Photos: Britney Spears!

Josh Armstrong took some stunning shots of Britney Spears at her recent Tacoma show. I have long admired Josh’s work. He takes beautiful pix of a variety of subjects and his concert shots too capture fleeting glimpses of grace and beauty.

You can see more of his photos here and you can contact him at

I remember the first time I saw Britney Spears’ video for . . . Baby One More Time and I thought she was sassy and adorable. She’s still sassy and at times adorable though calling a grown woman adorable is kind of silly. I wish people would be nicer to and about her. She has beautiful sons any mother would envy and I think she’s working out her life in her own time and her own way.

Now for the lovely pix:

Looking good Britney!


Photos: Ida Maria and the Redwood Plan

Ida Maria played a free show at the Crocodile last weekend. I was curious to see the Norwegian singer for a few reasons, one being I have a soft spot for Scandinavian artists, the other was that I read about her being compared to the goddess Freyja on the Crocodile’s press page. Another was that I thought she’d be a great photo subject – and she turned out to be a wonderful subject no question there. There is also no question about her being compared to a goddess – I can see that. Freyja is one of the best female goddesses in any pantheon, I mean, her chariot is drawn by cats.

Nils Blommér painting

Ida Maria was wonderful, invigorating in fact. One fan even got onstage and took his pants off during I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked.

The Redwood Plan opened the show and were just so exciting. I saw them on Saturday night and I was happy to see them on Sunday night too. That’s a sign of a great band – that you can see them again and again and it’s a wonderful experience.

all photos by Dagmar
More photos of Ida Maria: page 1 & page 2
& More photos of the Redwood Plan.


Julio Iglesias Show Canceled

Julio Iglesias was scheduled to appear on May 31st at the WaMu Theater. According to the show has been canceled. I am really disappointed – does anyone know why the show was canceled? I’ve been digging deep into his catalog and am so comforted by his voice. I hope he’s not ill or something.

Enjoy El Amor


Photos: Brent Amaker and the Rodeo & the Redwood Plan

Brent Amaker and the Rodeo
and The Redwood Plan played the High Dive last Saturday and how fortunate it was to have them on the same bill. I’d been hearing good stuff about Lesli Wood’s new band, the Redwood Plan and they more than lived up to all the wonderful things said about them. I recommend you buy their debut EP now as it’s sweet and glorious. And as always Brent Amaker and the Rodeo were supreme. They’re getting even better and I am so pleased they’re recording new material right now.

Brent Amaker and the Rodeo – photos by Dagmar

The Redwood Plan – photos by Dagmar

More photos:
the Redwood Plan at the High Dive

Brent Amaker and the Rodeo at the High Dive, page 1

Brent Amaker and the Rodeo at the High Dive, page 2


Photos: two kick-ass nights with the redwood plan

The Redwood Plan played last Thursday night with Dept of Energy and Brent Amaker & the Rodeo, whose loyal drunk fans filled the High Dive, dancing and shooting toy guns. Beer-cozies were flung (I got one), and shots of… whiskey? were administered (Dagmar got one).


The Redwood Plan has changed bassists since I’ve seen them – Jamie Hellgate has been replaced by Billie Stultz, who was unable to play after a recent bike accident, so we were treated to Larry Brady’s efforts both nights. Larry sounded great at the High Dive, then he stepped it up, as they all did, on Friday. The Crocodile was full of Ida Maria fans who signed up through 107.7 The End to be listed for the free show. The Redwood Plan took the stage to a fairly full room and gained a lot of new fans, selling out of on-hand CDs immediately – probably before they had their gear packed away. They rocked that stage and I can’t wait to see them again at the Comet Tavern on May 21st.

I realized while reviewing my The Redwood Plan photo set that I’m a much better fan than photographer to this band – I can’t seem to leave that spot right near Lesli and would rather sing and clap along than snap photos. Here are my favorites from both nights.