Arenas & Sheds Concerts Jiffy Lube Live

Neil Young @ Farm Aid 2016

What an incredible set this was. Neil mother-effing Young! Joined on stage by Willie Nelson! He sang “Harvest Moon” DURING THE HARVEST MOON! Wow. This set was easily worth the drive and hassle of heading out to Bristow. I had only seen Neil once before, way back in the mid-90’s with Crazy Horse, back when I wasn’t well-versed with his work. I will never forget the roar from the crowd that erupted when Neil strapped on his electric guitar after performing his…

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Arenas & Sheds Concerts Jiffy Lube Live

John Mellencamp @ Farm Aid 2016

I was supposed to shoot AC/DC the night I ended up at Farm Aid 2016. I won’t lie, I was bummed to miss what will probably be my only chance at shooting Angus (and Axl Rose!) but at the same time I was super excited to shoot John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Somehow I had never seen Mellencamp before and he was absolutely incredible. I was going through his back catalog before the show and I was amazed at the…

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Arenas & Sheds Concerts Verizon Center

Paul McCartney @ Verizon Center

Paul McCartney Performs at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

Macca! I’ve seen him three times and shot him once before but obis. I was SUPER excited to get this assignment. He’s 70+ but still plays for 3 hours and I don’t care who you are but if you don’t melt when he plays “Love Me Do”, well, I can’t do nothin’ for you. We got two songs at the Soundboard and they went by in less than 7 minutes. Talk about FAST. I borrowed a D500 from Nikon professional…

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Arenas & Sheds Concerts Merriweather Post Pavilion

Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

This isn’t the first time I’ve shot Erykah Badu and Janelle Monae at the same show. I shot both of these amazing ladies at DAR Constitution Hall in 2010 and the show was n’t that different from this year’s performance at Merriweather as part of the Summer Spirit Festival. At the 2010 show, Badu headlined, wore a bulky jacket, didn’t move much at all during her performance and still tore the roof off. Pretty much the same for this year.…

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Concerts Patriot Center

Prophets of Rage @ EagleBank Arena

I’ve often told folks that the one band that was at the top of my MUST SHOOT list for a long time was Rage Against The Machine. I saw them a ton in the 90’s (I was at this show and it was BANANAS) and have always wanted the chance to capture their energy through my lenses. The Prophets of Rage show August is probably as close as I’ll come and I am totally fine with that. I know this…

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Concerts Verizon Center

Duran Duran @ Verizon Center

Not sure how I made it to 2016 before seeing Duran Duran, but that’s the way it worked out. That’s a shame, but this was a really great tour to see them on. Chic opened and they were freaking amazing. Then Simon Le Bon and company took the stage and gave us a hit-filled 19 song set that absolutely played. I was thrilled to hear “A View To A Kill” and a snippet of “New Moon on Monday” and we…

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9:30 Club Concerts

The Joy Formidable @ 9:30 Club

The Joy Formidable are such a fun band, it’s hard to pass up a chance to shoot them. So many bands these days just fucking stand there on stage, but not this Welsh trio. It’s all you can do to keep up with them! They are all over the place. Lead singer and guitarist Ritzy Bryan is certainly the attraction here (she has better guitar poses than most anyone) but don’t sleep on bassist Rhydian Davies or drummer Matthew Thomas. Stick with…

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Concerts Lincoln Theatre

Smashing Pumpkins @ Lincoln Theatre

Here’s something most people don’t know about me. Before (What’s The Story) Morning Glory came out in late 1995, my favorite band on the planet was the Smashing Pumpkins. Gish and Siamese Dream pretty much soundtracked my first two years at college. I listened to those albums incessantly. I could not get enough. It helped that the Pumpkins were pretty good about playing North Carolina (where I grew up and went to school). I had seen them a few times…

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