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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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Biking in the Snow

Soft flakes were falling from the sky. The gentle beauty of the fluffy snow shone in stark contrast to knobby tires ripping through the mud, metal frames flying over dirt jumps and brakes squealing to a stop.

A few weekends ago I ripped down Galbraith Mountain with WWU’s Mountain Biking club on a photoshoot for Klipsun magazine. Originally the article I was photographing featured the team in the context of biking up hills. What I found while photographing is that biking uphill for this group of mountain bikers was not so common. But they sure found creative ways to fly down!

As stories go, it changed, and the photos I took were not used. (The focus of the story is now on cycling.) But the experience was still fun and it gave me the opportunity to experiment with weather-proofing my camera. Here are some of the action shots that tell the story of a photographer and some bikers in gnarly weather. Enjoy!

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Members of the Western Washington University Mountain Biking Club roll through a sprinkling of snow before riding down the Unemployment Line on Galbraith Mountain.

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Kristian Duft, president of the Western Washington University Mountain Biking Club, gains speed for a jump on Jan. 27, 2013 on the Unemployment Line at Galbraith Mountain in Bellingham, Wash. He tries to get out on the trails every week rain or shine, and even if it’s snowing.

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Kristian Duft, president of the Western Washington University Mountain Biking Club, is spattered with mud while riding on Galbraith Mountain.

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Nick Turczyn runs his bike back up a hill to ride over a jump on the Atomic Dog trail on Galbraith Mountain.

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Forrest Gale does a wall ride on a rock feature near the bottom of the Atomic Dog trail at Galbraith Mountain on Jan. 27, 2013.

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Nicholas Blair, Zach Cohen, Nick Turczyn and Forrest Gale watch at Kristian Duft flies over a jump on Galbraith Mountain.

Bluegrass in Paradise

Wet weather didn’t prevent festival-goers from enjoying the folk tunes at Bluegrass in Paradise on July 14 and 15. The bluegrass festival had bands like David Grisman and The Infamous Stringdusters playing banjos and mandolins for the audience that grooved despite the rain. Here are some photos from the weekend:

The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience performs at the Crested Butte Bluegrass Festival, Bluegrass in Paradise.

Umbrellas speckled the hill where spectators sat while listening to Bluegrass music.

Jill Jordan, Keegan Jordan, Tessa Hilleman and Gillian Jordan danced in the rain together at Bluegrass in Paradise.

 

Shane Stroud and Dean Mellott enjoy the view of paradise at Bluegrass in Paradise in Crested Butte, Colorado.