Thursday, December 5, 2019

Bandanas and Zebras Invade Austin.

Freddie Gibbs at Empire Garage. Austin, TX.
East Gary, I'm a representer. Austin, TX

Ladies and gentlemen, Freddie Gibbs.

It's been four years since my first Freddie Gibbs show, almost to the day. He was relatively new to me then, but I was a growing fan the more I would listen to his records. His delivery on wax was sharp and attitude abrasive, with a toughness that physically cut through the soundwaves. I had yet to move to Austin when I had the opportunity to photograph that show and jumped at the chance to make the drive to photograph someone new. Freddie's onstage performance further convinced me that he was sure to be one of the next great ones and had me smiling ear to ear as I watched the audience eat of out his hands with every verse.

Four years later (that included another photo op during the Freddie Tour) came full circle for me with this opportunity to photograph Freddie once again at the same venue, Empire Control Room--which is still one of my favorite places to shoot in Austin because they have some of the dopest lighting in town. What I further enjoy about the Red River area this venue is in is the ability to step out between sets for fresher air and some street lurking, camera in-hand.

Fresh off the release of "Bandana" with a much bigger chain, Freddie was full of vibrancy and joy on stage as he delivered new joints along with some classics (word to Harold's). During the first show I photographed, he showed his potential. The night of the Freddie Tour he displayed his street prowess in full spectrum. In this latest show. Freddie exhibited a playful and professional side as smoke proceeded to fill the air almost immediately when he got on stage. It makes me so happy to watch a well-deserving artist rise up the way he has and after hearing this record you know he is barely painting the base coat of a much larger picture. His presence on stage and in the studio today are just as raw as before, only sharpened and honed with the excellency of any sword-wielding wordsmith. Photographing Freddie Gibbs' performances have become extremely gratifying for me and bring me excessive of joy and high energy at every show. Needless to say I am already looking forward to the next time I get to watch him perform.

Harold's.

Level up.
Such an elevated presence since that 2015 show.

FILA x PALACE.
"Mutha fuck Jeff Sessions I'm selling dope with a weapon."

Heavy handed mic crusher.

E$GN.

Smoke if you got 'em!


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BLUE731.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Fractions.

Burning away things that no longer serve us. Austin, TX.

Some full moon magic on Lake Travis with Alli Bee.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Floating Stretch On Lake Travis with Allie Bee and Black Swan Yoga.

The graceful Alli Bee. Austin, TX.
Alli Bee leading class, floating on Lake Travis. Austin, TX.

Making photographs of roughly two dozen people stretching on a tight-spaced boat floating on a lake is brimming with challenge. Luckily, I love a good challenge! Alli invited me to come photograph one of her Boats and Yoga events a few weeks ago. It was such a blast and we stretched well into the night followed by a swim under the full moon. We stretched, we laughed, we shared, we bonded. I am super thankful for all of the amazing experiences and people yoga has brought into my life and this event was one for the books. Alli leads some great classes and this one was out-of-the-box enough for me to have a very unique experience stretching and making photos. Big ups to Alli and Black Swan Yoga for this incredible event!

All smiles with Maddi and Alli.
All smiles with Maddi and Alli. 

Floating and stretching.

This cute couple!

Balance.

A-OK!
 Having fun with the sun.

That sunset tho!

Monday, October 21, 2019

Fractions.

Full moon with Alli Bee. Austin, TX.
Full moon on Lake Travis. Austin, TX


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BLUE731.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Farewell To Frontage Part 2.

Vince of Frontage. San Antonio, TX.
Vince taking a breather between songs. San Antonio, TX.

Some black & white imagery of the last Frontage show. Keeping this one short, just wanting to share a few more images. Thanks for viewing!

Marc & John.

John sings along with the crowd.

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BLUE731.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Farewell To Frontage Part 1.

Johnathan of Frontage. San Antonio, TX.
Frontage. San Antonio, TX

Frontage recently played their last show at the Paper Tiger in San Antonio. Sad  see them go, waiting for the reunion already. The feels were heavy however the show was a fucking blast. I had the pleasure of meeting Vince a few years ago during one of our Street Keepers photowalks and was introduced to the rest of the band shortly thereafter. I fell in love with the sound immediately and have been giving their records heavy rotation ever since. You may also remember the video interview we shot back in 2015 during the release of Disillusioned. All in all, it's been a fun ride with these dudes and I can't wait to see them play again because the call of the siren that is creating music always returns. Cheers to a badass show and catching up with some of my friends during this short visit to SA. Love you all!

Vince can scream his ass off.

Drumming is exhausting.

Street Keepers fam and OG, Vince.

Can I ask you where you've been?


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BLUE731.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Ledds' Own Nightmares On Wax Turns Red River Into A Dance Party.

DJ E.A.S.E. aka Nightmares On Wax. Austin, TX.
DJ E.A.S.E. aka Nightmares On Wax turning Mohawk into one big boogie night. Austin, TX

Living in the Live Music Capital in the world, you can always trust that the most amazing musicians will eventually grace a stage (or several) somewhere nearby during your tenure as an Austin resident. Some of my favorite shows are the more obscure and lesser known music acts that I've been fans of for years. My buddy (and also talented producer) Adolph introduced me to a ton of new music outside of my wheelhouse back when we first met in the early 2000's. Adolph always put me on game to some of my now favorite electronic musicians and producers including Nightmares On Wax. So I was so stoked when the fine people at Mohawk put me on to make some photographs of this sold out show.

Mark Farina getting the crowd ready.
 Mark Farina prepping the night proper.

Nightmares On Wax performs to a sold out Mohawk.
There's no way my images captured the energy this guy brought. You really just had to be there.

Working as a creative can be quite unpredictable. Especially in photographing a concert--you never really know what your're gonna get as far as crowds, lighting, and positioning. Mohawk is a fun venue and can also be a tricky place to shoot. Yet, I love how many different levels you can walk around and shoot from--always better to have options. Thankfully this night I was able to push my gear a bit as well and get some decent images in the low light (maybe it's finally time for a camera & lens upgrade). To top off more unpredictability, my memory card failed after this show and I thought this night and a few other shows were goners. Thankfully, a few months later, I was able to get them off of the card and into Lightroom.

This night was dope.
Wax Wizard.

Stand up guy with great music and great crowd work.

Hope you dig and if you were there, then I'm happy we can talk about how dope this set was should we ever cross paths.


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BLUE731.