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Rockers, Rappers, and Ninjas! Oh my!

Yesterday was a new adventure for myself. Something that I have never really done and something that I didn’t know what to expect going into it. In to the world of concert photography.

Thanks to awesome Milwaukee concert photographer and friend John Schulze (Check out his stie here and buy something ) I was able to have the pleasure of photographing a show at “The Rave” in Milwaukee.  This venue has and incredible history and has hosted some of the worlds biggest acts.

Here are some tid bits about it from wikipedia

The building is divided into six separate venues, making it theoretically possible to have six different acts playing at the same time.

The Eagles Ballroom is the building’s showpiece, featuring a 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2) oval wooden dancefloor, originally installed when the building was constructed, in addition to a large, old-fashioned domed ceiling and a stage on one side.[3]Originally a ballroom, it has hosted everything from boxing matches to concerts to ethnic dances. There is a second floor, with a row of balconies around the oval, from one side of the stage to the other. The Ballroom hosts the most popular acts, and its impressive history includes Bob Dylan (six times), the White StripesPanteraMatchbox TwentyGreen DayShiny Toy GunsNine Inch Nails30 Seconds to Mars, The Replacements, Paul Westerberg (solo), Social Distortion, Megadeth,Maroon 5KornKings of Leon, the Smashing PumpkinsThe All-American RejectsAtreyuNo DoubtLamb of GodRobert PlantSlayer and Sublime with Rome. The Jonas Brothers performed their first major concert as a headliner here, and filmed portions of the show to use in the music video for their top ten single “When You Look Me In the Eyes.”[4][5] Jason Mraz also filmed an entire live DVD here, called Tonight, Not Again: Jason Mraz Live at the Eagles Ballroom.

The music video for CKY‘s song Close Yet Far was shot at The Rave.

The Rave Hall on the main level is a large concert style venue, second in size only to the Eagles Ballroom above it. Most national touring artists that visit Milwaukee have played here, including John MayerSevendustGWARRegina Spektormoe.,Chiodos and Bob Weir.[6]

The Eagles Hall, previously called the Basement, (or the Underground) is a Miami-style venue built in the basement of the building. Featuring a unique hardwood floor, it is often rented by members of the public for wedding receptions. It has hosted acts like NickelbackBoys Like Girls3 Doors DownGovernment Mule and Third Eye Blind.[7]

The Rave Bar is a small intimate club.[3] Numerous acts have made their Wisconsin debut here, including Dave Matthews BandNirvanaLes ClaypoolThird Eye BlindSmashmouthBlink 182CreedPearl Jam, Red Is The Sea, and Tantric.[8]

The Rave Vibe Room was designed to feature up and coming bands, similar to The Rave Bar, while also catering to DJ‘s.[9]

The Rockstar Lounge, the newest addition to the building, is a VIP lounge with its own stage and performance setup. It was built in response to the increasing amount of musical acts requesting non-smoking shows and is quipped with special ventilation, thus enabling patrons to smoke while not disturbing others in the building.[10] Like the Rave Bar, Rave Hall and Eagles Hall, it features the venue’s trademark authentic wooden bartops made from recycled bowling lanes that came from what is now The Eagle Hall

Many events from the original ECW were held at The Rave including Hardcore Heaven in 2000 and an episode of ECW on TNN in the same year.

The Eagles Club was named to the National Register of Historic Places on July 29, 1986.[1] The club is a significant example of 19th and 20th century Revival architecture, especially from 1924, 1927, and 1939.

John was covering the show for Glide Magazine and “Kittie” (one of the acts in the show”). This show was some what of a spectacle due to the different types of music being played and the artists playing it.  It went from a small time rap group named “Necro” to a Canadian female metal band called “Kittie”, then to big named rap superstar in his day “Coolio”. As you neared the venue you instantly knew who everyone was there to see. The artists that go by “ICP” or Insane Clown Posse”. The hardcore fans show up donning clown face paint, awesome hair styles, and a bottle of Faygo soda.

There was something very unique about the fan base that showed up for a show like this. Everything is about family with these groups and it shows in the crowds that follow. Under all of the intimidating face paints and crazy things going on, everyone was just incredibly loving towards everyone (Even when a camera in their face). From talking to John who is a huge jam band fan to talking to the tour manager Steve from “Kittie” it was clear that this following rivals if not surpasses the likes of some of the biggest bands in the world. Just nuts!

Most of the photos I will be posting here in just a moment are from the “Photo Pit” between the stage and the crowd! Just an amazing experience!  Thanks again John.

And the part you have been waiting for…..

Necro - The Rave 05.14.2010

Necro - The Rave 05.14.2010

Kittie - The Rave 05.14.2010

Kittie - The Rave 05.14.2010

Kittie - The Rave 05.14.2010

Kittie - The Rave 05.14.2010

Kittie - The Rave 05.14.2010

Kittie - The Rave 05.14.2010

Kittie - The Rave 05.14.2010

Kittie - The Rave 05.14.2010

Kittie - The Rave 05.14.2010

Kittie - The Rave 05.14.2010

Coolio - The Rave 05.14.2010

Coolio - The Rave 05.14.2010

Coolio - The Rave 05.14.2010

Coolio - The Rave 05.14.2010

Coolio - The Rave 05.14.2010

Coolio - The Rave 05.14.2010

Mark - May 15, 2010 - 9:12 am

Great work Rob, love the gritty feel and the energy of the images, especially the rock selection.

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Erik - May 18, 2010 - 12:04 pm

Very nice!
I love shooting concerts – they are a blast to work and the music gives an un-real energy to shooting.

Bob K - May 23, 2010 - 6:20 pm

These are great photos, really lively and full of energy. Nice work!

Bill - August 13, 2010 - 9:21 pm

Holy cow did Coolio put the flow back in my ear with that show! That man is a force of nature; it’s shocking that he faded from the public eye for this long. Why, I remember back in the day (I’m sure it was a Wednesday) when Coolio and I would spend all afternoon fishin’ down at the old abandoned quarry. We’d get up real early, pull on our waders and pedal our bicycles over to Gus’ Bait Shop. Ol’ Gus wasn’t the closest bait shop (in fact Coolio lived above a bait shop which he owned) nor was he the cheapest. What Gus lacked in convenience he made up for in folksy wisdom that I never understood until I realized that I had some growing up to do. Poor Gus sure was accident prone and never was the same after he tripped over that tackle box and fell into his minnow tank. All day he’d yell at me and Coolio about pickin’ out the minnows and leaving the “jerk” ones behind. I thought he was crazy but my boy Coolio set me straight with a rhyme that shook me to my soul.

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