Noe and I were introduced to Wild Belle back on October 2012, when Natalie and Elliot Bergman opened for Passion Pit at the 9:30 Club. Since then, we've been enamored with their music – Elliot as a talented multi-instrumentalist, including the crowd-favorite tenor saxophone, and Natalie on guitar and her mesmerizingly-unique vocals. We hadn't seen them since they appeared at Coachella in 2014, so we were extremely excited to see them, since they've just released a new album, Dreamland, just last week!
Wild Belle at the Black Cat – Washington, D.C.
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My girlfriend, Noe, and I were grabbing a night cap after attending a show at the Black Cat and ran into some acquaintances who attended the same concert. We were catching up when they interjected with a question.
"Did you know about these guys, Lewis Del Mar? We heard them on the radio and I had to stop and ask, 'who are these guys?'" Noe and I always get thrilled to hear people finding out about these guys on their own; my brother, who attends college in Florida, found out about them before I could even share their music! The buzz that has accumulated with this band has been tremendous and beyond well-deserved.
Lewis Del Mar at the Black Cat – Washington, DC – 4.21.16
I was recently asked to shoot for some of my favorite restaurants in DC, The Brixton, Satellite Room, and El Rey, who have unveiled some new items on their menus and a few new renovations to their establishments. If you're in the DC area and you're not checking out these eateries, you better have a legitimate excuse because you're missing out!
One day, I'll write a more insightful, thought-invoking blog post, but I'm lacking the proper caffeine levels to thoroughly carry out such a feat. Until then, I've been playing We Are Scientists on repeat for what seems like a bajillion hours, so enjoy a song of theirs and some photos I took of their concert to accompany it while I hunt down a pot of coffee.
I reunite with one of my favorites, Cloud Nothings, at the Black Cat after releasing their latest album, Here and Nowhere Else. Having seen them at Coachella a year before, I was eager to see what they'd be like at a smaller venue than a festival, and got way more excitement than I could've imagined.
Their passion for and embodiment of the rock and roll lifestyle is all a part of the allure. While their shows no longer involve the vomit, piss, bandmate makeout sessions, and other shock rock antics they once conducted, their shows are still high energy with the most devoted fans, making shooting their concerts some of the most fun and entertaining rock parties a photographer can enjoy.