Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lauryn Hill and The Reminders

Lauryn Hill played the House of Blues Chicago a couple weeks ago with support from The Reminders. I cannot even begin to explain my excitement when I was approved to photograph the show -  Ms Hill's 1998 album "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" was literally on repeat in my car for two years. I'm also a huge fan of her work with the Fugees - and I'd be remiss not to mention Sister Act 2, because I was literally obsessed with the soundtrack in college (especially this song). Anyway, details of her Chicago show have since been filtered through different media sources, but I'm not here to comment on anything. I'm just here to show you the photos! I will say that it gave me chills to photograph a musician whose work I endlessly respect (and have for half my life). I am also grateful that I got introduced to husband-wife duo, The Reminders - they are real hip hop. Check them out. To view more of my images, as well as video footage and a brief review of the show, head over to BV Chicago

The Reminders 

They brought their kids on stage for their final song and it was adorable. 

The crowd anxiously awaiting Ms Hill. 

First her DJ came out.

Then her band came out.

Then her backup singers came out. 

And finally Ms Hill arrived! 

Friday, July 25, 2014

White Mystery and My Brightest Diamond at Millennium Park

A few weeks back I wandered to beautiful Millennium Park to photograph My Brightest Diamond and White Mystery for the Downtown Sound series. Unfortunately, My Brightest Diamond's set was cut short due to typical insane Chicago weather, but she'd already established her dynamic sound and stage presence. It was a total bummer to only hear a few of her songs, but luckily for Chicagoans she's coming back this fall! Chicago-based, brother-sister duo, White Mystery, kicked off the evening with a high energy, head-banging hell of a set. I just love those guys. And they no doubt have the best hair in the business. For more of my photos, head over to Do312.

I got to the show a little early so I enjoyed some quiet time wandering around Millennium Park. 

Chicago pride! Kick-ass sibling duo, White Mystery, rocking my face off.

My Brightest Diamond made quite an entrance, bringing out a marching parade of hooligans for her first couple songs. 

The wonderful Shara Worden a.k.a. My Brightest Diamond 

 And here comes the rain, followed by a swift evacuation of the entire park. Just another evening of bipolar Chicago weather.