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St Paul and the Broken Bones, Alabama Theatre, Birmingham AL
St Paul and the Broken Bones, Alabama Theatre, Birmingham AL

  Link to full gallery of 42 images here. There’s something inherently special about seeing a band perform for their hometown, and even more so when their hometown also happens to be your hometown. But when that band’s popularity has skyrocketed since the release of their first full length album earlier in the year, Half […]

Jamestown Revival, Soul Kitchen, Mobile AL
Jamestown Revival, Soul Kitchen, Mobile AL

  Link to full gallery of 90+ images here. Easily one of my favorite finds of 2014, Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance have brought their band down to the gulf coast of Alabama three times this year and each time has been better than the last. Watching them evolve from the unknown opener for The […]

The Mowgli’s, Iron City, Birmingham AL
The Mowgli's, Iron City, Birmingham AL

  Link to full gallery of 30 images here. Ohhhh The Mowgli’s… The Mowgli’s is one of those bands that is just impossible not to love. In fact, I overheard a woman in the crowd saying just that to her friend. They’re one big happy family who radiate such joy and loving vibes as soon […]

Manchester Orchestra, Iron City, Birmingham AL
Manchester Orchestra, Iron City, Birmingham AL

  Link to full gallery of 40+ images here. It’s a rare occurrence to have one of your actual dreams come true, but I honestly have dreamt about photographing a Manchester Orchestra concert before. The craziest thing about it is the real life version was even better than the dream. This past Thursday, I made […]

311, Soul Kitchen, Mobile AL
311, Soul Kitchen, Mobile AL

  Link to full gallery of 59 images here. It’s not every day you get to photograph a band who provided a huge part of the soundtrack to your high school days, so you can imagine my excitement when I heard that TK101 and 92ZEW were joining forces to bring 311 to town. Apparently I […]

Hangout Fest Sunday (Day 3), Gulf Shores AL
Hangout Fest Sunday (Day 3), Gulf Shores AL

  Link to full gallery of 150+ images here. Finally. I know, I know. These images have been sitting on my computer partially edited for over a month and I just couldn’t bring myself to finish them. Part laziness, part busyness, and part just not wanting to admit that Hangout Fest 2014 is actually over, […]

Vance Joy, Soul Kitchen, Mobile AL
Vance Joy, Soul Kitchen, Mobile AL

  Link to full gallery of 29 images here. Well, evidently Vance Joy + 92ZEW free concert series = Mobile comes out in droves. From the time the doors opened at Soul Kitchen yesterday evening until the show ended just under 2 hours later, there was a consistently long line of people winding down the […]

Vintage Trouble, HOB Parish Room, New Orleans
Vintage Trouble, HOB Parish Room, New Orleans

Link to full gallery of 60+ images here. Damn. That word kept repeating in my head over and over again last Tuesday night while standing in the Parish Room at the House of Blues in New Orleans. Daaaaaamn. There aren’t many acts in the world today quite like Vintage Trouble. The immediate impact of their sound, […]

Hangout Fest 2014 Saturday (Day 2), Gulf Shores AL
Hangout Fest 2014 Saturday (Day 2), Gulf Shores AL

Link to full gallery of 150+ images here. Link to Friday’s (Day 1) overview here. On Saturday, there was a noticeable increase in traffic on the way to the festival grounds as those concertgoers who were unable to escape the 8-5 grind the day before made their way into town. A couple of my most […]

Hangout Fest 2014 Friday (Day 1), Gulf Shores AL
Hangout Fest 2014 Friday (Day 1), Gulf Shores AL

  Link to full gallery of 150+ images here. Armed with some fancy new rental gear (oh how I miss that 70-200 2.8 already… *sigh*), I hit the beach early Friday afternoon to begin covering the first full day of music at Hangout Fest 2014. There were quite a few acts early on the schedule […]

Hangout Music Fest 2014, Thursday Kick-Off Party, Gulf Shores AL
Hangout Music Fest 2014, Thursday Kick-Off Party, Gulf Shores AL

  Link to full gallery of 100+ images here. A storm rolled through the gulf coast of Alabama on Wednesday afternoon, May 14th, and brought with it a cool front, dropping the forecasted highs for the coming weekend to the mid-70s/low-80s. With a light breeze, white sand beaches, clear gulf waters, and not a cloud […]

The Wild Feathers, Countdown to Hangout, Gulf Shores AL
The Wild Feathers, Countdown to Hangout, Gulf Shores AL

  Link to full gallery of 84 images here. Conventional wisdom advises us to save the best for last, and after 6 weeks of outstanding performances by both local acts and national recording artists during the Countdown to Hangout free concert series at The Hangout in Gulf Shores, it all culminated this past Saturday with […]

Spirit Family Reunion, Callaghans, Mobile AL
Spirit Family Reunion, Callaghans, Mobile AL

  Link to full gallery of images here. Have you ever gone to a show with the intent of staying for just a few songs, having a drink, snapping a handful of photos and heading home at a decent hour, and then 2 hours later find yourself sitting on the well-worn floor of a gritty Irish […]

No Sinner, Countdown to Hangout, Gulf Shores AL
No Sinner, Countdown to Hangout, Gulf Shores AL

  Link to full gallery of images here. Prior to 28 North crushing it Saturday night at the Countdown to Hangout free concert series at The Hangout (which I posted about here yesterday), Canadian rockers No Sinner got the crowd prepped and ready with a smoking hot performance of their own. Gorgeous and powerful lead singer […]

28 North, Countdown to Hangout, Gulf Shores AL
28 North, Countdown to Hangout, Gulf Shores AL

  Link to full gallery of images here. I’ve been to countless concerts in my years, but only a small handful have managed to leave me completely speechless. Seeing Stevie Wonder perform at Hangout Fest last year was one. Halloween night 2010 at the 30 Seconds to Mars concert was another. And the first time […]

Go Down Moses, Countdown to Hangout, Gulf Shores AL
Go Down Moses, Countdown to Hangout, Gulf Shores AL

  Link to full gallery of images here. Bringing a little touch of country to the beach, Nashville folk-rockers Go Down Moses lit up the stage this past Saturday night marking the halfway point in the six week Countdown to Hangout free concert series at The Hangout in Gulf Shores. This sextet sports some of […]

Underhill Family Orchestra, Countdown to Hangout Reach for the Beach, Gulf Shores AL
Underhill Family Orchestra, Countdown to Hangout Reach for the Beach, Gulf Shores AL

  Link to full gallery of images here. Y’all. Look at this and tell me you don’t want to go to an Underhill Family Orchestra concert ASAP. Right?! I mean come on! How freaking fantastic are these people?! I was way too excited to photograph the Mobile-native Underhill gang for the second time this past […]

Scars on 45, The Hangout, Gulf Shores AL
Scars on 45, The Hangout, Gulf Shores AL

  Link to full gallery of images here. Ack!! I’ve had such a busy week I completely forgot to post these pics from Scars on 45’s performance last weekend at the Countdown to Hangout free concert series. Sorry Charlie. These four fabulous Brits are on an acoustic tour right now and brought an appropriately relaxed […]

SouthSounds Music Festival 2014, Mobile AL
SouthSounds Music Festival 2014, Mobile AL

  Link to full gallery of images here.  SouthSounds Music Festival kicked off this past Friday at bars and music venues all around downtown Mobile. Founded in 2010, SouthSounds is dedicated to showcasing new Southern music and bringing up-and-coming talent to Mobile. This year there were some truly incredible acts slated to play all weekend; […]

The Volks, Countdown to Hangout Reach for the Beach, Gulf Shores AL
The Volks, Countdown to Hangout Reach for the Beach, Gulf Shores AL

  Link to full gallery of images here. The Reach for the Beach contest continued this Saturday at The Hangout with Mobile, AL natives The Volks. Citing influences (both musical and style, it would seem) from The Beatles, The Everly Brothers and The Strokes, vocalists Neill Robertson and Brad Lane claim their goal is “to […]

Kaboom, Countdown to Hangout Reach for the Beach, Gulf Shores AL
Kaboom, Countdown to Hangout Reach for the Beach, Gulf Shores AL

  Link to full gallery of images here. A little rain didn’t stop gulf coast natives Kaboom from rocking The Hangout on Saturday night and getting the Reach for the Beach contest off to a very impressive start. These Mississippi boys set the bar high for the remaining 5 local bands competing in this contest […]

Majestico, Countdown to Hangout, Gulf Shores AL
Majestico, Countdown to Hangout, Gulf Shores AL

  Link to full gallery of images here. Despite incessant rain, chilly winds, and a subsequently sparse crowd for an outdoor venue, Majestico laid it all out on stage at The Hangout on Saturday for the second night of the Countdown to Hangout Fest 2014 free concert series. With a sound and an energy that […]

The Mowgli’s, Countdown to Hangout, Gulf Shores AL
The Mowgli's, Countdown to Hangout, Gulf Shores AL

  Link to full gallery of images here. Last night, the Countdown to Hangout Fest 2014 free concert series started off with a big, colorful bang thanks to California rockers The Mowgli’s. Returning to Gulf Shores after their celebrated performance during 2013’s Hangout Fest, these 7 musicians injected their happy vibes into the crowd and […]

Wild Cub, House of Blues Parish Room, New Orleans
Wild Cub, House of Blues Parish Room, New Orleans

  Link to full gallery of images here. Wild Cub, who hail from my former home and one of my favorite cities on Earth, Nashville TN, was the opener for American Authors this past Monday at the House of Blues Parish Room in NOLA. A fantastic band in their own right, they get a fair […]

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