On The Record With Mick Rock
Jul 2015
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New Ovation Show: On The Record With Mick Rock

I am a huge fan of Mick Rock. Of course I am. “The Man Who Shot The Seventies.”  Hell yes. You are a fan too, although you may not know the name by heart, as I do. Mick Rock photographed some of the most iconic bands from that time period through today, including Queen, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, The Ramones, and most famously all those Ziggy Stardust pics of David Bowie.

He is clearly one of my idols as a concert photographer, but he also has a new project with the Ovation channel that brings him out in front of the camera. “On The Record With Mick Rock” will premiere on August 2nd, sharing intimate interviews with a wide variety of musicians including Josh Groban, Flaming Lips, Patti LaBelle and Kings of Leon.

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Jul 2015
24

Light For Light: #ElectrifyAfrica

I don’t remember much of 2011. I randomly caught a very serious ear infection during my annual trek to SXSW in March… and poof! There is really nothing left from that year. I spent most of that time in the hospital, in doctor’s offices and frankly – just laying in my bed sleeping. I have a big window in our room and every morning I would open my eyes and stare out at the pinks of Denver morning, fall back asleep… and most days – watch the deep oranges of sunset from almost that exact spot.

Pink Fuzz

Some days I made it outside to tinker with my poorly neglected garden. I distinctly remember just watching the sun, and light, and feeling very lucky.

It sounds dramatic when I talk about it, so I try to give the quick glossy version these days. But the truth is, I almost died, several times. The ear infection was so severe that I had regular checks to see if my skull had cracked. Two surgeries and one major hearing loss later, I am fine.

OrangeDust

But what if I hadn’t had access to medical care? Both here in Denver and in Austin, I had the best of everything. “No. I don’t want the 32 slice CT scan. I want the 128 slice. Yes. Do it.” My doctors had everything they needed at their fingertips.

But what if they had no… electricity?

At all.

Red Veins

One talk that struck a cord with me when I attended the ONE Aya Summit last year was how many parts of Africa have no electricity. None. Zero.

Hospitals are running on generators, at best. A shocking seven in 10 people in sub-Saharan Africa (nearly 600 million people) do not have basic access to electricity. Even worse, 30% of health facilities in sub-Saharan Africa, which serve an estimated 255 million people, are without electricity.

Berry Flavor

The Electrify Africa Act of 2015 would prioritize and coordinate U.S. government resources in sub-Saharan Africa by 2020 to:

  • Promote first-time access to electricity for at least 50 million people, particularly the poor.
  • Encourage the installation of at least an additional 20,000 megawatts of electrical power in both rural and urban areas using a broad mix of energy options.
  • Encourage in-country reforms to facilitate public-private partnerships and increase transparency in power production, distribution, and pricing.
  • Promote efficient institutional platforms that provide electrical service to rural and underserved areas.

Not only is this the right thing to do, this is the smart thing for us to do – for our planet *and* our budget. Africa has yet to harness the majority of its natural energy capacity, putting them in a position to do it right from the start. Also? The US Congressional Budget Office estimated that enactment of the legislation’s previous version would save $86 million from 2014-2017.


 How can you help?

Read up on the issue. Spread the word.

Sign this petition to let our leaders know you support #ElectrityAfrica.

 

Jul 2015
23

Neon Trees Concert Photos From Denver’s Gothic Theatre

This is my third time photographing Neon Trees and they get better each time. Lucky for me, this latest visit to Denver was at one of my favorite venues, the Gothic Theatre – on a tour that lead singer Tyler Glenn described as, “just for us, just for the fans and just for fun.” It definitely had a more “stripped down” feel than other Neon Trees shows: more intimate and relaxed. Not that I am complaining. For me, either with a big lighting rig or just the band playing their heart out – I will take Neon Trees any way I can get them.

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MLS Game 2015 - Capital Cities Concert
Jul 2015
22

Win Meet+Greet With Capital Cities at MLS All-Star Concert

The MLS All-Star Game is coming to Denver and in celebration, our friends at AT&T are throwing a FREE concert in Skyline Park on Sunday, July 26th. Performers include ALOE BLACC and CAPITAL CITIES – both of whom I adore.

I will be there photographing the fun – and how about you come meet Capital Cities too? The concert itself is free for everyone after you register for a FanPass (also free) but sign up for my newsletter below to for a chance for you and a friend to hang with the band. Winner will be chosen at random on Friday, July 24, 2105. Good luck!

Capital Cities
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Jul 2015
15

Keystone Resort For A Summer Vacation

I know, weird right? Why go to a ski resort for summer travel? The thing is, many of us locals head up into the mountains in the summer to because there are lots of fun things to do this time of year too.

When we visited Keystone during Spring Break, we hit the end of winter season but also got a preview of things to come. There is so much!

Here are the “regular” activities that are available on a daily basis:

Family Biking at Keystone

Mountain Biking

This is the number one reason (based on my non-scientific research) that people go to Keystone in the summer. You take a lift up and ride a bike down… or try easier cruising trails as a family.

Horseback Riding at Keystone

Horseback Riding

I am a big fan of riding horses up in the mountains. You hang out with these beautiful animals (plus your family!) and get gorgeous scenic views. Continue reading…