Snowglobe Music Festival

Snowglobe: Lauren’s Picks | Day 3

Snowglobe Music Festival

Well, I for one was not so sparky this morning after the epic dance party in the Igloo Tent for Autograf and Cut Copy last night!  After a short nap and maybe the hair of the dog, I will be raging and ready to go for the last night of Snowglobe!  Here are a few of my favorite photos from day 2 and recommendations of who to catch on on this last day of the festival!  Single day tickets and the schedule are still available on their website.  Happy New Year!

  • FDVM: The Igloo, 5:30-7:00.  FDVM are Florent Denecker and Victorien Mulliez, a deep house/tech house duo from France that serves up classic deep house with a touch of disco and some airy happy vocals.  For fans of: Miguel Migs, Disclosure, Toddy B.
  • Option4: The Igloo, 8:30-10:00.  If you are looking for an education on the roots of EDM, look no farther than the moving melodies and soulful vocals of deep house.  Hailing from Denver, CO, Brennen Bryarly’s tagline is “More House than Tech, More Deep than Disco” and he offers a refreshing retake on a classic and beloved genre.  For fans of: Damien Lazarus, Sebo K, Donald Glaude.
  • Ghostland Observatory: Main Stage, 10:00-11:00 PM. Ghostland Observatory and their magnificent laser show hail from my hometown of Austin, Texas and while the music can be described as a combination of electro, rock and funk, I say that it’s shimmering pulsating pop at it’s best.  Frontman Aaron Kyle Behrens’ stage performance is like none other: while he struts like a peacock and gives you the beat, I promise you’ll be nothing short of mesmerized.  For fans of: David Bowie, Laurent Garnier, New Young Pony Club.

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Snowglobe Music Festival

Snowglobe 2015: Lauren’s Picks | Day 2

Snowglobe Music Festival

Welcome to Snowglobe!  How awesome was day 1?!   The temps may have been chilly, but the energy certainly wasn’t!  While most of the crowd was over at Jack U, the highlight of my day was being in the Sierra Tent with the E-40 fans!  Here are a few of my favorite photos from the day and recommendations of who to catch on Day 2 of the festival.  Single day tickets and the schedule are still available on their website.

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  • Lil Dicky: Main Stage, 4:00-5:00.  Comedian David Burd grew up in an upper middle class family outside of Philly originally started rapping as a way to garner attention comedically under the moniker Lil Dicky.  Originally, he aimed to write for movies and TV shows and act but his foray into the rap industry created such a viral sensation Dicky successfully started a Kickstarter campaign to fund a rap tour.  His perseverance paid off: Burd was invited to SXSW in 2014, kicked off a concert tour and released an album this year.  Burd credits his success with his comedic approach and that he’s “just a normal dude,” which makes him relatable.  His video for $ave Dat Money is a must watch primer.  For fans of: George Watsky, Doc Brown, Spose.
  • Alison Wonderland: Sierra Tent, 8:30-9:30.  This classically trained musician (she was a principal cellist in the Sydney Youth Orchestra) turned DJ has been described by Irish DJ and Television Producer Annie Mac as “the best party set I’ve heard in a long time.”  Her eclectic influences make for a wide variety on her most recent album, which she did all the vocals for herself and collaborated with the likes of Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips and New York rapper Johnny Nelson.  For fans of: Galantis, JOY, Brika.
  • Cut Copy: The Igloo, 10:00-11:30 PM. Cut Copy has long been one of my favorite synthpop bands.  While their live show is absolutely fantastic, a DJ set by this energetic duo from Australia is not to be missed and comes on the heels of the release of their new mixtape called A Forest Through the Trees. The mix features tracks from Jamie xx, Four Tet, the Chemical Brothers, and Talking Heads. For fans of: Holy Ghost!, Daft Punk, Classixx.

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Snowglobe 2014

Snowglobe: Lauren’s Picks | Day 1

Snowglobe Music Festival is fast approaching and although three day passes are sold out, single day tickets, last chance three day passes, shuttle passes and VIP passes are still available.   While Kaskade and Dillon Francis may be big draws for the under 30 crowd, I can’t wait for Ghostland Observatory to give me the beat.

Here’s some insider’s tips to having your best fest!

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  • Didn’t buy a shuttle pass?  DO NOT DRIVE to the festival as there is NO PARKING on site.  There is NO PARKING in the adjacent neighborhood.  Good news for you: shuttle passes are still available!  Want to travel in style?  An All-Access Transportation Pass will provide you and up to 13 friends on-call, door to door transportation between your house/hotel, the festival and bars/after parties all weekend long.  If you actually split it between the maximum amount of folks, it’s a veritable bargain with added convenience.  If you aren’t into either of those options, Tahoe is proud to have UBER in town finally (and LYFT will be here soon).  Please note, there are not a ton of drivers so services may be spotty.  Drivers from CA may pick you up in CA and drop you off in either state, but they cannot pick up in NV.  Drivers from NV can pick you up in NV and drop you off in either state, but cannot pick you up in CA.  If you are at Stateline and having a hard time getting a driver, simply walk across to the opposite state to see if it offers you an available car.  Taxis are always available at casino reception areas.

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  • Dress warm: snowsuits optional.  When the sun goes down each day around 5 PM, it’s going to feel like it’s 20 degrees.  Expect your weather the next three days to be clear and cold.  Keep your core warm with polypropylene base layers under tights and skirts and if you’re feeling really flush, buy those super cheap disposable hand and toe warmers at the grocery store.  You’ll be the only person there with warm toes and you won’t regret it.

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  • Drink water. You’re from sea level? Drink three times as much water as you think you need. Those of us who live at altitude love to watch those of you from sea level get drunk on one beer. It happens.

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  • Don’t forget to explore.  In the past few years, Snowglobe has added some amazing things to it’s line-up, one of which is talented artists.  Take a few minutes in between acts to explore the artwork, local vendors and great food.  Worried about your phone?  Hit up the mobile charging lockers which keep it safe while it charges.  You can pre-pay for one for the weekend via this link.

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Lauren’s Picks: Day 1

Festivals are my favorite way to discover new music, so be sure to catch a few of these lesser known acts on Day 1 of the festival.

  • Lex: Main Stage, 5:45-6:45 PM.  This dynamic four piece hails from Los Angeles and was discovered by Daft Punk engineer Peter Franco.  They released their self-titled EP on May 5, featuring alluring phantasmical synths and a live electronic performance merging art, fashion, design & technology.  For fans of: Lykke Li, Lana del Rey, Billie Eilish.
  • Hippie Sabotage: Sierra Tent, 5:00-5:45. This dynamic brother duo hails from Sacramento, CA where they’ve been making music together since the mid-2000s.  They were thrust into the limelight in the Spring of 2014, however, when Ellie Goulding shared their remix for “Stay High” by Swedish singer Tove Lo.  Expect them pull from their extensive and wide ranging remix catalog featuring everything from ethereal vocals to dirty beats accompanied by their signature subtle touches that don’t overwhelm, but move you from the core.  For fans of: ODESZA, Adventure Club.
  • E-40: Sierra Tent, 8:45-9:30 PM.  E-40 is no stranger to the rap scene: he released his first EP in 1986.  He’s released 22 albums to date and in 2014, his single “Choices (Yup)” charted at number 125 on Billboard and number 43 on r&b/hip-hop chart.  This East Bay Rapper isn’t just about music though; he recently announced plans to release a 40 ounce malt liquor which I expect you can guess the name of.  For fans of: Too $hort, Mac Dre, The Coup.

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Tahoe Concert Photographer: Countdown to Snowglobe Music Fest

Snowglobe Music Festival is fast approaching and although three day passes are sold out, single day tickets and VIP passes are still available.   While Scrillex and Zedd may be big draws for the under 30 crowd, my heart is overjoyed to see Phantogram and Atmosphere rounding out the line-up.

Here’s some insider’s tips to having your best fest:

  • If you’re coming from the Bay Area, you can catch a shuttle from the west coast to Tahoe via RYDE.  With multiple shuttles leaving various Bay Area locations, it’s the best way to get to Tahoe stress free to ring in the New Year.  If you fly into Reno, just hop on the South Tahoe Express for easy access to the Tahoe casino corridor.

  • Dress warm: snowsuits optional.  Keep your core warm with polypropylene base layers under tights and skirts and if you’re feeling really flush, buy those super cheap disposable hand and toe warmers at the grocery store.  You’ll be the only person there with warm toes and you won’t regret it.

  • Drink water. You’re from sea level? Drink three times as much water as you think you need. Those of us who live at altitude love to watch those of you from sea level get drunk on one beer. It happens.
  • Don’t forget to explore.  In the past few years, Snowglobe has added some amazing things to it’s line-up, one of which is talented artists.  Take a few minutes in between acts to explore the artwork on the graffiti wall that Brett Flanigan and Cannon Dill will be creating and expanding upon over the course of the three days.

  • Be prepared early.  You can pick up your snowglobe wristband at the Snowglobe Box Office in Montbleu starting on Saturday, December 27th.   Mobile charging lockers are coming to Snowglobe for the first time this year: reserve your locker for the weekend now!

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 | 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.

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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.

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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.

Live at Lakeview

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.

Live at Lakeview

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.