May 15, 2010
Josh Ritter rolled through town with six giant light bulbs, four bandmates (The Royal City Band) and a lot of energy Saturday night to the Vic Theatre in Chicago. This was my first experience seeing him live after listening to his albums for several years now. I never would have guessed how much fun one of his shows would be. Ritter was joking with the crowd during many of the breaks between songs and during some of his songs. He rolled on the floor, jumped up and down, popped his collar and at one point he dropped to the ground to do a few pushups. His character and show were both very refreshing.
Josh Ritter at the Vic Theatre by eight one seven photography
Coheed and Cambria came to Chicago on the heels of releasing their 5th studio album but the album actually is a prequel to their first album. Yes, their albums are all conceptual and take on the form of a science fiction tale that is written and narrated by lead singer Claudio Sanchez using the lyrics of each album to tell another chapter of The Amory Wars. While all of that can be a bit daunting to try to take on as outsider looking in, one thing doesn’t fail – the band can put on one hell of a show! Sanchez spent much of the evening hidden by a full head of curly hair that hung in his face while singing. His hair flung around all night as he danced around the stage in a flash of lights. Many will try and label the band but the truth is they fall under many genres and even create their own but what it was for me was good old rock n roll played loud and fast with some wailing guitars and screaming fans.
Coheed and Cambria by eight one seven photography May 2010
Circa Survive came through Chicago with Coheed and Cambria as well. I normally don’t post separate blogs for all the bands but I was really happy with this night went. For starters, the Congress Theater wasn’t kicking the photographers out of the pit after the first few songs. So being able to stay as long as I want and have fun with composition and waiting for something to happen instead of following the bands every move was so much more rewarding. I feel the pictures speak for themselves…venues should change the rules to the first two songs and the final 15 minutes of the show and encore. I am open for discussion on this guys but I feel these shots of Circa Survive and Coheed and Cambria show how your concerts and your venue in a much better *light.
*that pun was terrible.
Circa Survive @ Congress Theater by eight one seven photography May 2010
Cymbals Eat Guitars
30 April 2010
In a strange turn of concert scheduling my April was bookended by concerts featuring Cymbals Eat Guitars. I saw them at Schuba’s on April 4 and at the Metro April 30. I am really glad I got the chance to see them at the Metro because the lighting is s0 much better and they actually had a photo pit for this show which is always a bonus.
Cymbals Eat Guitars - April 30, 2010 by eight one seven photography
April 30, 2010
After a hectic start to their most recent tour due to rescheduling and canceling shows because of the large cloud of ash hanging over their native country Wales (and most of Western Europe) from the erupting Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland Los Campesinos! is back in the swing of life on the road. The band was in Chicago over the weekend to play for an all ages crowd at the Metro with Cymbals Eat Guitars opening up. The septette crowded the stage of the Metro as lead singer Gareth jumped from every corner of the stage as he sang and screamed into the mic while dancing with the other members and playing the hell out of his glockenspiel! The crowd sweated on the packed dance floor as Gareth and Neil the guitarist both took their turns crowd surfing. The crowd sang along and clapped to the beat all through the encore before being sent out into the warm spring night wanting more.
Los Campesinos! April 30, 2010 by eight one seven photography
April 4, 2010
I realize these pics are a couple weeks old but they are one of my favorite new bands and really wanted to get the pictures out there for all to see. Also, for those of you in Chicago they will be back in town on May 10 with Shout Out Louds and again on Sunday of Lollapalooza. I highly suggest you check them out.
Freelance Whales April 4, 2010 by eight one seven photography
What did I learn today? Always leave your facebook chat open because you may get a random message asking you to go to an acoustic performance by the Silversun Pickups. The Silversun Pickups are in Chicago for their show at the United Center with Muse tonight. However, Brian and Nikki stopped by the JBTV studio to record an acoustic set for an upcoming broadcast. I was not there photographing the event but I did happen to have my camera with me and snuck a couple shots during their last song. It was a great time with around 40 people there and Brian joking with the host (Ryan Manno of Q1o1) and even Lance – the soon to be famous guy in the front row. Look for the program to air soon and if I hear anything I will tweet when it will be on.
Brian of Silversun Pickups perfroming at the JBTV studios in Chicago, Ill. March 12, 2010 eight one seven photography
Nikki of Silversun Pickups perfroming at the JBTV studios in Chicago, Ill. March 12, 2010 eight one seven photography