RVA Magazine in Richmond debuted the new Shagwüf video I shot and directed. They interviewed me and Sally Rose about the Shagwüf debut album, our latest video starring Opal Lechmanski, and why demanding LGBTQ-friendly, all-inclusive shows is non-negotiable. Shagwüf will love you, baby. Shagwüf has love for all. Here is the video:
The AcoustIX video series I produced over 10 weeks this Fall has wrapped up for the year and the playlist of all of the performances can be found on the WTJU YouTube channel. This series was produced in part by a grant from Levitt Pavilions. I encourage you to vote for the IX Art Park in Charlottesville to host another 10-week concert series in the Fall of 2016 by going to the Levitt AMP polling page for WTJU.
Last month I shot and recorded a video of Tim Barry playing “Solid Gone” off his new album “Lost & Rootless”. The piece was shot in the shed behind his house and the significance of the location is simply, that is where the album was actually recorded last winter. Also, here are some photos I took of Tim in concert playing earlier this week in Baltimore with his current tour mates Two Cow Garage opening the shows.
I pick and choose my concert photography nights more than ever but one band I will always be there for is J. Roddy Walston & The Business. The first time I met them was in 2008. I initially heard them via the late, great radio station WOXY.com (97X The Future of Rock’n’Roll). I got word they were playing a tiny bar in Charlottesville (Miller’s) that is legendary for being the start of Dave Matthews’ career. I know for a fact my wife Polly & I were the only two people in the bar solely to see J.Roddy as we sat amongst the usual day-drinkers and regulars. As the band tells the story, they may have accepted the gig based on the fact (or the misunderstanding of) that it was the start of the Dave Matthews’ BAND’s history, not just Dave being a bartender there as the band formed. Long story short, J.Roddy & The Business were told, after two songs, “turn down or leave”. As the bass player at the time (Zach) told me on the way out, “We don’t turn down for anyone.” They packed up and left, unpaid and probably hungry too. It was so rock’n’roll. Time machine to last night and here are my photos from the show with about 500 fans at the Jefferson Theater which is ironically located about 100 yards from Miller’s :: J. Roddy Walston & The Business photos at The Jefferson.
Wrapped up Day 2 of the Lauren Hoffman / The Secret Storm video shoot at IX Art Park by bringing in some lovely and talented people. Without giving away too much of the premise, fire-eating and breathing by Opal with burlesque performance by Deepa de Jour from Richmond VA. The album is still in the mixing process with a late Spring / early Summer release date to be determined.
It was a pleasure to see, meet and quickly get a shot of Death after their opening set before The Hold Steady in Richmond VA on September 5, 2014. Here is the link to the whole set of 24 photos from the day.
Richmond’s RVA published a nice feature article and interview with me and Brian Wimer focusing on our “Slumber Party Massacre” photo series. Read it here :: “The Delightfully Macabre Photography Of Rich Tarbell & Brian Wimer”.