Celebrating 70 days of this blog with a picture of awesome bassist Victor Wooten in concert at The Granada in Lawrence. I didn't shoot with flash tonight, because I didn't want to be annoying and/or kicked out. Shot about 800 pictures over the course of the show, so that would have been a lot of flash. Plus, most of the time the flash doesn't reach the stage anyway, just gets the people in front of you, and is annoying to the musicians.
If you have the ISO to handle it, I recommend shooting concerts with no flash, in shutter-priority mode set at a speed that you can comfortably hand-hold. For a long shoot like tonight, 1/50 is pretty comfortable for me.
Start with a high ISO and work downward; you want as little ISO as possible. If you use no-flash automatic mode, on some cameras at least, it will kick your ISO up to the top before it closes down your aperture, which blows everything out and destroys detail, so you might not be happy with the results. Give the shutter-priority a try on your next dark shoot and see what you think.
Shooting in RAW is a must, because you can bring up the exposure a bit in post-production if needed.
105mm - ISO 1250