When radio personality/music fan Joe Kleon bought his first good-quality camera to take on his honeymoon ten years ago, he didn’t know it would lead to a consuming passion for concert photography.
But on their tenth anniversary, he and his wife Nicole will also be celebrating the opening A Decade of Decibels: The Photography of Joe Kleon at Space: ROCK on Waterloo Road net to the Beachland Ballroom. It’s his first-ever solo show of the many musicians and bands he’s shot over the last ten years.
Despite increased restrictions on photographers, including limited shooting time and locations — these days photographers are often required to shoot from the soundboard, far from the stage — Kleon has captured hundreds of acts in concert. They range from legacy superstars like Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Nicks, Kiss, and Rod Stewart, to country acts like Toby Keith and Tim McGraw, to contemporary rockers like the Foo Fighters, Muse, and the Dave Matthews Band and pop acts like Taylor Swift and Britney Spears.
He’s also the go-to photographer for local acts like Michael Stanley, Pink Floyd tribute band Wish You Were Here, and the bands on local metal label Auburn Records.
All of these and more will be represented in A Decade of Decibels, which will feature approximately 80 photos, plus a video presentation with hundreds more shots. His pride and joy is an oversized canvas print of guitarist Geddy Lee from his favorite band Rush.
The opening runs from 6-10 pm. That evening is also the monthly Walk All Over Waterloo, so it’s a good time to check out all the stores, galleries, and eateries on the street.
Also that night, performance artist William Pope.L’s conceptual art project Pull! — in which people will spend three days manually pulling a truck across town — will start with a launch party in front of the Beachland from 7-9 pm. The Revolution Brass Band will be playing outside the club. It’s free.
Photos of Rush (top) and Dave Matthews (bottom) by Joe Kleon