Indie rockers, Death Cab for Cutie are a favorite of Santa Barbara. I've seen them at the Santa Barbara Bowl now three times and once at the Arlington Theatre, and they never fail to please. Lead singer, Ben Gibbard, is a musical genius, also the principal of Postal Service, who played at the Bowl last year. Opening the show was Best Coast.
I was able to shoot the show from the photo pit, but it was about as tight as I've ever seen it. To make matters worse, there were a dozen photographers squeezed in there like sardines, making it pretty much impossible to move around once you picked out a spot. Gibbard always seems to have lots of mic stands in front of him to amplify his myriad of instruments, so this show was particularly challenging for me. Additionally, the lighting was mostly hot red or hot, black-light blue, which makes for undetailed images unless they're converted to grayscale. I did leave a few of these in color to show the brilliance.
Anyway, check out the full gallery at sbbowl.com/gallery.