Big Eyed Fish

Big Eyed Fish | Hard Rock Casino | Vinyl

My friend Chris is in an exhausting number of bands.  He might be the musical equivalent of me.  Every time I turn around, he’s posting a show he’s playing somewhere in the Northern CA area.  In addition to often playing solo, he’s also in my favorite Northern CA band Dad’s LPs, who will be playing Tahoe twice this summer.  Dad’s LPs are a super fun energetic rock/pop outfit and you can catch them Saturday, June 20th in the Heavenly Village at 5:00 PM or at Live at Lakeview on Thursday, July 30th.

In addition to Dad’s LPs, Chris is also the frontman for Big Eyed Fish, a Northern CA Dave Matthews Tribute Band.  Chris and his DMB troupe were recently in Tahoe to play at the new music venue Vinyl, inside our recently opened Hard Rock Resort and Casino.  As a side note, Vinyl features live music almost every night of the week and it’s often free!  To say that Chris is a Dave Matthews fan would be an understatement.  DMB is his self-professed most favorite band in the world and I’m actually a huge Dave fan myself, so when he asked me to come down to the show and snap some photos for their marketing efforts, I was thrilled to accommodate the request.  It was a joy to be able to capture him playing the (extremely difficult) songs of his music idol.

In addition to Dad’s LPs and Big Eyed Fish, Chris also plays with The Diva Kings.   You can catch the Diva Kings next at Redwood Winery in Plymouth, CA on August 8th.

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Best Music Photography of 2013 | A Year in Review

From ringing in the New Year at Snowglobe to SXSW to Dave Matthews Band, it’s been an amazing year for me.  Here’s a selection of what I consider to be my best music photography images of 2013.  Happy New Year! I can’t wait to do it all over again!

Countdown to Snowglobe Music Festival: My Favorite Moments from 2012

We’re one week out from Tahoe’s biggest music festival of the year and my excitement is snowballing.

Snowglobe Music Festival returns for it’s third year to Tahoe South and I’m thrilled to cover the festival once again.  With returning acts like Steffi Graff and Beats Antique and newcomers Holy Ghost! and Cut Copy, I couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of this awesome fusion of winter and music.

As we count down the days to the fest, I’ll fill you with recommendations on where to stay, eat and play while you are here, interviews with musicians, and my picks for who to see on each of the three days.  After each day of the fest, head back here or over to Tahoe South and get recaps and concert photos so that you too can relive your favorite moments alongside me.

Before we start looking forward, here are a few reasons from last year’s event that should help explain why I love Snowglobe so much:

The crowd at Snowglobe cheers with excitement as the sky opens up and blankets them with snowflakes.

1.  It’s not your average music fest.

While most people think of summer fun and warmth in association with music festivals, part of Snowglobe’s charm is that it is completely the opposite.  The end of 2012 marked a considerably dry start to our winter and Tahoe had very little snow on the ground the day the festival started.  As Beats Antique took to the stage on the first day of the festival, the sky opened up and snow began to fall.  “It’s like we’re actually IN a snowglobe!” I heard someone exclaim.  The reaction of the crowd was nothing short of electrifying.

Robert Delong takes the main stage at Snowglobe 2012.

2.  It’s not just for electronic music fans.

For those of you who think you have no place at Snowglobe, you do.  What started out as a purely electronic music festival managed to diversify itself quite nicely in it’s 2nd year.  There is something for everyone here.  I found a number of bands last year that weren’t even remotely on my radar.  Don’t be afraid to head to a fest and wander aimlessly: you might hear some music you aren’t into or you might find something that makes you dance til you take all your clothes off.

Chromeo rings in New Years Eve 2012 at Snowglobe Music Festival.

3.  Ring in the New Year like no one else in Tahoe South.

It is absolutely invigorating to dance in the snow with hundreds of people as fireworks go off over the lake and the moon reflects off snow capped mountains that surround you.  This year’s New Years Eve headliner will be just as amazing as last year’s headliner, Chromeo, whose disco heavy pop sound takes the phrase dance party to a whole new level.  This year’s headliner, Cut Copy, bridges indie with electronic in a wonderful breezy festival friendly dose of happy pop music.  You will dance, you will hug your friends, you will feel animated and rejuvenated by the energy that is Snowglobe Music Festival.

Tahoe Concert Photography | Brad Paisley, Lee Brice & Chris Young

Woah.  Did Brad Paisley ever throw me for a loop.  The stage, which is always the same massive set up at the Harvey’s Outdoor Amphitheater, was completely and totally different for this show.  Where there is normally a nice long photo pit, there was none.  Where there normally is a nice long walk way, there was none.  Where there is normally wide open dance floor, there was a long semi circular stage extension with a walking path into the crowd and no way to cross back and forth quickly from one side of the stage to the other.  The end result: pick a side of the stage and hope for the best.

I didn’t take my wide angle this time which I immediately regretted, even though it’s usually not fast enough for concerts, the lights were exceedingly bright on this show and it would have worked.

I picked the wrong side of the stage for Paisley but managed to get one shot that I’m proud of.

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Here’s a few others from the evening that include opening bands Lee Brice and Chris Young.  You can check out all of my photos from the night over at the Tahoe South Flickr Page.

Tahoe Concert Photography | Fun.

Fun.

It’s what the kids listen to and apparently more than a few Tahoe locals.

I did find them to be particularly fun to photograph (pun intended) and their lively antics and exceptional use of the space onstage made for a good show.

All of the photos will eventually get posted on the Tahoe South Flickr page, but if you want to see more and just can’t wait, follow this link.

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Squaw Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest

The Squaw Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest is one of my most treasured summer weekends in Tahoe.  The event is held at the Squaw Village over two days every August and benefits the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.  It always boasts a massive array of micro-breweries and an incredible line-up blues, funk and brass bands.  This year was no exception and I was particularly anxious for the weekend to come when they announced that Trombone Shorty was going to headline.

Troy Andrews, aka Trombone Shorty, is incredible and if he ever comes to your city, you absolutely must go see him.  A trumpet and trombone player since the age of six, Andrews grew up in the Tremè and was a member in his teens of one of New Orlean’s best brass bands: Stooges Brass Band.   Boyfriend and I had the good fortune of seeing the Stooges play last year in New Orleans at d.b.a. and although I’m extremely thrilled they are coming to Tahoe to do a show in September at the Crystal Bay Casino, I’m devastated that I’m going to miss it because I’ll be in Dallas running a half marathon with K’s for Keegan.

Since 2009, Andrews has been performing with the Orleans Avenue.  Their 2009 album Backatown was nominated for a 2011 Grammy Award in Best Contemporary Jazz Album.  Trombone Shorty also makes frequent appearances on one of my favorite tv shows.

I spent the weeks before the Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest gushing over how excited I was and how BOSS Trombone Shorty is to my friends.  I’m sure they were sick of listening to me.  He brought the business at Squaw and the show was incredible.

After the show, I picked up two of his albums for the 3 year old I babysit for that I’ve given a broad appreciation of brass bands and jazz to.  When we went to New Orleans, I returned with a Kermit Ruffins CD and much to his mother’s chagrin, Kermit very quickly replaced his previous favorite musician D.Y. [Dwight Yokum].

On Sunday, the Marching Fourth Marching Band headlined.  The band hails from Portland, OR and while they call themselves Jazz Fusion and it’s a bit like traditional New Orleans parade music, just souped up and twisted.  The massive band sports mismatched circus like marching band uniforms and members perform acrobatics on stilts during some of the songs.  Boyfriend and I are fairly certain we saw them perform in the lobby of the Primus show we went to see in Portland.

These are all my favorite photos from the two shows at the 2013 Brews, Jazz and Funk fest but you can view the entire album via this link.

Flashback!  Previous years at the Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest:

2011

2010

2006