1/100-1/200 range mostly. Lastly, I was shooting medium/fine JPEGs with my 5D because I stupidly left the house with only the CF card that was in my camera, only 1GB! So I lowered the quality to be able to fit more shots.
Oh, and when I say "C&C welcome," I mean it! I am trying to build a portfolio and will be sending these pics to the performer, the venue and the radio station that sponsored the concert in hopes of getting more gigs lined up, even if they're just pro bono. So if you can say something that will help me improve these images, please do!
1. Edits: removed mic
2. Edits: cropped, removed mic
3. Edits: cropped
4. Edits: cropped, removed mic (can still see stand+cable against guitar neck, oops)
5. edits: cropped, removed background reflections and lighting equipment
Bigger set here, with unedited/uncropped/full-EXIF versions of all the above photos, plus a few more shots: