The Dude a.k.a Jeff Bridges

Another amazing Academy Award Actor Hit  the stage at The Paramount,   Jeff Bridges and his band The Abiders. Are we seeing a new trend where Academy Award winning actors are showing off their musical talents and touring?

I first got a glimpse into Jeff’s musical talent in the 2010 movie “Crazy Hart”  which I really enjoyed watching.  If you are a music lover  it is a must watch,  almost as good as “Almost Famous”.

As I was preparing to photograph Jeff’s performance, I  had a few ideas on what kind of photographs I was hoping to create. Lets just say my plan was not going to work and had to change up a few things due to restrictions which happens a lot in music photography.

Hope you enjoyed looking at these images.

Taso

Ted Nugent at The Paramount NY

Whats there not to like about the chance to see and photograph the Legendary Ted Nugent!  Another great Artist/performance at one of Long Island NY’s best venues The Paramount.

Ted Nugent at The Paramount Huntington NY July 21 2014

The lighting for this show was actually pretty good and very predictable except for the first moment when Ted takes the stage.  Very difficult with a tremendous amount of bright backlighting as in the above image.  Think I handled it well.

Ted Nugent at The Paramount Huntington NY July 21 2014

As alway, I try to capture different images than the standards that you normally see. Sometime I get those and sometimes not.

Ted Nugent at The Paramount Huntington NY July 21 2014

Ted Nugent at The Paramount Huntington NY July 21 2014

Ted Nugent at The Paramount Huntington NY July 21 2014

Ted Nugent at The Paramount Huntington NY July 21 2014

Ted Nugent at The Paramount Huntington NY July 21 2014

Ted Nugent at The Paramount Huntington NY July 21 2014

Till Next time

Your NY concert Photographer

Taso

The Dan Band

 Not sure about you but when I first saw The Dan Band in the movie Old School and then again in The Hangover.  I always wondered if they were a real band and how great it would be if they were.  Well, they are!  What a blast! I really had to try not to laugh as hard  as I did during the first three songs.

The truth is, I missed what could have been a few amazing images due to me laughing.  Oh well.

Here are a few photographs from that night.

The Dan Band at the Paramount NY in Huntington May 28th 2014

If you get a chance to see them, do so you will be in for a night to remember.

The Dan Band at the Paramount NY in Huntington May 28th 2014

The Dan Band at the Paramount NY in Huntington May 28th 2014

The Dan Band at the Paramount NY in Huntington May 28th 2014

The Dan Band at the Paramount NY in Huntington May 28th 2014

The Dan Band at the Paramount NY in Huntington May 28th 2014

Taylor Momsen and The Pretty Reckless

I can not believe I did not post these photos of Taylor Momsen and The Pretty Reckless  rocking The Paramount back on September of 2013. Taylor Momsen and The Pretty Reckless appearing at the Paramount NY in Huntington Sept 20th 2013

The details from this show are a little fuzzy but…
Taylor Momsen and The Pretty Reckless appearing at the Paramount NY in Huntington Sept 20th 2013

I just had to post a few images of my favorite images.Taylor Momsen and The Pretty Reckless appearing at the Paramount NY in Huntington Sept 20th 2013

Taylor Momsen and The Pretty Reckless appearing at the Paramount NY in Huntington Sept 20th 2013

Later,

Taso Hountas

Kevin Costner and Modern West

Who would have thought that two time Academy Award winner Kevin Costner was also an accomplished musician.  Well he is,  Kevin and his Band Modern West took over The Paramount last night. Kevin Costner and Modern West at The Paramount Huntington NY April 13th 2014

Call it Southern Rock, Cross between Country and Soft Rock what ever you want but all in attendance sure did enjoy his  performance.

Kevin Costner and Modern West at The Paramount Huntington NY April 13th 2014

The rules for this performance was only 2 songs not your typical 3,  I really would have liked  to photograph the third song as a few opportunities came up that would have been great to capture.

Kevin Costner and Modern West at The Paramount Huntington NY April 13th 2014

I would go and catch his performance again next time he is in the NYC area and you should too.

Kevin Costner and Modern West at The Paramount Huntington NY April 13th 2014

Kevin Costner and Modern West at The Paramount Huntington NY April 13th 2014

Kevin Costner and Modern West at The Paramount Huntington NY April 13th 2014

Kevin Costner and Modern West at The Paramount Huntington NY April 13th 2014

Kevin Costner and Modern West at The Paramount Huntington NY April 13th 2014

Later,

Taso Hountas

Vertical Horizon Live at The Paramount

Matt Scannell and Vertical Horizon put on a great show at The Paramount on March  7th.  Great energy and great stage presence, the fans sure go into them.  Matt Scannell and Vertical Horizon preforming at The Paramount, Huntington NY March 7th 2014

The last several shows I have photographed, the quality of lighting has been on the average side. I don’t mean that it was dim or lack of light. During the first three songs, there were only a few instances where the lighting actually added something to the photographs.Matt Scannell and Vertical Horizon preforming at The Paramount, Huntington NY March 7th 2014

Then again,  I do Love Black and White photographs ! Hope you enjoy these several photos from that night.

Matt Scannell and Vertical Horizon preforming at The Paramount, Huntington NY March 7th 2014Matt Scannell and Vertical Horizon preforming at The Paramount, Huntington NY March 7th 2014Matt Scannell and Vertical Horizon preforming at The Paramount, Huntington NY March 7th 2014Matt Scannell and Vertical Horizon preforming at The Paramount, Huntington NY March 7th 2014Matt Scannell and Vertical Horizon preforming at The Paramount, Huntington NY March 7th 2014Matt Scannell and Vertical Horizon preforming at The Paramount, Huntington NY March 7th 2014

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Taso Hountas

Gavin DeGraw at The Paramount

What  a great performance by Gavin DeGraw when he played  The Paramount in December 2013.  For this show there was no pit so I had to photograph from the floor with all his fans.  The biggest challenge was not the lighting,  it was trying to get the best vantage point with out getting in the way of the audience and blocking their view.  If I did happen to get in the way  please accept my apology.

 

Gavin DeGraw at The Paramount Huntington NY December 15th 2013

One thing is for sure, Gavin DeGraw played to his audience. You can see in the following photographs the connection he makes for a more personal concert experience.

Gavin DeGraw at The Paramount Huntington NY December 15th 2013

Gavin DeGraw at The Paramount Huntington NY December 15th 2013

If you gat a chance to see him preform, take it!  You will not be disappointed.

Gavin DeGraw at The Paramount Huntington NY December 15th 2013

Later,

Taso Hountas

In Memory of Dave Brockie of GWAR

Dave Brockie Of Gwar by Taso Hountas

It was sad news when I heard Dave Brockie of GWAR passed.  I was lucky to have had the opportunity to photograph him and GWAR back in December of 2009 at Irving Plaza NYC.

I hope I am able to convey the excitement I had when I was at Irving Plaza waiting for Gwar to come on.  The anticipation was killing me and when Gwar’s stage crew came over to us in the pit with plastic bags and gaffers tape so we can cover our gear, I knew it would be something to remember.  

Gabi, a friend and fellow photographer said ” photographing GWAR is like a right of passage for music photographers”  and I agree. 

We had our typical three songs to capture images but the fans did not allow that.  With in ten second of the second song the fans surged, the pit barricade was failing and Security took over, with their backs against the stage and feet on the barricade they tried to keep the the fans from storming the stage.  It is a show I will never forget.

Later,

TasoHountas

Lauryn Hill Live at The Paramount

Lauryn Hill appearing at The Paramount, Huntington NY January 26th 2014. Photo By Taso Hountas

Ms Lauryn Hill played her second show after Brooklyn at The Paramount in Huntington NY.  To my surprise the show was not sold out since she only had a few shows scheduled.  She went on stage about 30 minutes late but  did apologize to her fans and I have to respect that.Lauryn Hill appearing at The Paramount, Huntington NY January 26th 2014. Photo By Taso Hountas

The lighting for this show was very dim, as I had to increase my ISO to 3200 and even 5000 to be able to capture the images that are posted.
Lauryn Hill appearing at The Paramount, Huntington NY January 26th 2014. Photo By Taso HountasLauryn Hill appearing at The Paramount, Huntington NY January 26th 2014. Photo By Taso HountasLauryn Hill appearing at The Paramount, Huntington NY January 26th 2014. Photo By Taso HountasLauryn Hill appearing at The Paramount, Huntington NY January 26th 2014. Photo By Taso HountasLauryn Hill appearing at The Paramount, Huntington NY January 26th 2014. Photo By Taso HountasLauryn Hill appearing at The Paramount, Huntington NY January 26th 2014. Photo By Taso HountasLauryn Hill appearing at The Paramount, Huntington NY January 26th 2014. Photo By Taso Hountas

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Taso Hountas

Music Photos: Aretha Franklin

Photographing the living legend Aretha Franklin the Queen of Soul was a great honor for me. Here is an Artist  that has been photographed live so many times over the years by some of the best Music Photographers in the World and there I was.     The thoughts racing through my mind were… will I be able to capture something different, that one special moment…    And those thoughts got me very excited….

Aretha Franklin appearing at Radio City Music Hall NYC September 17th 2009

Radio City Music Hall where Aretha Franklin appeared is not my favorite venue to photograph an Artist but a great venue to see an Artist.   No photo pit and to make things more difficult it was a seated performance.  I was only allowed in one spot kneeling down in the aisle to the left of the stage for the first two songs. Looking over the stage set up as she appeared it proved to be a difficult concert to photograph.   In other words I had to wait, I had to wait for her to turn in my direction, I had to wait till she moved to a specific area of the stage where the lights would help to create something special.

As you read this, you can imagine how luck had a lot to do with photographing Aretha live in concert that night.

Aretha Franklin appearing at Radio City Music Hall NYC September 17th 2009

If any one Knows the Name of  Aretha Franklin’s  Pianist in the photograph below, please let me know

Unknown pianist for Aretha Franklin

I can honestly write that I will be looking froward to be able to photograph her again in the near future. That’s all for now.

Your NYC Concert Photographer

Taso Hountas

Music Photos: Diane Brich

As luck would have it I was able to photograph Diane Birch when she appeared at Joe’s Pub NYC to preform in front of a sold out crowd.  Joe’s pub is small, intimate and not a bad seat in the house; a perfect venue to see Diane up close and personal.

Diane Birch will be Appearing at Le Passion Rouge on Tuesday August 18th, check her out.

Here are a few  Concert photographs from that night.

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Taso Hountas

Music Photos: MIKA

When I got emailed to photograph Mika I had no Idea what to expect… I had just enough time to grab my gear and head to the venue.

By the time I arrived at the venue Le Passion Rouge about an hour or so before the show, the line was already around the Conner. Not knowing what to expect seeing a crowd as large as this so early was a good indication that the performance would be pretty good.

It was.

Here are a few concert photographs from the night.

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Later,

Taso Hountas

Concert Photographer