From the archives, by request.
PORTRAIT OF A BAND: THE DEAS GUYZ BAND ROCKS DC
Recently, I was talking to a friend about the music scene in DC.
For a time, my friend was a top executive at a Washington, DC radio station. Her husband was a VP at Columbia Records for years. These people know the music industry very well. Being if a certain age, we were lamenting the demise of the local DC band scene and the sea change that has transformed the music industry over the past few years…and not all in a good way.
It doesn’t seem that long ago that you could spend a leisurely Saturday night taking in some very good live music at a local club in DC. Some of the best bands in the history of rock and roll got their start at small clubs in places like DC (remeber the Mamas and Pappas), LA and New York. But those days are gone. The Internet, iTunes and self-publishing has changed that forever. Finding a good cover band today is like finding a teenager who doesn’t text. So, it never occurred to me that I would find one of the best cover bands I have heard in years at a wedding, a wedding where I was the lead photographer.
But that is exactly what happened at Sam and Tyler’s wedding. The story is that Sam and Tyler, the bride and groom, fell in love with a band they heard when they were visiting Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. When it came time to plan for the wedding day, The Deas Guyz Band was their first and the only choice for music. I speak for my entire photography team when I say that we are so glad they were. Sam and Tyler’s wedding reception would have been great to cover without Reggie Deas and his rockin’ band. But with them, this is one reception I would have covered for nothing.
After the wedding, I posted a few images of the band on my blog. A week later I got an email from Jeff Vrable. the Editor-in-Chief of The Hilton Head Monthly. He was doing a feature piece in July on the Deas Guyz Band and wanted to use one my images for the article. I sent it along to Jeff and the magazine is, as they say, on the news stands now. It’s also online. The band looks great!
If you are ever in Hilton Head, SC or find the Deas Guyz Band playing near you, don’t wait for an invitation to see this band play!
Now, to the band.