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Photographer Michael Weintrob Announces New Book, ‘Instrumenthead: Revealed’ & Free Livestream Concert Series

Christian Wissmuller • GearcheckNews • July 8, 2021
“This is where musicians’ heads are really at,” says photographer Michael Weintrob, who for his 2017 book Instrumenthead, photographed 369 musicians with their signature instruments covering their heads, for some of the most unusual portraits in modern music.  The book won the Independent Book Publisher’s Award for Most Outstanding Design.
 
On June 22, Weintrob will launch the preorder / crowdfunding campaign at Instrumenthead.com for his sister book Instrumenthead:  Revealed, featuring “unmasked” portraits of the same 369 musicians with their own style and artistry.  Portraits include Bootsy Collins, Susan Tedeschi, Mickey Hart, Johnny Winter, Charlie Musselwhite, plus many more. 
 
The campaign will last June 22 through July 22, 2021, and books will be published and available for the holiday season through Magnet Bound Press.  $3 of every book will benefit the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic.  Founded by a coalition of music advocates in 1998, the New Orleans’ Musicians’ Clinic is the first medical clinic for musicians, performing artists and cultural workers in the US. 
 
“When you mix art and music like you’ve done here it’s just phenomenal. It doesn’t get any better than this,” once said the great Allen Toussaint, at one of Weintrob’s exhibitions. 
 
“I want to do my part to inspire people to learn about new music and the artists who create it,” adds Weintrob, who photographed the unmasked portraits during the original Instrumenthead sessions.   “I love to connect and break down walls with my photography.  Everyone has the ability to be a kid again. This book is really special, because we’re unmasking the original photos. The book reflects the new energy this year.”
 
To celebrate the campaign launch, Weintrob has programmed the free, virtual Revealed Concert Series, beginning June 22 @ 7:00pm CT with Steve Poltz and wrapping July 21 with Peter Levin and Marcus King.   Filmed at Weintrob’s Nashville studio, the series can be viewed on Instrumentheadlive.com, Volume.com and select shows on Nugs.net Watch the trailer here and see the full schedule is below. 
 
Concert promoter Peter Shapiro added, “Michael Weintrob brings a new approach and new ideas to how to capture musicians in a way where their soul shines through, often in a way that doesn’t come through during the best jam session on-stage. It’s Michael’s ability to capture their inner spirit off-stage that separates him from others, and makes him one of the best music photographers of his generation.”
 
Instrumenthead: Live
Revealed Concert Series 
Instrumentheadlive.com & Volume.com, * =  Nugs.net 
 7:00pm CT, Free 
 
6/22 Steve Poltz *
 
6/23 Kyle Tuttle Band featuring Lindsay Lou *
 
6/24 Korby Lenker
 
6/27 Ashley Campbell *
 
6/29 Sally And George
 
6/30 Richie Owen and the Farm Bureau 
 
7/1 Boo Ray
 
7/4 Muriel Anderson
 
7/6 Moon Taxi Duo *
 
7/7 Jeff Coffin, Victor Wooten, Future Man, Bob Lanzetti * 
 
7/8 Vince Herman and Friends (Steve Poltz, Kyle Tuttle, Anthony DeCosta)  *
 
7/11 Taylor Brashiers and Then the Killer Dee’s 
 
7/13 Tim Easton
 
7/14  Cody Brooks and Bee Taylor / Emory joseph 
 
7/15  Lady Couch Acoustic
 
7/18  Michael Webb Trio
 
7/20 Ghost Note * 
 
7/21 – Peter Levin and Friends (Marcus King, Lamar Williams, Jr, Chad Gamble, Jimbo Hart) * 
 
About Michael Weintrob 
Two decades of navigating the music business and transforming the storytelling of image, photographer Michael Weintrob’s work spans all aspects of industry. Created in the field where he has shot over 5,000 artists in-concert or his Brooklyn studio, Weintrob’s work covers everything from advertising to editorial needs showcasing the live element of performance and conceptual campaigns of portraiture.
 
Weintrob has acted as house photographer for Red Rocks Amphitheater, The Festival Network, the CareFusion Jazz Festival Series, and Bluegrass Underground, and is currently the house pick for OZ Nashville’s Brave New Art celebrating its inaugural season.
 
Major exhibitions of work have been hosted in Spain by the US Consulate, in New Orleans during the Jazz and Heritage Festival and in Charleston for the Spoleto Art Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival. His work benefits the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and Assistance Foundation, Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, Rock the Earth, The Music Maker Foundation and the Newport Festivals Foundation with plans to continue giving as long as there are stories to tell.
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