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!

Music is Music

Don’t be that asshole who belittles someone’s music taste. We’ve all got different taste in music, and that’s what makes it so wonderful. No one has the exact iPod just like no one has the same DNA besides identical twins, and even then they would still have different things on their iPods (very cool!) It’s called in iPod for a reason, if it was to be shared it’d be called a Wepod. We’ve all been the victims, and we’ve all been the bullies at some point in our lives. Once people can let go of the stigma that comes with some bands and just enjoy the sounds of the song. That’s when we’ll all be better off. I don’t really care if the band didn’t write their own songs, or they had help writing their songs. People, these are jobs to help the musicians write the best song possible. Sometimes it’s better to work with others who don’t share the same idea’s as you. Trust me it opens up your creative mind to places you’ve never thought of doing or going. We as a group need to just stop judging people on their music taste (unless they like Nickleback, then you judge the fuck out of them.) All jokes aside lets just enjoy the music that puts us in great moods. 

Judging the lighting I’m sure you can all guess what Petty was playing. #AmericanGirl

Judging the lighting I’m sure you can all guess what Petty was playing. #AmericanGirl

July
Chicago, IL
The Subterranean 
6/7/14

July
Chicago, IL
The Subterranean
6/7/14

Some cool jamz!

Some cool jamz!

It’s happening!

It’s happening!

Warped Tour 2004 #tbt

I was 14 years old. It was the summer before my first year of high school, and it was the summer I went to my first concert that would change my life forever. 

I was the girl in the green hoodie. The other girl was my friend her cousin and sister were the ones that took us since we weren’t old enough to drive. I remember being really fucking pissed that they made us wear these balloons, and that they made us take these pictures. 

We got there late and the only band my friend and I wanted to see was New Found Glory (who we could hear playing as we took the pictures out in the field) her sister told us we had to keep these on our wrist so they could find us at all times. I thought “fuck you, fuck this. I’m taking this off.” 

Looking back on this, it’s actually pretty funny they did this, but imagine being 14. Exactly.

Once we got in her and I ran straight to the stage New Found Glory was playing on. with our balloons and all. On the way over some guy grabbed my balloon and shook his head then let it go. I thought fuck I’m so uncool. Needless to say I had a blast at this concert.

I got to see The Academy Is before they added … I remember William Beckett was singing on the hometown stage with no shoes on. (The Academy Is… were from Chicago, That’s also where I am from) 

I got to meet the band Allister and have them autograph a poster of their album cover Last Stop Suburbia. 

I went into a mosh pit, and was scared for 10 years after that to go into the pit. (I just got over that fear this summer at a Hit The Lights show) 

As I think of more things I’ll add them, but that’s all for now. Oh, and here’s this creepy gem of a picture I took of Jordan from New Found Glory coming out of his meet and greet. It was taken with a disposable camera. Talk about a hipster! haha

Enjoy! 

Throw it waaaaay back.

First attempt at doing a throwback Thursday on here. It’ll be on my first concert I ever went to (Warped Tour 2004) Stay tuned…

A few days ago my friend told me I had weird taste in music. Naturally, I said thank you. I’m taking that as a compliment.

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 
Blog//Portfolio
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 

Blog//Portfolio

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!