Quietdrive @ The Varsity Theater

Back in the day, Minneapolis-based Quietdrive traveled to Chicago all the time. We would see them live every few months, even did some promos with them (once at an ungodly 7am after a show the night before). Basically, they were no strangers to my camera.

But, as life happens, I’ve stopped shooting as much music work (instead focusing more on portraits and weddings), and Quietdrive has stopped visiting Chicago quite as often, so it’s been a while. However, they still put out music, and I still get excited about it. For the past several years, going to their annual holiday show has been on my to-do list, but winter travel and life kept getting in the way.

When I heard that the show this past December was going feature a reunion of old band members, that was it. There was no better time to commit to a road trip. So, road trip we did. And danced to old and new favorites we did. In a nutshell, it was amazing. There is nothing quite like music to instantaneously transport you to a different time. For that hour or so of set time, I felt 23 again. So, basicaly, thanks Quietdrive, for always being so great and welcoming, and for all the years of fun.

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Satellite @ Schubas

Satellite is a California band that, for as long as I’ve known of them, have mainly stuck to the West Coast, so when I found out that they were playing in Chicago, I was excited to see them touring. Add in the fact that they played with Paper Route, which is a band the hubby really enjoys, and we just HAD to go to the show. I think lots of other people felt the same way because the show was sold out and packed!

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Tall Animals @ The Vic

We heard about this show just a few hours before Tall Animals hit the stage in support of Lindsey Stirling.  Surprisingly, it was a rare free night, so we lucked out and were able to make it.

Tall Animals played a DJ set this night to get the crowd going, so it was a bit different from their standard fare, but it’s always wonderful to see these guys! ┬áHere are just a few of my favorites:

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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.

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