PRO's and Con's of Shooting in LA
Usually high in attendance, usually set in scenic downtown LA or Hollywood, and the food.
PARKING, PARKING, PARKING.
This LA trip to the Regent was for the Mowgli's (facebook) show, with Hippo Campus (facebook) and the Black and the White (facebook) opening. My friends in the Black and the White (who I first met at the Cage the Elephant show) invited me to document their first time playing since SXSW (Adventure To: #SXSW). The three bands are all fantastic, so I couldn't pass the opportunity to shoot as much of the evening as I could.
Hippo Campus was the first band up and I was not disappointed by their set at all.
Between sets at the Regent, you can either go to the Love Song Bar (website) and grab a craft cocktail or Prufrock Pizzeria (website) and grab a yummy pizza! Both establishments are on both sides of the Regent and connect to each other, so you can take items from either or both places into the show.
As I was sipping on my High West Rye Old Fashioned, the Black and the White were setting up for their set. I'm always confident my shots of these guys will look good because I had a lighting director--Zach Matusow (website)--inform me of the lighting conditions. Having this information helped me adjust my manual settings so I wouldn't have to continually tinker with them during the show.
The Regent was filled with eager fans as the Mowgli's were setting up. I can't lie, I still don't know how many Mowgli's there are and why their band name is possessive, but they put on a pretty good show.
I really liked the Regent. It may have just been me and my having a good day, but there are meters in front of the venue that are free after 8PM...and I happened to be able to snag one. If you happen to be shooting there, be advised that there is no barricade for photographers and if you're hanging with a supporting band, be prepared to be in the world's smallest green room. The vibe is great and I can't wait for another opportunity to shoot photos here again.