Korn

Korn made an energetic return to The Fillmore Silver Spring.  This time around the once estranged guitarist Brian “Head” Welch joined Jonathan and the crew.  With the energy and togetherness on the stage no one could tell that Head had been missing from the band for several years.   Starting off the show with some old school Korn tracks such as Blind and Ball Tongue got the crowd pumping from the first cymbal taps.  From that point on the building was a seething mass of anger, pain, excitement, heat, and joy.  This was Korn at their best.   [Show as...

Garbage

If you are a Garbage fan and you are only happy when it rains then last night gave you a one-two punch to heaven.   Rain coming down outside and Garbage on stage, it was a good night to be out. What better way to start the show than with Shirley and the gang blasting out “Supervixen.”  If there was ever any doubt as to the vixens power and ability to mesmerize the audience it was surely washed away with the rain.  Their first show at the Fillmore and the first track off their debut album, and it only grew from there. Garbage spent the next 2 hours belting song after song, with a set list numbering the legal drinking age.  It might have been raining outside but it was storming inside.  At one point Shirley stopped the show because someone in the audience was causing problems.  Manson has been known to have someone kicked out for their actions and it almost came to that again.  After a brief interaction and things ready to return to normal Shirley had to clear the ‘bad juju’ and broke out with a little of Die Antwoord’s “I Fink U Freeky.”  With the unplanned interlude done they exploded back to their set and kept the crowd moving until the final note was done. Garbage proved once again that, despite the years and Shirley’s initial fears when reforming the band, they know how to grab a crowd and take them on an adventure through their musical history but return them safely back when all is said and done.   [Show as...

Bad Religion

No funky clothes, no wild visuals, just straight up Bad Religion punk.  The first song blasting through the speakers was the song “Past is Dead” and the stage and the crowd were very much alive.  Following that song were a couple dozen more tunes ranging from the very first song they wrote to the most recent songs off their latest release “True North”. The sold out crowd was a combination of old school punks and the new generation.  At one point between songs Greg took a poll of the audience and proclaimed that about ‘38%’ were first time Bad Religion concert attendees…always trying to be scientific that Greg.  The energy of the guys on stage was met with the energy of the crowd.  With the first chord struck for each song the audience went wild and was jumping and screaming along.  Everyone knew every song and no one held back. Even after all these years the guys still don’t take it all too seriously.  You can tell they believe in everything their songs loudly proclaim be it about politics or religion or general approaches to life, but they still are having fun and that is a big part of the show.  Between songs they joke about their age and surprised that people would return to their shows.  Always using a wired mic, Greg switched to a wireless and said he was testing it out and knew doing so in DC meant honest feedback because ”you guys are the most judgemental people around” he said with a smile and a laugh, and off they went on another mad rush of...

Flogging Molly

Tuesday night was the perfect time to grab a pint, put on your scally cap and head to Silver Spring for Flogging Molly.  The irish punk, celtic, pub band was back in town for the Green 17 2013 tour supporting their latest release “Speed of Darkness.”  That night at the Fillmore Silver Spring the lights were bright and the crowd was roaring.  The band leisurely took the stage but from that point on the energy from the guys and gal was turned all the way up to 11.  For the next 2 hours Flogging Molly injected energy and passion into the audience.  Songs relating to sordid parts of Irish history to the more recent somber and angry modern times infused the crowd and before you knew it time had run out. The band played songe from throughout their catalog, especially “Within a Mile of Home” which is a favorite of this photographer.  What was nice is that the band didn’t play that ‘will they or won’t they’ with the encore.  They all left the stage long enough to catch a breath, towel down briefly and then they were back up jamming away.  When the last note had been played the quintessential concert happenings took place, drumsticks were tossed to the crowd, picks were flung, and a couple drum heads were flown to eager hands.  All this happened while the last song of the evening was airing over the speakers, “All Ways Look On The Bright Side Of Life.”  And what made that moment more enjoyable was watching the band lip sync and dance to the lyrics versus removing themselves from the stage...

Jane Monheit

A storm was brewing in DC last night. While the trees were swaying and the rain was pouring, inside The Hamilton DC there was a storm taking the stage, this storm was called Jane Monheit. Just after 7:30, Jane and the rest of her band took the stage and for the next hour captivated the audience with jazz standards and new material from a yet to be released CD “The Hearth of the Matter” – release date of April 16th. Throughout the first set Jane entertained the audience not just with her incredible voice but also with her playful demeanor. During the first song she had to kick away her shoes, well gently kick away, because she was nursing a recurring sprained ankle. Over the next couple songs she joked with the audience about her shoes, remembering lyrics, and venues she has played in the past. The time had come for an intermission and before leaving the crowd for a break she delivered an emotional “Over the Rainbow” which was perfect given the weather happening outside. This rendition was emotional and, in her words when the audience started to clap before the end of the song “we are trying to be dramatic here, just a sec” and then delivered another of the many beaming smiles and a little giggle. The second set was another performance that captivated the audience with songs running the emotional gamut of romantic and flirty to love lost and heartbreak. Jane left her mark on the audience that night and while people topside will be talking about the storm they endured outside, those at the...

Freyja

Freyja came over for some professional portraits but also wanted to explore.  Taking a cue from Isis, she allowed me the freedom to shoot what came to mind as long as I was not explicit about showing her face.  I have worked in this scenario before and knew how to approach.   She arrived with escort in tow and we all sat down and talked about what she was looking to accomplish with the shoot.  The professional items were covered and then I turned to her and said “OK, now, what else do you want to see happen?”  She didn’t have anything specific in mind and in stead wanted to see what I had in mind.  We talked a bit more and let her get comfortable with the surroundings and then went to work.  When we were first talking I warned her that I like to keep my ideas fluid so that during the shoot we can see what the mood strikes.  My last question before we got started was “Do you like contrasty B&W images?”  Freyja smiled and said, “oh yes.”  And off we went.   After marking off the portraits off the list we started to explore from fun to flirty to what you see here.   [Show as...

Seasons Beatings 2012

Last weekend I traveled down to Richmond, VA to two reasons: (1) to show support for a friend who just started skating on a Roller Derby team – this was her first showing and (2) to take pictures of course.   I didn’t know exactly what to expect photography wise as I have never shot an event like this before.  Typically the people I shoot are either standing still or are slow moving – walking down a hall, or within a classroom.  Shooting people skating around an oval quickly and, almost,maniacally bunched up or solo is not what I an used to.  With a wide aperture and fast shutter speed I was able to capture moments of the bouts.  While the shutter was fast enough, my focusing was not as quick on the draw as I would have liked.   However, I have learned from this outing and know better for next time.  Just like with any event, the more you shoot and learn the better you get.   [Show as...
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Social Distortion

On Election night, those individuals not wanting their eyes assaulted by the endless parade of pundits and their predictions preferred to have their ears melted, rocking out with Social Distortion at 9:30 Club last night.They kicked off with three favorites right off the bat, I Was Wrong, So Far Away, and Bad Luck, which got the crowd jumping and really raised the energy. Not a single thought was given to electoral colleges or charts, or percentages of precincts reporting.   [Show as...

National Zoo

I just can’t resist turning into a ‘tourist’ when I visit the zoo.  A collection of colorful characters on display, what’s not to love.  Why I only go avery couple years is a mystery to me.   [Show as...