311 and New Politics - Concert Photos from Levitt Denver
Sep 2017
20

311 + New Politics Crush Levitt Pavilion Denver

Sometimes a concert can simultaneously be awesome and a pain in the ass, right? That was the case for 311 and New Politics in Denver recently. Both bands sounded great, especially New Politics – who are starting to be somewhat of an obsession for me to photograph.

But as this was one of Levitt Pavilion’s first really big shows, there were some organizational kinks – like a reeeealllly long wait for beer. Let’s be fair, though. Most of that was not Levitt’s fault seeing as that weekend had four major festivals going on (so bartenders were spread thin all over the city) and 311 had requested no cans – meaning all the servers had to take the time to pour beers into cups.

This made the crowd a little edgy, myself included – so, for example, I pretty much was tearing my hair out at the lady in the pit with her point and shoot camera. (???) She had a photo pass, so I have no idea how she got there – whether by fan contest or accident – but tripping over her while she took selfies was pretty aggravating.

Weird issues aside, these two bands highlighted why Levitt will become one of Denver’s next great venues. They are fun, excited to perform, sound great live – and their fans love them right back. The entire bowl at Ruby Hill was shaking. That doesn’t exactly make sense, but you get what I mean.

Watching David Boyd breakdance is incredible – but all three of New Politics work it. (In a good way.) Continue reading…

Will Vs. The Future - Interview With Tim McKeon
Sep 2017
15

Interview With Tim McKeon, Co-Creator of Odd Squad + Will Vs. The Future

Tim McKeon - Co-Creator of Odd Squad + Will Vs. The FutureI used to be an ambassador for PBS KIDS and the only reason I stopped is because my son is now a teenager in high school. Of course, that doesn’t stop us from watching PBS KIDS shows. But working with that group afforded me all kinds of amazing opportunities, including meeting the creators of many of their shows. I was thrilled when Tim McKeon, who I met when Odd Squad launched, called and wanted to talk about his new show that is being featured in the Amazon Pilot Season. We chatted about Will Vs. The Future, his journey in the biz, and his favorite pastime outside of television. (Hint: it’s delicious.)


Interview with Tim McKeon about Will Vs. The Future


How did you get into kid’s programming?

Honestly, I fell into it. I’m from Massachusetts and I went west for TV. I mean, I did plays in high school and college but I really wanted to get into TV. I like how collaborative it is. I started looking for sitcoms just like everyone else does in LA. But my first job was on a children’s show and I loved it. You can do weird, crazy stuff and be passionate about what you are doing and have the most fun. Kids are the BEST super fans.

So, you went from Gravity Falls to Adventure Time to Odd Squad. How different was all that?

Odd Squad was the one that was really different. Because it was educational show, there were all these parameters to it. But I love the idea of secretly teaching kids within a show that was action-packed. But as far as my career, each show informed the next, so it’s been a great learning experience.

Tell me about your new show, Will Vs. The Future.

A lot of people are saying that it’s like the Terminator, but for kids. I hope that isn’t off putting? Comedy in the kid’s space can be a little difficult and there certainly isn’t much in the way of sci-fi. Will is a smart, thoughtful middle school kid, struggling with life a bit – and then the Warrior comes back to destroy him because in the future he actually destroys the world. Will convinces her not to kill him and they team up to change the future. There’s a lot of Buffy flavor to it and time travel, including a big wink to Back To The Future because Biff (Thomas F. Wilson) plays the school principal on the show. That was a fantastic choice. We’re really trying to have something that a family can watch together – and enjoy – since there is such a gap in those types of shows at this age range. And the great thing for Will is that he’s exploring the themes of growing up and finding yourself, but using this sci-fi angle as a vehicle to make it fun. Continue reading…

Green Day - Denver Concert Photos - Fiddler's Green Englewood
Sep 2017
13

Photos: Green Day Returns to Denver for Second Time in 2017

I was pretty damn excited when I was able to photo Green Day at the beginning of the year and then they came back to Denver again during Revolution Radio? Awesome.

Billie Joe Armstrong was in rare form at Fiddler’s Green, as you have probably seen by the videos of him smashing his guitar on a promotional Subaru in the ampitheatre. OK, maybe it wasn’t an exactly rare thing for Billie Joe to do, but the crowd went nuts. Personally, as much as I do adore Subarus, I wish the dude had gone after the karaoke car that sits out in the food area – something I have often tweeted that drives me nuts.

The show itself was fantastic. Exactly what you want from a Green Day concert. Lots of loud music and opinions. Continue reading…

The Big Moon & Marika Hackman - Concert Photos - Denver, Colorado
Sep 2017
12

The Big Moon + Marika Hackman at Lost Lake Denver

What is not to love about a bunch of ladies who jump out on stage wearing “Kum ‘N Go” t-shirts? English band The Big Moon did just that in Denver recently declaring they couldn’t believe we get away with such a store here (I can’t either, honestly) and they had to dress accordingly. Their album Love In The 4th Dimension has been in my sidebar recommendations all year and I was thrilled when they asked me in to photograph their Lost Lake concert.

The Big Moon also serves as the backing band for Marika Hackman and the interplay between these talented ladies was a real treat – both musically and personally. They are all on tour in the UK for the rest of the fall, but I look forward to their American return as soon as possible. The Big Moon is also up for a Mercury Prize this week … we’re crossing our fingers for you!


Concert Photos:
The Big Moon & Marika Hackman

Big Moon + Marika Hackman at Lost Lake Denver Continue reading…

Ripple Effect of 9/11 on families
Sep 2017
11

The Ripple Effect of 9/11

Around this time 16 years ago, Bryan and I had just decided we wanted to try to have a baby. This is a big decision for anyone, but even bigger for us, who spent a decade swearing we didn’t want children.

Then 9/11 happened.

It made us question everything, especially the idea of bringing a child into our crazy world.

Ultimately, we decided that to give into fear was not how we wanted to live and Dex arrived prematurely just two days after the first anniversary of 9/11.

Of course, this memory of that day pales in comparison to all those who were there, and most especially to those who we lost.

But sometimes, I feel like – just 16 years later – we are already forgetting what a huge ripple effect that day had one everyone. It, sadly, *really* changed the world.

And yet, this week, we celebrate by son’s 15th birthday and remember that, yes, the good stuff stays the same.