Artist Spotlight: Insane Clown Posse: Winner of Detroit Music Award’s Distinguished Artist award 4/15/2011

Hate them or love them, these guys deserve respect. Insane Clown Posse won the Distinguished Artist award at this year’s Detroit Music Awards because they have been performing and creating new music for over two decades. This year has been a huge year for them after garnering respect in the Detroit music community evidenced by their top honor award at the Detroit Music Awards. During the duo’s award acceptance speech at the Detroit Music Awards, it was evident that Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope still have an intense passion and love for what they do. They are also planning their yearly “Gathering of the Juggalos” event which is looking to be their biggest yet with a lineup of: Twiztid, Charlie Sheen, George Clinton, Xzibit, Ice Cube, Lil Jon’, Busta Rhymes, MC Hammer, DJ Quik, and many more.

How it all Started…Review and Photos of Bright Eyes at the Royal Oak Music Theatre 3/14/2011

I was slow to discover the band Bright Eyes last year, but I’m grateful I did. Not only are they my favorite band, but they helped me to discover a passion of mine-concert photography. Bright Eyes was scheduled to play at the Royal Oak Music Theater in Detroit on 3/14. I had planned to go but tickets were sold out and on Stub Hub they were $100+. UGH. I met a new friend named, Nardo, who said he could get us tickets and asked if I could photograph the event for a local blog. In the past I had photographed weddings, portraits and parties, but never any concerts. After Nardo told me I couldn’t use flash in the pictures I frowned and told him that I wasn’t sure about wanting to do it. We now laugh when we remember how I told him that I wanted to go out and party it up and not work at a concert. In fact, I even said I’d rather pay to go to the show then get tickets for free if it meant “working.” I topped it all off by saying without flash my pictures would look like “shit” and I didn’t want that displayed on any public website. Nardo just smiled and said, “I know you can do this,” I begrudgingly agreed and looked forward to the concert regardless of my picture taking duties.

I was nervous about photographing the concert because I didn’t know what I was getting myself into and I hadn’t been shooting much of anything lately. When we got to the theatre I had to admit that I liked getting a cool-looking Bright Eyes press pass. (Bright Eyes makes the best photo passes that I’ve seen so far!) I shot the opening band and let’s just say I’m glad I got a chance to warm-up. I also was able to get a feel for what it was like to stand in front of the front row right below the performers. It felt like the concert was being performed just for me:)

When Bright Eyes took the stage, I entered  a “zone” and took my pictures. Some were bad, but others were pretty good. Regardless of the outcome, I was in love with concert photography.