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Every Time I Die at Streets of London, Denver, Colorado.

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DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

Back in early November, I quietly marked 20 years of going to shows. I’ve spent the last 20 years going to shows in basements, parking lots, coffee shops, hotels, hotel basements, VFW Halls, labor temples, dive bars, parks, park shelters, garages and a cave in Tennessee… I’ve also been to a lot of standard venues, theaters/arenas/etc. The places that make pretty generic memories. The venues you forget pretty quickly but you remember the bands.

In the six and a half years since I moved to Denver I feel that I’ve lost a connection to the things that I loved about music. I miss having a connection to the bands, to the fans. I miss getting tossed around as I try to work and the inevitable big guy who I befriend who makes sure I don’t get flattened. I miss sweating through my clothes and leaving a show exhausted but excited.

I’ve photographed hundreds of shows in Denver, in all of those venues that feel stale and lack intimacy. I always felt the need to go bigger. That there was some relevance in shooting the biggest names and the biggest venues. That who I was shooting was just as important as what I was shooting. Those big shows are always such a lie… first three/no flash. Every movement is controlled and choreographed. You can look up photos/videos of those big performances and know what to expect in the first three. It’s cheap, robotic and disposable. It lacks what makes life exciting, spontaneity and a real human connection.

In the last year, I’ve started scaling things back. Getting back to the dive bars, the basements and garages. The small clubs with their bad lighting and sticky surfaces. Where the fans rarely take out their phones. When you don’t know what’s going to happen next but you know that it’s going to be a lot of very sweaty fun and you are probably going to wake up kinda sore the next morning but with a headful of great memories.

Every Time I Die on Tuesday night at Streets of London was all of those things. It was a much-needed kick in the ass and a reminder of why I love all of this. It was sweaty and wild and two days on I’m still very sore. I’m excited to reopen this chapter of my life and get back to making photos of shows and bands that I actually care about. Thanks to Streets of London for booking these wild underplays.

Thanks for looking.

-SM

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

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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.

Thanks for looking.

 

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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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