Mickey Avalon Shoot Martini Ranch “What Do You Say…”

12 11 2009

“What do you say..” when you have to shoot in low light? The Mickey Avalon show Tuesday night was a tricky one for a couple of reasons. The main reason being the deceptive light. Most of the time by the eye the light looked decent but the camera was reading things all over the place. I finally decided to go with 1600 Iso and my 24-70mm f2.8 lens – with manual settings. The exposure varied during the set quite often. The other reason being that I am not used to shooting Hip-Hop shows – all things considered I got a bunch of images I really like and it was a lot of fun.

Getting out of my comfort zone was a great experience. This was a great exercise to challenge myself and get away from what I typically shoot. There is so much more movement in Hip-Hop on stage and there are misc. people who otherwise wouldn’t be on stage at a typical show. Mickey Avalon had dancers, a DJ and some guy taking photos from behind him while on stage (covering his flash the whole time with his hand.) This guy was enjoying the show from the stage in a hype man kind of way but I found it odd he was armed with a camera. Composing shots with all the movement and people was tough.

Photos can be seen at: www.grtaylor2photo.com or www.flickr.com/grtaylor

Thanks goes out to Laura and Kristine at Avid Exposure for the access to the show.

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Rusted Root : Marquee Theater / Tempe, AZ

10 11 2009

Wasn’t 100% sure about going to this show until a couple of days before. The Marquee Theater is good – but good by AZ standards. I had been there twice last week and got some security hassles on the last night so I was aprehensive about attending.

We pulled into the parking lot around 7:30ish. A van with a “wells cargo” trailer attached came screaming into the lot being directed by a couple of guys. I knew right away the opening band had car trouble – this is going to be interesting. I was 100% right.

Crowfield was the opener. Never knowing what to expect from an opener – we were more than surprised. They were great. (So good I downloaded the cd from iTunes when I got home.) A lot of energy – good lyrics, great tone, just good fun music.

Rusted Root came on about 30 minutes after the Crowfield set. They took the stage, start playing and I get to work for the first three songs (shooting photos in case you didn’t know.) Amazing night of music. Rusted Root is still that fun loving Dave Matthews meets Counting Crows while influenced by the Talking Heads band we all know and love.

The crowd danced their way through a set of old songs, new songs and a couple of covers. A lot of energy – with a lot people drinking water in the crowd (hint – wink wink.) I have never been to a show where the alcohol / beer line was so short.

Thanks to the jack-ass who pushed me in the back and then hid behind his friends because I politely stepped in front of him to take a photo at the end of the show. All in all – a great night of music and a show I’m glad I didn’t miss.

Photos can be seen in the LIVE Music Portfolio gallery on my new website: www.grtaylor2photo.com

Thanks for the support I receive from all of you for the blog and my photography – it is much appreciated!





LUCERO – The Clubhouse in Tempe

9 11 2009

I’ve heard of Lucero and heard them a couple of times so when the chance came to see them in Tempe (1/4 mi from my house) I jumped at the opportunity. Their managment was cool enough to put me on the list and set me up with a photo pass – although one wasn’t really needed.

Jack O was also on the bill. He delivered a straight rock and roll set that disappointed none. A lot people came to see Jack and Lucero was a bonus.

Lucero took the stage around 10:30 and played about a 31 song set. A nice mix of old and new stuff and they took a bunch of requests during the show. Definitely worth seeing again. Good night, great music and all on a Thursday night.

The venue was small. A little weird how they separated the over 21 crowd from the rest. The lights we tough for photos – but I came away with a couple of keeper. My favorite is a Pedal Steel Guitar Photo – click here

I ran into some friends I haven’t seen for a couple of years at the show. After talking to them for about 10 minutes it was no surprise why we haven’e spoke in so long. They are the cool kids. The cool kids that have nothing going on and you’re a sell out if you actually have a 9-5 and a career. Real interesting vibe – wasn’t feeling it at all.

Next post: Rusted Root and Crowfield at The Marquee





RCPM : Marquee Theater / Tempe, AZ

6 11 2009

What a great weekend of music. Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers delivered rock and roll to a hometown crowd like never seen before.

10/30/09 “When in Rome” Highlights: The band played in full Roman gear and/or togas all night. I don’t know how they managed to do so. The crowd, many also dressed in togas loved every minute of the 2 hour upbeat rocking set. The highlights for me were: “City Girls”, “Louie Louie” and “West Texas Moon” – great set selection. The energy is The Marquee was amazing as everyone was ready to have RCPM play full shows back in Tempe.
photos of “When in Rome”

10/31/09 “Disco Nights” Highlights: Roger and the guys were dressed as The Village People and played all night in costume. At one point Roger said, “I think I found the one thing more difficult to play in than a toga,” about remarking on his chief’s headdress. This set was full of all the stuff I love to hear that isn’t always played. I love Mekong and Nada – don’t get me wrong, but this night was full of old favorites. “European Swallow” to open, “Interstate”, “Buffalo”, “Tributary Otis” and “Persephone”. Just a great night.
photos of “Disco Night”

After one long night of RCPM security started to regulate alcohol consumption and weren’t as laid back and chill on night two. That aside – it was a great two nights.

I want to thank Keara Zito from RCPM Management for photo credentials and allowing me access – I appreciate it.

If you’ve never seen RCPM – go check them out. You’ll probably knock down a few beers and a shot or two
of tequilla, forgot all your troubles for two-hours and leave saying “Here’s To Life!”

Link to my live music photos

NOTE: I saw Lucero and Jack Oblivian last night 11/5/09 and will post photos and a review. Tonight I see Rusted Root and that will follow.





First Time Ever Published – Uncle June Bug’s Spicy Sweet BBQ Sauce

3 11 2009

This is the first time I’ve ever published my original Spicy Sweet BBQ Sauce recipe. It took me about a year of trial and error to perfect. After three years of keeping it to my self I wanted to share it with everyone. (Who knew a vegetarian could make such a mean BBQ sauce – anyone see the irony.)


UNCLE JUNE BUG’s SPICY SWEET BBQ SAUCE

1 Cup Ketchup
1/3 Cup Beer (Fat Tire or a nice Amber of choice)
1T Cider Vinegar
1/3 Cup Honey
1T Chipotle Powder (I get ground chipotle powder at our local Farmer’s Mkt)
Juice from 1 Lemon
Dash Chili Powder
Dash Garlic Pepper
4T Worcestershire Sauce
Combine ingredients and bring to boil – while stirring.
Add Honey once at a Boil
Reduce heat and let simmer for 15-30 minutes

Enjoy! Thanks for all the support I received for the new blog.







First Time Ever Published – Uncle June Bug's Spicy Sweet BBQ Sauce

3 11 2009

This is the first time I’ve ever published my original Spicy Sweet BBQ Sauce recipe. It took me about a year of trial and error to perfect. After three years of keeping it to my self I wanted to share it with everyone. (Who knew a vegetarian could make such a mean BBQ sauce – anyone see the irony.)


UNCLE JUNE BUG’s SPICY SWEET BBQ SAUCE

1 Cup Ketchup
1/3 Cup Beer (Fat Tire or a nice Amber of choice)
1T Cider Vinegar
1/3 Cup Honey
1T Chipotle Powder (I get ground chipotle powder at our local Farmer’s Mkt)
Juice from 1 Lemon
Dash Chili Powder
Dash Garlic Pepper
4T Worcestershire Sauce
Combine ingredients and bring to boil – while stirring.
Add Honey once at a Boil
Reduce heat and let simmer for 15-30 minutes

Enjoy! Thanks for all the support I received for the new blog.







Ear Candy – Music Is The Weapon of the Future

2 11 2009

There are really good things happening here in AZ. I wrote earlier about MADCAP Theaters and how they are revitalizing Tempe with the arts. Here is another: Ear Candy.

I had a chance to meet Erin Friday night and we spoke a lot about what they do and how people can get involved. Go to their website for all the details – but I’ll paraphrase:

Ear Candy collects and distrubutes musical instruments to schools for in-school education and works with programs such as The Boy’s and Girl’s clubs on after-school programming.

Music has always been a huge part of my life. I grew up with a father that played guitar and a mother who loved music. I associate various events and memories of my life with certain songs and artists. At a young age I decided to play guitar and had encouragement throughout my life.

Ear Candy also has an emerging artists series which supports up and coming musicians and gives them a place to showcase their skills.

Do you have a guitar(or any instrument) laying around that is not played? This is the way to give it a new home and give the gift of music.

If you see Ear Candy at an event (and you will) I encourage you to stop by say hello and see how you can help. (Link to Electronic Press Release Video) – Enough said…