This being included in coverage from this past summer is as much of a surprise to me as it is to you reading. After Newport Folk it came to light that I knew who to contact for a pass, thanks Meghan, and I had a free place to stay, big time thanks to Jillian and her boyfriend Will. It was a matter of how much would the plane ticket cost. With the go ahead from Lauren, while at a concert I bought a round trip ticket 10 days before hand and just had a blast in Golden Gate Park. While I didn't see as many bands as I do at a regular festival, it was amazing. This was also my first taste of West Coast live music and boy did it not disappoint. I'm still pinching myself that this took place. Also for the record this is as much a food and wine festival as it is a music festival. It's truly astounding. If you can make it out to this festival next year, just do it. Enjoy the highlights.
My second straight year at the world famous Newport Folk Festival was just as amazing as the year before. While the line up didn't blow me away as it was rolled out this year, it turned out to be a pretty perfect line up. There were a couple of tributes to music legends Bill Withers and the late Chuck Berry, as well as a set of protest music by a treasure trove of artists. The weather held out and everyone and their mother came to end the show with John Prine, including special guests Roger Waters and Lucius. This festival is a can't miss affair every year. Highlights from the weekend below.
Sometimes you just want to try new things and this summer I was able to do just that. I had never flown anywhere to see music and my first entry into that was to to go to Chicago in mid-July for Pitchfork Music Festival. They let the photographers do their thing, without much oversight, but it was weird going in pretty much blind to a festival. Some cancellations and weird photo rules took place, which screwed some coverage up, but overall it was a fantastic weekend. My wonderful photog-friend Sarah put me up for the weekend and we proceeded to have a blast. Unfortunately my train ride back to Albany was less than stellar, but hey it happens. Here are a batch of highlights from Pitchfork.
I'm lucky to know some great people who help take care of the press at festivals and shows in general and Big Hassle Media are among the best in the business. I was planning on getting married the weekend before Bonnaroo, which happened and was glorious, and it was never for certain I was going to be able to go cover the festival, but they gave me the ok, as did my new wife, and down I went to the farm. It was an interesting year with the introduction of an EDM-only stage, but attendance was up from 2016 and the weather was perfect. Here are a bunch of highlights from another great Bonnaroo
Memorial Day weekend is my favorite weekend of the year for one reason, it signals the beginning of music festival season. The last three years this has meant being in Boston for the Boston Calling Music Festival and this year was no different. The team at 44 Communications and Crash Line Productions know how to treat the press right, which is why it's always a wonderful gathering of friends each year. The photographers I get the privilege of sharing the weekend with is always fantastic and brings a smile to my face knowing everyone who is going to be there. The move from City Hall Plaza to Harvard's Athletic Complex it took a day to get used to the new grounds, but the festival went off without a hitch. Here are some highlights of the weekend.