My idea of vacation is hitting the road with dear friends, with good music, and snapping lots of photos along the way. I joined Tommy Guerrero & El Diablitos on a quick lil' Cali music tour a week ago which was just what the doctor ordered. I also used the tour as an excuse to try out some new gear... I rented the Sony a7S with the FE 28-70mm lens which was a lot of fun. Nice to trade in my heavy photo gear for something lighter and more compact. I was also interested in seeing how the high ISO capabilities on the Sony measured up in the low light situations I knew I'd be finding myself in. Pretty good overall. Anway... here's a few snaps to share!
First stop: Leo's Music Club in Oakland. Great crowd, fun night!
Tommy Guerrero/guitar, Josh Lippi/bass, Chuck Treece/drums, Marc Capelle/trumpet, and Matt Rodriguez/percussion
Next stop: The Mercury Lounge in Goleta/Santa Barbara. Such a sweet little venue... and great to see so many cherised old friends from my SB skater girl days!
L-R: Tommy Guerrero/guitar, Josh Lippi/bass, Chuck Treece/drums, Tony Guerrero/guitar/El Diablitos, and Pam Flores/vocals/El Diablitos
We made a stop in LA on our way south to meet up with long time KCRW DJ, Garth Trinidad, at the historic Pann's Diner on La Tijera
Next stop: San Diego at the Lafayette Hotel...
Josh Lippi is the master of giving 110% and also knowing when to capitalize on those rare chill moments in between the hustle. The true sign of a road veteran!
Sound check provided some impromptu noodling under the historic clam shell
Note: When you need the floor tom lifted, paint cans do the trick!Triple camera selfie action (can you find all three?)Great to see some legends come out to the show!
L-R: Chuck Treece, Tommy Guerrero, Steve Caballero, and photographer Grant Brittain
Last show of the trip was in Venice Beach at the Townhouse Speakeasy. Tony Guerrero/El Diablitos slayed the crowd with his heavy surf guitar sounds...
Master of beats, Fredo Ortiz (of Beastie Boys fame), added some beautiful percussive elements to Tommy's set
And lastly, it was nice to catch a little porch time with skate legend, Natas Kaupas, on our way home