Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals at The Pageant – June 11th, 2015

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Ben Harper is one of those artists that has such an extensive catalog of material and such a strong following that going to see one of his shows is kind of exhilarating.  Much like artists such as Pearl Jam and Dave Matthews, Ben Harper has this quality to deliver songs that strike a chord in the audience and provide a true performance element very similar to that found in the jam band genre.  Not being completely educated in his catalog I really enjoyed hearing some tunes that had a bit more of a rock quality to them than some of the more bluesy jam or acoustic material I had been exposed to in the past.  As I was editing I actually revisited his album “Diamonds on the Inside” and it was very enjoyable to listen to as I worked on cleaning up some of the images from the show.  Ben seemed very appreciative and into it that evening, and with this being “an evening with” show that had no opener the crowd was guaranteed to get a great setlist.  The rest of the band were really psyched as well, smiling and passionately handling their instruments.  It was a great show to cover and I hope you enjoy the images.

The Script at The Pageant – June 7th, 2015

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This show was interesting, as many of you know I often gage a show by observing the crowd.  The Script crowd was quite unique with many different types of people in the audience, most of them were actually girls in between the ages of 15-20.  There were also groups of women in their early 20’s, parents that were dragged there by their teens, and a smattering of middle aged folks who were out for a good time to hear a band that their local radio station (Y98) proudly supports.  From a photography standpoint I was not prepared for the show I received while shooting from the pit.  The vocalist, Danny O’Donoghue, was very entertaining and energetic, bouncing from each side of the stage so vigorously that it was hard to capture him with your camera.  It was a great performance to cover and I was really happy I was there to capture it.  The sold out crowd was also going nuts, which makes it a good time all around.  If you are into Pop/Rock then check these guys out, they came packing a punch and really put everything they have inside of them into their performance.

Brandi Carlile at The Pageant – June 2nd, 2015

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Brandi Carlile was one of those shows I walked into completely clueless.  Blindly assuming she might be related to Belinda Carlisle I ignorantly figured out that their names are spelt different, pronounced slightly different, and in fact have no relation at all.  Brandi actually is a renowned female singer songwriter that has a very devout following, and her mother (Teresa) was actually a back up singer for Elvis at one point of her life which I found pretty awesome.  The crowd was very into it that evening and there was no photo pit so the room had this great club feel to it that evening.  It was a great show and something new for me to experience, which is always awesome!

Tame Impala at The Pageant- June 1st, 2015

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Tame Impala is one of those bands that if you are into the retro/psychedelic rock scene that you need to check out.  There music includes many open parts that are layered with electronically synthesized walls of sound that completely take your mind over if you close your eyes when you are listening to them.  If you see them live it adds another quality to the listening experience that you should be a part of if you get a chance.  With a light display that has an array of different shapes and colors projected on a screen that at many times covers the band, providing a spectacle of show to witness.  This was my second time photographing this act and I enjoying it more and more each time I get the opportunity to cover on of their shows.

The Decemberists at The Peabody – May 30th, 2015

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This show was one I had been looking forward to shooting for the simple fact of the reputation this band has in the indie scene. For the last 15 years they have been releasing records and causing quite the buzz, making them hard to overlook.  Their indie/pop sound is also kind of infectious, making some of their songs just ridiculously hard to not love.  This unfortunately was a show in which I had to leave after the first three songs but from what I did see I think the crowd received an amazing performance.  They were fun to photograph and it was good to be back at the Peabody shooting a show, which is something I’ll never turn down.

St. Vincent at The Pageant – May 27th, 2015

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Wednesday was an awesome experience for me, having not been overly familiar with St. Vincent’s catalog, I went in kind of blindly.  I was there with a close friend who only told me to just pay attention to the guitar playing and I would be floored.  “St. Vincent” is the stage name this talented female indie rock goddess goes by but her birth name is Anne Erin Clark, Annie for short.  Let me just tell you that I believe that she shines more live than on some of the recordings I’ve heard.  About 1/2 way through the show she got up on a platform, which elevated her above her band mates making her the main focus of the set moving forward.  At this moment in time Annie just started shredding through solo’s and jamming on many of her tracks.  I was highly impressed and it was great to see a lead front women that commanded her instrument as a driving force, as opposed to the cliche chic bassist/vocalist combo that you see often in the rock scene.  This was truly a night of awesome musicianship, not to mention that the opening act was the violinists from Arcade Fire, Sarah Neufeld, whom also had an immense amount of talent and brought a certain type of uniqueness to the evening.  Enjoy the pics and as always, rock on!

Halestorm and The Pretty Reckless at The Pageant – May 20th, 2015

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This past Wednesday was a rock show of an extreme magnitude, with two female front women who command the stage like no other.  This would be no other than Lzzy Hale of Halestorm and Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless.  Both women have their distinct claim to fame as vocalists.  With Taylor you get a more dark and broodingly provocative performance that at times seems to have an essence that leads a little bit more to the realm of performing for the sake of shock value.  This I find interesting because both times I’ve photographed this band I have been restricted to the first two songs with lighting that didn’t give many opportunities to capture much of anything.  Thus is why you only see 6 images of her and her band towards the end of my slide show.  This is a complete contrast to experiencing Lzzy and her band.

Halestorm was an absolute pleasure to cover and watch from a spectator stand point.  The lighting was like Christmas and Lzzy just puts on one hell of a show from the first note she bellows out or shreds on the guitar.  She has really captured the essence of a true rock and roll vocalist, in my opinion making her one of the best front women to hit the scene in a long time.  There is no wonder why Halestorm has done so well, winning a grammy a few years ago and selling out both shows I’ve see them play in St. Louis.  Selling out venues seems to be a regular occurrence for them and if you catch them live you will realize why that is the case.  Kudos Lzzy and Taylor, please keep doing your thing and rocking the fuck out!