Category: Music


Gallery: The Maine 2013 8123 Tour

Artist: The Maine + A Rocket To The Moon, This Century, Brighten
Venue: The Bottom Lounge
City: Chicago, Illinois
Date: June 21st, 2013

Oh The Maine… How I love thee. Y’all are not only are the sweetest people ever but true artists. I absolutely love speaking with the guys because they are so fun to talk to and have a weird way of reminding me of how much I love my job. I also have a sweet spot for guy who hold open doors, offer their seat and always make sure that I am ok. I know it’s extremely basic but it is sadly a rare quality that just melts my heart.

The Maine has grown so much as artists and always blow my socks off. Just when I think that things cannot get better, they step up their game and bring even more! I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for them! Also Ummm… Can I just be best friends with the band? Why am I such a creep? oh well.

Though I had a fantastic time at the show, I definitely struggled photographically speaking. There was the most annoying and obnoxious light EVER that made shooting so hard. Gahhhh. Anyways, I tried my best and got a couple interesting shots.

Please check out my interview/review of the show:

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Gallery: Face To Face 2013 US Summer Tour

Artist: Face To Face + Teenage Bottlerocket, The Blacklist Royals, Joshua Black Wilkins
Venue: The Bottom Lounge
City: Chicago, Illinois
Date: June 20th, 2013

My job is much less glamorous than most people think it is. Yes, there are many perks and I have spend many late nights getting work done but I would not change a thing. I also jump at every opportunity I get to do a venue interview and review/shoot the show. I have been so fortunate to meet so many incredible and inspirational people because of what I do.

When I was asked to interview Face To Face, I was nervous and worried. Face To Face is influential in the punk world and has always been one of those bands that I had respect for. After speaking to lead singer Trever Keith, my respect for the band multiplied. Keith has been around the block and is so wise. His words of wisdom were motivational speaker worthy and definitely something that all new bands should take note of.

I also had a chance to interview Nat Rufus, lead singer of The Blacklist Royals for a very short 5 minutes. I still feel terrible for having such a short interview, but the venue was oddly strict about restricting anyone under 21 from the backstage area… Which can I just say has NEVER EVER EVER happened to me before at that particular venue. It wasn’t even during the show but just after doors. Regardless, I got a chance to speak with him by merch about the music industry and it was enlightening yet disappointing. I love the music industry but just don’t understand why some artists don’t make it when they are so talented and hardworking. It literally breaks my heart every time.

The show was a really interesting mix and you should definitely make sure to check out my interviews/review:

p.s. I kinda secretly wish I were punk.

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Gallery: Limp Bizkit 2013 US Spring Tour

Artist: Limp Bizkit + Ryan Campbell (opener)
Venue: House of Blues Chicago
City: Chicago, Illinois
Date: May 15th

Had the crazy opportunity to photograph Limp Bizkit when they played the House of Blues in Chicago. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever even dream of doing so, but miracles happen. I am going to let you all in on a little secret. Waiting in the pit for the curtain to rise was some of the most intimidating moments of my photographic “career”. I am not going to lie but my gear is far from great but I make do and shoot because I love doing it.

When I got to the venue, I recognized a photographer that I had met before in the passing and another gentleman who seemed nice. They both made conversation with each other, were comfortable with the venue and the staff members, had beautiful gear and needless to say, I was beyond intimidated. Though I was nervous and intimidated, I really like some of the pictures that came out of it. I am trying to push myself both in my composition and editing. I shot my very first show a little over a year ago and I am so happy with the direction that I am going in. Hopefully you guys like the photos as much as I do!

On a side note, I am going to start “blogging” more often to document the random bits and pieces of my life. Enjoy!

Make sure to check out my review:

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Gallery: Andy Grammer 2013 Spring Tour with Parachute and…

Artist: Andy Grammer with Parachute and Andrew Ripp (opener)
Venue: Logan Square Auditorium
City: Chicago, Illinois
Date: April 13th
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Great music with great people. Some of my all time favorite artists!

Make sure to check out my interview and thoughts on the show!