BEAR CREEK 2010!!! If the line up for the music alone isn’t enough to drag you out to the Bear Creek Music Festival this year, the breath taking atmosphere of the Suwanee Music Park should! The leaves will be very colorful, and I’m sure the weather will be perfect and ideal for camping!! This year Bear Creek is featuring over 50 artists, from near and afar! The genres and types of artists to be found here are all across the charts.. ranging from melodic jam, to reggae, to the inevitable womp of late night dubstep echoing through the campgrounds. This will be my first time attending the Suwanee Music Park, and the Bear Creek Music Festival!! From what I’ve heard throughout the years, this isn’t a festival to write off! Hopefully if this is proven to be true, the Bear Creek Music Festival will find it’s humble spot on my roster of must hit festivals every summer! We shall see! Please check back into the Z-Stream for photos and information regarding the festivities!!!
Complete Line-Up and more detailed information regarding the festival can be found via their website.
Not only was it a great excuse to travel to my home state of Florida, but it was also my BIRTHDAY WEEKEND! That’s right, a quarter life crisis and a few summers later, this young man (hey, 27 isn’t THAT old!) happened to find himself milling around the beach and snapping photos in front of some of the nations most respected acts. For those of you who have not had the pleasure of attending a music festival on the beach, no need to worry. Apparently Pensacola has created quite the opportunity to do so. According to what I’ve been told, and with the apparent success of the festival, it seems quite obvious that the city would plan on keeping this around for several more years. I’ll be brutally honest, this isn’t the type of ‘festival’ esque event I’d usually attend.. and paying for a hotel nearby seemed ridiculously out of the question for a brother on a budget. Luckily, there were plenty of places to camp within’ a few miles. Pay sites inside of a state park and free spots on the beach. For the price of the festival, and the distance from Atlanta, I’d be highly tempted to include this into the yearly agenda. Being the first year of the festival, I can imagine that there is only room for improvement.
Plenty of vendors and informational tents were set up and scattered throughout the event, one of the only tents I actually found myself spending time at was the Gulf Coast Recovery Fund information tent.
“Our mission is to engage government, academia, non-profit organizations, and private-sector companies to develop a sustainable strategy and assist in providing economic stability for the entire region with an emphasis on the protection and restoration of coastal ecosystems. By bringing together these stakeholders, we can develop the key elements to provide long-term safety and viability of the region, while promoting resource conversation and a clean energy economy.
The Gulf Recovery Fund will invest in the most promising projects from entities that focus on research, development, and deployment of cleaner energy technologies and alternative fuel sources. The Fund will also focus on long-term sustainable initiatives to restore the Gulf Coast ecosystem. Education and awareness will serve as the cornerstone for the Gulf Recovery Fund’s objectives.”
It’s ideas like this that will actually do this planet some incredible favors I’d like to believe.
It was an honor and a privilege to photograph many of these artists! From reggae riddim, to southern rock, this festival featured some flavors for everyone to indulge and enjoy. .. And if that wasn’t enough, the sand underneath your feet and the cool salty breeze flowing in from the Gulf of Mexico could brighten even the most bi-polar schizophrenics day. No jokes here, I’m pretty sure it’s a standard policy of mine to visit at least one beach festival a year. Pensacola, I’m relying on you to keep this festival around and healthy for the next several years!!! There is only room for improvement and growth! Fair warning to anyone attending next year, the parking situation was pretty ridiculous. Anywhere within a quarter mile or so of the entrance gate was charging $20 a car! Three days of this can add up rather quickly! Plan ahead, take the De Luna trolley bus, ($10, travels across the bridge to the beach, and into town) or do yourself a favor and catch a cab. Enough rambling about this very incredible birthday weekend! On with the photos! Special thanks goto Jade at IdeaWorks, her boyfriend isn’t half that bad of a fellow either.. just ask her
I wasn’t kidding, the festival is held right there on Pensacola Beach!! As if the music wasn’t enough to get you out of the house!
Tan ladies and the refreshing sea breeze may be enough for some people to attend! I sure realized how much I missed the beach when I arrived to Pensacola! No doubt about that!
Can’t forget about the life guards holding it down! I didn’t see any drunks dive head first into the water personally, but I’m quite sure these guys earned their pay throughout the weekend!
RIDICULOUS! There was a small toll to venture out onto the pier, and without a doubt it was entirely worth it! Forever I Love Florida. Photos like this are priceless.
GET READY FOR 311!
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS
Galactic played this year at De Luna as well!
De Luna also featured many other artists I personally was not too interested in photographing. There was everything from Southern Rock to Soulful Jazz. I should have stuck around to take advantage of the opportunity to photograph the man himself, Willy Nelson. Road trips some time require early departures from desirable locations though, so I humbly walked away from De Luna without photos of Willy on my flash card. I’m sure we’ll cross paths again though..
All in all, De Luna Fest was a success, for me anyways. In my mind, I’ve experienced intense moments of awe, as well as the hard realization that I am one year older, with many more ahead of me. I am truly starting to understand what keeps my drive going and the passion alive inside of my heart. It would be foolish to forget about my beginnings as a young child wandering around aimlessly at shows with the sole intent of enjoying what inspired my thoughts and growth as a confused, young punk. This was one of the most wholesome opportunities I’ve ever had to bring that back into my life.. i.e. kind of like the smile I’d get from the one shot out of 20 I took that is just oh so perfect. Thank you De Luna Festival, I will keep my eye on you.
More photos from the festival can be found in the Z-Folio section of the website!
Click line up to enlarge!
And to make the occasion that much more incredible, it’s happening to fall on my birthday weekend! I’m a Florida boy, so any excuse to visit the beach is usually the correct one! Photos on the way!
August 21st, Downtown Champaign Illinois. This arts and crafts fair showcased artists near and afar. Everything from local musicians to beautiful belly dancers could be found here, I just so happened to focus on the lovely ladies more so than any other performance that day. Can you blame me?
More photos and information about these lovely ladies can be found at their website. Trikhala Dancers
Taken at the Masquerade. Strange Daze Music Festival 8/15/10
4th Ward Heroes and Team Luis present “ON THE ROAD” A benefit show to support touring bands.
Special thanks to Haya from baumandbloom.com for letting me come out and snap some photos!
First up, Moon Light Bride from Chattanooga Tennesee.. YeeHawww!
Moon Light Bride
It’s official, I can honestly say I’ve seen The Wailers too many times to keep count. Once on the beach in Panama City Florida, (yes, sandy feet on the beach + The Wailers is a great combination) and an excess amount of times since I was a pubescent teen. I mean, for crying out loud this is my third time this year watching this legendary group perform in the state of Georgia. Thanks to The Wailers, I have discovered some local talent that goes by the name of I-Tegrity. Pumpin’ reggae riddim’ backed by soulful lyrics with a twist of passion seems to work for these folks fairly well. If you have not heard of this band, please do yourself a favor and visit their myspace page. Kudos go to Lion Thomas for helping a brother out when he could use it!
The Wailers line up usually changes from tour to tour, but the spirit of Bob Marley always shines brightly when they pass through your city. Not once have I been disappointed with any of their performances. The line up for this tour featured Al Anderson and Junior Marvin. Please visit these wiki links if you are unfamiliar with these two very respected gentlemen! It was an honor and a pleasure to photograph these legends on stage! If you have not had the opportunity to attend a Wailers show, they are playing in Orlando Florida tomorrow. (Well, today technically) Get in your hoopty and make it happen! I can’t emphasize how much of a great time was had by all! Onward with the photos!
Can I get an amen?! This venue is unlike any other venue you’d regularly catch a show at. If you find yourself saving your date from tripping over the roaming chickens don’t worry, you’re not alone. There is also a small pond that snuggs up to the venue which is a much needed retreat for the ducks that inhabit the land as well. Must I say any more?? This kind of venue is it’s own private oasis inside of the city. No jokes, the only real reminder of your location is the sound of the MARTA trains rattling on by in the distance. The Hearth is associated with the Lake Claire Land Trusts which owns a sizeable chunk of land in the neighbourhood, and it appears as of late they’ve decided to host more events. Freedom Fest will be going on May 21st and May 22nd at the Land Trusts. Do yourself a favour and make sure to attend.
Here are some photos from the event, first up Mike-E.P.
PROSEED INTO THE FUTURE – 2010
Happy Birthday Maria! Ain’t nothing like Cinco De Mayo and a birthday celebration all wrapped up together as a great excuse to get drunk. Bring out your hoola hoops ladies and gentlemen, this wasn’t your typical birthday party. Three bands blessed the stage this night. Big ups to the bass player from The Ruination for throwing two free tickets to The Wailers my way. (May 14th @ Wild Bills in Duluth) Make sure to visit the zstream on a regular basis for more fresh and funky flicks from all over the planet, and stay tuned for tomorrow night at The Hearth!
Ms. Maria, The Birthday Girl!