Wonderbus 2019

Put on by the same people that do LaureLive, I knew this was going to be good. Saturday had a great crowd, attracting more people than LaureLive did in it’s first year. The setup was great, too, as the stages were near enough to each other that you didn’t have to haul a huge way away to get to any of the 3 stages. Highlights of the day for me were hanging out with Trombone Shorty and his band (and getting my photo with Shorty, as i am NEVER in any with musicians (by my choice)), seeing Castlecomer and Magic Giant, both great bands that are friends, seeing Ben Harper, and having to retrace my steps at the end of Sunday night to find my lost phone ūüėČ

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“Reggae on the Water” Cruise 2019

Many of you know that I work with the band Carlos Jones & the P.L.U.S. Band (Peace, Love, and Unity Syndacate). For a while, I thought the band should do a “reggae cruise”. Well, we finally did!

After worrying about the weather for almost a week prior to the date, it rained almost EVERY day! But, somehow, probably with Carlos’ amazing talent for getting the weather to be clear on gig nights, we ended up with a PERFECT day (and evening) to you out for a 3-hour tour out on Lake Erie and down the Cuyahoga River.

By the time it was done, EVERYBODY had such a great time, that at the end of the night MANY people were already asking us about the next one!

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LaureLive 2019

Coming into my 4th straight LaureLive (I have been to them all), I was looking forward to it as I was now their MAIN photographer, with access to everything at the festival. After getting my credentials, I was set for 2 long (but fun) days of great music! I was REALLY looking forward to seeing Trombone Shorty again, anxious to see Castlecomer for a full set, and checking out Rodrigo y Gabriela, who are the most amazing guitarists. NONE of those bands let me down from my expectations. Nor did the Vindys, one of the hottest bands in Cleveland right now. They will be on the main stages of festivals VERY soon at the rate they are going.

Besides all of the great music I got to hear, had a great time getting to hang out with Trombone Shorty for a little, and even ended up having a small dinner with Sheryl Crow.

I may have put 13 miles on my fitbit over 2 days, and ended up exhausted, it was quite a fun time.

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LaureLive 2018

It was a LONG, fun 2 days shooting for LaureLive. It was great seeing the band Magic Giant again, as they are so good, such nice guys, and fun to shoot, too! I FINALLY got to see Trombone Shorty, and was BLOWN AWAY by the energy and music they produce! The Record Company rocked hard, and many other bands were enjoyable, too. It was interesting seeing the insides of the trailers that the bands used for dressing rooms/rest areas. If it had not rained, it would have been a perfect weekend! For the rest of the photos, see HERE

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Milwaukee Irish Fest 2015

Once again, the 6.5 hour ride each way was well worth the trip, considering the talent that the LARGEST Irish Festival has gracing it’s stages. Bands like Brigid’s Cross, , John Whelan and his collection of amazing talent, The High Kings, Lunasa, Full Set, The Sreaming Orphans, The Red Hot Chili Pipers and the Elders ALWAYS are great to see!
But the highlights of the weekend (for me at least), and judging by the crowd reaction they were in agreement with me, were TWO things: 1) A tribute to American music by an AMAZING lineup consisting of all of the members of Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul, Scythian, and We Banjo 3! In all my years doing this, it is RARE when i see a set that is SO good, I felt chills going down my spine!
The other highlight came about due to a very lowlight of the weekend. EVERYBODY’S favorite BOH (beer on head) poser, the one and only Marty Cahill (Director of the Syracuse, NY Irish fest) received the news that his brother had passed away suddenly on Thursday just as he was at the airport about to make the trip to Milwaukee to join in the festivities. What happened over the weekend was such an outpouring of love for Marty was an amazing thing to see. Many people posted pics on FB with beers on their heads as a tribute. The crowning acheivement came from an idea Pat Murphy and I came up with in the bar the night before. We got the WHOLE crowd (many thousands) to all put beers on their head in the background while the band Gaelic Storm rested beers on their heads from the stage. It was a night I’ll NEVER forget!

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For the FULL SET of images from the weekend, please go HERE

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dublin irish fest 2012

you KNOW the weekend is going to be good when the first person you see at the hotel is eileen ivers, along with her husband brian and son adrian! once settled in, it was time to head over to the fest to catch a set by the prodigals. next up, the young dubliners rocked the main stage, which on most nights would have left the crowd happy and well entertained, as they are THAT good! but this crowd grew larger and larger as the time for gaelic storm was near. after swapping humerous stories with patrick and steve, they, along with ryan, peter, and the always lovely jessie headed out to blow the crowd away. ¬†friday’s photos are HERE

saturday brought be to see slide and the always amazing daire bracken (along with the rest of the great band), and his whirling dervish performance. following that were the always fantastic elders (from kc), and moya brennan with her band, t with the maggies. i finished the day with a cool band called SHOOGLENIFTY, a band was somewhat hard to classify, but VERY easy to listen to. we also managed to get TWO group photos of the CELTBORG SOCIETY. by the time the day had morphed into night, the bar hotel filled with a lot of the musicians, and then 4 different seisuns formed in different parts of the hotel. ¬†saturday’s photos are HERE

sunday found me at john whelan’s set. not only is this guy a fantastic musician and performer, he has an AMAZING talent for finding young musicians to play along with him. next up, the band two2many, fronted by the lovely and talented keri mcbride. after that, it was time for the scattering, where most of the bands mix and match for a couple of songs before all coming together for one BIG group song. ¬†sunday’s photos are HERE

once again, the dublin irish fest does NOT disappoint!

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for more pictures, click HERE  (there are 3 galleries in there Рone for each day)

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WOW (wade oval wednesday) w/ carlos jones & the P.L.U.S. band

now i know that carlos jones is popular in cleveland, and that wade oval wednesday has gotten more popular over the years, but THIS one was HUGE!

i have been going to wade oval wednesdays for a number of years, as it is a GREAT little thing that happens in cleveland over the summer. for 10 straight weeks, they have a different style of band play from 6 – 9p.m. in the grass are that sits in between the art museum, history museum, botanical gardens, cleveland cinematheque, and historical society. they have bands that play vlues, reggae, jazz, salsa, motown, 80’s, you name it. it is a different one each week.

all i can say is that carlos & band had that place grooving at an AMAZING level…

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dayton celtic fest 2012

you wouldn’t expect it, but the city of dayton, ohio has a really nice irish fest held right downtown alongside the river. and the AMAZING thing is that with all of the great talent they have at this festival, you would think it would cost to attend, but no, it’s free.

as a late decision to go, mindy, sally and i decided to check out the festival, held between the weeks of irish fests in cleveland and dublin, ohio. with an amazing number of vendors, too, the lineup of talent included gaelic storm (who just released a new cd, chicken boxer), enter the haggis, scythian, homeland, slide, and Máirtín de Cógáin.

what a good choice we made, as this was a really nice festival we will probably return to in the future.

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