Happy Lucky 7th to My Home Away from Home: The [reborn] Cap Turns 7

I wasn’t here for the night it reopened. Bob Dylan wasn’t allowing photographers and I stayed home. A mistake for sure. But in my role as House photographer for the Capitol Theatre, I have covered a lot of amazing nights in the seven years since.

There have been some interesting nights. Bo Burnham filmed a Netflix special. There was Jam The Vote to help raise money for Headcount before the last presidential election. Debra of America hosted a benefit to raise money for their charitable organization that featured an amazing band: Warren Haynes, George Porter Jr., Joe Russo, John Medeski & SkerikCentral Park Dance has put on its annual performance of The Nutcracker.

The Grateful Dead‘s legendary bass player, Phil Lesh started a year-long run of shows at the venue which turned into a permanent “residency” of sorts. I was lucky enough to suggest to the venue’s owner, Peter Shapiro that I should document at least one night each time he came through and if the lineup changed, more than one night. This has led to an endless number of incredible musicians passing through the stage doors to play the music of the ultimate jam band. And of course, the annual March birthday shows and Halloween runs are always something extra special.

I’ve been blessed to shoot some of my favorite musical acts like Robert Plant, Neil Young, Jeff BeckCounting Crows, Jane’s AddictionTedeschi Trucks Band, Al Green, Black Crowes and the late Chris Cornell. But the list of incredible musicians and comedians goes on and on.

To honor the past seven years, This is a gallery of just some of what I consider my best images from the venue. Many artists aren’t represented. And some artists are represented numerous times. All that mattered to me was that the images, including several of the fans, showed off how special that room and stage are. I hope you enjoy looking through these 130 images as much as I did when I culled them from my archives.

So here’s to the first seven years of the “rebirth.” And here’s to Peter and his team bringing us another seven, and then another seven…..

Phil Lesh's 77th birthday Capitol Theatre (Wed 3 15 17)_March 15, 20170854-Edit-Edit

Phil Lesh & Peter Shapiro- Phil Lesh’s 77th birthday Capitol Theatre (Wed 3 15 17)

Wilco Capitol Theatre (Wed 2 3 16)_February 03, 20160005-Edit

Capitol Theatre stage crew- Wilco Capitol Theatre (Wed 2 3 16)