Concert Photography


One of the primary photographic pursuits for Casey Drahota is that of the concert. Be it a small blues club, a packed arena, or a multiday music festival, Drahota has shot them all.

Below are some examples of previous concerts photographed by Drahota.

Staind live at 98.9 the Rock's 2014 Rockfest in Kansas City

The hard rock band Staind performed on the main stage at 98.9 the Rock's annual Rockfest on May 31st 2014. Even though it rained hard earlier in the day Staind had near perfect weather during their 40 minute set in front of 55,000 people. As always Aaron Lewis sounded great and Staind put on a great performance.

Rockfest 2014 images of the crowd

98.9 the Rock out of Kansas City puts on the annual rock music festival known as Rockfest every year. With 55,000 music fans in attendance you know Rockfest KC is going to bring out some crazy people and the heavy rain made for some interesting images of the 2014 Rockfest crowd.

Sevendust acoustic set in Kansas City 2014 Time Travelers and Bonfires

I got the nod to photograph Sevendust on while on their Kansas City leg of the "A Night With Sevendust" tour. Sevendust is touring is support of their new album Time Travelers and Bonfires, an acoustic album. The Sevendust show was fantastic and was a real pleasure to photograph!

Brit Floyd at the Midland Theater Kansas City March 11th 2014

Brit Floyd is known as the greatest Pink Floyd tribute band of all time! If you ever get a chance to check them out live, do yourself a favor and take in a show! The Brit Floyd set featured an exceptional lighting setup with a huge screen right in the center of the stage, often displaying original Pink Floyd images as well as lasers and intense lighting.

Big Head Todd and the Monsters at the Pageant in St Louis Mo. March 8th 2014

Its been a few years since I have got the chance to see a favorite Blues band of mine, Big Head Todd and the Monsters so I jumped at the chance to photograph their set at the Pageant Theater in St Louis. Big Head Todd are a great band with a fantastic live performance to boot!

Jonny Lang at Kanza Hall in Kansas City Mo Feb. 23rd 2014

Here are a few images of blues prodigy, Jonny Lang. His live concert's are fantastic and full of true emotion! It was great to see him perform again and I was stoked to get to photograph his live show! Jonny Lang plays the guitar like very few people his age could ever hope to or anyone twice his age could be expected to! He is a true talent.

Samantha Fish at Kanza Hall in Kansas City Feb. 23rd 2014

If you enjoy great blues music and an amazing blues singing sensation, make sure to check out Samantha Fish next time she comes to town! I had the opportunity to do some live concert photography at her concert performance at Kanza Hall opening for Jonny Lang.

Aaron Lewis of Staind live at the Voodoo Lounge Kansas City Feb 19th 2014

Aaron Lewis of Staind performed his solo acoustic set in Kansas City. His voice is incredible and best heard with just a guitar and microphone. His vocal range is stunning and extremely powerful. The acoustic live concert features his country material, a few of his Staind hits, as well as a few cover songs. Its stripped down but showcases his amazing talent.

Adelitas Way at Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas New Years Eve 2013

I had the opportunity to get to shoot live images of Adelitas Way in Las Vegas down town on the Fremont Street Experience. Adelitas Way is a band that always bring 100% to their live shows making it a pleasure to photograph their live set! It was a top notch New Years Eve party to ring in the beginning of 2014.

Shinedown with Carnival of Madness Aug 24th 2013 Kansas City

When the Carnival of Madness tour came to town last year as part of Michael Ballard's Full Throttle Saloon and Kansas City Throttle Fest 2013, I was there. It was fantastic to get the opportunity to photograph Shinedown, a band known to put on an amazing live concert.

Papa Roach at Carnival of Madness 2013 Kansas City

Papa Roach has sold millions of albums, but have managed to remain down to earth. This was the second time I photographed a Papa Roach set and it was during the Carnival of Madness tour 2013. Papa Roach was on fire and a real pleasure to photograph.

Throttle Fest and Carnival of Madness Kansas City

Michael Ballard's Full Throttle Saloon is considered to be the worlds largest biker bar and is located outside Sturgis SD. The last few years, the Full Throttle Saloon has taken the show on the road and one of the stops has been Throttle Fest Kansas City. Last year, Throttle Fest teamed up with the Carnival of Madness tour to put on a awesome Throttle Fest.

Blackberry Smoke at Easy Riders Saloon Sturgis SD 2013

Blackberry Smoke is an all-time favorite band of mine so it was an honor to get to photograph Blackberry Smoke's set at Easy Riders Saloon in Sturgis South Dakota last year during the 2013 motorcycle rally. The Smoke puts on an amazing live concert and I look forward to seeing them again this year! Images by Casey Drahota

Train at Starlight Theater in Kansas City July 20th 2013

Here are a few of the images Casey Drahota captured from the Train set at Starlight Theater in Kansas City. A live concert with the band Train is always a treat and I enjoyed the opportunity to photograph Train's performance. Singer Pat Monahan is one of the best live singers I have ever seen perform a live show!

Red Line Chemistry performing at Rocklahoma May 2013 outside of Pryor OK

Red Line Chemistry is a great band with a bunch of really great songs. I've had the pleasure to photograph Red Line Chemistry many times including Rock Fest and Michael Ballard's Throttle Fest in Kansas City. The Red Line guys know how to put on a great concert and perform awesome live!

Papa Roach performing at 98.9 the Rock Rockfest in Kansas City May 11th 2013

Papa Roach is an incredible live band. Jacoby Shaddix never stops for a second when performing live! I was stoked to hear they would be rocking the main stage at the 2013 Rockfest put on by 98.9 the Rock in Kansas City! Photographing Papa Roach is so much fun as the whole band is full of energy, emoting and totally entertaining.

Halestorm performing on the main stage at Rockfest Kansas City on May 11th 2013

Rockfest in Kansas City is an music festival put on by 98.9 the Rock. The festival brings in top notch entertainment, as well laying out the concert very well as to accommodate the 55,000 people in attendance. Photographing Halestorm at this music festival was a real treat! Lzzy Hale is an amazing front woman and performs her live music like very few can!

Seether performing at 98.9 the Rock's Rockfest Kansas City May 11th 2013

A few images from the Seether set during 98.9 The Rock's Rockfest in Kansas City 2013. Seether has some great music however their live shows can be at times a slower pace than I prefer especially when sharing the same stage as energy filled acts like Papa Roach, Halestorm, Sevendust etc.

Styx at Starlight Theater in Kansas City May 2013

Here are a few live images from the Styx live show at Starlight Theater in Kansas City. From their origins in the 1970's when they were one of the biggest bands in the world to these many years later, Styx is still a band full of talent who put on a fantastic live concert. With a great set, great lighting and allot of energy Styx was a show that was fun to photograph.

Pop Evil performing at Aftershock in Merriam Ks March 26th 2013

Pop Evil is a band that has really come on the scene hard in the last few years. They are a very good performing live band with lots of stage presence. I really enjoyed shooting Pop Evil in a more intimate setting.

Eric Sardinas and Big Motor performing at Knuckleheads Saloon in Kansas City March 14th 2013

Eric Sardinas is the epitome of great blues and slide guitar. With a solid backup band like Big Motor, it's like a trifecta of blues music! I've had the pleasure to photograph them on several occasions and its almost impossible to get a bad image.