I don't exactly remember the first time that I met Natalie Kardos, but I remember the second. We were in the Atari Lounge at the Casbah and we got to talking, hitting it off as friends right away. She was in grad school but had an interest in photography. She quickly became one of my favorite photographers in the music scene.
When we found ourselves with photo passes for a free Flaming Lips show, I felt we'd struck gold, legitimizing bloggers and photographers as an integral part of the music scene. As we jockeyed with other photographers for position, we saw that famous inflatable ball and lined up stage left so the ball would pass directly overhead with Wayne Coyne inside, and she captured the best photos of that day that I saw.
Over the years, Natalie has shot hundreds of bands and is now a contributing photographer for Pitchfork. While I'm so happy for Natalie that she's found new happiness and will be moving to Seattle, it is also with sadness that we will say goodbye as she has been a great friend and such a massive supporter and proponent of San Diego's music scene.
You can say goodbye at the Casbah on Wednesday with a great lineup including Kalashnikov My Wife, a band featuring Natalie and Petro Halcowycz of Swim Party, among others. If you're in a local band, now is your chance to thank Natalie for her contributions. Or if you're not, it is going to be a great festive night at the Casbah anyway, so celebrate the vibrancy that exists in this city because of people like Natalie.
Wednesday, August 1:
Natalie Kardos' (aka It's Too Sunny Out Here) farewell party featuring Tyler Lyle, Dawn Mitschele, the Local Strangers, Kalashnikov My Wife @ Casbah
Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Batwings, the Junk Poets @ Soda Bar
Magner's San Diego Music Showcase with Inspired Flight, Kevin Martin Band, Italian Japanese @ Belly Up
Cogito, Blac Jesus & the Experimentalists @ Tin Can