Endless Summer Tour - Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek 9/4/18

Music artist G-Eazy is currently headlining his Endless Summer Tour with several other well-known artists and they stopped in Raleigh on Tuesday, as one of their few last stops on their national voyage. Here are some photos below.

Beats n Bars 2018 - Durham, North Carolina

#BNBFest2018 was very fun. Big thank you to the Beats n Bars people for having me out over the weekend. It was exciting witnessing some of the amazing local talent in Durham. 

Lollapalooza 2018 - Chicago, Illinois

There is so much that could be said about this great happening but to sum it up -- this was one heck of an experience. I took in so many things this past weekend that will continue to make me a better photographer. A big thank you goes to C3 Presents and everyone that played a part in this. I worked alongside some of the best music photographers and also ended up with published work on USA TodayNewsweek, & Toyota USA + Toyota Latino -- all really cool firsts for me. Check out my favorites from the weekend below. 

Janelle Monae - Ritz Raleigh 7/23/18

Singer, rapper, actress, model (and more) Janelle Monae performed at Ritz Raleigh last night on a stop of her sold-out tour. She had an elaborate setup as she went on performing songs off her new album, Dirty Computer. Check some of the gallery below. 

Arcade Fire - Red Hat Ampitheater 7/12/18

A little late on this one due to my recent scheduling but what an entertaining show! They may have earned a new fan in me this night. Check it out.

Haley + Nathaniel Otto 6/9/18 - Morris Peaceland Farm

A little over 3 weeks ago I photographed this great couple tying the final knot in their relationship. It was a hot day, with temperatures reaching above 90 degrees -- while the ceremony was outside! However, it was worth it! Nate & I went to college together and played on a few basketball teams together as well, so we've been friends for awhile. I've photographed the couple's last few significant happenings over the years, including grad photos, the (surprise) engagement, etc., so this was next in line! Check a gallery below of some favorites! Thank you to the great Jessica Brown for helping out and second shooting on wedding day! 

Also, here is a link to the digital gallery! --> keenanhairston.pixieset.com/haleyandnathanielotto

Firefly 2018 - Dover, Delaware

Firefly is a very, very unique festival located in the rural woodlands of Dover, Delaware. With a creative map spread out over the span of 105 acres, there are many things to do and see. There was also 8 different stages with over 140 bands -- so there was no shortage of live music either. The fest brings in 90,000 to 100,000 attendees annually, so fans didn't hesitate to flood the grounds again for this year's edition of it's sunny & fun 4-day event.

Khalid - Red Hat Ampitheater 6/7/18

Grammy-nominated singer Khalid ended his national Roxy Tour at the Red Hat Amphitheater last night in a notable fashion with yet another sold-out show. His style of music is interesting and his set was full of energy, and he also had dancers. Check out some favorites from his set below.

Joe Biden - DPAC 6/6/18

44th Vice President Joe Biden stopped by the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) yesterday to talk about his book, Promise Me Dad.  In spite of all of his tragic losses over the years, this man is still a class act, and a hilarious one at that. He is on a mission for the people. It was a pleasure hearing him speak. 

Soundset 2018 - Saint Paul, Minnesota

Simply put, Soundset 2018 was amazing -- seamless and fun event all around. There were 4 stages, a large custom car show, a breakdancing competition and much more. I had fun running around all day to say the least. A big thank you goes to Juggernaut Sound for all the help. I will definitely be back for another go-round! Check out a gallery of my favorites below.

Brian McKnight - Red Hat Ampitheater 5/25/18

Grammy-nominated R&B legend Brian McKnight stopped in Raleigh Friday night for a sold-out concert. Let me say -- this man puts on a great show. He was definitely very fun and "easy" to shoot. It had been awhile since I had photographed a R&B singer and that's part of why i decided to take it on. View my favorites below! 

Post Malone + 21 Savage + SOBxRBE - Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek 5/18/18

Post Malone performed in Raleigh on Friday night as one of his stops on his Beerbongs & Bentleys album release tour, with opening acts 21 Savage and SOBxRBE performing before him. There were over 20,000 people in attendance, filling the amphitheatre to capacity. The openings acts weren't necessarily something to remember, but Post's bit was very entertaining. I had seen him perform 2 or 3 times before last night and unfortunately each of those times security was not letting photographers shoot, so this was my first time actually capturing his set. Photos from his set + the opening acts' sets are below! 



Spotify + RapCaviar Live - Charlotte Metro Credit Union Ampitheatre 5/1/18

Quality Control the label came to Charlotte, NC, to put on a night show including some of their biggest acts. Spotify and RapCaviar produced the special event. There were up to 7 acts on the bill, most notable being Trippie Redd, Lil Yachty and the Migos. Since today is my birthday, I decided to go and work the event as an early birthday present for myself, ha! It was my first concert in Charlotte and it was great, simply put. Here are some photos from last night below. 

Prime Music Festival - 4/14/18

Prime Social Group came to Raleigh this past Saturday and put on a small one day festival at the Red Hat Amphitheater downtown. They're a concert promotion company based in Michigan that produces music events throughout the East Coast. Since they were coming from a good distance for Saturday's event, I was connected with them through a local marketing coordinator to see if they needed an in-house photographer for their event here. Shortly after chatting with them they decided to hire me for the day. I was given the rights to run their Instagram account with my work for the next couple of weeks & had "all access" around the venue for the day so it was definitely fun putting that to use! It's always a great pleasure to experience people taking a liking to my work and I plan to work with the agency for events they produce in other regions in the future. Check out some of my photos from the day below! Have some really fun events coming up and i'll always update my music-related work on my music page! Thank you for tuning in and per usual, be blessed.

Big K.R.I.T. - Ritz Raleigh 3/25/18

Big K.R.I.T. is currently on tour after the recent release of his latest album and one of his stops was at the Ritz last night. I used to be a big, big fan of his. It's always interesting to hear how an artist's music changes over the span of their career. Anyway, unfortunately, they didn't light him pretty well at all so shooting him was...interesting. There is no flash photography allowed when photographing shows either (I wouldn't use one in this setting anyway, but just for context). Most times, for big artists, venues will have the colored lights going every which way behind the artist, then a solid front light hitting the artist's face to light he/she up well. Last night there wasn't a front light on his face so it made it a bit difficult, but I welcomed the challenge! See some pictures from the show below.  

SXSW 2018

Hello! I just got back in town yesterday from SXSW. What an experience. So many people all around, so many things to do. The entire festival was March 9-18, but i was only in town for the music part of the festival, which was March 13-18. The daytimes were full of panels, keynote speakers and conferences so I got to meet a handful of very cool people. The nights were full of pop-up showcases put on by different brands such as Netflix, Def Jam Records, Mass Appeal and more. Not only was this my first time shooting SXSW, but it was also my first time in Austin, Texas. Very glad for both of these experiences equally, even if they did leave me burnt out! Check out some of my photos below from the happenings. Thank you, and be blessed. Be back soon.

Jeezy - Ritz Raleigh 3/7/18

Grammy-nominated artist Young Jeezy came to the Ritz last night on a stop of his Cold Summer Tour. It was pretty much a sold-out show and full of energy. I used to be a really big fan of his before he got up in age. Here are some of my favorites from his set last night -- this was my last concert before SXSW next week which i'm very excited about! Looking forward to that.

A$AP Ferg - Ritz Raleigh 3/4/18

Hello hello! Last night I photographed rapper A$AP Ferg on his recently-started Mad Man Tour. This is another Live Nation tour, and it was actually one of the most entertaining shows i've seen there yet. He had two cameras on dollies on the stage recording him performing, and the screen behind him was playing it live to the crowd. It was pretty cool. I've never seen anything like that in concert. Ferg is an artist I personally listen to and his energy last night was great. Below are some from his set. Be blessed! 

Black History Month

For the latter half of this month I decided to post only black & white/grayscale photos of black music artists i have photographed in the past months & years on my Instagram, as a tribute to black history month. Black & white photos can give off a "timeless" feel, and when done correctly can be even better than color! This opinion says a lot coming from myself because being able to express colors in my work is one of the main reasons i'm even a photographer in the first place. Nonetheless, this was a very fun creative jog and provided for a cool aesthetic. Peep the shots below and give my instagram a peep at instagram.com/kmhairstonmedia! Be blessed.

Fetty Wap - Ritz Raleigh 2/25/18

Yo yo! I want to get more active with my site and blogging, so I think i'm going to share some shots from the shows I shoot on here with a more consistent effort. Last night Fetty Wap stopped by Ritz Raleigh for his very last stop on his For My Fans Tour and I worked the event. I photographed him almost 2 years ago when he was really rising to fame and that one was fun. 

The folks over at the Ritz are awesome to work with. I've shot countless shows at the venue, as a lot of big artists stop by there on their (Live Nation) tours. Check out some of my favorite shots from last night! Be blessed.