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SureShot 2013: A photo transcript

May 06, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Hello everyone,

 

Please let me thank you for joining us on what may be our very last blog post for SureShot of 2013. This has been a very busy year for us. The idea behind this particular post is not to get into a wordy overly descriptive almanac but to let the photos speak for themselves. This is but a fraction of the events we covered this past year.

 

Please share, like and comment.

Thank you for your ongoing support

 

Here goes:

Crooked I performing at Nectar in Seattle.SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Crooked ICrooked I showing love for Seattle and our once failed attempt to bring the NBA back to town. The fight's not over yet. Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com Reno red closing concert at Nectar. SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Reno RedReno Red closing the show for Crooked I. Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aquino SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - AquinoThere was no mistaking who Aquino was pulling for in last years Super Bowl. Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com Gohstface Killah concert Seattle. SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Ghostface KillahGhostface Killah dropping his newest album "12 reasons to die" Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 3rdz opening for Ghostface Killah.SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Sonny Bonoho & Joe CandidtThe 3rdz opening Wu Tang frontman "Ghostface Killa" Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com Fearce VillSureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Fearce VillFearce Vill opening for Rakim Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rakim hip hop concertSureShotFoto - Year End Recap - RakimThe God Rakim. Behold one of the architects of hip hop.Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com DJ B-Mello SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - DJ B-MelloRemember kids, hip hop starts with the DJ and in DJ B-Mello you have one of the very best. Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grynch opening up for Rakim.SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Grynch Grynch opening up for Rakim. Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com

Rakim concert Seattle at Neumos. SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Rakim 2This man invented an entire style of rapping. Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leezy Soprano performing at Neumos. SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Leezy SopranoLeezy Soprano opens up for Method Man Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com Neema and crowd participation/SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - NeemaAs Neema and the crowd can plainly see WU-Tang Clan ain't nuthin' ta fuck wit Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Method Man screw face. SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Method ManIt's getting real in the battlefield! Tical!!! Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com Tope of T&E opens for Vinnie PazSureShotFoto - Year End Recap - TopeTope opening up for Vinnie Paz Portland, OR Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Epp of T&E opening up for Vinnie Paz and ILL BillSureShotFoto - Year End Recap - EppEpp opening up for Vinnie Paz Portland, ORClick the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com

Vinnie Paz and ILL Bill concert in Portland, ORSureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Vinnie Paz 2Vinnie Paz "mean mugging" Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vinnie Paz and ILL Bill concert in Portland, ORSureShotFoto - Year End Recap - ILL BillILL Bill doing his thing in Portland. Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com Vinnie Paz and ILL Bill concert in Portland, ORSureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Vinnie Paz 3Vinnie and Bill hittin' the stage. Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 JFK Ninjaface opening act SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - JFK Ninjaface JFK Ninjaface opening for Aesop Rock Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com Busdriver concertSureShotFoto - Year End Recap - BusdriverBusdriver performing. Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A$AP Rocky after partySureShotFoto - Year End Recap - A$AP RockyA$AP Rocky after Party at club Sur Seattle, WA Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com

Aesop Rock concert SeattleSureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Aesop RockAesop Rock sold out concert Seattle, WA Neumos Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chief Kamachi took the stage with "The society of Invisibles"SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Chief Kamachi & The society of Invisibles. Chief Kamachi took the stage with "The society of Invisibles" and killed it. Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com Chief Kamachi in Costa Mesa, CASureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Chief Kamachi 2Chief Kamachi gettin' it in on his first visit to the west coast 0f 2013 in Costa Mesa, CA Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aquino of Sneakerwarz.net performing.SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Aquino of Sneaker WarzOur old friend and comrade Aquino rocking the house while opening for "The Geto Boys." Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com Bushwick Bill of The Geto Boys with female fansSureShotFoto - Year End Recap - "Bushwick Bill" of "The Geto Boys"This could be a little disturbing.... Ok I'm just hating on "Bushwick." Do your thing Bill!!! Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - The Geto Boys videoThe Geto Boys perform their hit song "Mind Playing Tricks on Me" © sureshotfoto.com

Aesop Rock pairs with Kimya Dawson to make up the rock group "The Uncluded"SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - The Uncluded 1Kimya Dawson partner's with Aesop Rock the make up the Rock group "The Uncluded." Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com Kimya Dawson singing solo at Seattle's Neumos concert venue. SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - The Uncluded 2Kimya Dawson partner's with Aesop Rock the make up the Rock group "The Uncluded." Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dancehall Reggae star Michael Rose concert in Seattle at Neumos.SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Michael Rose w/ Sly & RobbieMichael Rose brought his special brand of reggae and the entire crowd was felling it. © sureshotfoto.com Sir Mix-A-Lot performing some of his classics at Neumos in Seattle.SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Mix-a-lotSir Mix-a-lot introducing us to Seattle's next Rock star Ayron Jones. Click the photo to see the full post . photo © sureshotfoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bluesman Ayron Jones making his guitar wailSureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Ayron Jones 1Ayron Jones has a bright future ahead of him, and I can't wait to see him again. Click on the photo to see the whole blog post. photo © sureshotfoto.com

Ayron Jones performed an acoustic version of Georgia on my mind. SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Ayron Jones 2Ayron Jones treated us to an acoustic version of the Ray Charles classic "Georgia on my mind." Click the photo to see the full post. photo © sureshotfoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASAP Ferg concert at Neumos in Seattle. Pictures by sureshotfoto.comSureShotFoto - Year End Recap - A$AP FergA$AP tore the house down when he and his A$AP Mob rolled in. Click on the photo to see the entire post. photo © sureshotfoto.com RA Scion resting before his concert. SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - RA Scion One of Seattle's most skilled rhyme sayers is "RA Scion" no doubt about it. Here he's chillin' out before the show and actually being tolerant of me getting my paparazzi on. Click the photo to see the post in it's entirety. photo © sureshotfoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mystikal performing in Seattle after being released from jail. photo by sureshotfoto.comSureShotFoto - Year End Recap - MystikalDanger!!! Mystikal is back, louder and more hype than ever. Click on the photo to see the full blog post from the event. photo © sureshotfoto.com Neema MCing in Seattle at Neumos. Shot by SureShotfoto.comSureShotFoto - Year End Recap -NeemaOne of Seattle's hardest working MC's. Click on the photo to see Neema with an all star cast in their latest video "Lex Luther." photo © sureshotfoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GU performing while being photographed by sureshotfoto photographer Leon CarterSureShotFoto - Year End Recap - GUOur guy GU in effect. photo © SureShotfoto.com

Feezable the germ performing. He was photographed by Leon Carter of SureShotfoto.comSureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Feez the Germ"Feez the Germ" taking a quick break from rockin' the mic. Click on the photo to see the entire post. photo © sureshotfoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No we don't just shoot music.....

 

 

BONUS PHOTO:

Shay Bella modeling for sureshotfoto in seattleSureShotFoto - Year End Recap - ShaybellaHere we have the very talented and beautiful Ms. Shay Bella. Click on her photo to go to her Youtube page photo © SureShotfoto.com

 

Have a very safe and Happy New Year from SureShot Fotografie' 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Melinda of Heffner Agency Test Shoot

April 20, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

 

Last weekend we had the pleasure of working with a group of Seattle's elite professionals in various disciplines surrounding the fashion industry and the following are some of the shots we were able to get in near record time. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, I'd like to say thank you to all of the dedicated professionals that worked on this shoot to make it happen. 

 

Model: Melinda of Heffner Management

Hair: Lily Talamaivao of LilyTHair 

Production Team: Carlos Imani & Keja Flyette of The Elite Collective 

Makeup Artist: Jessica Muai

Post Production: SureShot Image & Retouching Services

Lighting gear: Profoto B1 500 AirTTL  Equipment Rentals: Glazers Camera

Photographer: Leon Carter of SureShot Fotografie'
 


RA Scion releases soon to be classic "The Sickle and the Sword"

December 11, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

RA Scion is without a doubt one of Seattle's best emcees. From his smooth flow, relevant content and skillful delivery. He really stands out amongst his peers. 

 

My first time hearing RA was earlier this year when he did a cameo while opening up for hip hop legend Rakim and then the very next night when he did a full set while opening up for Wu Tang Clan chieftain Method man. (Check out those posts here and here) Upon hearing RA Scion the first time I remember saying to multiple people "Yo, where is this guy from?" I got some "I don't know's" and some "oh he's from here." I didn't believe it at first but the prospect of such a talent being a local product was inspiring.

 

Check out the video below to see what I mean. Whaa verse!!!

 

I told you the man has skills!!!

 

In this photo by sureshotfoto RA Scion prepares to take the stage at Neumos in SeattleSureShotfoto.com RA Scion Concert 1"RA Scion" moments before getting ready to do his thing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Various moods of RA Scion -photos ©SureShotfoto.com

 

RA Scion's newest album is somewhat of a departure from what I've heard of his previously but I mean this in a good way. He seems to have broadened his horizons. It's very evident that this is a heartfelt and very deep project. His lyrics force you to think and reflect. Some of the songs even border on an almost allegorical nature. However hidden the meanings are he never forgets that he's also here to entertain, and entertain he does.

 

Unfortunately, RA and Rodney Hazard had some disagreements over business matters which forced his new album "The Sickle & the Sword" to no longer be available for sale. But, RA being the guy that he is decided rather than squabble over rights, credits or money, he'd rather give it away for free. Check out his latest video below:

 

Download the album here for free   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Trap Lord, A$AP Ferg sold out Seattle concert recap

December 05, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

This is not the first time A$AP mob has come to Seattle. This time front man A$AP Rocky may have been AWOL but the Trap Lord's throngs of fans didn't seem fazed. The show was completely sold out. I may not know everyone in or associated with the A$AP mob, but I can tell you they roll deep. When they arrived I counted roughly ten soldiers on stage.

 

ASAP Ferg performing at Neumos in Seattle SureShotFoto.com A$AP Ferg concert 1 A$AP Ferg gettin' it in

 

 

These artists definitely know how to entertain. Mix in theatrics, raw lyrics, hard beats and some stage diving for good measure. I guess you've got a winner. 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately, Ferg's people only allowed us to shoot for a limited number of songs (I'll never understand why some artists do that) but all and all what we got to see of the show was pretty good, and the fans had a great time which in the end is what it's really about.

 

-Post Script- I will say that the young woman that had her two or three year old son at the concert right at the stage, sitting in front of the speaker..... Epic parent fail!!!

 

 

Check out some of our previous posts

Sir Mix-A-lot

A$AP Rocky

The Geto Boys

Chief Kamachi

Ghostface Killah

Method Man

Rakim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Seattle hip hop star Sir Mix-A-Lot, unveils local Phenom Ayron Jones

December 02, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Sir Mix-A-Lot performing hip hop classic Posse on BroadwaySureShotFoto.com Sir Mix-A-Lot Concert 1Mix-A-Lot proving that classics never die -photo © SureShotfoto.com

 

Yes you heard it right Sir-Mix-A-Lot!!! Sir Mix-A-Lot aka Anthony Ray, has been away from the spotlight for quite some time. No he's not back. Well, not yet and not as you might expect. Our homegrown hip hop Hall of Famer now is at home behind the production board. No, his next project isn't the next in a line of new up and comers looking to make their name in the rap game either. The project that consumes  most of his time is a Seattle based rock group called "Ayron Jones and The Way." 

 

--Insert two Paragraphs of Rambling Below

As my loyal readers now I'm a big fan of hip hop music, with that said in the week leading up to the concert I thought to myself that I'll just get there late to shoot "Mix-A-Lot" for my upcoming book that will be published in 2015 (insert gratuitous self promotion here) and then jet out. When I looked at the poster I was a bit puzzled that Ayron Jones name was above "Sir-Mix-A-Lot's." How could this be? It must be a mistake or something. Mix-A-Lot is a certified legend, he has the distinction of saying that his video was the first rap video ever played on MTV, why would he not be the headliner? Upon doing some further investigating I found out that the concert was in fact Ayron's release show for their first album entitled "Dream." Ok in that case I thought I could come early shoot "Mix", leave early and maybe get some of the early stages of editing done. Sweet sounds like a plan or not.....

 

The day before the show I stopped at a friends pizza shop, and we briefly chatted about what's going on with each of us and I mentioned the show. She says to me, "oh yeah that guy's awesome!" I'm thinking to myself of course he's awesome, has any other local hip hop artist even come close to what he's done? She continues to tell me that she borrowed a CD from a friend and it lived in her single disc CD player the entire time she had it (her friend had to ask for it back by the way). It quickly became evident that she wasn't talking about Sir Mix-A-Lot. The perplexed look on my face must have betrayed my ignorance because her endorsements of Mr. Jones quite vocal and frequent. So, me never wanting to be uninformed decided to do some digging, and I'm really glad I did.

 

So yes, I am now a card carrying fan of "Ayron Jones and the Way." 

 

Anyway, I didn't come here to tell you any of that.

 

-On to the Show

 

 

I arrived just before Sir-Mix-A-Lot was to go on. Unfortunately, I missed another one of the acts that he manages, Miss Tomeka Williams. I've heard very good things about her. I'll definitely have to make it a point to catch one of her performances in the future.

 

After all of these years this was to be my first time seeing him perform live. I've seen him around town and even been to one of the video shoots from the "Swass" album, but this would be my first experience to see the artist who actually put Seattle on the hip hop map perform.  

 

Hip hop legend Sir Mix-A-Lot performing at Neumos in Seattle.SureShotFoto.com Sir Mix-A-Lot Concert 2Hip hop legend Sir Mix-A-Lot going hard -photo © SureShotFoto.com Sir Mix-A-Lot doing his thing off stage at Neumos in Seattle.SureShotFoto.com Sir Mix-A-Lot Concert 3Sir Mix-A-Lot interacting with the crowd and doing his thing. Thanks for the photobomb lady. -photo © SureShotFoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sir Mix-A-Lot performed his well known classics and whipped the sold out crowd into a frenzy for his relative new comer. Upon exiting the stage, Mix-A-lot one again confirmed that the night did not belong to him. "This is Ayron's night" he exclaimed. In his final sign off for the evening he declared that "Ayron Jones is the King of Seattle." "Wow" I thought, "That's a lot of pressure. Let's see how he handles it."

 

Sir Mix-A-Lot posing for a photo after his hip hop set.SureShotFoto.com Sir Mix-A-Lot Concert 4Mix was kind enough to give us a second for a photo after his set. -photo © SureShotFoto.com

 

 

Now it was time to see if Ayron could indeed live up to the praise given him by his producer. In short order Mr. Jones made it clear that he was in no way looking to make Mix-A-Lot a liar.

 

 

Ayron Jones and the way entire band performing at Neumos in Seattle.SureShotFoto.com Ayron Jones and the Way Concert 1Ayron Jones and the Way -photo © SureShotFoto.com

 

Ayron's brand of rock is somewhat tough to nail down to a specific "style." It is easy to see he's influenced by a lot of artists from a lot of genres. There are undoubtedly going to be comparisons to Jimi Hendrix for several reasons, but I see additional possible influences from the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughn to Muddy Waters to Son House to Huddie Leadbetter. Now being mentioned in the same breath as any of these legends is already a great honor, not to mention on the release of your first album. That's downright impressive! Don't get me wrong he's not being enshrined in the Hall of Fame just yet. He posses a lot of raw energy, what bluesmen like to call "lightnin." This can only get you so far though. As he matures and gets more "mileage" he'll only get better. This young man definitely has his best days in front of him. I can't wait to see how he progresses.  

 

Ayron Jones illuminated by the spotlight while he makes his guitar wail. SureShotFoto.com Ayron Jones and the Way Concert 2One of Ayron's gifts is being able communicate the range of human emotions with his guitar. -photo © SureShotFoto.com

In this SureShotfoto.com photo Ayron Jones performs his ballad "My Love Remains" at Neumos in Seattle.SureShotFoto.com Ayron Jones and the Way Concert 3Ayron switching gears on us with his very soulful ballad "My Love Remains." -photo © SureShotFoto.com In this picture taken by SureShotFoto.com we have the full band of Ayron Jones and the Way.SureShotFoto.com Ayron Jones and the Way Concert 4The whole band profiled here. Deandre Enrico is the evil genius on Bass, Kai Van DePitte an absolute monster on drums and of course on guitar and vocals, the newly anointed "King of Seattle" - Ayron Jones -photo © SureShotFoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this image shot by Leon Carter of SureShotFoto.com Ayron Jones successfully stage dives. SureShotFoto.com Ayron Jones and the Way Concert 5Stage Dive!!! -photo © SureShotFoto.com

 

---DISCLAIMER 

I'm going to review, rate and give my comments and opinions on some kind of media, instrument or device. What people must understand, is that critics that universalize their reviews as gospel are always wrong 100 percent of the time. What the populace likes or dislikes is extremely subjective. There is no right or wrong answer to if some sort art is good or not. There just isn't. With that said critics are always wrong. What they should in fact say is something like, "If you're like me then...." or "If you have similar tastes to me then....." So I'll use either of the previous quotations and begin my review.

--DISCLAIMER OVER

 

This is a favorite photograph from the Ayron Jones concert. It looks kinda lonely with the negative space. SureShotFoto.com Ayron Jones and the Way Concert 6This looks to be a solemn moment in the show. -photo © SureShotFoto.com

 

 

This particular night was again, "Ayron Jones and the Way's"  album release party for the new album "Dream." It was a  coming out party of sorts and come out he truly did. I downloaded the album as soon as I was able to. I remember thinking to myself, "Where did this kid get these blues chops? Wow!"  This young bluesman sings and plays with such substance and the soul of much older more experienced artist. 

 

What is a Rock concert without a guitar smash? Ayron did a great job in this Sequence by SureShotFoto.comSureShotFoto.com Ayron Jones and the Way Concert 7Ayron Jones' guitar smash sequence. Awesome!!! -photo ©SureShotFoto.com

 

At only 8 tracks, at first glance the album could seem infinitesimal, especially by today's mass consumption standards. Let me tell you, nothing could be farther from the truth. This is an album that you can listen to from front to back easily. This can't be said for a great many of the albums released these days. Of course some of the tracks resonate more than other but overall this is an extremely solid opening salvo for this young artist.

 

Ayron Jones smashed guitar.SureShotFoto.com Ayron Jones and the Way Concert 8The discarded remnants of Ayron's axe. -photo © SureShotFoto.com

 

Here is my list of stand out tracks on this album: 

 

  • "On Two Feet I Stand" - This one is more rock influenced than most anything else on the album. This one screams Seattle to me. Here Ayron displays his six string dexterity. 

 

  • "Feedin' from the Devil's Hands" - This is the lead single from "Dream" and the first official video. Here is where this group really excels and quite possibly may make their greatest mark. This sound is genuine and one that they can call their very own. 

 

  • "My Love Remains" - On this track they show that they have range. This is a rock love ballad with splash of soul. 

 

  • "When Will I Learn?" - This Blues inspired rock ballad show's yet another dimension. 

 

  • "Baptized in Muddy Waters" - Borrowing the monicker from the late great blues man the brought us classics like Mannish Boy Mr. "Muddy Waters" you can feel a bit of the influence in this tribute. 

 

Support Independent Artists by clicking on the image and ordering the album below:

 

 

Check out some of our previous posts

The Uncluded

The Geto Boys

Chief Kamachi

Ghostface Killah

Method Man

Rakim

 

 

Bonus Photos:

Ayron Jones switched to an acoustic guitar for his version of the Ray Charles classic Georgia on my mind.SureShotFoto.com Ayron Jones and the Way Concert 9Ayron's touching rendition of "Georgia on my mind." -photo © SureShotFoto.com

Some lucky and grateful fans pose with the broken neck from Ayron Jones guitar after he smashed it. SureShotFoto.com Ayron Jones and the Way Concert 10Some lucky fans scored some great souvenirs after Ayron's guitar smashing exhibition. He even signed it for them. -photo © SureShotFoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This image from SureShotFoto.com depicts Ayron Jones dancing. SureShotFoto.com Ayron Jones and the Way Concert 11You ain't know??? Our guy Ayron's more that just a musician. it was evident that Ayron enjoyed every minute of being on stage. -photo © SureShotFoto.com