THE BLACK KEYS ENTHRALL CONCERTGOERS IN CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY

Words & Photos by Steve Cerf

August 5, 2022

Hailing from Akron, Ohio, guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney of The Black Keys took center stage in Camden, NJ. Their group began as an underground indie\garage rock band up until the release of 2010’s Brothers, the album bringing them to very sudden commercial success and 3 Grammy awards. Supporting their “Dropout Boogie Tour," the duo opened their set with “I Got Mine” and closed their 22-set list with “Lonely Boy.” They had the whole venue dancing & singing along from start to finish. Dan’s tenacious guitar riffs and Patrick’s thumping rhythm made for a rich combination.


Opening the show was Ceramic Animal, a local band out of Doylestown, Pa, and a mere dozen miles from my home. The band put on a solid 25-minute performance and exhibited a lot of promise. An upcoming group you want to keep on your radar.

SETLIST

1. I Got Mine 2. Howlin' for You 3. Fever 4. Tighten Up 5. Your Touch 6. It Ain′t Over 7. Gold on the Ceiling 8. Stay All Night (Junior Kimbrough cover) 9. Poor Black Mattie (R.L. Burnside cover) 10. Goin' Down South (R.L. Burnside cover) 11. Busted 12. Crawlin' Kingsnake (John Lee Hooker cover) 13. Have Love, Will Travel (Richard Berry cover) 14. Lo/Hi 15. Everlasting Light 16. Next Girl 17. Ten Cent Pistol 18. Your Team Is Looking Good 19. Wild Child 20. She's Long Gone 21. Little Black Submarines 22. Lonely Boy "

THE BLACK KEYS

CERAMIC ANIMAL

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My name is Steve Cerf and concert photography is my passion. I got into concert photography after seeing a young Freddy Mercury mesmerize his audience at the Philadelphia Civic Center back in 1977. Since then, I have photographed countless live performances of all kinds. Located in Philadelphia, my ability to experience the show and a performer’s essence and “sweat” is what I incorporate into my images.

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