Category Archives: bar

Backroad Anthem, July 2013 at Kanza Hall in Overland Park, Kansas (Kansas City)

Everyone has probably heard of the country singer, Craig Strickland of Backroad Anthem, whose boat capsized while duck hunting and caused his and his friend’s deaths last week down in Oklahoma. I realized that three years ago I shot his band at Kanza Hall when they opened for Joe Nichols. I didn’t actually meet either band in person; just shot from the crowd and took party pics of the fans. Not being country fan per se, I still thought Backroad Anthem was a tight band, and Strickland was a charismatic frontman. It was sad to hear what happened to him and his friend, and crazy to realize we crossed paths somewhat in the line of work.













Throwback and Tribute: The Record Bar

  Last night (Saturday, January 2nd), one of Kansas City’s most esteemed live music venues, the Record Bar, closed its doors for good. (Not through any lack of success, but as I understand it, solely on account of the property’s landlord refusing to renew the lease for various reasons.) I was there Friday night shooting… Continue Reading

BPR’s Keys to being a Successful Cover Band: THE RELATIONSHIPS

4) The Relationships: Foster the relationships with your fans, because they are the reason you’re getting booked; with the bar owners and other clients, because they are not your adversaries; and don’t overlook the wait staff and bartenders, because they’re not your servants; they are your COLLEAGUES This subject I saved for last because I… Continue Reading

BPR’s Keys to being a Successful Cover Band: THE SHOW, PART 3

3b) THE SHOW: Sequencing is NOT cheating There. I said it. Now get over it. Seriously, this is one of the most controversial aspects I’ve encountered among many (especially older) musicians. For those unfamiliar, sequencing is when a band incorporates a pre-recorded sound—an effect or an instrument of some kind—that they use to back up… Continue Reading

BPR’s Keys to being a Successful Cover Band: THE SHOW, PART 1

3) THE SHOW: Have the right songs at the right time, avoid indulging in personal favorites that drive people off the dance floor, don’t take too long between songs, and know when NOT to take a set break THIS is going to be the topic I think most people will have some of the biggest… Continue Reading

BPR’s Keys to being a Successful Cover Band: PROMOTION

2) PROMOTION: The most mysterious and elusive aspect of success Okay, I’m not sure I really have a lot of advice about this aspect in particular, but as the scope of this project began to expand exponentially the more I contemplated it, it grew to encompass four key “legs” holding up the table that supports… Continue Reading

BPR Top Twenty-Five Pics of 2012

Well, this is a revival of a tradition I thought I was starting in 2009: an end of the year review of my favorite photos. It was never intended as a “best of”, because that would be too hard, and too focused I think on the technical aspects of a given photo. Which is still… Continue Reading


I’m not sure that many people realize that I actually get paid to shoot most of the party/band pics they see me out there doing. And I definitely consider it a privilege to be paid to do so. Because everybody has a camera, right? So I definitely don’t take it for granted. However, there are… Continue Reading

Off camera gelled flash

This past weekend I changed up my off-camera lighting just a little bit than I normally have been doing. Using off-camera flashes has been part of my repertoire for quite some time now with certain bars/bands, but I never used a dome diffuser nor did I use any colored gels (even though I own both).… Continue Reading