Category: Photo Diaries

A Magical Evening with Kali Uchis at The Ace of Spades

Photo Diaries March 10, 2018

(Photos taken & edited by Louis Cano)

(Written by Louis Cano)

As the lights dimmed down, the crowd knew it was time and began chanting Kali’s name. Everyone was already hyped up and ready thanks to El Tio, a nickname the crowd gave the DJ who opened up. Kali’s band started to come out one by one and that’s when she approached the stage in a retro/genie look, a mix between the 60s and “I Dream Of Jeannie”.

She opened up with “Speed” and man did her band go off. This year she has a new band on tour with her, Mike on the bass, Angélica on the guitar, Branden on the drums and Vicky on the keys. Last year she toured with Phony Ppl, not only as her band but as her openers as well.

The show was full of smiles, screams of excitement, and tears. Kali has such a magical presence on stage. Never a bad moment at a Kali show. No matter how much the crowd tends to get rowdy with the pushing, the moment she starts to perform, you forget about everything and lose yourself to the music.

When you go to a Kali show, prepare for a wig snatching (twitter lingo) because she KNOWS how to put on a show. Make sure to keep an eye out for more dates because I have a gut feeling that this is just the beginning of the many shows she’s about to do this year (aside from festivals).

 

A Lovely Valentine’s Day Spent With Cuco, The Marias, and August Eve

Photo Diaries February 25, 2018

(Photos taken by Kiara Morales & edited by Louis Cano)

(Written by Ashley Flamenco)

Cuco’s performance at the El Rey Theatre couldn’t have taken place on a more perfect day: Valentine’s Day. Regardless of whether people were with a date or a friend, love, joy, excitement, and energy were exuded by everyone in the room and you could feel it.

Not one moment of the entire show was boring because leading up to Cuco’s set were breathtaking performances by August Eve and The Marias. Prior to August’s performance, I had only heard of her and hadn’t yet listened to her, but during her set, she immediately blew me away with her soulful voice. I had recently become a fan of The Marias so I was incredibly excited to see them and I found that their psychedelic-pop music sounded even dreamier live. When people weren’t dancing or grooving to music, they were waiting in line to take photos in front of Cuco’s pink heart-filled backdrop or greeting artists in the crowd.

August Eve:

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The Marias:

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Later that night, the moment that everyone had been waiting for finally began: Cuco’s band appeared on stage and started off the set with “When We Meet” right before Cuco ran out onto the red glittery stage to join them for “Lonelylife.” A few songs later, Cuco pulled out his trumpet for the ending of “Lo Que Siento” and I had never seen a group of teenagers more excited. My favorite live song of the night was “Amor De Siempre,” it was his longest performance; midway through the song the band tricked us into believing it was over and waited until the entire crowd was calm and completely silent before abruptly resuming the chorus and getting everyone to jump again. Before saying goodbye, Cuco did his famous cover of “Devuelveme A Mi Chica” and everyone in the middle of the floor moshed to it. By the end of the night, everyone had screamed, cheered, and sang at the top of their lungs so much that our voices were practically gone but it was totally worth it.

Cuco and his band:

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This was a truly euphoric experience and definitely a Valentine’s Day well spent. Thank you to August Eve, The Marias, and Cuco!

Night On Broadway 2018

Photo Diaries February 7, 2018

(Photos by Araceli Almanza)

(Written by Ashley Flamenco)

Night On Broadway is an event that is hosted annually in one of the most lively places in LA — Downtown. Musicians and DJs from everywhere perform at the festival and due to the incredible diversity of the city, not only do you get to see artists share their music but you get to see them proudly sharing bits and pieces of their cultures. In addition to music, there were many art installations to look at in between sets and lots of good food to eat. Stage Confessions fortunately got the opportunity to photograph artists at the event such as La Santa Cecilia, who’s set was probably my favorite. Wearing a long beautiful green dress with a sparkly embroidered virgen on it, Marisol of La Santa Cecilia moved a crowd full of generations of families to tears; I saw so many lovely mothers and daughters holding each other. People of all ages and ethnicities from all over LA attended the festival where they got to see some of their favorite artists, new and old, and had the chance to come together as a community.

La Santa Cecilia:

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Jasper Bones:

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War:

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The Regrettes Live at The Levitt Pavilion

Photo Diaries July 30, 2017

(Photos by Leila Grillo)

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I’ve got…. pimples on my face
And grease in my hair
Prickly legs, go ahead and stare
An ass full of stretch marks and little boobs
A nice full belly that’s filled with food
Sometimes I’m pretty and sometimes I’m not
So let’s take a listen, hit me with your best shot

I don’t exercise and I don’t read books
So if you want to criticize me, go ahead, and take a look
Hey I’m not being bossy, I’m just saying how I feel
And I’m not a bitch for stating what is real
Sometimes I’m girly and sometimes I’m not
So let’s take a listen, hit me with your best shot

I bleed once a month
And sometimes when I shave I get little ass bumps
I wear short skirts and sometimes long pants
I can dress how I want, not looking for a show of hands
Sometimes I’m moody and sometimes I’m not

Sometimes I’m lazy and sometimes I’m not
Sometimes I’m crazy and sometimes I’m not
Sometimes I’m angry and sometimes I’m not
Sometimes I’m happy and sometimes I’m not

I’m still gonna be here even after your best shot
I’m still gonna be here even after your best shot
I’m still gonna be here even after your best shot

Because I can be brave well I can be bold
No matter what you have to say
I fall in love with people once a day
Oh, but if you ask me out, I’m still allowed to say no way

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