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How about a set of Samyang primes.
Not vintage, but they are inexpensive, high performance, and manual aperture+focus. They come with an EF mount so no need to mess with adapters.
One thing, don't be afraid to push your ISO. Sometimes, it's better to have grainy shots than have no shots at all. You can also explore the world of B&W. High ISO shots are more forgiving with B&W or Sepia. The grain also gives the perfect "old" effect to your pictures. Don't be limited by your camera. +1 to a previous poster for creativity. Saying that, use 50mm 1.8 if you can't or don't want to use flash or the focal length is just enough or use the 15-85 for those wide angle shots. You have 2 great lenses and 1 great camera with you. Just shoot.
+1 on the ISO point. My live music photography was really limited when I first started out becuase I was afraid of anything over 800. I too own the 60D and I'll happily take my ISO up to around 2000 before I start getting worried about shots being unusable. I always think a sharp grainy shot is better than an unusable blurry shot especially if you convert to black and white.
The other thing you could try is you're using your flash is slow sync. I normally set my flash to 2nd curtain so it flashes at the end of the exposure and my shutter speed to about 1/6 or slower. Takes a bit of trial and error but you can get some really interesting looking shots!
One more. Taken with EF-S 55-250 and edited in GIMP 2.8 and Lightroom 4.1 desaturate.
I was going to try to play a bit with GIMP, but first time I imported in, it said it was downconverting my image....can't remember the exact message, but I was shocked that GIMP seemingly couldn't handle my image at high resolution.
You're pic looks great..wondering if you found a way to bypass this downgrade GIMP seems to want to do at times...or if not.
What did you import into GIMP with as far as format, 64/32 bit....etc....
Thanks in advance,