A Look Back on 2016: March

Featured Artists: 30Vice, Anna Palmerola, Carly Jo Jackson, OIGO, Performers from Carnaval On The Mile and my Mum!

My third article focusing on the third month of 2016 was special one for me because my goal and passion of being the best music photographer I can be was reinforced tenfold. I was able to photograph some mind-blowing talent from the Carnaval On The Mile Festival in Coral Gables. I had the good fortune of taking images of repeated performers around the greater Miami area. Plus, I’ve included a special gallery of images of my mother. Grant it she’s not a performer but I wanted to include her anyway.


As stated previously, in the month of March, I had photographed solo artists and groups such as 30Vice, Anna Palmerola, OIGO and Carly Jo Jackson. It was such a privilege witnessing their musical evolution throughout this specific month. 30Vice, for example, had become such a perfectly polished band and the wood shedding they’ve done collectively was beginning to pay off. Nowadays, the gigs they’re doing are of better quality and are being seen by the right influencers for them. 

Anna Palmerola and Carly Jo Jackson

These two ladies are particularly special to me in my photographic evolution because of the numerous times I’ve photographed their respective performances. At the present time of this article, I’ve been there to photograph Palmerola 13 times (there is a 14th time but I have yet to post-process the photos, I do have a backlog of images by the way) and Jackson a grand total of 19 times. I’ve heard from numerous people about the importance of building and cultivating relationships with your client base. That concept couldn’t be further from the truth. I do have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for those ladies. I’m proud of both of them and am excited to see what 2017 hold for them.


I’ve known Adrian Gonzalez for the work he’s done with Suenalo. I was pleasantly surprised of his solo project called OIGO. The thing I admire most about Gonzalez is the musical talent he possesses, from his musical arrangements to his acumen on both the keyboards and guitar. He’s a true gentleman and when I was reviewing the images for this article, it dawned on me that we kind of resemble one another. I’ll let you be the judge. I’ve photographed him numerous times throughout 2016 both with Suenalo and with OIGO. I’m excited to capture more images of this impressive musical talent.

Carnaval On The Mile

I had such a blast photographing the performers at the annual Carnaval On The Mile Festival in Coral Gables, FL. Due to a prior commitment, I was able to capture the last three acts on the first day in front of the Heineken Stage. But I was able to be there all day Sunday to photograph the rest of the musical acts. There are two other stages placed at opposite ends of the famed “Miracle Mile” in Coral Gables but the Heineken Stage was set at the halfway point of the street. 

During that day and a half, the performances that stood out in my mind were: La Santa Cecilia, Raquel Sofia and Con Brio

La Santa Cecilia made the trip from my hometown of Los Angeles to the festival and they stole the show. The ensemble was absolutely mesmerizing with their songs and musicianship. Their musical vibe was soulful and passionate and very easy to groove to. The song that got me hooked as a fan was their bilingual version of The Beatles classic “Strawberry Fields Forever”. Their arrangement of that masterpiece made an immense impression on me and I mentioned that to them afterwards.

Raquel Sofia has an infectious personality and smile that can light up any venue in the world. The thing that strikes me most about Sofia is the relationship she has with her fans. In the handful of times I’ve photographed her, fanatics of Sofia’s music goes bonkers the moment she starts singing. You can hear the people sing along with her songs verbatim and generates such a loud pop from the crowd after every song. One of my goals for 2017 is to photograph one of her performances in her beloved Puerto Rico.

Con Brio is a San Francisco-based band with such personality and musical strength. I was happy to see the band during that weekend for two reasons: 1.) They were from California – my home state and 2.) they were all very personable and easy to talk to. The seven-member ensemble crushed their respective sets on the two days of the festival. Floridians got a taste of a band whose musical influences include Sly and the Family Stone. The band tours all over the world as well as the northern half of California.

Other Notable Performers:

Brendan O'Hara

Shamarr Allen


On a personal note, I included a short gallery of my Mum because I wanted to showcase her. We frequently go out on lunch dates and I do bring along my camera much to her dismay. At the time of those images, I had purchased the Sony RX100 mark 1 and I was getting acquainted with the camera. Over the length of the year, that little camera has come up HUGE! I can’t get enough of this camera and there have been times where I’ve only used that camera in lieu of my regular DSLR, the Canon 450D (Rebel XSi).

The month of April will be the point of focus for tomorrow’s article. But enjoy the images from March 2016!

A Look Back on 2016: January

Over the next 12 days I’ll be showcasing some of my favorite images of 2016. Each day, I’ll be featuring a specific month with a few of my personal favorite photographs. I’m excited about these next series of blogposts as my plan to execute more postings on my website for the coming year. I have a schedule in mind for the blog and what postings will be going on what day. So now, here are some of my personal favorite images from the month of January.


Featured Artists: The Baboons, Electric Kif and Suenalo

The Baboons

2016 began for me photographing The Baboons in Hollywood, FL at ArtsPark. The venue was spacious and the stage was equally as vast with top-notch lighting. The Baboons performed there shortly after the New Year and it was nice reuniting with the band since I last saw them in October 2015. I remember the group being excited about the show and even more ecstatic at the fact their third album, Spanglish, was set to be released in April. They had a special concert at the North Beach Bandshell to celebrate the release of the new album.

The Baboons have been around for 23 years and have been a mainstay in the Miami Music Scene for many years. The band nowadays do not perform quite as often but when they do, it is a special event I admit. I’m excited to see what 2017 has in store for The Baboons.

Electric Kif

Later in the month I jumped at the opportunity of photographing Electric Kif at Jada Coles in Coral Gables, FL. The foursome of world class musicians had made a huge impression on me when I last photographed them during Labor Day Weekend in September 2015 as part of the inaugural Ball and Chain Music Festival. This specific performance was extra special because only three of the members did the gig. Jason Matthews, keyboardist, was not in attendance (I believe he was out of town doing another show) but Digo, bassist, Eric Escanes, guitarist, and Armando Lopez, drummer, carried on with the show.

The group got by with a little help from their friends as the show was transformed into a good ol’ jam session. Such notable musicians that jammed with Electric Kif were Alejandro Elizondo (guitars and keyboards), Brian Lange (drums and percussion), Marcel Salas (bassist and guitars), Sonny East (guitars) and Adrian Gonzalez (guitars). It was a great night of music held in a very intimate atmosphere. I have thoroughly enjoyed not only photographing the band but also listening to them. The Miami Music Circuit (and the South Florida Music scene for that matter) has an ungodly number of phenomenal, mind-blowing musicians and the men that comprise Electric Kif are at the top. A NEW album is due out soon and I can’t wait to photograph them again.


The day before I photographed The Baboons in Hollywood, I began 2016 photographing Suenalo, an ensemble I hold dear to my heart. The group played at the world-famous Ball and Chain on January 1st and the show was high energy all the way. Suenalo, in its illustrious career, has been named Miami’s Best Band three times by the Miami New Times and for good reason: It’s all about that “Afro-latin, hip-hop, R&B, baby-making funk” which personifies Miami. 

I’m going off script for a moment, my favorite Suenalo song is “Keep It Groovin’”, the title track of their fourth album. It is such awesome composition and is a certified crowd favorite when they do perform it live. By the way, my second favorite song is “Kuchi”, the seventh song off their third album, “Live at Transit”. However, out of the four albums, Live at Transit, is my personal favorite.

I can proudly say that I’ve been photographing the ensemble for over a year (I’ve been living in Miami for two years btw) and ALL of them are quality people. I did photograph them five more times during 2016. Half way through the year a big change happened to the band when their front man Amin De Jesus moved out west to my home state of California. However, “The Prodigal Son” will be returning to Miami and join his bandmates on December 30th live at The Wynwood Yard. That’s going to be a very special concert and I can’t wait.

So January 2016 started off well thank God. But that would only be the beginning my friends. Tomorrow, I’ll be displaying my favorite images from the month of February. My year in review will culminate on January 1st just as the new year begins.