Posts Tagged 'concert'

Shinedown’s 2013 Carnival of Madness tour truly has me at a loss for words.  If I just throw around superlatives, they lose meaning… right??  I’ll use them anyways.  They deserve it.

Brilliant. Stunning. Amazing. Unsurpassed. Surprising. Consummate.

These words do not just apply to one facet of what Shinedown brings; These words describe the performance, visual presentation, lyrical content, musicianship, showmanship, creativity, character, and even their supporting crew.  These guys are masters of their craft and the performance thereof, master entertainers – and they truly focus on delivering an amazing experience for their audience.

I’ve known this for a while, and Shinedown’s sold-out Carnival of Madness performance in Cincinnati, OH on August 17th, 2013 only reminded me of these things.

I highly recommend catching this tour – and highly recommend taking a look through this slideshow of concert images.

I’ll let a massive pile of images speak for me at this time.


p.s.  Fire dancers, circus performers and more.  Wow.   More on that in another post…

Rockstar Energy Uproar Fest headlining act Shinedown absolutely killed it in Atlanta on September 12th, 2012.

Nearly 15 opening bands, including Staind, Godsmack, and Fozzy (Sadly, Papa Roach had to drop off of the tour due to a medical emergency).

Monstrous amounts of pyro, massive sound, beautiful production, and Shinedown’s always amazing performance, featuring some material from their awesome new album Amaryllis.

With such an amazing production, a tremendous amount of passion for their craft, and the ever helpful All Access & waived restrictions on photo limits, I found myself being unable to trim my photo selection below the triple digit mark!   In a break from tradition, I’m going to post a handful of photos here – as well as a slideshow…  As I just couldn’t possibly cut this down to just 5 images.

Americana Music Association award winning Justin Townes Earle performed on day 2 of Orlando Calling in Orlando, FL on November 13th, 2011.

Justin set aside some time for him and I to work together. This was a quick shoot, but I am happy with the result! No flash, no bounce – just sit & shoot! Canon 5D Mark II & Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L IS.

Justin Townes Earle by Will Hawkins
Justin Townes Earle by Will Hawkins

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Blink 182’s Travis Barker, Mark Hoppus, and Tom DeLonge headlined a 12,000 attendee concert in Tampa on September 24th, 2011.

Here are some of my favorite shots from that night!

Blink-182's Tom DeLonge by Will Hawkins
Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge by Will Hawkins

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OK GO is a band that I’ve been following since their first viral video hit. Just a few months after OK GO was becoming massively popular through viral means, DDRUM called me up to shoot the cover of their catalog featuring OK GO’s Dan Konopka. We nailed the shoot and I got to see OK GO perform live. It was a great day!

Fast forward to now – OK GO was out on a headlining tour, hitting Orlando the same day I’d be in town. I expect a great performance from OK GO, but still managed to be blown away!
The level of talent, creativity, passion, and just plain FUN these guys bring to their shows is really spectacular.

Not only did OK GO play all of my favorite songs and thoroughly please the crowd, they involved hand bells, lasers, fuzzy guitars, programmed LED light-up jackets, and $500 of confetti! (Seriously… 2/3 of the show, their confetti blower was making it rain!)

Great show from OK GO! Here are a few pics from that night:

OK GO by Will Hawkins

OK GO by Will Hawkins
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