The 10 Most Portrait Mode Worthy Moments at Smokin’ Grooves Festival

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Photo Credit: Joseph Baura

If you’re a purveyor of soul and R&B, then you’d probably agree that the Smokin’ Grooves lineup was one of the best you’ve ever seen. Held on Long Beach’s Queen Mary festival grounds on June 16, Smokin’ Grooves was one of the most jam-packed, high-vibe, one-day festivals we’ve had the pleasure of covering. 

In addition to legendary headliners Erykah Badu, Miguel, and The Roots, we spotted a plethora of Ones To Watch on the festival roster – in fact, we’ve hosted our own showcases with QUIÑ, Masego, Bruno Major, Brasstracks, and Arin Ray. Besides being major fans of so many of the featured artists, we are also major fans of a particular feature of the iPhone 10: PORTRAIT MODE. When it comes to on-the-spot festival coverage, there’s really nothing quite like it to produce quick, clear, and colorful photos.

So to give you a behind-the-scenes look at what was really going on backstage at Smokin’ Grooves, take a look at our top 10 portrait-mode moments below.


1. When it became clear that QUIÑ was simply destined for a ferris wheel photo shoot.

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2. Even Masego had to get in on it…

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3. When Masego pondered which instrument he should take up next…

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4. When we hinted that Xavier Omar should move to LA with a subtle palm tree pose.

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5. When Lion Babe proved that they should, indeed, be treated like fire.  

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6. When THEY. prepared to honor Father’s Day with a live performance of their recent “Pops.” 

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7. When Smino followed an insanely high-energy set with a few of his favorite vices. 

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8. When Sinead Harnett became the only lady who can look this fine sitting in front of a patch of dirt.

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9. When we found out that two crooning legends (Bruno Major & Jordan Rakei) are buddies. 

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10. When we discovered that Anderson .Paak’s true performance secret is double teabags.  

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