Magic is all about the business of success. He gave quite the inspirational talk at the Arlington Theatre, describing how he went from an aimless kid to a basketball star to a business mogul. Right after coming out on stage, he popped down to the floor and wandered through the theatre, mingling as he spoke. Thanks to UCSB Arts & Lectures for bringing this event to town.

Read the full story on thearlingtontheatre.com

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Simpsons creator, Matt Groening, and his partner in crime, Lynda Barry, gave a humor-filled presentation at the Arlington Theatre. Brought in by UCSB Arts & Lectures, the two expained how they got started and who were the inspirations for their fantastic characters.

Read the full story by Bill Buescher on thearlingtontheatre.com

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Back with their own headline show, just a few years ago Foster the People was just one in the lineup in the KJEE Summer Roundup. The band's platnium first ablum skyrocketed them to fame, also competely updating their look from small town boys to big city stars.

Two openers, Silvan Esso and Soko, kept a full night of entertainment. There were quite a lot of photographers clogging up the photo pit, so it wasn't easy always being right where I wanted to be. Check out the gallery on sbbowl.com

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This year's annual Dia de los Muertos celebration at the Santa Barbara Bowl featured Café Tacvba, Ozomatli, Las Cafeteras, Hy Brasil and a handful of themed dances and costumed appearances. The night was a nonstop party of Mexican fiesta with full participation from the face-painted, sold out crowd in the fully-decorated venue.

I was shooting everywhere from front of stage, down in the glen, up on the terrace and to on the venue floor.

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Out touring on the heels of their Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame induction, Daryl Hall and John Oates made a pit stop at the Santa Barbara Bowl. The duo have such a wide quiver of platinum hits that they kept the crowd fully entertained for the course of the evening. The stage was simple yet beautifully decorated. I was restricted to shoot from the sound board, but I had a 400mm lens to mitigate that situation, and the distance gave me the opportunity to photograph the entire stage.

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Opening the show for LaMontagne was Belle Brigade, a brother/sister musical team that brought a powerful range to the Fall air. I was really impressed by this team as they brought a lot of sound in a cleanly packaged group.

Ray LaMontagne followed with his polished, mellow music. He takes his music very seriously.

I shot both acts with a 400mm lens from the back of the floor to a dark stage with hot spotlights. See the gallery on sbbowl.com

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Just a few years ago, Massive Attack came to the Bowl to kick off the New Noise Music Festival. This year, they returned during the festival but not as officially part of it. In my opinion, this show was the best of the year, so it was hard to have to leave a little early to make it to Soho Music Club to photograph another show.

TV on the Radio opened the show, bringing their own diehard groupies. But Massive Attack put on such an amazing performance, both visually and audibly, that I almost forgot about the opening act. The band was draped in a curtain of lasers, back-dropped by a spectacular display of moving verbiage. The result was a multimedia bonanza.

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This year was a little complicated for me during the New Noise Music Festival and Conference. Not only had I recently recovered from back surgery, but there were also three shows at the Santa Barbara Bowl that overlapped with the festival. Of the four performances that I did shoot, however, I really enjoyed myself.

The lighting in the small clubs is normally very dim and challenging. Because of this most of the images need to be converted to black and white in order to preserve the tonality.

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band came back to the Bowl this year to a sold out crowed of partying parrotheads. The stage was decorated like a casual beach scene on a tropical island. I shot two songs from right in front of the stage and a third song from the back of the floor. I wanted to watch more of the show, but I had to jet down to Soho Music Club to catch some of the New Noise Festival, incuding indie rockers, Dawes

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13-Oct-2014

Lorde at SB Bowl

Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor brought her New Zealand act to USA, stopping for a sold out show at the Bowl. The little, eighteen year old powerhouse kept the crowd of screaming girls on their feet for the entire act. I was restricted to shoot from the soundboard which was especially difficult, considering the lighting was very low for the duration of my three song limit. Ella was quite a gracious and talented young girl, however, and the show was a lot of fun.

The band had me do a group portrait of their entire production staff a few hours before the show.

Majical Cloudz opened the show with a very unique sound in very contrasty light.

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