DC Jazz Festival: The Roots at Kastles Stadium

When it was announced that The Roots were coming to Kastles Stadium this summer I immediately went in to “fingers crossed mode” that I’d get the call from the team and be invited down to cover the show.  A few weeks before the concert the email came through and I did my best not to squeal in delight.  Concert photography has been something I loved doing and wanted to do again but just never had the chance.  Until now 🙂

Snarky Puppy opened the show (blog post on them coming soon) and before long Kastles Stadium found itself near capacity as fans filled in the court waiting.  Having never seen them live before I was told, by multiple people, that their shows were some of the best around.  From the moment The Roots hit the stage they didn’t disappoint.  From beginning to end DC was “alive” as one post concert tweet pointed out.

This was an odd show in that the band only allowed three minutes to shoot from the front of the stage, where most bands have a three song rule.  I was lucky enough to find myself on the side of the stage and captured some stunning shots which I otherwise wouldn’t normally get.  This show renewed my quest to do more concerts in the near future, and I hope there are a lot more like this down on the waterfront at Kastles Stadium.