Wallows in Chicago

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Words & Photos by: Ava Butera || IG: _avabutera

Last Wednesday, May 15th, was a temperate and quaint day – the perfect day to see a Wallows show. As I approached Metro, I was impressed by the line wrapping around the block – showing how dedicated Wallows fans truly were. Once I finally entered the venue, I immediately ran to the photo pit to shoot and watch the opener’s set, Joy Again. The punk-influenced band played a decently long set showcasing their quick under two minute songs and infectious instrumentation.


After their set commenced, the crowd (and myself) eagerly awaited Wallows’ big return to Chicago. Having seen them a year prior at Lollapalooza, the same band that only had one EP and a few singles out at the time of playing, had a massive turnout and was definitely one of the hottest acts of the festival season. At 8:45 sharp, the lights dimmed and the crowd erupted. One by one, the band entered the stage – guitarist Braeden Lemasters, drummer Cole Preston, and lead singer Dylan Minnette. The band instantly began their set by opening with the dancey “Treacherous Doctor”, the catchy “Pulling Leaves Off Trees”, and “Sidelines” from their debut album, Nothing Happens. For the duration of the set, I couldn’t help but dance along and scream lyrics to some of my favorite songs of theirs including “Scrawny”, “Underneath the Streetlights in the Winter Outside Your House”, and “Pictures of Girls”, to name a few.

Kris Fuentes Cortes was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts with a passion for music, an urge to learn, and a spirit to explore. In 2011, Kris moved to the city of Chicago and resides there. Kris's entire life started to change back in 2010 when she started to photograph concerts. Since then she has photographed numerous shows, music festivals, has interviewed several artists, written show reviews/ CD reviews, branding and marketing, and has worked on music marketing campaigns. She is also an active volunteer with both Hope For The Day and for These Things Foundation. Kris hope to dives deeper into her photography while giving back as much as possible.