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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.