It was basically the same show as the past 2 years with minor changes. Since the Brian Setzer Orchestra has a new cd out, they played a few cuts from that. There was the usual mix of big band re-mixes of Christmas songs as well as a "solo" set of old Stray Cats songs. All-in-all it was another very fun show. As one of my co-workers who plays guitar stated, Brian Setzer is a guitarist's guitarist. He can play rockabilly as well as classical style or jazz.
One thing I wanted to try out was to photograph the show. There are big signs that say photography is prohibited, but I think it's more to prevent the performers from getting blinded by flashes. With so many cell phones having cameras built in, it's almost an unenforcible rule. With me, however, I brought my digital SLR with my 300mm zoom lens.
I had tried once before to photograph a concert. Back in the mid 80's I sneaked a camera into a Crosby, Stills, & Nash concert one week and a Culture Club concert the next. I didn't want to use a flash (which would guarantee a flock of security descending upon me) so I bought 1000 ISO film. I had just enough light to get some pics without blurring. The only problem was that I didn't know how spotlights would effect the pics. Faces got blurred because the meter was taking an average reading, thus overexposing the face. I needed to stop it down a few notches. With film cameras, I didn't find this out until a week later when I had the pics developed. This time, I was able to make adjustments on the fly. The results were remarkable. I set the ISO to 1600 with a night setting. Since we were towards the back, I had the zoom all the way out to 300MM for most of the show. Here are the results: