Photography During A Pandemic

Let’s be honest this year has been tough on us all, including photographers and other members inside of the community. Of course we all really don’t think of photographers being ones that are truly impacted since they probably have other jobs but some have been hit harder than you may think. Something that turned into a hobby for some turned into a living for others. Photographers could go back to finding a job but even during a pandemic that is very tough. We all need to remember that with darkness there is light. Party Guru Press reached out to some photographers on Instagram for a little insight on how they are doing during these times.

First we asked our fellow photo friends, “How has Covid-19 affected your plans for this year”. Underground.exposure_ responded “Lots of canceled gigs, yup” and sethviews commented “Ruined everything music related for me. That seems a bit how we are all feeling about the industry shutdown. You may be reading this thinking, yeah it’s just concerts no big deal there is people getting sick and not being able to travel to see family. Yeah you would be right. One of our fellow followers responded, ” I could not go to my country for my daughters birthday because this sh*t quarantine”. This has been tough on us all, we all need to remember we are in this together.

Deadmau5 at Red Rocks Amphitheater night one

Photo shown above was taken by David Cohn of Deadmau5 at Red Rocks in 2019. “Is photography/ videography your main source of income?” David responds “Yes”. Sethviews again responds “Yes it has been for the last 5-6 months”. As time continues to move forward we must all adapt to the new ways. Cohnography (David Cohn) has told us he’s moved towards product and corporate photo shoots for money. Sethviews told us he’s began picking up weddings to cover bills and living but he still enjoys it. For somebody to have a passion for somebody even when the times seem a bit against them is a beautiful thing to see.

With all this time being inside quarantining it’s given everyone time to learn something new. Cohnography responds telling us he is getting into artistic abstract photography as well as film photography. Sethviews tells us about how he is taking courses for video editing as he feels his photos are decent for now. Learning new things is something that will help us all continue to grow and strengthen ourselves. Below is a photo shot by sethviews from Backwoods 2019.

Photos By David Cohn and sethviews

In conclusion this will all get better. Our final question was “Do you have any big plans for once ‘Covid is over’? The answers were pretty clear, “TOUR”, “Grind out Youtube heavy for the car scene and music” and “Create more short films” were a few of the answers. For artists to stay creative in such dark times can be tough, but these photographers aren’t letting the hustle stop.

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Sonic Bloom 2019: Getting Sentimental

This time last year, Coloradan music lovers state-wide were preparing for Colorado’s beloved music event, Sonic Bloom Music Festival. The event was set to kick off this upcoming June 17, 2020. However, due to the never ending pandemic the festival was forced to postpone the event until 2021. Luckily for the festival’s ticket holders, there will be a multitude of live streams. These streams will feature Sonic Bloom artists, work shops, Q&A sessions, and more through out the year to come. Party Guru Press is here to ease the blow with a throw back gallery from Sonic Bloom’s past. The galleries present shots from Party Guru Press’ talented photographers, featuring not only photos of artists, but of Sonic Bloom’s workshops, performers, and attendees! Enjoy photos of artists such as Emancipator, Gramatik, Opiuo, Homemade Spaceship, and so many more talented artists, from our camera lens to your personal electronic device.

Sonic Bloom 2019

Keep an eye out for more reminiscent Throw Back Galleries to come from our Party Guru Press team!

Photos By Photographer Summer Taylor

Snoop Dogg Brings the Party for the Fillmore – Photo Gallery

The one and only, multi talented, Snoop Dogg, took over Fillmore Auditorium and turned it into a party. For 25 years, Snoop has consistently released quality albums, and most recently, I Wanna Thank Me. Being a 16+ show, Snoop was able to bring together a crowd of all ages. There were fans that were there since day one, and there were younger fans that weren’t even born when Snoop emerged into the music scene. We all came together for a night full of fun, nostalgia, and singing along to all the classics.

With beautiful dancers, and songs like, “Young Wild, and Free,” and “Drop It Like It’s Hot,”  we were guaranteed a good time from the start. The crowd went crazy when Snoop started playing Akon’s “I want to love you” featuring Snoop. Everyone was teleported back to 2006 when the song was released, and we all still remember all the words, definitely one of the best moments of the performance.

Photos By Luis Morales-Castro

New Gangsta Rap

Opening for Snoop Dogg, was RJ, a newer gangsta rapper who differentiates himself from the modern day mainstream rapper. None of that mumbo jumbo mumble Rap, he complemented Snoop, and had quite a fanbase here himself. Looking through the crowd during his set, there were true fans singing along word-by-word to his songs. 

OG Snoop Dogg

Snoop has also delivered a new album for the youngins; a lullaby album. With songs like, “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” “California Roll,” and “Doggy Dogg World,” the new generations will be exposed to legendary music from a very young age, just like a lot of us were. 

Snoop is a legend, an OG, one of the best to ever do, and is still going strong. Not even a year after headlining Red Rocks, he showed us love and we hope to see him back soon.

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Tobe From the SWAT Is Killing the Ivory Tour

Tobe Nwigwe, aka Tobe From The SWAT, put the whole Rap game on notice with Wednesday night’s performance at Denver’s Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom. Starting the night off right with an opening performance from his backup singers (Lhitney, and David Michael Wyatt), he certainly showed us why he is heading to the top of the Rap game. After his opening act, he then graced the stage with an electrifying choreographed dance routine with his team (The Black Angels Collective). Combining the perfectly placed lights along side with his thrilling dancers made this show an experience rather than a display of talent.

Opening Acts (Lhitney, and David Michael Wyatt) Photos By Idalis Richardson

Tobe: Life in the SWAT

Born Tobe Nwigwe, Tobe is short for Tobechukwu, which means “praise God” in Igbo, the language spoken by one of Nigeria’s largest ethnic groups. Growing up in SWAT (a common local acronym for “South West Alief Texas”), he is an enigma. That is so say, the lyrics and tone of his music tell the story of a difficult upbringing in Alief, TX. Like other rappers who grew up in the proverbial hood, Tobe’s autobiographical tracks also conjure images of gang violence, drug deals, pimps and prostitution. Wednesday night’s performance was just the latest example of black excellence he continues to showcase, while spreading his message “to make purpose popular.”

Baby Ivory

Finally, the close of the show had to be the best part of the night. Tobe started by reflecting on how much his life has changed since his 2017 debut album, “Tobe From The SWAT”; marrying his best friend, “Fat,” and becoming a first-time father. Meanwhile, as he continued to reflect on his past, “Fat” came onto the stage; in her arms was the beautiful baby girl, Ivory, after whom tour is named. Smiling from ear to ear, baby Ivory nodded her head as her father gave us a final emotionally-driven track, “Ivory”. All in all, Tobe Nwigwe is on his way to becoming Hip-Hop royalty with his performances and stage presence. Keep killing it, Tobe. We are all in awe. 

Photos by Idalis Richardson

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San Holo Delivers a Very Vibrant Performance with redrocks1

Summer is officially here and Red Rocks season is in full effect. Dutch DJ San Holo was the most recent artist to make his Red Rocks Headlining debut this past Thursday, June 13th. Being that it was his headlining debut, San made sure to make the most out of the event, hosting a pop-up shop the day before the show at Mirus Gallery. The pop-up shop featured exclusively available merch, boba tea, meet and greets with San Holo, and even his grandma was in attendance all the way from Holland. Giving back to the fans, even more, San also held a private show Wednesday night for a select group of lucky fans in Denver’s Rino Neighborhood. Both of these events helped set the tone for what would be a thrilling and intimate debut the next night at Red Rocks.

Appropriately titled redrocks1, the event carried a full line-up with performances from Duskus b2b EastGhost, Taska Black, Chet Porter, Clams Casino, Shallou, and of course San Holo. San, who burst onto the scene with remixes of classic hip hop songs filled with future bass sound, redefined his sound last year with the release of his debut album album1. San, who was originally a member of a small rock band, playing bars in Holland, found a perfect way to blend his past as a guitarist into electronic music and delivered a fresh, uplifting, and emotional album with album1.

In the same sense that album1 was a sign of maturity and growth as an artist for San, his redrocks1 performance highlighted his innovation of blending live instrumentation into his set. With smashing guitar leads, filled with atmospheric and sweeping sounds, San’s performance was as uplifting as it was emotional. The entire night was filled with great vibes as San’s stage presence and appreciation for his fans was shown, San brought his family out on stage, thanked the crowd over and over, and gave away 3 guitars to lucky fans at the end of the night. For those who were not lucky enough to be in attendance, the event was also streamed live on Youtube.

San Holo Solo

Photos By Photographer Matthew Salamander

redrocks1 was a magical performance that took the crowd through an emotional roller coaster, while always remaining positive and uplifting. This, coupled with San’s obvious appreciation for his success as an artist and genuine love for music, made for a night that will not soon be forgotten. We can not wait for redrocks2 and as San always says ‘Stay Vibrant.’

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