2016 Review – My Favorite Captures

Chicago, IL. Country Lakeshake Festival (photo by Amy Moorehouse)

2016 – This is the only time of the year I like to look backwards. The long hours waiting between artists, to get the opportunity to photograph 3 songs, with the intention of capturing one shot in a millisecond of the performance, that tells a story and flatters the artist with emotion, passion, spectacle, and brilliance. When I look back at a yearly collection of images I’ve shot, to make my favorites list, I must instantly recall the time, place, moment, & emotion when it was captured. If the final image pleases me, it is my hope you feel the same. Two major Country music festivals (Chicago’s Country Lakeshake, & RT91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas) were highlights of the year for me. In St. Louis, MO., celebrating my 10th year as the house photographer at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater, I attended about 40 concerts, 150 + bands. I was fortunate to be in the building when Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band came to town with the ‘River Tour’ at Chaifetz Arena, as well as seeing one of Brian Johnson’s last performance’s with AC/DC at Scottrade Center, before exiting the band due to hearing loss. This may have been one of the most diverse years of music I’ve covered, witnessing iconic artists within the genres of Rock & Roll, Country, Rap, as well as the second & third acts on the bill that stood out as future superstars. If you are returning to my website because you enjoy music photography, I thank you sincerely for your support. If you are new, welcome! Make sure you hit me up on Facebook and Instagram (@rknphoto) for real time updates. There are 78 images in this collection. Below, I will post eight favorites here, then click the link to take you to my Zenfolio site, to see all. Here’s to a great 2016 concert season, & to 2017, which is already being penciled in to be even more awesome. KW

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Photo Pit Gladiators v3

2016 – The 2016 edition of Pit BrothersPhoto Pit Gladiators. Every season at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO., I share pit space with these gentlemen. I have become friends with them all, and year after year I am fascinated with their professionalism, engagement with fans, sense of humor, and always being alert to safety of the artists on stage, and all venue concert goers. They are always ready for whatever the night brings.. they are Gladiators! For the 3rd year in a row, the cover shot is of the King Cat Daddy, William ‘Tiny’ Tiehes.

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Route 91 Harvest Festival Las Vegas – Highlights

The 2016 3rd annual Route 91 Harvest Festival, showcasing the best of Country music, took place in Las Vegas, NV., Sept 30th – Oct 2nd on the Las Vegas strip. The weekend headliners were Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, & Luke Bryan. When shooting festivals, I try to capture moments on & off stage, from various locations, angles, & vantage points. I think I reached my 10,000 step goal by 4p each day!

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