The Roots in Concert

I had the pleasure of shooting the Roots in concert at the Fillmore Silver Spring on the 30th. I have been a fan of the group since as far back as I can remember and getting a chance to check out their show and do some creative work of my own was truly a great experience. They played many of their new-ish songs, including several from How I Got Over, and did a crazy medley of Sweet Child O’ Mine and Bad to the Bone. Really an awesome way to close out 2011.  Thanks to the Fillmore and the Roots for making it happen.

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Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, 9:30 Club

Mid-way into her packed show at the 9:30 club, on a stage dressed with red rose bouquets, Grace Potter stood on the stage, facing her drummer, and looked over her shoulder to ask the crowd – “Don’t these shoes make my butt look like candy?” It was a rhetorical question – and her striking vocal talent was there to match her covergirl appearance. The Zepplin-esque backing band, The Nocturnals, play guitars that spin jangly mountain folk jams into space-rocking metal catharsis. Bass player Kat chews gum and wiggles while thumping out  riffs, the drummer kicks along, heavy toms, all grins. I’m only recently acquainted with the group and get a sense the new album, dropping this Tuesday,  is heavier than their past work, but they strike a perfect balance. None of their historic catalog sounds lessened by the fresh tracks. They did several slow acoustic songs, and an all-hands drum …

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