This show completely snuck up on me at at the tail end of last week. Tickets were sold out so I sent a plea to Michael at Vectortone asking or rather begging for a photo pass. To my delight I was granted a pass, finding out after awaking from one of those deep REM cycle naps an hour before the show. The next 20 minutes were like the "we slept in" scene from Home Alone- getting dressed, breaking my low carb diet and scarfing down a bowl of Frosted Rice Krispies, and grabbing my cameras before heading out the door. Midway to the venue I realized that I had grabbed the kit 18-55mm lens in place of the lower aperture version. I shot a few photos of Lucy Dacus before realizing that I was going to have to use the zoom lens, a mere foot from the stage to get anything passable. I love the Zanzabar, I really do, but the lighting can drive me mad. Luckily the lighting was turned up prior to Hamilton Leithauser's set and I was able to grab some pretty solid shots. Regarding the show I was thrilled to have a chance to catch Lucy Dacus in an intimate venue before Forecastle. I have a feeling that as the festival nears her name will move up the artist list and into a prime spot, making this intimate show even more special. Lucy played heavily from her critically acclaimed "No Burden" album but even more enjoyable to me were the handful of songs from her soon to be recorded follow-up album. Hamilton Leithauser was a bit of a wild card to me. I had been into The Walkmen's "Bows & Arrow" album in college, illegally downloading it from a torrent site for my first and only ever IPod. But aside from that introduction I really hadn't kept up with The Walkmen or Hamilton Leithauser's solo efforts. The set was impassioned but more impressive to me was the crowd. Kudos Louisville on showing up early- the place was packed before Lucy Dacus played the first chord of her set- and packing the house. I don't think I can remember seeing more people packed in for a sold out show. A great send off for the old stage and all of the great memories.