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Infantree at the Satellite, Silver Lake, Ca


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. =)

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Of Verona at The Henry Fonda “Music Box”

On Monday night I spent time with some more great old friends that I don’t see nearly enough. Myke Armstrong, Marc Halperin, Paul Mocey-Hanton, Steve Davis, Blake (brother), Ami Storck, Sam Marie, Bonnie Hussey and I all met up to go see our A-Plus-Number-One friend, Jacob Fatoorechi, play a special show with the band Of Verona. He is their lead guitarist and it was my first time seeing them.

If you look around my blog you will find Jacob a few times in other bands. He’s a super talented guy and lends his talents to various bands. I really wasn’t sure what to expect going into the show. But, Of Verona was opening up for Moby so I assumed it was going to be good. Keep your eye out for some Moby photos in this bunch. haha.

I definitely did not make an ass out of myself or anyone else. They were great! Really moody alternative rock with an awesome female singer.

Jacob of course was as fun and rockin on stage as ever. ^_^

Just as impressive as the live show, the band is not currently signed but managed to get MTV to do a feature on them for some new show that is taking over TRL.

Arcade Fire wins the Grammy for Best Album and apparently even MTV realizes indie bands are safe to give air time to. haha.

Our other friend, Cam Tang, was randomly DJing the first half of the night too. Such a fun night! He’s the DJ in the photos. =)

Go check Of Verona out when you get bored: Of Verona

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LA Kings Training Camp

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I stopped by the Toyota Center on Saturday to get a feel for how the LA Kings are shaping up going into the 2010 – 2011 season.

It was a great time all around. The majority of the players were smiling whenever they were sitting on the sidelines in-between drills.

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A few of the stand out players for me were Corey Elkins (great shot), Brad Richardson (Fantastic skating and tight maneuvers making space for himself behind and in front of the net), and Willie Mitchell (Was showing a lot of dominance during board play and making his authority known to anyone he was matched up against).

©2010 Gary Livingston

©2010 Gary Livingston

©2010 Gary Livingston

©2010 Gary Livingston

©2010 Gary Livingston

It was just Day 1 of camp and I’ll be going back for some more shots. I am aiming to get some from the scrimmages. Stay tuned!

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311 Day 2010

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.



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I got my first magazine cover!

LA Kings cover feature in Fourth Period Magazine. ©2009 Gary Livingston

LA Kings cover feature in Fourth Period Magazine. ©2009 Gary Livingston

Here’s a fun little clip from the shoot:

After nine years as a freelance photographer and working with many different clients I have my images on a magazine cover for the first time.

It was well worth the wait considering I got to photograph my home team, the LA Kings. Not just my home team but, really inspirational guys that have faced adversity and doubt for most of their careers with the LA Kings.

This season is different. They found their confidence and have been in a playoff sport all season long. They always learn from their mistakes and come back stronger because of it. They make it easy to be an LA Kings fan for the first time in a decade. They make it even more fun than easy.

It was a the most difficult and stressful shoot of my career and it didn’t go close to what I expected when I first got asked to do it.

But, I learned a lot and have a lot of good things to build on. I can’t wait to shoot them many more times in the seasons to come.

I hope to shoot many more players for The Fourth Period Magazine too. They were a joy to work with and very patient and supportive.

Be sure to pick up the magazine on January 11th! It’s a great article by my new friend, Dennis Berstein.

Support the magazine! They’re new and deserve the readers. It’s a great organization.

More about the magazine can be found on the LA Kings website! Just click the image!

Thank you to Max Cohen, Dennis Berstein, and David Pagnotta for giving me this opportunity.

Thanks to Paul Mocey-Hanton for assisting me too! You can see that stud in the video. =)

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The Dear Hunter at the Knitting Factory LA

It was another great show from The Dear Hunter.  It was one of those performances that makes you a little bummed out they are opening up in an early slot and restricted to only thirty minutes of set time.  The set they played was pretty amazing. High energy, a lot of on stage fun, and a decent mix of songs to give the audience an idea of what they do.

The Knitting Factory did good with the lighting and sound for them too.  Everything went well from a production point of view for them.  The audience had a real good reaction to their set too. Everything seemed to fall into place for them during their set.

It was exciting hearing the audience’s reaction to Casey announcing the band will be back with Thrice.  An enthusiastic roar was their reply to the news and those coming will be glad to know they can expect more songs during that tour from The Dear Hunter.  I can’t wait. =)

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LA Kings Training Camp


Today was exciting seeing training camp take place. My camera broke and is being repaired but, thankfully I have good friends like Paul Mocey-Hanton. He let me take out his D300 so I could get some photos. Be sure to look him up. He’s a great photographer!

It was great seeing potential lines forming. It seemed like the Brown-Moller-Purcell line had a lot of chemistry. The Frolov-Handzus-Simmonds line looked just as energetic and aware of each other’s movement on the ice. I had to leave before I got a look at the group with Smyth-Kopitar-Williams. If those are the three top lines and they mesh as well as what I got a glimpse of then I think the Kings will be in good shape this year.

Ersberg and Zatkoff seemed to be battling hard for a spot on the team. Bernier, the most promising prospect the Kings have in net, didn’t seem ready today. He continuously got caught out of position and allowed his disappointment in himself get the better of him. He showed some great flares of awesomeness. However, they were far and few between. He barely challenged the shooters and it looked as though he was over thinking everything. I hope it is just something he sleeps off. I didn’t get to see Quick either. He was in the last group.

Watching Moller and Purcell was the most fun to me. The two of them were battling hard on the ice and showed a lot of passion. Purcell was hitting the back of the net a lot more often than I remember last year.

Actually, the most fun was watching Greene, Frolov, Moller, Brown, and Purcell show some personality and joy on the ice. They each had some really fun moments joking with each other. Watching Greene react to scoring a goal was well worth going down to Toyota Center today. Haha, I hope I get to see some more outbursts of excitement like that while I’m at games this season.

I’m heading out to the pre-season game tomorrow night against the Coyotes. I’ll be sure to update this post with more thoughts on how the Kings are looking going into the 09-10 season.

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RX Bandits in Anaheim

WoW! These are overdue!

RX Bandits headlined the show with dredg. They are taking turns headlining shows this tour. It was appropriate for them to have the Anaheim date, being that they are local.

It was a really good concert. The RX Bandits fans are a great crowd! Even the ones that were not there for dredg were really open to the music and very courteous.

Once RX Bandits came on they knew the drill. Everyone there for the band erupted into dance and jumping around. It felt like an old 311 concert. The vibe was awesome!

RX Bandits are pretty insane musicians. I didn’t realize just how talented the guys are from the CDs. That’s one of the pitfalls of not being a trained musician. Seeing the music played live and watching the movements involved on the instruments really makes it clear the difficulty of some parts.

The only downside to the show was the lack of a lighting technician that understands how to light a band.

The guys are all very energetic. It was a lot of fun for sure. Highly recommended to see!

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311 at Irvine

The final show of the tour. It was as good as the last four I saw.

Loads of energy. Nice subtle changes in the drum solo and bass solo. Worth seeing a fifth time =)



The only change for the worst from the other nights was a dude flying out of the mosh pit and into my face. haha.

Other than that, it was just like the last entry. Lots of fun =)

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311 at San Diego

The shows just keep getting better on this tour.

It is pretty much the same as the last three I covered. The addition of the crowd knowing the new songs and singing along and the evolution of Pnut’s bass solo are the key factors that enhanced the whole experience.

Pnut played a sick solo tonight that featured him on a 10 string Warwick bass. It functioned just like a 12 string guitar.

The sounds he made on this thing were astounding. I stood their with my mouth open the entire time. Even while I shot photos. Again, I wished Trevor Martin was there to witness it.

Good thing I made friends with a girl taping it. I’ll get him the video. =)

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