Dream Photo Shoots - Number 4

Dispatch Concert - Red Rocks

I don't think it's much of a stretch to claim music plays a large part in almost all of our lives.  I myself couldn't imagine my days without it. Sitting in my cubicle at work, running on the treadmill at the gym, or driving around town are all much more enjoyable with some tunes flowing into my ear drums. My life without my favorite bands and artists wouldn't be the same.

Is there truly anything better than combining any number of things you enjoy into one massive heap of greatness? Ever since I could drive I remember going to shows at various venues across the Chicago area. Metro, House of Blues, and Aragon Ballroom are where my love for "live" music really blossomed. And as soon as I got my first point and shoot digital camera you could be sure that was stashed in my pocket ready to capture all the great moments.

O.A.R. - Summerfest 2004, Milwaukee, WI.

Now that photography has captured my heart the way it has, being able to capture a live show from the photo pit and/or stage would have to make my list of top 5 dream photo shoots. The excitement and emotion of not only the band on stage, but the pure enjoyment on the faces of those in the crowd are what would really interest me.

So of all the live shows I could possibly attend, why would I choose a Dispatch show?  First of all, for those of you who are unfamiliar with Dispatch, "We've been called the biggest band nobody's ever heard of," says Brad Corrigan, one of the 3 members that make up Dispatch. They are a funk, reggae, jam band whose music has made them one of my 3 favorite bands of all time. They band had broken up in 2004 but recently got back together for a summer tour in 2011. Jen and I witnessed one of the best shows that summer at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millenium Park. Now instead of going into detail about why there music is great, I'll just leave this video for you to check out on your own and make up your own mind, I've learned that trying to force what I think is good into other peoples hearts really doesn't work well.

Instead I rather focus on the other stuff this band does aside from it's music, which would be my motivation for choosing them for my one dream concert photo shoot. Dispatch have always been very passionate about giving back, as an Indie band, their main focus has never been on making money. In fact, these guys played a free show for file-sharing activist in Washington DC in 2001, this was around the time file sharing programs like Napster started coming under heavy fire from Congress. So the same group of people that are supposedly "killing the music industry" are being supported by Dispatch. This may seem odd to you, but Dispatch never relied on labels to promote their stuff, in fact they partially credit the growth of their huge fan base thanks to file-sharing sites like Napster. These guys also heavily support organizations that provide relief for children in the harshest areas in this world. They played 3 sold out shows at Madison Square Garden in 2007 to raise awareness for the people of Zimbabwe. On their most recent US tour in the summer of 2011 their efforts were focused on the US, as their website describes it here:

They chose to focus on America’s education crisis. For too long, a child’s zip code has defined their educational destiny. Through DISPATCH’s multi-faceted and collaborative Amplifying Education campaign, band members and fans alike are discovering together how small actions can make a big difference in the lives of children across the country. 
Dispatch - Photo by Steve Rosenfield

Dispatch - Photo by Steve Rosenfield

As for why I would want to photograph a set at Red Rocks. Does it really need any explanation? Red Rocks Amphitheatre is located right outside of Denver Colorado, and every image I see of this venue is simply amazing. 

Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Colorado

I apologize if this post really had very little to do about photography and a lot to do with Dispatch, I'm not naturally a writer and my ability to stay on point may not be that great. But regardless, I'd like to hear whose concert you would love to photograph and in what venue? Please list your responses in the comments section below. Have a great weekend everybody.