Thursday, July 29, 2004

The amazing Cyndi Lauper


Thursday, July 22, 2004

"For goodness sakes' please stand up!"

That's what she's saying to me, into the mike, in front of the enormous crowd as I was taking pictures of her trying to keep from standing in front of everyone and blocking their view.
This was not long after she grabbed my hand, pulled me to the front of the crowd and held my arm up with hers like a winning prize fighter! The crowd applauded, someone snapped a polaroid of me and I was thrilled and embarassed all at the same time... :)

Originally uploaded by Charrmer.

Cyndi Lauper look-alike

This sweet little girl won the crowd over during the Cyndi Lauper look-alike contest... The applause was huge and it really took her by surprise! For winning the contest she got to meet Cyndi after the show.
Originally uploaded by Charrmer.

Cyndi Lauper lover

When the mere hint that Cyndi Lauper was about to hit the stage this fan went deep emotionally, holding back the tears as best she could, such was her happiness and excitement.
Originally uploaded by Charrmer.

Sparrow's Point

This wild man from Sparrow's Point was everywhere! On the stage, on top of the speakers, in the crowd, attaching himself to bungee cord and hurling himself into the crowd, and then on top of some kind of platform with shooting confetti and the wind whipping his long hair all around. It was wild and fun to watch!
Originally uploaded by Charrmer.


Originally uploaded by Charrmer.

Once again we went off to club DNA in San Francisco for a thrash metal show. Have I said before how much I often hate the music? Well, this time was different. The entertainment factor far overpowered the experience and I was grinning ear to ear. I LOVED this show. And the two opening acts-- PUSH and Sparrow's Point-- were far better and more entertaining than the headliner WASP, who had a strict policy against being photographed so they made us leave the club and deposit our gear back in the car. Ridiculous.
BUT-- This is Star, the lead singer for the band PUSH. What a sweetie he is too. You would never know it by the stage persona. He has this wild microphone that he calls Baby Elvis and it has flashing blue eyes.


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Sunday, July 11, 2004

Warped a'la Charr

Originally uploaded by Charrmer.
Ever the artist I had to start playing with some of the rock images and turn them into art. It's still kind of a work in progress but here is a sample...
This is a bandmember from The Casualties.
The drummer from Guttermouth.
A sweet face in the cluttered crowd.
Young love in the heavy rain of the courtyard fountain

Van's Warped Tour

Wow. Wall to wall people, seven stages, 40 bands, music everywhere and a rigorous pace getting from one stage to the next. So well run though. Everything on time and the security people very cool, letting us do what we needed to do all day-- with the right credential of course-- but it was a crazy fabulous event out at the Sleep Train Ampitheatre in Marysville. I shot it for, a very cool and totally useful website dedicated to promoting music and events all over town.
Far and away my favorite band was The Matches. Four young guys from Oakland (and undeniably adorable judging by the dozens of smiling girls singing along in the audience) with great songs, energy and spirit that translates to one word-- EXCITING-- and I could not get enough. They played on one of the smaller stages but next time I'm betting they are on a main stage having been picked up by a label now-- Epitaph-- and the incredible talent and stage presence they have.
The Matches rock the SmartPunk Stage.
The headlining band was Story of the year and they deserved top billing. Great performance.
This is one of the NOFX guys making a lewd gesture after someone-- what were they thinking?-- sailed a breast implant kind of thing at him. Yikes.
See more of my Warped Tour pics at, a great website for all the local music happenings in the entire Metropolitan Sacramento Area and the client I shoot lots of live music for.


I've been slacking! It's been far too long since I posted last and I've been shooting lots of stuff too. So, a couple of weeks ago I went to see the amazing 80's band Berlin-- Riding on the Metro-- remember that song? One of my favorites. So, they played the Roadhouse.

Terri Nunn is the lead singer and still gorgeous.
At some point she spun and spun all around the stage...

She invited women from the audience to join her for a dance...
The keyboardist had a look... and he loved to pose. Again and again as I raised my camera to shoot him he would give me the "look", which was very opposite of his normal cute smiley personality, but it definitely worked for him on stage!
Kevin talked to the sound guy traveling with them who had asked about pics for their website... Kevin gave me the info and I followed up so you can see the 29 images I sent them on the Berlin website in their gallery section.

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