The first time I witnessed a Circa show was a few years back when they came to the Montgomery World Plaza here in Bakersfield. My brother Jacob and my friend Jessica were both fans so I decided I would go check out the show. Once they hit the stage the crowd went nuts. The show stopped a dozen times just so Anthony Green could instruct the audience to “get the fuck back!” So, when I heard they were going to play a drastically smaller venue, Jerry’s Pizza, I knew it was going to be crazy. So, when it came to the day of the show, I still wasn’t sure how it was going to work but I grabbed my camera and headed out to the venue.
Circa fans wrapping around the block before the doors opened
Oh Brother – Sound check
Dear Hunter guitarist manipulating some pedals
Anthony Green gets the packed crowd riled up.
Stage starts to disappear and security does it’s best to control the crowd.
Event access courtesy of Bakotopia.com
I took my little brother (his girlfriend and friend Matt) out to Ventura this Saturday for a gig. The venue was a little bar & grill called Take 2 off of Main ST. At first visit, it did not seem to be conducive to a performance by The Rozzes — walking in felt like a scene from a movie. You know, that scene where the main characters walk into the bar and all the regulars stop what they are doing to glue their eyes to the foreign visitors. We had an hour to kill so we went to the Ventura Mall to watch everything close down before heading back to the venue. This time the rest of the family had arrived and the crowed seemed to be a bit younger and more music-ready. The Rozzes put on another good show and then we headed back home. My little brother turned 20 on the ride back just after track 6 of the new Circa Survive Album.
Last Saturday (5/22) was KRAB’s 3rd Free 4 all concert at the Brighthouse Amphitheater in Riverwalk park. I originally thought the concert was starting around noon and I was stopping by to see if I could catch some action and maybe get some shots. Apparently, I showed up just in time to catch it from the beginning. The lineup included performances by: Neon Trees, Carney, Needtobreathe, Hawthorne Heights, and A Day to Remember.
Below is a little panorama of the view from the KRAB VIP tent.
It is odd when a Monday back at work feels more like a rest than the entire previous weekend. Such is the case, but as exhausting as it was, it was equally as fun. I took some live shots for local band Age of Trinity as well as some promo shots, experienced my first media access at Rabobank Arena for the Paramore show (thanks to Matt and Bakotopia.com), and had a fun photo shoot with Tiffany under a bridge—Underbridge seems like it could actually be someone’s last name. Many of these photos will be public soon on one of my various, over-neglected sharing outlets (Paramore photos might be seen in the Bakersfield Californian). I will be postings links soon. But here is a preview for now.
Paramore @ Rabobank
Fun performing at Rabobank
Tiffany chilling under the bridge after being ogled by passersby.
Well, Bakersfieldfield is heating up, and that usually means it’s time to find different ways to cool off. Unfortunately, for those attending Rockin’ Roots fest 2010 at Stramler Park, this was no easy task. Saturday had turned out to be a lazy day for me and I didn’t make my way out to the grounds until about 6pm. When I did finally get there, I was immediately starting to sweat. There were a ton of bands. It took me a while to get all the stages mapped out. There was everything from screaming, to auto-tune. I tried to snap as many quick shots as I could from all the different stages, but I ended the night at the main stage with Hyper Crush and Mickey Avalon. I ran into Hyper Crush backstage and they were pretty nice and even accommodated me for a quick photo.
Backstage with Hyper Crush
Last night was pretty fun. I finally had a chance to make it out to The Basement and caught the photography art show put on by Eliana Mora. I was familiar with most of the photographers’ work, but was able to meet many of them for the first time. I also got a chance to catch That That perform again and hung out with them downtown for a while after the show. It was hotter than hot, at The Basement, but I’m glad I was able to make it out and meet some more talent here in town.