Devendra Banhart opened the show the other night for Beck at the Santa Barbara Bowl.

Shooting opportunities were very, very limited as they were also filming a video during the Beck show. Because of this, the photo pit was laden with dolly tracks and cables as big as my wrist. The photographers were restricted to shooting from the front, but only way off on the sides, where huge dollies, jibs and cameras were blocking most of the shots.

When I tried to get very close to the stage, mic stands and sound equipment were in the way. Away from the stage was camera gear. It was a no-win situation. Regardless, I was able to grab one or two decent shots of Beck, and I used the opportunity to get plenty of wide shots which showed off all the video recording going on. It was quite an expensive diddy.

I was told that the whole recording shebang was being directed by Giovanni Ribsi, who was at the venue a couple weeks earlier with some rudimentary DSLR video gear, filming All Tiny Creatures, who opened for Bon Iver.

See the Beck photo gallery on gallery.sbbowl.com here.

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A good time was had by all who saw Jack Black and Kyle Gass perform with their band, Tenacious D, at the Santa Barbara Bowl. The stage props were not G Rated! But the shooting conditions were very good, without too many people in the photo pit. There was good lighting and plenty of space to move around.

Check out the full photo gallery on gallery.sbbowl.com

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Confidence well earned!

Florence and her machine played a powerful set tonight. Her strong voice was only out numbered by her angelic wit. During the first three songs (which I was allowed to shoot), Flo donned a beautiful cape. She spun and leaped around barefoot on the carpeted stage, twirling the cape like a giant set of graceful wings.

Lens flare from the bright lights behind her, shining towards the crowd, pushed my camera's sensor with high-key back-lit star-bursts. Shooting was difficult to say the least, but it did provide a rare opportunity to capture something very unusual.

Blood Orange opened the show; he was quite a clever soloist with a mastery of vocals, keyboards and guitar, accompanied by a drum machine.

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What an amazing way for the Bowl to start off the 2012 concert season! Radiohead played to a crowd of zealous fans, who sold out the venue in just twenty seconds. There was so much lighting on stage that I had to use my fisheye to capture the multitude of video displays that wallpapered the entire pavilion.

Thom Yorke now sports a pony tail, still with his scruffy neck, but now a little bit more gray than the last time I saw him.

Opening the show was Other Lives, a very talented group, indeed. See the full gallery here: gallery.sbbowl.com

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On November 17, 2011, the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation threw a year-end appreciation party for contributors to the American Classic Campaign. The event also commemorated the Towbes Family Café.

 

Front and center were Michael and Anne Towbes, along with Bowl Chairman, President and Executive Director: Scott Brittingham, Paul Dore and Rick Boller.

 

Photos from the celebration can be seen at gallery.sbbowl.com

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26-Oct-2011

deadmau5 @ SBB

Closing out a record concert season at the Santa Barbara Bowl on October 27, 2011, was deadmau5, a top-notch D.J. from Canada. Described as a progressive, electro and house musician, deadmau5 filled the strange with all his lighting gear and perched himself atop it all.

Starting off with Sofi, there were five acts on Thursday night. Next came Jason Bentley who was followed by Le Castle Vania. By this time, it started getting darker, and when Feed Me came on, the lights came up. It was pure night for deadmau5, who did part of his act with live female vocals.

It was quite an evening for the photographers, who got to shoot the entire show from the right back corner of the floor. I shot thousands of images, and posted some really cool stuff on the Bowl's website at gallery.sbbowl.com

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Back to Santa Barbara for the third time, indie rocker, Ben Gibbard returned with his band Death Cab for Cutie to play the Santa Barbara Bowl on October 15, 2011.

Opening for Death Cab was Explosions in the Sky, a sort of project band who played in a very dark lit stage.

Both acts were shot from the photo pit.

See the gallery at gallery.sbbowl.com

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05-Oct-2011

Tiesto @ SBB

The first ever all-D.J. show at the Santa Barbara Bowl was a huge success on October 6, 2011.

Local Westmont College duo, Tommy Noble, opened the show to a crowd of young, excited girls. Second Act, Porter Robinson, picked things up for headliner, Tiesto.

Tiesto hails from Europe, where has won a number of "Best D.J." contests. His show was interspersed with lots of strobes and effects, including blasts of smoke over the crowd's heads. Photography was a bit difficult as the D.J. platform was raised high above the photo pit. Most of my good shots were from a camera raised high above my head. There was a lot of trial and error, but I did get some good stuff.

See the gallery at gallery.sbbowl.com

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Kurt Vile & The Violators opened for Connor Oberst and his band, Bright Eyes on Sunday, September 25, 2011, at the Santa Barbara Bowl. Under very low light, I photographed both acts from the photo pit.

See the gallery at gallery.sbbowl.com

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Wow! What an amazing show.

Two of my favorite bands (circa high school era) played on the same stage on the same night. And I got to shoot them both at the Santa Barbara Bowl on October 4, 2011. I cant put into words how fortunate I am to have this job.

Both shows were shot from the pit, and both had great lighting. As a bonus, I got to shoot Journey's encore, to capture a guitar give-away, when Neil Schon walked down from the stage and hung his instrument around a lucky fan's neck.

See shots from the whole show at gallery.sbbowl.com

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