Last Friday I stopped by the Riveria Theatre in Chicago and took some amazing shots of Tame Impala and Mini Mansions. I actually never shot photos before at The Riv and it was all new to me. Crammed up on stage left with security guards overwatching the crowd who are drugged up or drunk, I met so many genuine photographers from other media firms whiling waiting for the bands to start (Chicago Tribune, Chicagoist, etc - all super nice people). I was literally a solo freelance fish in the sea of photographers and held my ground.

The facility has this strict rule of taking shots of the first three songs and that's it. After that, camera's are away - no joke. In the time span of three songs capturing the band's performance, you're completely focused on the shots you can get and the music dissolves as background noise.  They opened up "Let it Happen" then into "Mind Mischief" and it was incredible. After shooting photos of both bands, I enjoyed watching the rest of the set from afar - mind you I was a hot sweaty mess from the jam packed stoned/drunk crowd. Alcohol wasn't even on my mind at that point.

I can't wait to shoot more photos of bands, events, and whatnot. I'm starting to really enjoy this photography thing with bands, etc. 


Spontaneously looking to catch a moment to take photos of something/someone, my close friend Brittany Julious happened to be casually having a conversation with Lili K.  at the Apple Store on North Michigan Ave.  Filled with friends (spotted CELINENEON in the crowd!) and bystanders curious of what's going on, Lili K's soulful voice accompanied by her band  resonated throughout the store. Yes, even got the Genius bar to sing along with her! With inspirations from Ella Fitzgerald to Erykah Badu to Sharon Jones - she sheds that flare of it all. Her music has been on my playlist lately and I really love her song "Refreshing" (esp the house version which she did LIVE as their last song). Check her album "Ruby" released by Chicago's very own - FreshBaked Records. Seriously, go buy it! You won't be disappointed.