Chapel + Emarosa + Sum 41 + Pierce the Veil | Freedom Hall, Lancaster County Convention Center

My good friend (and my daughter's drum instructor!) is currently touring with Emarosa as their drummer.  Last week, we caught their show at Freedom Hall (at the Lancaster County Convention Center).  Emarosa was one of the opening bands for Pierce the Veil, during their "We Will Detonate" Tour.  The other bands were Chapel, and Sum 41.  Brent was kind enough to score me a photo pass, so I hung out in the pit and created some art while enjoying the show.  I'm definitely in my element when I am photographing concerts.  I really enjoy being able to combine my loves of music and photography, and to capture other artists sharing their passions with others!  Something about the lights, shadows, colors, and emotions on display during concerts just fills my soul to the brim.

Here are a few of my shots from last Tuesday.  I hope you enjoy them!  Thanks again, Brent!!

Thievery Corporation + The Reminders | The Fillmore, Philadelphia

Photographing a Thievery Corporation concert has been on my Bucket List for a while now... and this year I was finally able to cross it off - not once, not twice, but three times (and in three different states)!  This was an amazing year to cross this off, too, because it is was their 20th anniversary tour!  I can't believe I have been a fan of their music for 20 years already.  It seems like just yesterday that I listened to them for the first time when I rented minidiscs containing their songs while living in Japan.

Back in May, I photographed them at Red Rocks, my all time favorite concert venue.  In August, I photographed them in Maryland at the Hot August Music Festival.  And, this December, I photographed them at the Fillmore in Philadelphia.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from their December show.  I also photographed their opening band, The Reminders.  The Reminders were incredible - they were so full of energy and positivity!  I'm definitely a new fan, and highly recommend that you check them out!  And, if you haven't heard of Thievery Corporation yet, you definitely need to check out their work as well.  They put on one of the best live shows I have ever seen - every show is a different experience and is performed with unmatched passion, energy, and style.

Thank you for the opportunities, Thievery!  And, thank you for providing many of the songs to the soundtrack of my life over the past 20 years.  I'm looking forward to many more shows to come. :)

Vans Warped Tour | Scranton, PA | July 11, 2016

I never imagined that my Starbucks chai tea addiction would lead to such incredible opportunities!  A few years ago, I met Brent while ordering my typical "venti no water chai".  He quickly became one of my favorite Baristas!  We found out we had a lot of common interests, including tattoos, music, snowboarding, and caffeine!  I also quickly found out that Brent happens to be a pretty incredible drummer, and asked him if he was willing to take on my middle daughter as a drum student.  He agreed, and he's quickly become an extended member of my family!

Brent started touring with Emarosa this year when they found themselves in need of a drummer.  A few months ago, Brent helped me get a photo pass to shoot Emarosa at the Chameleon Club.  Last week, Brent came through for me again and hooked me up with a photo pass for Warped Tour when they were in town (well, as close to being "in town" as they were going to get).  The rest of the family also got all-access passes, and it was a pretty incredible experience for all of us!  I want to provide my daughters with experiences that they will remember for the rest of their lives, and I think this one definitely qualified!

Here are a few of the MANY photos that I took at Warped Tour that day.  Everything took place in Scranton, around the Pavilion at Montage Mountain.  Brent, thank you again for the opportunity to shoot this event!!  It's been an honor being able to follow along as you chase your own dreams.

 

 

TLA, Philadelphia PA | The Dead Kennedys

On June 29th, I caught the Dead Kennedys show at the TLA in Philly.  Their tour manager hooked me up with a photo pass for the show, and I'm so appreciative!  The first band to open was Soul Glo, followed by Le Yikes Surf Club and The Welch Boys.  The Dead Kennedys went on around 10, and put on an entertaining and opinionated show, as always!  Here are a few photos from the evening!

(Yes, I know I have a diverse taste in music, and I wouldn't have it any other way!)

Red Rocks, Colorado | Thievery Corporation + Emancipator Ensemble + Late Night Radio

May 13, 2016 is a date that will forever remain dear to my heart!  Thanks to the planets aligning in my favor, and the efforts and kindness of a longtime friend, I was able to cross off an item on my Bucket List - photographing my favorite band at my favorite concert venue!  I was able to secure a photo pass to photograph Thievery Corporation at Red Rocks Ampitheatre - and to make it even more meaningful, it happened to occur during Thievery's 20th Anniversary Tour and Red Rocks 75th Anniversary!

The weather was fantastic, and the crowd's energy was contagious!  I rented a fisheye lens for the occasion, but it arrived broken - I didn't let that dampen my spirits, though, and captured some amazing photographs with the rest of the equipment I brought!

Late Night Radio opened first, followed by Emancipator Ensemble.  (This was my first time hearing both, and I thought they were great!)  Thievery Corporation played third, and did not disappoint.  As much as part of me wanted to stay in the pit and shoot the entire show, I also wanted to step back and enjoy my favorite band with the rest of the stoked fans.  So, I found a balance - and I love how everything turned out!

I am so grateful to my friend Annabel and to Thievery Corporation!!!  I'm looking forward to my next Thievery show, as always!!  I've listened to their music while making countless memories over the past 20 years of my life!  Here are a few of my favorite frames from the evening.  

Chameleon Club, Lancaster PA | Emarosa + Coldrain

A good friend of mine (who also happens to be my daughter's drum instructor) is currently touring with Emarosa as their drummer!  They played at the Chameleon Club back on March 26, 2016, and I was able to capture a few images while I was there enjoying the show.  I also snapped a few photos of Coldrain, a rock band from Japan.  After seeing both bands live, I'm definitely a new fan!  The energy of all of the bands was incredible that night!

Both Emarosa and Coldrain will be playing on the Warped Tour this summer!  I'm looking forward to catching them on stage again!

Venue:  Chameleon Club, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Bands:  Emarosa, Coldrain