Kansas

September 19, 2019
Mesa Arts Center
Mesa, Arizona

Kansas performing at the Mesa Center for the Arts. Photo by Renae Karlquist – Torenka.com

Hard to believe that Kansas released “Point of Know Return” 42 years ago but here we are! The iconic band returned to Arizona with a stop at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona. Phil Ehart (drums/percussion) and Richard Williams (Guitar) are the 2 remaining original members but the sound remains as good as it was in the 1970’s.

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Chris Isaak

August 27, 2019
Ikeda Theater
Mesa, Arizona

Photo of Chris Isaak playing guitar at Ikeda Theater in Mesa, Arizona
Chris Isaak perfroming at Ikeda Theater in Mesa, Arizona. Photo by Toby Karlquist – torenka.com

Chris Isaak returned to the Valley of the Sun with another great concert at Ikeda Theater in Mesa, Arizona on August 27, 2019. He never fails to deliver both musically and from an entertainment standpoint and this show was no exception. Chris Isaak and his Silvertone bandmates have been together for more than 30 years and it is easy to see that each of these musicians thoroughly enjoy each other and making great music.

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Brit Floyd Concert Review

June 28, 2019
Comerica Theater
Phoenix, Arizona

Brit Floyd at Comerica Theater on June 28, 2019.  Photo by Renae Karlquist - torenka.com
Brit Floyd at Comerica Theater on June 28, 2019. Photo by Renae Karlquist – torenka.com

Brit Floyd returned to Comerica Theater and for the 2nd year in a row we had the honor and pleasure of photographing the show from start to finish. Frankly this is a tough band to photograph. Why? I find myself wanting to just sit back and enjoy the incredible music and light show but then realize I have a job to do. Musical Director Damian Darlington (guitar, lapsteel and vocals) brought the “40 Years of the Wall” 2019 Tour to a packed house and once again Brit Floyd did not disappoint. 

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Allman Betts Band

Chandler Center for the Arts
May 19, 2019
Chandler, Arizona

Allman Betts Band on stage at the Chandler Center for the Arts
Allman Betts Band performing at the Chandler Center for the Arts in chandler, Arizona. May 19, 2019. Photo by Renae Karlquist – torenka.com

Like fathers, like sons. Devon Allman and Duane Betts are following in Greg and Dickey’s footsteps with their own original music mixed in with Allman Brothers classics.  The very enthusiastic, near capacity crowd at the Chandler Center for the Arts were hoping for a throwback evening to the days of ABB and Allman Betts Band did not disappoint.

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Billy Joel

Chase Field
March 9, 2019
Phoenix, Arizona

Billy Joel - Chase Field.  Photo by Renae Karlquist - torenka.com
Billy Joel – Chase Field. Photo by Renae Karlquist – torenka.com

I ain’t gonna lie – This concert was a bucket list item for us and was an absolute blast to photograph!  To this day I contend that Billy Joel is one of the finest singer/songwriter/entertainers of our generation.  Tonight’s show continued to prove me correct.  We will be forever grateful to “person who shall remain anonymous” for taking a chance on Renae and I to photograph this show for them.  We sincerely hope we did you proud!

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The Record Company

Innings Festival
March 3, 2019
Tempe, Arizona

Chris Vos - Guitar/vocals - The Record Company. Photo by Renae Karlquist - torenka.com
Chris Vos – Guitar/vocals – The Record Company. Photo by Renae Karlquist – torenka.com

We first saw Grammy nominated The Record Company (TRC) when they opened for Bob Seger at Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix on February 15, 2019.  We were totally impressed and blown away by the energy and amazing sound that Chris Vos, (vocals, guitar, harmonica) Alex Stiff, (Bass, vocals, harmonica) and Marc Cazorla (drums, vocals) produced during their way to brief 30-minute set.  They were the perfect band to open for the veteran Seger who, at 73, has not lost a step.

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RIP Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor

December 29, 2018

Mike "Beard Guy" Taylor - Walk Off The Earth. Photo by Toby Karlquist - torenka.com
Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor – Walk Off The Earth. Photo by Toby Karlquist – torenka.com

The world lost Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor on December 29, 2018 when he died peacefully in his sleep.

We had the honor of photographing the WOTE concert in March in Phoenix. I was in the alley behind the venue waiting on our photo credentials before the show when Mike walked out. We only spoke for a few minutes, but I got the sense of what a genuinely nice and caring person he was. He wanted to know what kind of camera equipment we used and what other concerts we had photographed. He asked if we wouldn’t mind taking some shots of him at the show that night and emailing them to him. He was working on a project and needed some candid shots of himself. We exchanged info, shook hands and he headed off to get a bite to eat. Continue reading “RIP Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor”

Elyse Davis

December 20, 2018

Elyse Davis performing “Greensleeves”

I am thoroughly embarrassed to admit that I had not heard of Elyse Davis nor had I heard her sing this amazing rendition of Greensleeves until today! I do consider myself a huge fan of Mannheim Steamroller however I have apparently failed since the following video has been around since 2014.

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Rock Lobster

November 17, 2018
The Forum
Chandler, Arizona

Rock Lobster. Photo by Toby Karlquist - torenka.com
Rock Lobster. Photo by Toby Karlquist – torenka.com

We have been following Arizona’s own Rock Lobster for years and in our opinion they are hands down the best 80’s cover band in Arizona! They have mastered a catalog of hits from Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” to The Buggles “Video Killed the Radio Star” to Cyndi Lauper’s “Girl’s Just Want to Have Fun” and a litany of other classics.

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ProSoundWeb

September 6, 2018

Damian Darlington - Brit Floyd.  Photo by Renae Karlquist - torenka.com
Damian Darlington – Brit Floyd. Photo by Renae Karlquist – torenka.com

Congratulations to Torenka Photography for being published in ProSoundWeb! ProSoundWeb is the world’s largest web community for all aspects of the professional audio industry, including live sound, installed sound, recorded sound, and industry business trends. The ProSoundWeb pro audio community has grown to more than 100,000 monthly unique visitors who view millions of pages each month.

Sound & Video Contractor

September 6, 2018

Ian Cattell - Brit Floyd.  Photo by Renae Karlquist - torenka.com
Ian Cattell – Brit Floyd. Photo by Renae Karlquist – torenka.com

Congratulations to Torenka Photography for being published in Sound & Video Contractor Magazine! S&VC is the only magazine in the sound and video contracting industry that provides in-depth applications and technology-related information covering the spectrum of the professional AV industry: commercial sound, security, home theater, automation, control systems and video presentation.categories

Rodrigo y Gabriela

August 26, 2018
Mesa Arts Center
Mesa, Arizona

Rodrigo y Gabriela - Photo by Renae Karlquist - torenka.com
Rodrigo y Gabriela – Photo by Renae Karlquist – torenka.com

Rodrigo y Gabriela are arguably the most prominent flamenco guitarists touring the globe today. And they graced a near capacity crowd at the beautiful Mesa Arts Center on August 26, 2018. If you are not a fan of flamenco music you certainly would be after hearing Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero perform. They may be best known for “Diablo Rojo” which has gained plenty of airtime over the past few years, but they have also contributed to soundtracks for Pirates of the Caribbean and Puss in Boots to name a few.

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Chris Isaak

July 20, 2018
Celebrity Theater
Phoenix, Arizona

Chris Isaak - Phoenix, Arizona. Photo by Toby Karlquist - torenka.com
Chris Isaak – Phoenix, Arizona. Photo by Toby Karlquist – torenka.com

This was our 3rd time enjoying a Chris Isaak concert and there is a very good reason for that: A Chris Isaak concert is one of the more enjoyable concerts you will see!

This show was once again at the famed Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona on the infamous revolving stage. And once again the exuberant crowd was not left disappointed. Chris is a true gentleman, a fantastic musician and a damn funny fellow! A Chris Isaak concert is a mix of great music, stories and non-stop ribbing of the musicians.

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Brit Floyd

June 30, 2018
Comerica Theater
Phoenix, Arizona

Brit Floyd pre-concert stage photo in Phoenix, AZ.  Blue lighting and the Brit Floyd logo is in the background with guitars arranged on the stage.
Brit Floyd pre-show stage in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo by Toby Karlquist – torenka.com

I have been a fan of Pink Floyd since back in the day but never had the chance to experience them in person.  I firmly believe that after hearing Brit Floyd perform at Comerica Theater on June 30, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona I now know what it was like to be at Pink Floyd concert in person.

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Walk Off The Earth

March 11, 2018
The Van Buren
Phoenix, Arizona

Sarah Blackwood - Walk Off The Earth.  Photo by Renae Karlquist
Sarah Blackwood – Walk Off The Earth. Photo by Renae Karlquist – torenka.com

What a hoot! Renae and I had the pleasure of photographing Walk Off The Earth (WOTE) when they played the Van Buren on March 11, 2018. The Van Buren just opened last fall and may just be one of the coolest music venues in Phoenix!

WOTE played to a darn near capacity crowd of 1800 very enthusiastic fans and they put on a heck of a show! They play an eclectic mix of covers mixed in with original material. They exploded on the music seen a few years ago with an amazing 5-people-playing-one-guitar interpretation of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know”. It garnered 35 million views in under 2 weeks! Here is a link to their video. They have a boat-load of other videos and it would behoove you to check them out – you will not be disappointed!

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Whiskey’s Quicker

October 13, 2017
Oktoberfest
Tempe, Arizona

Dan Bickley - Whiskey's Quicker. Photo by Renae Karlquist - torenka.com
Dan Bickley – Whiskey’s Quicker. Photo by Renae Karlquist – torenka.com

Whiskey’s Quicker has been the opening act at the past several Oktoberfests held each fall in Tempe, Arizona. And this year was no different as the local rock cover band took the stage in fine fashion once again. The crowd would never know that this band only plays limited dates each year from the sound sound they produce.

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