Steve Cross--photographer, lover of music and science and rather often the dude with the camera who gets to the show before The Spin does. Oh, you've probably seen some of his work, maybe 100 or so times on this blog, maybe more. He's got an exhibit of his photos opening tonight, so you should probably check that out. (They're much prettier in real life.) Jack Silverman from our Critics' Picks:
Here at the Scene, we remember a time years ago when we thought of Steve Cross as that drummer guy from Tigers Con Queso who also takes pictures. But those days are long gone, as Cross has evolved into a bona-fide badass professional photographer. Though he started as an occasional contributor, he's now our go-to guy for live music shots, and for good reason--his boundless enthusiasm for music translates visibly into his work. Whether he's capturing B.B. King testifyin' to the congregation, a closed-eyed Jack White dishing out a tasty lick, or a scissor-legged Springsteen leaving it all onstage, his photographs balance an eye for light, composition and detail with the slack-jawed excitement of a teenage kid at his first concert. This exhibit at Sarratt Student Center features 15 or so of Cross' favorite live music shots, some of them first seen in these very pages. To whet your appetite, check out stevecrossphotography.com. (Oh, and he's still "that drummer guy"--only now he's bashing the skins for snot-punk purveyors Powerbrrrd, a band that includes another Scene contributor, Seth Graves. Powerbrrrd play Nov. 4 at The End.)
He also brews his own beer! Is there anything this guy can't do?