Thursday, July 30, 2009

Awaken The Mosh

I've switched over to a different site. I won't be updating this blog anymore.

You can find me at
www.AwakenTheMosh.com

Saturday, May 2, 2009

The Voluptuous Vixens VS Axles of Evil!



04.25.09- Last Saturday frickin rocked! My bud, Katie invited me to go check out her team skate during the first Derby event of the season. I headed over the H-3 to the Kaneohe Marine Base excited as all hell to check out some friends tear it up on asphalt once again.



Under the boiling mid-afternoon sun these women still put on their A game. The crowd was as hyped as usual, cheering on their favorite ladies take on an onslaught of rollin wheels and flying elbows. The OOOOHHHH's, WHOOAAAHHH's and OUUUCHH!!!'s from the sidelines entertained me as much as the screams from the sidelines of the girls themselves trying to motivate their teammates. I admit I had to completely stop what I was doin and recompose myself after when I heard one of the women from the Voluptuous Vixen's pit area scream out, "GIVE THEM PAIN!!!"





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Thursday, April 30, 2009

We gonna rock all night long!!!



04.24.09- God I miss good ol' fashioned rock shows. I love it when I show up to a show and I'm the youngest one at the entire venue. Its even more awesome when I have friends on the stage who specifically asked me to take photos. It was an absolutely epic night that shook the island like I haven't seen in a long time. Bands that usually never stray far from their usual bar atmosphere finally took the stage at Pipeline cafe.



The house was filled with old school rockers with tight leather pants and long hair. I felt at home. I smiled a bit knowing that their dream hasn't died with age. They were still up there rockin like they probably did back in the day. A few of them surprised the hell out of me. Velvet Mantis covered Robin Trower!!! I think I was the only one besides the band who knew what they were playin. I couldn't stop screaming, well occasionally to take a few pictures but thats about it.



I wasn't expecting a Journey cover band. Honestly. But they were bad ass!!! That dude hit every note. And the band was amazing.




And Brett killed it as he does with his hard hitting band Big Dawg. The "not as evil" stepchild of the metal band Black Prizm.





Along for the ride were the band, Lucky 13, the always amazing Friends of Adam, and the hilariously high energy, Bari Bari 13.
I was absolutely pooped by the end of the night. The show went from 8pm till 3am. Did you read that? 3AM! And I stayed awake the whole time. Bari Bari 13 definitely knows how to wake a guy up.

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Poetry slam finals



04.02.09- I had a chance to witness an incredible night of poetry and spoken word at Pipeline cafe a few weeks ago. It was the Slam Poetry finals. These were the best of the best, pitted up against each other on one stage. I've seen them all before in previous slams but this was their shining moment. They put on their best and tore at the heart strings with the crowd hanging on every word.

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Armed with my telephoto and a well placed chair I was able to get up and take some pretty good shots. I ran up and sat at the foot of the stage every once in a while when I felt that burning urge to capture the emotion of the night up close.





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Busekrus Birthday show



04.11.09- For my post Rise Against show I headed down to Sand Island R&B to check out my friend's band, Busekrus. Marcus Busekrus, the bands frontman was having a birthday as well, so it was a nice old fashioned rock show with a lot of familiar faces in the audience.

I walked in just in time to see my buds, A Sedated Nation do their thing. As well as a bunch of other friends who were also playin that night.

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Rise Against



04.10.09- So after recooperating from the night before from Bad Religion, I decided to check out the band, Rise Against whom I had no idea were so popular with the kiddies. I walked in completely unaware what I was getting myself into. I thought I would have photo access this time but no such luck. So I stuck the 50mm on to the rebel xt and prepared myself to get a bit sweaty.

Pipeline cafe was shoulder to shoulder and in some places worse. It was a frickin sauna. But I somehow managed to get myself to the bar area near the front of the stage where I decided to set up camp. Did I mention it was hot? And ridiculously crowded? Rise Against were pretty good. Not a particular fan of that style of pop/rock, but not bad. So here I was squished against the bar with the audience digging various body parts into my sides and occasionally hitting me in the head. I struggled to squeeze my right arm in between all the sweaty people, over the audience and started shooting away.



Some how I still finagled my way in front of the barricade, the security was pretty cool to me this time around. So I was able to stand comfortable and shoot as I pleased. I walked away that night covered in sweat, from standing still nonetheless, not moving, just standing. I had to ring out my shirt after the show and clean my sweat covered lens. God I love concerts.

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Punk rock lives!!!

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An epic weekend of music for yours truly. I got to witness one of my personal favorites, Bad Religion play an epic set and survive to tell about it. I ran in with my camera for the first couple of songs and then just went nuts for the rest of it. Greg Graffin came on like a hurricane of intellectual punk rock authority as only he can. And I left with a going away present, I scored a pick from the band which bounced off my head and landed in my hand. Woooo!

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Bari Bari 13 warmed up the stage for them with their always high energy Japanese rockabilly punk rock. I could tell it was the first time most of this old school punk audience would witness the monster that is Bari Bari 13.



Midway through their set they surprised the hell out of every one by building up the suspense of what was about to happen with a ground shaking drum beat and then bamm, they dropped their pants and played the rest of their set in speedos. If thats not punk rock I don't know what is.

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