ESP's Luckiest 13 Shots of 2013

I've compiled, in no particular order, what I consider to be my "Luckiest 13 Shots of 2013".

I'm not saying that I attribute good photography to luck, but I do consider myself extremely lucky to have gotten these shots this year, lucky to be doing something I love, and lucky to spend my nights immersed in the music I love with some of the best people I know.

On Friday night I shot my last show of 2013....so now, on to 2014!!!

xx

ESP

 

Marcus Mumford during encore performance of "The Weight" at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, just days after winning the Grammy for Best Album for "Babel".

Marcus Mumford during encore performance of "The Weight" at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, just days after winning the Grammy for Best Album for "Babel".

Weezer played The Paramount in Huntington, NY in November and served up a perfect combo of old and new songs.

Weezer played The Paramount in Huntington, NY in November and served up a perfect combo of old and new songs.

I was allowed All Access for Full Moon Festival on Governors Island in June where the The Dolls played with the NYC skyline as the perfect twilight time backdrop.

I was allowed All Access for Full Moon Festival on Governors Island in June where the The Dolls played with the NYC skyline as the perfect twilight time backdrop.

By the look and feel of this summertime performance at Webster Hall, it was quite obvious that NYC had realized what I had been preaching all year. Savages were an intense, unstoppable force and quite possibly the best live act around.

By the look and feel of this summertime performance at Webster Hall, it was quite obvious that NYC had realized what I had been preaching all year. Savages were an intense, unstoppable force and quite possibly the best live act around.

Reignwolf opened for The Pixies in September at Bowery Ballroom. He blew the crowd away with a (mostly) solo and (all) amazing performance that created the sound of multiple musicians.

Reignwolf opened for The Pixies in September at Bowery Ballroom. He blew the crowd away with a (mostly) solo and (all) amazing performance that created the sound of multiple musicians.

The National played an emotional hometown show this June at one of their biggest performances to date, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

The National played an emotional hometown show this June at one of their biggest performances to date, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Rubblebucket are indescribable in genre and style, but their live shows are always so full of energy, passion, surprise and fun. They had this Music Hall of Williamsburg crowd dancing all night!

Rubblebucket are indescribable in genre and style, but their live shows are always so full of energy, passion, surprise and fun. They had this Music Hall of Williamsburg crowd dancing all night!

Father John Misty played a very unconventional CMJ show this October at Town Hall in NYC. His special guest all night was a giant bunny, but did we expect anything less from Father John?

Father John Misty played a very unconventional CMJ show this October at Town Hall in NYC. His special guest all night was a giant bunny, but did we expect anything less from Father John?

Amanda never disappoints, she makes sure you run the full gamut of emotions, from giddy happy chanting to cathartic crying. This rainy summer evening became particularly special when former Dresden Dolls bandmate Brian Viglione joined Amanda for a last minute surprise song.

Amanda never disappoints, she makes sure you run the full gamut of emotions, from giddy happy chanting to cathartic crying. This rainy summer evening became particularly special when former Dresden Dolls bandmate Brian Viglione joined Amanda for a last minute surprise song.

By now Zola or Nika is known for her unorthodox choice of venues, and this evening was no different. Once again joined by JG Thirwell, Zola Jesus performed at the Our Lady Lebanon Cathedral in Brooklyn. Although the audience was all sat in church pews this was not your usual mass. Unless of course your pastor, priest or reverend usually leaps off of the altar as a finale...

By now Zola or Nika is known for her unorthodox choice of venues, and this evening was no different. Once again joined by JG Thirwell, Zola Jesus performed at the Our Lady Lebanon Cathedral in Brooklyn. Although the audience was all sat in church pews this was not your usual mass. Unless of course your pastor, priest or reverend usually leaps off of the altar as a finale...

If you've never experienced dueling saxophones before, you need to see Moon Hooch live for a very unusual dance party. They've come a long way since their subway busking days a mere 2 years ago.

If you've never experienced dueling saxophones before, you need to see Moon Hooch live for a very unusual dance party. They've come a long way since their subway busking days a mere 2 years ago.

I consider this shot "lucky" because it's pure luck that Justin Hayward- Young walked across the stage and knelt down at the edge, right in front of me. The Vaccines were opening for Mumford & Sons at the re-opening of historic Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, Forest Hills, NY in August.

I consider this shot "lucky" because it's pure luck that Justin Hayward- Young walked across the stage and knelt down at the edge, right in front of me. The Vaccines were opening for Mumford & Sons at the re-opening of historic Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, Forest Hills, NY in August.

This shot is lucky for many reasons. The obvious one being, this is Patti Smith! She's one of the most respected artists of our time. She helped shape an era that is wildly influential to most artists performing today. The second reason is, I realized that I was only one of two photographers approved to shoot this show and that there were no photographers approved for her next two Webster Hall NYC shows this week. What a great way to close out another great year of shooting concerts, I feel very lucky indeed.

This shot is lucky for many reasons. The obvious one being, this is Patti Smith! She's one of the most respected artists of our time. She helped shape an era that is wildly influential to most artists performing today. The second reason is, I realized that I was only one of two photographers approved to shoot this show and that there were no photographers approved for her next two Webster Hall NYC shows this week. What a great way to close out another great year of shooting concerts, I feel very lucky indeed.