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Paying Tribute to “The King” During Elvis Week

To see more moments from the life of an Elvis tribute artist, follow @deanzaselvis on Instagram. To watch Elvis Week events as they unfold, explore the Graceland location page.

“I like to say that my job description is singing the greatest music ever created and making people happy in the process,” says Elvis tribute artist Dean Zeligman (@deanzaselvis), who makes his living performing as Elvis across the globe. This time last year, Dean beat out more than 500 other artists to take top honors at Graceland’s (@visitgraceland), Elvis Week competition.

There’s more to being an Elvis tribute artist than one might expect. “We must make the unnatural natural,” explains Dean. “His movements and mannerisms must be as natural to us as our own. I studied theatrical makeup to match his facial features, recreated all of his stage wear and even his casual clothes. Nothing is done half-heartedly.”

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Projecting Quiet Noise with @shygirlsmusic

For more wistful photos on the road, follow @shygirlsmusic. To see more from Lollapalooza as the festival unfolds, follow @lollapalooza and browse the #lolla hashtag.

The R&B band Shy Girls (@shygirlsmusic) takes photos to match their music—soft and soulful with the occasional playful punch.

“We try to convey a sense of place and scenes from our travels,” says keyboardist Akila Fields (@sleepyvillain), who runs the band’s Instagram account. Though Shy Girls is fronted by singer-songwriter Dan Vidmar, Dan relies on Akila’s creative eye to capture important feelings and moments from their tour.

The entire feed is in black and white, which Akila prefers because of its simplicity. “It’s something we’ve been playing with from the beginning, even in our music videos,” he says of the Portland-based band, who released their first EP last year. “There is an intimacy and a quiet energy to our music that I hope translates to the photography.”

Shy Girls are also first-time performers at Chicago’s Lollapalooza (@lollapalooza) music festival this weekend, where Akila hopes to roam the event in search of interesting shots.

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How I Shoot: Capturing Concerts with @ryan_mastro

For each How I Shoot, we ask an Instagrammer to tell us about their creative process. For more of Ryan’s behind-the-scenes perspective on music, follow @ryan_mastro on Instagram.

This year the Connecticut photographer Ryan Mastro (@ryan_mastro) will shoot Bonnaroo (@Bonnaroo) for the ninth time. “It’s become a summer tradition,” he says. “I get to document artists who are doing what they love and be surrounded by more than 80,000 like-minded people.”

Music has always been a big part of Ryan’s life. “I started shooting shows as a student in Montana,” he says. “I’m interested in capturing the energy and emotion of a band as well as the lighting and other visuals they’ve chosen to present with their music.”

Here are Ryan’s tips for capturing the perfect picture of a performance:

Camera

"I use an iPhone 5s but still shoot mostly film and every year I like to try something new."

Vantage Point

"Behind the drum kit is the place to be. I also fly in a helicopter for some aerial photos, which is quite a view! If you’re shooting from the crowd, focus on the atmosphere rather than the bands. At Bonnaroo there’s a lot of off-stage visual stimulation.”

Shooting

"I’m a Libra so I like balance. I’m comfortable shooting high-energy performances, but I also like to set up the tripod at night for some long-exposure, landscape-type work."

Editing

"For mobile, I use Hipstamatic. For film, all of what I do is ‘in-camera’ so there is not much to do in Photoshop.”

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Instagrammers Capture Coachella

For more photos and videos from the festival, follow @coachella and @coachellaastronaut on Instagram and explore Coachella’s location pages: Coachella, Main Stage and Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival. You can also browse the #coachella hashtag.

Last weekend and again next weekend, music fans head to Indio, California, for the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (@coachella). There, against a backdrop of desert sunsets and an iconic ferris wheel, up-and-coming performers and established acts alike will take the stage. To see Coachella from the perspective of the performers, follow these artists on Instagram:

This year’s festival will also feature the Coachella Astronaut (@coachellaastronaut), a roaming art installation created for Coachella by Poetic Kinetics (@poetickinetics), a group of artists based in Los Angeles.

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Grooving to Jazz Rhythms with @dadsdiscdelights

To view more photos and videos of Zoë and her dad’s favourite vinyls, browse the #dadsdiscdelights hashtag follow @dadsdiscdelights on Instagram.

When London Instagrammer Zoë Timmers (@zobolondon) saw the comments on her contribution to a Weekend Hashtag Project for Father’s Day (#WHPthanksdad), she knew she’d stumbled upon something special.

Her submission was a portrait of her dad holding one of his beloved Miles Davis vinyl jazz records, Tutu. Seated in his custom-built music room in their Buckinghamshire cottage, now housing a 70-year-old collection of 10,000 records (he bought his first record in 1942), the photo drew comments from a number of enthusiasts asking questions about the album, history of jazz and the genre’s musicians.

Zoë decided to start a dedicated feed—@dadsdiscdelights—to further share his lifetime passion and knowledge of jazz with Instagram.

"Around my early teen years I discovered that the common thread in most of the music I had been hearing and had liked since a small boy, on radio and on record, was jazz," says Zoë’s dad, who has worked in the music industry most of his life. "I started reading about jazz as much as I could, listening to radio jazz programs and pestering record shops for information. I hope to put before Instagrammers a lifetime jazz lover’s view and opinion, as opposed to some dry, learned observation."

"He was surprised people were engaging in the comments," says Zoë. "Being quite specific and asking questions. It became a forum for hardcore ‘musos’ but also those finding jazz for the first time, as well as people who just like the way we shoot it."

Zoë takes all the photos, and her dad writes the captions after their conversations about which records to feature in what order. Zoë publishes to Instagram, and her dad responds in comments.

"The challenge is to get the essence of a piece of music across in 15 seconds," he says. "Visually of course it’s about attracting the viewer’s attention in the first place, and hopefully they’re drawn in and want to know more."

"For me it’s a way to spend more time with my dad," says Zoë. "I have been trying to find a way to share the huge knowledge in his head. I wanted him to be able to share his love of music."

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Rock in Rio 2013 on Instagram

Want to see more from Rock in Rio? Check out the official @rockinrio account, the #RockInRio hashtag as well as photos and videos captured at the Rock in Rio 2013 location page.

This weekend, music fans will flood Rock City in Rio de Janeiro for the second weekend of Rock in Rio. Rock in Rio is one of the largest music festivals in the world with over 850,000 daily attendees. To get a first-hand look at the festival, be sure to follow some of the performers on Instagram:

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Inside Outside Lands 2013 on Instagram

Want to see more from Outside Lands? Check out the official @outside_lands account as well as photos and videos captured at the Outside Lands location page.

Today, more than 60,000 music fans will flood San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park for a weekend of music, art and food at Outside Lands. Will you be there? Tag your Instagram shots with the #outsidelands hashtag and your photos and videos may be projected on jumbotrons during the festival. You can also get a first-hand look at the festival by following this year’s performers and food vendors:

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Instagram Music Videos

We love when we come across people using Instagram in creative ways and, as music fanatics, we especially love when it comes from talented bands! Check out Allstar Weekend's Instagram-themed music video for “Blame It On September” above.

The Vaccines, an indie rock band from London, are looking for help from you on their new video for their upcoming single “Wetsuit”. With over 2,000 pictures tagged, that Instagram photo you snapped from Lollapalooza, Warped Tour, Outside Lands or any summer festivals could be used. Be sure to tag your image #vaccinesvideo!