The 2016 Vans Warped Tour made its first appearance in Syracuse at the New York State Fairgrounds on Thursday July 7. Despite the extreme heat, the punk rock music festival drew a large crowd. The fairgrounds was an ideal setting for the expansive set up that included seven stages, vendors, local food trucks, an adult size slip and slide and the air conditioned “chill out” truck that offered fans free energy drinks and some relief from the burning heat of the sun.
The Vans Warped Tour offered a perfect blend of veteran acts, rising stars, local favorites, punk rock and metal. The mix of offerings attracted a broad spectrum of fans of all ages and music preferences making for a one of a kind experience.
Check out the photo gallery for captured moments and memories from the day.
Chris Besaw: I am IT professional by trade but a photographer, artist and intense music fan at heart. I have been involved in the music scene for as long as I can remember and some of the first concerts I went to were such notables as Metallica, Ozzy and Loverboy. By the time I was in high school, I was designing concert posters for local musicians, playing bass in a few garage bands and started taking photos of bands as a fan. I continued to design rock art posters throughout college and his early 20’s for bands such as The Misfits, Dropkick Murphys, Down, and Slipknot. Since then I have been focusing ( no pun intended) on live music photography, band interviews and occasionally booking and promoting concerts in Syracuse.
Recently I brought my wife Kelly into the NYSMusic fold, utilizing her experience as a grant writer and English major. Working as a team, I conduct the interviews and photograph the artists, while Kelly reviews shows, bringing her passion for writing, whether technical or creative, to balance out their team, the “Syracuse Music Collective.”