revention music center

Mac DeMarco Concert at Revention Music Center

The first time I saw and shot Mac DeMarco, the guys admitted to being on the brink of a hangover induced death with the heat that's inevitable at Free Press Summer Fest only making matters worse. Piggy backing off that experience, I went into their set at Revention Music Center expecting a rather mundane live performance. I vastly underestimated how hungover they were that summer day because their opening for Flaming Lips was full of energy and weirdness and spit and debauchery (you read that correctly). 

Photos from the set (sans spit) are below. Click each to see them big.

Flaming Lips Concert at Revention Music Center

I almost didn't go to this Flaming Lips concert. See, I didn't think it'd be able to touch the experience I had a couple summers ago at a party at Wayne Coyne's psychedelic art center (or triptastic adult day care as it felt to me that night), The Womb. There also happened to be a myriad of other concerts I wanted to see/shoot the same night. But pros and cons lists seem to never steer me wrong, and the one I made to figure out what concert to shoot that night didn't upset the trend.

This was, without even a flicker of doubt, the most fun I've ever had shooting music. Hell, probably the most fun I've had shooting anything ever. You know your live experience is boiling over with love and joy when even the security guards in the pit can't help but smile and bop balloons. Remember that drowning-in-happiness feeling you got as a little kid the first time you jumped into a ball pit? This set felt like that.

I could list all the crazy shit Flaming Lips did during their set (and there was A LOT of crazy shit), but I think the pictures below speak volumes. Click 'em to see 'em big.