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Bands in the Backyard: A Country Music Festival

As part of a story on the pot economy in Pueblo, Colorado for High Country News, I took pictures at Bands in the Backyard. Why? Well apparently it’s the only music festival in the country with a pot shop on-site. The organizer of the festival, Tommy Giodone, owns a marijuana dispensary and a small indoor grow, which he opened up to country music aficionados who grooved to names like Toby Keith and 38 Special.

It was quite the scene, with RVs lined up to camp and tailgate for the weekend, and tons of folks donning cowboy getup. And boy was it hot. I wish I had joined the fun on the giant blow-up water slide, but I made do by making a midday exit to a library to file photos instead.

Here are some frames that weren’t relevant to my marijuana story, but I liked all the same:

Kids keep cool on a blow-up waterside at Bands in the Backyard on June 19, 2015. Temperatures reached 100 degrees during the weekend.

Kids keep cool on a blow-up waterside at Bands in the Backyard on June 19, 2015. Temperatures reached 100 degrees during the weekend.

Josh Kennedy, 24, extracts a dart from a punctured beer can while playing "beer darts" in the campground at Bands in the Backyard on June 19, 2015.

Josh Kennedy, 24, extracts a dart from a punctured beer can while playing “beer darts” in the campground at Bands in the Backyard on June 19, 2015.

Festival-goers cool off while tailgating at Bands in the Backyard on June 19, 2015.

Festival-goers cool off while tailgating at Bands in the Backyard on June 19, 2015.

Joe Quesada and John Downey use binoculars to people watch and improve their view of the stage at Bands in the Backyard on June 19, 2015.

Joe Quesada and John Downey use binoculars to people watch and improve their view of the stage at Bands in the Backyard on June 19, 2015.

People scream while trying to catch merchandise thrown from a balcony by a festival sponsor at Bands in the Backyard on June 19, 2015.

People scream while trying to catch merchandise thrown from a balcony by a festival sponsor at Bands in the Backyard on June 19, 2015.

People enjoy and record videos of the music at Bands in the Backyard on June 19, 2015.

People enjoy and record videos of the music at Bands in the Backyard on June 19, 2015.

Hannah Duran and Tyler Moltrer play fight during Toby Keith's set at Bands in the Backyard on June 19, 2015.

Hannah Duran and Tyler Moltrer play fight during Toby Keith’s set at Bands in the Backyard on June 19, 2015.

CJ Andersen, 23, and Carissa Hiteshew, 20, kiss at Bands in the Backyard on June 19, 2015.

CJ Andersen and Carissa Hiteshew kiss at Bands in the Backyard on June 19, 2015.

Technicians adjust spotlights as the sun sets at Bands in the Backyard on June 19, 2015.

Technicians adjust spotlights as the sun sets at Bands in the Backyard on June 19, 2015.

 

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Memories from 2014

Like many people I looked back through all the pictures I’ve collected in 2014 and sifted and sorted to find photo’s that sparked a special memory or spoke to a new style. These aren’t necessarily my best pictures of 2014–although some of them are favorites–but they each tell a story.

They tell stories of courage, travels, new friends, exploration and beginnings.

Girls twirl in their wool polleras in the village of Perka, Peru on the shore of Lake Titicaca.

Girls twirl in their wool polleras in the village of Perka, Peru on the shore of Lake Titicaca on June 24, 2014. Each village or region has a different style, which is influenced by indigenous and Spanish colonial clothing.

Cahalen Morrison & Country Hammer perform on top of a haystack in Paonia, Colo.

Cahalen Morrison &; Country Hammer perform on top of a haystack in Paonia, Colo.

Fiery leaves rise above Aspens that have already shed their fronds on Kebler Pass in Colorado.

Fiery leaves rise above Aspens that have already shed their fronds on Kebler Pass in Colorado.

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Morgan Foster in the snow in Bellingham, Wash.

Steve capes a buck dear for a wall mount.

Steve Kossler capes a buck deer for a wall mount in Paonia, Colo. “Some people don’t like hunting,” he says. “but it’s just part of the West.”

Climbing trip in Indian Creek brings people out to crush cracks and get high.

Michelle Brugiere starts a climb in Indian Creek, Utah while Jeff Montgomery dons his festive pimp hat.

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Morgan Foster approaches South Six Shooter on the morning of March 28, 2014. South Six Shooter and North Six Shooter, in the background, are two solitary towers that stand northwest of the cragging buttresses in Indian Creek, Utah.

Brian Calvert searches for elk in the West Elks wilderness. This was the first time he has gone out hunting since childhood.

Brian Calvert rests while tracking elk in the West Elks Wilderness. This was the first time he has hunted since childhood.

On his 90th birthday, Gerald Warren reads The Economist. He reads the magazine cover to cover every time it arrives at his doorstep. When asked about what he read he says, "I don't remember, but I know it was good."

On his 90th birthday, Dec. 21, 2014, Gerald Warren reads The Economist. He reads the magazine cover to cover every time it arrives at his doorstep. When asked about what he read he says, “I don’t remember, but I know it was good.”

Victor Ayma Qoyso plays the harp. Brooke Warren 2014

Atop a mountain 13,000 feet above sea level near Maracuay, Peru, Victor Ayma Qoyso, 71, gently strums his harp and sings a high pitched melody in Quechua that extends across the hills. The harp came to the Andes of Peru during the Spanish colonization and has become part of the sound of the Andes.

Mil Tambores

A gathering of artists, spectators and musicians filled Altamirano Avenue in Valparaiso, Chile  on Oct. 6, 2013 to celebrate freedom of expression in public spaces. The festival was controversial due to the heaps of trash left by attendees the previous year. This year, organization of the event was kept secret until a week prior to discourage authorities from preventing its success.

An artists finishes up details on his human canvas at Mil Tambores 2013 in on Oct. 6 in Valparaiso, Chile. The event was an expression of freedom to use public spaces for art and cultural expression.

An artists finishes up details on his human canvas at Mil Tambores 2013 in on Oct. 6 in Valparaiso, Chile. The event was an expression of freedom to use public spaces for art and cultural expression.

A woman is painted at Mil Tambores 2013 in on Oct. 6 in Valparaiso, Chile. The event was an expression of freedom to use public spaces for art and cultural expression.

A woman is painted at Mil Tambores 2013 in on Oct. 6 in Valparaiso, Chile. The event was an expression of freedom to use public spaces for art and cultural expression.

A women searches through the trash at Mil Tambores to find salvageable items on Oct. 6, 2013 in Valparaiso, Chile. The time and date of the event was kept secret until a week prior this year to prevent being shut down by authorities due to the excessive amount of trash.

A women searches through the trash at Mil Tambores to find salvageable items on Oct. 6, 2013 in Valparaiso, Chile. The time and date of the event was kept secret until a week prior this year to prevent being shut down by authorities due to the excessive amount of trash.

A tambores group begins a beat at Mil Tambores 2013 in on Oct. 6 in Valparaiso, Chile. The event was an expression of freedom to use public spaces for art and cultural expression.

A tambores group begins a beat at Mil Tambores 2013 in on Oct. 6 in Valparaiso, Chile. The event was an expression of freedom to use public spaces for art and cultural expression.

A body painting model waits for her artist to finish his creation at Mil Tambores 2013 in on Oct. 6 in Valparaiso, Chile. The event was an expression of freedom to use public spaces for art and cultural expression.

A body painting model waits for her artist to finish his creation at Mil Tambores 2013 in on Oct. 6 in Valparaiso, Chile. The event was an expression of freedom to use public spaces for art and cultural expression.

Thousands of people arrive for the parade during Mil Tambores 2013 in on Oct. 6 in Valparaiso, Chile. The event was an expression of freedom to use public spaces for art and cultural expression.

Thousands of people arrive for the parade during Mil Tambores 2013 in on Oct. 6 in Valparaiso, Chile. The event was an expression of freedom to use public spaces for art and cultural expression.

Confetti litters the street at Mil Tambores 2013 in on Oct. 6 in Valparaiso, Chile. The event was an expression of freedom to use public spaces for art and cultural expression.

Confetti litters the street at Mil Tambores 2013 in on Oct. 6 in Valparaiso, Chile. The event was an expression of freedom to use public spaces for art and cultural expression.

Dancers of all styles performed at Mil Tambores 2013 in on Oct. 6 in Valparaiso, Chile. The event was an expression of freedom to use public spaces for art and cultural expression.

Dancers of all styles performed at Mil Tambores 2013 in on Oct. 6 in Valparaiso, Chile. The event was an expression of freedom to use public spaces for art and cultural expression.

People dealt with cold temperature and clouds to show of f their painted bodies at Mil Tambores 2013 in on Oct. 6 in Valparaiso, Chile. The event was an expression of freedom to use public spaces for art and cultural expression.

People dealt with cold temperature and clouds to show of f their painted bodies at Mil Tambores 2013 in on Oct. 6 in Valparaiso, Chile. The event was an expression of freedom to use public spaces for art and cultural expression.

A dancer in Caporales Reales Brillantes throws his hat in the air during the Mil Tambores parade that celebrated keeping public spaces free for artistic and cultural expression on Oct. 6, 2013 in Valparaiso, Chile. The dance group performs Andean and other Latin American dances.

A dancer in Caporales Reales Brillantes throws his hat in the air during the Mil Tambores parade that celebrated keeping public spaces free for artistic and cultural expression on Oct. 6, 2013 in Valparaiso, Chile. The dance group performs Andean and other Latin American dances.

 

Trap the music

Three DJ duos stood at the front of Glow, sharing the sound space to prompt people to dance. Neon lights bounced off the empty dance floor, until the music seeped under the growing crowd’s skin and they started to shake. Glow Nightclub came alive to the mix of techno and rap music, also know as trap music. People threw their arms in the air, feet shuffled on the floor, butts bounced. The trap music DJs were doing their job; playing the music they loved to get people pumped up.

This was the scene I walked into when I went to take photos for an article in Klipsun Magazine. It was fun to weave in and out of the dancing crowd, and get pictures behind the stage. I think I managed to get a wide variety of images, which is always something I strive for. What ended up being printed in the magazine was limited by page space, so here are some of my personal favorites from the shoot. Enjoy!

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(from left to right) Brittany Herring, Hana Nelson, Paula Roe and Brandon Davidson dance at the Run Tha Trap show on Jan. 31, 2013 at Glow Nightclub in Bellingham, Wash. DJs from Dropsquad, Blessed Coast Sound System and Storm and Trooper kept the music going for three hours.

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Jordan Pinney-Johnson, known as DJ Triple Crown, or Blessed Coast Sound System relaxes before playing his music at the Run Tha Trap show on Jan. 31, 2013 at Glow Nightclub in Bellingham, Wash.

Dancers move under flashing neon lights while DJs from Dropsquad, Blessed Coast Sound System and Storm and Trooper play their music at the Run Tha Trap show on Jan. 31, 2013 at Glow Nightclub in Bellingham, Wash.

Dancers move under flashing neon lights while DJs from Dropsquad, Blessed Coast Sound System and Storm and Trooper play their music at the Run Tha Trap show on Jan. 31, 2013 at Glow Nightclub in Bellingham, Wash.

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Jeremy Maxfield of trap music team Storm and Trooper makes music at the Run Tha Trap show on Jan. 31, 2013 at Glow Nightclub in Bellingham, Wash.

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Ryan Greigg, known as Ryan I, flicks on his lighter when he feels a good beat. “[It’s] to get people’s attention,” he said. Greigg is an artist for Blessed Coast Sound System.

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Spencer Bell, known as DJ Radical Kid, and Paco Mejino, known as Ca$h Bandicoot, pose for a portrait after they play their music at the Run Tha Trap show on Jan. 31, 2013 at Glow Nightclub in Bellingham, Wash.