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Friday, November 15, 2013

After years of taking shiteous concert photos followed by some sporadic but significant improvement (see Eminem, Skylar Grey, Beyonce and Rihanna … but not Depeche Mode), I now go into full-on photojournalist mode at concerts. On one hand, I want to just enjoy the concert. On the other hand, I feel compelled to make up for a couple of decades of blurry Madonna photos.

I had good luck — thanks to great seats — at last night’s superfun Macklemore + Ryan Lewis concert at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.  I was happy with this photo.


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This one is good too.


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I don’t see a lot of male performers doing as many costume changes as Macklemore.


Michael Jackson-worthy sequins.

I found it to be rather refreshing.


Gotta have a fur coat for “Thrift Shop.”

Why should the ladies do all the costume work? Besides, it makes sense for the guy who did one of the best fashion-related songs of all time to switch it up on stage. I’ve always thought that “Thrift Shop” wasn’t really about thrift shopping so much as it’s about the magical feeling you get from wearing something special. That could be a new pair of Adidas, a big-ass coat from that thrift shop down the road, or a messy blond wig and a sequin cape.


Very 1980s hair-metal style.

My designing friend Stacy Lomman borrowed my camera to take this shot.


That’s Anthony Mason’s number.

Macklemore told a lot of autobiographical stories between songs. He had a nice rapport with the audience and struck me, Stacy and MrB as a born performer. We agreed that if he wasn’t doing music, he’d have to do something else in the entertainment world. Some people are meant to be on stage. And maybe I’m meant to be taking concert pictures, because look at what I achieved with this shot of Mary Lambert, the singer on Macklemore’s “Same Love“!


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When I saw that one on my camera, I was all like, “I HAVE MAD SKILLZ, YO!!!” You can see the rest of my Macklemore photos here, and a video here.

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6 Responses to “On the Town: Macklemore at the Theater at MSG”

  1. Lynn says:

    Parent of a tween here. Macklemore & Lewis are breathtaking. It blows me away to hear socially progressive and meaningful music in the pop music canon. Long may Macklemore wave! And perform and shop and change costumes and provide subject matter for awesome photos…

  2. Suzanne says:

    Brilliant photos! You look like you had amazing seats. It looks like a fab show.


  3. stacy says:

    So much fun, thanks for bringing me along!
    You seriously could have a second career as a photo journalist!