The 12th Annual Edwardian World’s Faire | Edwardian Ball – Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA

What a treat and what an honor it was to photograph the 12th Annual Edwardian World’s Faire through SF Station! The Edwardian World’s Faire is part of the Edwardian Ball, an event that will take you back to the turn of the century (the previous century!), and have you schmoozing and galavanting with the most well-dressed crowd you’ll ever see.   Everyone in attendance were too nice for words, and I’ll just have to let the pictures tell the story of the times we had… See you next year!

 

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Whitney Nichole and Keeley Valentino | Pacific Northwest ‘Tour on the Edge of Glory’

Throughout the first half of July, I had the pleasure of wearing many hats on Whitney Nichole and Keely Valentino‘s aptly dubbed ‘Tour on the Edge of Glory.’ Part tour manager, part roadie, part driver, part photographer/videographer & documentarian, and altogether psyched to be on the road in the name of music for a few weeks! We covered a large swath of the Pacific Northwest, making stops in Redding, CA; Eugene, OR; Portland, OR; Tacoma, WA, Seattle, WA and Walla Walla, WA.

You can read all about our adventures on Whitney and Keeley’s blog on the edge of glory – http://whitneyandkeeley.blogspot.com/. A few images from the tour:

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If you haven’t already, check out Whitney and Keeley on the web at: http://whitneynichole.com and http://www.keeleyvalentino.com

Special thanks to these wonderful ladies for taking me along on this fantastic voyage. This road trip/tour was a blast. I’m very much looking forward to see when the official news comes out about the rumored Pac NW fall tour!

The Ponticellos at 142 Throckmorton Theatre

Cello, jazz and rock, oh my! The Ponticellos are all that and more. It was a joy to attend their latest concert at 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, CA.

You may recognize cellist Rebecca Roudman from some of my earlier galleries of Whitney Nichole. Rebecca has been joining Whitney on stage for over a year now, and it was great to get out and see her perform in her new Ponticellos outfit. All of the members of the group are world class, classically trained musicians, and if you get the chance to catch one of their upcoming performances, I highly suggest it. You’ll be entertained and amazed at the breadth of repertoire from the group. Countless guests join them on stage to perform original arrangements of popular tunes.

An amazingly diverse group, The Ponticellos are all current or past members of world class orchestras, and have traveled the world sharing their music. Check out more of The Ponticellos at http://theponticellos.com/.

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Special thanks to my friend Rebecca Roudman for inviting me to capture the event!

 

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Keeley Valentino at Cafe Du Nord

Singer-songwriter Keeley Valentino graces the stage at Whitney Nichole‘s Record Release party at Cafe Du Nord. Though she’s on stage alone, she commands the audience with her heartfelt storytelling and passionate expression like there was a whole army up there with her. More details about the show here.

 

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Kindness and Lies at Cafe Du Nord

Kindness and Lies do what they do best on stage at Cafe Du Nord during Whitney Nichole‘s Record Release party. More details about the show here.

 

 

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Whitney Nichole ‘100 Strong’ Record Release Party at Cafe Du Nord with Pebble Theory, Kindness and Lies and Keeley Valentino

I think one only can imagine how much I love the musical stylings of miss Whitney Nichole. Not only is she the best person I could be lucky enough to be spending my life with, but she’s also incredible on stage, especially when the energy of celebrating the release of her debut album ‘100 Strong’ is flowing through her veins… Her band that evening was comprised of Shelby Grolig (V0x), Adam Rossi (Keys), Kevin T. White (Bass), Abigail Picache (Drums), Julia Jurkiewicz (Cello) with guest appearances on ‘100 Strong’ by Ziva Hadar, Heather Pierce, Debbie Neigher, Ash Scheiding and Niki Marie.  The house was jam packed at San Francisco’s magical Cafe Du Nord and it was amazing to have Pebble Theory, Kindness and Lies and Keeley Valentino on tap for the show. Everyone came through with their A game and it was no surprise that this lineup carried the energy right on through the night. A few photos of Whitney’s set at the gig below, full gallery here. Posts with pics from sets from the other bands to follow!

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Amazing show Whitney, congratulations on the release of 100 Strong!

Available now (released today March 8, 2011!) on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and BandCamp, or (my personal favorite:) pick up a physical CD with complete album photography by yours truly and an amazing graphic design layout exquisitely composed by Reflectur.

 

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George Winston at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, CA | Article, Interview and Photos

Originally published on Examiner.com: http://www.examiner.com/concert-photography-in-san-francisco/profile-and-photos-george-winston-at-the-freight-and-salvage-berkeley-ca

Recently, world-renown pianist George Winston treated the SF Bay Area to a magnificent performance. George is one of the nicest guys you would expect to be making a living as a recording and performing artist, and I was lucky enough to enjoy a delightful phone conversation and access to soundcheck during his recent visit to Berkeley, CA at the beautiful Freight & Salvage.

Preferring smaller intimate venues where an unmic’d piano stands alone on stage, George treated patrons of the newly renovated Freight and Salvage to a wondrous night of one of his “winter sets;” a mix of tunes from his own repertoire as well as classic songs from those of his mentors. We had a few moments to sit down, and I asked George some questions about his music, his life and career.

It was intriguing to me that in the early years of his music life, he didn’t set out to have a career in music, but diligently studied and played tunes from New Orleans jazz, blues and stride pianists out of pure love of the songs. His major influences growing up and in the early years were Professor Longhair, James Booker and Henry Butler. He feels he’s just now thoroughly understanding Professor Longhair’s style of piano playing, a lifelong dream of his.

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I have always been a fan of George’s “Seasons” project – the series of albums he put out over a ten-year period (~1973-1983). It was no surprise to learn that his major inspiration for the seasons project drew from childhood memories and the influence of the seasons, topography and terrain on his life growing up in Montana. I got the sense from George that the series wasn’t entirely planned at the onset, but quickly became a long-term project, like most of his work. He wrote and recorded Autumn from 1973-79, December was recorded in 1973, Summer was a product of 1981, Winter was released in 1983 and Spring was a project from 1982-83.

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I asked George about the moments and turning points that really stood out to him regarding his career in music. In the beginning, from 1961-67 he bought records, played them and loved simply enjoying music. The first step was being an avid music lover. When mentioning turning points in life, he lists 5 prominent memories:

  • The first time he heard the Doors in 1967 lead him to desire to learn to play the organ
  • Hearing Fats Waller in 1971 lead him to piano
  • Discovering Professor Longhair’s music in 1979,
  • James Booker in 1982, and
  • Henry Butler in 1985 forever changed what he thought possible with studying and stylizing music in ways “I just knew I wanted to do.”

George goes on to mention how he typically enjoys playing prominent composers music, more so than he feels he plays “like them.”

I knew I was getting sage advice when George said “I didn’t know what it was going to be, I just knew I wanted to do it.” Logistics, how to get there, etc. weren’t part of “the plan” per se, just getting out there and doing it was.

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KYRO, Kaitlin McGaw, Whitney Nichole, and Liz Ryder at Red Devil Lounge

When you think Red Devil Lounge, you probably think of loud up and coming rock groups blaring strong chords and screaming voices out of the place. A change of pace for us at RDL, this night was set to include all female singer-songwriter fronted groups in a much more laid back tables and chairs atmosphere. We got treated to the musical wares of KYRO, fronted by Lindy Lafontaine, as well as performances by Kaitlin McGaw, Whitney Nichole and Liz Ryder.

Beautiful sets ladies. A great laid back night in the lounge. You all tell great stories through your tunes.

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SF Station and Examiner.com

Exciting times at NDP!

Recently found out that Examiner.com accepted my application to be an SF Concert Photography Examiner, and I applied and was offered a 3-month concert and event photography internship with SF Station!!

We’re never going to be sleeping over here, but proud of this amazing news landing within the same week!

My photos for SF Station will be posted here: http://photos.sfstation.com/

And you can catch up with me on Examiner.com here: http://www.examiner.com/concert-photography-in-san-francisco/niall-david

By this time next year both of these will be PACKED with images and articles by NDP on the SF concert scene, possibly including YOUR show! If you have an idea for an upcoming concert in San Francisco you’d like me to cover, please send me a note with the who, what, where and why of it all; rock on San Francisco!

Thanks for all of your continued support. I’m looking forward to capturing more of SF’s concert scene!

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Whitney Nichole and Keeley Valentino at CMC

Whitney Nichole and Keeley Valentino enchant us with their talent for song at the CMC. A beautiful session, some collaboration and a few good laughs. Looking forward to the next time these two share a bill.

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