Tahoe Concert Photography

Tahoe Concert Photographer | Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatts returned to Lake Tahoe for the 2nd year in a row and I was stoked to photograph the concert.  Any night at work with live music is an amazing night indeed.  Sheryl Crow was the opener and even came out on stage midway through their set to sit in with them, which was pretty rad.  Here are a few of my favorite images from the evening.

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Tahoe Concert Photographer | Andre Thierry

There is one simple reason that you should never skip the opening band at a show, even when you’ve never heard of them: because WASHBOARDS.

And what I mean by this is that you may be missing out on the coolest, most unexpected thing you’ve ever heard.

In this case, it was a Zydeco band opening for Sammy Hagar.

Would I have ever expected a Zydeco band to open for Sammy Hagar?  No.  Would you?  Unless you are privy to some secret I’m not aware of, my guess for that is also no.

Andre Thierry is a killer Zydeco Band based out of none other than neighboring San Francisco and I can promise you I’ll make sure to keep them on my radar from here on out.  It was such a treat to get a taste of New Orleans before I photographed Sammy Hagar.  I spent half the three allotted songs in the photo pit dancing instead of taking photos.

FYI Austin Texas, they’ll be playing at the Blue Moon Bar and Grill on August 29th.

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Tahoe Concert Photographer | Rascal Flatts Sneak Peek

I am SO stoked on my photos from Rascal Flatts this year vs my photos from last year.  I came away from the 2013 Rascal Flatts show with quite a few awesome images from the Band Perry, but none that I was overjoyed with from the headliner.  This year, the opposite is true.  Sheryl Crow, who opened for Rascal Flatts, required us to shoot from front of house, which is a nicer sounding way of saying we have to be at the sound booth.  I won’t be sharing any of her images on my site or blog, due to contract restrictions, but it doesn’t matter because I don’t like them anyways.

There are so many killer Rascal Flatts images to share though.  This one, however, takes the cake.

BLUE STEEL FOR THE WIN.

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Tahoe Concert Photographer | Sammy Hagar

It wouldn’t be a Tahoe South summer unless Sammy Hagar took the stage.  He’s a veritable staple around here and it’s easy to see why: Hagar loves Tahoe and he loves his Tahoe fans.  His “Decades of Rock” tour spanned years of multiple bands and featured classics from Led Zeppelin and Van Halan.  Hagar’s band for the tour included Michael Anthony, bassist for Chickenfoot and former bassist for Van Halen; Vic Johnson, guitarist for Sammy Hagar and the Waboritas; and drummer Jason Bonham, son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.

With bright white lights in the front of the stage on the band members and full red in the back, which happens to be a dream set up for a concert photographer (thank you light guy for throwing us a bone), these Sammy Hagar concert photos are as fun, bright and wonderful as they were to shoot.  This was one of the more fun shows I’ve ever shot: every member of Hagar’s band is animated with massive stage presence.  All too often, big bands get lost on that giant Harvey’s stage.  This is certainly not the case with Hagar!

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Tahoe Concert Photographer | Journey

So Journey was awesome to shoot.

What a wild show!  Colorful bright lights, huge production value, and a larger than life frontman are all elements that equal a concert photographers dream.  Journey had all of this and more, including great moments from the band members, which is not always the case in every show.  I try to make sure I photograph everyone in the band, but sometimes the photos from other band members fall flat with zero to no emotion.  This was not the case for Journey.

Live at Lakeview

Tahoe Event Photographer | Live at Lakeview | Week 9

It’s the last week of Live at Lakeview!  For those of you coming to visit Tahoe South for Labor Day weekend, Live at Lakeview is our premier weekly community event and the best way to spend your Thursday summer nights in Tahoe.  Beat the Bay Area weekend traffic and come to stay on Thursday and spend the evening with live music!  

This week will conclude a summer of concert fun with Reggae Night!  International underground reggae sensation, Rocker T will headline and a local reggae rock band, Weapon, will open.  Arrive to the event early so you don’t miss happy hour in the beer garden!  From 4:30-5:30 PM, happy hour prices will be in effect – $1 off the beer and wine selection, which now includes Ninkasi’s Total Domination IPA!

This past week at Live at Lakeview brought Scott Pemberton Trio and Black Star Safari to the stage.  Black Star Safari had a huge crowd amassed and dancing early in the evening!  The vendor area was full of non-profits and local artisans selling their wares.  

Check out free music here in Tahoe South every Thursday from 4:30-8:30 PM at Lakeview Commons from June 26th-August 28th.  Please ride your bike and utilize the free bike valet or find plenty of parking at the SLT Parks and Recreation Department on Rufus Allen Blvd.  The proceeds of all sales of alcohol from the beer garden support the series and I encourage you to either imbibe in the garden or make a donation in one of the donation boxes around the Commons Area on the night you attend.  As always, Live at Lakeview is a free community event.  Please be aware of the following city ordinances in Lakeview Commons Park: no dogs, no outside alcohol and no smoking.

 You can find my weekly wrap ups, photos and previews of the next concert all summer long here and on Tahoe South.

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Tahoe Event Photographer | Live at Lakeview | Week 8

There’s only two weeks of Live at Lakeview left!  If you haven’t managed to make it down to Tahoe South’s premier weekly community event, this week and next are your last chances to spend an evening with live music as the sun sets over the west shore of Lake Tahoe.  Bring a picnic, enjoy a beer or glass of wine in the beer garden, and spend Thursday night with us at Lakeview Commons!

Under sunny blue skies with not a cloud in sight, Live at Lakeview brought dancing and good times to the Tahoe South crowd this past week thanks to big band pop opener Musical Charis and funk and soul outfit Mojo Green.  Musical Charis ended their set this week by bringing a young musician up from the crowd to accompany them on tambourine.  Mojo Green ended their set in the dark of the evening with throngs of people happily shaking their hips!

This week, Live at Lakeview brings the infectious and inventive surfy rock sounds of  Scott Pemberton Trio to the stage.  Black Star Safari is a South Lake Tahoe based electro/rock/folk/funk duo will open.  Black Star Safari features Matt Mandella on drums, vocals and samples and Dan Green on guitar and vocals, creating an engrossing sound spanning musical genres and eras.

Check out free music here in Tahoe South every Thursday from 4:30-8:30 PM at Lakeview Commons from June 26th-August 28th.  Please ride your bike and utilize the free bike valet or find plenty of parking at the SLT Parks and Recreation Department on Rufus Allen Blvd.  The proceeds of all sales of alcohol from the beer garden support the series and I encourage you to either imbibe in the garden or make a donation in one of the donation boxes around the Commons Area on the night you attend.  As always, Live at Lakeview is a free community event.  Please be aware of the following city ordinances in Lakeview Commons Park: no dogs, no outside alcohol and no smoking.

 You can find my weekly wrap ups, photos and previews of the next concert all summer long here and on Tahoe South.

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Tahoe Concert Photographer | Steve Miller Band

Steve Miller Band is the epitome of nostalgia.  I have very clear memories of seeing him 4 and 5 nights in a row at the Outdoor Amphitheater in Dallas from the grass lawn in the back when I was in high school.  You’d buy tickets one night and then run around the lawn looking for the guy giving away free tickets for the next night if you could name five Steve Miller Band songs.

Concert photography has all sorts of rules and they are different every time you shoot.  Much like at Carrie Underwood, Steve Miller restricted us to shooting from the sound booth and in an interesting turn of events, for the first time in my concert photography career, we were instructed to shoot the LAST three songs instead of the first three songs.  I don’t own a lens longer than 200mm and I didn’t find out until too late to rent a teleconverter, so I snapped a few from the booth and called it  a day.  Surprisingly, I actually prefer the Steve Miller Band photos for sharpness over the Carrie Underwood photos, which were shot with a D800, 70-200/2.8 and the 1.7 teleconverter.

Miller’s backdrop was nothing short of spectacular and made for super interesting shots, aided by the distance.