This year, we’re looking back at the photos taken by our music journalist Jessica Waffles. Below, you’ll find her selected top photos of 2022 in the category of “Movement.” Check back next week for another set of photos.
1. Phantomelo at ’til Midnight at the Nasher
Phantomelo’s Panda Cuena is a joy to watch every time she displays her dynamic musical talent and energy on stage. Of course, she delivered her signature high pony tail hair flips at ’til Midnight at the Nasher in May.
2. Battle Grounds at Ruins
Battle Grounds – 1 vs 1 Open Styles and Breaking Battles was the most movement-focused event I covered this year. Every performer brought the gas, but this photo of Lex Groove topped the stack.
3. Glitter EP-release party at Vector Brewing
Glitter’s seasoned professionalism and experience on stage can be felt in her performance, as she rips through guitar solos and creates an energy that fills the room. She finished the set strong with her guitar raised above her head and standing on her amp.
4. Chilldren of Indigo live for Deep Ellum 100 recording at Trees
Jo Indigo’s leadership of Chilldren of Indigo is as iconic as it is deep. This fearless frontman holds the audience’s attention with words and stage presence as one of DFW’s most conscious songwriters.
5. Jake Quillin at Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival
One of Dallas’ best-kept treasures is Patrick Smith’s illustrious hair flips. In this photo we see him perform with Jake Quillin, one of the many bands he makes better with his high-energy stage presence.
6. Beyond the Surface with Dana Harper
Dana Harper collaborated with B.MOORE DANCE to celebrate the power of women at Turner House in Oak Cliff. The singer encouraged embracing dance, embracing expression and invited attendees to dance together at the end of the show.
7. Plano AsiaFest ’22
Victoria Wong and Emma Yang performed a Mongolian Flower Dance at Plano AsaiFest in May. It gave me the opportunity to capture some of my favorite photos of the year involving movement, showcasing traditional and modern Asian music and dance.
8. “The Last Stand” at Lola’s Saloon
Matt Mabe is a drumming staple in the community, and I’m thrilled any chance I get to see him energetically rock out behind the kit. This photo shows the elusive clear drummer shot, as Mabe played with Arenda Light for the last show ever at Lola’s on 7th Street before the big move in May.
9. Os Malandros De Mestre Touro at Brass and Jazz in the Park
Brass and Jazz in the Park presented by the AT&T Performing Arts Center was held at Jaycee Zaragoza Park, celebrating culture and sound. Os Malandros De Mestre Touro is an entity which trains young and adult folk of the “Underserved Communities” in the art of “CAPOEIRA ANGOLA de SAO BENTO GRANDE” with the intention of perpetuating the art in those communities.
10. Averi Burk at Will Rogers for Amplify 817 Showcase
Seeing Averi Burk in action for the first time at the Amplify 817 Showcase will live on in my memory for the way she captivates an audience and has them in the palm of her hand. Her thoughtful set created a flowing energy that was mirrored in her movement.
Jessica Waffles is a freelance photographer/videographer and regular contributor to KXT.
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