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Tahoe Concert Photographer | Harvey’s Summer Concert Series | Sarah McLachlan

Concert photography is my favorite.

There’s nothing more thrilling than the rush of trying to get some awesomesauce images in three songs.

I’ve been fortunate to photograph at SXSW the last two years, but this year, my duties included less of the concert photography and more of people photography and not-so-unfortunately, I’ve been so busy with work since then that I haven’t yet edited any of the concert photos that I did manage to snag while I was there.

Thankfully, the Harvey’s Summer Concert Series in their gorgeous Tahoe Outdoor Amphitheater kicked off last week with none other than Sarah McLachlan.

I listened to Sarah extensively in the late 90s, as I’m sure anyone my age did.  Not only did I remember ALL of the lyrics to those songs, but it was a breath of fresh Tahoe air (literally) to sit outdoors and listen to them again.

Sarah’s new songs are just as compelling as her old catalog and her voice is ethereal, but strong.  I had such a wonderful time and the night was exceptionally awesome because all of my friends were there as well!  The entire experience is one I won’t forget.

Here’s some of my favorite images from the evening.  You can read the full concert review by none other than the wonderfully talented and beautiful Georgette Riley over at Tahoe South.

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Tahoe Event Photographer | Live at Lakeview | Week 3

Week 3 of Live at Lakeview brought local America Roots-Rock band The Sierra Drifters to the stage, along with San Francisco based headliners Tracorum.  Their blend of Rock, Soul and R&B had even the swimmers in the lake dancing in the water!

This week brings someone from my home state, Grammy Nominated Randy McAllister to the stage.  Expect some Texas tall tales and blues in your evening with him at the helm!  Opening is the McCoy Tyler Band, a Santa Cruz, CA based progressive acoustic trio that fuses folk, bluegrass, country and blues.

It’s not often that we have Texas country up on the stage here at Live at Lakeview so I’m particularly excited for this week’s event.  Visiting Tahoe?  There’s no better way to spend the evening with your friends and family than watching the sun go accompanied to live music down at Live at Lakeview!  Pick up picnic supplies or dinner to go from nearby Sprouts Cafe and join the Tahoe South community for our free weekly event!

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 2

Live at Lakeview wrapped up their second week of the summer with a huge beach clean-up effort after this week’s event and the Tahoe South 4th of July celebrations.  Thanks to the efforts of On Course Events and volunteers from SOS Outreach, they picked up 40 pounds of trash this week!  Live at Lakeview is always looking for extra volunteers for their weekly beach cleanups, hosted every Monday morning at Lakeview Commons from 9:00-10:30 am.  They pick up an average of 20 lbs of trash a week!

It seemed as if all of Tahoe came out to support longtime locals Lavish Green on the stage for week 2 of Live at Lakeview.  Lavish Green has a long history with Tahoe South: they’ve been calling it home since July 3, 1995 and they seemed especially moved to celebrate their 19th anniversary with the community on Thursday night, profusely thanking the crowd and their sponsors for supporting them over the years.

I am SUPER excited for the return of Tracorum to the Live at Lakeview stage.   Tracorum is an original Rock, Soul, and R&B band from San Francisco, CA.  They opened last year and I really enjoyed their NOLA-ish feel on certain numbers.  They had a nice blend of the South and it’s exciting to see them move up from an opening slot for the event to a headlining slot!

Opening for Tracorum is a band near and dear to my heart, mostly because someone I consider a good friend plays in it: The Sierra Drifters combine Americana Roots-Rock with Funk, Soul, Bluegrass and Rock-n-Roll.  Longtime locals Chris Seal and Andy Hatch front the band and have also played in Tahoe together as Bison.

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 1

It’s no secret that Live at Lakeview is my favorite Tahoe summer event.  I’m so thankful for the hard work and effort that On Course Events and their amazing staff puts into it.

As a special treat to me, the first week of Live at Lakeview 2014 kicked off on MY BIRTHDAY.   My actual birthday!  I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate than with the Tahoe community at my favorite event.  As a special treat, Rob pulled me up on stage and had the entire crowd sing to me in the set break.  They also gifted me a super rad Live at Lakeview Trucker Hat made by local artisans RISE Designs.  

This week’s jam band opener Liquid Kactus warmed up the Lakeview Commons crowd with their blend of funk, rock, jazz and blues.  They were followed by Peter Joseph Burtt and the Kingtide.  Burtt’s performances draw on his musical education in Africa and feature traditional instruments like the 26 stringed kora, which was quite a sight to behold.

Next week, local Tahoe favorite Lavish Green returns to the Live at Lakeview stage to celebrate their 19th anniversary!  Taking Root, a South Lake Tahoe based reggae/ska/rock band, will open.

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 | Sarah McLachlan Sneak Peek

I haven’t photographed a concert since I returned home from SXSW.  Even worse, other than the photos I had to turn in for work for SXSW, I haven’t even looked at all the amazing images I captured.  It’s on my list, I promise!

That being said, I’ve been jonesing for both an amazing concert photography gig and live music.  Thankfully, summer is here and the Harvey’s Summer Concert Series has arrived.  I feel so fortunate that I get to photograph the shows for Tahoe South.  The Summer Concert Series kicked off with the amazing and ethereal Sarah McLachlan.  There are more Sarah McLachlan photos to come, but in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek from Tuesday night’s unbelievable show at the Harvey’s Outdoor Amphitheater.  While you’re waiting, you should also watch Sarah on Portlandia.

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Tahoe Concert Photographer | Gary Clark JR

I’ve been a huge fan of Gary Clark JR every since we stumbled upon him at Voodoo Music Festival a few years ago in New Orleans.   Clark’s blend of bluesy fuzzy guitar mixed with smooth vocals is simply amazing.  I’m surprised I hadn’t ever come across him while living in Austin, as he was born and raised there, honing his musical chops in iconic locations like Antone’s.  His recent album Black and Blu is an absolute delight and I highly recommend it.

Clark came through Tahoe South a few months (okay 6) ago while on tour opening for Dave Matthews Band.   It was nice to have a bit of my hometown in my [new] hometown.

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Tahoe Concert Photographer | Dave Matthews Band

When I was in high school, my good friend James bequeathed to me a copy of Dave Matthews Band‘s first studio album.   Under the Table and Dreaming completely changed the way I listened to music.  I was a typical music listener for a teen: radio obsessed and repetitive.  With my introduction to this album, I was ushered into a world of complexities and layers like I hadn’t heard before.  It was my start of musical appreciation.   Under the Table and Dreaming remains, to this day, one of my favorite albums of all time, book-ended by Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Ryan Adam’s Gold, and LCD Soundsystem’s self-titled debut.

After that, I spent a good portion of my high school summers touring DMB shows, from city to city, where every night they would play completely different sets and completely different songs, all the while managing to sound like an orchestra was on stage.  I can say with 100% confidence that I have seen more DMB concerts than any other band in the short history of my life.

I loved their shows and while I hadn’t seen one in over ten years, the moment Dave started playing and tapping his toes, I was transported back in time.  I had briefly doubted if the DMB I heralded in my head after all this time would live up to the musical memories of my nostalgic mind and instantaneously this idea was proved totally baseless.

Dave Matthews Band was an impeccable gorgeous spirited show when I was young and he is the same today.  While no album of his may live up to the aggressive complicated ambitiousness of Under the Table and Dreaming, his catalog of music remains impressive, varied and filled with everything crowd pleasing jingles to southern rock ballads.

After this experience, I’m not sure if any band I photograph for the rest of my life will live up to Dave Matthews Band.  The unparalleled excitement I felt in that photo pit was fueled by awe and devotion.

Dave Matthews was and clearly still remains the King of my Satellite Castle.  I may not purchase all his music anymore, but he proved his place on a pedestal in my musical library.

Thank you Tahoe South for the opportunity to photograph my musical legend.

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Tahoe Concert Photographer | The Devil Makes Three

I have always loved The Devil Makes Three.  I was thrilled to see them on the list at SXSW in 2013 but didn’t get a chance to catch any of their shows; I’m sure they impressed the Austin crowds.  Despite being an acoustic trio of three, their sound is rich and dynamic.  Their music at live shows rolls over the theater like a thunder and offers my favorite breed of bluegrass: mandolin-less.

The trio is made up of  frontman Pete Bernhard, upright bassist Lucia Turino, who returned for their encoure with a really awesome trucker hat and a smirk, and guitarist Cooper McBean.

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Tahoe Concert Photographer | The Brothers Comatose

I love a frontman that makes great faces.

I especially love a band that makes great faces and great music. The Brothers Comatose is made up of literal brothers, Alex and Ben Morrison, whose raucous and rollicking acoustic set had the sold out crowd at Montbleu dancing.  Their superb rendition of one of my favorite Ryan Adam’s songs, “To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)” was a treat.   You can catch them on tour with The Devil Makes 3 on the west coast through mid-Febuary and then with Younder Mountain String Band throughout the West Coast and the Southern US through mid-April.  All you Texas folks: they’ll be at Stubbs and the Granada in March and it’ll be a great show!