Well another year is coming to a close and I only have a couple more concerts scheduled before January. This is as good a time as any to post some of my favorite concert photos from the past years. Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I am thankful for my family and friends most of all, but I am also thankful for getting the opportunity to combine two of my favorite things, music and photography. 2013 has been a good year and I have photographed some of my all time favorite artists like Heart and Jimmy Buffett (though due to contractual limitations I can not share the Jimmy Buffett photos here. I will however, provide a link to those photos here. This past year I have photographed everything from punk rock to folk rock, classic rock to electronica and pretty much everything in between. Here are some of my favorite photos of the year and I am already looking forward to seeing and photographing some great shows in 2014.
Pearl Jam and Eddie Vedder had a homecoming of sorts at Viejas Arena last night. I didn’t have a reviewers ticket so I was only around for the first three songs, but from everything I have read and heard it was a stellar 3 1/2 hour, 34 song set. Enjoy the images from those first three songs below.Pearl Jam is: Eddie Vedder – Vocals, Guitar, Ukulele Mike McReady- Guitar Jeff Ament – Bass Matt Cameron – Drums Stone Gossard – Guitar
Mind Your Manners
Given To Fly
Spin The Black Circle
Porch First Encore: Sleight Of Hand
Speed of Sound
Sleeping By Myself
In My Tree
Rearviewmirror Second Encore:
Do The Evolution
Rockin’ In The Free World
When I first found out I was going to be photographing the San Diego Blues Festival a friend of mine, who is big into the San Diego blues scene, told me not to miss Nikki Hill and her band. She told me they put on an amazing show. Rosa Lea, you spoke the truth. Nikki Hill is an incredible talent with an amazing voice. Her band consists of her husband, Matt Hill, on lead guitar, Ed Strohsahl on bass, and Joe Meyer on drums. The band came all the way from Durham, North Carolina to perform at this year’s Blues Festival, which benefits the San Diego Food Bank. Nikki encouraged the crowd to stand up and dance, which they did with great enthusiasm. Then about half way through their set, Matt jumped off stage and proceeded to walk through the crowd still wailing on his guitar. The crowd surrounded him and encouraged him as they danced and played air guitar along with Matt’s real guitar playing.
Nikki and the band closed with a cover of an AC/DC song that had everyone talking when it was finished. It was a hot, humid day in San Diego, but that did not slow down this young, talented singer and her amazing band. After their set Nikki drew one of the biggest groups of people I saw throughout the day wanting to meet her and but her CD. She and Matt were happy to talk with everyone, pose for pictures and sign CDs or anything else the crowd offered up.
Keep an eye and more importantly an ear out for Nikki Hill and her band to come play somewhere near you soon.
Much like it took the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to induct Heart, it took me a little while to post my photos of the band’s 2013 Heartbreaker Tour’s stop in San Diego. But better late than never, right? I am going to keep this short. Not much else can be said about the Wilson sisters that hasn’t already been said. Ann and Nancy came to the San Diego State Open Air Theater and demonstrated why they belong in the RRHOF. Nancy is one of the premiere rock guitarists in the world. (Notice I did not qualify that with the word “female”). Ann is in my opinion probably one of the top 5 rock voices in the world. This has been my favorite show of 2013 so far, and the year is almost over.
I never got a chance to see Led Zeppelin live, but I am sure that Jimmy, Robert, John Paul, and Gonzo would’ve been proud of the 30 minute “encore” of Zeppelin tunes performed with The Jason Bonham Led Zeppelin Experience. More about this band in another post.
Heart is :
Ann Wilson – vocals, flute, guitar, keyboards, percussion, violin, autoharp
Nancy Wilson – vocals, rhythm guitar, mandolin, keyboards, synthesizers, harmonica
Ben Smith – drums
Craig Bartock – lead guitar
Debbie Shair – keyboards, synthesizers
Dan Rothchild – bass guitar
What About Love
Kick it Out
Even It Up
Dog & Butterfly
Need You To Turn to
Dear Old America
Crazy On You
With Jason Bonham
Battle of Evermore
Misty Mountain Hop
Stairway to Heaven
Nancy Wilson. Lita Ford. Joan jett. Orianthi. Roni Lee When I think female rock guitar Godesses, these names come to mind for me. Now I am adding a new name, Laura Wilde. Laura is currently on tour with Ted Nugent, another guitar legend. A tour which made a recent stop in my little hometown of Ramona, CA. Ramona Mainstage hosted this sold out show. Going into the show there were probably a handful of people who even knew who Laura Wilde was. Waiting in line I overheard a conversation between a man and a woman behind me.
Woman: Some chick is opening for him. Laura something….
Man: Really? A chick?
Woman: Yeah she plays guitar.
Man: Really? A chick?
Woman: Yeah and I looked her up. She’s kind of hot!
Laura and her band came onstage and about 30 seconds into the 1st song, ”Show Me Love”, she had won this crowd over. Not only is she “hot”, she is an amazing guitarist, singer, and performer. She also does her homework before coming on stage and mentioned that the thing to do in Ramona on a Friday night was to cheer on the local football team, the Ramona Bulldogs. Needless to say the crowd went wild. After her set was over everyone in the place was talking about her performance.
When I stepped outside with a bunch of others, hoping to cool off, (mistake- it was just as hot outside as it was inside) people were raving about her set. One guy even texted his buddy from Australia, Laura’s home country, to tell him about this sensational new rocker form down under.
I didn’t stick around for Ted. I didn’t need to. My craving for some good old fashioned rock and roll had been satisfied. Glad I caught Laura and her band at a nice intimate setting like Ramona Mainstage. I have a feeling this young lady is going to be rocking arenas in the very near future.
Fronted by the co-founders of the San Diego Indie Fest, Danielle LoPresti on vocals and her partner Alicia Champion on guitar and keyboard, this band is known for its socially conscious lyrics. After taking a year off of Indie Fest, for good and bad reasons,the ladies came back with a vengeance. This was the first performance of DLPM since they adopted their little boy and Danielle kicked cancer’s ass all over the place. As I hope you can see in these pictures , this band rocks! Danielle sings with more passion and heart than anyone I know. Alicia pours everything she has into her playing and the rest of the band, Damien Smith on guitar, Maria Naccari on bass, and Daniel Fritz on drums back them up perfectly. If you have never seen a Danielle LoPresti and the Masses show live, I urge you to go to the next one in your area. You will not be disappointed. I for one can’t to see them again and for San Diego Indie Fest 9 in 2014 ! Welcome back DLPM!
I had heard of Best Coast before San Diego Indie Fest 8, but to be honest I had no idea what they looked like or sounded like. I was very pleasantly surprised. Best Coast is a collaboration between former child star Bethany Consentino and Bobb Bruno. They began working together in 2009 and have since put out an EP, 2 studio albums and a live album on iTunes Sessions. They most recently opened for Green Day and just wrapped up a west coast tour and are about to embark on a tour of the midwest and east coast. Recent accolades include being named one of Alter The Press’ Top 10 must hear bands at the 2013 Riot Fest. Also on the list are some well-known music legends, Blondie. Blink-182 and Fall Out Boy are also mentioned. Pretty good company if you ask me.
I have a feeling you will be hearing a lot more from this band from the west coast, Best Coast! Another San Diego Indie Fest gem!