The Sights at Don Pedro
The Sights headlined the very first show I reviewed for this website. I believe it was also the first show I ever shot with a DSLR. I really sucked back then, but The Sights did not and still don't.
I admit that I showed up late and missed half of their set. From what I heard in the second half they seem to have shifted away from rock and towards soul. They were always a somewhat soulful band so this isn't way out of character for them, but boy did they ever change their lineup. Adding a keyboard, saxophone and two backing singers is not a small change! They haven't become just a straight soul act, though. For one thing the vocals don't dominate the instruments (which makes sense considering how many of them there are!) It's still a lot like rock-n-roll, just with a strong flavor of something more bluesy.
Perhaps I should apologize to the keyboardist and backing singers. I don't think you can really see them in these photos. The new lighting at Don Pedro isn't bad, but the corners of the stage are still pretty dark. It's more appropriate to a smaller band, or one which moves around a little more.
"When a band is near the end of its twelfth year on this Earth, and has not become filthy rich, then one of two things must be true: they are either quite deluded, or else quite good. The Sights (from Detroit) have always been one of the good ones. I had no intention of missing their first gig in New York in several years, a show in early December 2009 at Bruar Falls in Williamsburg."
The Sights at Bruar Falls