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You don’t need to explain if everything’s changed, just know I’m just like you

15 Jun

I’ve posted a few times about this band because I simply cannot get enough.  Grouplove has been on my musical radar ever since I’ve had the amazing pleasure of seeing them live over a year ago.  Since then, I’ve seen them three times and I can’t wait to see them again.  I was beyond thrilled when they were announced to take the stage at our beloved BFD this year.  Of course I was snapping photos and dancing at the same time.  They might not be technically the best photographs for the music world but I couldn’t resist rocking out to one of my favorites 🙂

Love this dress.  Supposedly, Hannah (pictured above) is from the bay area!

Live105 as always bringing the good stuff.

Happy Friday everybody and have a great weekend!  Make sure you tell your dad that you love them this weekend and celebrate Father’s Day if you can 🙂

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.

Up until the morning hours, we are set free

5 Jun

As promised in my highlights post, I wanted to share more photos from each different set from the most amazing BFD this past Saturday.  I thought I’d start with one of my favorite acts from the day which was SF formed band, Geographer!  I can’t wait to catch this trio again.  I posted my two favorite photos of them in my last post but still caught many more of their set.  I’ll continue to post other band photos throughout the week 😀

Playing around with different angles.

Day time music festivals are so much easier to shoot than indoor stadiums.  The lighting is perfect and you don’t have to worry as much about timing, let alone fixing your f-stops.  I shot all my photos with a Canon 60D on Saturday.  Have a great day and listen to some Geographer to get ya through the work day 😀

What it feels like to really love music – BFD 2012 highlights

4 Jun

Well my favorite day of the musical year has come and gone over the past weekend with no let downs in tow.  Although I may be extremely biased, Live105 throws one of the best concert festivals in the Bay Area every June.  BFD is a day where a wide variety of acts, breaking and mainstream, come to showcase their music.  This BFD was a special one because the queen bee, Robin Rockwell who’s been making this festival happen for years, has left us for another life.  We all wanted to make her as proud as she could possibly be so we poured our hearts into making this one of the best BFD’s of all time.  The Live105 team gave 150% and there was nothing that failed to show that effort and love.  I was shooting photos all day and below are some of the major highlights of the day.

The doors opened at 11am and the first bands were to hit the stage at 11:30 at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA this past Saturday, June 2nd.  There were lines of people waiting to get in right when the doors opened.

This was the crowd for one of the first bands around 12p.  It’s amazing the turn out so early on.  This was a show to not miss.

Imagine Dragons were the second band to go on and absolutely SMASHED their set.  This band is from Las Vegas and extremely talented.  The lead singer, Dan Reynolds, came to life when he hit the stage vibing off of the effervescent crowd.  They left me wanting to see them again.  I can’t wait for the next time they come through San Francisco because it’s a show that I look forward to rocking out at.

After the set, they got in the crowd and took pictures, signed autographs, and just took the time to meet and be grateful for the people who came early to support them.  It’s nice to see humbled bands and there wasn’t a short of them on Saturday.

Up next was Geographer.  I cannot say enough good things about this band.  A San Francisco based band with three members producing enough sound for an entire stadium, they were captivating.  I couldn’t help but dance, sing and want more music from them.  At the end of Geographer’s set, I was actually sad that they were not going to play anymore.  If you live in the Bay Area, be ready to catch one of their shows, it’s a very worthy show for the music lover.

Geographer.

The Bud Light Festival Stage also hosted Walk the Moon, an indie rock band from Ohio.  They were vivacious and fun to watch.  Another band on the rise, this is not even close to the last you will hear of this band.  By this point, the crowd had realllly grown with enthusiastic music lovers.

A view of Walk to Moon from the photo pit filled with press and media galore.  Everyone in town was here to cover this event.

There were some real veteran photographers there as well.  Check this shirt out, BFD 1994!!!  Sooo awesome.

The Subsonic Tent was also going off all day long!  From start to finish of the festival were EDM acts keeping the pulse pumping under strobe lights and an outdoor canopied tent.  Here is Miles the DJ rocking the tent in the evening.  Other acts in the tent throughout the day included Knife Party, Dragonette, St. John, the Limousines and many more notable acts!

I stopped in the tent to dance for a few songs and was overloaded with beers!  I didn’t drink them but it was nice of my friends to think of me 🙂  It was also nice to catch up with my friends and enjoy some dance time with them.  It makes me smile sharing music with friends, two of my favorite things.

As the day forged on, the afternoon brought the great Of Monsters and Men.  This folk band gives me goosebumps when they play.  The two lead singers have such soulful and beautiful voices, you can’t help but be memorized.  I’d relate them to Mumford and Sons mixed with Edward Sharpe but at the same time all their own sound.  The Icelandic band has at least 6 members including accordions, trumpets and strings.  Listen and learn to Love, Love, Love.

Did I mention we also had a dunk tank so that listeners could dunk their favorite Live105 jock?!  Here’s No Name about to get dunked.  What a great and fun idea in the hot bay area sun!

I think everyone knows how I feel about Grouplove…  They are one of my all time favorites and once again they did not fail to give their musical hearts to us on Saturday.  I’ve seen this band three times now and I want to see them again.  They always are on point sound and energy wise, giving their all at every single show.

Guitarist from Grouplove getting up to get down!

Neon Trees gave a very theatrical performance and rocked their set.  The energy was undeniable and they knew how to get the crowd listening to what they had to perform.  By the time they got to their hit song “Animal,” everyone in the venue was singing along.

Oh yes, and to all my Blink182 lovers… Tom DeLonge with Angels and Airwaves also graced us with his presence. I’m not the biggest fan of Angels and Airwaves but will always have a soft spot for Blink182, therefore I give my support.

Our on air jocks gave intros to each band and here is our amazing Megan Holiday hyping up the next band!

Oh yes and how could we forget Fun?!  They were literally fun to watch (no pun intended).  I’ve blogged about them previously but I’d never seen them actually performed and I was pleasantly surprised.  They looked like they were just happy to be there and grateful for the pulse of a crowd.  With thousands there, singing the lyrics to their songs, they closed out the Festival Stage and really set the tone for the rest of the main stage acts.

As the sun started to drop, it was time for the main Amphitheater to fill for the main acts.  This was maybe my favorite photo of the day, could these little babies front row and center get any cuter?!  This will be my kids someday when I start a family.  They will see the beautiful side of music at an early age 😀

Be still my heart… The Naked and Famous then kicked off the main stage… I don’t know what it is about this band but one of the lead singers, Alisa, gets it.  Her lyrics are something that can resonate with almost anyone in a personal way.  This New Zealand indie group brings heart to dance music.   Playing Punching in a Dream to Young Blood, my friends and I danced away while screaming every song in excitement.

The bowl slowly filled to capacity officially selling out for the rest of the main stage acts including: Cake, Garbage, Silversun Pickups and Jane’s Addiction to close out the night.  It was an incredible day with fluid execution of bands hitting the stages at the right times.  It’s a show that deserves more than all the credit it’s given.  The Live105 team busts their booties for a good portion of the year just aiming to please the listeners and fans of the bands.  They want the bay area people to hear the good music circulating the airwaves and join in the celebration with all the other music lovers out there.

Some personal highlights of the day besides hearing some of my all time favorite bands and rocking out with friends are below.

I was invited to be a part of a GoPro project where they are documenting the music festival experience.  I was the photographer’s experience and mounted a the GoPro on top of my camera.  I’m so excited to see how the edit comes out.  It was a great conversation piece as well, I mean it’s a camera on top of a camera!

Chelsea and I ADORE Silversun Pickups so when they hit the stage, we took to some seats that just so happened to be RIGHT next to the guys from Of Monsters and Men!  We were so caught up in Silversun that we didn’t realize who we were rocking out next to until one of them had to scoot out of his seat.  We snagged a photo with them and thanked them for the good times.  At big festivals like this, you never know what will happen or who you will run into.

I can’t even begin to fathom what our next Live105 event will bring.  Throughout the week, I will post more photos from each artist.  This is just the beginning of all the magical memories and photos from Saturday.  If this hasn’t convinced you to go to a Live105 event, I don’t know what will 😀

Music lovers come together

31 May

This weekend is Live105’s annual BFD concert and I couldn’t be more excited!  It’s my absolute favorite event of the year and the Live105 crew is such an amazing team of people, I feel so proud and lucky to get to work with them.  I’ll be shooting photos and enjoying all the good tunes the day has to offer. There is a lot of local talent this year and definitely some ‘do not miss this’ artists.  Below is the line-up so if you’re in the area don’t miss out on this incredible music festival!

Stand outs that I’m looking forward to are Of Monsters and Men, Geographer, Walk the Moon, Dragonette, Young Science, the Naked and Famous, Silversun Pickups and so many more!

Tonight, we are young

30 Mar

On Wednesday, the band Fun. stopped by the Live105 studios to have some pizza and hang with a few lucky winners.  Chelsea and I headed over to share in the good times.  The smash hit “We Are Young” has just slathered all over the radio air waves.  It’s rotating on multiple San Francisco radio stations and is an anthem to all people wanting to stay young.  It’s a great song to belt out when driving in your car, drinking in a bar, or just kicking back with friends.  If you haven’t heard it, after you listen to it I assure that you will probably listen to it more than once.

(Me, Fun., Chelsea)
They hung out took photos and even drew some masterpieces on their posters.  (More photos can be seen at http://www.Live105.com)

And just because I felt the need to include this next youtube clip.  I used to love a band called the Format (favorite song below).  Nate Ruess from The Format, formed Fun. after  The Format’s break up in 2008.  I think he might be a good ingredient for hit songs – just a guess 🙂

Happy Friday everybody!

An afternoon with Lana Del Rey

8 Mar

I’ve been completely mesmerized by Lana Del Rey’s music so when the opportunity came up to shoot some photos of her at work, I jumped at the chance.  I truly think she is one of the most talented singers and really carries her soul in her songs.  Call me crazy but going through a hard break up really made me feel her songs (along with a few other artists).  I’ve always bonded with music on another level but some of her songs I swear she wrote about my life.  She was saying yesterday the reason she likes other artists’ music is because she believes them when they are singing the songs and I feel that exact way about her.  I really believe her when she pours her heart into her songs.

She was nothing but gracious, sweet and lovely.  She popped in to do some on air interviews and perform a few songs.  Beyond being hilarious, she talked freely about the SNL performance that was talked about around the world and also her video montage edits (which she walked in lap top in hand editing one).  Lana was very humble and only the engineer, myself and another photographer were allowed in the studio for her performance.  Her voice is out of this world and even if you have some conflicting thoughts about her, give her another chance.   I feel very lucky that I get to see a lot of albums performed live but not everybody has what Lana Del Rey has.  I promise that she is something extraordinary.

She came totally dressed down and adorable.


My personal favorite of her songs is from her first album.

She’s been making music for a while but this newest album and her videos are what are really putting her on the map.

It really was a Not So Silent Night

19 Dec

OK, so I posted all my favorite Florence photos already and a re-cap of the night but not as many photos.  Here is the rest of the photos from one of the best concerts of my life, Live105’s Not So Silent Night : )  I shot with a Canon 60D and an L series lens (1.4f 35mm).  Shooting concerts is not easy, A) to get the priveledge and B) to get good crisp and dynamic shots.  Here’s my crack at becoming a real concert photographer.  Any tips, comments and/or suggestions welcome!

Me and my other photog friend, Jess!  We’ve been learning together and have shared shooting some life changing concerts together.

Young the Giant.

I love concert black and whites.

This one isn’t great but I loved that he climbed on the speakers.

Bush.  I had some amazing ’90s flashbacks and actually really enjoyed Bush live!  Gavin Rossdale’s still got it : )

This guitarist had the best lighting on him to shoot photos of and Gavin wasn’t lit well at all.  I found that to be very interesting and strange at the same time.

OK, so total photo manipulation but I love the look of this photo.

Gavin went around the entire arena and sang to fans who were singing along with him.  It was pretty cool to see fans just light up and get to sing with their music hero.

I love this crowd shot for some reason.  People posed!  Pretty great : )

Mumford started in silhouette which I personally LOVE!

Mumford and Sons

I love every instrument that creates the music in Mumford and Sons.

Attempting more black and whites.

The horns.

Marcus Mumford.

Green Day.

Billy Joe Armstrong.

I love the motion in this photo.  One of the nicest bands.

Shooting concerts is sooo tricky because musicians move so fast and the lighting is literally all over the place with strobes and it comes from every direction.  It’s a learning process shooting some of these shows and there is a ton of room for improvement on these photos but it is beyond fun working on honing these skills 🙂

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.

GroupLove I love you

9 Dec

Last night, my work had a pre-concert concert.  That may sound silly to some of you but I find it one of the most awesome ideas in the world.  When you are a music lover, you understand this need for good live music.  Stand out artist of the night was Grouplove last night.  Here are some photos, the lighting was hard to shoot with but because I was right above them – the lighting almost made some of the photos look wide angle which was good practice for me for tonight!

They danced like there was no tomorrow, it was amazing.  So much positive energy contagiously sprawling across the room.

Molly Ringwald’s twin is in the band!  OK, not really but they looked a lot alike.

So damn cute!

The Joy Formiddable was up next!

Last photo of the night.  The Joy Formiddable.

Last but not least one of my all time favorites The Naked and Famous played but I couldn’t hang around to see their set unfortunately 😦  I will however get to see them in a week so I will stop pouting for now 🙂

Some must listens from Grouplove:
“Tongue Twisted”
“Gold Coast”
“Lovely Cup”