Faith Illustrations: Blog https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog en-us (C) Faith Illustrations js.hernandez@faithillustrations.com (Faith Illustrations) Sun, 19 Apr 2020 18:51:00 GMT Sun, 19 Apr 2020 18:51:00 GMT https://www.faithillustrations.com/img/s/v-12/u328285268-o31043717-50.jpg Faith Illustrations: Blog https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog 91 120 RGV Vipers defeat Northern Arizona Suns https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2020/4/rgv-vipers-defeat-northern-arizona-suns Back on March 7, 2020, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers defeated the Northern Arizona Suns 121 to 101 in exciting fashion. Sadly their season came up short and to an end due to Covid-19 and forcing a stay at home shelter ordinance. Thus closing many establishments, including their home, The Bert Ogden Arena. Enjoy the pics from that game.

 

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js.hernandez@faithillustrations.com (Faith Illustrations) 3xchampions basketball bertogdenarena dunk rgvphotographer rgvvipers https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2020/4/rgv-vipers-defeat-northern-arizona-suns Sun, 19 Apr 2020 01:26:23 GMT
Songs & Stories: An Evening with Art Alexakis of Everclear and more https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2019/5/songs-stories-an-evening-with-art-alexakis-of-everclear-and-more “F—k it, I’ll play the hit,” said Art Alexakis as he launched into “Father of Mine.”  This “hit” came halfway through Art’s 30-minute solo set – and after considerable prodding from the 90 or so people in attendance. Since Art was the last of four solo sets, this moment occurred about two hours after the start of the show. By then, the crowd had increased its calls for such “hits,” both as expectations and amounts of alcohol consumption grew. Nonetheless, as Art obliged, the crowd roared back and heartily sang along to one of the songs they had been waiting all night to hear.

 

Although this was my 3rdtime watching Art Alexakis perform, interestingly enough, it was the first time in a normal music venue setting. The previous two shows watching Everclear were in a Las Vegas casino and at a New Braunfels ice house. Tonight, the time the artists spent on stage would be used to play their lesser known cuts. Without a doubt, 3ten brought on a difference vibe – and I truly enjoyed it. 3ten is a great venue: it’s a small, intimate space with good acoustics and holds maybe 200 people if the doors to the balcony are open. The size prevents too much worry over sightlines, and the bar and restrooms are easily accessible. About 15 minutes before show time, with only 20-30 people present, I worried the intimate venue would be hosting an even smaller crowd. Thankfully though, that number tripled by the time the lights dimmed. 

 

When a show advertises the lead singers of Everclear, Eve 6, Marcy Playground, and Fountains of Wayne, some level of nostalgia is expected. The evening leaned into that by playing select tunes by other 90’s-era bands before the show: Pearl Jam, Oasis, Soundgarden, Ben Folds Five, Our Lady Peace. Inevitably, this show turned into musing over where each of your favorite bands now were, if they even still existed. The show lent itself to more ruminations, since each frontman was here without a band…and playing in a side venue below one of Austin’s most famous venues and where the iconic Austin City Limits music series is taped. Chris even referenced his performance at ACL over 13, or so, years ago. 

 

 

There was no doubt the majority of the crowd came for the “hits,” but hearing each frontman’s songs in a stripped-down, acoustic setting, helped showcase the strength of the songwriting. I never spent much time listening to Marcy Playground – “Sex & Candy” was never on my steady playlist – but hearing some of the deeper cuts in a casual setting, was more than enough to keep me invested in John’s set.I did feel a sense of guilt during Chris’ set since, much like Nada Surf, Fountains of Wayne is one of those bands with a ton of indie-cred, but only predominantly known for their one “hit” – “Stacy’s Mom.” This was evident as the crowd was paying little attention and talking loudly until the opening guitar riff began.

 

For me, the four-man jams that buffered each solo set were some of the night’s highlights. They played cover songs which included such artists as Tom Petty and R.E.M. and gave the audience a chance to sing along, evoking the feeling of being at backyard party jam session. It was a lot of fun, but I wondered how the night would have played out differently if all four guys stayed on stage throughout the show, taking turns singing solo songs and coverswith the others joining in at their leisure. If it could have been worked out, I think that kind of setup would have been incredibly unique.

 

Expectedly, about 80% of the crowd left before the encore/q&a. I suppose they had enough “hits” for the night and didn’t have any burning questions or requests for the guys. This portion of the show truly gave the fans an opportunity to connect with the frontmen, with several introspective questions and comments about“this is how your songs changed my life.” The guys were incredibly magnanimous, and took most requests (when they could remember the tunes). This was undoubtedly the climax of the night for anyone that was able to have the mic.

 

 

Whether one left before the encore – happy that they heard the “hits,” or stuck around until the end of the night to hear some incredibly deep cuts and long answers and stories to uber-specific questions, it seems everyone got what they hoped for from the evening. In other words, any way you look at it, the showcase was a success. 

 

Written by: Cesar Lopez

Edited by: Palar Raczkowski

Photographs: Joe Hernandez

 

 

 

 

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js.hernandez@faithillustrations.com (Faith Illustrations) https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2019/5/songs-stories-an-evening-with-art-alexakis-of-everclear-and-more Tue, 28 May 2019 05:19:21 GMT
Q Rock Fest Resurrection at the State Farm Arena https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2018/9/q-rock-fest-resurrection-at-the-state-farm-arena  

Great show and first time covering a show at the State Farm Arena. Thanks to Adrenaline PR and Saliva's label. Can't wait to cover more there. Check out the coverage.

 

 

 

Puddle of Mudd

 

 

 

 

Saliva

 

 

 

 

Sons of Texas

 

 

 

 

Tantric

 

 

 

 

Motograter

 

 

 

 

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js.hernandez@faithillustrations.com (Faith Illustrations) https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2018/9/q-rock-fest-resurrection-at-the-state-farm-arena Sun, 02 Sep 2018 05:04:46 GMT
Got Faith Concert Series at HEB Park RGV- Skillet, for King & Country and Ledger https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2018/4/got-faith-concert-series--skillet-for-king-country-and-ledger Thanks to Got Faith Music we were able to cover the joy.Unleashed tour at the HEB Park in Edinburg, TX. It was an awesome event and we really enjoyed the day. To add a cherry on top, our daughter got the last meet and greet band for Jen Ledger and met and talked with her after the show. She let Jen know that she is also a drummer and really enjoyed her performance. Enjoy the set.

 

Ledger

 

 

for King and Country

 

 

 

 

Skillet

 

 

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js.hernandez@faithillustrations.com (Faith Illustrations) https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2018/4/got-faith-concert-series--skillet-for-king-country-and-ledger Tue, 24 Apr 2018 23:14:49 GMT
Love Sex & the IRS https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2018/3/love-sex-the-irs  

We were able to cover ITheatre's show of Love Sex & the IRS again in Weslaco's Tower Theater. It was another great show. Written by William Van Zandt and Jane Milmore. Thank you Steve Urbina for giving us access to the show.

 

Enjoy the set.

 

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js.hernandez@faithillustrations.com (Faith Illustrations) https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2018/3/love-sex-the-irs Fri, 16 Mar 2018 03:28:30 GMT
2017 Make America Rock Again Tour https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2017/8/2017-make-america-rock-again-tour Thanks to Adrenaline PR, we were able to cover the Make America Rock Again Tour in the HEB Park in Edinburg, TX. It was a great show, enjoy!!

 

 

Trapt

 

 

 

Sick Puppies

 

 

 

Drowning Pool

 

 

 

 

Scott Stapp

 

 

 

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js.hernandez@faithillustrations.com (Faith Illustrations) https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2017/8/2017-make-america-rock-again-tour Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:05:28 GMT
ITheatre's "Drinking Habits" video https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2017/3/itheatres-drinking-habits-video Here is the video that we made for ITheatre's "Drinking Habits" promo.

 

Enjoy.

 

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js.hernandez@faithillustrations.com (Faith Illustrations) https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2017/3/itheatres-drinking-habits-video Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:00:00 GMT
ITheatre's "Drinking Habits" https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2017/3/itheatres-drinking-habits We were invited to take some photos and video for ITheatre's performance of "Drinking Habits". Won't mention any names, but someone would forget that she was taking pictures and was just laughing away. Here are some pics. 

Enjoy

 

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js.hernandez@faithillustrations.com (Faith Illustrations) https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2017/3/itheatres-drinking-habits Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:00:00 GMT
Our "UMA" https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2017/3/our-uma We were finally able to get our hands on a DJI Phantom 4 and welcomed it with open arms and named it "UMA". We have many plans for it and are ready to go. Will post some stuff from a show we were able to cover and the video we did after only flying it twice that was used for a video spot for ITheatre.

UMA being prepped for take off.

 

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js.hernandez@faithillustrations.com (Faith Illustrations) https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2017/3/our-uma Tue, 21 Mar 2017 03:45:05 GMT
Spring Break 2017 https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2017/3/spring-break-2017 Started the week off right by going down to fish at the Arroyo pier. 

 

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js.hernandez@faithillustrations.com (Faith Illustrations) https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2017/3/spring-break-2017 Mon, 20 Mar 2017 22:09:07 GMT
2016 Vans Warped Tour https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2016/7/2016-vans-warped-tour  

 

We were able to make it out to this years Vans Warped Tour, and as usual had a great time. Thanks to everyone for letting us cover it again and continuing to present awesome bands. Enjoy our coverage.

 

 

Beebs

 

 

Crown The Empire

 

 

 

Falling In Reverse

 

 

Four Years Strong

 

 

 

Less Than Jake

 

 

 

The Color Morale

 

 

 

The Interrupters

 

 

 

The Maine

 

 

 

Tonight Alive

 

 

 

We The Kings

 

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js.hernandez@faithillustrations.com (Faith Illustrations) https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2016/7/2016-vans-warped-tour Fri, 15 Jul 2016 18:24:04 GMT
2016 Never Say Never Festival https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2016/4/2016-never-say-never-festival

Thanks to everyone from the Never Say Never Festival. I had a great time and I hope to cover more in the future.

 

 

Deftones

 

 

 

The Devil Wears Prada

 

 

 

Bless The Fall

 

 

 

Emery

 

 

 

more to come

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js.hernandez@faithillustrations.com (Faith Illustrations) https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2016/4/2016-never-say-never-festival Tue, 12 Apr 2016 19:12:20 GMT
Christmas time is here. Scarlett Arabella and Stormtrooper Lectronwar https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2015/12/christmas-time-is-here-scarlett-arabella-and-stormtrooper-lectronwar Our Elf on the Shelf- Scarlett Arabella has found herself a man while scrolling the city, Stormtrooper Lectronwar, who is on his movie release tour.

 

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js.hernandez@faithillustrations.com (Faith Illustrations) https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2015/12/christmas-time-is-here-scarlett-arabella-and-stormtrooper-lectronwar Tue, 01 Dec 2015 06:48:51 GMT
ESPN X Games Austin, TX 2015 https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2015/6/espn-x-games-austin-tx-2015 We took a trip to Austin to check out the ESPN X Games and visit some family on our short vacation. We were only able to go the the X Games for a day so we weren't able to see a lot of the stuff that we wanted to. We will surely make a longer trip for it next year. Here are some pics of the day. Enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And of course we ended the night with my all time favorite band....

 

 

METALLICA!!!

 

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js.hernandez@faithillustrations.com (Faith Illustrations) cross espn metallica rally scott speed x games https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2015/6/espn-x-games-austin-tx-2015 Mon, 15 Jun 2015 05:11:03 GMT
New toy- Yashica Electro 35 GSN https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2015/5/new-toy--yashica-electro-35-gsn

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js.hernandez@faithillustrations.com (Faith Illustrations) 35 Yashica electro gsn https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2015/5/new-toy--yashica-electro-35-gsn Wed, 20 May 2015 17:06:53 GMT
Galax Z Fair 3 https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2014/4/galaxzfair-3

 

 

 

 

Great show and thanks to Patrick Garcia at http://tigersblood.org and everyone else that helped make this multi venue event run smoothly. Until Galax Z Fair 4!!!

 

 

Jungle Bodies

 

 

 

 

 

Perfect Pussy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tops

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speedy Ortiz

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miniature Tigers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twin Shadow

 

 

 

 

 

 

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js.hernandez@faithillustrations.com (Faith Illustrations) https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2014/4/galaxzfair-3 Mon, 07 Apr 2014 22:34:55 GMT
Technicolor Hearts Show https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2014/1/technicolor-hearts-show  

 

photo courtesy of tigersblood.org

 

 

Technicolor Hearts show with Sick/Sea, Quiet Kids and Vatican Beach at Simon Sez on January 24, 2014. Thanks to http://tigersblood.org for setting this up and allowing me to have full access to his shows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Technicolor Hearts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sick/Sea

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quiet Kids

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vatican Beach

 

 

 

 

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js.hernandez@faithillustrations.com (Faith Illustrations) https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2014/1/technicolor-hearts-show Sat, 25 Jan 2014 20:11:19 GMT
South Texas Battle of the Bands https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2013/12/south-texas-battle-of-the-bands  

 

I was able to cover this year's South Texas Battle of the Bands and had a great time. Thanks to Chrissy Sanchez and everyone at Trinity Worship Center for putting on a great show, until next year!

 

https://www.facebook.com/SouthTexasBattle

 

 

 

Renuevo

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/welightthenight

 

 

 

 

24/7

 

 

 

 

Called

 

 

 

Cornerstone Worship Center

 

 

 

Going Up To Jerusalem

 

 

 

 

Highest Praise Worship

 

 

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/Selftornband

 

 

 

 

The Infinite

 

 

 

 

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js.hernandez@faithillustrations.com (Faith Illustrations) https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2013/12/south-texas-battle-of-the-bands Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:08:54 GMT
Halloween at the Riverwalk https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2013/11/holloween-at-at-the-riverwalk This year we were at the Riverwalk for Halloween and met some characters out strolling looking for either parties or costume contests. The weather was great for a good walk and stayed the rest of the weekend. Here are some pics. Enjoy

 

Joe

 

 

 

 

 

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js.hernandez@faithillustrations.com (Faith Illustrations) https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2013/11/holloween-at-at-the-riverwalk Sun, 03 Nov 2013 03:40:27 GMT
2013 Vans Warped Tour https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2013/9/2013-vans-warped-tour  

On August 4, 2013 I was able to cover the http://vanswarpedtour.com, which was an awesome experience.  From the first time I went to the Warped tour a couple of years ago and watching bands from the crowd to now being able to have the best seat in the pit by the stage, and to walking by some of the artists back stage, I have come a long way. I would like to thank my wife and daughter for assisting me and putting up with the drive and crazy heat. I would also like to thank Kevin Lyman and everyone behind the scenes at the Warped Tour for continuing to put on a great tour and giving us our photo passes. Hopefully this will be the start to many more tours.  Here are some of the bands that we were able to cover. Until next time.  Joe

 

 

                                                      

 

 

Five Knives

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Young London

 

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Sleeping With Sirens

 

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Set It Off

 

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Tonight Alive

 

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The Summer Set

 

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Letlive

 

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Memphis May Fire

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js.hernandez@faithillustrations.com (Faith Illustrations) https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2013/9/2013-vans-warped-tour Thu, 26 Sep 2013 16:53:25 GMT
Concert Photography https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2013/9/concert-photography  

First off a quick disclaimer, I am not an English major or that well versed in the art of writing, but I am going to be posting some pictures along with some of my thoughts and other non sense.  Feel free to browse and enjoy.

 

I have been able to enter into the exciting world of concert photography and I would like to thank Patrick Garcia from  http://tigersblood.org for letting me cover some of the concerts that he has brought together. Here are some of the shows that I have covered for him.  Thanks again and until next time.

 

 

The Bad Lovers

 

 

The King Khan & BBQ Show

 

 

Dandy Heat

Cine El Rey

Cine El Rey

 

Sick/Sea

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Cine El Rey

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js.hernandez@faithillustrations.com (Faith Illustrations) dandy heat sick sea the bad lovers the king khan & bbq show tigersblood https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2013/9/concert-photography Tue, 24 Sep 2013 02:01:36 GMT
2013 Vans Warped Tour - Teaser!! https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2013/8/2013-vans-warped-tour---teaser I am currently editing the photos from the 2013 Vans Warped Tour so I decided to drop a little teaser pic for now. Enjoy and check back for the photos. Pictured below is the lead vocalist for the band Set It Off (Cody Carson).

 

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js.hernandez@faithillustrations.com (Faith Illustrations) https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2013/8/2013-vans-warped-tour---teaser Thu, 08 Aug 2013 21:23:09 GMT
Dolphins https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2013/7/dolphins The funny thing when we were at SeaWorld, we visited the dolphin tank and were taking pictures. My hubby decided to put our camera under water for the pictures, well we have he olympus tg-1 and it is grey and silver, so underwater it looked like a fish. As the dolphins would come by, he would put the camera in the water and would attract the dolphins. He would quickly snap pictures as the dolphins lunged at the camera. Here are two of the close photos that he could get without having the camera eaten. 

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js.hernandez@faithillustrations.com (Faith Illustrations) dolphins olympus tg-1 https://www.faithillustrations.com/blog/2013/7/dolphins Thu, 04 Jul 2013 19:02:04 GMT