O.A.R. – Merriweather Post Pavilion 8/1/13

Photographs from the show are still being processed. Will upload when done.

Here is a video I shot of O.A.R. with Andrew McMahon & Allen Stone covering Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

Dave Matthews Band – Bristow, VA 7/27/13

The last time I saw the Dave Matthews Band was 7/20/2001 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The memories for me from that show weren’t that great because the power went out during the show due to a big thunderstorm outside and the stage lights and mics went out. Also my seats were in section 420 and I got busted for smoking a joint by an undercover cop. Now that I look back on it I think….”Funny the way it is”!!! :)

This was the second time I have been to the enormous Jiffy Lube Live located in Bristow, VA. This time I knew what to expect. A VIP parking pass is a must, unless you feel like waiting for over 2 hours to get out of the parking lot. I had no issues leaving the venue except for being told by the parking attendant to stop as DMB’s 4-5 tour bus caravan cruised on by with Dave Matthews waiving goodbye out of the bus window. Other than that leaving the parking lot was a piece of cake. So a word of advice is to pay the extra $15 to get a Premiere Parking Pass. It’s worth it’s weight in gold.

I was lucky and scored a pair of GA/PIT tickets from the DMB Warehouse ticket lottery. I have photographed from many Pits before but the pit at Jiffy Lube Live was a crowd photographers dream. It wasn’t all crowded like at other venues. There was so much room on the sides and back of the pit that I was easily able to move from stage right to stage left and get to the rail without issue. I was also able to stand in the back of the pit and shoot the stage without a bunch of heads in my way. Being only 5’8 it always seems like 3/4 of the crowd is taller than me and I’ve learned to walk through the crowd standing on my tippy toes like a ballerina to try to get the shot I’m looking for. It can be very challenging at times and damn my feet hurt the next day. LoL

I don’t know who the opening act was but IMO they totally blew. SOJA had opened up for DMB the night before and I really wish that they had been able to open up for this show. It would have been a hometown show for SOJA as they are from the NOVA/DC area. I’ve attended a few SOJA concerts and have had a fucking blast each time. Did you know that SOJA’s newest album “Strength to Survive” was produced by John Alagia who was the producing mastermind behind Dave Matthews Band, O.A.R, Jason Mraz & John Mayer?

So back to the DMB show. I’ve had this image in my head of the photo I wanted to snap of Dave Matthews and I got it right away during the 1st song of the show. Much to everybody’s surprise the band came out and opened up with “Ants Marching”. Right then I knew it was going to be a memorable night with killer energy. Fact = DMB has only opened a show with Ants Marching 15 times ever :)

The setlist was stellar and included a couple of cover songs, Tom Petty’s “Running Down a Dream” and John Denver’s “Take Me to Tomorrow”. #41 & Two Step were sounded absolutely amazing. The end of the show included an incredible trumpet performance by Rashawn Ross during the shows closing song “Rapunzel”.

SETLIST

1. Ants Marching
2. Big Eyed Fish —->
3. Granny
4. (Snow Outside)
5. Belly Belly Nice
6. Old Dirt Hill
7. Louisiana Bayou
8. If Only
9. Runnin Down a Dream
10. Crazy Easy
11. (Kill The Preacher)
12. Why I Am
13. Long Black Veil
14. #41
15. Grey Street
16. Take Me To Tomorrow
17. Don’t Drink the Water
18. You and Me
19. Two Step

——– ENCORE ——–

20. Some Devil *
21. Spoon
22. Pantala Naga Pampa —->
23. Rapunzel
SHOW NOTES:

* Dave Solo

So maybe people the night before in Virginia Beach had something to complain about but this show in Bristow was a 5 star performance.

Below are a few photos that I took at the show. All of my photos from this show can be found on my Flickr page at this link Dave Matthews Photos 7/27/13

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Soundgarden – Live in Washington, DC

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Via Flickr:
A spectacular show by Soundgarden last night at D.A.R. Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. Photos captured by TheConcertMan.com on 1/18/2013.  Below is the Setlist from the show. Enjoy the photos and I look forward to your comments.

The Concert Man

SETLIST

Let Me Drown

Spoonman

Gun

Jesus Christ Pose

Room a Thousand Years Wide

Taree

By Crooked Steps

Been Away Too Long

My Wave

Worse Dreams

Drawing Flies

Ugly Truth

Fell on Black Days

Non-State Actor

Hunted Down

Blood on the Valley Floor

A Thousand Days Before

Outshined

Live to Rise

Blow Up the Outside World

Loud Love

4th of July

 Encore:

Rusty Cage

Black Hole Sun

Slaves & Bulldozers

Washington DC got to pay tribute and witness the future of Rock & Roll when The Gaslight Anthem made a 2 night stop at the 9:30 Club on their 2012 “Handwritten” Tour.

 

Visit the link below to view some pictures from the show.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/imatty35/8251520102/

 

Stroke 9 – Live @ BlocktoberFest

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It was so good to see the guys from Stroke 9 again. This time it was in Downtown Baltimore as they were the Headlining Act for the 2012 BlocktoberFest in Baltimore Maryland on 9/29/12.

The set was filled with positive energy, lots of smiles and laughter and Stroke 9′s chart topping songs from over the years. The crowd thoroughly had a blast and enjoyed every tune to their fullest. The entire night was a memorable one and after their show it was really good to hang out again, catch up and just chill with these down to earth musicians who truly are a band that enjoys and respects their fans & friends that come to see them.

Washington DC area venues should really look into booking these guys for some shows as these guys know how to put on a show that will have your patrons saying while they leave that it was an awesome and fun show that they would come back to see anytime that they returned to the area.

Thanks again guys for an awesome night! Hopefully you’ll return back to the east coast soon. Until we meet again!

Matthew Straubmuller
“The Concert Man”

Jason Mraz – Merriweather 8/24/12

Well it’s been 11 months to the day since I first saw and photographed Jason Mraz live. He played at Merriweather Post Pavilion last year on September 24, 2011 with Colbie Caillat and tonight he performed at the same venue with Philadelphia’s Christina Perri.
Via Flickr:
Below are more photos I took of Jason Mraz live at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD on August 24, 2012.
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Jason Mraz – Merriweather 8/24/12, a set on Flickr.

SETLIST

Everything Is Sound
Butterfly
You and I Both
The Remedy (I Won’t Worry)
Make It Mine
Live High
Only Human
Be Honest
Sunshine Song
Living in the Moment
Frank D. Fixer
Lucky
The Woman I Love
A Beautiful Mess
Plane
You Fckn Did It
I’m Coming Over
I’m Yours
Three Little Birds
(Bob Marley cover)

Encore:
Song for a Friend
Distance
(with Christina Perri)
93 Million Miles
I Won’t Give Up

My new camera which is a Canon SX40 HS takes awesome photos but the videos it produces absolutely BLOW. It seems like the video feature has no Stabilizer and since day one I have had issues with the audio it records when there is a drum being played. When the audio recording setting is set to Auto and a drummer is playing it just destroys the audio. The only way to get it to work properly is to turn the audio recording setting to Manual and turn down the audio level some and presto everything works fine! Unfortunately for me I wasn’t planning on recording any video but when Jason started sing Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” I could not resist and I also did not remember to follow my own advice and manually turn down the audio level. When it comes to recording video at live concerts I really miss my Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3. I have tried the newer Panasonic Lumix models and they just don’t compare to that antique.

Below is a video I shot of Jason Mraz performing Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds”.

So WTF happend to Toca? I was very surprised not to see him on the stage but instead to see Jason’s new Persian Female Percussionist Mona Tavakoli. Click on her name to read a post that Jason wrote announcing that she would be joining him on tour. No mention at all of Toca in that post but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to read in between Mraz’s lines. Something obviously happened but whatever that case may be I just hope that Toca is healthy and enjoying life.

Check out Jason & Mona doing some crazy shit while performing a new song titled “You Fuckin’ Did It”.

Jane’s Addiction – Lyric Opera House Baltimore, MD

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Via Flickr:
Photos I took of Jane’s Addiction performing at the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore Maryland on August 14, 2012. What an absolutely incredible performance by Jane’s Addiction. All aspects of that show kicked ass and boy let me tell you I had so much fun photographing this concert. The set was a little short I thought and even though the fans were begging for “Summertime Rolls” it wasn’t played. Oh well I can finally scratch Jane’s Addiction off my bucket list!

SETLIST

Underground
Mountain Song
Just Because
Been Caught Stealing
Ain’t No Right
Irresistible Force
Jane Says
Classic Girl
Up the Beach
Whores
Three Days
Encore:
Splash a Little Water on It
Ocean Size
Stop!

I ended up having to fight with the venue’s security all night. From the moment I had my bag searched at the gate to the moment I left the security guards were nothing but a pain in my ass. Here is the deal, the venue policy states “NO CAMERAS WITH DETACHABLE LENSES”. Well I am well aware of this policy which has become the norm at most venues with big named acts. So to get around this policy I use a Canon Powershot SX40 HS which is technically considered a “Point & Shoot” camera. NO LENS DETACHES AT ALL ON THIS CAMERA. So as I’m at the gate getting my bag searched the security guy asked me to pull out my camera to verify that the lens indeed did not detach. I complied and pulled it out and showed him it did not have a detachable lens and was not a DSLR camera. Well next thing I know out of no where comes the head of security stating that I could not use my camera because it had a detachable lens. I said no it doesn’t and showed it that in fact it didn’t. This is when the hypocrisy and the ego trip from venue security came into play which has become more common at these high profile shows. The head of security asked me if this camera has a zoom on it. U said yes, and that all digital cameras have a zoom on them including iPhones and Blackberry’s. He then asked “Where are your seats?” I just played dumb and handed him my ticket knowing that my seats were in the second row, dead center. He looked at my ticket and paused for several seconds before stating “OK, you can use this camera but you are not allowed to use the zoom feature on it”. I was thinking are you fucking kidding me! The policy states no camera with detachable lenses but nowhere is there any fine print that says unless you have a camera with a killer zoom and are sitting in the second row. Knowing the ego trips these guys are on I sais OK and they finally let me in the venue. I thought this whole issue with my camera was over but boy was I mistaken. About 45 minutes into the show as I am shooting that everything went black. As I removed my eye from my eye piece guess who was standing in front of me? Mr. Head of Security himself who then stated “If I see that lens zoom out 1 more time then you are out of here!” I was thinking you have got to be kidding me! All of this while there were at least 10 people around me with normal point & shoots, iPhones and other smartphones all up in the bands face video taping and taking pics with their lenses at full zoom. So I complied and for the rest of thew night I went ZOOM LESS. So while without zoom the band set up to do “Jane Says” and thought since everybody and there mother had been video taping the entire show with using their Smart Phones & their arms extended as high as possible I decided I would shoot a video. Well right in the middle of “Jane Says” I again end up with some other security guard, this time a woman, screaming at me saying “You cant take pictures with a camera that has a detachable lens”. I then had to stop recording and show her that my camera did not have a fucking detachable lens. She got really nasty with me but I kept my cool because I knew if I told her what I really thought then I would be kicked out.

Below is the video I was shooting of Jane Says and at the end of it was when I was interrupted by the Miss Know It All Security Guard who actually didn’t know shit.

The security staff should of been enforcing the no video policy and since everybody around me with smartphones were recording but no they decided to pick on me, the one person in the place that was actually following the photographing policy of “NO CAMERAS WITH DETACHABLE LENSES”. So in closing, the venue security staff needs to define their policy, teach their staff about cameras or stick to the policy that they had plastered on paper all over the venue. You can’t make exceptions due to a ticket holders seat location.

The Gaslight Anthem – Live @ U Street Music Hall 7/20/12

WELL GUESS WHO DECIDED TO COME BACK TO THE STATES AFTER THEIR WHAT SEEMED LIKE A FOREVER & NEVER ENDING EUROPEAN TOUR……YOU GUESSED IT! NEW JERSEY’S OWN….”THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM“!

I tell you, if you dont read the 9:30 Club email blasts very carefully it’s so easy to miss their SURPRISE announcements when something or someone BIG is coming to the Club or to a “9:30 Club Presents” venue. When I saw that these guys were going to be performing at the tiny 500 person capacity U Street Music Hall which is literally a basement dance club where DJ’s do their thing I was like, “No Fuckin’ Way”! AWESOME! I mean these guys have such a huge following and are use to playing much larger crowds. I could easily see them selling out back to back nights at the 900+ capacity 9:30 Club but singer Brian Fallon stated that “We decided to do a run of really small venues first rather than blast out the biggest possible places we could because we wanted another chance to remember what it’s like to be right there in the heat of it. We’re gonna be setting up for the record to come out and we’ll play some new songs, but really what you’re gonna get is LOTS of old favorites. It’s kind of our “Thanks to Everybody Who Got Us to the Big Places Tour”… so to say thanks we’re gonna dig up the old jams we might not’ve played in a while, in the venues we used to play them. It’s Gonna Be Super Rad!.” He also stated during the show that “they would be back soon and will be playing at much larger venues”.

Well… Super Rad it was!!

Such a small venue with great sound and electrifying energy as the band played their set which was primarily made up of their songs from their already released albums but they did belt out 3 new songs from their new album “Handwritten”, which will be released this Tuesday July 24, 2012. I must say that the Brian Fallon’s Red Rickenbacker 12 String electric guitar was a beauty. The only way that I could explain to my wife just how beautiful this guitar was I had to use the comparison of normal girls shoes and Dorothy’s Ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz. Then that made total sense to her. LOL!

As the show came to the end we walked up out of the basement club and ended up outside by the tour bus where the band members hung out and talked to their friends & fans in the misty rain. We hung out for about an hour and met a couple, Adam & Tammy who are huge fans of the band and let me snap this picture of the setlist that they grabbed and were getting autographed by the band.

Good Times, Good People, and Awesome Music. Big thanks to “9:30 Club Presents” for organizing this show. It’s always good to see familiar faces in new & different places.

The Concert Man & That Guy from the 9:30 Club

Citizen Cope – “One Lovely Day” Album Release Performance

Today Citizen Cope’s new album “One Lovely Day” was released to the world and I had an amazing opportunity to attend the album release performance which was located at the Barnes & Noble in Downtown Washington, DC.

Citizen Cope put on a performance to promote his new album and also took the time to autograph CD’s for his fans. It was so cool to finally meet him. He performed his new songs “One Lovely Day”, “DFW” and “Dancer From Brazil” along with some of his classic hits “Bullet And A Target”, “Salvation” and “Sideways”.

After his performance he autographed CD’s for his fans. Even The Concert Man himself got to chat with Cope and get his CD’s autographed!

It was good to see Citizen Cope perform again. It has been a year since he played The Warner Theater infront of his hometown crowd. Luckily for all of us Citizen Cope fans he will be performing at the Silopanna Festival on August 11, 2012 along with Cake, G.Love & Special Sauce and many other bands. It’s looking like that will also end up being “One Lovely Day” indeed!

Here is a video that Citizen Cope made for “One Lovely Day” using fan photos. He used 9 of my photos in this video including the videos thumbnail pic. Big thanks to Citizen Cope!!

 

Coldplay – Washington, DC Live @ Verizon Center

Being still relatively new to the Washington, DC area this was my first visit to the Verizon Center. I was lucky enough to snag a couple of sold out tickets at face value last Feburary and I’ve been waiting since then to see Coldplay perform for the first time.

My seats were located in Section 113 Row G which is located just adjacent to stage left. (see picture below)

While entering the Verizon Center we were handed a Xyloband which is a wristband with LED lights in it. These wristbands lite up during the first song and I must say, what a beautiful site it was to see. It beats holding up a lighter any day!

The night was followed by a remarkable setlist which included 10 songs off of their newest album “Mylo Xyloto” and some of their hits from previous albums.

==Setlist==

1 Mylo Xyloto
2 Hurts Like Heaven
3 In My Place
4 Major Minus
5 Lovers In Japan
6 The Scientist
7 Yellow
8 Violet Hill
9 God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
10 Princess Of China
11 Up In Flames
12 Warning Sign
13 Don’t Let It Break Your Heart
14 Viva La Vida
15 Charlie Brown
16 Paradise
17 Us Against The World
18 Speed Of Sound
19 Clocks
20 Fix You
21 Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall

I shot the video below of Coldplay performing “The Scientist” which is an old favorite of mine.

Coldplay performing “The Scientist”

video courtesy of The Concert Man

As the night went on there was no lack of energy on the band’s part. Let me tell you, Chris Martin(singer) used the runway to RUN. He reminded me of Forrest Gump. Run Forrest Run…and run he did. Check out this video I took during the ending of the song “Fix You”

Coldplay performing “Fix You”

video courtesy of The Concert Man

Chris was so tired from all of that running that when he finally got back to the piano he needed to catch his breath and let the audience sing the verse. He ran all night. Energy, lights and the sound of Coldplay filled the air all night.

To finish the show Coldplay performed their hit “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” What a great way to end the show because it’s my wife’s favorite song! Below is the video I shot of them performing Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall.

Coldplay performing “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall”

Below is a photo slideshow of pictures that I took at this event.

ONWARD TO THE NEXT CONCERT!!!!!!!!!

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