Our music journalist, Jessica Waffles, photographed hundreds of musicians around North Texas this year. Last week, we shared her favorite photos capturing moves on stage. This week, we have some of her favorite portraits.
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1. Gabriel Parker
Arlington band Artemis Funk performed in front of the DREAM installation as part of the Takeout Tuesday series put on by Downtown Arlington. The contrast of Parker and the art installation across a cloudless sky made this photo a standout among the year.
2. Vaden Todd Lewis (Toadies)
Getting to take photos of the Toadies at Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival in May was a rite of passage as a Dallas music photographer. The festival was a highlight of the year, showcasing over 30 music & performing artists.
3. Julien Larios and Allie Crownover
The Dallas Pride Music Festival was a flurry of color, joy and freedom. Thousands of people gathered to support the spirit of the occasion, many taking the opportunity to dress up in their most colorful outfits, wear all kinds of LGBTQ+ flags as capes while walking around and braving the Texas heat.
4. Ducado VeGA
Deep Ellum 100 hosted their celebration for the 150th anniversary of the Deep Ellum neighborhood, which included a performance by grant winner Ducado VeGa. The special night had many of my personal favorites of the year, though the colors and expression in this one felt like it stood out.
5. Mike Snider
AllGood Cafe owner Mike Snider is a pillar in the Dallas music community. AllGood Cafe in Deep Ellum is known for hosting talented local musicians on their indoor stage, coupled with the sights and smells of their Southern-style menu that includes the “World’s Best” Chicken-Fried Steak, a savory meatloaf, smothered pork chop, biscuits and gravy, and Tex-Mex dishes.
6. Jade Nickol
Jade Nickol let me witness a vulnerable performance of her song “Bumps in the Night” shortly after the passing of her partner and fellow musician Droo D’Anna. Her courage has been a testament to the strong young woman she is, and this photo makes me remember the little joys in life – like cuddling your fur baby.
7. Candace Garza
Getting to attend Denton’s She Rock event that put women-led bands center stage was a delightful change to the typical pace of the male-dominated music industry. Dream Place from San Antonio was my favorite new experience, electrifying my inner self with the need to dance. Watching the video in the article still gives me chills.
8. Jack Barksdale
Jack Barksdale made his headlining debut at The Kessler Theater this year, adding another notch in this young artist’s belt. It was a celebration for the release of his debut full-length album, Death of a Hummingbird. This portrait is the first I’ve snagged in an off-the-stage setting, in the balcony seating of The Kessler.
9. Kelsi Kee
Young East Dallas artist Kelsi Kee has the voice of an angel. This photo was taken during a live session video for KXT, in front of bassist Patrick Smith’s dreamcatcher collection. This stripped-down video recording features an unreleased song called “Desert Me.”
10. Jenna Clark
Jenna Clark’s smile is infectious when she shares her stories on stage between her poignant lyricism in her songs. In this photo she’s performing at AllGood Cafe in a song swap with Sean Foster.
Jessica Waffles is a freelance photographer/videographer and regular contributor to KXT.
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