Seether – Rise Above Fest 2014

Drenched in stage smoke and low, colored stage lighting, Seether created an atmosphere perfectly suited to their music’s style and vibe – ripping, heavy metal-inspired grunge. This is music that penetrates the listener. While it is good out of the studio, it is even better live. The set list included “Gasoline,” “Rise Above This,” and “Remedy.” Shaun Morgan, our host for the festival, matched his reputation for vocals saturated with angst and growl. Flanked by bassist, Dale Stewart, and drummer, John Humphrey, and joined by Brian Wickmann on guitar, Seether’s performance is a slow ride of melodic, driven music that never shifts course or fails to grab the listener by the throat. This was a great performance.

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Christopher Joles was a teen when he discovered photography, about the same time he discovered rock and roll. It only makes sense that his dream was to combine the two mediums and photograph rock stars. Serving in the United States Air Force, Joles was stationed just a bus ride away from the hot spots of Great Britain’s historic rock and roll spectacles of the 1980s. On hand for many of the historic shows, and with many a story to tell, Joles went on years later to hone his photography skills as owner of Joles Photography, specializing in portraiture. The years behind the camera in his studio taught him one thing: it’s all about capturing the subject’s genuine emotion. As luck would have it, he has been able to take that knowledge to the foot of the stage. Owner of Maine Music News, a website covering concerts across Maine and the Boston area in photographs and reviews, Joles has now photographed many a rock star with many more on the bucket list.