INTERVIEW: Local Concert Photographers Offering Special Stocking Stuffers

Photo Courtesy of Anastasia Pantsios.

Photo Courtesy of Anastasia Pantsios.

Cleveland’s storied rock history can be traced back to rock’s very beginning, more than six decades ago.

From the Alan Freed’s Moondog Coronation Ball in ’52, to the Beatles in ’64, Bowie’s US debut at Music Hall in ’72, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies in recent years, music fans know that Cleveland rocks. So why not show it? Or even share it?

And that’s just what you can do thanks to Space: ROCK, a gallery on Waterloo Road next to the Beachland Ballrom. A project of nonprofit group Cleveland Rocks: Past, Present & Future, Space: ROCK opened in April of this year and showcases Cleveland music history through the work of photographers and artists who recorded it.

This Friday, December 6th and next Saturday, December 14th from noon-4pm, the gallery will offer photo prints for sale, something that’s just perfect for the music lover on you holiday shopping list.

RELATED: THE PHOTOS OF CLEVELAND CONCERT PHOTOGRAPHER JOE KLEON

Visitors will be able to buy prints directly from the photographer of both major superstar acts and popular local bands. They’ll include George Shuba’s photos of ’60s acts like the Beatles, the Who, Sonny & Cher and the many hit artists who appeared on Cleveland’s nationally syndicated Upbeat Show for which Shuba was the house photographer. But they’ll also include the photos that Joe Kleon has shot recently of artists like Taylor Swift, Alice Cooper, and Michael Stanley.

In between you’ll find Janet Macoska’s and Anastasia Pantsios’s shots of ’70s and ’80s superstars like David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, and Tina Turner, and Karen Novak’s photos of artists from the ’90s and ’00s including shots from the legendary Euclid Tavern scene.

If you stop in to browse and chat with the photographers, you’ll also be able to see Space: ROCK’s current show, A Sound Baseline: Making Music Work, devoted to the behind-the-scenes that keep the area music scene humming. That show runs through the end of December.

Michael Stanley chatted with Anastasia Pantsios about the sales and some memorable concerts. Listen to the audio below.

We also spoke with Janet Macoska about the holiday sales and some of her featured exhibits.

Michael Stanley in 1975 at John Carroll University. (Photo Courtesy of Janet Macoska)

Michael Stanley in 1975 at John Carroll University. (Photo Courtesy of Janet Macoska)

“For this rock and roll photography sale, I’m busting out the best of my rock images at prices everyone can afford. For $50, you can purchase an 11×14″ B&W and color prints featuring the artists Clevelanders LOVE to hear on WNCX. Roxy Music, Devo, KISS, Alice Cooper, Bowie, Bruce, AC/DC, Elvis Costello, Tina Turner, Judas Priest, and of course, Michael Stanley. Pop, punk, metal. I’m printing shots I’ve never printed before. You’ll see The Black Keys with their idols, DEVO, backstage in Akron. Slash hanging with his idol Les Paul. Onstage and offstage. I’ve been privileged to document moments with the greatest musicians on the planet, and continue to do that for the Rock Hall as their house photographer.

Right now, I have a photo exhibition of 50 images currently showing at Cleveland Hopkins Airport, and will have a wall of B&Ws at the Hard Rock Rocksino about to open. At this special sale, Clevelanders can choose from a great selection of my best rock shots for themselves or for gifts. Ready to frame. Interested rockers should NOT delay. Get their early. I only have limited copies of certain images, and when they’re gone, they’re gone. Looking forward to seeing you at Space: ROCK Gallery on Friday, December 6th between 6-10 p.m.”

Aerosmith - (Photo courtesy of Joe Kleon)

Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler – (Photo courtesy of Joe Kleon)

Joe Kleon spoke of what the life of a concert photographer is like and about some of his favorite concerts he has photographed.

He says, “Photographing the last Rush concert was a memorable occasion for me. The band changed my life when I was very young and I have seen them live around 50 times.

Working with Wish You Were Here and Michael Stanley And The Resonators for over 10 years has been very rewarding. Both bands are like family. To be able to be part of that family, even in a small way, is an incredible experience.

In additional to offering photos from Rush, Michael Stanley, and Wish You Were Here, I will also have concert photos from Def Leppard, Judas Priest, Yes, Foo Fighters, Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Megadeth, Barry Manilow, Neil Diamond, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, and over one hundred Northeast Ohio shows. I will have something available for music fans of all ages!

I love to share my concert photos. My ultimate goal, through my concert photography is to transport the viewer back to the stage and back to the concert hall. My main goal is for my concert photography is to rekindle the emotion of the music and vibe of the venue.

Concert photos are a fantastic and unique holiday gift. Supporting local business is so vital in our current economy. Purchasing a music photo as a gift, for someone that is a big fan of the band, or for someone who attended a particular concert, is such a personal and thoughtful gift, as opposed to a boring, mundane gift card from a big box store.”

To learn more about Space: ROCK, visit their Facebook page.

Janet Macoska – www.janetmacoska.com

Joe Kleon – www.joekleon.com

Anastasia Pantsios – anastasiapantsios.com

George Shuba – georgeshubaphotography.com


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