13-Oct-2014

Lorde at SB Bowl

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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Pop double headliner shows don't happen too often, but this one brought out a nice crowd at the Santa Barbara Bowl. I had to shoot from the back of the floor, so I had a big lens.

I'm not personally familiar with the music from either of these two bands, so I can't comment too much, except to say that Sara is multi-talented, and OneRepulic is exciting to watch. The latter opened with dynamic silhouettes of the musicians cast onto a giant white curtain blocking the entire stage. It was pretty cool.

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Pop rockers and 80's groovers, Huey Lewis and the News opened the show a few nights ago for vocal legend, Joe Cocker.

Huey bopped around the stage, wailing on his harmonica and belting out his upbeat singalongs that made it into both television and movies in the 1980s. His time on stage was cut a little short, probably due to a medical issue. Too bad because I was looking forward to hearing The Power of Love.

Joe Cocker hit the stage with his powerful voice, and on this tour, he was backed by expert bassist, Oneida James.

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Colbie Cailliat came back to the Bowl this year, this time as a co-headliner. The young, pop country/rock fusion artist donned her sweet voice, playing to a crowd, mixed of young and old, many youngsters there with their parents. It was definitely an all-ages show.

Boping all over the stage, Gavin DeGraw opened the show. He spent a lot of time on a grand piano. I heard that during the tour, the two co-headliners switched off as to who opened and who closed. I heard some people say they liked Gavin's more energetic performance, but I also enjoyed Colbie, who walked right up to the edge of the stage, giving me some great photo opportunities. Her white dress and fair skin against a jet black background provided for perfect contrast.

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Wow. What an amazing show Sugarland puts on!

I'd heard it uttered several times, but this was my first time seeing them live. I admit, I'm not a big country fan, although I do like pretty much any live music if the musicians are talented. And now I'm a Sugarland fan!

Opening acts were much more "country" than the headliner, but they were both quality performances, too. Since I didn't realize I was going to be shooting from the soundboard, I jetted home right after Canaan Smith's first song to get a bigger lens. I made it back, just in time for Laura Alaina, who was an American Idol winner.

My favorite highlight of the show was when David Stewart of the Eurithymics came out to play some songs with Sugarland. They started with Here Comes the Rain, and ended with one of my all-time favorites, Would I Lie To You?

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