Antibalas played on Friday June 21 2019 at The Belly Up in Solana Beach California. This was the summer solstice and part of their 20 year anniversary. I spent time with the band backstage before heading out to join the crowd with my camera. I've been following this band for twenty years. Afrobeat music changed my life, and it continues to change lives as generations continue to evolve and discover the beauty that is afrobeat music. #deepundconditionallove. - Ryan
Gene Evaro Jr.
Gene Evaro Jr. and his band opened for Antibalas at The Belly Up on June 21st 2019. I managed to snap a couple pictures before heading backstage to photograph Antibalas. The band impressed the excited crowd and was a proper warm up for the dance party that ensued.
Dan Dimonte is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter located in San Diego. He goes by @funkynightnurse on Instagram. He actually moonlights as a traveling nurse when he is not performing or composing. Dan contains more musical prowess than his unassuming joyful demeanor may lead on, which may cause you to want a beer, which I asked for right before this shoot. While photographing Dan I got to know him and learned how talented he really is. He can play trumpet, piano, guitar, bass, and sing. I probably missed something. I should call him. Enjoy the photos. - Ryan