Tall Animals @ House of Blues

You might recognize a few of these guys from my many photos of The Dog & Everything and Last Fast Action. But, since those pictures, they’ve changed it up 100%: they put down the guitar, tossed out the bass, and lost the drums. As Tall Animals, they are focusing on upbeat, danceable electronica. It’s quite a shift, but it’s great seeing something so inspired. Plus, it’s super easy to dance to.

Check out Tall Animals on Facebook, iTunes, or in real life at the annual Fall Formal on November 24th.


Quietdrive @ Mojoe’s

Because of my crazy wedding photography schedule during the summer months, it’s rare that I’m able to find time to see concerts during that time. However, when I heard that Quietdrive was coming back to town, I cleared my schedule for a precious free night of fun. Old friends and one of my favorite bands to photograph, they never disappoint. In fact, the whole night was worth it just for their cover of Brittany’s “Toxic” (complete with violin, of course). The rest of the set was just an amazing bonus.


Ha Ha Tonka @ Sausage Fest

We were already planning to go to Sausage Fest to hang out with friends and to see Company of Thieves, but when we saw that Ha Ha Tonka was playing, the day got even better.

Even though I feel like they’re part of the Chicago scene, they originally hail from the Ozarks, which helps provide Ha Ha Tonka with their unique sound that never gets old. Fabulous performers, I feel like their show is always different… even after we’ve seen them dozens (?) of times. You can tell that they’re a band that doesn’t play because it’s a job, but because they truly love music.

Also, a little bit of trivia…they were on No Reservations (with Anthony Bourdain) a while back. For a girl who has a husband who is a foodie, that is some major cool points.