Top 50 Live Music Photographs by Daran Herrman

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Here are my top 50 [color] photographs of live music and musicians. SXSW is one of my all time favorite events and I have volunteered to shoot the festival the past three years but in order to shoot again this year I have to put together my portfolio sooooo why not do a Top 50 post??? This is very difficult yet very fun task as I have shot so many creative and amazing musicians over the years and the photos must be in color. Many times the lighting guy (of girl) love to put a bright red or blue light shining straight down on the lead singer so the best way to make them still look human is in black & white.  Photographs are such a wonderful moment captured in time and brings you back to that time and place. It can be years later but after I see a photo I instantly remember the show, the atmosphere, and the emotions felt… Ok, enough reminiscing and time to show the photos – Also be sure to check out my Live Music only website here: ColoredLive.com


The 1975’s playing at Stubb’s last year during SXSW


Macklemore during iHeartRadio’s showcase in the old Emo’s after it was closed down


Enrique Iglesias giving thanks to his fans during the first ever Formula1 Fan Fest in Austin


Tourist producing a great set at the Hype Hotel


Ghostland Observatory giving the beat


Allen Stone with a larger than life smile


Turnpike Troubadours having a laugh on the outside stage during the Steamboat MusicFest

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Kevin Russell from ShinyRibs being the super hero that he is


Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ‘Make the Money, Don’t let it Make You’


Another shot of the 1975’s in Austin


Mike Sanford showing off his patriotism


Hats off to the Mickey and the Motorcars


City and Colour during SXSW 2013


Jason Boland and the Stragglers turn to take off their hats



Randy ‘Big Bear’ Rogers during the Steamboat MusicFest last week


Both Cody Canada & the Departed and Jason Boland & the Stragglers touring in an old VW van



Evan from the Turnpike Troubadours playing to a massive crowd during ACL


Watching Kyle Park from the crowd


Ghostland Observatory dancing on my grave


Kelis and her big band during SXSW14


Bri Bagwell and her Banned on top of a mountain


Dirty River Boys rocking out during Medicine Stone Music Festival


Mike Sanford and his guitar player having a laugh


The immortalized skier statue watching a live show


The beautiful Bri Bagwell fixing her hair between shots


Nelly and his ultra-pimp Louis Vuitton handkerchief


Johnny Burke and his magical powers


Mackle-monkey swinging from the rafters


This is how I feel about the 3rd or 4th day during the SXSW Music Festival


Josh Baze playing at 9:04pm during SXSW


PANIC! at the Disco, you are my vice and my virtue


Jason Boland and the Stragglers


Jerry Jeff Walker… 72 years young


Jungle lost in a sea of lights


Stoney LaRue loving the stage


Dirty River Boys rocking out in Oklahoma


DJ BL3ND pumping up the crowd during SXSW13


Colin Stetson playing an over 100 year old saxophone during SXSW 2011


Mumford and Sons on stage with the Austin High School marching band


Fitz and the Tantrums rocking the SXSW crowd


A Drummers View


A photo of the full Turnpike Troubadours band


Cerebral Ballzy up on the rafters of Mohawk just a few hours before the tragic event took place outside


DJ BL3ND taking a dive into the crowd


Bri Bagwell on the cover of the Steamboat MusicFest magazine


A slightly different take on a Step & Repeat of Adam Savage from Myth Busters


Neil Young on stage giving a speech instead of playing

Daran is the creator of ColoredLion.com & specializes in bringing out the amazing colors that are all around us & almost always has a camera in hand. You can find him at Google+ and Twitter.