Rockfest Press

*A little punk rock, a lot of free spirit.*

I’m Michelle Doherty a photographer from Chicago. Currently working on my dream as a music photographer. All of these images are my own.
Enjoy!

This is a Mix Up

I made this mix cd on Sunday so I thought I’d share it on here.

1. Acid Boys -Susto
2. Chocolate -The 1975
3. Dog Days -Eagles In Drag
4. Don’t Want You Back -Backstreet Boys
5. The Gutterati? -The Fratellis
6. Happily -One Direction
7. Hello Operator -The White Stripes
8. Henrietta -The Fratellis
9. I Got Mine -The Black Keys
10. It’s All In Moderation -The Love Shots
11. Last Of The Small Town Playboys -Dirty Pretty Things
12. Lazaretto -Jack White
13. Little Black Dress -One Direction
14. Mary Jane’s Last Dance -Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
15. Minding My Own Business -Coconut Records
16. Ole Black ‘N’ Blue Eyes -The Fratellis
17. Pretty Girl Monster -Eagles In Drag
18. Romantic Type -The Pigeon Detectives
19. Run Right Back -The Black Keys
20. Sixteen Saltines -Jack White
21. Stoked and Broke -FIDLAR
22. Through The Dark -One Direction
23. 3 Skinny Girls -The Fratellis
24. 5 To 9 -FIDLAR

don’t be a dick, and judge this because of Backstreet Boys, and One Direction. That’s the point of a mix cd.

Enjoy!

House Shows

If you’ve never been to a house show do yourself a favor and attend one! It is one of the coolest things to experiences. I went to a house show last night to see my friends band Kavalier. Here are a few pictures. I love that you can see the wash machine and dryer in the background! haha

The History and Future of Rockfest Press

I’ll try to make this as short as possible!

I started this blog when I was 21. I’m 24 now, a lot has changed in those 3 years except for my love of music, and photography. When I first started Rockfest I wanted to get photo passes to photograph my favorite bands from the pit. It worked. I’ve got the chance to do/experience things that people could only dream of doing. (If you’re following this blog, don’t worry I will be posting some of these experiences on Thursday’s as the ever popular “Throwback Thursday”) This summer I tried my hand in working for a corporate photo studio as a photo assistant. I only worked one 40 hour work week. In just working that one week I gained the knowledge no school could have ever taught me, and for that I’m truly grateful. The only con, I had walking away from that job was how much I was uninspired to work on my own photography. After having lunch with my friend Aaron (Ay Ay Ron) last week he told me something that I will always carry with me until my memory decides to fail me. He told me that as an artist we need to just work through of rough patches. Never stop working on art even if you’re uninspired, having a writers block just keep doing. Even if it is complete shit, just do it. So, with that in mind I’ve decided to reinvent my blog as MY blog. Not a blog to get photo passes, but a blog that follows my journey into a life that is made up of music, photography, and travels. I hope you enjoy this blog, as much as I enjoy living it. (sorry that sounds so narcissistic, I’ll work on that!) 

Enjoy!

-Michelle 

You can’t beat it, because you don’t choose it.

Jon Fratelli

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Hit The Lights
Chicago, IL
The Subterranean
6/7/14

Hit The Lights

Chicago, IL

The Subterranean

6/7/14

Flower Child 
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My friend let me take pictures of her, because I didn’t have any portraits with a female as the subject. I usually take pictures with guys in bands so I’m glad these turned out so well! 

Flower Child 

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My friend let me take pictures of her, because I didn’t have any portraits with a female as the subject. I usually take pictures with guys in bands so I’m glad these turned out so well! 

It’s extremely frustrating being from Chicago when you play Chelsea’s Dagger everyone automatically thinks you’re a Blackhawks fan. Nope, I’m just a girl who’s a fan of The Fratellis…I don’t even know anything about hockey. 

Model: Aaron Colon
Photographer: Michelle Doherty
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Model: Aaron Colon

Photographer: Michelle Doherty

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Album Review: Eagles In Drag

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Do you like weird Rock & Roll? For fans of: The Black Keys, Jack White, and any band that’s experimental rock.

Eagles In Drag

If you haven’t already heard some members of the band’s under the management of 8123 have teamed together to put out one of the most interesting rock albums of 2014. This band is called Eagles In Drag. 

Tracks

  1. Pretty Girl Monster
  2. Dog Days
  3. Buzz
  4. One Four Six
  5. Black Dolphin

This eclectic group of songs is just what you need to get you pumped for summer, and all the music festivals. The songs have a heavy, demanding sound that grabs your attention. The feeling I get from this EP is dark, and heavyif that’s a thing. If you’re expecting this band to sound like any of the other band’s on 8123’s roster, you’ll be shock to find out. they don’t. Although, you can hear bits and pieces from the bands that have influenced EID; their style is unique, and the sound is quite their own. You can stream the whole EP in its entirety Here and word all over social media is, they only have 500 copies pressed on vinyl!!! So get ‘em while they’re hot.  

This EP is going to be one of those CD’s that you can’t wait to blast with the windows down. Showing it off around your hometown’s downtown to gain some coolness points, because this album is awesome. I’d suggest suggesting it to the adults in your life, like your parents, Aunts, Uncles, anyone really who grew up in the 70’s

I hope they can all find a way to tour together. Do I hear another 8123 tour in the works? 

-MD

 

Promotional images I did for Copper Harbor last summer. Can’t wait for warmer weather. 

Promotional images I did for Copper Harbor last summer. Can’t wait for warmer weather. 

Joey of From Indian Lakes
Milwaukee, WI
The Rave
10/20/13

Joey of From Indian Lakes

Milwaukee, WI

The Rave

10/20/13

The struggle is real, you guys!

One of the most frustrating things for me right now is finding out how to get on a tour with a touring band. I have the skill set and the equipment to do it, I just don’t know how to go about actually going on the tour. My problem is who do I contact to make this happen? The Bands? Their Managers? The Record Label? if anyone has any thoughts, opinions, or ideas I’m all ears! 

This is one of the outtakes from the photo shoot I did with my friends in Copper Harbor. It’s always fun helping a band work on their Album art! 
Check the guys music out: Click Here
*side note: This photo shoot was done during that day we had those crazy wind chills. Chicago weather sucks…I almost blew away at this location. :)

This is one of the outtakes from the photo shoot I did with my friends in Copper Harbor. It’s always fun helping a band work on their Album art! 

Check the guys music out: Click Here

*side note: This photo shoot was done during that day we had those crazy wind chills. Chicago weather sucks…I almost blew away at this location. :)

After I drink alcohol I imagine my liver singing “she hates me” by Puddle of Mudd.

This image of mine got into Mere Fragments’ March Issue No.5 Click Here to check out some other great artist and to help support an awesome local magazine! 

This image of mine got into Mere Fragments’ March Issue No.5 Click Here to check out some other great artist and to help support an awesome local magazine!