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Best Summer Concerts 

Bust out the SPF, the head-bangiest of seasons is here!

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Hit Us with Your Best Shot
Six local photographers share some of their killer concert pics.

JOSH SCHEUERMAN
  • Josh Scheuerman

"Band interaction with the audience has always existed with crowd surfing to Flaming Lips Zorb rolling, but STRFKR took it to another level on this particular tour stop at The Depot with their usual dancing troupe of friends in animal/astronaut costumes, but then 'surfed' the audience in a confetti shower. They always bring great energy to every show and for this I salute you Space Cowboy. Ride on."
—Josh Scheuerman,
joshscheuerman.com

JOSH SCHEUERMAN
  • Josh Scheuerman

"I first saw Modest Mouse, I believe, in 1994 open for Built to Spill at The Bar & Grille playing an all-ages show. I've tried to see them every time they come on tour, and they have never disappointed. From early DV8 days to The Saltair and most recently at The Complex, each tour has a full catalog stacked setlist and always seems to carry the energy with you for days afterwards. This Issaquah, Wash., singer can put a spell on you."
—Josh Scheuerman,
joshscheuerman.com

STEVE CONLIN
  • Steve Conlin

"Then there's this one ... and all I can say about this one is it captures a moment when I felt the collective esteem of Ogden jumped up several levels. It was a moment were everyone said, 'Yeah, Ogden is fucking awesome.' It was the summer that Jared Allen outclassed Salt Lake City with a great music lineup. That summer night, the crowd showed the Flaming Lips just how fun Ogden could be—and it was awesome. So awesome, they are coming back this summer."
—Steve Conlin,
steveconlinphoto.tumblr.com

OLIVER DAHL
  • Oliver Dahl

"This is Luke Moellman of Great Good Fine OK at Kilby Court on Jan. 24, 2017. They're a great, energetic band with a tight-knit fan base. It meant a lot that they recognized me by name and let me get some shots of their show. Plus, what's not to like about a keytar?"
—Oliver Dahl,
oliverdahl.com

BRANDON MIZAR
  • Brandon Mizar

"Here is a photo that is of significant importance to me. Metallica has been the No. 2 band on my bucket list of top bands to shoot. I have seen them in concert 10-plus times. This was my first chance to shoot them, and they did not disappoint. This photo is of James Hetfield playing live at Vivint Smart Home Arena."
—Brandon Mizar,
facebook.com/mizarphotography

STEVE CONLIN
  • Steve Conlin

"I'm going to go with this pic of Thievery Corporation at last year's Ogden Twilight. To me, shooting a music event, the challenge in my head is, 'Can you capture the essence of the whole concert in one picture?' I think this photo does that. Everyone who walked away from that show was dripping with sweat, had bought into the energy of the band and been treated to a great night of music. To me, this image captures what we all felt."
—Steve Conlin,
steveconlinphotography.com

TYLER LYNN
  • Tyler Lynn

"These are pictures of Full Of Hell playing at Kilby Court on 5/29/19. These pictures are really significant to me, because it really shows the progress I've made so far as a photographer. The first time I ever brought a camera to a show was when I first saw Full Of Hell three years ago at Diabolical Records when I was 16 years old. And just a few weeks ago their manager, Justin Louden, brought me out to officially take photos for them. It was such an honor to take photos for one of my all-time favorite bands! It was a ridiculously fun show and I'm glad they brought me out to document it."
—Tyler Lynn
industrialforestphotography.com

TYLER LYNN
  • Tyler Lynn

"One of the cool things about shooting artists and musicians is that sometimes, just sometimes, you get to be up close to your heroes—even if they're from before your generation. I first saw Patti Smith at a summer festival when she was 66 years old, and she gave me chills as she snarled, spat and sang through her ageless repertoire like she was 20. I kept having to remind myself to shoot ... and I'll never forget this one."
—Jesse Justice,
jessejusticephotography.com

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Peter Holslin

Peter Holslin

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Holslin is City Weekly's staff writer. His work has appeared in outlets including Vice and Rolling Stone. Got a tip? Drop him a line.
David Riedel

David Riedel

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Riedel has been thinking about movies since the early ‘90s and writing about them since the mid-2000s. He runs the occasional marathon and drinks ketchup straight from the bottle.

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