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2016: a year in review

2016 has certainly been an interesting year. I shot 129 shows in 2015 but I shot significantly fewer this year, since I was on the road with PETA and peta2 most of the year. I spent this spring on the road for peta2's college campus tour, and made it a point to check out shows on my nights off whenever I was able to. I spent this summer working for peta2 on the Vans Warped Tour, which was a dream come true. I worked hard at outreach, and whenever I had a break or a day off, I was shooting sets. I spent the end of the summer and the beginning of the fall in Orlando as the Tour Administrator for PETA's I, Orca exhibit, where I was able to catch some shows at Backbooth and The Social. This fall and winter, I've worked ten shows for peta2 around the Northeast as a Concert Rep.

This year, I was able to travel to Thailand and Israel (blog post coming soon, but there are a few images up on my Instagram already). I never thought I'd be able to visit either of these places, so to go to both in one year was absolutely incredible.

I'm so grateful for all of the traveling I was able to do this year. I narrowed it down to 22 of my favorite live music images from 2016- some of them I've posted before but some have yet to be seen by anyone but myself. These images were taken in 15 cities across 12 different states; 7 are from Warped Tour and the rest from other shows. There are local bands and some of my longtime favorite musicians.

Without further ado, here are my favorite and most important live music images from 2016.

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we're coming home again.- 8/13/16

we're coming home again.- 8/13/16

(The title of this post is a reference to "Homecoming" by Green Day.) 

The day after Indiana, we were in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio- having spent four years living in Cleveland for school, this was my "second-hometown" show! I had a feeling when I woke up that it was going to be a good day, and it was. I ran in to so many friends, and I hit goal early which meant I had time to go shoot Good Charlotte again.

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learn to be free.- 7/6/16

learn to be free.- 7/6/16

(The title of this post is a reference to "To Be Free" by Tonight Alive.) 

After we finished training, it was time to begin the 1400 mile trek from Los Angeles to Dallas. You might be wondering how we managed to fit a 20-by-30 foot tent, all of our gear, ten activists and all of their luggage in to one 15 passenger van and one smaller car. The answer is a real life game of Tetris, with the longest tent poles slid under the seats of the van, boxes and gear and luggage piled on top of that (a few suitcases stayed under our feet!). We left Los Angeles on June 19, and drove to Flagstaff, Ariz. that day, where we had dinner at Red Curry Vegan Kitchen.

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i want to be myself again.- 5/20/16

i want to be myself again.- 5/20/16

(The title of this post is a reference to the song "Forever a Piper Pirate" by Stickup Kid, a band that I always find myself listening to when I'm in California.) 

As soon as we got to Santa Cruz, I walked down to the beach to take in the view of the ocean, but the town is so much more than that: the next day we set up at the University of California, Santa Cruz right in the middle of the woods! It was nice to be in the shade, but even nicer to feel like we were in a little wooded oasis all day. We were joined by several student activists from Banana Slugs for Animals ("B.S.A." for short)- I loved hearing about the other events they do on campus to promote animal rights and veganism.

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always wanted to be an anomaly.- 4/17/16

always wanted to be an anomaly.- 4/17/16

(The title of this post is a line from "Anomaly" by Angels & Airwaves; I think it's important to strive to be different, to march to the beat of your own drummer- to be an anomaly.) 

On our last full day in Atlanta, I headed downtown to The Tabernacle, to photograph Vance Joy on the Fire and the Flood Tour. I've been a fan of his since seeing him open for Taylor Swift last summer, and it was such a pleasure to see him- as well as openers Jamie Lawson and Blind Pilot- play a full set. A few photos from the show are below; you can see my review and full photo-set of Jamie Lawson and Blind Pilot here, and my review and full photo-set of Vance Joy here.

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keep your head up, kid.- 3/4/16

(The title of this post is a reference to "Head Up, Kid" by Major League. It's one of my favorite songs to listen to while I'm on the road; they were one of my favorite bands to photograph, and I'm sad to see them part ways.) 

The weird thing about Austin is the lights. On our second day in Austin, we woke up early and headed to Whole Foods before going to the University of Texas. It was wild driving down 6th Street at 8am and seeing bars and clubs with lit-up signs!

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portraits: dead leaves at shakers pub in oakdale, n.y.- 11/13/15

In 2010, when I was living in Cleveland, Ohio for college, I met some members of a local band, Call it Fiction, outside of a Cartel show. They played a song for me on a Discman and I liked what I heard so I bought their demo. A few months later, in the spring of 2011, they were one of the first bands I ever photographed. Call it Fiction called it quits in 2013, but their frontman / guitarist Elliott Blair and synth player Alex Tucker (who now plays bass) went on to form a new band, Dead Leaves. They're joined by Vince Defilippo on guitar and Gene Bernardo on drums.

In November of 2015, Dead Leaves toured with Canadian band PINE, and I finally got to see them live. Before their set, I headed outside with the group to take some photos. We got a few serious photos, but had fun and goofed off a bit too!

The full gallery can be seen after the break.

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invalids, hannibal montana, in angles, and the planet you at old mogul theatre- 1/8/16

If you haven't heard about the Old Mogul Theatre yet, chances are you will soon. Montclair, N.J. has long been home to plenty of great music- smaller underground shows happen in basements and the Meatlocker, and larger shows at the Wellmont Theater- but size-wise, the Old Mogul fills the void somewhere between those two. They've already booked some exciting shows, so I can't wait to see what else they bring in. One of their first shows was an entirely math-rock lineup. When my friend Chris (assistant manager at the Old Mogul Theatre) asked me if I wanted to come shoot, I wasn't familiar with any of the bands- but I was so impressed by the entire lineup. The Planet You are from right in Montclair (they're all students at Montclair State University); In Angles are from East Brunswick; Hannibal Montana are from New York; and Invalids are from Princeton. They were all very technical players- everyone was so talented. The Planet You and Invalids, in particular, were very animated on stage- but the whole show was fun to shoot!

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2015: a year in review

With only one more day left in 2015, it seems like an appropriate time to post a "year in review" blog (as I type that, this song is stuck in my head). It's been a wild year, and my hard work has lead to some incredible opportunities- some of which I never would've imagined happening. I'm going to delve in to some numbers and details and thoughts about the year, as well as share stories and some of my favorite photos from 2015. Check it all out below!

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