Photos: SXSW 2018 – Day 2

Day 2 at SXSW 2018, and the pace picks up. More day parties! More official showcases!


Caitlyn Smith @ The Gatsby / Minnesota / Official Showcase
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Stella Donnelly @ Lustre Pearl / Australia / Day Party
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Nikki Lane @ The Gatsby / Tennessee / Official Showcase
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Bad Gyal @ The Main / Spain / Official Showcase
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WILSN @ Blackheart / Australia / Official Showcase
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Fatai @ Lustre Pearl / Australia / Day Party
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Lisa LeBlanc @ Bungalow / Canada / Official Showcase
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Jerry Williams @ Latitude 30 / England / Official Showcase
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Alex Rose @ Javelina / California / Official Showcase
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Megan Thee Stallion @ Karma Lounge / Texas / Official Showcase
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Nilufer Yanya @ Elysium / England / Official Showcase
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Helena Deland @ Bungalow / Canada / Official Showcase
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Photos: SXSW 2018 – Day 1

Another one in the can – SXSW 2018! Six solid days of music – Monday to Saturday – nonstop each day from noon until 2am. Over 2000 artists from around the world descended in Austin and spread out to over 100 venues – and those are just the official show cases in the evening. During the day, most of those performers plus many hundreds of others, also played at the numerous day parties sponsored by companies in the music industry.

In my ninth consecutive year, I saw 67 performances, took 10K+ photos and did 15 portraits with artists. Rather than one large post for the complete festival, this year’s expanded coverage will have a post for each of the six days. There will also be a seventh post of portraits taken during week. Let’s begin with Day 1 …


Jade Bird @ Vivo House / England / Day Party

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Noah Cyrus @ Vivo House / California / Day Party

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Katrina Cain of TOMKAT @ Sidewinder Inside / Texas / Official Showcase

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Claudine Meinhardt @ Cheers Shot Bar / Texas / Day Party

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Kaela Sinclair @ Sidewinder Inside / California / Official Showcase

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Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London / Giving SXSW Keynote Address

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Olivia Noelle @ Vivo House / New York / Day Party

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Jaimee Harris @ Hotel Vegas / Texas / Day Party

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Gemma Ray @ Barracuda Backyard / Germany / Official Showcase

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Pearl Earl @ Sidewinder Inside / Texas / Official Showcase

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Emma Elisabeth @ Barracuda Backyard / Germany / Official Showcase

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Alice Phoebe Lou @ Barracuda Backyard / Germany / Official Showcase

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Vita and the Woolf @ Pour Choices / Pennsylvania / Official Showcase

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Photos: AWOLNATION @ Showbox SODO

AWOLNATION @ Showbox SoDo, 3/9/18
Photos by John Rudolph


AWOLNATION

Hailing from LA, AWOLNATION headlined a sold-out show at Showbox SoDo. They are on a world tour supporting their third album, Here Come The Runts. The stage was very colorfully backlit which presented a very cool effect of the artists. AWOLNATION finished off the show with their song, “Sail.”


AWOLNATION

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Photos: ZZ Ward @ Showbox at the Market

LA-based ZZ Ward headlined at Showbox at the Market for what appeared to be a sold-out show. She’s on the road in support of her second studio album, The Storm. Armed with a guitar, harmonica and powerful vocals, ZZ and her three-member band rocked the venue for well over an hour. Austin duo Black Pistol Fire opened.


ZZ Ward


Black Pistol Fire

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Photos and Review: The Wailin’ Jennys @ Benaroya Hall

Winnipeg, Canada’s, The Wailin Jennys filled Benaroya Hall with their soaring angelic voices. I didn’t have a lot of experience with the Jennys until I saw the show. My wife, on the other hand, is a huge fan of their harmonies. Those who like Emmylou Harris, Sara Vonn, and Alison Krauss will love the Wailin Jennys.

Rare for live performances, the Jennys partnered with National Alliance of Mental Illness to bring awareness to mental illness and to remove the stigma. The Jennys announced their history of working with NAMI all over the US and Canada.

Another rarity and something worth noting was how Jennys thanked the entire Benaroya Hall crew by name. These talented women called out the names of those who helped them one by one. Of all the shows that I have seen, I have never seen that. Very refreshing indeed.

The crowd really loved the show. They loved it so much that they gave the Jennys two standing ovations.

The last song of the night was a traditional Irish song that the Jennys sang without mics or amplification of any kind. They still sounded incredible. They are truly talented and they should be high on your list of events in Seattle, or any town where you can see them.

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