X96 Big Ass Show, feat. Panic! at the Disco, Neon Trees, Anberlin, Switchfoot, and more.


Having served as director of photography for last years Candlelight Serenade Acoustic Festival I became aware of what it feels like to work an 18-hour day shooting music. But, nothing could have prepared my legs for what this day brought. At least with Candlelight there were breaks in between, and some backstage stuff where I was more relaxed doing simple band portraits. But with this years X96 Big Ass Show, nothing could have prepared my legs for what they went through. But even more so, nothing could have prepared ME for how utterly awesome this day was!

X96 took over the entire Gallivan Center, including Gallivan Avenue below. Thousands upon thousands of people showed up, and filled two separate stage areas. With music by Suicycles, King Niko, Grouplove, Sleeper Agent, Brogan Kelby, She Wants Revenge, The Airborne Toxic Event, Switchfoot, Anberlin, Neon Trees, and Panic! at the Disco, I had my hands full running back and forth between two stages to shoot everything since there was only 5 minutes of down time in between each set. It was face-melting performance after face-melting performance. Anberlin is one of my all-time favorite live acts, and Neon Trees are probably my favorite band to shoot. But regardless of taste, one of the biggest highlights of the day (ironically enough) was not that Brendon Urie (frontman for Panic!) was ill and couldn’t attend, but what happened because of that unfortunate situation. Panic! decided to play their set anyway, and received some help from familiar faces. The act went on with special guest singers Tyler Glenn (vocalist for Neon Trees), 17-year-old Brogan Kelby, Ransom Wydner (lead singer of King Niko), and Ash Houghton (from a local band named Exit Strategy). It was a bummer that Panic! wasn’t at full swing, but it was AWESOME to see Tyler Glenn swingin’ and dancin’ with a Panic! at the Disco backdrop behind him.

Hope you enjoy these as much as I did shooting them…


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