Atmosphere, deM atlaS, and The Lioness at the sold out Palace Theater in St. Paul
Allan Kingdom and Bobby Raps at the Amsterdam
Minneapolis’s own Prof brought it once again this year at Prof Outdoors 5 at the Caboose with a great line up for a great night
This year it was truly an honor to be asked to be a part of the official soundest photo team. It was an amazing experience being able to shoot with truly amazing people I have looked up to for the past few years.
Had a very busy day yesterday starting with Allan at the gym, shooting a promo video in Minneapolis, and then going o the Bearded Mermaid in St. Paul. The day ended with going to see Steve Aoki and Desiigner play The Armory. You could say it was a productive day:)
Hippo Campus brought it back home for the end of their tour at the Palace Theater in St. Paul.
So glad I was asked to shoot the Big Turn Music Fest last night. It was a very cool experience to walk around Red Wing into small venues to see some great music from artists like: Caroline Smith, Heiruspecs, General B and the Wiz, Twighlight Hours, and more!
Novyon came back to Minnesota to headline the entry for a fun night.
Local legends Soul Asylum returned to First Avenue for a great show accompanied by Har Mar Superstar and Bruise Violet.
Got the chance to shoot the Kali Uchis show with Phony Ppl at the 7th Street Entry. I highly recommend these guys!
My first Prof Outdoors show was definitely one to remember, The Gampo had a killer line up this year which made for a great day.
Some pics from Saturday at the Appetite for Change block party that ended abruptly during King Louie's set and from Drelli's party at the Amsterdam with a crazy line up.
Go 95.3 came through with a great lineup and a great show on Sunday including Wiz Khalifa, Vince Staples, blackbear, Bobby Raps, Finding Novyon and more!!
Caught the Vice Boys at a show in Minneapolis the other night, you don't wanna miss them!
I also got the chance to shoot with Nate P and Ro Dizzy of the Vice Boys.
Memorial Day weekend could not have came any quicker. I have been looking forward to this day since last year. The line up for this year was killer and featured the essential local acts like the local legends: Atmosphere, Brother Ali, P.O.S and more along with many national acts like: Pusha T, Playboi Carti, Gucci Mane, Travis Scott, and more. The weather this year was cooler than last year which makes a huge difference when you're standing outside in the sun for 10 hours of rap music. The day kicked off with ZULUZULU some great vibes on the main stage followed by an OG Dr. Octagon. After Kool Keith finished up his set, P.O.S of Doomtree took the main stage but of course took the opportunity to join the crowd for a couple of songs. Brother Ali was next to take the South Main Stage to give one of his famous sincere sets filled with a sense of wisdom and community. Ali played well into Pusha T's set time because his flight was delayed. The Main Stage host, Sway, brought out a young MC to spit freestyle or two and he managed to get the whole crowd lit with his a cappella later accompanied by Kendrick Lamar's Humble beat in the background. Another hip hop legend was next on the South Main Stage, E-40 brought the crowd back to the Bay Area for his set. This was the time when the schedule started to slip up and the whole crowd was pumped for new wave rockstar, Lil Uzi Vert, who cancelled last minute. Mod Sun took the place of Uzi's set on the Main Stage instead. I then made my way over to the Fifth Element Stage, which was a much longer hike this year, to see Denzel Curry's set. Denzel brought his wild energy with him for his 30 min slot. He was followed by Playboi Carti of A$AP MOB who has been gaining tons of buzz recently. I then found my way back to the main stage to see a living legend, Gucci Mane. Gucci Mane was in prison for a few years before coming out as a fit, new Gucci Mane who is once again on top of the rap game. Next, I ran back to the Fifth Element Stage to see Ty Dolla $ign and Thestand4rd. After their self titled debut album a few years back, Thestand4rd's members: Corbin, Allan Kingdom, Bobby Raps, and Psymun have been all focusing on their extremely successful solo careers. But they all came together for Soundset 2017 and killed it! From there, I sprinted back to the main stage for the headliner, La Flame himself, Travis Scott. When I got back during Lauren Hill's set we all saw a storm coming in on the radar and were a little scared he might be cut short. The rain came just as travis went on and later in the set even made for a rainbow over the crowd with a beautiful sunset. But, because of all the people being taken out of the crowd by security which caused over crowding in the pit, they only let a few photographers in at a time. They only let one group in before cutting the rest of us off, leaving us out of luck. But I managed to capture a few shots of him from the side. All in all it was a great day once again for all people who share the love of hip hop culture to come together and celebrate for one last time.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, that after along run, this is the last Soundest apparently:(
deM atlaS played a free show at Fulton Brewing last night. It was a beautiful night for some great music