Rene Lopez at Rockwood Music Hall 2/2/13

Rene Lopez‘s E.L.S. was ranked number 12 on this site’s Best of 2011 list, and it’s an album that has found its way in my regular rotation. And I suspect that it’s because E.L.S.’s sound reminds me of the summer streets of my hometown of Corona,  the nearby neighborhood of Jackson Heights, Spanish Harlem and of the South Bronx. 

Last week, Lopez and his backing band made a stop at Rockwood Music Hall but this time, he played new material – material that will appear on Lopez’s forthcoming, third album which should drop sometime this year. Based on what i heard Lopez do live, the new album may well be one of the most compelling and interesting releases of the year. In any case, i was there, along with renowned chef, Mario Batali apparently. Check out some photos from the show below …

For these photos and more from this great night of music, check out the Flickr set here: