MANCHESTER, NH – When you head out for the final Downtown Manchester Trolley Art Tour of the season on Oct. 5, make sure you get off the trolley at 55 South Commercial St. to check out the Jimmy Lehoux Band retrospective at the Althea Haropulos Gallery.
Haropulos has been the official photographer of the Jimmy Lehoux Band since its inception in 1996.
“I met Jimmy in 1996 when he was a participant in On My Own Time – we used to go around to people in their work places and find out their arts hobbies, and they’d perform. I was the photographer for that project, and it turned out Jimmy and I had a bunch of musician friends in common,” says Haropulos.
At one time known as The Lehousiana Boys, the band has come a long way since Ste. Marie’s contemporary Christian music services. You can read the entire band timeline here.
Haropulos continues to follow the band and manages to photograph their gigs whenever she’s not out of town on assignment.
The idea for a retrospective was a fun way to participate in the upcoming Trolley Tour, Haropolus says.
“When I photograph the band now, I try to take the shots that are unexpected, like from backstage – views other people wouldn’t normally see of the band,” she says.
The collaborative exhibition will include photos, band memorabilia and a performance by Jimmy Lehoux and bandmates Greg Gagne, Scot Gibbs, Vinnie Mirisola, Jarrod Williams, and Al Gagnon.
The show is free and open for the public.
“I would love a donation for Liberty House, that’s my only ask,” says Haropolus.