Tuesday night was the annual Deck the Hall Ball show put on by our friends at 107.7 The End, and it had a great lineup, with Vampire Weekend, Lorde, Phoenix, Alt-J, Arctic Monkeys, Foals, The Head and the Heart, and CHVRCHES. We were lucky to have David Lichternman there with his SLR to capture these photos of Lorde, Alt-J, The Head and the Heart, Phoenix, and Vampire Weekend. Be sure to check out more of his photos on his Flickr page.
The Head and the Heart:
To feel like you are the only person is a room with a musician is a gift that rarely happens – usually somewhere someone is talking, ignoring the fact that they paid to listen to an artist. But the gift of musical escape was brought when Gregory Alan Isakov took the stage last night at the Crocodile leaving the sold out crowd speechless and motionless as he moved through “She Always Takes It Black”. It was quiet enough behind his warm voice and soft strings that I could hear the hush of the dishwasher from the bar next door, a true testament to the utter dedication of the room.
Fresh off of the recent release of The Weatherman the hearty folk crooner covered a lot of new ground including the dreamy ‘The Universe’ and bouncing ‘Saint Valentine’, yet didn’t neglect older favorites such as ‘Big Black Car’. Gregory lead the fearless troop of Philip Parker (cello), Jeb Bows (violin), Steve Varney (banjo, electric guitar), and Jen Gilleran (drums) who he introduced as his “best friends in the whole world.” The band ripped out the vibrant set eyes closed, breaking strings and bursting with smiles. Between a self proclaimed “nerdy folk moment” where the crew played a couple of songs at the front of the stage and a surprise guest appearance from Brandi Carlile, fans were left glowing as they walked out into the humid late summer night.
Hometown sweetheart Sera Cahoone opened the show backed with the wonderful whine of a slide guitar. She played “Shakin’ Hands” after a disclaimer that she only plays it in Seattle for fear of making mistakes. Even when there was a slight hiccup it was more endearing than off putting knowing that the song had been chosen especially for the show.
Check out more photos from Gregory Alan Isakov and Sera Cahoone below.
Gregory Alan Isakov:
Tuesday night, Courtney Love made a rare appearance in Seattle with a performance at the Moore. We were lucky to have Dana Pleasant there to capture these gorgeous images from the evening, with more of her always-stunning photos to be found on her website.
On Tuesday night, three of the most beloved boy bands from the past thirty years played a show together at the Tacoma Dome: Boyz II Men, New Kids on the Block and 98 Degrees. It was a stop on their current tour, called The Package. We were fortunate to have photographer Morgen Schuler there to capture the show through her SLR and bring back these great photos. Be sure to check out Morgen’s music blog Inside Right Wrist for more of her always-excellent photography and writing.
New Kids on the Block:
Boyz II Men: