Monday, December 14, 2009

A live music resume

Over the past couple of years, I've had the opportunity to photograph a number of concerts in the DC Metro area, thanks mostly to the kind folks at DCist and Brightest Young Things. Shooting shows is something I love to do -- but alas, don't do often enough -- and always pushing me to get out there is the work of a number of other photographers, both DC-based and from around the country.

One thing I admire about the few photographers that I've met / talked to, besides the fact that their work kicks ass, is the fact that they've always been eager to offer advice. After e-mailing him out of the blue a few years ago, Kyle Gustafson gave me a few pointers before I shot one of my very first shows -- pointers that, although they were broad in scope, really helped move me in the right direction.

Another fellow DC music photographer I've met -- and someone whose work I've followed since I stumbled upon his site a few months ago -- is Brandon Wu. On his blog is a list of shows he's shot over the years, and at the risk of being a total copycat, I figured it might be fun to go through a similar exercise.

While my list isn't nearly as extensive as Brandon's (or Kyle's, for that matter), I'm pretty excited to have built up a decent resume in just under 2 years.* The last couple of months have been pretty uneventful in terms of shows, unfortunately, but my hope is that I can get back into it on a regular basis after the new year.

Not a bad resolution, right?

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(To view some shots from the below shows, be sure to check out my music portfolio.)

Alexa Wilkinson -- Hard Rock Cafe -- 03/21/2008
The Alternate Routes -- Jammin' Java -- 08/21/2008
Ben Folds -- DAR Constitution Hall -- 09/24/2008
Ben Harper & Relentless7 -- 9:30 Club -- 05/04/2009
Big Boi -- Merriweather Post Pavilion (Rock The Bells Festival) -- 07/12/2009
Black & White Jacksons -- Fort Reno -- 07/10/2008
Brooke Waggonner -- DC9 -- 02/19/2008
Bruce Springsteen -- National Mall (We Are One Inaugural Concert) -- 01/18/2009
Busta Rhymes -- Merriweather Post Pavilion (Rock The Bells Festival) -- 07/12/2009
Common -- Merriweather Post Pavilion (Rock The Bells Festival) -- 07/12/2009
Cut Copy -- 9:30 Club -- 03/23/2009
Dean & Britta -- Black Cat -- 02/27/2008
Evan Bliss & the Welchers -- IOTA Club & Cafe -- 02/16/2008
Friends of the Library -- Fort Reno -- 07/10/2008
Garth Brooks -- National Mall (We Are One Inaugural Concert) -- 01/18/2009
Japandroids -- Rock and Roll Hotel -- 10/19/2009
Japanese Motors -- 9:30 Club -- 03/13/2009
Jeremy Fisher -- DC9 -- 02/19/2008
Johnathan Rice -- 9:30 Club -- 03/05/2008
John Wayne Hero -- Fort Reno -- 07/10/2008
Junior League Band -- Rock and Roll Hotel -- 09/06/2007
Junior League Band -- Rock and Roll Hotel -- 01/25/2008
Junior League Band -- Black Cat -- 02/01/2008
Junior League Band -- Rock and Roll Hotel -- 07/17/2008
K'naan -- Merriweather Post Pavilion (Rock The Bells Festival) -- 07/12/2009
Keane -- DAR Constitution Hall -- 05/19/2009
Kenin -- 9:30 Club -- 12/09/2005
Kenin -- 9:30 Club -- 09/09/2006
Keren Ann -- Black Cat -- 02/27/2008
Kinky -- 9:30 Club -- 03/13/2009
Mat Kearney -- DAR Constitution Hall -- 05/19/2009
Matt & Kim -- 9:30 Club -- 03/23/2009
Matt Costa -- 9:30 Club -- 03/05/2008
Matt Nathanson -- 6th & I Historic Synagogue -- 10/07/2008
Mickey Factz -- Merriweather Post Pavilion (Rock The Bells Festival) -- 07/12/2009
Miles Midnight -- The Rookery -- 03/28/2009
Miles Midnight -- The Bullpen @ Nationals Park -- 06/25/2009
Modest Mouse -- 9:30 Club -- 03/13/2009
Muse -- FedEx Field -- 09/29/2009
Nas -- Merriweather Post Pavilion (Rock The Bells Festival) -- 07/12/2009
O.A.R. -- National Mall (Earth Day Green Apple Festival) -- 04/20/2008
O.A.R. -- Merriweather Post Pavilion -- 07/26/2008
Public Enemy -- Lisner Auditorium -- 11/18/2009
Real Estate -- Rock and Roll Hotel -- 10/19/2009
The Roots -- Merriweather Post Pavilion (Rock The Bells Festival) -- 07/12/2009
The Roots -- 9:30 Club -- 12/30/2009
Shortstack -- Black Cat -- 02/01/2008
Stripmall Ballads -- Rock and Roll Hotel -- 07/17/2008
Sonic Youth -- 9:30 Club -- 07/07/2009
Tabi Bonney -- Merriweather Post Pavilion (Rock The Bells Festival) -- 07/12/2009
Tech N9ne -- Merriweather Post Pavilion (Rock The Bells Festival) -- 07/12/2009
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra -- Black Cat -- 05/23/2008
Travis -- 9:30 Club -- 04/23/2009
U2 -- National Mall (We Are One Inaugural Concert) -- 01/19/2009
U2 -- FedEx Field -- 09/29/2009
Umphrey's McGee -- National Mall (Earth Day Green Apple Festival) -- 04/20/2008
Vampire Weekend -- 9:30 Club -- 12/02/2008
Virginia Coalition -- 9:30 Club -- 09/09/2006
Virginia Coalition -- Hard Rock Cafe -- 03/21/2008
Xavier Rudd -- 9:30 Club -- 09/14/2008

*... 2 years of taking it a little bit more seriously, anyway.

3 comments:

Xave December 15, 2009 at 1:05 AM  

What about all of those Bonnaroo pics you have?

MJLphoto December 15, 2009 at 9:35 AM  

I didn't include Bonnaroo, as I wasn't there to photograph the shows. Maybe one day I'll get a media pass... oh, how sweet that would be.

Nowak December 15, 2009 at 1:11 PM  

What kind of resume goes in alphabetical order?

Still impressive though!