Eclectic musicians, Theivery Corp, played their unique mix of reggae, jazz, new age and jam to a receptive crowd the other night. They let me shoot the entire show from the photo pit, which was fantastic since they have so many different musicians, many of whom cycle through the stage for a song or two at a time. Theivery is high on my list of party and mood music, so I was happy to stay up front for the duration of their performance.
Stephen Marley was back for the second time this year, displaying his love of live performance.
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The perpetually touring jam-band, Phish, played two nights to sold out crowds of dancing partiers. These shows were filmed live and simulcast on SiriusXM. They are availble on livephish.com
Unfortunately, I was restricted to shoot only the first three songs, which occurred before nightfall produced a stunning light show. I did have the photo pit all to myslef, save for the filming crew. See the photos on gallery.sbbowl.com
Back just two years after their last performace at the Santa Barbara Bowl, local favorites, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash played to a full house. These old-school performers always bring something fresh and new to their regluar appearances in Southern California. Photography is always well restricted for this crew, so you'll have to visit sbbowl.com to see any of the photo gallery.
Local performer, Jack Johnson, played two sold out shows at the SB Bowl this year. The first night, Bahamas opened the show as they did for much of Johnson's tour the previous year. The second night, local musicians, ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra) opened the show. The two shows were different enough that groupies would have enjoyed them both.
Arcade Fire quickly sold out their show at the Bowl. Their Reflector tour was highlighted by a beautifully creative backdrop of shiny reflective panels, which was cleverly raised and lowered through the show. Shooting was difficult as their was a stairway that rose from the floor, up to the stage, and all of us photographers were restricted to a single small space near it. The band came out wearing giant, parade-style masks and costumes. The stage was definitely a spectacle to see, and during the third song, there was a blast of confetti, which covered the crowd.
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Bowl regulars, Slightly Stoopid came back this year with their tour called, Summer Sessions 2014. Opening the show were Stephen Marley and Cypress Hill, the later of whom required photography from back of the floor. The other two acts afforded shooting from in the photo pit, against the stage. Slightly Stoopid often has a very generous photo policy, allowing me to shoot their entire act.
Dead era, jam band specialists, Ratdog (featuring Bob Weir) played to an eclectic crowd of young hipsters and old hippies, alike. The Chris Robinson Brotherhood opened the show during the late afternoon sunshine. Shooting conditions were excellent from right in front of the stage.
This was a super-chill show at the Santa Barbara Bowl. Joan Baez is perhaps the most seasoned, female, singer/songwriter, folk guitarists still performing today. She played on a simple stage with her dog stretched out by her side in an intimate, living room-style show. I shot her and the Indigio Girls from the soundboard with my 300/f4 and doubling teleconverter. It was difficult to get a shot of her singing without her mic blocking her face. While not terribly exciting, the photos do tell the story of this gently presented show.
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Officially titled The Sounds of Summer Tour 2014, this blockbuster, classic rock 'n roll show blasted its way through the Santa Barbara Bowl. Oddly, the show was opened by a local teen choir group, who belted out their fresh voices unaccompanied by instruments to a crowd 3-4 times their age.
After their brief set, Don Felder graced the stage with his silvery-white hair, jamming his Les Paul guitar. You may recall that Felder was not only a guitarist for the Eagles, but he wrote some big hits of his own in the 80's, such as Heavy Metal. While in the Eagles, Felder was responsible for adding a more powerful guitar sound to their music, also co-writing some of that group's biggest hits. I was permitted to shoot from the photo pit. Unfortunately, there was an impassable barrier in the center, and I was obligated to choose one side or the other, then stick with it for all entire three songs I was allowed to shoot.
The same shooting restrictions were in place for Styx, who I shot from the left, then Foreigner, who I shot from the right side. Styx were real showmen as they were last time I shot them. I got some fun stuff of them individually, but it was nearly impossible to get a single shot of the entire group, especially because the drummer was so far back and the keyboards were so far to the left. I really wanted a good keyboardist shot, which is why I chose to shoot them from the left side.
Foreigner really rocked it with some extremely dramatic-yet-dim lighting. The vocalist got right in my face a couple times, once pushing his mic just a few inches from my camera. I was a little dismayed that front-man and songwriter, Mick Jones, didn't come out until half-way through song five. I was permitted to shoot songs 4, 5 and 6. In any case, I shot a lot of photos and got some great rock 'n roll photographs.
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While soul is not one of my favorite types of music, I was still interested in shooting the artist, Maxwell, at the Santa Barbara Bowl last night. Shy Girls opened the show. It seemed to me that this performance had brought a large number of people from out-of-town, which added to the novelty of the show. I was restricted to shoot from the soundboard. The lighting was a difficult color for capturing pleasing skin-tones, so many of the images clearly worked better as black and whites. I used my 300/f4 and 70-200/2.8 with teleconverters to extend the reach.
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