This is what a broken down tour bus’s “guts” looks like and trust me, no band wants to see it looking like this.Read More
When a bride + groom ask you to photograph their week long destination wedding in a documentation format you say “yes”. They want to look back at their wedding and remember the good, the goofy, the lovely and whatever might have happened with 10 kids on a catamaran when they weren’t looking.
I’m excited to have been given design freedom with concept, style and tone which inspires me to push my creative side. This coffee table wedding book will be full of non traditional wedding photos and I can’t wait to see what happens day to day (especially with 10 kids on a catamaran).
These two acts pulled in a full house and couldn't have been any greater to work with. One thing I love about my job is the never ending supply of new music to add to my library.
Even though this show was cancelled at the 11th hour by Rod Stewart due to a injured foot, I spent two days working for the tour chef. Tours that have their own catering work from the time they open their eyes to the time they shut (they work 24/7 so I’m certain their eyes never reaalllly shut) Tour catering prepares 3 meals + snacks a day onsite for the entire touring crew (+150 people) and more often than not in a makeshift kitchen (outside in any weather condition. No shit) in tents fueled by huge propane tanks.
They not only plan out daily meals and snacks but there are multiple main dishes for varying diets, several side dishes to choose from and a dessert bar that will knock any sweet tooth out of the park. I see tricked out coffee bars and fresh juice bars with every fruit and vegetable to keep performers and crew in tip top shape. I don’t know where they find the time but the presentation is always well thought out and some tours even include holiday/seasonal appropriate props so even the most seasoned crew feels at home….. and don’t get me started if it’s someone’s birthday!.
It’s hard to eat healthy and thoughtful on the road so a giant “Thank you!” to the hardworking catering crews that keep hundreds of people fed. Every day. Every meal. Every show.
The “Life Changes Tour 2018” had to be one of my best shows and only the second country show I’ve worked in all the years I’ve been doing this. I had Brett Young + Midland for the day. Pre-show runs ensue!.
This trifecta of performers couldn’t have been any more down to earth, and they were overly humble (seriously). Some might know that I trade guitar picks- similar to trading baseball cards. I asked Jess Carson (Midland’s guitarist) if anyone on the tour trades because I needed some country picks in my collection. He had never heard of pick trading so what better time than to get someone new in on tour underground fun?. I had TWO Prince picks that I swore I would never trade but I thought it would be a good time to give one up to Jess….for the cause you know.
This is a band I truly hope to work for again and by all means if they’re in your town grab a ticket because they put on a great show. Energetic, entertaining and they truly love their fans.
Skallywag Festival was the perfect show to kick off fall. Bad Religion, Pennywise, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake and The Interrupters took the stage with incredible energy. I worked mostly with Penny Wise for this show and felt like I won a small lottery, mostly because of the verbal banter with Fletcher Dragge. He might have met his match if he would have stuck around longer. Next time Mr. Dragge….next time.
It’s time to “boot + scoot” (again) with Luke Bryan and this time in the +12,000 seat arena at the Ford Idaho Center. Luke Bryan seems to like his Idaho fans as much as we love him. He’s circling around for the 3rd time in 3 years and country folk are waiting with baited breath. What a great show to wrap up summer.
I was lucky enough to work for one of the biggest heavy metal bands from my younger years and better yet, Slayer's "Final World Tour". Slayer, Anthrax, Lamb of God, Testament + Napalm Death took the stage at the Idaho Center, August 21, 2018. It was a full (full) house and let me say this. They were awesome!. I'm really observant of backstage "living" and this show was not what I expected it to be. At. All. Aside from the wonderful crew, the leads of the bands were my favorite part. I'm not a heavy metal par-taker and I don't know who any of the performers were nor did I research them before I worked this tour. I ended up driving them back and forth to various places of the venue for a good part of the day in my golf cart- so faces became familiar fast.
Since you can only "lay rubber" at 5 mph in my cart we got into mini conversations. I saw pictures of kids, family's and learned small bits and parts of their life/music journey. I drop them off backstage and tell them I'll be there when their set's done. They so graciously say "thanks for the lift!". When I picked them up, they were drenched in sweat and that is no exaggeration. Towels draped over their heads, wobbly in stance from exertion as they make their way to my cart. I'm pretty quiet when I pick artists up because most need downtime but not them. A cheerful "Hey! how's it going!?" and they picked right back up on the conversation where we left off pre-performance. In my head I'm thinking "I can't believe what just came out of your face on stage and you're actually asking me how my day's going?". Most of us would be laying face down in the dirt after exerting a performance like that but not these guys.
In short, I have a great new appreciation for heavy metal performers. They give A LOT to their audience and truly love their fans and when they step off stage they quickly return to their inner soft self. These experiences are what keep me doing what I'm passionate about. I'm a very lucky girl.
Kicking off the summer with some reggae-rock and perfect outside concert weather. These guys couldn't have been any nicer and easy to work with. In addition to the concert, they shared the Ford Idaho Center with the El Korah Shrine Circus. Circus's give me very bitter/sweet feelings. I love seeing the animals but would rather see them in their own environment. However, El Korah gave us the opportunity to see the animals "back stage" eating watermelons and getting a nice bath and in turn El Korah got to shake it a little and meet the Dirty Heads.
A walk down memory lane and have to say.....these guys rocked and owned that crowd!
A dose of EDM is all anyone needs to get their blood pumping!.
I'm up and ready for these guys. I've heard nothing but good things about the crew so let's rock!
I can't wait to work this concert!. Panic At The Disco is hands down one of my favorite bands. I love the "theatrics" of their music and the way they sway + weave through different music genere's seamlessly making it work. Truly "I Write Sins Not Tragedies".
Tone Report Weekly is an interactive online magazine with a sole focus on guitars and pedals. TR encourages the user to sample pedals, watch demos and engage with the "Riff of the Day" lesson. Tone Report asked me to submit a few images based on my love of gear (lucky me!). You can see images starting on page 34.
To all my music junkie friends, if you already aren't a subscriber to Tone Report Weekly, I recommend downloading the app and start demoing pedals (eats up time sitting on the tour bus) or visit
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Blondie + Garbage. Two incredible female musicians coming together for their epic "Rage and Rapture Tour" and stopping in Boise, Idaho July 14, 2017. I couldn't be more excited to work for these two iconic ladies who's music has graced my ears over and over through the years.
I'm looking forward to working for Eric Johnson performing at the Egyptian Theater in Boise early February. An evening of acoustic guitar and piano mid-winter is just what I need. www.ericjohnson.com/tour
The Goo Goo Dolls kicked off their latest 2016 tour "Boxes" in Boise. I worked with these guys for 3 days and they are a real down to earth group. This was their third time back in Boise and every time they get better + better. http://www.googoodolls.com/?frontpage=true
There is a picture of Robby Takac's pants that has become one of my favorite pictures I took this year, mostly because it leaves me with wonder. Every time I walked out of their green room you would walk straight towards their wardrobes, each members clothes hanging perfectly waiting for the rightful owner. I wondered about the stories of these pants. These "pants" roll into town, perform, gather new stories and then are packed up back into the wardrobe and then onto the next city. I must have walked in and out over a hundred times and kept thinking "if these pants could talk". You'll see that in the picture the pants are hanging so patiently and quietly, just waiting to create new stories.
After 10 years Dishwalla is recording a new album and they're taking me along to document the next 2 weeks in Joshua Tree, California. Eric Burdon has graciously opened his home to the guys and they've transformed the house into a recording studio!. With Sylvia Massy in tow this album is going to rock. www.dishwalla.com
There are two upcoming (hands-on) iphoneography workshops through Idaho Public Workshops. These classes have roughly 10-12 openings so I can work with each person individually. You can sign up + pay online. Remember "keep shooting!"