John Moore, noir33
Photographer John Moore (aka noir33) has spent countless nights over the last five years cataloging the Northwest Arkansas music community inside various local bars, clubs, and even a few garages and living rooms.
As a result, his photos have filled the websites, Facebook profiles and event pages for dozens of local bands.
Moore, however, recently announced he’ll soon retire his camera.
“I plan on relocating after summer and won’t be doing anything design-wise locally anymore as well,” he said. “It’s been a lot of fun and a wonderful learning experience, but life calls you in new directions.”
Moore came to Fayetteville in 2002 and immediately immersed himself in the local music scene. Over the next decade, he produced hundreds of projects including gig posters, clothing, LP art, DVDs, music videos, animation, websites and everything in between.
In 2007, he purchased a $2 camera at a local Salvation Army thrift store and has since shot over 15,000 frames (600 rolls) of film documenting every aspect of music in the area. From bluegrass to punk and historic clubs to makeshift basements, he has given a “face” to Fayetteville’s music scene.
“I feel blessed that I was given the opportunity to do all this,” said Moore.
An exhibit of his work will be held Saturday, May 5 at LaLaLand behind Brenda’s Bigger Burger on MLK in Fayetteville. Local bands scheduled to play include Perpetual Werewolf, The Drunkards, Egyptr and Texas-based Nervous Curtains. Doors open at 8 p.m. Music starts at around 10 p.m. There is no cover, but donations will be accepted.