You might have noticed the lack of updates on the site lately. Since the Warped Tour in Scranton at the end of July, I haven’t gone to a show. That’s because I’m starting to cut back on shows, at least temporarily. It’s just too expensive going to all these shows where I currently live. Plus there are other factors as well.
I’ve been a fan of the Young Dubliners for 8 years but this was the only 2nd time of seeing them live. Bassist Brendan Holmes, who’s also a fellow photographer, hooked me up with passes for the evening so that was really nice of him. My girlfriend Kristen had a class in CT earlier in the day, so I had to travel to NYC via CT. Well, first had to go to Suffern where my twin brother lived then down to NYC. The doors opened at 6pm but the concert didn’t start til 8pm. We arrived at 7:30pm and we were shocked that there weren’t that many people there. The band hasn’t been to NYC in awhile so that surprised me. Tables were setup for eating and since I was really hungry, I had to get some food. The band came on around 8pm and rocked out regardless of the size of the crowd.
I first heard Rachid Taha on the Black Hawk Down soundtrack. I liked the song when I heard it but didn’t check him out any further at the time. Then I just kept happening to listen to the song “Barra Barra” over time and finally decided to get some of Rachid’s music. My favorites album are “Diwan” and “Diwan 2” but I also love his cover of the Clash’s Rock The Casbah. Once I found out he was performing a free concert in Central Park, I knew I wanted to experience one of his shows. The day was rainy and humid but that didn’t stop the masses from seeing this French-Algerian Rai-Punk legend.
Dengue Fever played second for the Rachid Taha concert at SummerStage. They mix Cambodian pop music with psychedelic rock. I’ve heard of their name a lot but never heard their music or seen them live until that day. I liked what I heard from their show and the crowd certainly liked their set as well.
Apollo Heights were the opening band at the Rachid Taha concert at Central Park SummerStage in New York City last Saturday. The event was free yet rainy at times. I never been to SummerStage before so it was cool to finally to have been there and shoot a concert there as well. Also, this concert was shot for Prefixmag.com.