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  1. #bringbacklivemusic - Regency Ballroom

    2020-12-27 00:26:04 UTC
    On Christmas Day I took a drive through San Francisco visiting all of the music venues that, until March 9, 2020, I’d be at every week. It has been nine months since I have been to a live show. As much as I miss live arts I also miss the…

  2. Pandemic Portrait Project

    2020-08-02 00:04:44 UTC
    Hey everyone! Happy Saturday. We’ve been stuck in pandemic mode since March. Some of you longer. In mid-February I was in London and things were starting to get weird. Lots of conversations in the pubs about what the COVID-19 was and what was going to happen. Seems like we’re having…

  3. Joshua Tree

    2020-06-05 20:39:15 UTC
    After months in hibernation waiting for whatever next crazy thing will strike 2020, I decided to skip town and social distance in south-eastern California. Road trips are my favorite way to get away. I take at least one two-week multi-state trip every fall. We’ll see what happens this year. But…

  4. What’s in My Bag?

    2020-04-01 20:29:02 UTC
    Obviously not all in my bag at once.

  5. The Long and Winding Road

    2020-03-31 21:31:06 UTC
    Welcome to Spring in 2020. Not quite what anyone planned. I was in India in early February and landed in London around the 10th. Storm Ciara was kicking and making the weather very England-ish. Just then we started hearing serious things about this crazy virus moving its way out of…

  6. Show List for March ‘20

    2020-02-26 22:54:57 UTC
    3/1 Richard Marx - Great AMerican Music Hall 3/6 Anna of the North - Great American Music Hall 3/7 Zack Villere - Slim’s 3/8 Soul Asylum - Slim’s 3/28 Tchami - San Jose Civic Center

  7. “New” gear can be fun

    2020-02-24 21:10:25 UTC
    There are times we get into a rut. It can happen in anything we do all the time. For me over the last year it has been photography. I did so many more shoots last year that I got to the point where I didn’t want to see my camera…

  8. Happy Holidays!

    2019-12-10 16:54:52 UTC
    The end of the year has come. I am done shooting shows in 2019. This was a record year for me. 67 shows this year up from 28 last year. Much of those were for the Mountain Winery in Saratoga California. They brought me on as their first in-house concert…

  9. November Show List

    2019-11-20 18:12:46 UTC
    It has been way too long since I updated things here. Life gets busy. 11/27 - Russ Liquid at Slims SF 11/29 - King Diamond at The Warfield A few photos from last month. Calexico with Iron and Wine at The Mountain Winery in Mountain View California.

  10. August Show List

    2019-07-30 00:26:21 UTC
    July was crazy busy and fun. Show of the month was definitely Slash ft. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators This month is busy again: Kool & The Gang Pop 2000 Tour Hosted by Lance Bass George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic The Gipsy Kings The Temptations & The Four Tops Bob…

  11. July Show List

    2019-06-26 15:28:08 UTC
    Summer concert season is in full swing Trevor Noah Lyle Lovett and His Big Band Brit Floyd Abba The Concert Del McCoury Band and David Grisman Trio Ian ANderson Presents Jethro Tull Jake Shimabukuro SEAL Natalia Lafourcade Slash featuring Miles Kennedy Hugh Jackman Common Sebastian Maniscalco Dave Koz and Friends…

  12. Duff McKagan & Shooter Jennings

    2019-06-17 19:23:43 UTC
    On Friday, June 14th I got to see Duff McKagan, Shooter Jennings, and their band. Shooter Jennings opened the evening with an amazing set. The crowd was singing and dancing as they pressed forward against the rail. It was an electrifying performance. Shooter takes the country music heritage he got…

  13. May Show List

    2019-05-08 19:14:27 UTC
    Traveling this month so only a few shows. 5/10 - Amy Palmer - The Warfield 5/17 - TR/ST - Great American Music Hall 5/21 - Jojo Siwa Also going to see The Hollywood Vampires this weekend in LA. Looking forward to a fun month.

  14. The First of the Last Dinosaurs

    2019-04-28 19:15:14 UTC
    Australian band Last Dinosaurs made their US debut on Friday night at Slims in San Francisco. They rocked the sold out house from start to finish. The crowd was totally enthralled and focused for the entire set. If this show was any indication as to what they will do form…

  15. Woop-woop! That’s the sound of the beast!

    2019-04-08 21:14:19 UTC
    The most fun show of the year so far! A double-header with Jahi from Public Enemy and KRS-One. The sold out show at Slims in San Francisco was full of energy after a 90-minute set by DJ William Stokes. After a brief tribute to Nipsey Hussle, he played hit after…

  16. April Show List

    2019-04-05 15:48:09 UTC
    Happy April! I have family in town this month so I have a lighter show list. 4/5 - KRS-One 4/17 - Zedd 4/26 - Last Dinosaur

  17. Pop Music Night @ SJSU

    2019-03-26 00:34:45 UTC
    Last night was pop music night @ the SJSU Event Center. Thousands showed up to see Brynn Elliott, EBEN, and Why Don’t We. All three put on a great show. Ms. Elliott with guitar accompaniment also played guitar and keyboards. EBEN thanked the crowd for the biggest show in his…

  18. March Show List

    2019-03-06 03:33:49 UTC
    March 7 - Dancing With The Stars - San Jose March 8 - Yung Gravy - San Francisco March 23 - Asgier - San Francisco March 24 - Why Don’t we - San Jose March 31 - Galactic - San Francisco A great lineup with lots of different genres and…

  19. Ja Rule and Ashanti

    2019-02-19 19:07:03 UTC
    I was at The Warfield in San Francisco on Sunday evening to shoot a stop on Ja Rule and Ashanti’s current tour. They both looked and sounded really good. It could almost have been a show from the early 2000’s. They performed together and individually mixing their hits together for…

  20. February Fun

    2019-02-11 21:35:05 UTC
    February is a fun month for shows. Saturday night I was at the Great American Music Hall for a Four Tet show. Was completely unique experience. The hall is a traditional (and very beautiful) early 20th century theater. The “stage” was a raised platform in the center of the floor…

  21. December Event List

    2018-12-18 15:47:35 UTC
    December is busy with parties, work, and travel. Only four shows this month: Death Angel @Slimssf 12/21 Grateful Shred @GAMH 12/22 Erykah Badu @sbTheWarfield 12/28 Tenacious D @PHVegas 12/31 (just for fun) Have a Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year!

  22. Dancing With The Dead

    2018-11-05 03:19:45 UTC
    Thursday night I went to Slims to hang with a friend on Thursday and got to see a great show. Dance With The Dead was playing. I’ve never seen them before, but will again. The music was fun and the show was spectacular. The stage was adorned with red-eyed skulls…

  23. Halloween Weekend in San Francisco

    2018-10-29 16:46:52 UTC
    Halloween is San Francisco turned to 11. All of the fun people pop out and all of the oddballs rise up to meet them. It’s like a Tarantino adaptation of a Hunter S. Thompson story. I love it! I shot two shows this weekend. The first was Brian Fallon and…

  24. Long Time No See

    2018-10-22 16:21:20 UTC
    It has been a long time since I posted anything. It has been a busy couple of months. Lots of travel and a few shows. I just posted photos from EKALI and PRETTYMUCH. Both shows were sold out and a blast. The crowds at each were different but so enthusiastic…

  25. Willie Nelson

    2018-08-07 14:56:25 UTC
    A bucket list show. Willie Nelson is someone I have wanted to see for years. Seems like when he was in town, I was not. The weather last night in Saratoga was amazing. The venue, The Mountain Winery, is a great place for a show like this. Allison Krauss opened…

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