This year's KJEE Summer Roundup brought Of Monsters & Men, Walk the Moon, Family of the Year and The Blues & Greys. I was permitted to shoot the first three songs of each act from in the photo pit, which resulted in lots of great images. The only act who played in darkness and stage lighting was OMAM, and their photos were the most dramatic, but musically, I thought that Walk the Moon stole the show.

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Electronic dance musicians Chromeo played at the Santa Barbara Bowl, with The Glitch Mob opening the show. Disk jockey, Com Truise got the beat going before Glitch came out. I shot Truise from the ADA section and the other two bands from the photo pit, three songs for each. As I was unfamiliar with all of them, I was happily surprised at the audial and visual treats they provided. The stage contraption which housed Glitch's setup was quite interesting, and the theatrical smoke and lights only made it more interesting to photograph.

A photographer's dream, Chromeo topped the charts with the brightest stage lighting I've every shot. Lots of images were high-key, drowning in light, which was reflecting off the smoke and chrome instruments. I typically shoot stage lighting at minus 1 to 2 stops, but for much of the Chromeo show, I had to shoot at plus 1 to 2.

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Dressed in white as a frozen ballerina and playing to a more intimate crowd, Lindsey Stirliing pounded out an amazing performance at the Santa Barbara Bowl. This girl is one of the most talented performers you'll find, with her own genre of violin-rock, complimented by a choreographed feast of dance and stage sets. Although the lighting was dimly lit with a lot of black-light blues, I was able to grab some great shots. Many times, Lindsey looked me in the eye, and a couple times, she came right up to me. She moves fast, so you need high ISO and a fast lens to really grab her, but if you can escape the motion blur, she's amazingly photogenic. I shot the first three songs from the pit, and it was difficult to pick only one favorite.

In all her youth, Olivia Somerlyn opened the show, followed by Lights with a very solid performance.

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