Concert Photography

Event Photography: KXCI-FM 91.3 House Rockin’ Blues Review

In November 1991, a storm packing 60 mile-per-hour winds attacked Tucson. Among the casualties was one of our city’s most beloved concert and dance venues, El Casino Ballroom. The storm blew half the roof off the building, and that ended any sort of performances at the Ballroom for nine years. The half that still had…

Event Photography: Tucson Folk Festival 2012

For the third year in a row, I was the official photographer for the Tucson Folk Festival. Held Downtown Tucson, the Folk Festival treats thousands people to a free weekend of acoustic music on five stages. One of this year’s performers was Michael McGarrah, a singer/songwriter with a wickedly funny sense of humor…

Photo Essay: Tucson Concert Venues

Time for a look at Tucson concert venues, past and present. First, a look back at one of the hottest dance clubs of a couple of decades ago. I’m talking about the Green Dolphin, which was located a few blocks south of the University of Arizona. This was one of the clubs that students raved…

Event Photography: Happy Birthday Tucson

On August 20, 1775, a bouncing baby city was born. Its name? Tucson. It’s been 236 years, and the Old Pueblo still has quite a bit of bounce. It was certainly in evidence at one of the biggest events in the month-long celebration of Tucson’s Birthday. The big event? 2nd Saturdays Downtown, which brings tens…

Event Photography: 2nd Saturdays First Anniversary

2nd Saturdays Downtown celebrated its first anniversary this past weekend. This event has been drawing tens of thousands of people to Downtown Tucson for arts, entertainment, shopping, and good old fashioned people watching. The Ronstadt Transit Center isn’t known for its musical entertainment, but haven’t you always wanted to sing a song while waiting for…

Event Photography: Cyclovia Sidelines

My previous Cyclovia Tucson post focused on notion that streets aren’t just for cars. People traveling under their own power also have a place. This post will cover one of the greatest benefits of self-powered travel: An enhanced ability to see and hear what surrounds you. With this thought in mind, let’s look at the…

Event Photography: Solar Rock 2011

Cyclovia Tucson riders had a special treat awaiting in Armory Park. The Food Conspiracy Co-op’s annual Solar Rock concert offered a musical feast that was 100% powered by the sun. Tucson’s GeoInnovation furnished the 800-watt solar array that kept the tunes coming. This array can generate 4 kilowatt-hours per day… Performers included Robyn Landis… …and…

Event Photography: 4th Avenue 2010 Winter Street Fair

This past weekend marked the return of a Tucson tradition, the 4th Avenue Winter Street Fair. The cloudless skies and warm temperatures brought thousands of people out to enjoy more than 400 arts and crafts booths, 35 food vendors, two performance stages, a bevy of street musicians, and unlimited opportunities for people-watching. On Sunday, I…

Event Photography: Fall 2010 Bicycle Swap Meet

America’s second largest bicycle swap meet happened in Tucson this past Saturday. The fall 2010 edition of our two-wheeled buying, selling and trading extravaganza drew thousands of cyclo-philes to Fourth Avenue. And the bike swap had something for everyone. So, you say you need some new sneakers for your favorite mountain bike? Gotcha covered… Or…

Event Photography: All Souls Procession 2010

This past Sunday, the annual All Souls Procession wound its way through Downtown Tucson. This event is meant to help participants remember the departed, and attendance is well into the five figures. Like any large Tucson event, there’s a substantial police presence. Here’s part of the law enforcement contingent that gathered at 4th Avenue and…

Event Photography: New Stadium, Same Old Ending

This past weekend was Homecoming at the University of Michigan. For its alumni, the university pulled out all the stops. Take, for example, the College of Engineering. My father’s an alum, and I attended the college’s events with him. The pre-game party included a Michigan Marching Band concert… An a capella version of "Hail to…

Event Photography: Tucson Meet Yourself 2010

Tucson Meet Yourself is an annual celebration of the Arizona-Sonoran region’s cultural diversity. Over the course of three days, you can chow down on food from all over the world, try your hand at various folk arts, visit historical exhibits, and learn new dance steps. And then there’s the music. You name the culture and…

Event Photography: First Thursday Art Walk

Yesterday evening was one of those times when the "Yeah, right!" storm clouds stomped through central Tucson. You know those clouds. They throw out plenty of thunder and lightning, but rain? No way. So, I got on my bike and pedaled over to Main Gate Square’s First Thursday Art Walk. This month’s event featured work…

Concert Photography: Mid-2010 Retrospective

ArleneWow! (the exclamation point is part of her stage name) came all the way from Connecticut to play for a very appreciative 2010 Tucson Folk Festival audience … Since concert photography is turning into one of this blog’s most-used categories, I figured that now is a good time for a complete list of all the…

Event Photography: Tucson Folk Festival 2010

The first weekend of May is generally when summer returns and breathes its fiery breath all over Tucson and southern Arizona. Not this year. If you didn’t bring a sweater and raincoat to this year’s Tucson Folk Festival, you wouldn’t have been very happy. And that would have been a shame, because the 2010 event…

Event Photography: A Bicycling Trifecta

This past Sunday featured a trifecta of bicycling events here in Tucson. The festivities started with the twice-yearly Bicycle Swap Meet on Fourth Avenue. Both new and used bikes, accessories, and bike parts were on sale… Want some cycling-themed clothing to go with your new or used bike? Swap Meet regular P. Nosa’s ready and…

Event Photography: Fiesta en el Barrio Viejo 2010

This past Saturday, a Tucson tradition began. Nine local bands joined together for a rousing good fundraiser for our community radio station, KXCI-FM 91.3. As one would expect from a station that plays a little bit of everything, a wide variety of musical talent was on display. Headliners Calexico weighed in with a tasty blend…

Event Photography: Solar Rock 2010

This past Saturday was another one of those warm, sunny Tucson classics. Perfect for one of the first days of spring 2010. All the better for holding Solar Rock, a sun-powered concert in Himmel Park. Attendees could review and sign the Solar Energy Industries Association’s Solar Bill of Rights… Or how about some Arizona sun-baked…

Event Photography: 4th Avenue 2010 Spring Street Fair

This past weekend was one of those springtime Tucson classics. Sunny days, warm temperatures, and who wants to spend a moment indoors? Time to head down to 4th Avenue for the 40th annual Street Fair. If you rode your bike to the fair, the City of Tucson offered free valet parking. And, yes, I took…

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