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The City Lives and Eleisha Eagle @ the conservatory

June 13th, 2009 by Jonathan Walcher

I never cease to be amazed at the progress people make with they really put their heart and energy into something. The guys of The City Lives are excellent examples of this. Every show I go to they’re better than the one before. I can’t wait to hear what comes out of the next studio session (which is around the corner I hear).

Fortunately for Oklahoma, Eleisha Eagle ended her tour opening for TCL.  Eleisha’s perfmance was phenominal and unexpected (if that’s fair to say). Prior to the show, the group of us that went didn’t know who she was. After the show none of us will forget her. She’s that good. Check out her website and music at http://www.eleishaeagle.com/.

JW

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I’m wayyy behind…Chris Trapper, Martin Sexton, The Bled, Straylight Run, & Bayside!

February 26th, 2008 by Jonathan Walcher

Ok…so the truth is that I’ve been so busy shooting and editing that I haven’t taken the time to post here in almost a month. Shame on me! I promise I won’t let it happen again.

With that out of the way I’ve got gobs of photos to share with the world…

First up are photos from the Martin Sexton and Chris Trapper shows shot a few weeks back. It was my first invite to shoot on behalf of Neptunz productions. Many thanks to them for giving me the opportunity. An interesting first for me regarding this show…it was requested that I seek approval from the management (Sexton’s wife) before I released the photos to the public. I sent them and E-mail…they looked at them (thank you google analytics)…but haven’t sent anything back. So for now the gallery is password protected as promised. Pictures of Trapper’s show are available as they didn’t request limits on those.

Martin Sexton - Bricktown Ballroom - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - January 27, 2008

Chris Trapper - Bricktown Ballroom - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - January 27, 2008

Second in line are photos from The Bled’s performance…

I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to get into this show at all. Fortunately, Darren, the lead guitarist, messaged me about 20 minutes before the show and let me know I was on the list. I contacted each of the bands that were lined up that night and The Bled was the only one to respond…which was good because they were what I was looking forward to the most.

The Bled - Bricktown Ballroom - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - January 25, 2008

And as a bit of shameless self promotion…they picked this photo as their current MySpace profile pic.

The Bled - MySpace Photo

Bigger is better…

The Bled - Bricktown Ballroom - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - January 25, 2008

Third and fourth on the list are photos from the Straylight Run and Bayside. I had intended on getting to the this show when the doors opened because the lineup was pretty solid. Unfortunately, I missed the first two bands and showed up right when some dude was being carried out on a stretcher after kissing the floor with his skull (he was a tad bit delirious but otherwise I think he was going to be fine.) Anyway, with all of that commotion going on no one was at the gate to get me access…not a good feeling. It was a lessoned learned…be there when the doors open or risk not shooting at all.

Regarding the show, both bands were amazing but Bayside was just sick. In prepping for the show I knew that there lead guitarist Jack Oshea was rad and I wanted to capture as much of him as I could…he didn’t disappoint. There have been a few times shooting shows that I hear something that’s so good it makes me stop taking pictures…him playing was one of those times. I had to snap my self back into picture taking mode more than once. Great shows by two outstanding bands made for a night to remember.

Bayside - Bricktown Ballroom - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - February 19, 2008

A couple of my favorites

Bayside - Bricktown Ballroom - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - February 19, 2008

Bayside - Bricktown Ballroom - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - February 19, 2008

Straylight Run - Bricktown Ballroom - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - February 19, 2008

Favs…

Straylight Run - Bricktown Ballroom - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - February 19, 2008

Straylight Run - Bricktown Ballroom - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - February 19, 2008
Cheers…

-Jonathan

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As I Lay Dying & August Burns Red Show Coverage

January 24th, 2008 by Jonathan Walcher

First, a huge thanks to the As I Lay Dying crew and August Burns Red’s Matt Greiner for allowing me to shoot their shows stage-side. It was an unbelievable experience to see both bands perform at the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City last Wednesday night. My brother (as well as the whole gatewood crew) was there to help take hydrate me and watch my gear. Thanks also, to Max for giving a heads up to the security guards so that I could get behind the gates. Anyway, enough thanks…here are the links to the shows.

As I Lay Dying

August Burns Red

On side note, I changed up the way that my galleries are organized. After analyzing traffic to my site I realized that most people didn’t click past the second or so group of pictures which is a shame because the best pics aren’t always at the front of the gallery. For the curious, I made the decision a while back that I would put up as many pics of the show as possible rather than cherry pick according to my tastes; I never know what someone else may think is amazing.

That being said, you now get a full page of thumbnails now and the option to click and enlarge the photo from there.

Also, saving pictures now is much easier as well…after you click on the picture…right below it is a “save picture” link.

Enjoy,

JRW

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A Wilhelm Scream - Pictures Posted

December 23rd, 2007 by Jonathan Walcher

Why in the world there weren’t more people at the conservatory for the A Wilhelm Scream show I have no idea. The band was freaking amazing. While I’m not a huge follower of the Hardcore Punk scene you would have to be musically retarded to not appreciate the talent that these guys have. Anywhoo…I was glad I didn’t miss it and but wished that I had brought more people with me to see them play.

Pictures of their show can be found here: http://www.jonathanwphotography.com/gallery/4039811

Oh…Merry Christmas to everyone!

JW

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Emelo Releases Debut Album at VZD’s

December 9th, 2007 by Jonathan Walcher

Emelo released their debut album “Tanquilizers, Brain Screwdrivers and a Book Full of Cheery Poems” Friday at VZD’s. Led by Ryan Walker, the band played the most complex and well thought out set I’ve heard in a very long while. I’m hoping they play as many shows as possible as there is no doubt in my mind that more people will want to hear the piece of heaven they’ve created.

Pictures of the Emelo show can be found here.

Chaos to cosmos played a great opening set. These guys really need to get into the studio and make an album. Pictures of their performance can be found here.

Peace.

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Fresh Sunday and Yacht Club Photos Posted

November 21st, 2007 by Jonathan Walcher

As promised pictures of Fresh Sunday and Yacht Club’s performance on Saturday night at the Conservatory have been posted.

Click here for Fresh Sunday, here for Yacht Club.

If it weren’t for one can light being pointed out at the stage floor instead of the lead singer I would have had many more releasable shots. Oh well…I’ll just have to catch them playing again somewhere else.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving,

Jonathan R. Walcher

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