Top 50 Live Music Photographs by Daran Herrman


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:

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



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 & 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.