Craig J. Sandor

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Based in Denver, CO, Craig has been contributing to Live Music Blog for a few years now. He's made a strong start out of the gates and his enthusiasm always makes for a fun read. A veteran of almost 200 Grateful Dead shows and hundreds of other various concerts, Craig decided to combine his love for live music with photography to be part of the action.
Clutch...loud, energetic, hard, thumping, pounding, raw Rock & Roll. That's the only way I think I can describe these guys. I've always wanted the opportunity to cover this band, and I'm really glad I finally got the chance to. It's also always a treat to photograph a show at the newly renovated Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY as...
Anyone that is, or ever was a Deadhead, has most likely heard the saying: "They're not the best at what they do, they're the only ones that do what they do."  This was obviously the truth, but I can certainly attest to the fact that Dark Star Orchestra's should be: "They're doing the best at what they (The Grateful Dead) did,...
I'm not sure what the average weekend during the year is like up at Prowse Farm in Canton, MA, but all I know is that on September 21st and 22nd of this year, the air was filled with so much love, kindness, fun and an overall positive energy. We can certainly chalk up yet another amazing weekend at...
Boasting the kind of ferocious funk collaborations you’d expect to find in New Orleans during Jazzfest, as opposed to the remote Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, Equifunk sets itself apart this summer -- an unsuspecting gem among 2013 festivals. For the past 5 years, Equifunk has pioneered an all-inclusive two-day tradition at Camp Equinunk in the hills of Northeast Pennsylvania. Essentially...
Let me start off by saying that I cannot believe that this was actually my virgin voyage up to The Newport Folk Festival, especially since anyone with a true appreciation and love for live music, knows all too well about this legendary weekend in Newport, RI. I've been invited and even egged on to go many-a-time, but man, am...
Ok, so I'm still trying to figure out what the hell just happened. Was this a concert or some sort of alien takeover??? Walking into the venue for my first Flaming Lips show ever, the stage looked like it was taken over by some futuristic, outer space looking get-up with big silver orbs all over the stage that had...
Photos and Words by Craig Sandor Ok, so I really don't even know where to start with this one as the adrenaline and overall energy that has been pumping through me since I first arrived at Hunter Mountain is still flowing. I'm just going to roll with it, but I have to say that this was an absolute epic weekend for...
"With a ron ron here, and a ron ron there...here a ron, there a ron, everywhere a moe-ron..." Well that's what their fans call themselves at least...moe-rons. With that title, flattering or not, those moe-rons were having the time of their lives on a nice, warm Saturday night at Ives Concert Park in Danbury, CT. Ok, I'll be completely honest...
What a show! Pure Rock & Roll played to its finest and sung by Chris Cornell, a man with the voice of a God and a vocal range like no other. I've had the pleasure of catching a solo acoustic Chris Cornell show a couple of years back but that was a completely different realm as Soundgarden literally ripped...
Photos and Words by Craig Sandor Last Wednesday featured yet another packed house at The Ridgefield Playhouse with 500 very lucky fans here to see The Tedeschi/Trucks Band, and how could it not be sold out? This is a small stage and venue for such a large band, but they certainly filled the place with such a silky, bluesy and soulful...
Photos and Words by Craig Sandor I do believe the last time I had the pleasure of catching Rusted Root live was when they opened for Santana on Carlos' 50th Birthday at what was once called "The Meadows Music Theater", an outdoor amphitheater in Hartford, CT.  You know the type of place, well it's now called "The Corporate Conglomerate Center", errrrrr...I mean...
So I *cough* just got a chance to *cough cough* check out *cough* Slightly Stoopid at The *cough cough* Klein Memorial Auditorium in *cough* Bridgeport, CT a week or so ago and it took me a while to figure out where to start *cough* with this *cough cough* review as I think I was still a *cough* bit discombobulated by the night's overall performance and ummm..."activities" that were...
Photos and Words by Craig Sandor This show might as well have been billed "100% Pure Rock & F*****G ROLL!!!!" as I haven't been this amped-up and energized post-concert in a long time. Granted, even though Get The Led Out exclusively plays Led Zeppelin music and prides themselves on recreating their studio tracks, they are by far much more than just a...
Photos and Words by Craig Sandor The name Dickey Betts is pretty much synonymous with The Allman Brothers Band and while he hasn't been a member in quite some time, the man's guitar playing and long improvisational solos prove that his sound was vital to their growth and maturity over the years as it's been a staple one to many ears...
Photos and Words by Craig Sandor Ahhh some good ol’ Grateful Dead music always played to its finest! This ensemble as most fans know has been around for 15 years plus now and they keep growing stronger and stronger. They aren’t a cover band; they are the exclusive Grateful Dead tribute band who is always so spot on, that it’s easy...
Photos and Words by Craig Sandor I’m going to say that many others including myself who for the first time ever saw the Traveler's Insurance TV commercial featuring a worried dog searching for and then finally finding the best way to hide his most prized possession (his bone), was curious enough right off the bat to figure out who the...
Photos and Words by Craig Sandor It could not have been a more intimate evening. First off, as if being in the quaint little town of Ridgefield, CT isn’t cozy enough; I had the pleasure of seeing these two bands in a theater with a maximum capacity of 500, and needless to say it was a packed house. Starting off...
Photos and Review by Craig Sandor Pink, blue, red, yellow or even Australian…it was Floyd through and through. Starting with a ferocious opener of "In the Flesh" off of The Wall, it was evident this ensemble had really done their research. I’ve seen a lot of “tribute” bands in my time, but this was by far the best yet. Sitting...
Words and Photos by Craig J. Sandor Good Weather, good vibes, good people, good times and all for a good cause (The 2012 Life is good Festival raised over $1 million to help kids in need) - the 2012 Life is good Festival in Canton, MA certainly lived up to its name! This festival is like no other that I...