Jungle opened this show, playing with both stage light and ambient evening light. This made for easy shooting, yet still with some dramatic looks. Also, I got to shoot three songs from the photo pit, then the rest of their performance from the floor and donor section (ADA, center). By the time alt-J started their set, it was dark, and the stage was filled with lots of smoke and backlight. This made shooting very difficult, for all but artsy silhouettes; those shots came out great, but photos of their faces weren't great.
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Indie jam rockers, My Morning Jacket, put on a phenomenal show at the Santa Barbara Bowl this year. After having seen them for the first time only a couple years ago, I knew to prepare for a mind-blowing performance. Hair-flipping guitarists, Jim James and Carl Broemel put on a photograph spectacle that didn't let me down.
Fruit Bats opened the show, also jamming away to a small, but captive audience. I had a chance to shoot them at Soho during the New Noise Festival a couple years back, and they sounded even better with a big sound system.
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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
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.
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
Jim James rocks! This is bound to be the best show of the year.
On July 2nd, 2011, I had the privilege of shooting My Morning Jacket at the Santa Barbara Bowl. This show was not close to selling out, which was a bit embarrassing, considering how amazing it was. These guys put on such an amazing performance, full of stage antics, long jams, smoke, lights and good old fun.
Everyone I spoke with was floored by this performance.
Shooting conditions were great, from the pit. Jim was all over the stage, making for great opportunities. But you had to be quick because he didn't stay in any one place for more than a few seconds.
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