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Ismael Valenzuela
Ismael Valenzuela
Ismael is a St. Louis based concert photographer and urban explorer. If he's not in the photo pit, he's usually exploring urban decay and abandoned buildings in North St. Louis. Check out his work on instagram.com/izzyspazzin.


Emo Nite returns to St. Louis for a Fall Out Boy, Taking Back Sunday and My Chemical Romance heavy party

Emo Nite returned to St. Louis with a huge dose of nostalgia. The LA based party has been touring across the country, inviting all sad kids to join the sing-a-long. Continue Reading

Underoath hits St. Louis with a vengeance for a heavy show at Pops (with Dance Gavin Dance and Veil of Maya)

I never thought I would see Underoath tour again with all original members but alas – they’re back! Along with a guitar thrashing and head banging performance. The No Fix Tour hits St. Louis with a vengeance. Continue Reading

Chicano Batman plays a celebratory, bi-lingual show while sporting matching tuxedos in St. Louis

There aren’t very many Hispanic bands in the indie/psych rock world that transition their music from English to Spanish, but Chicano Batman pulls it off so effortlessly. The Los Angeles based four-piece band brought the funk with in full formal suits with a touch of west coast swagger. Continue Reading

Chicano Batman push forward with politically-charged, progressive music as their national tour continues

Chicano Batman is a four-piece band based of out Los Angeles, California. The band is known for their unique blend of 70’s psychedelic rock and romantic pop. During live performances, they’re appropriately dressed in 70s style vintage suits with ruffled shirts, as if they are playing for a wedding. Continue Reading

Vince Staples brings intense and heavy atmospheric vibes to The Pageant in St. Louis

The house lights turned off and a countdown timer was displayed on the LED backdrop and set the crowd in a roar. When the clock hit 00:00:00, Vince casually strolled onto the stage, wearing black head to toe, along with a bulletproof vest. Continue Reading

1 year ago

Above & Beyond return to The Pageant in St. Louis for another round of much-needed group therapy

If you’re ever going through a tough time, you can always count on Above & Beyond to allow you to escape for a couple of hours – and boy did we need it. Continue Reading

1 year ago

Rising Soundcloud rapper Lil Xan brings total xanarchy to the Ready Room in St. Louis

On Saturday, February 17th, Lil Xan performed a sold out show at The Ready Room in St. Louis, Mo. and it was total xanarchy! Continue Reading

1 year ago

Wheel-chair bound 2 Chainz doesn’t let a broken leg disrupt his show in St. Louis

2 Chainz performed at The Pageant on Tuesday, August 29th, 2017. The show was sold out, and packed with super hyped fans ready to see 2 Chainz live. When I heard that 2 Chainz recently broke his leg, I was worried that the show was going to be cancelled. A broken leg will not slow 2 Chainz down! 2 Chainz rolled out on stage (literally—in a wheel chair), ready to give a stellar performance. Continue Reading

2 years ago

Florida-based pop punk band A Day To Remember tear through the Pageant in St. Louis

On Tuesday, August 8th, 2017, A Day To Remember headlined a remarkable sold out show at The Pageant in Saint Louis, Missouri. This was not my first time seeing ADTR on tour; This Florida-based pop punk band has been touring across the United States since 2003. As I entered in to the venue, fans were packed wall-to-wall, ready to sing along with the band. You could really feel the energy buzzing around the sold out venue as the fans waited for ADTR to take the stage. Continue Reading

2 years ago

Davey Havok and Anthony Green triumphantly lead A.F.I. and Circa Survive respectively at St. Louis show

On Friday, July 21, AFI (A Fire Inside) and Circa Survive co-headlined an epic show at The Pageant in Saint Louis. Personally, I grew up listening to these guys, and the show was nothing less of nostalgic. I was immediately transported back to high school, driving around in my Ford Focus, head banging with friends. Continue Reading

2 years ago
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