Some people love to take pictures. Some take pictures of the ocean, or their dog. Some take pictures of architectural landmarks or grungy black and whites of the industrial alleyways of Los Angeles, but some, like Vaughan Risher, take pictures of local shows and ask nothing in return like these photos that were shot at the recent Summer And Music kick-off event at Fingerprints.

Local music photographer Vaughan Risher has been taking pictures of the local music scene for many years asking nothing in return but a guaranteed good time. Many local musicians have benefited from his photography and now they are rallying to help Vaughan in his time of need. Last week Vaughan’s custom bicycle, his only transportation, got stolen right in front of his friends house in downtown Long Beach. This is a problem that plagues our “bike friendly” city and it has now left this nice guy without a way to get to the shows you love to see him shoot.

vaughan_risherMusical friends have started an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to buy Vaughan a new bike. His friends are asking as little as $10 to help get Vaughan rolling again. This is what supporting your local scene is all about, so if you have a few extra bucks to spare and you love the Long Beach music scene then help out how you can!

So far they have raised $440 out of their goal of $1,000 with such perks as hug or for $50, “You might get to dance with Long Beach’s Soul Brother #1. If you didn’t know, Vaughan was recently awarded a first place prize in a secret dance contest. Ask to see the trophy.”


Below is a gallery of photos from the recent Summer And Music kick off event at Fingerprints records that Vaughan Risher shot.

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About the Author

Shea Newkirk

Executive Editor, Long Beach Independent

Shea has been involved in the Long Beach music scene since 2003 helping to promote unsigned, independent bands and musicians through various media including photos, video, event production, and marketing. Founder of LongBeachIndependent.com and Folk Revival Festival as well as a musician with over 15 years experience, Shea has a great ear for finding the best independent music coming out of the local Long Beach music scene.

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