Featured Artists: Anna Palmerola, Artofficial, Chantil Dukart, Chase the Jaguar, JT4, Locos Por Juana, Suenalo, Indie Music Showcase
We enter the summertime season in Miami where it’s always hot and healthy dash of humidity. Musically, the music scene continued to shine through and heat up with some amazing talent. During the month, I had gotten to meet a few new performers and artists who were at the beginning of their respective musical journey. But in the same month, I had the opportunity to be at the debut performance of a brand new band on the scene. While continued cultivating relationships by photographing repeated artists.
New Artists I Photographed
INDIE MUSIC SHOWCASE
Right around the midpoint of June, I was invited to attend an event featuring independent artists who are looking to carve their mark in the music industry. The event was called the Indie Music Showcase hosted by World Standard Audio and the affair took place at Fusion Lounge in Hialeah, FL. Prior to the musical performances of the young upstarts, there was a Q&A session with three veteran panelists of the music industry.
Each industry leader offered insight, sage advice and honesty about the how to succeed in the music industry. The quote of the night came from one of the judges who asked the question, paraphrasing, “Who do you want to speak to with your music? The people in your neighborhood or the world?” That question alone resonated with me even to this today, since I have taken that question and have applied to my photography. The simple question has become very motivating and inspiring to me.
I was recommended to see, hear and photograph Chantil Dukart approximately two months ago from Suenalo vocalist Mish Elle. She advised me to see Dukart’s performance and raved over her talent. Her words were right on point because when I finally caught Dukart performing at the Lilt Lounge in Brickell (a section of Miami), I was completely blown away. I’ve admitted this to Dukart herself and others, just how in love I am with her voice.
Vocally, she is mesmerizing and commands attention in a very alluring way. She is more of a finesse singer as oppose to a powerful, right in your face vocalist. Using a baseball reference, her vocals is similar to a pitcher throwing off-speed pitches (curveball, slider, screwball, etc) to strike out a batter. In comparison to a power pitcher throwing nothing but fastballs down the middle of the plate like Nolan Ryan or Randy Johnson. The beautiful thing about Dukart’s singing is the soulfulness she exudes when she does sing a song. From now until my dying day, I would pay good money to watch Dukart ANYWHERE in the world.
CHASE THE JAGUAR
In late May I met for the first time the members of the band Chase the Jaguar. Approximately two weeks later, I was there in South Beach photographing the band’s first performance at the Sweet Liberty Drinks and Supply Company. I was happy to be there and photographically document a band’s first steps in a city’s music scene. I have stated previously just how much I enjoy their music and love the sound they produce. I would have the pleasure of covering them several more times throughout the year.
JT4 stands for the Juan Turros 4, a jazz combo group led by saxophonist extraordinaire, Juan Turros. He’s mainly known for playing saxophone for Suenalo. However, the JT4 is his side project playing jazz music around South Florida at such places like Sunset Tavern and Jada Coles. Even though he and his combo are playing jazz, they don’t just play traditional jazz standards like “Night and Day” or “When Sunny Gets Blue”, etc. No, they’ll take a popular song like Britney Spears’ “Toxic” and jazz it up. His group does such a fantastic job with the arrangements to those recognizable pop songs. In addition, the musicians that support Turros doing those shows are some of the best of the best.
Repeated Artists I Photographed
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed photographing Miss Palmerola in 2016 because I’ve seen her improve time and time again. This go around, I had photographed her at World of Beer in Dadeland (a suburb of Miami) for an acoustic set of cover songs with guitarist Jay Orriols. Palmerola is such a dynamic singer and extremely versatile because if you have the chance to hear her sing jazz, you won’t be disappointed.
I first got the chance to cover Artofficial when they performed at the inaugural Ball and Chain Music Festival in 2015. What’s so impressive about the ensemble is the combined fusion of jazz, rap and hip-hop music. It had been close to a year since I last photographed the ensemble. This time around they were performing at Bougainvillea’s Old Florida Tavern, aka Bougies Bar for short, in South Miami just minutes from the University of Miami. The group’s sound is funky, eclectic and very groovy. The crowd’s that attend their shows will indeed dance and groove along with the songs. Currently, Artofficial has a residence every Thursday night at Bougies Bar as part of the “Living Room Sessions”.
LOCOS POR JUANA and SUENALO
Shortly after the beginning of June, a block party was held at an abandoned parking lot in a section of Miami called Bayside. The block party was held just steps in front of the American Airlines Arena where the Miami Heat play. The crowd that attended the affair saw both Suenalo and Locos Por Juana perform on stage. While at the party, there were food trucks, some vendors and air hockey tables for people to play.
Right at the end of May, Suenalo had a farewell concert at Ball and Chain for its front man Amin De Jesus. But this was technically his last scheduled show with the group prior to moving to Los Angeles later in the month. Locos Por Juana took to the stage shortly thereafter Suenalo, they got the crowd dancing and were left begging for more
Locos Por Juana