From the grieving fans and scores of media that visited Paisley Park upon hearing the news, to the massive crowds that filled Downtown Minneapolis outside First Avenue in the evening, the day of Prince's death was one of the most powerful days I've covered as a photographer.Read More
Another year, another great weekend of shows at First Ave for The Current's anniversary. As always The Current puts together a lineup that really hits a huge range of genres, but it all comes together as a solid cohesive show. Friday night's lineup started with young and incredibly talented John Mark Nelson, followed by the soulful blues of Chastity Brown The show highlight was the Twin Cities Funk and Soul All-Stars, bringing great vocalists from the 70s to the stage like The Valdons. Friday was capped off with the hard rocking 4 On The Floor. The second night was solid as well, with the all female hip-hop crew The Chalice starting things off strong, before Now, Now took control of the stage. Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum lead an emotional acoustic set, before the Saturday night headliners, Cloud Cult came out rocking, playing a set full of their most popular songs. As always First Ave was just a great venue for both the crowd and the bands.
It was a busy, but great weekend. After kicking off with Wits on Friday night, Saturday night was the second night of the hugely anticipated Doomtree Blowout 8 at First Ave. I was bummed to have missed the Friday night kickoff, but figured by Saturday the crew would just be on a roll on the 2nd of their three night stand in the main room. After a song or two, Dessa sat down on the side of the stage to break some sad news to the crowd – Stef (P.O.S) was not going to be performing. He had played his heart out the night before, and while backstage before the show had begun to feel particularly ill. Stef's battle with kidney failure has been public since early this fall, and so the crowd reacted with pure support rather than disappointment. P.O.S's absence was clearly felt as the start of the show was a little rough, but the crew pushed through, leaning heavily on the crowd to help carry some of P.O.S's songs. Andrea Swensson wrote great review of the whole show on The Local Current Blog. The fact the show rallied into the high-intensity show we expect from Doomtree is really a testament to the support of the crowd and the strength of Doomtree's members.