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
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
March 6, 2010
Eric Johnson, of the Fruit Bats, came on stage around midnight and performed the first song of the set, ‘Singing Joy to the World’ solo before bringing the rest of the four members of the band to the stage. Johnson, who formed the band in Chicago but is now based out of Portland is also a member of the indie rock group The Shins. The nearly sold out Lincoln Hall was treated to Johnson’s pleasant vocals as he floated between the guitar and keyboards throughout the night. The melodies and harmonies were particularly well during the night when Johnson was able to sit down and play the keys. A somewhat docile crowd spent most of the night bobbing their head with their eyes fixed on Johnson no matter where he travelled on stage.
The night and encore finished just as it had begun with only Johnson performing on stage with his guitar and sending the crowd home smiling.
Fruit Bats @ Lincoln Hall - Chicago, Ill. March 6, 2010 eight one seven photography
Trey Anastasio and Classic TAB
19 February 2010
Trey Anastasio and Classic TAB came to Chicago’s Riviera Theatre on Friday February 19, 2010. The guitarist and lead singer of the jam band Phish has been touring with one of his many side projects in between Phish tours. A seemingly timid Anastasio walked on the stage grinning as he looked up to the crowd from behind his round glasses and shaggy red hair, as he waved to the crowd he flashed a smile that may not have left his face all night. All signs of timidness left as he slung his signature Paul Languedoc guitar around his neck and led the septet through the first few jams of a night of music lasting more than 3 hours. The seven members progressed through different songs by Trey while including a heavy dose of classic phish songs, many that began as TAB creations before being adopted by Phish.
Trey Anastasio 2010 eight one seven photography
Trey spent much of the evening orchestrating the band and the crowd. He used a number of hand signals, head nods or even just a smile to conduct the band and relied on his guitar to keep the audience moving. During Alive Again as he belted out the lyrics, “The time has come for you to be alive again!” and the sold out Riviera came alive. The audience screamed as they sang along, cheering and dancing in every corner of the theatre. At the end of the first set the other six members of the band left the stage and Trey treated the crowd to a four song acoustic set. It quickly turned in to a giant sing along as he played the Phish songs, Brian & Robert, Driver, Sample in a Jar and ending with the entire theatre screaming back and forth ‘Wilson’ as Trey played the song with the same name as their chant. Continue reading