It's been a stellar year for live music in the D.C. area. Two days in particular will be remembered fondly by many concert-going Washingtonians: U2 graced us with their presence on September 29 (making many forget Lady Gaga was also performing in town that same night), while Virgin Mobile FreeFest hosted an incredible lineup on August 30 at no charge to the audience. But there were plenty of other great shows this year, and Metromix concert photographer Alfredo Flores offers his take on 2009's ten best concerts based on visual spectacle, stage presence, rapport with audience and, of course, their music.
Freelance music and entertainment reporter and photographer based in Washington, D.C. Has covered U2, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, Jay-Z, Black Eyed Peas, Outkast, 50 Cent, Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, Fall Out Boy, Flight of the Conchords, Blue Man Group, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jason Mraz, Pink, The Ting Tings, Franz Ferdinand, John Legend, Lil Wayne, Cypress Hill, Public Enemy, Juanes, Cafe Tacuba, Julieta Venegas, Calle 13, Fabulosos Cadillacs, Daddy Yankee, Chef Spike from TV's Top Chef, actor/musician Terrence Howard and director Darren Aronofsky, comedians Jim Gaffigan, Carlos Mencia and George Lopez, plays at DC's Gala Theater, sports athletes Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals and tennis star Anna Kournikova, and local DC artists like Nayas, Thievery Corporation and See-I. Current clients include Washington City Paper, On Tap magazine, Washington Post Express, Brightest Young Things, and Washington Times, and takes photos for NBC 4 Washington's NiteSide, CBS WUSA 9's D.C. Metromix, Washington Life magazine, DC Modern Luxury Magazine and CW 50's TrenDC. Graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, Bachelor of Journalism Magna Cum Laude 2001.