At about 12:24 pm on Saturday Oct 24th while making food and having a rough start to the day, my great friend Evan Riley bombarded my phone asking me to call him. And when I did, he asked me to come with him to his show that night and photograph his performance. Little did I know that I would also be getting all access to one of the most historic music venues in Philadelphia: The Electric Factory.
We entered through the back and immediately were shown to Evans “dressing room” and afterwards we took a walk around the backstage area. There was a really cool lounge and lots of artwork.
After playing some pool, eating the Tostitos & Salsa that he humorously requested, and chatting with the backstage crew (who were really nice people), it was time for Evan to hit the stage. At this point in time, Dan, Joe, and Alana (Nero) were at Electric Factory. Walking past these grammy awarded individuals and pretending like I wasn’t extremely excited to even be near them was difficult. But, I stayed out of their way. I figure that being backstage is the only time they can feel relaxed and not feel like they are on the spotlight, so I respected that. Fortunately, I ended up meeting Joe later on after their show. A HUGE thank you to Evan Riley for giving me this opportunity. I had a really good night and I look forward to further watching him grow as an artist.