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Imagine Dragons

7 Jun

This band hasn’t even finished their latest album, Continued Silence, and they are already on fire.  The Las Vegas rockers have made an enormous impact with this EP and are hustling to finish it before they go on tour this fall with AWOLNATION.  Definitely check them out!  Here are some of the photos I snapped of them this past weekend.  It’s almost Friday!

Everyone sings!

Playing around with different focal points.

A man of many talents!

Fans were out in full support, it was so great to see!

I love these shots.

So awesome.  They were so grateful for the turn out and stayed to sign things and take photos with anyone who wanted to meet them.

Summer Music Festivals: Don’t forget!

12 Apr

I’m heading off to Coachella this afternoon and while packing I realized there are some crucial things you could forget so I thought I’d make a list for other concert goers.  No matter where you are staying for any large music festival, there are some essentials that you need not forget!  Here’s a list of music festival essentials.

Sunscreen!  Even if it’s not scorching, it’s always good to be covered because most likely you will be standing outside for longer than 5 hours.

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A hat and/or sunglasses for sun coverage.

Ear plugs.  You don’t have to use them but I almost always do, especially when shooting photos because you are so close to the speakers.  Trust me, you can still hear every bit just as good as without them.

Closed toed shoes.  Always good to keep a pair in your bag.  If there aren’t perfect conditions, you might encounter mud or extreme amounts of dust.  Some vans or boots make it a little easier to trudge through.

A poncho or make-shift rain poncho in case of unexpected rain showers.

Chapstick.  I never regret bringing a chapstick.

Your tickets and ID card with some cash.  You don’t need much cash but it’s handy in case of emergency or for food/drinks, etc.

And there are some obvious essentials that I don’t like to forget no matter where I’m going which include: toothbrush/toothpaste, underwear, make-up remover/facewash, etc.

Some places allow you to bring your own re-fillable water bottles which is nice so that you can stay hydrated.  I would definitely recommend that but check with the venue before bringing one in.  Add any that I forgot in the comments section and I’ll try to update the post so that it’s complete 🙂  Happy summer concert season everyone!

On the 12th day of Christmas, the music gods gave to me…. the opportunity to photograph Florence Welch!

15 Dec

OK, here’s the first set of photos from Live 105’s Not So Silent Night. I had to go with Florence.  She’s in my top 5 favorite artists and her performance was absolutely magical.

Her dress flowed with her grace on stage.

The harp!  One of my favorite instruments.  Maybe I’ll add learning how to play to my bucket list 🙂

One of my favorites with the light shining through her dress.

Another of my favorites.

You’ve seen this in my sneak peak previous post 🙂

Honestly, I can’t say it enough… if you haven’t seen her live, you must go.  I was so fortunate to be able to be shooting this show and I hope I will get another opportunity to do so in the future.  I shot all of these on my Canon 60D with an L series lens (1.4f 35mm).

NSSN 2011 – A music lovers mind blowing experience

12 Dec

Friday was the day we’d been preparing for, for months.  Not So Silent Night had arrived and I’d been foaming at the mouth for it for some time.  It’s one of the best concerts of the year held at Oracle Arena in Oakland this year and the line up had me over the moon.  If I were to sum NSSN up in photos, the below photos are the ones I would summarize with.  I have SO many to share but thought I’d start with the overall review of the show.

The doors opened at 5pm and fans started pouring in.

First up was the local band winners, Beta State.  I’d never heard them before but knew in past years the winners were excellent.  The person who picks these bands has the best taste in music and a real talent for hearing up coming sounds.  Beta State did a great job with stage presence.  Usually the band that wins is pretty timid considering they are sharing the stage with some of the most popular names in Alternative music.  They rocked out and had the crowd dancing.

Up next… Young the Giant!  As you know from previous posts, I rather enjoy them live.  They dance across the stage and the lead singer has so much energy you can feel it from anywhere in the building.  They played all of the classics like “Cough Syrup” and “Strings.”  They closed with “My Body” and it was like someone was shaking the building.  Everyone who was at the venue was jumping and singing.

Up next… Bush!  Gavin Rossdale has been taking care of himself and leading the rest of the band, commanded the audiences attention.  Getting started with “Glycerine” was the best thing they could have done.  “Glycerine” has to be one of the most famous Alternative songs of all time and they kept the hits coming.  Bush played every song you’ve ever heard of theirs including their new song “Sound of Winter.”  Towards the end of their set, Gavin got off stage and went singing around the entire arena through the seats and floor singing to fans who were singing along with him.  Bush put on an incredible show and proved to me why they have stayed so prominent in the music industry for so long.

Gahhh!!!!!  Now if you’ve read my blog before you’ve seen my MANY postings about my love for Florence Welch’s music.  My dreams have come true now that I was able to photo her performance and watch her set from less than a foot away.  I’d seen her before so I knew exactly what amazing-ness I was in for.  I’d only seen her acoustic before though so to see her with a full band this time was mind blowing.  She opened with “Only if for a Night” which I couldn’t have loved more for an intro.  It starts so slow and builds throughout the song.  By the end of the first song, her power house voice was dominating and she had a drum beat to back her up.  She was so graceful and beautiful throughout her performance.  They played all my favorites like “Never Let Me Go” and “Heartlines.”  Of course she sang “Dog Days” as well and the crowd ignited.  As Florence ran from side to side of the stage, the crowd couldn’t take their eyes off of her.  It’s incredible that such a large voice comes out of such a delicate woman.  I can’t say enough about her but go see her live, you will understand 🙂

Up next – Mumford and Sons!  Wow… I knew they were amazing live as well but a good band will never put on a bad show.  This is one of those bands that even if they tried couldn’t put on a bad show.  As usual, they had the banjo blazing, horns honking and Marcus Mumford always sings so hard he’s left breathless.  My personal favorite song of theirs is “White Blank Page.”  They played all their hits and some of their new songs which are starting to make their way on the internet (I’ll leak some soon 🙂 ). Mumford was on their A game and they played to successfully leave an ever lasting impression.  It was a huge success.

OH YEAH AND HOW COULD I FORGET…. When Jane’s Addiction had to cancel due to family matters, we called up Green Day and voila!  They showed up in an hours notice…  It was one of the coolest things that I’ve ever seen happen in the bay area’s music history.  Green Day is from the Bay Area and is obviously one of the biggest names in the music industry.  They know how to show their hometown pride and make a stadium of 18,000+ go absolutely nuts.  There was not one person sitting down in the entire arena.  Green Day inspired Florence to jump on stage with them and Mark Zuckerburg to show up just in time to watch from the side of the stage.

This was one of the most incredible concerts and chain of events I have ever seen in my entire musical life.  I think about future shows and wonder, how can this ever be topped?  And to be a part of it and photographing it!  It was a night I’m still not done talking about and I’ll be posting about it for days.  If you were there, you know what an incredible experience it was.

If not now, when??

12 Oct

On Sunday night, Shoreline Amphitheater hosted the Incubus If Not Now, When? tour.  Since I haven’t seen them in 4 years, I was beyond excited to see them again.  I don’t know how to explain my love for them.  I don’t stalk their every move and know every lyric to every song but somehow when their music is on I just feel happy.  I genuinely get a good feeling from listening to their music.  I love that they have a DJ who scratches to some of their songs and that Brandon Boyd is also an avid artist creating books of drawings.  Incubus also tends to put on an interesting show.  When I saw them at the Greek, they used some great lighting to go with the songs they were playing.  They just strike me as an overall creative band and I’m appreciative of that. The new album is also quite good (If Not Now, When?).  The first single from it is “Promises, Promises” that you might have heard spinning on your local radio stations.

I’ll stop jibber jabbering now.  I know I’m a HUGE music geek in case you haven’t been able to tell yet :).

Oh yeah, and did I mention Young the Giant opened?!?  Lucky me!  They sounded great.  In this photo, Mike, from Incubus came out and played “My Body” with them for Young the Giant’s last tour date with Incubus (out of the 25 shows together).  Incubus’s bassist also came out to jam a little.  It was awesome.

Hugging it out before leaving the stage.  These guys you don’t want to miss if they come through your town.  His voice sounded just as good in person as it does on the album.

And then Incubus came out… My pictures aren’t great because I was using my little point and shoot but they give you the general idea of what you’re in for when you go to see this tour.

The little figure shadow is Brandon.  The lights were INCREDIBLE!

More lights.

I like this one because you can see the screen as well with this image from the back.

Sparkle, fire rain… Is that not a real description??

Then they slowed it down for a few songs..



My favorite photo of the night.

They played all of their old hits and 3 or 4 songs from their new album.  It was the perfect mix.  If I could see this show every day for a month straight I would.  If you are any sort of Incubus fan, make sure to go to this tour if you haven’t already.

Alice 97.3’s Now and Zen Festival

27 Sep

This past weekend my work held another fun event, Alice’s Now and Zen Festival in Golden Gate Park.  I was actually contemplating being boring and not going because it started to rain a little bit and the festival was outside.  Then I came to my senses and realized I’m never one to turn down live music with good people.  Especially since it was a work event, we were lucky enough to enjoy free food, drinks, and a great view right next to the stage.  Now some of you really probably think I’m crazy for almost not going.  Alice’s promotion’s department does such an amazing job of creating polished, family and pet friendly events.  I shot some photos to share in case you missed out!

Michelle Branch was the first act to go on that I saw.  Before her there were two other acts, Thriving Ivory and Eoin Harrington (both originally from the San Francisco area).

I have to be honest she didn’t sound too great.  However, I have a soft spot for her because my high school close friend and I would blast her CD and sing at the top of our lungs.  We were big Michelle Branch fans and proud about it.  We even got our parents to sign us out of school so that we could go into the city to one of her shows (and Jason Mraz haha we were classic back then).  She did play a ton of her old hits too.  Beyond being a young fan back in the day, I now am a HUGE fan of this outfit!  Couldn’t be any cuter of an outfit for the singer/songwriter.

I also LOVE her classic white and gold guitars.  I’m no fashionista but if I had a say, her outfit wins so far for best fall threads.

So many cute dogs out and about enjoying the music as well.

Chelsea and Ian at Now and Zen

Sarah and Vinnie from the morning show then came out with Uzette, Icky, and Jamie (from the show) to chat with the crowd and get them excited for the Goo Goo Dolls.  They are such an entertaining morning show.  I really enjoy listening to them in the mornings and I’m not saying that because I work for the same station.  I genuinely think they are very funny!

Another dog enjoying the show.  I’m sorry, I’m such a huge animal lover I can’t help but photograph them 🙂

Another cute thing I liked at this show… were these cute snow hats/mittens!  At the end of the long tails were pockets to put your hands.  So great for the snow and I love seeing kids out and about enjoying a nice outdoor concert.

Then the Goo Goo Dolls hit the stage and I have to admit they still sound good!  They have way more recognizable songs than you’d think.

He rocked it out for an older musician.

The other Goo Goo Dolls singer.

One of my favorite parts of the performance (as cheesy as it sounds) was when they release a ton of black balloons into the audience for, you guessed it, Black Balloon.  One of their classic throw backs.

The client/employee area.  The marketing department always decorates the event so cute and practical!  There was coverage from rain and/or sun.  The sun did come out and it turned out to be a beautiful day.

The crowd.

Ian and I : )

Here are my two favorite songs from the day.

Goo Goo Dolls throwback “Broadway”

It reminds me of a ski road trip I took with my dad to Utah when I was in middle school.  We had such a great time and jammed to this CD on the way there.  He would have chosen News/talk the entire time but I was able to play my Goo Goo Dolls CD for part of it.

Also, I do have to admit I like the produced version of Michelle Branch’s new single “Loud Music.”

Enjoy and Happy Tuesday everybody!

BAby’s black balloon

Bon Iver = Mi Amor

22 Sep

The good thing about living in such a largely populated area filled with music lovers is that if you want to see a band and they are touring, they will come to San Francisco or the areas very nearby.  Tonight one of my most cherished, Bon Iver, is coming to the Greek Theatre which is one of the most amazing venues in the area.

I shot this photo of Band of Horses at the Greek Theater.  This is another one of my cherished bands.

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The lay out is stadium style seating in the Berkeley hills with the most incredible sound balance.  I also personally LOVE their lighting.  They have the most beautiful colors and timing.  Now it sounds like I’ve gotten all hoodoo voodoo on you but it’s definitely cool to see!

Bon Iver is slow soothing music.  You have to be in the mood for calming music to listen to their whole album but I listen to their latest album at work all the time.  I unfortunately won’t be able to make tonight’s Bon Iver show but thought I’d leave you with my favorite song of theirs just so I can pretend like I’m there tonight : )