2014 : The Year in Concert Photography

I saw more concerts last year than any other calendar year of my life, and more importantly, I saw more top-notch concerts than I could’ve ever hoped.

We travelled to SXSW in March, where I finally got to witness a live Future Islands show, saw Julian Casablancas debut a brand new project (to a mixed response from the audience), and found some new incredible acts like TR/ST, De Lux, Cloud Nothings, and more.

I spent a lot of time behind a camera in Chicago, first at an especially intimate Run The Jewels show, where Killer Mike and I bonded over making a fist and a gun with our hands. Pitchfork Music Festival came quick in July, providing a backdrop for some of the best shots I’ve ever taken, of huge artists like Giorgio Moroder, Grimes, Real Estate and so many more. Then to The Hideout Block Party/ AV Club Fest for The War on Drugs, Sylvan Esso, Mac DeMarco, and said goodbye to Death Cab’s Chris Walla. But we weren’t done in the Windy City

In our hometown of Milwaukee, we started the summer of festivals shooting Best Coast and Outkast, with Andre 3000 giving a rousing performance in a “SLOPPY WET POSEIDON” jumpsuit.

We returned to Chicago for a very special hometown album release show featuring Twin Peaks and a swarm of kids on a tiny Lincoln Hall stage, then ended the year, nearly getting pummeled by The Bruiser Brigade and Danny Brown’s incredible live show.

To say the least, 2014 was one I’ll never forget. And I have the photo evidence to help.

Enjoy the shots, and here’s to even more in 2015…