Live Concert Photos: Snoop Dogg at Orpheum Theater, 02.01.2011

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Despite one of the worst blizzards in recent memory, Snoop Dogg’s Get Wet Tour rolled through Madison’s Orpheum Theater Tuesday night.  The combination of Snoop’s energy and the sold-out crowds’ vigor made for an exhilarating show.  Please enjoy the photos!

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Live Concert Photos: Norah Jones at Overture Hall 3/15/10

The elegant Grammy Award winner Norah Jones played to a sold-out crowd at Overture Hall.  Crowd and critic expectations were high, and those expectations were easily exceeded.  Accompanied by her beautiful voice, Norah played electric and acoustic guitar, keyboard, and piano.  With over 36 million albums sold and counting, it was no surprise that she also played to a standing ovation.

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Live Music Photo Tuesdays – Meat Puppets

w 4859b The Meat Puppets brought their influential grunge sound to The Annex Friday night featuring tunes from “Sewn Together”, their new CD released May 12th.   Once the doors cracked open the venue quickly filled to a near capacity crowd.

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Live Music Photo Tuesdays – All That Remains

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Good News: There was a 3-foot pit, the space between the stage and the barricade, for the “bouncers” and the media, which includes photographers like me.  Bad News: When All That Remains (ATR) came on stage, the pit got smaller and smaller as the barricade got pushed closer and closer to the stage.  Saying ATR amped up the crowd would be an understatement.  Early on, vocalist Phil Labonte sounded a little disappointed as he did not see a mosh pit being generated Friday night at The Annex.  To the crowds’ defense, it was jam packed.  I mean if the person next to you decided to sway, you swayed too, regardless if you wanted to or not.  It was TIGHT!!!  Pun Intended. 

Luna Mortis opened the night up with songs from their newly released album, The Absence.  Based in Madison, the band was formed in 2001 in Monroe and went by the name The Ottoman Empire.  They later changed their name in 2008 to Luna Mortis.

Dirge Within followed.  Before the set, vocalist Jeremy “Jerms” Genske warned me that he likes to jump back and forth from the stage to the barricade.  I now see why.  The crowd loved the up-close and personal touch.  Rumor has it that a day before the show on May 14th, Dirge Within inked a deal with E1 Music (formerly Koch Records).  If it is true, congrats! 

Another great show.  Thanks for looking.

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Live Music Photo Tuesdays – Bryan Adams & Del The Funky Homosapien

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On Friday night, Bryan Adams played to a standing ovation and two encores in the intimate setting of the Capital TheaterBryan, his acoustic guitar, Gary, a grand piano, and candle lit colored lights were the only items on the bare stage.  Bryan did not need much more because from the minute he stepped into the spotlight, the audience was captivated.  Early on, he even commented on how quiet the crowd was.  Thinking back, my quiet was a combination of feeling pretty special to be a part of this sort of “intimate living room” experience, disbelief that I was listening to a unique acoustic performance, and reminiscing as he sang hit after hit, word after word.  The crowd quickly shook off their star struck trance as Bryan found them singing along and screaming requests by concerts end.

On Saturday night, a genre about face took place as I entered the High Noon Saloon ready to witness Del The Funky Homosapien on his Funk Man Tour.  Performances by A.N.T., Serendipity Project, Bukue (Buku) One, along with Del, A-Plus, and DJ Zach Hendrix did not disappoint the packed house.   An interesting tidbit from the night was Del’s announcement that he is releasing his new album “Funk Man (The Stimulus Package)“, which released in April, as a FREE download.  You can get at http://delthefunkyhomosapien.bandcamp.com/Del kept it real in saying that he felt more people might listen to it if he gave it to them for FREE with no strings attached!   

What a great weekend of diverse music.  Hope you enjoy the photos.  Thanks for looking.

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