Authority Zero - Denver Photos - Summit Music Hall 2017
Nov 2017

Authority Zero Photos From Denver’s Summit Music Hall

I have wanted to see Authority Zero for a long time. Even more so since my pal Dan Aid joined the band. I finally got my chance when they came back to Denver’s Summit Music Hall recently. (I also just missed them in Phoenix: they played Punk in Drublic which was the same weekend as Lost Lake Festival.)

The band is as dynamic as you would expect. Lead singer Jason DeVore was all over the stage with Dan doing his now-patented high kicks right  next to him. It was a loud, sweaty, fun crowd who loved every minute of it.

Right now, Authority Zero is touring Japan to promote their new album, Broadcasting To The Nations. But personally, I can’t wait for them to make a roundtrip right back to Denver.

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Lost Lake Festival - Concert Photos - Phoenix, Arizona 2017
Nov 2017

Photos: Lost Lake Festival Phoenix Day Two

Wow. Day two of Lost Lake Festival really kicked it into gear. The crowds were measurably larger – I am sure in part that it was a Saturday, and also certainly due to the killer (hahaha) lineup. I had so many photos; below is only a fraction of them – I had to cut them significantly to get the gallery to actually load!

One of the main reasons I attended Lost Lake was to see The Killers and they did not disappoint. Of course, they have now added a Denver date in February, so I am excited to see them twice in such a short time period. Another big highlight of the day was Huey Lewis. Yes, I am a child of the 80s and I love 80s music and I love how much this hip, indie music crowd loved Huey. Continue reading…

Foster The People - Concert Photos - Denver, Colorado
Nov 2017

Foster The People Photos From Fillmore Denver

I have a weird obsession with tracking how many times I have listened to songs and I can tell you that Foster The People’s “Houdini” is way, way up there for me. Embarrassingly so. The whole Torches album just makes me happy and I love the latest Sacred Hearts Club too (it’s been in my sidebar recommendations since release). So, of course, I was thrilled to photograph Mark Foster and his crew for the second time when they hit The Fillmore Denver recently.

I will admit that this show was perhaps not as electric as their Red Rocks appearance, but that venue is usually hard to top. Mark Foster’s voice still sounds better live than recorded and he still dances in that Mark Foster way. Come back soon, guys!

Concert Photos of Foster The People

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Concert Lighting Advice from a Photographer
Nov 2017

Concert Lighting Advice For Bands from a Photographer

I have been a concert photographer around Denver for about eight years and it’s been an amazing ride. I love photographing every kind of band in every kind of venue – and I have even started traveling to do it. Here in Denver, we have venues of every size, which makes it great for local and touring bands to move up and down that ladder as they play. Thus, I have shot the smallest rooms in the complete dark up to our biggest, brightest locations.

Concert Lighting Tips from a Photographer

One thing that bands often ask about is concert lighting – and tips on how to do it from a photographer’s perspective. The easy answer you will hear from all of us is “NO RED LIGHTS!” – but why? There is actually a reason based on color theory, if you can believe it.

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Riu Palace Peninsula Cancun - Hotel Review
Nov 2017

Hotel Riu Palace Peninsula Review: Luxury and Ease in Cancun

Note: Riu Hotels provided my stay, however all words and photos are mine.

Hotel Riu Palace Peninsula - Cancun Resort Travel

I was lucky enough to add a day at the beginning and end of my recent trip to Tulum to visit Cancun for the first time – and two Riu resorts: The Riu Palace Peninsula and the Riu Palace Las Americas, which I will cover in another post.

I know – it’s crazy that we often visit Mexico and I have never been to this hub, right? What I discovered is how EASY it is from Denver. I got early morning direct flights to Cancun, a quick shuttle ride and I was on the beach by mid-afternoon.

I’ll be honest, Cancun has always intimidated me because of its “party” reputation. We, of course, like to have fun and go out a lot … but we aren’t interested in an insanely wild location (usually, ha). Maybe during Spring Break Cancun is a bit different, but I found the Riu hotels we visited to be exactly what I was looking for. Luxury for adults-only, on the beach, with good food and amenities – plus a nice, friendly atmosphere.

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