Jonny Craig sure stays busy. Despite a roaring entrance with Slaves, the former Dance Gavin Dance and Emarosa member recently released The Blueprint for Going in Circles, a collaborative album with Kyle Lucas and Captain Midnite, on Jan. 27 and is currently on tour supporting it. Dates below.

Our own photographer Brooke Long caught up with the man for some portraits celebrating the release. She recounts the encounter:

I showed up early, and there was a small but excited group of people hanging out while locals performed. People were talking about Jonny Craig’s newest project, The Blueprint For Going In Circles; I could hear it as I was hanging in the back waiting for Jonny’s set time. Then I heard: “What’s up? We doing these pics or what?” It was Jonny Craig, chilling on a bar stool.

I walked up and introduced myself. He put his hand on my head and was like, “I”ll get you those pics when I’m done doing my thing on stage. Sorry if I’m all sweaty for the shots.” Super cool and down to earth dude. He got up on stage and brought an amazing show for an adoring group of fans. His new project, featuring Kyle Lucas, has brought soul and hip-hop together, and it’s an awesome mix.

After his set, Jonny made sure he made time to say hey to every fan in the club. After he signed the last autograph, he came up to me and said, “Let’s do this, girl.” There was a cool lounge area with big red couches and a graffitied bar. He sat down in the middle of the couch and gave me one of my favorite portrait shoots of my career. After the shoot was done, he gave me a hug and a high five. I loved working with Jonny, and his down-to-earth personality is as honest on the stage as it is off it.

Shot on location at The Empire in Springfield, VA.

View the full set on Flickr »

Tour Dates

Jan 29 The Barbary Philadelphia, PA
Jan 30 Brighton Music Hall Boston, MA
Jan 31 Marlin Room at Webster Hall New York, NY
Feb 02 Studio at Waiting Room Buffalo, NY
Feb 03 Smiling Moose Pittsburgh, PA
Feb 04 The Basement Columbus, OH
Feb 05 Pike Room Pontiac, MI
Feb 06 Emerson Theatre Indianapolis, IN
Feb 07 Bottom lounge Chicago, IL
Feb 08 Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN
Feb 10 THE FIREBIRD St Louis, MO
Feb 12 Marquis Theater Denver, CO
Feb 13 In The Venue Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 14 The Boardwalk w/ KYLE LUCAS Sacramento, CA