Mr. Fisher is a photographer and graphic designer who lives in Santa Barbara, California. He has run his company, In Color, since 1989.
Local favorites, Depeche Mode proved why their music is so enduring. One of the originators of techno and electronica rock, they have surely proved that they are masters of their domain. The flamboyant vocalist, Dave Gahan, is quite a spectacle to watch as he flawlessly acts his emotional lyrics. The crowd sings along happily. The band is joined by our very own local, Martin Gore, who also did some solo-ing and front work on stage.
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Folk rock revival has been very popular for the last few years. More than any other band, I would have to credit the Avett Brothers with that phenomenon.
Last time they played in SB, I photographed them at the Arlington Theatre. This time, they took SB by storm at the Bowl, doubling the crowd size.
Lighting was great with bright, saturated colors. The musicians are also so interesting in their caricatures of independence. Opening act, Nicholas David was also a visual spectacle. I shot from the photo pit, getting some of my best material of the year!
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Superband, Atoms for Peace came back to the Bowl for a sold out show last week. Front man, Thom Yorke (Raidohead), is obviously an important part of the band's sound and allure. Add Red Hot Chili Peppers' machine gun bassman, Flea, and you have a powerful combination for music.
The lighting was ultra bright when the powerful strobes were active. I was entitled to shoot from the photo pit, but the pit was co-occupied by cameras and dollies. They confined u photographers to a very small area from which to maneuver. Nonetheless, I got some very unique shots, especially of Flea, whom I was actively targeting.
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Passion Pit played a powerful show at the SB Bowl the other night. The talented Joy Formidable opened the show, with their act placed very close to the edge of the stage. Photography was from the photo pit, so I was right there, next to them. This led for some a-typical photo angles, especially since the light was so dramatically contrasty.
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Crazy, weird, alternative, jazzy, rocky. Did I say crazy?
This was one of the most unpredictable shows I've seen since watching an off-Broadway performance art show in New York.
The night started with Dia de los Muertos face painting. The SB Bowl was decorated in-theme, donning shrines, native Mexican dancers, and music. Locals, Rey Fresco, opened the show, also playing on a smaller stage in the plaza during the big intermission.
Next, Tame Impala came out and rocked the crowd for a long set. Lastly, the Flaming Lips put on one of the strangest works of musical performance art I've ever seen. Confetti and giant red balloons blanketed the mesmerized crowd.
Since this was the last show of the season, the party continued with Bowl employees in full costume.
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I love these guys. Multi-talented, multi-cultural, eclectic jazz musicians, Pink Martini, came back to the Arlington this year to play another holiday show for us. UCSB Arts & Lectures procured Pink Martini for us for the second time in three years.
No matter what your music taste, if you like a quality show, you'll find something marvelous in seeing Pink Martini live.
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Wow! This guy freakin' rocks!
As I'm formerly a guitar player, I know just enough to really appreciate a guitar virtuoso like Joe Bonamassa. The show was loud and powerful, and the music never stopped. Joe opened for himself, first playing an acoustic set, followed by an electric set, wielding dozens of different types of guitars throughout the night. One of my favorite moments is when he brought out a twin neck Gibson and wailed away.
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Local and internationally know music sensation, Jack Johnson, played a special tribute show at the Arlington Theatre this month. It's a-typical for Jack to play such a small venue (2,000), so it was a treat to photograph him here.
I did see Mr. Johnson play at the Arlington years ago when he wasn't such an international sensation. I must admit that I was originally planning on take a few shots, watching a few more songs, then leaving early. I've seen Jack play six or seven times previously; he's great, but historically not terribly exciting. This concert changed that notion for me. I ended up staying until the last song was over, fully entertained the entire time.
I must say, Jack, you have definitely grown and upped your game. I'm looking forward to seeing you this year at the SB Bowl.
See the photos, and read the excellent review by Jim Youngson on thearlingtontheatre.com
This year's Santa Barbara International Film Festival kicked off with the world premiere of film, Mission Blue. Named after renown oceanographer and botanist, Dr. Sylvia Earle's non-profit organization to save the oceans, this documentary film really hit home for the sold out crowd at the Arlington Theatre. The night began with a red carpet walk.
Dr. Earle and filmmaker, Fisher Stevens, joined directors, producers and musical score contributors to the film. The film starts with a bio of Dr. Earle's and ties it to her plight as clean ocean activist. The movie is both intriguing with it's amazing underwater cinematography and heartbreaking with it's honest portrayal of disappearing reefs and fish populations.
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On Friday night, I had the supreme privilege of attending a red carpet event and interview of the immensely talented, writer/director, David O. Russell.
David was being honored with the Outstanding Director award for his recent trifecta of films, The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook and most recently, American Hustle.
Of all the interviews I've seen over the years for the Santa Barbara Intentional Film Festival, I must say that this one was the most interesting.
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