Snowglobe Festival

Snowglobe Photos | Day 3

There may have been frigid temps in Tahoe South this year, but you couldn’t put a freeze on Snowglobe attendees spirits.  Regardless of the weather, the crowds braved the bone-chilling cold to dance the night away and ring in the New Year under fireworks and our beautiful mountain sky.  With the new addition of the Snowglobe warming tent, which included an amazing retro dance party at all hours of the day, party goers were better equipped to escape the elements this year.

My third day at Snowglobe was elevated by Atmosphere, who seems to genuinely love Tahoe and returns to it often.  For that I am thankful!  I found some funky grooves in the Sierra Tent punched up with swing music borrowed from the Roaring 20’s by Tincup, which made me a little bit warmer and quite happy!  Side story of hilarity: White Guy Pad Thai is so delicious and in such hot demand, they ran out of pad thai (I told you so) and turned into White Guy Weiners for the last day.

Here’s a few photos from our last day at Snowglobe 2014.  We hope you enjoyed your stay in Tahoe and Happy New Year!


Snowglobe | Lauren’s Picks | Day 3

Welcome to Snowglobe!   Day 2 of Snowglobe 2014 was the best day of the entire event.  “But Lauren,” you might say, “the festival isn’t over yet.”  Or perhaps, “slow your roll, girl, and save some for New Years!”  All things being said, I firmly stand behind my statement.  If you missed Phantogram’s dark glorious set filled with cold breathy vocals from Sarah Barthel and the lush disco heavy beats of Classixx, then my friend, you sorely missed out.  There is no way that anything that happens today can compare to the awesomeness of yesterday. Fact.


Today is the last and final day of Snowglobe Music Festival.  There are more photos from last night’s event below, along with my recommendations of who to catch on the last day of the festival while you ring in the New Year!  Single day tickets for New Year’s Eve are sold out but the schedule is available on their website.

  • Cherub: Main Stage, 5:00-6:00.  Sexy electro-pop duo that is guaranteed to produce a high energy dance party.  The Nashville, TN based members of Cherub, Jordan Kelley and Jason Huber, share a love for honest original music and vibrant live performance.  For fans of: MGMT, Milky Chance, Capital Cities.
  • Slaptop: Sierra Tent, 5:15-6:15.  Groovy disco house beats for everyone who loves the warmth of dancing in the California sun.  For fans of: Voyage, Chromeo, Amtrac.
  • Atmosphere: Main Stage, 9:30-10:30.  I am a huge fan of Atmosphere.  The duo is always a joy to photograph and I’m looking froward to another great time with them on the stage riling the crowd up with their infectious blend of spoken word, stories and hip-hop.  The duo from Minneapolis comprised of Sean Daley, otherwise known as Slug, and DJ/Producer Anthony “Ant” Davis.  For fans of: Swollen Members, Dilated Peoples, Aesop Rock



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Snowglobe 2014: Lauren’s Picks | Day 2

Welcome to Snowglobe!  Day 1 was an absolute blast, though mild in temps with bluebird skies.  Attendees: be prepared for colder weather today!  The forecast is calling for a cold and mostly dry Arctic storm with temps in the low teens tonight and snow showers.  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.

  • OVERWERK: Sierra Tent, 3:30-4:30.  Canadian producer and songwriter Edmond Huszar combines dramatic, orchestral passages with electro house.  For fans of: Daft Punk, Justice, Wolfgang Gartner.
  • Snakehips: Main Stage, 4:00-5:15.  With some skillful production and booty shaking remixing, this young duo takes classic R&B and hip-hop and repurposes it in the most delightful of ways.  For fans of: Star Slinger, Curtis Mayfield, Disclosure.
  • Phantogram: Main Stage, 5:40-6:40. Phantogram has had a stand-out year.  Critical acclaim resounded from all sides for their new album Voices, which has already taken up prominent positions on almost every “Best Of” Music List of 2014.  Their blend of danceable electronic pop is percussive heavy and sure to keep even the coldest of Snowglobe festival goers warm from intense dancing.   For fans of: Memory Tapes, Sleigh Bells, STRFCKR, the xx.

If you get hungry, make sure to grab a bowl of White Guy Pad Thai!  In veggie or chicken options, it’s warm, filling and amazing!

Photos from Day 1 of Snowglobe Music Fest

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Snowglobe 2014: Lauren’s Picks | Day 1

Welcome to Snowglobe! 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.  Single day tickets and the schedule are still available on their website.

Vokab Kompany

Vokab Kompany plays the main stage at SnowGlobe 2013.

  • Vokab Company: Main Stage, 3:30-4:30.  Vokab Company is no stranger to Tahoe and these MCs from San Diego have built up quite a following here with their special blend of electronic, hip-hop, soul and funk.  Their super dynamic sound has garnered them the title of “best hip-hop group” at the San Diego Music Awards for three years in a row now.   For fans of: Gift of Gab, Timbuktu, Hoodie Allen.
  • Emancipator Ensemble: Main Stage, 5:15-6:15.  Doug Appling’s blend of down-tempo and trip-hop is as delightfully alluring, calming and bleak as the weather from his hometown of Portland, OR.  With the recently added element of a four piece ensemble to his live shows, this set at SnowGlobe will capture your attention.  Expect some harmonious string swells and rhythmic drum beats.  For fans of: Little Peaople, the xx, Tycho.
  • The Floozies: Sierra Tent, 8:45-10:00. This duo of brothers from Lawrence, KS play a blend of electronic music, accompanied by live drums and a guitar and self describe themselves as  “party rocking funk.”  I can attest to that description as they had the entire early afternoon crowd at Snowglobe movin’ and groovin’ last year on the main stage.  For fans of: Chromeo, MSTRKRFT.
The Floozies

The Floozies capture the attention of early festival goers at Snowglobe 2013.

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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.

Andre Thierry

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.


Tahoe Concert Photographer

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.