I recently had the chance to photograph Kill Devil Hill. They put on an amazing high energy show. The newly formed band features Rex Brown (Pantera/Down) and Vinny Appice (Dio/Black Sabbath/Ozzy). Their debut album is fantastic. The guys were cool and hung around after the show to chat and take pictures with their fans.
Their set was rocking from start to finish and even featured a drum solo by Vinny. That man is a beast on the drums. He was more than happy to continue when the crowd screamed for more. It’s been a long time since I saw Pantera live, so it was great to see Rex back on stage again.
Check them out if you get the chance!
I am proud to have been asked to be part of a local photography show celebrating the coming summer music festival season in Ottawa.
The show is being organized by Harry Nowell and will be hosted at Ottawa Studio Works. The event takes place Saturday June 16th from 7-11pm.
The show will feature the work of several Ottawa area photographers, including Harry Nowell, André Ringuette, Brian Goldschmeid, Sandy Sharkey, Steve Gereck, Jean Labelle and myself.
More details are available on Harry’s blog. Stop by and check it out!
Congratulations to The Love Machine, winners of this year’s Big Money Shot presented by LiVE 88.5. With 6 great bands sharing the stage, music fans in Ottawa were able to witness some of the best our local scene has to offer. You can view all of my photos that have been posted over on Spotlight Ottawa.
September was a big month for the Ottawa music scene. For 3 nights, Ottawa music fans were treated to some great performances by 15 local bands. It was 3 great nights of music, made possible by LiVE 88.5 and their annual Big Money Shot competition. Below you will find my favourite photos over the 3 nights of shooting.
If you’d like to see more, or read up on some of the bands, you can check out the full sets from night 1, night 2 and night 3 over at my music blog – Spotlight.
If you’ve been following my blog, you are well aware that I have been photographing the Big Money Shot competition in Ottawa over the last few years. Earlier this year I was contacted by the folks at LiVE 88.5, who have become aware of my photographs of their competition. They were in the process of putting together Volume 5 of their Live at The Live Lounge series. Volume 5 was to be a Big Money Shot 2010 compilation. They were looking to use some of my photos from the 2010 Finals, 1 for each of the 5 bands that performed that night. The photos were chosen and the cd artwork was put together.
I am happy to say, that my photographs have now been featured in 2 cd packages this year. The first instance, was for Become the Sun‘s debut cd.
Back in December I was contacted by Become the Sun. They were in need of a portrait for their upcoming CD release. After trying a few different settings, this one was the one that we were all happiest with.
This has been under wraps for a while now. I am so happy that I am finally able to share it on my blog. This is the first portrait that I have had used inside a CD package. I had agreed not to post it until after their CD Release Party.
They are a good group of guys and I look forward to working together again to create some more imagery for them. Check out their music on myspace!
This past Thursday, The Junction was in town to play the LiVE Lounge. Before their show, I was only familiar with what I had heard on their myspace page. Based on that and their performance I had to pick up their latest release ‘Another Link in the Chain’. I have been listening to it constantly since. Although I didn’t get it until 2011, it is definitely one of my top albums for 2010. Give it a spin when you get the chance, and make sure you check this band out the next time they hit Ottawa!
Also on the bill were Teenage Kicks and The Strain. I hadn’t heard either of these bands before. Teenage Kicks delivered a very energetic set with some great tunes. I was only able to catch the last couple of songs from The Strain, who have just recorded an EP with Bryan Ruckstuhl. If they get their way, you’ll be hearing more of them through Live 88.5‘s Big Money Shot competition this year.
This was another show, where the only lens I used was my 50mm 1.8. It has seen a lot of use over the last week. I don’t ever recall using it so much in a short period of time. I am definitely more comfortable with it now, and will probably consider bringing it out more often from now on.
In the end, another great night of music. You can check out more performance photos at www.spotlight.com.
This past Saturday I headed out to The Rainbow to catch performances by Colin Moore, Lindsay Barr and the Bullies and Riktah. I of course went with my camera in hand. This was the first time I shot for an entire evening with my 50mm 1.8 lens. It really is a good lens, but I would have been really frustrated had I not been able to move around to compose my shot. When your movement is limited, a zoom lens really does come in handy.
It was a great night of music. Here are a few photos from the evening. You can check out more photos at www.spotlightottawa.com.
Lindsay Barr and the Bullies
This blog has been a little neglected lately. Spotlight is the reason. Spotlight you ask? Spotlight is an online magazine dedicated to the Ottawa music scene. I just launched it last week. Please check it out at www.spotlightottawa.com.
Ottawa has a vibrant music scene. We have a lot of great local music being created and performed in Ottawa. We are also lucky to have a great number of artists visit our city to perform for us and entertain us. I created Spotlight to help promote the local music scene. Please check it out and let me know what you think. I hope I can help you discover some new artists and music.
The final band performing at the LiVE 88.5 Big Money Shot Finals was Wise, Young and King. I hadn’t heard them before, but they laid down a solid rocker of a set.
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