Company of Thieves @ House of Blues

It’s been years since I’ve photographed a concert. On nights that concerts happen, I’m usually photographing a wedding, prepping for a wedding, exhausted from shooting a wedding, or editing a wedding.

But, when Company of Thieves announced they were getting back together for a small tour, I was all over it. It had been years since I had seen them, and I alternated between wanting to give them hugs and photographing the heck out of the show. In the end, I got to do both… and you can see some of the photos below (and thankfully, I wasn’t quite as out of practice as I had feared!).

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Quietdrive @ The Varsity Theater

Back in the day, Minneapolis-based Quietdrive traveled to Chicago all the time. We would see them live every few months, even did some promos with them (once at an ungodly 7am after a show the night before). Basically, they were no strangers to my camera.

But, as life happens, I’ve stopped shooting as much music work (instead focusing more on portraits and weddings), and Quietdrive has stopped visiting Chicago quite as often, so it’s been a while. However, they still put out music, and I still get excited about it. For the past several years, going to their annual holiday show has been on my to-do list, but winter travel and life kept getting in the way.

When I heard that the show this past December was going feature a reunion of old band members, that was it. There was no better time to commit to a road trip. So, road trip we did. And danced to old and new favorites we did. In a nutshell, it was amazing. There is nothing quite like music to instantaneously transport you to a different time. For that hour or so of set time, I felt 23 again. So, basicaly, thanks Quietdrive, for always being so great and welcoming, and for all the years of fun.

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The Frantic Video – Blackout Brigade

This is a long one, I apologize. Too much goodness went on during this shoot. Cereal and watermelons were flying, body paint was used, and last but not least, there was jello wrestling. I mean, how often to do you get to experience jello wrestling… especially in an apartment in Wrigleyville?

First of all, credit for this amazing video goes to Kyle Cogan, director of the video…. if you watch JBTV, you might recognize his name from the credits. He’s pretty great.

Oh, and while I’m at it, I have to give a shoutout to Kyle Dee, singer of The Frantic, for learning the words to “Blackout Brigade” backwards. It sounded as if he were speaking in demonic tongues, but I’m sure it’ll look great in the video.

Basically, this shoot was filled with great people. A ton of local musicians came out to support and lend their face/body, as well as oodles of local music fans. It was teamwork at it’s finest.

And, to wrap it up… if you’re in Chicago, head out to The Frantic’s CD release show at Subterranean tomorrow, Saturday, April 2nd. You should pick up a CD while you’re there too…not only will it be awesome, but I might have had a hand in some of the photos.

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AM Taxi @ Double Door

This was part of Treaty of Paris’ Christmas show… they invited several bands that they were friends with to perform a few acoustic songs before their headlining set. And it was amazing. Since each band only played for about 15 minutes, the night was jam packed with great local music.

Adam & Chris from AM Taxi played three songs, including an original Christmas song, and as always were fantastic.

AM Taxi @ Double Door
AM Taxi @ Double Door
AM Taxi @ Double Door
AM Taxi @ Double Door
AM Taxi @ Double Door
AM Taxi @ Double Door
AM Taxi @ Double Door
AM Taxi @ Double Door
AM Taxi @ Double Door
AM Taxi @ Double Door
AM Taxi @ Double Door

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