Sanctus Real behind the scenes preparing for their New Years Eve show at CedarCreek on December 31, 2010

Sanctus Real @ CedarCreek New Years Eve 2010

Last night capped off the most musically satisfying year of my life.

Let me explain. If you’ve been following the blog at all you know that my two great passions in life are music and photography (family, faith, etc… notwithstanding). As a musician, I’ve had a number of cool opportunities throughout my life, but this year takes the cake. From festivals, to arenas to stadiums, I got to play the kind of shows that I only dreamed of.

Things got interesting back in August. My good friends from the band Sanctus Real asked me to fill in on guitar for a couple of dates. The first was an outdoor festival in NH called Soulfest. I was covering for Pete on this date. We got to play a full set as the pre-headliner for Toby Mac. The event was at this cool ski resort and the main stage was setup at the bottom of a ski slope. A unique venue and tons of fun to play.

Before I had a chance to come down from that high and only 10 hours after getting off the bus, we turned around and hopped a plane to Anaheim, CA. At this event I was covering for both Pete and Chris so I had to handle all the guitar duties. The event was the Harvest Crusade which was being held at Angels Stadium. 50,000 people in attendance and another 100,000 watching live online. It was a short 3 song set, but oh my, what a thrill. I will never forget that experience as long as I live. You can still watch the event online. Follow this link and then click on Saturday night. We go on about 20 minutes or so into the broadcast.

A couple of weeks later, the church where I play regularly, CedarCreek, was celebrating their 15 year anniversary. All 3 campuses came together and we put on a huge production at the Huntington Center arena in Toledo, OH. Almost 7,000 in attendance. It was an amazing night of celebrating the past and looking forward to the future. I was fortunate enough to be involved in all the music that was performed that night.

In November, I was back out on the road with Sanctus Real on the Hungry For Love Tour. This time I wasn’t playing guitar. Instead I was out with only my camera documenting 3 nights of their tour with Leeland and The Afters. I had a blast spending time with these guys. To know them is to know some amazing individuals. I’m proud to call them friends. You can see a few pictures from the tour and read more about that experience by clicking here.

All of that brings us to New Years Eve. The guys were playing their second annual New Years Eve show at CedarCreek church. They were kind enough to ask me to sit in and play a song with them. Not only did they bring me out to play, they showed some video of the Angels Stadium show and Matt gave me a wonderful introduction. To others it might have been a small gesture, but to me it meant the world. A perfect cap to an amazing year for me.

The images below are a little different than my normal music photography. These are all behind the scenes shots from the show yesterday. I hope you like this different perspective rather than the live shots I normally post. I processed them a little differently as well. A little more of an edgy and grainy look.

Here’s to making 2011 an even better year. Happy New Year everyone!

Sanctus Real behind the scenes preparing for their New Years Eve show at CedarCreek on December 31, 2010

Sanctus Real behind the scenes preparing for their New Years Eve show at CedarCreek on December 31, 2010

Sanctus Real behind the scenes preparing for their New Years Eve show at CedarCreek on December 31, 2010

Sanctus Real behind the scenes preparing for their New Years Eve show at CedarCreek on December 31, 2010

Sanctus Real behind the scenes preparing for their New Years Eve show at CedarCreek on December 31, 2010

Sanctus Real behind the scenes preparing for their New Years Eve show at CedarCreek on December 31, 2010

Sanctus Real behind the scenes preparing for their New Years Eve show at CedarCreek on December 31, 2010

Sanctus Real behind the scenes preparing for their New Years Eve show at CedarCreek on December 31, 2010

Sanctus Real behind the scenes preparing for their New Years Eve show at CedarCreek on December 31, 2010

Sanctus Real behind the scenes preparing for their New Years Eve show at CedarCreek on December 31, 2010

Sanctus Real behind the scenes preparing for their New Years Eve show at CedarCreek on December 31, 2010

Sanctus Real behind the scenes preparing for their New Years Eve show at CedarCreek on December 31, 2010

Sanctus Real behind the scenes preparing for their New Years Eve show at CedarCreek on December 31, 2010

Sanctus Real behind the scenes preparing for their New Years Eve show at CedarCreek on December 31, 2010

Sanctus Real behind the scenes preparing for their New Years Eve show at CedarCreek on December 31, 2010

Sanctus Real behind the scenes preparing for their New Years Eve show at CedarCreek on December 31, 2010

Sanctus Real behind the scenes preparing for their New Years Eve show at CedarCreek on December 31, 2010

Sanctus Real behind the scenes preparing for their New Years Eve show at CedarCreek on December 31, 2010

Sanctus Real behind the scenes preparing for their New Years Eve show at CedarCreek on December 31, 2010

6 replies
  1. Dawn Walsh
    Dawn Walsh says:

    I was at the concert last night it was awesome!!!! What an amazing band!!! Loved it!!! Thanks to Sanctus Real for playing what a great way to spend New Years Eve!!!! Jeff we all knew you are an amazing musician and Cedar Creek is so fortunate to have you play!!!

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  2. Chris Conklin
    Chris Conklin says:

    Bill and I are so blessed and fortunate to be able to call You, Kerry, Sam, and Maddie our Friends! You never cease to amaze us with your commitment to life! Your gift of music and photography is precious and we are among thousands who appreciate what you give so generously! As you know, we followed your musical extravaganza this summer, but last night was the first time we experienced the awesome music and words of Sanctus Real….what a wonderful way to ring in 2011! Thanks so much for all you and your family do and will continue to do…well, because that’s the way you are. Love Ya, Chris, Bill, and of course, Kaigan.

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    • Jeff
      Jeff says:

      Wow Chris! I don’t know what to say, but thank you for the kind words. The feeling is mutual. All the best to you and your family.

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  3. jim rohman
    jim rohman says:

    Jeff

    Great pictures. Really like the backstage private view. More personal.
    Gotta say I might be a little yellus. Ha.
    Glad you and Chris have become good friends.

    jim

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    • Jeff
      Jeff says:

      Thanks so much Jim. That’s high praise coming from you. I’ve admired your work for a long time. It was great to see you the other night. All my best to you and the family.

      Reply

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