Live Concert Photography: OkayAfrica and Image Nation Present: Black Coffee with DJ Spoko at SummerStage Rumsey Playfield 6/15/14

I’ve been adhering to social distancing guidelines and quarantines as much as humanly possible over the past six months or so. And as I’ve mentioned countless times before, my time in the outside world has been fairly limited: the supermarket, the pharmacy, the post office and the occasional walk for exercise and photos. And thanks to outdoor dining and drinking, i’ve gone out for drinks and meals on a handful of occasions. But for the most part, my time — and my mind — have been focused on work. 

Over the course of this site’s ten year history, I’ve managed to develop a deep archive of unedited photos. Throughout much of this site’s history, I’ve balanced my work with JOVM with working full-time, corporate jobs in book publishing as an Editorial Assistant and Acquisitions Editor. So my daily life involved at least two hours of commuting back and forth a day; eight hours of work a day; then commuting to a show maybe three or four days a week depending on the week and what I had going on for work. Add actually working on the blog and maybe occasionally wanting a social and romantic life and sometimes there just wasn’t enough time in my day to do everything I needed or wanted to do. Because of COVID-19 lockdowns and limited options, I have nothing but time, so there are a lot of late night photo editing sessions.

Sadly, much of this work going through photos has managed to be an uncomfortable reminder of the some of the things I’ve loved so much — and won’t get back for the foreseeable future, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the fucking idiots, who won’t put something on their goddamn faces. So one more time, in case you didn’t understand: PUT SOMETHING OVER YOUR FUCKING FACE WHEN YOU GO OUTSIDE TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19!

As I’ve been going through my files and various hard drives, I’ve dug deep into my files. I recently came across a bunch of photos from shows back in 2014 — including this one: OkayPlayer and Image Nation presents Black Coffee and DJ Spoko (who tragically died at the age of 35 a couple of years ago) at SummerStage Rumsey Playfield in June 2014. While featuring two of the dopest DJs on the planet, the show also celebrated the 20th anniversary of the multi-cultural, truly free South Africa and OkayAfrica’s 15th anniversary. Of course, going through these photos reminded me of how much I miss catching live music outdoors. So, if you’re out in public: PUT A COVERING OVER YOUR FUCKING FACE WHENEVER YOU’RE IN PUBLIC AND CAN’T SOCIALLY DISTANCE — AND WASH YOUR GODDAMN HANDS, YOU FUCKING SELFISH PRICKS. 

Check out some photos from the show below.

Black Coffee

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DJ Spoko

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For these photos and more, check out the Flickr set here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmQAiQJ8