Red Wing Roots IV

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Front CountrybsomeIMG_7808bsomeIMG_7812bsomeIMG_7833bsomeIMG_7841bsomeIMG_7909

Sierra HullbsomeIMG_7888bsomeIMG_7898bsomeIMG_7908bsomeIMG_7889bsomeIMG_7915bsomeIMG_7918bsomeIMG_7922bsomeIMG_8182Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens
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Jarekus SingletonbsomeIMG_8421bsomeIMG_8437bsomeIMG_8463bsomeIMG_8495bsomeIMG_8529bsomeIMG_8535bsomeIMG_8548bsomeIMG_8515bsomeIMG_8521bsomeIMG_8478

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Day 2

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Dom Flemons Trio
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Chris SmitherbsomeIMG_8891bsomeIMG_8899bsomeIMG_8900bsomeIMG_8896bsomeIMG_8902bsomeimg_8947bsomeimg_8950bsomeimg_8954bsomeimg_8958bsomeimg_8959bsomeimg_9012bsomeimg_8969bsomeimg_9687bsomeimg_9016bsomeimg_9017bsomeimg_8922bsomeimg_9685bsomeimg_8910bsomeimg_8907bsomeimg_8917bsomeimg_8934bsomeimg_8941bsomeimg_8944bsomeimg_9007bsomeimg_8973

Walking Roots Bandbsomeimg_8977bsomeimg_8982bsomeimg_8985bsomeimg_8986bsomeimg_8995bsomeimg_8968bsomeimg_9197bsomeimg_9026bsomeimg_9214bsomeimg_9208bsomeimg_9033bsomeimg_9052bsomeimg_9064bsomeimg_9062bsomeimg_9044bsomeimg_9046

Drew Holcomb
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The Steel Wheelsbsomeimg_9227bsomeimg_9229bsomeimg_9239bsomeimg_9246bsomeimg_9248bsomeimg_9250bsomeimg_9233bsomeimg_9334bsomeimg_9272bwbsomeimg_9276bsomeimg_9304bsomeimg_9296bsomeimg_9344bsomeimg_9387bsomeimg_9394bsomeimg_9445bsomeimg_9442bsomeimg_9409bsomeimg_9418bsomeimg_9420bsomeimg_9402bsomeimg_9427bsomeimg_9457

JP Harrisbsomeimg_9467bsomeimg_9503bsomeimg_9643bsomeimg_9475bsomeimg_9478bsomeimg_9487bsomeimg_9488bsomeimg_9519bsomeimg_9490bsomeimg_9486bsomeimg_9634bsomeimg_9639

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Day 3

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The Hot Seatsbsomeimg_9660

Sarah Lynna & The Misfit Toysbsomeimg_9669 bsomeimg_0011bsomeimg_0038bsomeimg_9682bsomeimg_9686bsomeimg_9688bsomeimg_9692bsomeimg_9726bsomeimg_9719bsomeimg_9733bsomeimg_9728bsomeimg_0268bsomeimg_0165bsomeimg_0176bsomeimg_9696bsomeimg_9697

Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Linebsomeimg_9701bsomeimg_9986bsomeimg_9996bsomeimg_9971bsomeimg_9704 bsomeimg_0013 bsomeimg_0021 bsomeimg_0030 bsomeimg_0009bsomeimg_9738 bsomeimg_0031bsomeimg_9720bsomeimg_0042bsomeimg_0062bsomeimg_9743bsomeimg_9750bsomeimg_9749bsomeimg_0047bsomeimg_9792bsomeimg_9821bsomeimg_0163bsomeimg_0040bsomeimg_9783bsomeimg_9761bsomeimg_9764bsomeimg_9770bsomeimg_9777bsomeimg_9786bsomeimg_9808bsomeimg_9791bsomeimg_9815bsomeimg_9834

Shenandoah Alleybsomeimg_9859bsomeimg_9890bsomeimg_9874bsomeimg_9895bsomeimg_9897bsomeimg_9898bsomeimg_9910bsomeimg_9932bsomeimg_9921bsomeimg_9944bsomeimg_9936bsomeimg_9960bsomeimg_9957bsomeimg_9963bsomeimg_9965bsomeimg_0005bsomeimg_0067

Aoife O’Donovanbsomeimg_0074bsomeimg_0081

Dustbowl Revivalbsomeimg_0142bsomeimg_0144bsomeimg_0149bsomeimg_9970bsomeimg_0107bsomeimg_0106bsomeimg_0151bsomeimg_0155

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Red Wing V dates have been announced! Mark your calendars for July 14-16, 2017!

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Red Wing Roots III

It’s the third year in and I’m not tired of it yet. Not one bit. I love the drive to Mt. Solon. I love the growing sound of banjos and harmonicas as I walk closer to the Chimneys. I love seeing all the familiar faces of Harrisonburg. I love meeting new faces. I love overhearing people gush about how beautiful this festival is. I love the running, smiling, happy children. I love being blown away by performers I never even knew existed. I love my dirty feet at the end of the day. I love watching the weekend through my viewfinder. I love when a moment is so perfect it pulls me from a conversation because I just can’t not take that photo. I love the blue skies. I love the gray skies. I love the food. Oh God, the food. I love working with photographers who are kind and respectful and fun. I love that next year, Red Wing Roots will return and I can do it all again. Aw sookie!

Below are a few of my favorite shots. You can find more on my Facebook page in the coming days and on Instagram at @bsomephoto.

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Bands pictured in this post in order of appearance: Dr. How and the Reasons to Live, Locust Honey, Bryan Elijah Smith and the Wild Hearts, Mandolin Orange, Jon Russell, Chatham County Line, The Judy Chops, Scott Miller, Cahalen Morrison & Eli West, Missy Raines & the New Hip, The Barefoot Movement, Nikki Lane, Sarah Watkins – Sarah Jarosz – Aoife O’Donovan, The Steel Wheels, Possessed by Paul James, Billy Strings & Don Julin, Red Tail Ring, The Shook Twins, Spirit Family Reunion, The Honey Dewdrops with Caleb Stine, The Wood Brothers

Other relative links pictured: Lucas Roasting Company, Larkin Arts, South Fork, South Street Brewing, Eno, Friendly City Hoops

Red Wing Roots II: Day 2

It took two showers to wash away Day 1. Fragments of nostalgia broke away from my muddy footprints on the shower floor. Pieces of Mt. Solon dirt and blades of surely the greenest-grass-in-all-the-land sang sweet harmonies as they swirled to their watery death. I assured my lonely pores that their sweat buddies would return soon. Red Wing Roots Music Festival II, Day 2, started at noon with two bands I did not want to miss: Loves It and Smokey and the MirrorbsomeIMG_8553bsomeIMG_8554

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Above: Red Wing shirts printed by The Mark-it.
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Lucas Roasting Company (above) keeping folks energized and Wholistic Wisdom (below) keeping folks relaxed.bsomeIMG_8558bsomeIMG_8782

Smokey and the MirrorbsomeIMG_8618 bsomeIMG_8625 bsomeIMG_8636

Above and below: So sweet to see their daughter watching the performance from backstage.bsomeIMG_8644 bsomeIMG_8642bw bsomeIMG_8622bw bsomeIMG_8631bsomeIMG_8739

Above: remnants of Pokey LaFarge’s performance.
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Above: One cute little Blue Mountain supporter. Below: One cute little Red Wing supporter.bsomeIMG_8606bsomeIMG_8674bw

Mandolin OrangebsomeIMG_8662bsomeIMG_8687bwbsomeIMG_8679bwbsomeIMG_8666bwbsomeIMG_8693

Below: Artery kicked off on Day 2. Hundreds of children and adults came to help work on this community painting.bsomeIMG_7494absomeIMG_8585bsomeIMG_8579bsomeIMG_8705bsomeIMG_9030

Eric Brace and Peter CooperbsomeIMG_8753bwbsomeIMG_8732bsomeIMG_8746bsomeIMG_8589bsomeIMG_8961bsomeIMG_8654bsomeIMG_8766bsomeIMG_8614bsomeIMG_8970bsomeIMG_8712bwbsomeIMG_8760bwbsomeIMG_9136bwbsomeIMG_8617bsomeIMG_8825

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Above: Grilled Cheese Mania. Below: Jack Browns Beer and Burger JointbsomeIMG_8832bsomeIMG_8896

The Stray BirdsbsomeIMG_8814bsomeIMG_8789bsomeIMG_8817bw

Brothers Comatose
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Miss Tess and the TalkbacksbsomeIMG_8933bsomeIMG_8924bsomeIMG_8932bsomeIMG_8661bwbsomeIMG_8938bsomeIMG_8906

The Judy ChopsbsomeIMG_9025bsomeIMG_9017bsomeIMG_9004bsomeIMG_8983bsomeIMG_9008bsomeIMG_9012bsomeIMG_8986bwbsomeIMG_9045bwbsomeIMG_9042bwbsomeIMG_8974bsomeIMG_9036bsomeIMG_8950bsomeIMG_8899

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One really awesome thing about photographing this festival, is that I get to work with other photographers who I know and love. I admire each of them in very different ways and I’m truly a fan of their work. I feel we have a great network and support system of creatives here in the Valley and I simply can’t imagine it being any other way. I’ll introduce my photog friends below. I encourage you to check out their work!

This is Keesha of Ruby Sky Photography. <–If you click on that link, I have a feeling you’ll enjoy her music selection. In fact, feel free to let it play as you continue to look through the rest of this post…you’ll find it quite relevant. Keesha can usually be found with three little assistants. In the photo below, the third assistant is playing hide-and-seek.bsomeIMG_9103

This. Ha. Well, this is Pat Jarrett. He likely rode in on his motorcycle that morning after shooting in Newport News. He’s a busy dude and if you’re a Stauntonian, you’ve probably seen him walking to and from his downtown studio.bsomeIMG_8977

These girls are my studio neighbors at Spitzer Art Center and are an inspiration to me. They own and operate The Pinwheel Collective. It’s great how well they not only work together but also how nicely their work compliments each others. They do cool stuff. And sometimes funny stuff, too.bsomeIMG_8158c

Oh hay. That’s me. You’re looking at my work now…but I do some  other stuff to. Like weddings and portraits and I photograph for a blog I do with my friend Katie about Harrisonburg. I also plan this really cool community portrait show with my friend Denise Allen every year called Art Lotto.bsomeIMG_9131

Trent Wagler and the Steel WheelsbsomeIMG_9147bwbsomeIMG_9148bsomeIMG_9155bsomeIMG_9174bwbsomeIMG_9164bwbsomeIMG_9221bwbsomeIMG_9389bwbsomeIMG_9216bsomeIMG_9182bsomeIMG_9226bsomeIMG_9158bsomeIMG_9266bsomeIMG_9235bsomeIMG_9314bwbsomeIMG_9331bw

Didya miss Day 1? Click here to get caught up!

Check out this writeup and MORE of my photos from Red Wing Roots 2014 Day 2 on ilovemyburg!

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This post is part of my year long series Celebrating Life.

Check out my photos from last year: Red Wing Roots Music Festival 2013! Day 1Day 2, & Day 3.

Red Wing Roots II: Day 1

I played Bob Dylan on the way to this year’s second annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival. I felt it was a decent way to get my soul ready for the day that awaited me in that magical, green pocket of Mt. Solon. When I parked and stepped out of my car to a distant harmonica chirp being carried through the trees with the mountain breeze, I couldn’t help but smile. I’m baaaaaack. Finally. I slung my camera around my neck, grabbed my cash and i.d. and followed the tunes. It led me straight to the Shenandoah Mountain stage where Charlottesville’s The Honey Dewdrops were mid-set. Sadly, I missed the Walking Roots Band all together because I got distracted by the awesome kids activities that Larkin Arts offered this year. They’ve really evolved with the festival and is one of the many ways the whole experience, that was already dang awesome, got even better. bsomeIMG_8551bsomeIMG_7384bsomeIMG_7452bsomeIMG_7373cbsomeIMG_7369bw bsomeIMG_7446