Dessa is a proud representative of Doomtree, the hip-hop collective located in Minneapolis, and she represented the group quite well as part of her concert at Saturn Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama on June 20th. A good crowd gathered to see the rapper, who got her start in poetry, take the stage and flow on the mic. Backed by her band, which featured the members of MONAKR, Jonathan Marks, Matthew Santos, and Saahm Hagshenas, along with Kara Laudon, Dessa definitely left a mark on the Magic City with cuts from her recently released album, "Chime" along with selections from her back catalog.
This was my first concert to shoot after an extended lull, and it was a blast getting to photograph Dessa in this setting. It was also great to be able to do some pre-show portraits with her and her band members earlier in the evening. It has been a while since I've been able to do that, and I do always enjoy getting to do non-performance shots for bands coming through Birmingham. I've included a couple of those shots below along with some of the concert shots.
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