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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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!
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.
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!
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.