Had the opportunity to shoot my friends in Super Happy Fun Club live for the first time. Great band with great guys, doing great things. Fun show and my second at HOB in a few weeks. Lights there are always amazing. Selects below, full gallery here.
I was going back through some old images and I realized I never edited the last show I did for Jonas Brothers on the Camp Rock 2 tour. It was a one off in Abu Dhabi, yes the middle east. We flew from Buenos Aires, Argentina to United Arab Emirates. Of all the stuff I've done with the Jonas Brothers this was the one moment that I just took a step back and realized it was a pretty amazing time. We stayed at the Yaz hotel, which was literally on top of a Formula One track where they were practicing racing. Long story short... amazing time. Here are the images...
American Idol winner Phillip Phillips came by RMG to do an interview the other day. To give us something to cut away to if we needed it, I went out and shot his show that night opening for John Mayer at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheater outside of Chicago. Phillip was a great interview and put on a solid set. Lighting (as with Mayer's set) left a lot to be desired, but I got some good stuff. See the whole gallery here.
Lucky Boys Confusion celebrated the 10th anniversary of their album Commitment with a show at House of Blues. To say LBC had an influence on me would be putting it mildly. When I first got into audio/video/photography it was because I was going to a ton of local shows and shooting the bands around me. One of which was LBC. I must have seen them 50 times in one year. They're still going at it after all these years. This was my first time seeing them since their guitar player Joe died. It wasn't quite the same, but it was still fun to see them. See the whole gallery here.
My buddy Darren Vorel (formerly of the Scissors) started a new band with his brother Eric, Tom Higginson and Dave Tirio (both from the Plain White T's). They played their first show at the House of Blues opening for Lucky Boys Confusion. They played a great set on some stripped down gear. I like what they're doing, going back to the basics. Below are my favorite shots, you can see them all here.
I shot the John Mayer show at First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre outside Chicago. I saw Mayer for the first time almost 10 years ago at a college show. Amazing to see one of the greatest living guitar players perform live. As far as the show, the lighting was very flat. Not much from behind or above, just a spot from the front really. But, I got some good stuff. Wish I could have shot more than just the first 3 songs. See the whole gallery here.
I went out to the Pierce the Veil / All Time Low concert at the Sear's Center in Chicago. I was hanging out and missed the first song and a half of PTV's shoot, so I only had a couple minutes to photograph. But I got some good results. Great band I look forward to shooting at Riot Fest in a couple months.
Had a chance to get out to the All Time Low / Pierce the Veil "Spring Fever" concert at the Sear's Center in Chicago. First time seeing, shooting or hanging with either of those bands and I was pleasantly surprised. Great guys and a really solid, energetic site. Really enjoyed shooting it. The Pierce the Veil images will be up tomorrow.
I first saw Motion City Soundtrack about 11 years ago at the House of Blues. The other two bands on the bill were Lucky Boys Confusion and Something Corporate. It was a great show and I've seen every stop in Chicago they've had over the years. In addition to seeing them around the country at other shows. This set wasn't my favorite one of theirs, but they had that same energy they always have.
It's a rare opportunity that you get the chance to meet and work with people that you really admire, especially in the music industry. Over the years I've had the opportunity to shoot and hang with Thrice a number of times, including as they recorded one of my favorite albums. They're taking a hiatus and I was glad to get the opportunity to see them again when they came through Chicago. They're amazing musicians and great guys. I'll post the behind the scenes stuff tomorrow, but here's a gallery from their show. Typically I would cut this way down to like 12-20 key shots. But I loved their set and since it's probably the last time I'll get to post live shots of them I went a little overboard. Enjoy.
These are just cell phone pictures because the venue security was EXTREMELY strict with cameras. Making sweeps through the crowd and shutting down anyone with a nicer looking camera, even if it didn't have a removable lens or anything pro about it. But our seats were great and I LOVED the show so I wanted to share some pictures.