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Tag Archives: concerts
Infantree played a free show Monday August 9th opening up for Whispering Pines (look them up,their drummer is rad).
It was a fun friend affair. I headed out with my brother, Blake, photographer/cinematographer, Paul Mocey-Hanton, and “Steech” Steve Davis. It was a blast just hanging out before the show and would have been a great night no matter what. But, it turned out to be an amazing night.
Infantree played the best show I’ve ever seen them put on. Not only was it their best but I think it is in my top 25 list of concerts. When you are like me and you have seen well over 500 concerts with many bands performing at each concert that really counts for something.
The band put on a performance that kept the energy flowing. Almost all the songs they played were re-crafted in a manner to allow them to seamlessly transition into the next one without stopping.
They also seemed to be jamming a bit more than I had seen before. It was fantastic!
They play pretty often around LA and are slowly touring more and more so be sure to keep your eye out for them. =)
Click “Continue reading »” below to view all the images. =)
311 Day photos first!
For those that don’t know, 311 Day is a celebration in honor of 311 and their fans that lasts a few days and climaxes with a super concert lasting five hours and includes up to 60 songs.
This year was my first experience going to a 311 Day. I have been a long time fan of the band and they have been one of my biggest supporters of my photography.
Leading up to 311 Day one of their managers, Peter Raspler, was in contact with me requesting photographs. I wasn’t sure of their exact application but, I was very pleased to see the execution of their use within the context of 311 Day.
First, the images were used in slide shows decorating the walls of the club during the Fan Party. It was awesome seeing my photos along with the great work of many other photographers being displayed.
The other key appearance of my photographs was in a fantastic booklet they put together reflecting on the last ten years of 311’s history, since 311 Day started. I have a few images that are featured on a page alone and it feels great to see them showcased, again, with many other fantastic photographer’s work.
The actual experience of 311 Day was refreshing and inspiring. The band was very loose and just focused on having fun.
The familiar 311 formula went out the window and the show was full of jam sessions and honest interaction between the band members that I don’t recall seeing before.
It was one of the biggest 311 concerts I have attended but, it felt like one of the most intimate.
I can only hope the summer tours follow in the foot steps of this show in terms of relaxing and putting their own fun in front of being some sort of pre-conceived form of perfect that requires a formula be followed.
Man, it was such a great time! I had a blast with my friends and making new ones.
Heaps more photos if you click “Continue reading »”
Black Kids closed the show after Mates of State. It was quite a contrast in energy alone and made me wonder how the alternating line up would have changed the perception of Mates of State’s set.
Had it been the next night and Black Kids opened before Mates of State I almost feel like I would have been disappointed with seeing them.
To go from the energetic and lively experience that was Black Kids to the mellow and collected Mates of State would be quite anticlimatic.
Good thing I went on the right night!
Black Kids totally brought it. The band is a fun poppy dance rock outfit. And, when bands like that are able to move me should feel safe in assuming they are that good.
Everyone on stage seemed to be having the time of their life. It was a great thing to witness. If you are lacking something catchy and fun check them out.
Heaps more photos if you click “Continue reading »”
FAR at the Glass House in Pomona, CA
The first FAR concert was at the Glass House. It was a hellish drive through traffic from Agoura to Pomona. I think I may have fallen asleep for five seconds during one of the complete stops on the 210 east bound. haha.
It took me two and a half hours to get there but, it was completely worth it and more. I mean, I had only been waiting for this day for ten years or so. What was another two hours?
It was kinda whacky when I first got there. Other than being berated by a homeless drug addict looking to score some change there was maybe 30 people at the venue.
Two bands opened to a crowd that stayed that size. The first was Division Day. They put on an interesting show. I don’t know how much I enjoyed their music. There were moments of awesome but, it seemed like there was a lot of filler. It may have just been that I was not familiar with them and their music requires one to know what to expect.
The next opener was Bangkok Five. These guys put on a fun show but, the music is pretty lame. It is typical “I wanna be a rockstar!” content. Sex, Drugs, Partying, ROCK AND ROLL! But, nothing of it comes off remotely sincere. At least Division Day’s music had a feeling of sincerity in it. It wouldn’t surprise me if these guys end up on MTV soon. After what felt like a long thirty minute set it was Far’s turn.
No less than five minutes after Bangkok Five got off the stage about 300 people came shuffling into the Glass House. I have no idea where they all were leading up to Far’s set. Thankfully, I was in a good spot that didn’t require me to need to move around much to get some decent shots.
The lights went down and the song on the Hot Little Pony myspace page began to play. I was expecting something exciting like the band sneaking onto the stage while the lights were out and then playing along to the track only to have it turned off and the band to continue on from there. Annoyingly, the track continued, finished, and then another pretty guitar track began as the band made their way onto the stage. This is where the bad comments end.
The band erupted into songs off “Water and Solutions” and “Tin Cans With Strings to You.” The crowd was singing along from the first word that rang out of Jonah’s lips until the last. If anyone were to stumble into the club that night they never would have guessed they were watching a band that was missing for the last ten years. It looked like a scene from a Dashboard Confessional concert when they were the BIG BAND. Except, Jonah only for a moment let the crowd take over to seemingly take in just how astounding their fans are.
It was one of the best concerts I have been to. Ranked up there along side of At The Drive-In, Incubus (in 1997 when the band was not afraid to let loose), and Ben Folds. There was an amazing energy being exchanged from the artists to the fans and back to the artists. One of those perpetual cycles of energy that fuels itself and continues to grow.
Without a doubt it was a dream come true and I was lucky enough to do it again the next night.