The Avett Brothers @ DAR

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 18th, 2011: Hot off their performance with Mumford & Sons and Bob Dylan at the Grammy Awards, The Avett Brothers perform in front of a sold out crowd at DAR Constitution Hall. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post)

All due respect to these guys, but you’d be hard pressed to find a hotter band out there right now than The Avett Brothers. Hot off of last week’s appearance at the Grammy’s performing with Mumford & Sons and Bob Dylan, the North Carolina natives stormed into town and whipped a sold out crowd at DAR Constitution Hall into an absolute frenzy.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 18th, 2011: Hot off their performance with Mumford & Sons and Bob Dylan at the Grammy Awards, The Avett Brothers perform in front of a sold out crowd at DAR Constitution Hall. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post)

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 18th, 2011: Hot off their performance with Mumford & Sons and Bob Dylan at the Grammy Awards, The Avett Brothers perform in front of a sold out crowd at DAR Constitution Hall. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post)

Shooting conditions were the normal for DAR; first three songs and access to the aisles. Lighting was better than we usually get, mostly due to the spotlight shining in from above the soundboard. Unfortunately there was only one, so generally one band member was lit while the others were shrouded in darkness. It also led to some harsh shadows on the band’s faces. That said, I LOVED the band’s giant, striped backdrop which gave all the photos some great background contrast, especially on the tight shots.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 18th, 2011: Hot off their performance with Mumford & Sons and Bob Dylan at the Grammy Awards, The Avett Brothers perform in front of a sold out crowd at DAR Constitution Hall. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post)

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 18th, 2011: Hot off their performance with Mumford & Sons and Bob Dylan at the Grammy Awards, The Avett Brothers perform in front of a sold out crowd at DAR Constitution Hall. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post)

Scott and Seth Avett started the show in the center of the stage, sharing the spotlight (literally) while singing an acoustic duet. Song two saw both of them strapping on instruments and playing with the rest of the band while Seth retreated behind his piano for song three. Seth was mostly in the background and not lit very well, hence most of the photos here of Scott.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 18th, 2011: Hot off their performance with Mumford & Sons and Bob Dylan at the Grammy Awards, The Avett Brothers perform in front of a sold out crowd at DAR Constitution Hall. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post)

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 18th, 2011: Hot off their performance with Mumford & Sons and Bob Dylan at the Grammy Awards, The Avett Brothers perform in front of a sold out crowd at DAR Constitution Hall. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post)

Overall I really enjoyed this assignment and would jump at the chance to shoot these guys again. Check out the full photo set below. Click on any of the photos above or in the below slideshow to order a print to hang on your walls!


Avett Brothers @ DAR – Images by Kyle Gustafson

2 Responses to “The Avett Brothers @ DAR”

  1. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Kyle Gustafson, Kyle Sheldon. Kyle Sheldon said: Sick! RT @kgustafson: Photos: The #Avett Brothers in concert @ DAR Hall in DC http://wp.me/pXFB0-DG (cc @KCity65 @kylesheldon) [...]

  2. Hey Kyle these are great shots. I bet it was great to work with an amazing background like you had here…good work!!

    Marlon.

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