Mitch Foster, Founder/Publisher:
Every show I go to has a story. Going to shows is something that makes me feel alive. I started this site during one of the lowest points in my life. I was going to a lot shows alone and found a unique, life-saving, creative outlet in the written word, so I began writing about my thoughts and feelings and how they related to shows.
I like to share my stories like I’m telling friends at a local bar, excitedly spilling the aspects of my night over a beer or three.
I enjoy writing about the weird, and often hilarious shit that happens throughout shows, or during the night. I think most music reviews are boring and often negative. I started this site to help change that, and help myself.
I live in Orlando, Florida. Let’s talk: [email protected]Read Mitch’s Posts Here!
Megan Malsom, Marketing & Press Manager:
Music has always been my way of expressing the things I too often internalize. Music has lessened the blows, heightened the happiness, and spoken for me when I cannot speak. I love being able to bring people to great music and music to great people!
I grew up as a choir nerd, skipping classes to go to concerts (I still got straight A’s, mom!). I listened to music from my dad’s ’80s DJing days, while my mom raised me on ’60s and ’70s Folk-Rock. Now, I’m a music business degree holder who enjoys life behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.
You’ll find me out at shows. See you where the music’s playing!
I live in Orlando, Florida. Let’s talk: [email protected]Read Megan’s Posts Here!
Kelly Nichols, Press Coordinator:
I am your typical flannel wearing, pizza loving, tattooed pop punk girl.
My passion for music and the alternative scene started when my older sister was watching the “Sugar, We’re Going Down” music video on Fuse TV. That set off a fire within me that drove me to discover as many bands as I possibly could.
Now, that sustained drive and passion has grown and flourished into my career and social life. You’ll find me downtown at the local bars to see what shows I can get my hands on. Since I’m always moshing, crying, laughing, or screaming my lungs out at shows. One could say I take live music very seriously.
If you wish to contact me, or want us to cover your show, email me at [email protected]. Let’s chat!
See you in the pit.Read Kelly’s Posts Here!
Matthew Weller, Executive Editor
I am passionate about writing, making music videos and zines, working with talented people, the Spice Girls, and the Orlando music community.
“It’s not easy having a mind that operates on a higher plane than everyone else’s. People just refuse to see that I’m the crux of all history, a boy of destiny!” – Calvin (Calvin & Hobbes)
Explore more of my work at The Vinyl Warhol. Enjoy.
If you wish to contact me, email [email protected].
Katie Baldwin, Director of Media Relations & Contributing Writer:
I’ve taken to the business aspect of the music industry. I graduated with a bachelor’s in music business from Full Sail University. I’m the behind-the-scenes person. I was born in South Korea, but raised on the South Shore of Long Island. I fell in love with the music scene during middle school. Moshing, skanking, crowd surfing, you name it, I’ve more than likely have done it. I’ve racked up my scene points, and now I’m cashing them in. *Cha-Ching*Read Katie’s Posts Here!
As a photographer and a multi-instrumentalist, I am passionate about the power of both music and photography. I am a Central Florida native and University of Central Florida graduate with many years of experience in the field of photography. I am inspired by the beauty and possibilities of capturing images on film. I’ve photographed many music festivals, including Hangout 2013, Bear Creek Music Festival, Gasparilla, Hulaween, AURA, and many live artists including Trey Anastasio, Sublime with Rome, G. Love & Special Sauce, Snarky Puppy, and Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band to name a few.Read Lindsay’s Posts Here!
Trevor Bosmans, Staff Writer:
When I was fifteen years old, I saw The Suicide Machines play in a small club in my hometown of West Palm Beach, FL. I have been going to shows nonstop ever since. Over the last twenty years I have been to thousands of shows. I’ve watched Radiohead through a small hole in the venue on the streets of New York City, went to a private show with Pearl Jam at House of Blues Orlando, and I even got to see The Killers at The Beacham (1200 people capacity). I was raised on country music but I soon discovered Alternative radio and it opened my mind to many different genres. Nowadays my musical tastes range anywhere from country to hip-hop to metal but I could do without the EDM.
If you wish to contact me, email: [email protected]Read Trevor’s Posts Here!
Dainon Moody, Staff Writer:
I’ve been known to play Neil Young’s Harvest loudly on the turntable at three o’clock in the morning. I’m a freelance writer currently living in Orlando, Florida. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Utah State University.
If you wish to contact me, email
Buy Dainon’s poetry book > > > The Sound of Scampering.Read Dainon’s Posts Here!
Dena Davis, Staff Writer & Video Producer:
I believe in Jesus and Johnny Cash. I grew up on hymns, classic country, and Michael Jackson. And my first (and favorite. Sorry, Justin) “JT” was James Taylor.
When I’m not seeing a musician or band perform, I’m inspiring folks to be healthy and fit — as a personal trainer and holistic health coach — so they can fully enjoy this crazy and beautiful lyrical life.
I’m a live music concert junkie, did I come to the right place? I’ve been hooked ever since I was 13 when I went to three life changing shows at the Lakeland Civic Center in 1997-98: No Doubt, Cake, & The Vandals; 311 & Goldfinger; and Korn, Incubus, & Hed PE.
I’m a Florida native, born and raised in Orlando. I spent my last two years of high school in Cocoa Beach, and graduated from Florida State University in Tallahassee (GO NOLES!) where I earned a Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Finance & Real Estate. Currently, I’m a commercial real estate appraiser by day, and a concert videographer / photographer / live music reviewer by night.
In 2009, I began filming bands under the moniker, “The Sober Goat” (don’t let the name fool ya). Since then, my passion has grown exponentially as has my love for the music. Now, I embrace my addiction to filming artists and bands. I love to capture their magically cohesive art, whether it’s a full set from the back of the house with my Canon Vixia camcorder on a tripod, or just a quick clip from the front of the rails with my phone.
I also like to make my own loud noises on my drums from time to time.
Life motto: Work hard, party harder, and listen to Umphrey’s McGee
Soorya Arsala, Staff Writer:
I love mosh pits and mountains but since we’re at sea level in Florida, I compensate by going overboard on all things punk rock. When I’m not at a show or trying to convince someone to listen to Diarrhea Planet, I’m also into all things pop culture, television shows starring Connie Britton, and have a big soft spot for anything Questlove. I figure Questlove and I may never be friends in real life but just in case he comes across this on his Google alert and wants to kick it, you know you can.
If you wish to contact me, email: [email protected].Read Soorya’s Posts Here!
Martin Cardenas, Staff Writer & Photographer:
Made in Hawaii. Born on the bay. Raised in Virginia. An Orlando transplant searching for meaning in lyrics and life.
If you would like to contact me, email: [email protected]Read Martin’s Posts Here!
Shawn Grey, Staff Writer:
“I hate disappointing just one person. And I really hate disappointing everyone. But I love Burlington Coat Factory.”
– Michael Scott – Shawn Grey
Jason Earle, Staff Writer:
I cut my teeth on a steady diet of Michael Jackson and country radio before discovering that the two were not mutually exclusive. Waylon Jennings covering The Marshall Tucker Band’s “Can’t You See” was the catalyst for that epiphany; but my eight-year-old self could not have anticipated the love affair that would result from such a revelation.
Music evolved into an eclectic outlet for the feelings that had previously existed in a cage- love, anger, pain, and lust now had a supremely health place to be expressed. I believe a fully experienced life features great art, and that music – especially when experienced live – makes that experience accessible to anyone.
Sean Dorsett, Staff Writer
It’s possible that I’m the hippie of this operation by default. I’m usually the one that covers artists from the music festival scene. My life kind of (totally) revolves around jamming and funkin’. I have been known to bust-a-move from time to time as well, but only when the music is really funkin’ good. I make up words, too.
If you drink more than a few beers before you read the weird stuff I write, you might like it more, just saying.
Tacos are amazing.
If you wish to contact me, email [email protected].Read Sean’s Posts Here!
Douglass Dresher aka Doug Igoto aka Eugene Gant
Staff Writer & Photographer
I take pictures of people and things.
I think that I am the oldest member of the SIGT staff.
I played in a band that had a paying gig at CBGBs opening for a “Tupelo Chain Sex.” We made $60.00 and Hilly Kristal was very kind to me.
I once rolled my guitar amplifier into Joey Ramone.
My wife puts up with my crap and still encourages me. My kids are cool.
I am waiting to have greatness thrust upon me.
Ronald Grant, Staff Writer
I’m an experienced and traveled music journalist who got my start with BrooklynBodega.com back in 2010. Since then, I’ve written about and covered any and everything Hip Hop related for a myriad of different music websites including HipHopDX.com, Sosoactive.com, RapRehab.com, The Needle Drop, and others.
I’ve traveled to music festivals such as the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, SXSW, Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival, and the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans to cover a wide range of musical artists, genres, and performances. I’ve also worked throughout the Orlando music scene with growing companies such as Conscious Mind Records and Grind Time Now, the Internet’s largest battle rap league.
My latest writing projects include a series of short stories and a book series.Read Ron’s Posts Here!
Spencer Storch, Staff Writer
Writer for SIGT since September of 2016.
Favorite Bands include: Umphrey’s McGee, The Motet, The String Cheese Incident, The New Mastersounds, and The Polish Ambassador.
When I’m not writing about music, I’m still listening to music. Its a beautiful thing, because when it hits you, you feel no pain.
If you wish to contact me, email [email protected].Read Spencer’s Posts Here!
Sarah Schumaker, “Sweaty Septum”
“Sweaty Septum,” reporting on the scene.
I was bred in Pennsylvania and grew up on a soccer field. Music is the only intangible that feels real to me. You can find me at a show; I’ll be the faux blonde in the pit, screaming my lungs out, trying to keep up with all the tall kids.
“I wouldn’t dream of working on something that didn’t make my gut rumble and my heart want to explode.”
Yea, what she said.
If you wish to contact me, email [email protected].Read Sarah’s Posts Here!
Joshua Jauz , Staff Writer:
I am an organic, free range, gluten-free experimental musician, writer, anarchist, husband, and dad from Altamonte Springs, Florida. In my spare time I occasionally enjoy sleeping and other extraneous, frivolous indulgences. If you’ve ever been to a show in Central Florida, we’ve probably met. If you haven’t, you should come to a show so we can hang out.
You can contact me through email: [email protected]
Garrett East, Director of The Calendar of Events:
“What more can be said about the supreme greatness that is Garrett East? Perhaps a summary is in order. Garrett proved that even having a love for cats and a hatred for animal products cannot destroy the true power of music. He developed this obsession at a young age when his father introduced him to lost college music radio channels back in the early 1990’s. This gave him the power to appreciate all sorts of music, ranging from the freewheeling fancies of folk, to the grating grit and grime of metal and industrial. He would then take this power and make a name for himself, even negotiating the surrender of Nickelback to the world, ensuring that no one would ever have to listen to their “music” again. After 240 years, and 18 liver transplants…”
-Excerpt from Explosions and Ryan Gosling: The Life and Diarrhea of Garrett East
If you wish to contact me, email [email protected] or visit
Kristen Burns, Staff Editor:
An adventure-chasing, music-loving hippie at heart. I earned my bachelor’s degree in English from UF in 2015. My dreams include living in a real-life Willy Wonka factory, securing economic equality for all, and landing an editing position for a meaningful organization. I’m immensely grateful to Shows I Go To for allowing me to fulfill one of those dreams (bet you can’t guess which one).
“Only the blank page needs no editing.” -Marty Rubin
Jeff Roach, Staff Photographer:
I’m just a small town guy from Ocala, Florida. I started playing music in high school and became heavily involved in the local music scene. I’ve always loved taking photos of the local shows I went to or played at and naturally befriended a lot of photographers.
I decided to make photography a full time career in 2011. I moved to Atlanta to pursue a career in photography. Now I’m back in Ocala and working on my Associate of Arts degree in Photography at Daytona State College in Daytona Beach, FL. Canon cameras are my preferred choice of equipment. Currently shooting with a Canon 5D Mark III.
Adam Fricke, Staff Photographer & Videographer:
I was born and raised in Orlando but I really grew up at the beach. My life has revolved around surfing since I was 10 years old. Then I started learning the guitar when I turned 13 and my obsession with music began. I picked up a camera (like, REALLY picked it up) in 2013. I first began by shooting my friends surfing until one of my other buddies asked if I shot live music because his band needed a photographer for a gig. Naturally I said “OF COURSE I SHOOT BANDS,” and now I actually do….
Surfing, music, and photography are my perfect triangle of expression. Where one ends, another begins. I also enjoy life talks (about your life) and long walks (to the fridge).
Adam and Justin Fricke will be on a road trip across the United States for all of 2016!
Visit http://brod-trip.com/ to follow their adventure. 🙂
Matthew Wright, Staff Photographer:
I am severely addicted to music and photography. Combining the two has become a passion of mine for over a decade; even since the days of FILM (you’ll probably need to google that word). Music photography has taken me on quite an adventure. I have traveled thousand of miles, been on stage, backstage, and even on a tour bus or few. I cannot wait to see where it will take me next. Though I am terrified that it will take me to places where there are no Publix…View Matthew’s Posts Here!
Carlo Cavaluzzi, Staff Photographer:
I’m a photographer from Ormond Beach, FL currently living in Orlando. I shoot shows because it’s fun. I plan on attending Florida State University in the fall of 2015 (and start a Shows I Go To Team in Tallahassee!).
I love Kanye West more than anybody else I know.View Carlo’s Posts Here!
Aaron Wockenfuss, Staff Photographer:
I’m drawn to music because of it’s universal reach and unparalleled powers of persuasion. In fact, I sometimes enjoy music the most when I don’t understand the language, allowing me to focus on the mood and tone of the words, and decipher my own definition of what the song means. The ability to combine that with my love of capturing memories and freezing moments in time through photography results in a ménage à trios of passions that is concert photography.
A lover of fitness, cows and traveling, I have a degree in marketing and work in the public relations field. And my top four guitarists of all time just happen to be Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Jack White, and John Frusciante.View Aaron’s Posts Here!
Justin Fricke, Staff Photographer & Writer:
I was born around Orlando, FL and raised outdoors (by bears). Give me some waves to surf or mountains to climb, followed by some tacos and beer and I’m one happy dude.
After a couple failed attempts at playing music, I realized I’m better served going to shows and writing them to life for others to experience. When the words stop, I like to show you what I saw through a lens.
Adam and Justin Fricke will be on a road trip across the United States for all of 2016!
Visit http://brod-trip.com/ to follow their adventure. 🙂
Vanessa Rios, Staff Photographer:
I’m a Florida transplant, born and raised in New York City. I’ve had a passion for music and singing since I was very young. I love entertaining but stopped when I had to leave the performing arts school I was attending to move to Orlando. Music photography was a perfect extension of my passion for art, photography, and music.
Having the opportunity to photograph musicians doing what they love, entertaining a crowd and spilling their guts on stage is such an amazing experience. It’s impossible not to get caught up in the energy of a live performance. Although I am definitely more comfortable behind the camera than anywhere else, music has always stayed in the forefront. I can’t think of any subject matter that makes me feel more alive!
When I’m not behind my camera, you can find me nose deep in a good book, sipping Captain and coke, or painting some questionable artwork.View Vanessa Rios’ Posts Here!
Jenn Ross, Staff Photographer:
I can’t tell you when I first fell in love with music because I was born into it, in Nashville, TN (and no, I don’t sing). Both of my parents were, and still are musicians, and my Dad drove a tour bus for many famous country stars back then and we spent many hours on the road and in studios with various bands.
It wasn’t until I was 15 that I’d tried all the instruments I thought I could play, and failed, that I took my 35mm and got press access to my first festival. I feel so old saying, “Hey now, I shot my first show on film and developed it myself!”
In short, I F**KING LOVE MUSIC. I have never found a way around that, and have never stopped trying to make my love of that and my love of photography form a permanent relationship.
Powder-keg punk rock from Orlando, FL! Check out their European Tour Blog!Read Teen Agers’ Blog Here!
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