On Saturday, February 2, 2019, Winter Warmer took place at Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint.
I attended the winter themed event that featured beer, spirits, food, DIY hot chocolate and more.
Check out the full gallery now live on BTRtoday here
On Thursday, January 31, 2019, Brooklyn’s Cautious Clay headlined a sold out, Governors Ball presented show at Irving Plaza with Sophie Meiers and Blanksy.
I covered the show for Irving Plaza/Live Nation and the full gallery is now available on their Facebook page here.
On Saturday, January 26, 2019, the fifteenth edition of Idiotarod took place in New York City. Teams raced around the city in shopping carts, instead of sleds, that emphasizes showmanship over speed.
I was stationed at the first checkpoint and took photos of the teams for a gallery that is now available on BTRtoday here.
On Saturday, January 26, 2019, Brooklyn bands Les Savy Fav and Patio played a sold out show at Elsewhere in Bushwick.
Les Savy Fav’s last Brooklyn show was at Saint Vitus back on June 8, 2016. They were scheduled to play with Jawbreaker in Coney Island back in September but the show didn’t occur due to Hurricane Florence. They performed a benefit show at Junction in Long Beach, NY on Friday night (January 25th) before Elsewhere. Their set last night featured two balloon drops, confetti, a shop vac (which ended up crowd surfing), a garbage can, a body suit, and more.
LSF were joined by Patio, another Brooklyn band who will have a new record out this year on Fire Talk Records. Photos that I took of both acts during last night’s show, that sold out weeks ago, appear in the gallery above. I’ll be cleaning confetti out of random places during the next few days but it was so very worth it.
Brooklyn band Big Ups performed their final show at Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan on Friday, January 18, 2019. I first saw the band perform at Death by Audio three days after Hurricane Sandy hit New York on November 1, 2012 and have been following them ever since.
I attended the band’s soundcheck in the afternoon plus captured their live set along with the performances by their special guests Bethlehem Steel, Washer, and Guerilla Toss.
I covered the special show for BTRtoday and the full gallery is now available here. Thanks so much for the past nine years, Big Ups.
Kiri Oliver discusses how to become a TV music booker in 29 steps, thanks to her experience as booking musical guests for “The Chris Gethard Show.”
An image that I took during an episode titled “All Hands on the Bad One” (featuring the band Sleater-Kinney and musical guests Priests) runs with her essay for The Talkhouse here. It’s mentioned in the 14th step.
More images from that episode are available on Flickr here.
Yesterday, I shared my favorite portraits taken in 2018 and today, I’m concentrating on live images. Over the course of 2018, two spaces that I’ve shot shows in over the years sadly closed their doors in April (Silent Barn) and August (House of Vans) and I attended as many performances I could at each venue before their closures.
I’m truly looking forward to cover many more concerts in New York and possibly beyond in 2019.
It's the end of 2018 and this year photography wise was more productive than the previous one for me. I covered more events than 2017 which was easy to do since I spent nearly 3 months in a leg cast the year before.
I became a full time freelance photographer for the first time in my life for half of 2018. Having a more flexible schedule allowed me to cover more things than I normally would agree to. Shooting a David Bowie themed event that has doors at 11PM on a Thursday night when I’m usually sleeping? Yes, please!
When I initially stopped working full time, I over extended myself (naturally) and learned what my limits are. Photographing a show every night for over a week was a lot fun but it also made me quite tired. A few days after Silent Barn closed their doors, I slept for over 10 hours since I’d been shooting there over the previous weeks whenever I could.
This year was also an eventful one. I was laid off from my job of 13 years (the huge reason I freelanced full time for a few months), got married, went to Europe for our honeymoon, and covered some shows that I probably wouldn't have a year or two ago. Why the change? I invested in zoom lenses* and felt more confident shooting shows in larger spaces. I've been photographing bands in small clubs or DIY spaces with prime lenses for so long that if felt a little weird to me shooting something outside that. But I think I'm over that now.
On this penultimate day of 2018, I'm sharing some of my favorite portraits taken this year in the above gallery and looking forward to creating more images like these in 2019.
My favorite live photos from this year can be found here.
*It’s probably not financially wise to spend thousands of dollars on new photo equipment when you’re applying for work and getting married in a few weeks but it’s too late for me to not do that now.
On Saturday, December 15, 2018, the reunited Philadelphia punk band The Dead Milkmen performed at Irving Plaza in New York, NY with support from rapper Sage Frances and Philly trio Gibbous Moon.
I covered the event for Live Nation/Irving Plaza and the full gallery is now available on Facebook here.
Performing their largest hometown show to date, Parquet Courts headlined Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, NY on Saturday, December 8, 2018. They were joined by The Sun Ra Arkestra and were introduced to the stage by Timothy “Speed” Levitch. I last captured both acts at Rough Trade in May and at AMC Theatre in February, respectively. Despite attending concerts at Hammerstein over the past 20 years, this was my first time shooting a performance there.
I covered the concert for AdHoc and a full gallery is now live on their website here.
On Friday, December 7, Ministry headlined their second New York show at Irving Plaza in Manhattan. They were joined by Carpenter Brut (of France) and Alien Weaponry (of New Zealand).
I covered the event for Live Nation/Irving Plaza and the full gallery is now available here.
On Thursday, December 6, 2018, AdHoc and Stereogum presented a third annual Christmas show featuring performances by Nervous Dater, Empath, and Priests at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn, NY.
The headlining band from Washington, D.C. performed songs from their albums, Bodies and Control and Money and Power (“Doctor” and “And Breeding”) and their 2017 record, Nothing Feels Natural (“Pink White House,” “JJ,” “No Big Bang,” plus the title track). They also performed a few new songs and ended their set with a cover of The Waitresses’ “Christmas Wrapping.”
On Saturday, December 1, 2018, Mitski continued her run of shows at Brooklyn Steel with a second night joined by SASAMI (of Los Angeles) and Downtown Boys (of Providence, RI).
I covered the wonderful show for Music Existence and the full gallery is now available here.
On Monday, November 19, 2018, Pixies performed their second show of a three night stand at Brooklyn Steel during their tour in support of Come On Pilgrim….It’s Surfer Rosa, a 30th anniversary edition of their first two releases.
I covered the show for Music Existence and the full gallery is now available here.
On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, the tour featuring Saves The Day and Kevin Devine came to Warsaw in Brooklyn, NY. Devine mentioned it was his first time performing at Warsaw.
I covered the show for Live Nation/Warsaw and the full gallery from Wednesday evening’s show can be found here.
On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, Brooklyn Public Library held an anniversary party in honor of the 75th anniversary of the release of Betty Smith’s novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. A new anniversary edition was released by HarperCollins, featuring cover art by local artist Amy Lyons. The celebration took place at Leonard Library, located at 81 Devoe Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, located only four blocks way from where Smith lived on Grand Street.
In attendance to help celebrate were members of Smith’s family, including her daughter, Nancy Smith Pfeiffer. United For Libraries designated the library branch a literary landmark and a plaque was unveiled so all visitors who come to the location in the future will be aware of Smith’s connection to this particular library branch (the main character in ATGIB, Francie Nolan, visits the library in the novel like Smith did growing up in the neighborhood).
There was a live band who performed before and after the ceremony, plus speeches by Brooklyn Public Library President and CEO Linda E. Johnson, local elected officials (Councilman Antonio Reynoso, Assemblyman Joe Lentol, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams), Nancy Smith Pfeiffer, Katherine Drew (Associate Commissioner of Media Strategy for the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment), Jennifer Civiletto (HarperCollins), and Amy Lyons. After the speeches, a plaque was unveiled and attendees were treated to food from local businesses Campbell Cheese & Grocery and The Meatball Shop, wine from Vine Wine, and were able purchase the book directly from Steven of Quimby’s Book Store at the event.
Despite being born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, I didn’t read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn until seven years ago. I fell in love with it and was very excited to attend the party in honor of Smith’s wonderful novel. I decided to bring my camera and document the evening in the gallery above.
On Sunday, November 11, 2018, the sixth edition of Comic Arts Brooklyn took place at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. This was the second year in a row the event took place at Pratt and I documented the event for BTR. The full gallery is now available on their site here.
On Friday, November 9, the solo acoustic tour of Ty Segall came to Warsaw in Brooklyn, NY for a sold out show. He was supported by William Tyler (of Lambchop and Silver Jews).
I covered the show for Live Nation and the full gallery is available on Warsaw’s Facebook page here.