In the last decade, Cleveland-based photographer Joe Kleon has built a huge portfolio of concert shots, producing work that is striking and evocative, as he’s become the area’s premiere music photographer working today.

After a successful, two-month run in Cleveland at Space:Rock, his exhibit “A Decade of Decibels: The Photography of Joe Kleon” is now on tour and opens in Akron at Art Latte, 1662 Merriman Road, Akron, 44313.

The opening reception at Art Latte is August 23, from 6-11pm. Classic Rock duo Jim & Eroc will perform two acoustic sets from 6-9. Jim & Eroc are founding members of Wish You Were Here and Eroc has been bass player for Michael Stanley & The Resonators for 20 years. Both artists are prominently featured in the exhibit.

Joe with his wife Nicole at Art Latte. (Photo Courtesy of Joe Kleom)

Joe with his wife Nicole at Art Latte. (Photo Courtesy of Joe Kleon)

In the last ten years, Kleon has photographed nearly 100 shows and events a year. Slide shows of his concert shoots appear regularly at Scene’s website, featuring such artists as Rush, Bruce Springsteen, Alice Cooper, Fleetwood Mac, Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks, Kiss, and Aerosmith among others. Approximately one hundred photos will be part of “A Decade of Decibels V2.0.”

This second showing of the gallery exhibit will feature some brand new photos, taken over the last few months, along with video slideshows of hundreds of additional photos.

Yes guitarist Steve Howe (Photo Courtesy of Joe Kleon)

Yes guitarist Steve Howe (Photo Courtesy of Joe Kleon)

While shooting concerts can be difficult and challenging, Kleon consistently produces shots that capture the artist’s personality and the excitement of the music in technically high-quality work. “I love capturing the energy of a performance and the vibe of the venue,” he says. “I want viewers to be transported through my photos to the concert. I want them to feel the electricity in the air and the emotion of the music.”

A Decade of Decibels V2.0 will run through the end of October.


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