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.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 Stripes, Pantera, Matchbox Twenty, Green Day, Shiny Toy Guns, Nine Inch Nails, 30 Seconds to Mars, The Replacements, Paul Westerberg (solo), Social Distortion, Megadeth,Maroon 5, Korn, Kings of Leon, the Smashing Pumpkins, The All-American Rejects, Atreyu, No Doubt, Lamb of God, Robert Plant, Slayer 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.” 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 Mayer, Sevendust, GWAR, Regina Spektor, moe.,Chiodos and Bob Weir.
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 Nickelback, Boys Like Girls, 3 Doors Down, Government Mule and Third Eye Blind.
The Rave Bar is a small intimate club. Numerous acts have made their Wisconsin debut here, including Dave Matthews Band, Nirvana, Les Claypool, Third Eye Blind, Smashmouth, Blink 182, Creed, Pearl Jam, Red Is The Sea, and Tantric.
The Rave Vibe Room was designed to feature up and coming bands, similar to The Rave Bar, while also catering to DJ‘s.
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. 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. 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…..