FOH Photo’s “Shit that made 2016 tolerable” Post – part II

For Part I – see here PART I

One of my resolutions for 2017 is to increase my wordiness. I don’t enjoy writing, especially about live music. There is no way I can properly convey the sheer energy, enjoyment or spectacle with my verbage. First of all, I have no business critiquing any live performance. However I do want to share my enthusiasm in some way.That’s why I take photos. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, that’s what this whole FOH deal is about!

I didn’t do a count of all the shows I covered this year, but there was alot. My travels took me to the deep south in Tennessee to our beautifully bland nation’s capital, brought to life by the likes of The Red Hot Chili Peppers and remaining two Monkees! Between the clubs, arenas, theatres, main stages, tents and radio stations, I’ve been everywhere, man.

As i stated above, I do not like the written description of live music. I will probably cut and paste this whole preamble across the 4-post recap. The photos chosen represent some of my favourite acts, experiences, visual performances and just the general vibe that i took away from 2016. This isn’t a ranked list, and all acts get equal billing. That’s not to say there aren’t a few personal highlights.

Sometimes I have to pinch myself in the middle of a set because the experience is so surreal. Not only bearing witness to, but being privileged to capture some of my musical heroes and world icons, well it’s beyond words. Robert Plant, The Who, Noel Gallagher, Pearl Jam, Flea, Stevie Nicks…musicians I have admired and enjoyed for decades in various forms, I can add them to my ever-growing collection of digital memories.

The standout of the year has to be, no shocker, The Tragically Hip’s Man Machine Poem Tour. Much as been said about Gord Downie’s work over the year and I do not intend to dilute those words with my own. The experience and privilege was to say the least, humbling.

I’ve already said too much! Just look at the photos. If you like what you see, please feel free to share, tag, reblog or fax them around. Another year goes by and another year I am thankful for all of the readers, followers, friends, supporters and outlets that have allowed me to keep on rollin’. Special thanks to A Music Blog, Yea?, Q107/Edge 102.1, Spill Magazine, Canadian Musician, and Polaris Music Prize for the opportunities and trust.

-Bobby

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Lampedusa: Concert for Refugees – Massey Hall. Toronto

Toronto’s famed Massey Hall has seen more than it’s share of incredible performances and legendary collaborations, and last week was one for the ages. Spearheaded by Emmylou Harris, the Concert for Refugees series brings to light the mission of the Jesuit Refugee Service’s Global Education Initiative.  Emmylou, along with Steve Earle, Patty Griffin (who was absent from the Toronto show due to an illness) and The Milk Carton Kids embarked on an intimate theatre tour in the style of a songwriter’s circle with special guest appearances along the way.

 

Toronto was treated to two hometown boys; Ron Sexsmith and Daniel Lanois as well an English lad of some notoriety: Robert Plant

 

For more information on the Lampedusa initiative please visit the link above.

 

All photos Copyright 2016 Front of House Photography.

Goodbye 2014!

Front of House Photography has experienced incredible success and growth in 2014 and I want to thank each and everyone of our faithful readers, casual visitors and accidental passersby for helping make that happen.

The list of bands I have had the pleasure of shooting for the first time or as welcomed favourites is much too long to list. Also, I’m not big on writing so just look at some of the highlights of this great year, and here’s to lots more in 2015!

 

Cheers,

Bobby

Daniel Lanois & Emmylou Harris – Greenbelt Harvest Picnic, Dundas ON

A wonderful event organized by Daniel Lanois, the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic promotes and supports local farmers and creative talent. The whole affair is very relaxed, set upon Christie Lake in Dundas, ON. Featuring performances by Lanois, Feist, Gord Downie, The Sadies, Sarah Harmer and more. My personal highlight was Emmylou Harris. I’ve loved her voice on records by Dylan, The Band, Gram Parsons and Mark Knopfler, and it’s amazing how it hasn’t changed a bit in over 40 years. The original Silver Fox with the Golden Voice!

http://www.harvestpicnic.ca