Last night the crowd was amped for this show! It was probably the youngest crowd I ever remember seeing at the Santa Barbara Bowl (June 23, 2011). If the target audience was any younger, the kids would have been attending with their parents, so needless to say there weren't a lot of the same people who attended the last show, Peter Gabriel.

The shooting conditions were great, as I got to shoot from the pit, and there were great crowd opportunities. Kids were squished tight up against the barrier, and they were not shy.

This was a three act show, and all performers were very accommodating to the photographers. Opening was Chevy Woods, then Big Sean, who gave me a great pose with the audience. Wiz Khalifa closed the show with both Sean and Chevy singing backup vocals.

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Superb show with great sound.

Last night Peter Gabriel brought the crowd to a standing ovation at the Santa Barbara Bowl. June 12, 2011.

This was an interesting take on Peter Gabriel's classic voice and sound, which brought him from the thrones of Genesis decades ago. This was the first time I have seen so many musicians on stage at the Bowl, and the sound was wonderful.

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What a fabulous show! You might think these guys are has-beens, but Neil Young, Richie Furay, and Stephen Stills have still got their acts together. The were as tight an act as they were in the '70s.

On June 7, 2011, I was privileged with being able to shoot Buffalo Springfield at the Santa Barbara Bowl. Shooting conditions were good, but I had to shoot from the soundboard with a 600mm lens.

Opening the show was Gillian Welch, a country music duo.=

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On May 14th, 2011, I had the opportunity to shoot Ms. Lauryn Hill at the Santa Barbara Bowl. The opening act was changed at the last minute from The Hot 8 Brass Band to Murs.

Ms. Hill was quite quirky and picky, but also very energetic. Her interesting way of twisting soul and rap together has earned her the title of modern day queen of soul. She started the show about 45 minutes late, and the lighting was very dim, to say the least.

All her jumping around made her a tough act to photograph, but my position was great, as I was able to roam around in front of the first row of seating, which did not include barriers.

Opening the show was Murs, a politically charged rapper. I photographed Murs last year when he opened for Michael Franti at the Arlington Theatre.

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On April 25th, 2011, I had the opportunity to shoot Robert Plant and the Band of Joy at the Santa Barbara Bowl. Though I've seen Mr. Plant three times before (billed as just Robert Plant), this was the first time I was able to photograph him.

I had to shoot from the soundboard, but I rented a 600/f4 lens. That beast, coupled with my 1.4x teleconverter, got me up nice and close.

The show was congruent with Plant's modern trend of fusing country and rock. One highlight for me was a reggae-sounding version of Black Dog, slowed down and strummed out.

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On April 18, 2011, I shot Mumford & Sons at the Santa Barbara Bowl.

Wow! What an amazing act these guys have. They're sort of a fusion between country, rock and alternative music. They really put a lot of energy into their music.

The opening act was The Tallest Man on Earth, a big sound for a short guy soloing on guitar.

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On May 13th, 2011, I shot the Zac Brown Band at the Santa Barbara Bowl.

Opening for ZBB was Blackberry Smoke.

Both bands were tight, and shooting conditions were great, from the "pit."

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