For those about to rock…

I guess I wasn’t done digging through my archive, because I went through last night and dug up some old concert photos from my time in Tampa.

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love music. I don’t function without music playing for a good part of the day. Live music, in particular, is what I like to spend my time and money on. Lucky for me in Tampa, I had a lot of friends in bands or otherwise intimately involved in the local scene, so I was never a stranger at most of the local venues.

And with the number of hobbyists with DSLRs at smaller club shows, it’s no wonder why — music is fun to photograph. It’s not particularly challenging. Everything is reasonably lit for you… most of the time. the performers are giving you good emotion… most of the time. Here’s a one from some friends of mine, The Beauvilles. Rock music from Tampa, Florida:

9/11/08 - TAMPA - The Beauvilles Shawn Kyle performs at Crowbar in Tampa, Fla. on Sept. 11, 2008.

9/11/08 - TAMPA - The Beauvilles Shawn Kyle performs at Crowbar in Tampa, Fla. on Sept. 11, 2008.

Shawn, the lead singer of the band, has been a friend and a soccer teammate of mine up until I moved, but he’s never let me down with the photo ops.

Of course, an arena show every now and then is always fun! There’s no substitute for a decent band melting the faces of 10k+ people in a packed arena. Easily the best band I’ve shot in arena setting is Taking Back Sunday. Adam Lazzara does not disappoint when it comes to stage presence:

12/03/06 - TAMPA - Taking Back Sunday lead singer Adam Lazzara twirls the microphone cord for the Ford Amphitheater crowd for 97xs Next Big Thing concert on Dec. 3, 2006.

12/03/06 - TAMPA - Taking Back Sunday lead singer Adam Lazzara twirls the microphone cord for the Ford Amphitheater crowd for 97x's Next Big Thing concert on Dec. 3, 2006.

To see the whole gallery, check out my archive site.

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