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Best of the Year: Top 12 Photos of 2023 by Steve

Best of the Year: Top 12 Photos of 2023 by Steve
Joss Stone performs at Warner Theatre in DC on August 25, 2023. (Photo by Steve Satzberg)

This was my first year shooting for Parklife DC, and it’s been a blast. I started at the end of April, shooting Langhorne Slim and John Craigie at The Birchmere. Since then, I’ve shot 40-some shows at 20-some different venues for Parklife — from cozy clubs like Songbyrd Music House and DC9 to Capital One and CFG Bank Arenas, and even Pink at Nationals Stadium.

I don’t normally write reviews, but I was asked to write a few words about my “Top 10” photos from 2023. I found it very difficult to get down to 10, so here are 12 of my personal favorite photos of the year.

1 – Langhorne Slim and John Craigie @ The Birchmere — 4/20/23

Satzberg Photography-JB8A5866This one captures a joyful moment from that first show, with Langhorne Slim and John Craigie. I’m happy if I can make you feel what it’s like to be in the audience at a show. I’m even happier if I can get you to feel what it’s like to be onstage. This one made me very happy.

2 – Marcus Miller @ Rams Head on Stage — 6/10/23

Satzberg Photography-JB8A3543This is Marcus Miller at Rams Head Onstage in Annapolis. One of the greatest bass players the world has ever seen, having a great time and putting on a great show. I’ve seen him play before, but this was my first time shooting one of his shows.

3 – Joey Harkum Band @ 9:30 Club — 5/4/23

Satzberg Photography-JB8A1902Charles Kavoossi, playing guitar for Joey Harkum at the 9:30 Club. This was Charles’s first time playing the 9:30, and he seemed extra-inspired by the occasion. As the year has gone on, I’ve been trying to find more pictures to release in black & white. I love the way this one turned out.

4 – Brandi Carlile @ Wolf Trap — 6/25/23

Satzberg Photography-GV5A5725Another b&w photo — this one of Brandi Carlile — from the Out & About Festival at Wolf Trap this Summer. Really one of my favorite musical experiences of the year. She’s an amazing performer, and very photogenic.

5 – Emily Wolfe @ Rams Head Live! — 5/17/23

Satzberg Photography-GV5A4113This is Emily Wolfe, opening The Gaslight Anthem at Rams Head Live! in Baltimore. Maybe my favorite picture of the whole year. You know when you go to a concert, and you’re blown away by an opener you’ve never heard of? That was Emily. I think this photo captures some of the intensity of her live performance.

6 – Melt @ 9:30 Club — 10/14/23

Satzberg Photography-JB8A9485This is Melt’s Big Ron, working the audience at the 9:30 Club. They work very hard to establish a personal connection to their fans, and I think you can feel that connection in this shot.

7 – Matt and Kim @ The Atlantis — 9/22/23

Satzberg Photography-JB8A8569This Matt and Kim show at The Atlantis was a party – like a cross between a music concert and a minor-league baseball game. There was something going on at all times. And so much energy from just two people! Definitely a fun time. I hope I captured some of that fun in this shot.

8 – Joss Stone @ Warner Theatre — 8/25/23

Satzberg Photography-JB8A6470Joss Stone at the Warner Theatre. Pretty sure I’ve had more people tell me they love this picture than anything else I’ve taken all year. Honestly, I had a difficult time choosing my favorite shot from this show, but I’ll listen to the crowd on this one.

9 – Jason Mraz @ Wolf Trap — 8/6/23

Satzberg Photography-JB8A5340This is Chaska Potter, from Jason Mraz’s band, at Wolf Trap. Just a very cool moment from that concert. Lost in the music

10 – SG Goodman @ Wolf Trap — 8/2/23

Satzberg Photography-JB8A5029SG Goodman, opening Jason Isbell at Wolf Trap, looking very spooky. I really liked the mood captured in this picture.

11 – Dashboard Confessional @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 7/12/23

Satzberg Photography-JB8A4677If the Emily Wolfe photo isn’t my favorite, this is. Dashboard Confessional opened Counting Crowes at Merriweather Post, and I just love the theatrical expanse of this shot.

12 – Annapolis Songwriters Festival @ Annapolis, MD — 9/14-9/17/23

Satzberg Photography-GV5A9969This is Tianna Esperanza, captured in a quiet moment at the Annapolis Songwriters Festival. A simple silhouette, very peaceful.

That’s it! I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at some of my favorite shots from 2023. Let me know which one is your favorite. This last year has been a lot of fun for me, and I’m looking forward to what 2024 will bring.


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