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Published: 2010/12/08
by Sam Davis

Michael Weintrob’s INSTRUMENTHEAD: Matt Abts, Tina Weymouth, Galactic and More

Esteemed rock photographer Michael Weintrob will unveil his most recent project “Instrumenthead”at Bembe in Williamsburg, NY tonight. The project, which captures musician’s faces being covered by their own instruments, includes portraits of artists such as Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads), Nels Cline (Wilco), Matt Abts (Gov’t Mule), members of Galactic, Leftover Salmon and more. The exhibit will feature music from local area musicians Jason Blum and Jesse Murphy from The Brazilian Girls. Also, the first 50 people to arrive at the exhibit will receive a free print. Weintrob shared some words with Relix about the inspiration behind the project.

“The project is called instrumenthead. Basically, I’ve been doing portrait shoots for the last six or seven years since I moved to New York. So something I would do to get the musicians to loosen up would be to tell them “Hey, put the bass down your shirt” to kind of make them laugh and do something fun. So the first person I ever did that to was George Porter Jr., from The Meters.” said Weintrob.

Over the past year, Weintrob has traveled to venues such as the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Tipinita’s in New Orleans to capture these “instrumenthead” portraits of artists while they are backstage or between rehearsals.

“I shot portraits of Leftover Salmon and Yonder Mountain String Band backstage at Red Rocks while people like Chuck Morris and Coran Capshaw (Dave Matthews/Trey Anastasio manager) were watching…It was awesome.”

Weintrob says the goal is to eventually release a book containing all of the portraits acting as a who’s who of modern musicians.

Please click here for more on the exhibit.

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