Back with their own headline show, just a few years ago Foster the People was just one in the lineup in the KJEE Summer Roundup. The band's platnium first ablum skyrocketed them to fame, also competely updating their look from small town boys to big city stars.
Two openers, Silvan Esso and Soko, kept a full night of entertainment. There were quite a lot of photographers clogging up the photo pit, so it wasn't easy always being right where I wanted to be. Check out the gallery on sbbowl.com
Out touring on the heels of their Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame induction, Daryl Hall and John Oates made a pit stop at the Santa Barbara Bowl. The duo have such a wide quiver of platinum hits that they kept the crowd fully entertained for the course of the evening. The stage was simple yet beautifully decorated. I was restricted to shoot from the sound board, but I had a 400mm lens to mitigate that situation, and the distance gave me the opportunity to photograph the entire stage.
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Opening the show for LaMontagne was Belle Brigade, a brother/sister musical team that brought a powerful range to the Fall air. I was really impressed by this team as they brought a lot of sound in a cleanly packaged group.
Ray LaMontagne followed with his polished, mellow music. He takes his music very seriously.
I shot both acts with a 400mm lens from the back of the floor to a dark stage with hot spotlights. See the gallery on sbbowl.com
Just a few years ago, Massive Attack came to the Bowl to kick off the New Noise Music Festival. This year, they returned during the festival but not as officially part of it. In my opinion, this show was the best of the year, so it was hard to have to leave a little early to make it to Soho Music Club to photograph another show.
TV on the Radio opened the show, bringing their own diehard groupies. But Massive Attack put on such an amazing performance, both visually and audibly, that I almost forgot about the opening act. The band was draped in a curtain of lasers, back-dropped by a spectacular display of moving verbiage. The result was a multimedia bonanza.
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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band came back to the Bowl this year to a sold out crowed of partying parrotheads. The stage was decorated like a casual beach scene on a tropical island. I shot two songs from right in front of the stage and a third song from the back of the floor. I wanted to watch more of the show, but I had to jet down to Soho Music Club to catch some of the New Noise Festival, incuding indie rockers, Dawes
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Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor brought her New Zealand act to USA, stopping for a sold out show at the Bowl. The little, eighteen year old powerhouse kept the crowd of screaming girls on their feet for the entire act. I was restricted to shoot from the soundboard which was especially difficult, considering the lighting was very low for the duration of my three song limit. Ella was quite a gracious and talented young girl, however, and the show was a lot of fun.
The band had me do a group portrait of their entire production staff a few hours before the show.
Majical Cloudz opened the show with a very unique sound in very contrasty light.
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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.