A great night of Rock ‘n Roll in Southern California as The Black Crowes brought their $hake Your Money Maker tour to Chula Vista, California. The weather was great, the traffic was light, the crowd was enthusiastic, and everybody (us photographers included) were looking forward to some live music after a very long break.
Up first were Dirty Honey, a band I have never seen live before, but I was eager to see with my own eyes what I had been told about them. All the great reviews were spot on, this band is just straight up rock ‘n roll. They had the unenviable position of opening a show as the crowds made their way into the venue, but from the first note, those lucky enough to be in the audience knew they were seeing a great band in the early stages of their career. I expect I will be seeing and hearing a lot more from these guys. You owe it to yourself to check them out.
Marc Labelle – Vocals
John Notto – Guitar
Justin Smolian – Bass
Cory Coverstone – Drums
I have been a fan of the Black Crowes since I was gifted their first album back in 1990. I was in college and my roommate worked in the record store, and when he heard Shake Your Money Maker, he brought home a copy for me and I was hooked. Being able to see them perform the album live all these years later was both a great rock ‘n roll show and a fantastic trip down memory lane. Brothers Chris and Rich Robinson really looked like they were having fun on stage which translates into the music. There is nothing better than a band who is having fun and the audience is just along for the ride.
Chris Robinson– Vocals
Rich Robinson – Guitar/Vocals
Sven Pipien – Bass/Vocals
Raj Ojha – Drums
Joel Robinow – Keyboards/Vocals
Isaiah Mitchell – Guitar
Alan Hess is a photographer based in San Diego, where he lives with his wife and two rescued boxers.
Alan is currently the house photographer for a large concert and event venue in Southern California where he photographs everything from major musical acts to ice hockey. When he isn’t out taking photographs, he spends his time writing books and is an accomplished photography educator and trainer.
Alan’s images have been published in a variety of places including news papers, magazines, websites, promotional materials, album artwork, and press releases. His clients include The Associated Press, Fox Television, FX Network, USA Network, Hasbro, Framus Guitars, Gibson, The Dead, Picture Group, Photoshop User Magazine, Steel Pulse, Ziggy Marley, and many more.
He is the author of sixteen photography and technology books covering everything from night and low light photography to multiple shot techniques. His books are sold around the world and have been translated in other languages including: Chinese, French, Polish, Japanese, Thai, and Italian.