January of 2016 really seems like a couple of slumbers ago. I remember that feeling of the hot Texas sun diminishing whatever winter was trying to do on the day I'm about to take you through. I can recall having to leave a jacket behind when I left the house that day. As a matter of fact, I wore a tank top with a button over it with the shirt unbuttoned. That's how warm it was.
On my way out that day, I had made plans to meet up with a guy that I had came across on Instagram, Jeremiah Warren. We got coffee at Local Coffee at The Pearl, we walked around the area and exchanged turns making portraits. Jeremiah is insanely talented with an eye for composition and executes his shots with great precision. He was shooting film the day we shot, so this post of his is an iPhone shot. I couldn't be happier hanging out with this dude. Solid guy all around and the skill set that almost makes you question yourself on why you're even trying.
After this coffee and portrait hang out session I made my way over to what they now call "Paper Tiger". I say this because if you're not from the San Antonio area then you may not know of the venue we all went to countless shows to called The White Rabbit, or better known as The Rabbit, and arguably almost better known for the pizza place next door. I was meeting up with Mike Herrera and the MXPX guys. Through a series of events, internet interactions and text messages, I was out to meet up with Mike and shoot some portraits before the show. Upon arrival we got to work right away. If you follow Mike on any platform, you know he's a hardworking, the kindest person and no fluff type of a guy (and if you don't follow him, you really should). I admire that about him. I've posted many of the photographs throughout the year on my Instagram but here are a few that I've just came across today that I enjoyed that I've revisited in the editing arena.
After canvasing about a block radius of the venue, we made the walk back so that Mike could soundcheck with his band. There wasn't anything special about this "I need a little more of me...and less of him" that you would hear with this sort of thing. The one fun part for me was that they ran through My Life Story. Since the venue doesn't have a barricade, I took advantage of the lack of crowd to get a couple of pictures. Here's one of a few.
At this point I had met up at two different places with two different people and if you know me at all, if there is a tiny window to hang out with someone, I am all over that and that day was no exception. Anthony Green and dirty boy numero uno, Jake Lang, were in town on Anthony's solo tour. I didn't have much time so I headed over, took some pictures of Anthony's soundcheck, too and joined the crew for dinner. The time together was much too quick but any time with these bad hombres is time well spent.
After that eating a plate of sides at Bill Miller's BBQ, vegetarian struggles, I headed back to the venue with MXPX to catch Mike play an opening acoustic set under his Tumbleweed alias. After that, Five Iron Frenzy was up and then the headliner. Once I dial into a show, the set goes by in the blink of an eye and I'm left with images on images to look back and recall the songs one by one. This night was unreal for me. I had grown up on MXPX. Slowly Going The Way Of The Buffalo, Teenage Politics and The Ever Passing Moment were staples, err, are staples and records that frequent my rotation. I can't thank Ryan at Epoch Empire, Mike of MXPX, Anthony Green, Jake Lang and everyone else that night enough for making it all happen. Here are the rest of the photographs from that night that I haven't shared before. I hope you enjoy them half as much as I did because it's insane to think that this was just the first of so many more shows of 2016.