Photographing Imagine Dragons

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Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, consisting of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, lead guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman.  The band first gained exposure with the release of single "It's Time", followed by their award-winning debut studio album Night Visions (2012), which resulted in the chart-topping singles "Radioactive" and "Demons". Billboard placed them at the top of their "Year In Rock" rankings for 2013 and 2017 and named them their "Breakthrough Band of 2013". and "Biggest Band of 2017."  Rolling Stone named "Radioactive", which holds the record for most weeks charted on the Billboard Hot 100, the "biggest rock hit of the year", and MTV called them "the year's biggest breakout band".

The band's second studio album Smoke + Mirrors (2015) reached number one in the US, Canada and the UK.  The album was preceded by the top 40 single "I Bet My Life", and second and third singles, "Gold" and "Shots". The band then embarked on a ten month long world tour, which led to a brief hiatus in 2016, with occasional performances and soundtrack contributions throughout the remainder of the year. 
The band released their third studio album, Evolve (2017) which resulted in the chart-topping singles, "Believer", "Thunder", and "Whatever It Takes". The album reached the top five in most countries. While all three albums were commercially successful, critical reception was mixed.

Imagine Dragons has won three American Music Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards, one Grammy Award, and one World Music Award. In May 2014, the band was nominated for fourteen Billboard Music Awards, including Top Artist of the Year and a Milestone Award, which recognizes innovation and creativity of artists across different genres. Imagine Dragons have sold 12 million albums and 35 million singles worldwide. In April 2018, the band was nominated eleven more times for Billboard Music Awards.

  • Dan Reynolds – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano, keyboards, drums, percussion (2008–present)
  • Wayne Sermon – lead guitar, backing vocals, mandolin (2009–present)
  • Ben McKee – bass, piano, keyboards, synthesizers, backing vocals, guitar (2009–present)
  • Daniel Platzman – drums, percussion, backing vocals, rhythm guitar, viola, keyboards (2011–present)
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Band information provided by Wikipiedia.  All photographs taken by Chris Sturk

Photographing Arcade Fire

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Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire is a Canadian indie rock band, consisting of husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, along with Win's younger brother William Butler, Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury and Jeremy Gara. The band's current touring line-up also includes former core member Sarah Neufeld, percussionist Tiwill Duprate and saxophonist Stuart Bogie.

Founded in 2000 by friends and classmates Win Butler and Josh Deu, the band came to prominence in 2004 with the release of their critically acclaimed debut album Funeral. Their second studio album, Neon Bible, won them the 2008 Meteor Music Award for Best International Album and the 2008 Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year. Their third studio album, The Suburbs, was released in 2010 to critical acclaim and commercial success.  It received many accolades, including the 2011 Grammy for Album of the Year, the 2011 Juno Award for Album of the Year and the 2011 Brit Award for Best International Album. In 2013, Arcade Fire released their fourth album, Reflektor, and scored the feature film Her, for which band members William Butler and Owen Pallett were nominated in the Best Original Score category at the 86th Academy Awards. In 2017, the band released their fifth studio album Everything Now
All the band's studio albums have received nominations for Best Alternative Music Album at the Grammys. Funeral is widely considered by music critics to be one of the greatest albums of the 2000s. The band's work has also been named three times as a shortlist nominee for the Polaris Music Prize: in 2007 for Neon Bible, in 2011 for The Suburbs and in 2014 for Reflektor.

The band has been described as "indie rock, art rock, dance-rock, and baroque pop." They play guitar, drums, bass guitar, piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, xylophone, glockenspiel, keyboard, synthesizer, French horn, accordion, harp, mandolin and hurdy-gurdy, and take most of these instruments on tour; the multi-instrumentalist band members switch duties throughout shows.

  • Régine Chassagne – lead and backing vocals, accordion, drums, percussion, piano, keyboards, hurdy gurdy, recorders
  • Richard Reed Parry – guitar, bass guitar, double bass, piano, keyboards, synthesizers, organ, celesta, accordion, drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Win Butler – lead and backing vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards, bass guitar, mandolin
  • Tim Kingsbury – bass guitar, guitar, double bass, keyboards, backing vocals
  • William Butler – synthesizers, bass guitar, guitar, percussion, sitar, panpipes, trombone, omnichord, musical saw, double bass, concertina, clarinet, gadulka, backing vocals
  • Jeremy Gara – drums, percussion, guitar, keyboards
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Bands history provided by Wikipeida.  All photographs taken by Chris Sturk

Photographing Lynyd Skynyrd

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Lynyrd Skynyrd

Lynyrd Skynyrd colloquially shortened to Skynyrd, is an American rock band best known for having popularized the Southern rock genre during the 1970s. Originally formed in 1964 as My Backyard in Jacksonville, Florida, the band was also known by names such as The Noble Five and One Percent, before finally deciding on "Lynyrd Skynyrd" in 1969. The band gained worldwide recognition for its live performances and signature songs "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird". At the peak of their success, band members Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines, and backup singer Cassie Gaines, died in an airplane crash in 1977, putting an abrupt end to the 1970s era of the band.

The surviving band members re-formed in 1987 for a reunion tour with lead vocalist Johnny Van Zant, the younger brother of Ronnie Van Zant. Lynyrd Skynyrd continues to tour and record with co-founder Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant, and Rickey Medlocke, who first wrote and recorded with the band from 1971 to 1972 before his return in 1996. Fellow founding member Larry Junstrom, along with 1970s members Ed King and Artimus Pyle, remain active in music but no longer tour or record with the band. Michael Cartellone has recorded and toured with the band since 1999.  Lynyrd Skynyrd has sold 28 million records in the United States. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 13, 2006. In January 2018, Lynyrd Skynyrd announced their farewell tour.

  • Gary Rossington – guitars (1964–1977, 1979, 1987–present)
  • Rickey Medlocke – vocals, drums, mandolin (1971–1972), guitars, backing vocals, mandolin (1996–present)
  • Johnny Van Zant – lead vocals (1987–present)
  • Michael Cartellone – drums (1999–present)
  • Mark Matejka – guitars, backing vocals (2006–present)
  • Peter Keys – keyboards (2009–present)
  • Keith Christopher – bass (2017–present)
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Bands history provided by Wikipedia pictures by Chris Sturk

Photographing Whitesnake

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Whitesnake

Whitesnake are an English hard rock band formed in 1978 by David Coverdale, after his departure from his previous band Deep Purple. Their early material has been compared by critics to the blues rock of Deep Purple, but they slowly began moving toward a more commercially accessible rock style.  By the turn of the decade, the band's commercial fortunes changed and they released a string of UK top 10 albums, Ready an' Willing (1980), Come an' Get It (1981), Saints & Sinners (1982) and Slide It In (1984), the last of which was their first to chart in the US and is certified 2x platinum.

The band's 1987 self-titled album was their most commercially successful worldwide, and contained two major US hits, "Here I Go Again" and "Is This Love", reaching number one and two on the Billboard Hot 100. The album went 8 times platinum in the US, and the band's success saw them nominated for the 1988 Brit Award for Best British Group.  Slip of the Tongue (1989), was also a success, reaching the top 10 in the UK and the US, and received a platinum US certification.  The band split up shortly after this release, but had a reunion in 1994, and released a one-off studio album, Restless Heart (1997).

Whitesnake officially reformed in 2002 and have been touring together since, releasing three albums, Good to Be Bad (2008), Forevermore (2011) and The Purple Album (2015). In 2005, Whitesnake were named the 85th greatest hard rock band of all time by VH1.

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Band history provided by Wikiapedia photographs by Chris Sturk

Photographing Walk the Moon | Band Together NC Fundraiser

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I photographed Walk the Moon for Band Together NC.  Check out their website at this link https://www.bandtogethernc.org/ 

Walk the Moon

Walk the Moon is an American rock band based in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Lead singer Nicholas Petricca started the band in 2006, while a student at Kenyon College, deriving the band's name from the song "Walking on the Moon" by The Police.  The group independently released their debut studio album, I want! I want!, in November 2010, receiving airplay for the track "Anna Sun" on multiple alternative radio stations.  Along with the success of "Anna Sun", Alt Nation named them a band you need to know for the summer of 2012. Influential music blog Neon Gold helped to break the band in January 2011, calling "Anna Sun", "the kind of stuff British A&R dreams, and major label bidding wars, are made of."

In February 2011, Walk the Moon signed to RCA Records and in June 2012, released their first major label studio album, Walk the Moon.  The album includes a re-recorded version of "Anna Sun", which was song of the summer at least two years in a row.  In December 2014, the band released their second major-label studio album, Talking Is Hard. This album includes the song "Shut Up and Dance", which hit number four on the BillboardHot 100 and reached number one on the Billboard Rock Songs chart and Billboard Alternative Songs chart. Ryan Seed of Billboard gave "Shut Up and Dance" four and a half stars out of five.  Walk the Moon have cited Talking Heads, David Bowie, The Killers, The Police, Tears for Fears, and Phil Collins as influences.  The band's use of 1980s musical mainstays such as keyboard and synthesizer is also notable.

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History provided by Wikipedia and photographs by Chris Sturk

Blacktop Mojo | Second Leg of U.S Tour

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About Black Top Mojo

A hard-driving Southern rock unit based out of Palestine, Texas, Blacktop Mojo's fiery blend of post-grunge, classic rock, and metal falls somewhere between SoundgardenBlack Stone Cherry, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Founded in 2012 by front-man Matt James and drummer Nathan Gillis, the band eventually morphed into a five-piece with the additions of bass player Matt Curtis and guitarists Ryan Kiefer and Kenneth Irwin. They released their debut album, I Am, in 2014, followed by a heavy bout of touring that saw the group sharing the stage with a wide array of heavy hitters, including Bon JoviSammy HagarCandleboxDarryl “DMC” McDanielsShaman’s HarvestPop EvilPuddle of Mudd, and Drowning Pool.

In 2017, the band teamed up with Muscle Shoals producer Jimmy Johnsonfor their highly anticipated sophomore outing Burn the Ships. The album was released via the band’s label, Cuhmon Records, in March of that year to critical acclaim, and it’s first single, “Where The Wind Blows” reached #27 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, while the band was on its first U.S. tour that fall. Through that tour, they landed a slot on 2018’s Rock Fest, featuring headliners DisturbedIncubus, and Godsmack, among many other industry leading hard rock acts.

At the beginning of 2018, the band has started work on its third full length release, as well as touring to support the second radio single from, Burn The Ships.

 Click below to get your copy! 

Click below to get your copy! 

The record is also available on google play and amazon prime!

Burn The Ships Track Listing: 
1. Where The Wind Blows
2. End Of Days
3. Burn The Ships
4. Prodigal
5. Shadows On The Wall
6. Sweat
7. Pyromaniac
8. 8000 Lines
9. Dog On A Leash
10. Make A Difference
11. Chains
12. Dream On
13. Underneath

We are beyond excited to be heading back out on tour and rocking out with the Mojo Nation. Not to mention, we will be sharing the stage on select dates with Gemini Syndrome, Shaman’s Harvest, and Black Stone Cherry.
— Blacktop Mojo

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Tour Dates
07/12 @ Rock Fest - Cadott, WI
07/13 @ Nikki's - Sturgis
07/14 @ Machine Shop - Flint, MI
07/15 @ The Outpost - Kent, OH
07/18 @ Hooligan's - Jacksonville, NC
07/19 @ Purple Buffalo - Charleston, SC
07/20 @ Georgia Theatre - Athens, GA
07/21 @ Soundbar - Orlando, FL
07/22 @ Kelly's Live - Sarasota, FL
07/26 @ Rusty's - Cape Coral, FL
07/27 @ Crowbar - Tampa, FL
07/28 @ Southport Hall - New Orleans, LA
07/31 @ El Rey - Albuquerque, NM
08/01 @ Globe Hall - Denver, CO
08/03 @ Iron Horse Saloon - Sturgis, SD
08/04 @ Icon Lounge - Sioux Falls, SD
08/05 @ What's Up Lounge - Mankato, MN
08/07 @ The Annex - Madison, WI
08/08 @ Subterranean - Chicago, IL
08/09 @ The Monarch - Peoria, IL
08/10 @ The Landing - Topeka, KS
08/11 @ Pierre’s - Ft Wayne, IN

Get up kids on tour! | Motorco Music Hall 7/17/18

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GET UP KIDS

“The Get Up Kids are historically good at making EPs… [Kicker] finds the band setting new, grown-up concerns about marriage and family life to the kind of upbeat and melodically assured guitar music that they’ve always been known for.” - The FADER

“A step forward”
— The AV Club

The Get Up Kids’ anticipated new Kicker EP - - their first release in seven years and debut for Polyvinyl Record Co. -- is out today worldwide.  The EP was named one of June’s “most anticipated” releases by The AV Club and Pitchfork , and the band recently spoke with The FADER , Consequence of Sound , and Washed Up Emo , about their long-awaited return. The band -- Matt Pryor (guitars/vocals), Jim Suptic (guitars/vocals), Rob Pope (bass), Ryan Pope (drums), and James Dewees (keys) -- begin a headlining U.S. tour on June 14th in Dallas, TX, with sold out shows in San Diego, CA, Los Angeles, CA, and Portland, OR. A full itinerary is listed below. The band recently shared the music video for new single “Better This Way”  and lead single “ Maybe ,” which SPIN called, "a proper statement of reemergence from one of the most enduring bands to emerge of the early-aughts."

Since the release of 2011’s There Are Rules LP, the band have been touring when their schedules permit, and living very adult lives that include activities like raising kids (Matt, Rob, Jim), moving away (James) and moving back (Ryan), starting businesses (Ryan), getting a degree in geology (Jim), joining a local kickball league (Matt), accidentally being electrocuted on stage (Rob), or simply struggling with social media.

Correspondingly while the band’s early releases were written while the band members were entering their twenties, Kicker sees them in their forties, and the songs show a perspective that can only be learned from experience. The Get Up Kids have never been afraid to try something new, but the songs here -- recorded over the course of the last year at Fire and Ice studio in Baldwin, Kansas -- mark a full-circle breakthrough for the band. Upbeat opener “Maybe” reintroduces The Get Up Kids in spectacular fashion with fuzzed-out guitars, chiming keyboards, and Pryor's distinctive cadence singing about the relational dynamics he's learned over time. 

Maybe is the first track of off their new E.P!  

Early praise for the Kicker EP:

Songs like “Maybe” and “I’m Sorry” express regret over bad choices and paths not pursued, but there’s no sense of resignation in the lyrics or guitar licks. The Moog accents are now fist pumps, and the chanting choruses edge close to stadium rock.
— The AV Club
A proper statement of reemergence from one of the most enduring bands to emerge of the early-aughts rock club scene… [“Maybe”] sounds like golden-era TGUK, with Pryor pushing his vocals to familiar heights.
— SPIN
I was floored when I listened to the first track “maybe” off of their new E.P Kicker. I felt like I was taken back to when I first heard The Get up Kids but with a more age defined and experienced sound. I am glad to see them putting this E.P out and bringing back the sound that drove a generation.
— Chris Sturk | f2.8 Music photography
It’s a ripper that hearkens right back to the Four Minute Mile / Something to Write Home About era.
— Brooklyn Vegan on “Maybe”

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Tracks

1. Maybe
2. Better This Way
3. I’m Sorry
4. My Own Reflection

You can get your copy at the links listed below.

Click on this link to see other options to get your copy of "Kicker" http://smarturl.it/kicker


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The Get Up Kids 2018 Tour:

  • 06/14 - Dallas, TX @ Trees #
  • 06/15 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall #
  • 06/16 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk #
  • 06/18 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom #
  • 06/19 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah # - SOLD OUT
  • 06/21 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory #
  • 06/22 - Las Vegas, NV @ Backstage Bar & Billiards #
  • 06/23 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour # - SOLD OUT
  • 06/24 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's #
  • 06/26 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos #
  • 06/27 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge # - SOLD OUT
  • 06/29 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall #
  • 06/30 - Denver, CO @ The Oriental Theater #
  • 07/11 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club $%
  • 07/12 - Patchogue, NY @ Great South Bay Music Festival
  • 07/13 - Jersey City, NJ @ White Eagle Hall $%
  • 07/14 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts $%
  • 07/15 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club $%
  • 07/17 - Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall $%
  • 07/18 - Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm $%
  • 07/19 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade - Hell $%
  • 07/20 - Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge $%
  • 07/21 - St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall $%
  • 07/27 - Kansas City, MO @ Beach Ball Festival

https://www.thegetupkids.com/

https://www.facebook.com/TheGetUpKids/

https://twitter.com/thegetupkids

https://www.instagram.com/

https://www.polyvinylrecords.com/

Kobra & The Lotus | New Video for "Velvet Roses"

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CHECK OUT THE NEW VIDEO BELOW!!! 

Kobra And The Lotus kept their word and delivered the second part of their opus magnum one year after the successful release of rock juggernaut Prevail IPrevail II is the proverbial yang to the ying and continues right where Kobra And The Lotus left off in 2017. 
Last week the band released a new music video for their new song "Velvet Roses".  In less than a week the video has over 60,000 views and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.  Video shows around the country have been adding and featuring 'Velvet Roses' heavily as well!

“Our new music vid for ’Velvet Roses’ is out and we couldn’t be more stoked! This is, across the board, one of the band’s most favorite vids we’ve ever made. High impact, pure rock adrenaline packed with our sense of humor. In a world so full of sh*t, it feels great to not take everything so seriously and let the moment run wild. I hope we inflict some serious smilage!”
— Kobra & The Lotus

In more "Velvet Roses" news, the single is currently climbing the charts, recently debuting at #38 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Indicator Chart!  HardDrive, the nationally syndicated show hosted by Lou Brutus, recently featured "Velvet Roses"on their Smash OR Crash feature, winning it hands down. Kobra wants to remind the fans: "Grab it, stream it, jam it, and don't forget to request 'Velvet Roses' on your local radio station."

Watch a special acoustic performance from Kobra and the Lotus taken from their recent appearance on Calgary's CTV.  Watch the special performance of "Let Me Love You" HERE

UPCOMING TOUR DATES

In support of Prevail II,the band will be doing a Co-headlining tour through Europe with the BUTCHER BABIES; make sure to catch them live on the following dates:

04.10.18 CH - Solothurn / Kulturfabrik
05.10.18 FR - Marseille / Jas Rod
06.10.18 ES - Barcelona / Salamandra
07.10.18 ES - Madrid / Caracol
09.10.18 FR - Lyon / O Totem
10.10.18 IT  - Brescia / Circolo Colony
11.10.18 AT - Vienna / Viper Room
12.10.18 DE - Ingolstadt / Eventhall Westpark

13.10.18 CH - Sachseln / Metal Scar Fest
14.10.18 DE - Mannheim / MS Connexion
16.10.18 DK - Aarhaus / Voxhall
17.10.18 DE - Hamburg / Headcrash
18.10.18 DE - Oberhausen / Kulttempel
19.10.18 DE - Siegburg / Kubana
20.10.18 NL - Arnhem / Willemeen
21.10.18 BE - Vosselaar / Biebob

KOBRA AND THE LOTUS are:

  • Kobra Paige - Vocals
  • Jasio Kulakowski - Guitars
  • Ronny Gutierrez - Guitars
  • Brad Kennedy - Bass
  • Marcus Lee - Drums

More Info on KOBRA AND THE LOTUS:
www.facebook.com/KobraAndTheLotus
www.kobraandthelotus.com
www.napalmrecords.com

Photographing Faith Hill & Tim McGraw

 This picture is from their tour stop in Raleigh NC at the PNC Arena.

This picture is from their tour stop in Raleigh NC at the PNC Arena.

Tim McGraw

Samuel Timothy McGraw is an American country singer, songwriter, and actor. McGraw began singing in a traditional country style, but starting with 1997's Everywhere, he developed a more crossover-friendly, country pop sound, making him one of the first male Country singers of his generation to crossover to Pop.

McGraw has released fourteen studio albums (eleven for Curb Records and three for Big Machine Records). 10 of those albums have reached number 1 on the Top Country Albums charts, with his 1994 breakthrough album Not a Moment Too Soon being the top country album of 1994. All of these albums have produced 65 singles, 25 of which have reached number 1 on the Hot Country Songs or Country Airplay charts. Three of these singles — "It's Your Love", "Just to See You Smile", and "Live Like You Were Dying" — were the top country songs of 1997, 1998, and 2004 according to Billboard Year-End. He has also won three Grammy Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music awards, 11 Country Music Association (CMA) awards, 10 American Music Awards, and three People's Choice Awards. His Soul2Soul II Tour with Faith Hill is one of the highest grossing tours in country music history, and one of the top 5 among all genres of music. He has sold more than 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

McGraw has ventured into acting, with supporting roles in The Blind Side (with Sandra Bullock), Friday Night LightsThe KingdomTomorrowland, and Four Christmases (with Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon), and The Shack, and lead roles in Flicka (2006) and Country Strong (2010). He was a minority owner of the Arena Football League's Nashville Kats.In acknowledgement of his grandfather's Italian heritage, McGraw was honored by the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) in 2004, receiving the NIAF Special Achievement Award in Music during the Foundation's 29th Anniversary Gala.He has been married to singer Faith Hill since 1996, and is a son of baseball player Tug McGraw.

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Faith Hill

Audrey Faith McGraw (née Perry; born September 21, 1967), known professionally as Faith Hill, is an American singer and record producer. She is one of the most successful country artists of all time, having sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. Hill is married to American singer Tim McGraw, with whom she has recorded several duets.

Hill's first two albums, Take Me as I Am (1993) and It Matters to Me (1995), were major successes and placed a combined three number ones on Billboard's country charts. She then achieved mainstream and crossover success with her next two albums, Faith (1998) and Breathe (1999). Faith spawned her first international hit in early 1998, "This Kiss", while Breathe became one of the best-selling country albums of all time, led by the huge crossover success of the songs "Breathe" and "The Way You Love Me". It had massive sales worldwide and earned Hill three Grammy Awards.In 2001, she recorded "There You'll Be" for the Pearl Harbor soundtrack and it became an international hit and her best-selling single in Europe. Hill's next two albums, Cry (2002) and Fireflies (2005), were both commercial successes; the former spawned another crossover single, "Cry", which won Hill a Grammy Award, and the latter produced the hit singles "Mississippi Girl" and "Like We Never Loved at All", which earned her another Grammy Award.

Hill has won five Grammy Awards, 15 Academy of Country Music Awards, six American Music Awards, and several other awards. Her Soul2Soul II Tour 2006 with McGraw became the highest-grossing country tour of all time.  In 2001, she was named one of the "30 Most Powerful Women in America" by Ladies Home Journal. In 2009, Billboard named her as the No. 1 Adult Contemporary artist of the 2000 decade and also as the 39th best artist.  From 2007 to 2012, Hill was the voice of NBC Sunday Night Football's intro song.

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Photographing Styx & Tesla

 We were given access to photography Styx and Tesla only.  Joan Jett denied media passes.

We were given access to photography Styx and Tesla only.  Joan Jett denied media passes.

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STYX:

Styx is an American rock band from Chicago that formed in 1972 and became famous for its albums released in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They are best known for melding hard rock guitar balanced with acoustic guitar, synthesizers mixed with acoustic piano, upbeat tracks with power ballads, and incorporating elements of international musical theater. The band established itself with a progressive rock sound in the 1970s, and began to incorporate pop rock and soft rock elements in the 1980s.

Styx is best known for the hit songs "Lady", "Come Sail Away", "Babe", "The Best of Times", "Too Much Time on My Hands" and "Mr. Roboto". Other major hits include "Show Me the Way", "Don't Let It End", and "Renegade". Styx has had 4 consecutive albums certified multi-platinum by the RIAA as well as 16 top 40 singles in the US, 8 of which hit the top 10.

At 12 years of age, twin brothers Chuck (bass) and John Panozzo (drums) first played music together with their 14-year-old neighbor Dennis DeYoung (vocals and keyboards) while living in the Roseland, Chicago area, eventually using the band name 'The Tradewinds'. Chuck left to attend seminary school for a year but returned to the group by 1964. Tom Nardin had been brought in to replace Chuck on guitar, and Chuck decided to play bass guitar when he returned to the band. John Panozzo was the drummer, while Dennis DeYoung had switched from accordion to organ and piano. In 1965, the Tradewinds name was changed to TW4 after another band, the Trade Winds, achieved fame nationally. By 1966, the Panozzo brothers had joined DeYoung at Chicago State College and kept the group together by performing at high schools and fraternity parties while studying to be teachers. In 1969 they added a college friend, John Curulewski, on guitar after Tom Nardin departed. Guitarist James "J.Y." Young came aboard in 1970, making TW4 a quintet.

In 1972 the band members decided to choose a new name when they signed to Wooden Nickel Records after being spotted by a talent scout at a concert at St. John of the Cross Parish in Western Springs, Illinois (James Young's hometown). Several suggestions were made and, according to DeYoung, the name Styx was chosen because it was "the only one that none of us hated".

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TESLA

Tesla is an American rock band formed in Sacramento, California in late 1981 by bassist Brian Wheat and guitarist Frank Hannon as Earthshaker, and later City Kidd.  Lead vocalist Jeff Keith, drummer Troy Luccketta, and guitarist Tommy Skeoch joined them by 1984. By 1986, the band had changed from its glam-derived sound to a 'rootsier' direction under a new name: "Tesla". In 1996, the band disbanded, with members devoting themselves to solo projects. In 2000, they reformed, but Tommy Skeoch departed the band in 2006 and was replaced by Dave Rude. They have sold 14 million albums in the United States.

The band City Kidd was renamed Tesla during the recording of their first album, 1986's Mechanical Resonance, on the advice of their manager that City Kidd was not a great name (in addition, there was already another band going by that name). The band derived their name, certain album and song titles, and some song content from events relating to inventor and electrical engineer Nikola Tesla. Along with the band's next two studio albums, Mechanical Resonance was produced by Michael Barbiero and Steve Thompson

The band's original lineup consisted of lead vocalist Jeff Keith, guitarists Frank Hannon and Tommy Skeoch, bassist Brian Wheat, and drummer Troy Luccketta.Tesla's music is often referred to as hard rock or glam metal. The band's lyrics also strayed from the themes popular in hard rock, particularly in the 1980s at the beginning of their career. In the early days of their career, Tesla toured with David Lee Roth, Alice Cooper, Def Leppard, and Poison which resulted in the band being categorized as a glam metal band. The band's members resented this labeling.

The band released Mechanical Resonance LIVE on August 26, 2016 featuring live versions of every song from the original album.  Including a bonus track Save That Goodness, produced by Def Leppard guitarist.

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Photographing Rascal Flatts | Featuring Carla Pearce & Dan and Shay

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Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatts is an American country band formed in Columbus, Ohio in 1999. It is composed of Gary LeVox, his second cousin Jay DeMarcus, and Joe Don Rooney. DeMarcus is also a brother-in-law of country music singer James Otto, and formerly one-half of the Christian music duo East to West.

From 2000 to 2010, they recorded for Disney Music Group's Lyric Street Records. While on that label, they released seven albums, all of which have been certified platinum or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In order of release, these albums are Rascal Flatts (2000), Melt (2002), Feels Like Today (2004), Me and My Gang (2006), Still Feels Good (2007), Greatest Hits Volume 1 (2008) and Unstoppable (2009). After Lyric Street closed in 2010, they moved to Big Machine Records, for which they have released four albums and one Christmas album: Nothing Like This (2010), Changed (2012), Rewind(2014), The Greatest Gift of All (2016), and Back to Us (2017).

Their studio albums have accounted for more than 25 singles, of which 14 have reached No. 1 on Billboard Hot Country Songs and/or Country Airplay. Their longest-lasting No. 1 single, a cover of Marcus Hummon's "Bless the Broken Road", spent five weeks in that position in 2005. In 2005–06, "What Hurts the Most" was No. 1 on both the Hot Country Songs and Adult Contemporary charts, and peaked at No. 6 on the BillboardHot 100.

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Pictures of Carla Pearce & Dan and Shay

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Photographing Rumours | Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band

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RUMOURS

Rumours is the southeast's premier Fleetwood Mac tribute band. Based in Atlanta, GA, Rumours captures the energy of Fleetwood Mac at the height of their career by blending perfect harmonies, precise instrumentation, and a visually engaging stage show. 

With deep roots in the Atlanta music scene, the six members of Rumours are professional musicians spanning the spectrum of genre -- folk, blues, country, rock, and everything in between -- in a variety of cover bands and original projects. Despite these diverse origins, their passion for music and the mastery with which they play it prepared them for the first Rumours rehearsal in a musky Atlanta basement in late 2014. And it is this professional approach to the craft that has propelled them to their status as one of the most highly regarded local tribute bands.

In just under 2 years, Rumours has gone from playing small bars to larger venues and elite private engagements. Their dedication to recreating the Mac experience has skyrocketed them to local notoriety, packing out houses and garnering a loyal fan base. Recently Rumours has expanded their scope to include bookings in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, with more to come. 

CURRENT LINEUP

  1. Mekenzie Jackson
  2. Alex Thrift
  3. Doug Easterly
  4. Adrienne Cottrell
  5. Daniel Morrison
  6. Nick Whitson

As a personal note, I give their performance a 5 our of 5 stars.  They sounded great and if you closed your eyes you would of thought you were at a Fleetwood Mac concert.  Now check out the pictures below! ;) 

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Photographing Behemoth

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BEHEMOTH

Behemoth is a Polish extreme metal band from Gdańsk, formed in 1991. They are considered to have played an important role in establishing the Polish extreme metal underground.

Until the late 1990s, the band played a traditional black metal style with heathen lyrical content, but soon changed to that of occult and thelemic themes written by their lead vocalist Nergal and Krzysztof Azarewicz. With the 1999 release of Satanica, the band demonstrated their presence in the death metal scene, while retaining their own signature style characterized by the drum work of Inferno, multi-layered vocals and Middle-Eastern influences. Despite Behemoth having been labeled as death metal or thrash metal-influenced, Nergal has mentioned that he does not like the band to be labeled.

Bands Current Lineup

  1. Adam "Nergal" Darski – lead vocals, guitars (1991–present)
  2. Zbigniew "Inferno" Promiński – drums (1997–1999, 2000–present)
  3. Tomasz "Orion" Wróblewski – bass, backing vocals (2003–present)
  4. Patryk "Seth" Sztyber – guitars, backing vocals (2004–present)
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If you want to see what the band looks and plays like live, watch the video below.  

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Photographing Lamb of God

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LAMB OF GOD

Lamb of God is an American heavy metal band from Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 1994 as Burn the Priest, the group consists of vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, bassist John Campbell, and drummer Chris Adler. The band is considered a significant member of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal movement.

Since their formation, Lamb of God has released eight studio albums, one live album, one compilation album and three DVDs. The band's cumulative sales equal almost two million in the United States, including one album certified Gold by the RIAA. In 2010 and 2011 the band received Grammy nominations for songs from their 2009 album Wrath. They also received a nomination in 2016 for their song "512". Lamb of God has toured with the Ozzfest twice. Other appearances include Download Festival and Sonisphere Festival in the UK, Soundwave Festival, Mayhem Festival 2010 and Gigantour. From 2008 to 2010 they toured as part of Metallica's World Magnetic Tour.

Current Bands Lineup

  1. John Campbell – bass (1994–present)
  2. Chris Adler – drums (1994–present)
  3. Randy Blythe – vocals (1995–present)
  4. Mark Morton – lead guitar (1994, 1997–present)
  5. Willie Adler – rhythm guitar (1999–present)
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Photographing Vertical Horizon

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Vertical Horizon live in Greensboro

I have been a fan of Vertical Horizon for many years.  I remember hearing Vertical Horizon in the late 90's when a friend of mine shared their "there and back again" album.  From what I have read this was a re-release of their freshman independent album from 1992. 

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I did listen to some of the record but when the band was officially signed to RCA records and released "Everything you want" in 1999, that's when it all changed for me.  I loved and still love this record.  It has so many great songs including: 

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  1. "We Are"
  2. "You're a God"
  3. "Everything You Want"
  4. "Best I Ever Had
  5. "You Say"
  6. "Finding Me" 
  7. "Miracle"
  8. "Send It Up"
  9. "Give You Back"
  10. "All of You"
  11. "Shackled"

The album was a huge success for the band and spawned four big hits for them including "Your a God" and "Everything you want".  The band also hit a huge milestone in their careers when there song "Your a God" was put on the soundtrack for the movie "Bruce Almighty".  This was a big deal for the band due to the movie making $242 million domestically and a total $484 million worldwide.  It was the fifth highest-grossing film of 2003.  

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Back Cover (click to enlarge)

Since this time Vertical Horizon went through some changes personally and professionally.  The band left RCA records in 2004 and went on to sign with Hybrid Records.  The band also had a lineup change with long time drummer Ed Toth leaving to pursue other opportunities. 

Even though the band has gone through some varying changes they have still been able to create some great music.  There performance at the White Oak Amphitheater in Greensboro proved they still got it.   Matt Scannelli sounded great and the rest of the band played in perfect harmony.  The band now consists of  Matt Scannell, Ron LaVella, Donovan White and Mark Pacificar.   They are currently on tour with Gin Blossoms and Tonic.  They have also released a new record that came out in the beginning of 2018.  Here is the song "I am going to save you" of their new record. 

Check out there website for more details regarding the upcoming tour and more into this bands incredible musical history!  

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Leave a comment down below and click that heart icon to let us know how you feel! 

Photographing Gin Blossoms & Tonic

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GIN BLOSSOMS


Gin Blossoms indelible jangle-pop sound was evolving during radio’s diverse mix of hair bands and grunge music superstars. They qualified to perform at the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin Texas in 1989. That same year College Music Journal dubbed them “The Best Unsigned Band In America” and added an invitation to perform on MTV’s New Music Awards in New York City. Their breakout record New Miserable Experience was where their rise to fame began. This album kept the band on the chart for almost 3 years with singles “Hey Jealousy,” “Allison Road,” Until I Fall Away,” “Mrs. Rita,” and “Found Out About You.” The crossover hits on New Miserable Experience played on 4 radio formats and, to date, have sold over 5 million records.

Those hits were followed up by “Til I Hear It From You” which rocketed to #1 and moved the Empire Records smash soundtrack to platinum status. The track also became Canada's longest-running #1 hit of 1995, its #1 tenure lasting six weeks. This song was co-written with the great Marshall Crenshaw and Billboard described it as “the closest thing to a perfect pop song to hit radio in recent memory.” Their next gem “Follow You Down” spent ten weeks in the top 10, and "As Long As It Matters" earned the band a Grammy nomination for "Best Performance by a Duo or Group” making their Congratulations I’m Sorry record another multi radio format favorite and multi-platinum success.

Gin Blossoms is an American rock band formed in 1987 in Tempe, Arizona. They first came to notice with the song "Hey Jealousy" from their first major label album, New Miserable Experience (1992), but this achievement was coupled with the removal and eventual suicide of the song's author and band co-founder Doug Hopkins, prompting the title of their follow-up album, Congratulations I'm Sorry (1996). After a series of charting singles, the band broke up in 1997. They reunited in 2002 and released a fourth album, Major Lodge Victory, in 2006, and a fifth, No Chocolate Cake, in 2010.

Bands Current Lineup

  1. Bill Leen – bass guitar (1987–1997, 2002–present)
  2. Jesse Valenzuela – rhythm and lead guitar, backing vocals (1987–1997, 2002–present); lead vocals (1987–1988)
  3. Robin Wilson – lead vocals, percussion, harmonica, acoustic guitar (1988–1997, 2002–present); rhythm and lead guitar, backing vocals (1988)
  4. Scott "Scotty" Johnson – lead and rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1992–1997, 2002–present)
  5. Scott Hessel – drums, percussion (2012–present)
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TONIC

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With six top 10 singles, over 4 million records sold, multiple Grammy nominations, platinum albums, hit songs around the world including the #1 most-played rock song of 1998, it is safe to say that Tonic is a musical powerhouse. Merging the raw honesty of rock with their unabashed melodies Tonic have helped usher rock n roll into the new millennium.

Many bands would be content with that sort of history. Tonic breaks the mold.

“When we play music together it feels like going home,” explains singer and guitarist Emerson Hart. “Getting together, playing some rock-n-roll: it’s the best feeling in the world.”
Hart founded Tonic with guitarist Jeff Russo – a childhood friend – adding bassist Dan Lavery shortly after inception. After storming the charts with debut album Lemon Parade and its monster hit “If You Could Only See,” the band released two additional studio albums (Sugar, the twice Grammy-nominated Head On Straight and the self-titled Tonic). With multiple soundtrack features, including the lead single from “American Pie” (“You Wanted More”), Tonic garnered this momentum with the release of their Greatest Hits CD/DVD package in July of 2009.

Tonic, the self-titled fourth studio album, debuted on the Billboard 200 charts, while also appearing in the top 50 on the Billboard Rock Album Charts and top 25 on the Billboard Independent Album Charts. Their single, “Release Me” climbed the charts reaching top 30 at Hot AC.

Tonic is an American rock band that has earned two Grammy nominations. The band was formed in 1993 by Emerson Hart and Jeff Russo. Later members have included Dan Lavery, Kevin Shepard, and Dan Rothchild. Signed to a recording contract in 1995, the band released its debut album Lemon Parade in 1996. The single "If You Could Only See" reached No. 11 on the Billboard Airplay Hot 100, and Lemon Parade itself reached platinum status.

Tonic spent much of the next two years touring, adding to its reputation as a relentlessly gigging band. In addition to extensive touring Tonic produced other work, including songs for feature film soundtracks. After self-producing its 1999 album Sugar, Tonic released its third album Head on Straight in 2002. Tonic received two Grammy nominations from Head on Straight, including one for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "Take Me As I Am", and one for Best Rock Album. The band then went on hiatus beginning in 2004 while its members pursued other musical endeavors. It wasn't until late 2008 Tonic became active again, embarking on a tour and releasing a greatest-hits compilation, all of which served as a prelude to their fourth studio album, 2010's Tonic. After the release of that album, Tonic has continued to tour and remain active into the year 2016, when they released an all-acoustic version of Lemon Parade titled Lemon Parade Revisited in celebration of that album's 20th anniversary and which utilized direct funding from fans.

Bands Current Lineup

  1. Emerson Hart - vocals, guitars
  2. Jeff Russo - guitars, backing vocals, Rhodes, string machine
  3. Dan Lavery - bass guitar, backing vocals, Rhodes, piano
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Photographing Post Malone | Featuring 21 Savage and SOB & RBE

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I got the chance to photograph the extremely popular artists Post Malone at the Walnut Creek on 5/18/18 with a sold out crowd of almost 20,000 people.  Post Malone is an artists the has blown up on the  music scene.  He has been described as having an "eclectic" mix of styles that he blends together to create his unique sound.   His musical style ranges between grunge, hip-hop and R&B.  Post himself has described his music as "versatile".  Post Malone is currently on tour with a mix of other hip hop artists that have made there own mark in the music scene.  

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At the start of the show Post Malones opening acts came out and did their best to get the crowd excited well sharing there brand of hip hop or rap.  Paris, who is an up and comer was energetic and engaged with the fans.  He moved around the stage and seemed happy in general to there,  telling fans that he is exciting to be living out a dream of his on this stage.  He talked directly to the 20,000 screaming fans that came out in support of there and his music.  He did not stand in one spot or do a slow walk around the stage, he moved around and embraced the size of the stage.  

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Paris engaging the crowd with his style of music.

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Paris getting the crowd amped

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On stage with Paris

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There were two artists that came out and gave one of the most lack luster performances I have seen in a long time.  It almost felt as if they were bored being there and had little or no interest in what they were doing.  It was very disappointing as I had heard a lot of good things about these artists.  SOB & RBE.  I was taking photographs and found myself looking at other photographers as we felt no enthusiasm and no engagement with the fans.  They walked out on stage as if they just got done with a bender the night before.  When you have 20,000 fans looking forward to seeing you live I would think you would have a lot more excitement to be there on that stage at this point in your musical career.  It almost felt as if it was a chore for them to be out there and it was just a paycheck.  I don't know if it was nerves due to the large fan base that was there but either way I was very disappointed in there stage presence.  The music was fine but without a good stage presence fans can become bored. 

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SOB & RBE

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SOB & RBE

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Before Post Malone came on stage his big supporting artists came out on stage.  Now before he came out I asked a few fans who they were excited to see, a lot of them talked about Post but also the same amount talked about 21 Savage.  He has a huge following of 3.2 million people on his YouTube channel and a little over 1.1 million people on his Facebook page.  So I and the other photographers were looking forward to capturing some great photographs of him and to share this one of a kind concert experience with our readers.  Well, all i can say is that his performance was a dud.   He came out with little interest of wanting to be there.  He walked around slowly in a circle and it sounded like he was mumbling through most of his set.  He never really engaged with the fans enthusiastically and just looked like he was irritated to be there.  I looked at another photographer and he just looked at me in disbelief.  He had this huge stage to embrace and show the fans a great show but it looked not only to me but to a lot of fans as if he didn't care at all that he was there.  I looked at a fan behind me to see their reaction to him being on stage, they had this sort of questionable look on their face as if to say "is this the 21 Savage I love to listen to?".   I don't know if he was having a bad day or he just did not want to be there but 21 Savage showed no enjoyment, excitement or even a glimpse of happiness that he was standing on front of 20,000 plus fans.  With the amount of followers, fans and people that embrace his unique style of hip hop, you would think he would at least try to put on a great performance for the dedicated fans paying good money to see him.  

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After the supporting artists left the stage the fans were waiting patiently for the headlining act which was Post Malone.  I could see fans just getting ready and pointing at the stage.  This sudden excitment came over the crowd as if they were about to witness something amazing.  

 Fans waiting as Post Malone was about to hit the stage.

Fans waiting as Post Malone was about to hit the stage.

I and the other photographers stood waiting patiently then the lights when low.  Before I knew it Post Malone was above my head saying hello to the thousands of fans in front of him.  He asked how everyone was and had a huge smile on his face.  He looked as if he was excited to be there and showed this enthusiasm to be expressing his unique style of music with his fans.  He moved around the stage and would talk with fans in between songs.  He did not once show a lack luster or annoyed look on his face.  I looked back and saw fans jumping, singing and just over the roof with excitement.  His voice sounded good even though he said he was coming down with something.  Post Malone played a completely different style and had a great stage presence which helped get the fans going.  I don't think artists or musicians understand that your stage presence can completely destroy your set and make people not want to pay money to see your show in the future.  Post Malone had a great stage presence.  

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So in the end Post Malone basically saved his own concert.  His performance, enthusiasm, energy and him embracing the fans ended the concert with a good feeling.  His voice sounded melodic as it does on his records and I did not see any feeling as if he did not want to be there.  He looked happy and the fans could see that he wanted to be there and it got the crowd energized.  

DROPKICK MURPHYS LIVE IN RALEIGH WITH FLOGGING MOLLY!!

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Dropkick Murphys. Flogging Molly. They share a working class ethos, they share an Irish heritage and Celtic folk influence, and now — for the first time — these two giants of American punk rock will be sharing the stage for a co-headlining U.S. tour. This historic run, celebrating over 20 years of mayhem, kicks off June 1 at Jacobs Pavilion in Cleveland, OH. Tickets for all shows are on sale now at www.dropkickmurphys.com and www.floggingmolly.com.

If you go to see one show this year you need to make it this one.  The beloved and Boston;s very own Dropkick Murphy's will be coming to Raleigh NC with the amazing Flogging Molly.  This is an experience you will not want to miss! Read information below about the bands.

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About Dropkick Murphys:

Information provided by KRISTINE ASHTON-MAGNUSON / ASHLEY DI BUDUO
Dropkick Murphys — Al Barr (lead vocals), Tim Brennan (guitars, accordion, mellotron, whistles, vocals), Ken Casey (lead vocals, bass guitar), Jeff DaRosa (banjo, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, acoustic guitars, vocals), Matt Kelly (drums, percussion, vocals), James Lynch (guitar, vocals) — are touring in support of their 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory album, released through the band's own Born & Bred Records in 2017. The album debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 and was the #1 independently released album. There's a feeling of purpose throughout the album, influenced by the band's work with The Claddagh Fund, a charity the band established in 2009 to help support addiction recovery as well as children's and veterans' organizations. Dropkick Murphys are hands-on in raising funds, mentoring, and lending a helping hand with veterans, youth sports, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Many of the songs reflect these experiences, and the band's sadness, anger and dismay at the opiate epidemic ravaging the country — in particular, Boston and New England — and also their feeling of pride and optimism at the sight of those who have turned their lives around. Dropkick Murphys have become ambassadors for their city. In Boston, it seems like everybody knows someone connected to the band whether by blood, friendship, or the time they shared a brew at a Bruins game. They've built a legacy that does Beantown proud.

One of there most well known songs is a song called "I'm shipping up to Boston".  This song was off of the Departed soundtrack.  It is was on the most beloved songs for Boston natives like myself. 

 Dropkick Murphy's were on the soundrack to the movie "The Departed". 

Dropkick Murphy's were on the soundrack to the movie "The Departed". 

 Click on the picture to check out Dropkicks most recent release!  Click on picture to get your copy. 

Click on the picture to check out Dropkicks most recent release! 
Click on picture to get your copy. 

FLOGGING MOLLY

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About Flogging Molly:

Quintessential Irish-American folk punk band Flogging Molly — Dave King (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bodhran), Bridget Regan (violin, tin whistle), Dennis Casey (acoustic guitar, electric guitar), Bob Schmidt (banjo, mandolin), Matt Hensley (accordion, piano, concertina), Nathen Maxwell (bass guitar, vocals), Mike Alonso(drums, percussion) — are celebrating their 20th Anniversary as a staple in the punk scene and touring in support of Life Is Good, their first new album in over six years. It's filled with rousing songs that are timeless in their sentiment, but directly related to today's most pressing concerns: politics, the economy, unemployment, planned boomtowns gone bust, immigration policies gone awry, and much more. Life Is Good serves as a wake-up call to those who have simply stood by while far-reaching political decisions were made that had serious impact on them. The band started out as the house band at Molly Malone's and built a loyal following. They've built a massive fan base through endless touring, and even have their very own boat cruise which has hosted everyone from Rancid to NOFX to The Offspring to Less Than Jake to The English Beat to The Bouncing Souls to Frank Turner to Gogol Bordello. This year marks the fourth year of their roaring Salty Dog Cruise.

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ALBUM

Click here to pick up the latest release from Flogging Molly! 

Click on the picture to see the upcoming shows on there tour.  They might be hitting your city!

Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime chance to see to of the greatest bands together on one stage.  You can purchase your tickets by clicking on the bands website links or by clicking here to to go the RedHat website.  

Photographing Carbon Leaf

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I got the pleasure of meeting and photographing Carbon Leaf at the Lincoln theater in Raleigh NC.  Carbon leaf is a name that has been around for just a few years, you know 25 years.... not long at all. ;) 
The band still played the show in Raleigh as if they just got signed to a label and were releasing there debut album.  They sounded great!  The bands sound has a mixture of blues with folk and you can even hear some Celtic influence in there as well.   Through out there 25 year history the band has done over 2,400 live concerts and has release over 17 albums.  One of the biggest hits they had that was given repeat air play was a song called "life less ordinary".  This song was a big hit and had a regular rotation on the radio. The song was off their album "Indian Summer" and went to number #5 on the top adult contemporary billboard charts.  Watch the video below. 

Band members include Barry Privett, Terry Clark, Carter Gravatt, Jason Neal and Jon Markel. 
The band has had a few rotation changes over the years but that has not stopped them from creating and performing in front of dedicated fans.  

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The Show:

The Lincoln Theater is in downtown Raleigh and has a long and interesting history.  The place was packed and fans were ready to hear Carbon Leaf.  I went back stage to introduce myself, I wanted to let them know that I would be the guy walking around taking pictures.  I got to talk with them for a little bit and they were really nice and accommodating to me.  We talked about different areas to photograph and made sure I talked with them about different shots I was looking for.  After I met up with the band I went back out into the audience and got ready for there entrance.  The lights went low and the band came to the stage with screaming fans excited to see them in the Raleigh NC area.  They welcomed everyone and started playing and they sounded great.  They were interactive the the fans, joked around, talked with the fans and sang beautiful.  It was a great show and I would recommend anyone to see this band.  Even after 25 years they still sound amazing and give just as good of a show as they would have 25 years ago!  Thanks to Carbon Leaf for having me out to photograph the show!  What the video below of their opening song. 

Carbon Leaf at the Lincoln Theater in Raleigh NC May 4, 2018. Check out the www.f28studio.com for more info.

Check out Carbon Leaf's newest release called Gathering. Click on the picture below to get your copy today! 

 CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO ENTER CARBON LEAF STORE AND PICK UP YOUR COPY!!

CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO ENTER CARBON LEAF STORE AND PICK UP YOUR COPY!!

 
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