People’s Blues of Richmond Video Shoot, RVA | Music Photography

I was supposed to go home and pack for my jaunt across the country to transplant myself on the warmer coast for a few months… I’m supposed to do a lot of things. Sometimes I do…  and sometimes I don’t. I couldn’t just continue on my way home and pack when I got the call letting me know that the first video shoot for People’s Blues of Richmond was happening in Richmond that night. I would go and stay for an hour. I could be strict about that. I could enforce that for myself. About 15 minutes after arriving, I knew that I wasn’t going to be leaving in an hour to start packing, shit was happening, shit was about to happen and well, shit is far more important than packing ‘stuff.’  Stuff can be replaced, shit happening can’t.

& shit is happening with People’s Blues of Richmond. They have signed with Madison House and word of their prowess is quickly spreading. & it is rightfully deserved.  This band.  THIS band.  Seriously.  Damn.  They ARE my favorite. I have my favorite bands…there is a long list, duh. Lots of bands that I love. But this band. PBR has that it, when the music, the performance, the players, the determination and the drive come together to create something truly electric. They are the band that feeds my obsession for music photography.

They grabbed me the very first time that I saw them play at a packed The Camel years ago in Richmond, VA. Their show is gritty. Their show is raw. Their show is dangerous. Watching a PBR show is a pulse racing, elevating experience because you never know when something is going to explode, cuz something IS going to explode but you don’t know when they are going to catapult over the safety line of life. They start every show with a climax and have somehow found a way to sustain the fervor and excitement with which they play till the very last note. Till beyond the very last note. Fucking love this band.

 

get ready to feel the power of ‘gone gone gone’ from PBR directed by Julian Ashbee of Barking Iron, visuals by Dustin Klein of VIDEOmetry, and lighting by Alex McArthur of McArthur Lighting.

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and I ended up staying way later and packed my car in 45 minutes with what I thought I would need in California.  Turns out I didn’t do that great a job with packing as I somehow forgot that I would need stuff like clothing for a west coast winter. All was okay as my camera and computer made it along with my Forever Lazy. Gone Gone Gone was a night not to be missed.

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President Sam at The Camel, RVA| Music Photography

 

Emma Oakley is quickly become a force to be reckoned with in the RVA music scene.  She is still in high school but has already logged in time on most of the best stages in RVA.  Her bands have rocked The National, Cap Ale House, The Camel, Canal Club, etc etc…  When I heard she had formed a new band, President Sam, I was very excited.  She would be fronting this band!  Singing her own songs with a talented group behind her.  Sam Partridge on drums, Mason Lloyd on bass and Rick Heretick on guitar.  I have to admit that I felt terrible on the cold night of their debut.  I’ve been under the weather but had to put on my big boy pants to make it to their first show and I am so happy that I did.  As soon as they started rocking, I started to feel better.  Emma is dedicated to making music and I am excited to see all the places this girl is going to go.  So proud of you Emma!

 

The Southern Belles at Rapture | Charlottesville, VA| Music Photography

The Southern Belles make me want to learn to hula hoop, they make me want to roll around in the grass and put flowers in my hair.  They are exactly what I want on a summer day, or on a really freakin’ cold winter’s day in Charlottesville.  It was a happy day to realize that I could join them at their monthly gig at Rapture in Charlottesville, VA.  The Southern Belles vigorously crank out a combination of psychedelic funky rock with a firm foundation in country.  The night at Rapture would be even fuller with the addition of the musical genius that is Stephen Kuester on his lap steel.  I love the twang and how rich the sound can be with a lap steel (and a master playing it.)  The boys are all chock full of talent, each one of them sings and I’m always blown away when Tommy belts out Floyd while his fingers nimbly run up and down his keyboard.  Damn, Tommy!  Do IT!


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New Years Eve with Russell Lacy, Matt Jones and The Bobs and Jackass Flats | The Camel, RVA| Music Photography

Russell Lacy.  Russell Lacy.  What can I say about Russell Lacy.  Well, he is my favorite male vocalist as well as one of my favorite humans.  Whenever I create images of gals, I usually throw on Russell’s cd and it quickly became the most requested cd in my studio.  “Start that cd over again” is what I would always hear after the last note played.  And there is a good reason for it.  Russell sings with his soul, he puts it all right out there and he engages every single person in the room.  His voice and his songs pull the listener in and you can’t help but get caught up in his stories.

It was my first time seeing Matt Jones and the Bobs and they did not disappoint.  Great lyrics, terrific vocals and superb playing.  They are a high energy good time based in the sounds of folk and good ole americana.  Hard slot to be sandwiched between two of my favorite musical acts and they more than held their own.  Great music and great times!

Jackass Flats!!!!!!!  YES!!!  I could not miss the chance to see Jackass Flats tackle and CONQUER the music of The Beatles, so I scheduled a flight back to RVA to make it in time for the New Years Eve celebration at The Camel.  Jackass Flats has been one of my favorite bands for over a decade now.  Wow.  I’ve seen so many of their lineups and I think they have evolved into the perfect mix of bluegrass, rock, excitement and all around awesome.  For New Years they were going to take it up to the top of all musical notches by rocking an entire night of The Beatles.  And when I say a rocking night, I mean a ROCKING night!  They made the incredibly hard music of The Beatles seem effortless and entirely their own.  They spruced it with the sounds of Jackass Flats and had a little help from their RVA music friends. The incredible saxaphonist, Gordon Saxman Jones, Andrew Trongone of The Trongone Band and Tim Beavers & Matt Volkes of Peoples Blues of Richmond switched in and out for a few songs.  The perfect end to 2014.

 

RVA came out in abundance for the night of music and seeing so many loved ones in The Camel kept me smiling all night.  I love you all  🙂

 

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DJ Williams Projekt with Karl Denson at The Broadberry | Richmond, VA| Music Photography

DJWP was the first show that I pointed a ‘real’ camera’s lens at. That was back in 2007 on a cold winter’s night at Cafe Diem when they had their weekly (always packed) residency. In the years since, their funky has gotten funkier, they’ve jazzed up their jazz and they have kept rocking the f’ out of everyone who comes to a show. They were tight back then and now they are somehow tighter because of dedication and lots of time putting in the work. These guys work hard and love every minute of the gift that they give to everyone who comes to see them.

The night at The Broadberry, one of RVA’s best new music and event space, was fantastic. Karl Denson, wearing an RVA tshirt came to rock a few tunes and celebrate DJ’s homecoming and Mark Ingraham’s, the trumpet players, birthday. The night was a party for everyone there.

 

 

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The Southern Belles | The Broadberry, RVA| Music Photography

7/23/14

I made it back to RVA (Richmond, VA) in time to get a good nights sleep before The Southern Belles put a cap on the Rock and Roll Highway adventure with a show at The Broadberry.  Getting to catch them a 2nd time on my journey was a treat as they are one of my home town bands that I have been introduced to this year.  The take you on a country, jazzy, rock and funky journey of psychedelic fun.

Night 27 of The Rock and Roll Highway with The Southern Belles | New Hope, PA| Music Photography

7/21/14 – Triumph Brewery

The last show of the tour and it was a non home – home coming.  RVA in New Hope, PA with The Southern Belles.  They had been part of the kick off show at The Broadberry before I left for the tour and they would be my last show of my tour.  All roads lead to awesome and the 6000 miles+ that I had journeyed brought me to the Triumph Brewery in New Hope, PA.  I’ve never been to this venue, I’m a John & Peter’s fan in addition to being a huge New Hope fan.  This town is just cool and cute and I wish I had a little more time there.  Triumph Brewery was a grand brewhouse with one of the coolest stages of the tour.  The boys all ordered healthy food for dinner so I begrudgingly joined in and got a salad.  I was pretty impressed and very pleased with my choice when the salad arrived, it was one of the best salads that I have ever had.  Kudo’s to Triumph Brewery on their food menu and I hear the beer is good too  🙂

The Southern Belles took the stage and did what they do!  Which is rock groovy originals and take covers to the next level with their improvisation.   I know that their show is one that I am just going to love more and more each time I see them.  Hella talented and great people, they come ready to make damn good music for everyone.  The foursome creates that perfect sound, somehow combining a bit of everything for their mixing bowl of awesome.  They country rock it like its hot while getting awesome with psychedelic jams.  Adrian Ciucci (guitar/vocals), Tommy Booker (keys/vocals), Raphael Katchinoff (drums/vocals), and Andrew Carper (bass/vocals) will make you happy you have come to join the party each and every show.

 

It was a blast to see faces of home at the almost end of my journey.  After the show I headed to one of my favorite people on the planets apartment in MD to catch up…well, to wake her up, then since neither of us could sleep, stay up catching up and chatting till dawn almost broke..  She was a trooper and put on her big boy pants in the morning and made it to work on time.  I played like the lazy sloth (have you seen the sloth video where it is sort of eating, sort of sleeping? … yeah that was me most of that day) till I had to hit the road back to RVA.

I knew I was almost home…

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It was a bittersweet moment to turn in dear ole Elvira.  We had cruised together, we had withstood blistering heat and endless miles.  She worked hard and did not quit on me!  I’m a huge fan of Enterprise now, they have great cars and great service.  I got her a 3000 mile checkup in LA and that took less than 45 mins, the customer service with Enterprise is fantastic.
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However great dear ole Elvira was….  I dream of this for the next adventure down The Rock and Roll Highway!

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Tarrant at Sound of Music | Covington Rock

Tarrant got the Bonnie Bishop Listening Party / Recording Night off right!  They are rock with a touch of a southern drawl.  Good solid music to groove to, to get your listen on with. I want to blare this music while driving at night down a winding country road with tall trees that still allow glimpses of the stars to peek through.
& to prove just how good their vibe is, Russell made friends with a squirrel at the end of the night.

 

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Strongbow, Hot Air Affair and One Truth at The National | Covington Rock

I was psyched to get down to the National to see Hot Air Affair (then known as To Be Found) open up for DNA. The National is a stunning space to create images in and Hot Air Affair just keeps upping themselves at each show!  Somehow each one is the best show!  So I knew that I had to see them rock on The National’s stage.

When I got there, the door man said that they were already on stage and almost done with their set!  I have never gotten a camera set up that quickly before.  Huge relief to rush in and not see a familiar face on the stage.  They had them confused with the band that went first.  I got to catch the last bit of Strongbow‘s funky rock set.

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& then it was time for Hot Air Affair & they brought it.  They pulled the crowd in.  Everyone was up front and dancing.  They play with the energy and enthusiasm that combined with great music makes for one helluva show!

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I was just getting ready to skedaddle when JC of One Truth played some operatic cords and started singing.  I was at the back saying my goodbyes with my camera gear all packed and I think that I stopped mid sentence to turn around and stare at the stage.  Passion and emotion and longing and excitement and joy and sadness, a kind of musical opera.  Nothing that I was expecting to hear that night and I grabbed my gear and went up to listen to the story!  Lots of talent in this band, I was hooked.

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Fear of Music at Sound of Music | Covington Rock

6/1/14
When I got the call that Fear of Music was going to be recording video footage at Sound of Music, I was psyched.  This band is awesome.  I mean, everyone who plays in this band is pretty much a top badass of the RVA Music scene and then you combine that with the music of the Talking Heads what else can you get but awesome?  I showed up and they had transformed the front room into house party feel complete with a ton of christmas lights.  The band sat in the dark for a few fun shots and then they went to town.  By the end of the shoot, everyone was on everyone else’s instruments.  Can’t wait to see the video.