Hillsong United

Hillsong United

Here are a few shots of platinum recording band Hillsong United. Shots were taken at their headlining show at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore Maryland and the Together festival in Washington, D.C.

 

Highly Suspect Featuring And the Kids & Audiodamn

highly suspect live concert

I was first introduced to Highly Suspect last summer when I caught them on tour with the Deftones. I was blown away by there raw, unadulterated rock sound and stage presence. Very rarely do you find a three piece band that packs a punch like they do.

Retro/Ricole

Retro/Ricole live hip hop in Frederick

Hi Everyone. I know it’s been a while since my last post. Life has been a bit crazy as of late; nonetheless, I’m back with a new post.

This past week I had the privilege of photographing the second annual Frederick Music Showcase, hosted by Frederick Playlist. Frederick may be a small Maryland town; however, there is a lot happening up there and the music and arts scene is exploding.

This year, history was made at the showcase. For the first time ever, the Weinberg Center for the Performing Arts featured a hip hop artist on its stage. That artist… Retro/Ricole featuring Da’Mood Band and Passport. Here’s a little background on him:

MC Retro/Ricole (2 names Retro orRicole) appeared first to the listening public as a member of Center Of Attention (later changing their name to Razor Eaterz) in 2005 releasing mixtapes & albums until the groups amicable split in 2009. It’s when in 2010’s critically acclaimed Passion Park (LP) w/ the single “Another Eagle” released by the artist that his presence was felt.

He’s shared his music with major hip hop artists such as Wale, Wiz Kahlifa & Yelawolf. His music has been featured on WKYS  93.9 Kiss It or Diss it & website gaining praise consecutive nights.

– Bio via retroricole.com

I’ve been a long time fan of hip hop music and I’ve gotta tell you not only is Retro a gifted lyricist, his overall sound and precise beats are better than some of the mainstream artists out there today. Not only was Downtown Frederick (aka the DTF) on their feet the entire time, the energy in the room was infectious and knew no race, creed, or color.

Retro closed his show by inviting his mother on stage and dedicated his performance to his late grandfather who, according to Retro, “would be proud.”

Well done, my man. I can’t wait to catch you again soon!

Love Ran Red Tour: Chris Tomlin & Rend Collective

Chris Tomlin brought his “Love Ran Red” Tour to Baltimore last night. I have photographed one of his shows before and it is quite an experience. This year Rend Collective came over to the States from Ireland to join Tomlin.

This show marks the second I have gotten to shoot for my friends over at Shine 95.1FM in Baltimore. I look forward to my continued partnership with them in the year to come.

As If – Maryland’s Ultimate 90’s Tribute Band

As If live 90s music

Transporting us back to a time where grunge music ruled the charts and Fridays were reserved for watching Urkel, Baltimore’s ultimate 90’s tribute band As If pulled out some memorable throwback jams this passed weekend in Frederick.

These guys are one of the most energetic local bands I’ve seen in a long time. Short of having pyro technics (stupid fire code rules), Mickey and the boys flooded Champion Billiards with an epic array of lighting effects similar to that of an arena show.

Whether you’re a hip hop fan, a grunge rocker, or a boy band fanatic, As If gets the party started and goes at full throttle all night!

Check out their current schedule for a show near you!

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