The Head & The Heart played to a largely full house at the Arlington on Saturday night. When I got there, I could see the house filling up with a very young crowd, including early teens. I was restrained from shooting from the side aisles, and I knew the young crowd would stand up as soon as the band hit the stage. This creates a little bit of a problem since there's no easy way to shoot over people's heads, when your standing amongst a crowd.

I used my 400/f4 on a monopod from halfway back from the stage. This is where the theater floor starts a steeper incline, and I can actually get a more unobstructed shot. I also had to shoot with my camera above my head level, using "Live View." This makes focusing tricky, but with my new Canon 1D-X Mark II camera, I could tap the rear display where I wanted focus, like how a smartphone's camera works.

I don't have the files edited yet, but I will post as soon as I do.

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Rip-roaring jam-blugrass masters, The String Cheese Incident, shared their bountiful music to a foot-stompin', dancin' crowd at the Arlington Theatre. The theatre was surrounded by seekers of the elusive miracle ticket, while inside, groupies enjoyed a show complimented with dazzling lights. There was a lot of stage fog, which makes for an interesting visual, but it can also make the photography more difficult. There were also a lot of enthusiasts crowded in the "pit" area against the stage where I shoot.

Writer, John Hollis wrote the review for this show. Read it and see the photo gallery here at thearlingtontheatre.com.

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Well known comedian Lewis Black performed at the Arlington Theatre, with comedian, John Bowman, opening the show. I shot the first fifteen minutes or so of each set and left soon after since I'm not particularly fond of Black's political angle, which seemed to come through in most of his rants.

Read the story by Jenny Schlax on thearlingtontheatre.com.

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Local fashion and design school, DeMarcos Fashion Academy, put on a apparel, fashion show in the Arlington Theatre's entryway. The tile floor was covered with red carpet and surrounded by chairs. It was a new look for the theatre that I hope gets repeated. I took a standing position at the street's end and shot the entire event. The lighting was pretty good, but I wish I had brought a monopod to hold up my heavy camera. The show lasted almost a couple of hours. The models were great, giving me lots of eye contact while they elegantly showed off their attire.

The gallery is currently available on my Photoshelter site, but will soon be moved to this website's gallery. You can read the story on thearlingtontheatre.com here.

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Busting out their foot-stomping brand of indie folk and bluegrass, the Avett Brothers returned for the second time to the Arlington, and third time to Santa Barbara in just a few short years. Shooting conditions were difficult, only because I had to shoot over the heads of the energetically-dancing crowd, who spilled out into the aisles while I was trying to squeeze in a shot here and there.

The Avetts have a very loyal following, and it was a privilege to be able to hang around to watch most of the performance, brought here by UCSB Arts & Lectures. See the photos and read the article on thearlingtontheatre.com here.

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Magic is all about the business of success. He gave quite the inspirational talk at the Arlington Theatre, describing how he went from an aimless kid to a basketball star to a business mogul. Right after coming out on stage, he popped down to the floor and wandered through the theatre, mingling as he spoke. Thanks to UCSB Arts & Lectures for bringing this event to town.

Read the full story on thearlingtontheatre.com

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Simpsons creator, Matt Groening, and his partner in crime, Lynda Barry, gave a humor-filled presentation at the Arlington Theatre. Brought in by UCSB Arts & Lectures, the two expained how they got started and who were the inspirations for their fantastic characters.

Read the full story by Bill Buescher on thearlingtontheatre.com

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It was a pleasure to see Widespread Panic at the Arlington Theatre. This historic jam band didn't disappoint. I was able to shoot the 2nd and 3rd songs from front of stage, so I got some decent shots. The only problem was that the patrons rushed the stage, basically pinning me to a single location. I would have liked to switch sides at least once, but alas, that would have been even more impossible than what it took to exit my front row spot with my camera gear, when I was done shooting.

Read the review and see the photos on thearlingtontheatre.com

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One of my favorite lecturers of all time returned to the Arlington Theatre as part of the UCSB Arts & Lectures program. Malcolm Gladwell is not coincidentally also one of my favorite authors. His carefully researched, historical accounts are meticulously organized into compellingly interesting stories. The result is presented as a social psychology lesson guaranteed to teach us something important about life.

Read the review and see the photos on thearlingtontheatre.com

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Aziz Ansari performed to a giant crowd of millenials at the Arlington Theatre, providing plenty of great laughs.

Shooting conditions were pretty good. The lighting was rather dark, but both performers were nicely animated. See photos of Aziz and cohort, Joe Mande on thearlingtontheatre.com.

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