October was a pretty slow month in 2013 concert wise for me. There was only one event at the Valley View Casino Center for me to shoot and that was a Rave. I did spend the time writing some ebooks, more on that later….

The Dada Life event on October 25 was a really interesting shoot since the main theme seemed to be bananas and champagne. Go figure.

Dada Life / 2013 Dada Life / 2013

Next up was a shoot with the really interesting Emilie Autumn at UCSD. Not only did I get to photograph her show (the whole show) but I also did a quick shoot in the afternoon with Emilie outside on the campus grounds. It was a blast. Emilie was a lot of fun to work with and I hope our paths cross again in the future.

Emilie Autumn Emilie Autumn / 2013 Emilie Autumn / 2013

Switchfoot is a San Diego based band that has a great new movie out called Fading West. They played the movie and performed for a sellout crowd at the Balboa Theatre on November 5. This was defiantly up there with my favorite shoots of the year.

Switchfoot / 2013 Switchfoot / 2013 Switchfoot / 2013 Switchfoot / 2013

Next up was Selena Gomez at the Valley View Casino Center. This was the second time I have photographed Selena and the stage setup up this time was much more difficult to work around. The only approved shooting position meant that we were photographing across the front of the stage. That meant every empty seat behind Selena showed up in the images, not a good look.

Selena Gomez / 2013 Selena Gomez / 2013

The San Diego Sockers kicked off their 2013/14 season on November 9. Shooting indoor soccer is tough. The game moves fast, and the lighting is pretty low. It took a while to get back in the swing of things.

SD Sockers / 2013 SD Sockers / 2013 SD Sockers / 2013 SD Sockers / 2013

Next up was the Maze: Give Love Tour 2013 which featured Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, The Whispers & Howard Hewett.

Give Love Tour / 2013 Give Love Tour / 2013

On November 21, I got to mark another act off that concert bucket list. I photographed Pearl Jam on their Lighting Bolt tour here in San Diego. Shooting conditions were less than ideal, but I didn’t care. It was Pearl Jam. One of those bands I really have always wanted to photograph. And I am really happy with the results.

Yes, all the photos are of Eddie, but that’s because he was the one in the light…

Pearl Jam / 2013 Pearl Jam / 2013 Pearl Jam / 2013 Pearl Jam / 2013

Next up at the Valley View Casino Center was Pepe Aguilar.

Pepe Aguilar / 2013

Pepe Aguilar / 2013

Followed by Michael Buble who decided that the best spot to photograph him was the rear corner of the venue. One of the nice surprises of the night was Naturally 7, the opening act.

Michael Buble / 2013 Michael Buble / 2013 Michael Buble / 2013

That brings me to December where things picked up during the first week. I need up shooting 5 shows in 5 days with 17 different acts.

First up was the Tedeschi Trucks band with the London Souls as the opener at the Balboa Theatre.

Tedeschi Trucks Band / 2013

Tedeschi Trucks Band / 2013 Tedeschi Trucks Band / 2013

Then i started a four night run at the Valle View Casino Center with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, the 91X Holiday Bonus Show, Jay Z, and the 91X Wrex The Hall.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis / 2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis / 2013 The Royal Concept / 2013 The Airborne Toxic Event / 2013 The Airborne Toxic Event / 2013 Fitz and The Tantrums / 2013 Jay Z / 2013 Jay Z / 2013 J. Roddy and the Business / 2013 Silent Comedy / 2013 Alt-J  / 2013 Arctic Monkeys / 2013 Cage The Elephant / 2013 Vampire Weekend  / 2013 Queens of the Stone Age   / 2013

The final concert shoot for the year was Joe Bonamassa at the Valley View Casino Center.

Joe Bonamassa   / 2013 Joe Bonamassa   / 2013

There is still one more event that I have to shoot in 2013. A Rave on 12/30. I’ll add a couple from that when I get the chance.

All images were captured using Nikon Cameras and Lenses and Hoodman CompactFlash and SD cards and Sony XQD memory cards.

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