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FKJ Scorched the Skyway Theatre Last Night

FKJ at the Skyway Theatre

It could easily take a ten-person crew to accomplish what FKJ does in a single show, and it would provide enough work to keep everyone busy. But he took care of all of it himself and he did it incredibly well.

FKJ at the Skyway Theatre

Man, what a pretty show. As a musician, Vince Fenton, aka FKJ, demonstrated more than proficiency with each of the instruments he played. Along with equally impressive technical abilities, he built songs layer by layer, creating a series of loops to lay across each other.

FKJ at the Skyway Theatre
Photo by Benjamin Allen

Rather than limit the visual aspect of his show to the standard LED wall across the back of the stage, Fenton opted to use a trio of large screens at the front of the stage to project visuals of flying birds or rain-streaking down windows, or to diffuse a strong spotlight on the stage into a warm glow over the audience.

His upright piano served a dual purpose as an instrument and, with several LED panels inside its clear acrylic body, it doubled as one of the lighting accouterments.

FKJ at the Skyway Theatre
Photo by Benjamin Allen

Listening to him play, it’s clear he has a strong love for R&B, blues, and jazz, sometimes hitting on or mashing together several genres within the same song. At times it almost sounded like a subdued Pretty Lights.

I moved around the theater to witness the visuals from different vantage points, and I can confirm that it was a beautiful spectacle from every angle. If you get the chance next time FKJ comes to town, make a point to see him play.

FKJ at the Skyway Theatre
Photo by Benjamin Allen

PS – If you’re really into photos, I have a full album up on my Flickr

Written by Benjamin Allen

In my photography, I try to tell the story of the relationship of people that create music and those that experience it through pictures. I’m drawn to rainbows like a moth to a big, beautiful flame.

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