Janelle Monae @ SXSW

AUSTIN, TX - March 18th: Janelle Monae performs material from her album The Archandroid at the Atlantic Records showcase at La Zona Rosa as part of the 2011 South by Southwest Festival. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson) (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post)

Not sure what more I can say about Janelle Monae at this point. She’s a total superstar and I jump at any and all chances I have at shooting her. She is by far the most photogenic artist I’ve ever had the pleasure of shooting and I look forward to the stage in her career when she has decent lighting for her shows!

AUSTIN, TX - March 18th: Janelle Monae performs material from her album The Archandroid at the Atlantic Records showcase at La Zona Rosa as part of the 2011 South by Southwest Festival. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson) (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post)

AUSTIN, TX - March 18th: Janelle Monae performs material from her album The Archandroid at the Atlantic Records showcase at La Zona Rosa as part of the 2011 South by Southwest Festival. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson) (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post)

Janelle was drafted in at the last minute as a replacement headliner for the Atlantic Records showcase at La Zona Rosa and did the same show I’ve seen her do four times now.  And that is by no means a bad thing. I’ve long said her three song suite of “Dance or Die,” “Faster” and “Locked Inside” is as strong a show opener as I’ve seen. And it makes for incredible photos.

AUSTIN, TX - March 18th: Janelle Monae performs material from her album The Archandroid at the Atlantic Records showcase at La Zona Rosa as part of the 2011 South by Southwest Festival. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson) (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post)

AUSTIN, TX - March 18th: Janelle Monae performs material from her album The Archandroid at the Atlantic Records showcase at La Zona Rosa as part of the 2011 South by Southwest Festival. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson) (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post)

AUSTIN, TX - March 18th: Janelle Monae performs material from her album The Archandroid at the Atlantic Records showcase at La Zona Rosa as part of the 2011 South by Southwest Festival. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson) (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post)

For some reason security decided that those songs counted as one song so we got a total of five songs in the pit, a nice little bonus. Although I went a little overboard filling up two 8 GB Cf cards.

AUSTIN, TX - March 18th: Janelle Monae performs material from her album The Archandroid at the Atlantic Records showcase at La Zona Rosa as part of the 2011 South by Southwest Festival. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson) (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post)

AUSTIN, TX - March 18th: Janelle Monae performs material from her album The Archandroid at the Atlantic Records showcase at La Zona Rosa as part of the 2011 South by Southwest Festival. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson) (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post)

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Janelle Monae @ SXSW – Images by Kyle Gustafson

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