From the moment the music began the room started churning, mixing familiar faces with unfamiliar friends to create an air of acceptance and understanding. Elbows, chests, fists, and voices all working together to express grievances both current and long forgotten. I saw love, and it was aggressive.
This was my first year getting to see what this "Eaux Claires" Festival thing was all about. I have to say that this festival was definitly the best experiences I have ever had at a music festival. I do not listen to a majority of the bands who played however the experience was unforgettable. Leading up to the festival I worked for local Eau Claire merch company Ambient Inks on the some visual projects to release merch designs. Once at the festival I did coverage of the overall Ambient operations for future marketing and planing for next year. These are not all of my festival photos, however these images are photos of the people and the bands that made this festival one of the most memorable experiences of my life.
I am so thankful to have meet Aaron Telitz a few years back. I reached out to Aaron asking if I could check out a race sometime to take some pictures. He had some good news saying he had one that weekend in Elkhart Lake WI and it was going to be a big one. It was my first experience photographing this type of event and I am hooked! Aaron has won back to back races at Road America and has inspired me to head out next year for the full weekend.
Born on the banks of the Mississippi river, Lee’s family later moved to Minneapolis. Following the death of his father in a motorcycle accident when he was 12, Frankie immersed himself in the city’s music scene, appearing onstage with local heroes Slim Dunlap (The Replacements) and Curtiss A at the impressionable age of 14. After inheriting records and instruments from his father’s collection, Lee was – as he sees it – “taught to play guitar by a ghost”. He continues, “I was raised on stage. These guys would bring me into the clubs, sit me behind the soundboard and give me all the coca cola I could drink until they’d call me up for a song or two at the end of the night.”
This was my first year attending Country Fest. I was supposed to photograph the full festival but ended up having to leave early. However my first day was a blast! The stage had amazing production and the after party's were a lot of fun. It was great to see a lot of people I know as well as documenting some of there fest experience. These are photos from the Dierks Bentley show and the Yellow Bar party.