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!

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.


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.


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.


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: