Jon Fro And “Room Four Productions”

30 May

Jon Fro and “Room Four Productions”

By: Bob Gersztyn


Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β  On Saturday night, April 16, at the Triangle Inn, on the T corner of Triangle and Liberty, across the street from what used to be Beamer’s Can Can Lounge, but is now a Cannabis Β dispensary, an “Underground Hip Hop” show took place. The event began at 9:30 PM, and included artists from the “Room Four” record label, until the early hours of the next day. It was produced by Salem music scene impresario, Jon Fro, who just released his 10th eponymously titled album. The show included Underground Hip Hop performances by DJ Galactic and DJ Swone, rappers McGrawski, That Kid Cry and MC Grew, along with vocalist Rachel Blair and Jon Fro.


Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β  The show began promptly at 9:30 PM as DJ Galactic took the stage and set the pace that proceeded to evolve into a night of impressive proportions, considering the fact that the venue wasn’t equipped with the best acoustics. Shooting in a bar was always a challenge and over the decades I’ve experimented until I’ve found the best combination to capture some images that are not only usable, but aesthetically interesting. With the advent of digital camera and faster ISO speeds, low light photographyΒ  became more accessible.

Before 1980 1600 ISO was the max that pushing development would allow, and that was only for black & white, without using specially processed Konica slide film that was rated at 6400 and cost a fortune to buy and have processed, but today, in 2016, medium and top of the line SLR’s commonly have ISO’s of 3200 and 6400 and higher. This allows ambient light to be used with minimum blur, but in cases that blur is desired the shutter speed is reduced as the aperture is increased, along with an off camera strobe unit to freeze action.

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Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β  The results are as follows with images that reflect the night with Jon Fro filling a multitude of roles, as he did everything from controlling all the technical aspects of the sound to filling in on drums to keep the beat. I included some links for more information about the artists and Room Four Productions and who to contact below.

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