Gigs V-Z

Venue: Paladino’s

City: Tarzana, CA

Set length: About 40 minutes

Tonight’s Lineup:

  1. The Garage Band 7:00 PM
  2. Yidhra 7:50 PM
  3. I Dream of Apocalypse 8:45 PM
  4. PDP 9:45 PM

Pre-show banter…
Ted called and said that Yidhra was playing Paladino’s so I packed up my gear and off I went…

  • Camera: Canon 7D.
  • Flash: None.
  • Lenses: Canon’s 70-200mm f/2.8 and the 15mm Fisheye f/2.8. Sigma’s 24-70mm f/2.8.


Venue Review…
Same as always but I discovered something tonight. Whoever is in charge of the lighting has no idea what they are doing. Sure, you can buy somewhat expensive equipment, wire them so that you aren’t blowing fuses, and mount the equipment, but there was no thought about distance, color theory, saturation, texture, floods, washes, backlights, gobos, etc. when they installed this system. Not only that, but it looks like these lights have’t been touched in months as some are covered in dust and spider webs. This means that if there was any shifting, then to hell with it. If you look at some of the photos, you will see that one side of the stage is brightly lit while the opposite is in complete darkness – and it had nothing to do with the moment or feel of the song. I just don’t get why someone would spend that kind of money and then not use them correctly or even maintain the equipment. I don’t think there was a thought at all other than hiring someone who could turn them on and off. Paladino’s, if you are reading this then please know that there is an art to lighting the stage and one must know the fundamentals of color theory, at the very least. Red backlights, yellow side fills, and white front spots are the basics here. Once you know the rules then you can break them but please don’t just say “turn on the lights and flood the band – the patrons won’t care as long as they can see them. And throw a bunch of those gels on there – we paid for them so use them all at once.” Uhg, talk about giving your clients a bad experience. Please start with lowering the over-saturation of the reds/pinks you currently have and work up from there – same with the blues. ‘nough said!


Reviews, comments, and possible putdowns for Yidhra…
I am writing this post WAAAY after the gig happened so my memory is not serving me well. At least there are photos. What I remember about this gig is that most of the people had never heard nor seen a Doom band before and had no idea what to even think about Yidhra. Some people retreated back to the bar because I just don’t think they “got” it. Sure, this bar gets its share of originals bands but at the end of the day, most of the people who are regulars here are ones who want to hear something familiar in the rock world, albeit not this heavy. Cheers!


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