Words & Photos by Steve Cerf

September 13, 2022

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The great troubadour, Van Morrison, played to a sold out house at The Mann Music Center in Philadelphia. As Van Morrison took the stage at the Mann Music Center, he was looking quite snazzy in a purple sport coat, blue fedora hat, and aviator sunglasses.

On stage, he is a man of few words, rather, playing song after song. He is all about the music. At age seventy-six, he still possesses a powerful voice and blew his sax and played his harmonica superbly. The band was in top notch form and his interaction with them was seamless. Just a great performance. Van is the Man! 

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Van Morrison Setlist

1. Dangerous 2. Thank God for the Blues 3. Keep Mediocrity at Bay 4. Can't Go On This Way 5. Days Like This 6. Broken Record 7. Close Enough for Jazz 8. Every Day I Have the Blues (Aaron ‘Pinetop’ Sparks cover) 9. Carrying a Torch 10. Real Real Gone / You Send Me 11. Raincheck 12. Dweller on the Threshold 13. I've Been Working 14. Early in the Mornin' (Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five cover) 15. Laughin' and Clownin' (Sam Cooke cover) 16. Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile) 17. Down to Joy 18. Help Me (Sonny Boy Williamson cover) 19. Brown Eyed Girl 20. Gloria 

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My name is Steve Cerf and concert photography is my passion. I got into concert photography after seeing a young Freddy Mercury mesmerize his audience at the Philadelphia Civic Center back in 1977. Since then, I have photographed countless live performances of all kinds. Located in Philadelphia, my ability to experience the show and a performer’s essence and “sweat” is what I incorporate into my images.

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