2018 Recap – My Favorite Captures

Thirty Seconds to Mars

2018 – Another portfolio year in the books. Perhaps my most diverse year of music photography. Following the previous year, which I did not consider to be my best work, I found myself at a point of decision making. Would I continue shooting music, should I, would anyone really care? Part burn out, part self doubt, part loss of creative approach. I really wasn’t sure what to do at the beginning of 2018. I told myself one more year. Make it count, challenge yourself to get one shot from each show to be proud of, and be portfolio worthy. Challenge yourself to be diverse, don’t do the same crap you and everyone else has always done. Look for angles and opportunities, shoot beyond and around the obvious. Even though the photo pits have become ridiculously crowded year after year, tune it out. Distractions and a low battery are my worst enemies. Most important, start having fun again. The year flew by I must admit. I’m pretty sure I was busier than any previous year, especially outside my primary venue, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre. Turns out you can be re-charged. I had a good year, a fun year, and a diverse year of images I am proud to share. And, it turns out somebody really does care… me. So bring on 2019, let’s raise the bar an inch higher and go for it.  Thanks as always to Live Nation St. Louis, & the staff at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre. A sampling from my favorites of the year below. Continue reading “2018 Recap – My Favorite Captures”

Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn

11/24/2018 –  For twenty years, St. Louis’s finest electric rockin’ blues guitar players have paid homage to SRV with an annual November evening musical tribute, presented by KSHE 95. Led by Steve Pecaro, along with Tony Campanella, and featuring Mike Zito. These shows are loud, passionate, and authentic. It makes me proud to call most of the musicians on stage my personal friends, for over a decade now. Continue reading “Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn”

Dino Merlin

9/29/2018 – The Pageant, St. Louis. Sold out show, one night with Dino Merlin, Hotel Nacional Tour. I love getting calls to photograph artists I am not familiar with. I signed on for an all show, all access opportunity to shoot Dino Merlin. I learned he is a European superstar, on a limited U.S. run of shows that, preceding St. Louis, had sold out two shows in NYC, and two shows in Chicago. What I witnessed was a man with an engaging audience, ranging in a stunning diverse age range of 17 to 60 year old fans. The language and lyrics were sung in Croation, but the melodies and arrangements, backed by his stellar band, were presented in a way that somehow I understood, and immediately could recognize why Mr. Merlin is an international star. My posts from this show via Instagram, were the most popular and liked photos of 2018, from followers all across the globe. Photos below. Continue reading “Dino Merlin”

Photo Pit Gladiators v5

view from the pit

2018 – Another season has come and gone at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, Mo., which means it’s time for the 5th annual Photo Pit Gladiator portraits, #PitGladiators! This is always a fun project, an opportunity to shoot & edit  outside of my ‘norm’ – portrait, candid, & action shots of the guys and gals I’m fortunate enough to share the venue pit space with at every show I shoot at the amp. It’s a special place that I feel humbled to be included, and when I’m not focused on getting my performance shots during the ‘3 songs & out’ rule, these folks make the evening fun, with their humor, grit, friendship, & witnessing the dedication to their assignments to servicing the bands & fans in attendance. Next time you head out for a show, if you see any of these knuckleheads, please give them a high five and the respect they deserve, but please.. do not feed the Gladiators! Enjoy. Continue reading “Photo Pit Gladiators v5”

September Highlights

2018 – After shooting over 30 shows, 100 + bands, & thousands of edited images, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 2018 Summer Season came to a close. One last outdoor festival (Wayback Pointfest, with 311, Gym Class Heroes, P.O.D., The Toadies, Lit, Buckcherry, & more) brought it in for a landing just like the start of the season back in May, with Pointfest. There were solid shows by Country artists, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Brantley Gilber, Wheeler Walker, Jr., & Russell Dickerson. A great tour consisting of Counting Crows & Live, and of course, I’ve been working on assembling the 2018 #PitGladiators portraits. Here are a few highlights.  Continue reading “September Highlights”

August 2018 Show Highlights

2018 August, we rock onward! A great month of diversity represented at the shed (Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre). Whatever your musical taste desires, chances are there was a show for you! Logic, NF, Rascal Flatts, Dan + Shay, Charlie Puts, Haylee Steinfeld, Five Finger Death Punch, Anthrax, Slayer, Testament, El Monstero – Definitive Pink Floyd Tribute, Rod Stewart, Cyndi Lauper, Niall Horan, and the big show of the summer, Def Leppard and Journey at Busch Stadium, Phew! Let’s get to it.. Continue reading “August 2018 Show Highlights”

July 2018 Concert Recap

2018 – July in St. Louis, MO., always the busiest month at the shed (Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre). The month began with Warped Tour, then the action packed week of 7/7 – 7/14, where we pulled off a grueling 7 shows in 8 nights, featuring Evanescence, Styx, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Ke$ha, Imagine Dragons, Chris Stapleton, and closing with Rob Zombie (with Marilyn Manson). 12 events total for July, finishing with Foreigner, Whitesnake, 3 Doors Down, Collective Soul, Paul Rodgers, Jeff Beck, and Chris Brown. Highlights below.. Continue reading “July 2018 Concert Recap”

June 2018 Highlights

The 2018 concert season is just getting warmed up! There were only a handful of shows & events I photographed, but what a fun eclectic mix, which included Shania Twain, Post Malone, Dierks Bentley, Steely Dan, the KSHE 94.7 Pigroast (Marshall Tucker Band, Poco, Dave Mason, Molly Hatchet, + more), Chicago, REO Speedwagon, and I was invited to photograph the Meet & Greet with former VP Joe Biden and his guests. Here we go > Continue reading “June 2018 Highlights”

May 2018 Events

May is the beginning of a busy schedule, primarily with opening the gates to Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, MO., and the Summer concerts that follow. May features U2 at Scottrade Center, Pointfest featuring Shinedown, STP, The Struts, & more, Jason Aldean, shooting the Meet & Greet with Ghost, and a portrait shoot with Haley Cramer, drummer for the band Pop Evil. Let’s get to it! Continue reading “May 2018 Events”