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Shred it: US National Air Guitar Qualifier

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US Air Guitar Regional Qualifier in Denver

DENVER, CO – MAY 27: Pork Sword celebrates after winning the US Air Guitar Regional Qualifier at Lion’s Lair in Denver, Colorado on May 27, 2016. The top two scoring contestants Friday night won a chance to compete at regionals in Kansas City. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

It’s no secret that I love to shoot weird stuff. The more bizarre the better. Having spent a good portion of my formative years watching strange punk bands play in basements, starting strange punk bands that played in VFW Halls and working in a bizarre art gallery weird just suites me. I get weird, its easy for me to embrace. So when the chance to photograph the US National Air Guitar qualifier popped up last week I jumped on it. It didn’t go quite as planned from the photo stand point (it was dark, like pitch black dark) but it was a lot of fun watching people do just that, have fun. While it was a competition it was also designed to be fun. Stage names, costumes and loud rock music from 1986. The¬†thought process behind the competition is if you’re holding an air guitar you can’t hold a gun. It’s a message of peace… and tight pants. I can’t get behind that message.

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Photos: Sturgill Simpson, Ogden Theatre. Denver

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DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 5: Sturgill Simpson performs at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, Colorado on November 5, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 5: Sturgill Simpson performs at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, Colorado on November 5, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

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Photos: Incubus/Deftones, Red Rocks Amphitheatre

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MORRISON, CO - AUGUST 24: Incubus performs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado on August 24, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

MORRISON, CO – AUGUST 24: Incubus performs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado on August 24, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

 

A little over a decade ago I had tickets to see Incubus at Red Rocks. I had made plans with friends to go, worked on saving money to drive from South Dakota down to Morrison for a few days and attend the show. Through a series of unfortunate events, I was convinced that I didn’t have the money and had to back out at the last-minute only to check my bank account the day of the show, well after my friends had left for Colorado, to find my bank account padded by several hundred dollars. I still kick myself for not going to the show. Luckily they recorded it for a DVD and I get to see my friends sitting in the front row having an amazing time…

Fortunately Incubus brought their radio friendly sound back to Red Rocks last night and for 15 minutes I had one of the best seats in the house and they brought two of my favorite bands with them. I wish I would have been able to stay for the entire show but the downside to shooting shows professionally is a very late night to meet a very early deadline in the morning.

More photos and a full review can be found later today over on Reverb.

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Photos: Slipknot, Summers Last Stand Tour- Red Rocks Amphitheatre

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MORRISON, CO - AUGUST 19: Slipknot performs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado on August 19, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

MORRISON, CO – AUGUST 19: Slipknot performs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado on August 19, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

Slipknot brought their insane live show to Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Wednesday night. The masked clad rockers marked their first performance at the historic mountain amphitheatre in 15 years with a blistering set. Lamb of God, Bullet for My Valentine and Motionless in White opened the show. More photos (maybe, eventually?) over at Reverb. Thanks for looking.

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Photos: Zac Brown Band

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Photos: Arctic Monkeys and Mini Mansions

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Mini Mansions Perform at Red Rocks AmphitheatreA little rain on the filter does some amazing things in the right kind of light.

I’ve grown to embrace the late afternoon/evening rain storms here in Colorado and how much they add to shooting outdoor shows at Red Rocks.

More photos after the jump.

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Arctic Monkeys Perform at Red Rocks Amphitheatre
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Icky Thump, the Tale of Jack White’s Wet Night at Red Rocks.

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Jack White Red Rocks AmphitheatreIt’s no secret that I love shooting anything related to music. It’s a healthy obsession that keeps me grounded and challenges me to come¬† up with something new or different while shooting the same venues night in and night out. Plus I love live music, its been a huge part of my life for the last 17 years and is one of the reasons I actually discovered photography. So it’s a chance to remember where I came from and the many hot, sweaty nights spent in densely packed, dark basements listening to bands that time has long forgotten.

Plus from time to time you get to do or photograph something cool, that no one else gets to. Last night, I was the only approved photographer (besides Jack’s tour photographer) who got to shoot his Red Rocks performance. I want to pretend it’s because they saw my work and liked it and Jack pointed at my name (dramatically, like the above picture) and said that kids work is good, he can shoot. I know it’s because I work for The Denver Post, and honestly, if they are going to approve anyone to shoot its us. I’ve heard many a young concert photographer complain that “You only get to do stuff like that because you work for the Post.” Damn, straight. It takes an immense amount of talent, hard work and sacrifice to make it to this level and thrive. Something these kids don’t understand but good PR and management people do. They reward that hard work and dedication and know that we have the gear and the talent to make their artist look good. No shame in being good. No shame in working hard day in and day out at something you love.

I hate shooting in the rain. It’s always a cold, wet mess but I’ve learned this summer that I love shooting concerts in the rain. It adds an element to the photos that are unique. I know I am going to get photos that no other photographer is going to get. Most of these tours roll into town after town, night after night, and play the same show. They say the same things to every crowd and everything is the same for the first 3 songs. Adding nature to the mix makes for something special. Last night was no different, seconds into his first song, the sky opened and rain-soaked the amphitheatre. Between Jacks intense performance and the rain, I don’t think I will ever forget last night. I know I had the dumbest, shit eating grin on my face the entire time and it was an easy reminder of why I love this job and I love living here. More photos and a full review of the show can be found here.

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