With the weather turning to fall officially, I wanted to take a look back at the rest of the summer this year that didn't take place at festivals. There were plenty of other shows, both big and small. It can be hard to keep up with writing short blog posts when you're constantly photographing and writing more, but I will try to keep this up to date from here on out. We'll all see how it goes. But enjoy June through most of July of the non-festival concerts.
I don't publish about this often, but I do weddings from time to time for friends. It's always a pleasure and when I click with the bride and groom it's just that much easier. I don't like to do big weddings. While those are fun, they are very stressful. Small weddings are where it's at and I should know since that's what Lauren and I did.
Russ and Lindsey are two concert friends of mine and they are just lovely. On the day of the wedding it looked like it was going to pour but as everyone arrived the sun began to poke out just enough and blessed us with great weather. It took place at SPAC in Saratoga Springs, NY and then we all went out to dinner after. Don't hesitate to ask me about wedding services. No it's not the rock star life that I like to do every night of the week, but you get to be a rock star for a day (h/t Marc Millman for that phrase) and I would love to help make you look the best you possibly can. Enjoy some photos from Russ and Lindsey's wedding
There are so many festivals now a days that the season doesn't end with summer. You could probably go to a festival a weekend for 52 weeks every year. Traditionally though September closes the season for me and this year was no different. I wasn't supposed to go to Grand Point North, Grace Potter's Burlington, Vertmont festival, this year but my schedule changed and it ended up working out. I've been the last few years and it's always a pleasure to see the same faces in the photo pit and those working the fest. It was a grand time as always. Enjoy some pictures from earlier this month.
This being included in coverage from this past summer is as much of a surprise to me as it is to you reading. After Newport Folk it came to light that I knew who to contact for a pass, thanks Meghan, and I had a free place to stay, big time thanks to Jillian and her boyfriend Will. It was a matter of how much would the plane ticket cost. With the go ahead from Lauren, while at a concert I bought a round trip ticket 10 days before hand and just had a blast in Golden Gate Park. While I didn't see as many bands as I do at a regular festival, it was amazing. This was also my first taste of West Coast live music and boy did it not disappoint. I'm still pinching myself that this took place. Also for the record this is as much a food and wine festival as it is a music festival. It's truly astounding. If you can make it out to this festival next year, just do it. Enjoy the highlights.
My second straight year at the world famous Newport Folk Festival was just as amazing as the year before. While the line up didn't blow me away as it was rolled out this year, it turned out to be a pretty perfect line up. There were a couple of tributes to music legends Bill Withers and the late Chuck Berry, as well as a set of protest music by a treasure trove of artists. The weather held out and everyone and their mother came to end the show with John Prine, including special guests Roger Waters and Lucius. This festival is a can't miss affair every year. Highlights from the weekend below.
Sometimes you just want to try new things and this summer I was able to do just that. I had never flown anywhere to see music and my first entry into that was to to go to Chicago in mid-July for Pitchfork Music Festival. They let the photographers do their thing, without much oversight, but it was weird going in pretty much blind to a festival. Some cancellations and weird photo rules took place, which screwed some coverage up, but overall it was a fantastic weekend. My wonderful photog-friend Sarah put me up for the weekend and we proceeded to have a blast. Unfortunately my train ride back to Albany was less than stellar, but hey it happens. Here are a batch of highlights from Pitchfork.
I'm lucky to know some great people who help take care of the press at festivals and shows in general and Big Hassle Media are among the best in the business. I was planning on getting married the weekend before Bonnaroo, which happened and was glorious, and it was never for certain I was going to be able to go cover the festival, but they gave me the ok, as did my new wife, and down I went to the farm. It was an interesting year with the introduction of an EDM-only stage, but attendance was up from 2016 and the weather was perfect. Here are a bunch of highlights from another great Bonnaroo
Memorial Day weekend is my favorite weekend of the year for one reason, it signals the beginning of music festival season. The last three years this has meant being in Boston for the Boston Calling Music Festival and this year was no different. The team at 44 Communications and Crash Line Productions know how to treat the press right, which is why it's always a wonderful gathering of friends each year. The photographers I get the privilege of sharing the weekend with is always fantastic and brings a smile to my face knowing everyone who is going to be there. The move from City Hall Plaza to Harvard's Athletic Complex it took a day to get used to the new grounds, but the festival went off without a hitch. Here are some highlights of the weekend.
Sorry for the lack of updates, but it has been a busy time in May. Lots of things are in motion both personally and professionally, so it's been tough to update. I've seen some legends since updating last, including Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds, Diana Ross, Metallica, Carl Palmer, and The Delfonics. I saw Kikagaku Moyo, a Japanese psychedelic rock band. It was only their second New York City performance ever. I worked another Tulip Festival for the City of Albany and Lauren graduated pharmacy school. Here are a bunch of photos covering all of that in no particular order.
The world is in turmoil for many reasons today. Many factors are leading to planet that is coming apart at the seams. No one should have to march for science, but around the United States last week that is exactly what people had to do. I marched and cheered for science, as I always will, and snapped some photos of those who joined in, in Albany, NY.
Once again I was able to be on set with Chromoscope Pictures for a video shoot. This time it was at WMHT studios, which has all the bells and whistles a team could want to shoot something, and Chromoscope took full advantage of the lighting and space. The video was for Albany, NY's Northern Faces new song "Messin With Me". The song is really catchy and will be on their upcoming release later this year. The shoot had them sitting in an old New Yorker Deluxe that was in fantastic shape. I believe during the video the car has a mind of it's own and take the guys on an adventure, but I wasn't there long enough to see it through as there were other shoots that day to cover. Here are a bunch of behind the scenes shots from the day.
Collaborating with other artists is always a treat. You wind up going to places that you never would have on your own. This past Thursday myself, James Rock, and Kiki Vassilakis took a trip to the Hudson Valley and enjoyed a few hours of art, photography, and fun. Here is a look at what we did.
Candy Ambulance know how to have a good time and their video shoot this past weekend proved just that. They called in a number of friends, hired Chromoscope Pictures, and pulled together a wild video that will surely help them get some buzz when it comes time for their summer tour announcement to happen. Having worked with both Candy Ambulance and Chromoscope Pictures, I made my way up to Glens Falls knowing I was going to get some wonderful photos, but had no idea they would be this great. The shoot lasted from about 5 PM to 130 AM, and by the time the shoot ended everyone was on such a high that we could have kept going for hours. Here are a batch of production and behind the scenes stills from the evening. You can get a sense of what the shoot was like, but the entire story of it isn't ruined. Look out for the video coming soon!
First I'd like to welcome you to the site. Thank you for coming and checking out what I do. I am going to use this blog to show pictures of the latest shows, promo shoots, behind the scenes video shoots, and tour diaries. Once in awhile I might even mention some new music in here of upcoming artists.
I'm happy that the start of this website went hand in hand with going back out on tour with Wild Adriatic. I've gone out with them a few times and each time has been wonderful. The three piece band out of the Saratoga Springs/Glens Falls area are a group that blends rock and soul into a whole lot of fun on and off stage. Mateo, Rich, and Travis are some of the easiest guys to work with and I'm proud to call them all close friends. We visited Brooklyn's Baby's All Right, Philadelphia's Coda Club, Woodstock's WDST Radio Station, and Pawling, NY's Daryl's House. Each night had it's own vibe and hopping in the van each morning was always fun. For the last night of the run keyboardist Dustin DeLuke joined in on the fun as it was his birthday, so the show had a little extra something special to it. Here's a selection of the beginning of their April tour.