The Icarus Line was new to me as was my first gig at The Social Hall. I’ve been to The Regency Ballroom more times than I can count but The Social Hall is new and well, I just hadn’t been! I had visions of Iggy Pop almost immediately but The Icarus Line can hold their own. Opening for Scott Weiland has to be some pressure and this band started the show well. Their energy was not to be missed.
KC Turner Presents KC Turner has been a music promoter for years in the San Francisco Bay Area and is incredibly passionate and enthusiastic about what he does. I can’t imagine that he sits still for very long at all. He produces a number of shows at venues around San Francisco like the Great American Music Hall, Bottom of the Hill, his House Concert series, and then venues like HopMonk, which is where this introduction is going! Tim Flannery, Megan Slankard, & The Love Harder Project I had the pleasure of photographing Tim Flannery, who is a real musician in his own right, but perhaps known better to some as the 3rd base coach for the San Francisco Giants (2007-2014) who helped guide them to win 3 World Series in just 5 years! Yes, that Tim Flannery. The show this crew put on was great right from the start with the very talented opener, Megan Slankard, who just recently played at the Great American Music Hall where the #BoobProject was promoted. I don’t follow sports (I know, I know), so when I caught Tim Flannery & The Lunatic Fringe at HopMonk Novato for KC Turner presents I […]
I am definitely more of the rocker, punk rock girl. Always have been. However, I like country and Motown and actually a lot of other genres. Admittedly, while I know her name, I do not know Erykah Badu‘s music. The crowd at The Warfield were obviously just enthralled with being in her presence and hearing her music. I walked away completely smitten after her show. Her presence first of all was just breath taking. From the hat to the jewels on her fingers and I wonder her toes as there was so much. But, she wore it all seamlessly. She was strong, committed and just soulful to the bone.
I’ve been a fan of Echo and the Bunnymen since it started. Why then did I forget to post images from over a month ago? I don’t know! They played The Catalyst Club which is a great venue–albeit hot towards the end of a gig! I stupidly missed the steps when I walked in and fell on my hip and elbow but did save the camera! Of course the crew laughed at me and I totally joined in on that. I’m not afraid of self deprecating humor. There was no pit but the guys gave me good access to places and the stairs were a good vantage point. Fortunately I wasn’t damaged mentally from my fall and climbed back up the proverbial horse. I still love this band as much as I did then. They had a great show. Ian’s voice is still strong. Will Sargent didn’t miss a beat. The whole band was strong and did all the favorites of course.
Ok, shame on me as I should have posted this over a month ago. Scott Bradlee brought his Postmodern Jukebox tour to The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco and the talent truly blew me away. The house was packed and his team was amazing. It was new to me as well to be inches away from a tap dancer and watching her feet that close gave me a complete new perspective and admiration to the likes of Gene Kelly, Gregory Hines and Ann Miller not to mention dozens of others.
As a house photographer for GoldenVoice I never know who I will see. So I was really pleasantly surprised by Gavin James and Tori Kelly. The Regency Ballroom show was sold out and the poor people in front were totally crushed! But they really, seemingly didn’t care at all.
I’ll photograph any type of music. Don’t care. I just want to be there. So I was in for a great surprise when I saw Vamps, Apocalyptica and Sixx:A.M. at The Regency Ballroom. “Holy shit” was all I could think when I walked away. For whatever reason these bands were just not on my radar so I had no idea what I was going to see beyond Nikki Sixx. Yep, tis sadly true. But that night I saw the sexiest thing ever with a long haired, tatted Viking looking guy playing a cello while shirtless and in a kilt and Doc Martens. Never would have thunk I’d say that let alone see that but Apocalyptica just amazed me. Then there “it” was. The passion that I just so love seeing in live music by people who are just doing what they love to do and with every ounce of their being. Sixx:A.M. was just amazing. Pure and simple. The passion, joy, love and pure exuberance standing on that stage was just beautiful to see. The talent, of course, a given. But I swear James Michael NEVER stopped smiling. I didn’t have a pit pass for this one as I think they had […]
I try to be an honest person. So here goes a bit of honesty. Heavy Metal bands and music are not my thing. But I have a great time photographing them. Yes, the hair flies, yes, the music is loud and yes, I can’t understand a word. But this was my first time seeing At The Gates, Converge, Pallbearer, Vallenfyre and Special Guests Cormorant and I had a great time. Check out Decibel Magazine for more images.
When I saw that Gang of Four was coming to The Independent in San Francisco, I was all over getting tickets to the show. I’m a total product of this music but never got to really see live music in Michigan. Now, when I see someone from my “past” is in town, I’m just thrilled. Gang of Four did not disappoint and so glad I get to add them to my “Seen ’em” list.
Pretty sure I don’t need to say it again but I love live music and doing music photography! Recently caught the Broods and opening act Mikky Ekko at The Regency and I have to say I didn’t know what a Mikky Ekko was but he has a new fan.
I admit that I had no idea who or what a G-Eazy is. But I left this show pretty impressed with the guy. This show was a first in my music photography career. No particular reason why just one of those things. It was a fun show and the guy knows how to work the crowd.
“Youth is wasted on the young.” I’ve said this time and time again, music and photography are the perfect match for each other. If I’d put them together sooner, I could have been a female, less crazy Jim Marshall. Giving it some more thought, doing rock photography probably would have made me just as crazy. But the stories I could tell! Older and Wiser, Regardless We’re All a Little Insecure So now, here I am, older and wiser and getting to enjoy the benefits of that. I know that when I was young I was very insecure and would have always thought I am not good enough to do that. Oh wait, I still feel that way sometimes! But I know now with years of photography experience and personal growth that the two have come together in my life when I was ready. Life is about the journey and had I attempted this earlier I’d have crashed and burned. Of that, I am sure. My message here in this post is, if you want to become a music photographer, try to forget your insecurities and strive for the experience. If music and photography are your passions, put them […]
Music and Photography I regret nothing in life, yet one thing is I wish I’d had the smarts to put together earlier in life was my love of music and photography. If I would have married these two passions years ago, I could have been a rockin’ music photographer. But all is not lost! The Chick in the Pits I love shooting live music. I’ve said it before, musicians and photographers have a lot in common and the relationship between them is just bliss. One perk of being the chick in the pit is that often times musicians will play up to me, which allows me to get the shots that no one else can. It’s in those moments of mutual trust and respect that I love the challenge and hunt to make an image worthy of what I see. Yes, it’s challenging. Most often I get three songs to work my camera and get as many shots as I can before the big and burly security dude kicks me out. The majority of people take longer than three songs to even shower in the morning. That’s how little time I have. Short, but sweet. The Psychedelic Furs […]
Every year I take at least one if not more trips usually abroad to gain new perspectives, see different things and experience new places. This year, I oddly decided to stay local for the first time in decades. I took a road trip to the northwest. I’d always wanted to do this but the likes of Turkey, Italy, Egypt, France always seemed to call louder. This was a first and won’t surely be the last road trip I take. I didn’t set out to make any images for National Geographic or the like. The travel photography in this blog were just simply to make me happy. Many were taken while I was driving down the road. I can’t even tell you how many it took to get a straight horizontal horizon! But I got to see the colors of fall that we just don’t get in San Francisco and that was goal #1 on the list. The rest were to drive from sun up to sun down, meet some locals and learn a thing or two. The freedom of not having any plans or times set was wonderful. I drove when I felt like it and stopped when I was […]
Tim Hockenberry is a talented musician I’ve worked with on occasion over probably 10 years now and just a nice guy on top that. He wowed the audience at The Throckmorton with some cover tunes and some great original music and even doing some with his quite talented son! There is something about the simplicity in a performance that I much prefer over an over the top dance and flash show. Seems the more the pomp then less the talent. Not with Tim! Rock on Tim, fellow Michigander! Blog by Misti Layne
I missed Rodriguez when he played The Warfield last year so was really happy to be able to go this time. I have to admit I only heard about him from the film “Searching for Sugarman”. I loved the movie and just the man it showcased. His music is amazing and I think he is someone that easy to respect heart and soul AND talent. Thanks for the show!
I have always adored David Byrne. I think his music is just the kind that gets in your head and stays there for a long time AND it’s ok. You don’t mind. Seeing him at The Warfield in Atomic Band to honor William Onyeabor was far different from what I know him doing in the past with Talking Heads. But it was great to see him and hear some great musicians get together and rock a full house.
I can’t say that I was a fan of Emmylou Harris but I appreciate any musician who follows their heart and never stops. Emmylou played to a full house and those there were obviously long time fans and very thrilled with her performance. It was heart warming to see her kind of blush and be embarrassed by the applause after her first song. Blog by Misti Layne
My new web site that is! I am so pleased to finally have this up and running. As most people know, this is not an overnight process. What fewer know is this is a life long process from experience to the past images to those that have yet to be created. So please know I appreciate every moment you spend here! Thank you and thanks to all for letting me to what it is I must–photography. Blog by Misti Layne