The Troubadour – Kitten, Dear Boy, and Mirror Talk in concert sans the Aquadolls (sigh)

Mirror Talk's Lead Singer Court Alexander
Mirror Talk’s Lead Singer Court Alexander

….I had the awesome chance to attend the Kitten concert at the Troubador with The Aquadolls, Dear Boy and Mirror Talk.  I was able to go as Press and it was a great chance to hear new music (which was awesome since I hadn’t heard some of the music from the opening bands prior to the show).  I thought everyone was great…the music was so good and for many there was a lot of fashion presence.  You couldn’t ask for more…except to be able to go as a photographer…..I had the chance to see them up close and then go over the pictures afterwards and draw out what I saw underneath…..I got quite a few Gallery Pics out of all of them…..which are basically pictures that I’ve developed and altered in a way to modify the tone, color, and/or focus that have taken on a new level of artistic vibe.  When this happens, the pictures gets titled and goes into my Gallery Pictures category.  Not all of the pictures are Gallery Pictures and if I’ve included any in this post they’re noted.  I was able to get permission to take pics of each of the bands with the exception of The Aquadolls.  Here’s hoping next time something might work out because I did have a chance to talk to their manager.  She was really cool.

Setting up for the set with Mirror Talk
Setting up for the set with Mirror Talk

 

Dave Lewis on drums.....for Mirror Talk
Dave Lewis on drums…..for Mirror Talk

Mirror Talk was awesome to see perform.  I thought they were great.  I hadn’t heard of them prior to the concert and I was glad I was asked to take pics….watching them perform was amazing.  This pic I took of them is a Gallery Pic and I titled it ‘Raw’.

Raw
Raw

I was also able to take pictures of Dear Boy……(sigh) they were totally awesome to watch.  They each sort of moved in coordinated ways that reminded me a bit of the Temptations, but with a slammin’ edge.  They rocked it out and they were too cool to photograph.  I LOVE watching performers get in ‘the zone’ of their art….that’s when people let go….and you get the shots worth a million words….like ‘Raw’ above or ‘The Set’ below which is of Dear Boy.  It totally reminded me of the Beatles…running to get the show going….

DearBoy (2 of 5)

 

....I call this one St. Gabriel....it just spoke to me in that way...
….I call this one St. Gabriel….it just spoke to me in that way…this is Austin from Dear Boy
Dear Boy on the stage at the Troubador
Dear Boy on the stage at the Troubador

I love the B&Ws and how they capture a moment and a mood.  It makes it classic especially when associated with music and rockers….wait to you see some of the Kitten pics.  They were particularly predisposed to B&W giving me tons of classic rock vibes.

Lead Singer of Dear Boy deep in the moment....
Lead Singer Ben of Dear Boy deep in the moment….
Lead Singer Chloe from Kitten rocking it out...
Lead Singer Chloe from Kitten rocking it out…

Kitten took the stage with verve and I had a blast taking pictures.  I was SO glad I was there.  I hadn’t seen them in concert, BUT I had heard of them and was following their work prior due to the release of their latest LP which I used in an earlier photoshoot.  Model below is Jorden Karsten.

KittenSet-3

Kitten LP at Amoeba Records
Kitten LP at Amoeba Records

I got a lot of classic references in my own mind from the vibes of Kitten pics.

This blurred out yummy vision of Kitten performing I LOVE....It gave me the 60s vibe and I titled it '1966'
This blurred out yummy vision of Kitten performing I LOVE….It gave me the 60s vibe and I titled it ‘1966’
Kitten band members on jam at the Troubador
Kitten band members on jam at the Troubador
Chloe throwin' it down and leaving it on the floor....
Chloe throwin’ it down and leaving it on the floor….
Kitten on stage.....love how the hands are reaching up....
Kitten on stage…..love how the hands are reaching up….

Kitten had such energy and I was totally wowed by how much the audience responded to her performance.  It was amazing to photograph; trying to move around the people and get in a good spot was difficult.  I was literally only able to stay in one location after awhile and had to make the most of my situation and spot.  It forced me to work harder as a photographer and also imagine how to get good shots anyway by looking at the performer…yes…but literally getting into their performance and going with the flow.  Editing became a great exercise in looking through the raw images to see additional shots that I didn’t originally see live.  What a time I had editing all of the bands work….they literally pushed me as an artist.  Thanks.

Hope u guys like the work….until next time….Travel Spritely.

 

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