This was the fifth year in a row that I've photographed the Rock The Garden for The Current. It is aways a wonderful day outside in the summer sun, with a relaxed crowd and great music. Instead of the traditional location on the hill next to the Walker Art Center, construction in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden forced the festival to find a new location along the banks of the Mississippi in NE Minneapolis. The Boom Island park location was large enough to grow the festival to nearly 18,000 people with two opposing stages. Music jumped between the two stages with nearly no interruption. With an onsite photo editor, and a 2nd photographer, I was able to immediately deliver images to a Dropbox folder accessible to the social media team to post and share through the day. Three songs into each band's set, a card runner would take memory cards to the editor while I would continue to capture more images of the performers and crowd. By the end of they, 15,000 photos were already edited down to about 100 images ready for the recap of the event on The Current's website. With great music and summer weather it was another successful Rock The Garden.Read More
I was fortunate to be able to get out of the Twin Cities for a brief weekend trip for the third weekend in a row. It was great to spend another evening on a lake with friends, this time in central Wisconsin near the town of Stone Lake. While this weekend's trip was primarily for work with the ASMP-MSP board, we worked hard throughout the day Saturday to plan this year's local event schedule. With business finished, we had a great evening around a fire, and this morning I could leisurely make my way home. The route back to the Cities passes through a lot of small towns, and suddenly as I entered the town of Cumberland I began to notice chairs lining the road, ready for a parade. In the center of town a large banner hung across the road announcing the 81st Annual Rutabaga Festival. With no firm schedule, I found a parking spot on the far side of town, and walked back to explore. The heat and humidity was approaching unbearable levels, so many people set their chairs along the road to reserve their prime seating, but had disappeared indoors or under a tree to seek a little respite. And while there were a lot of empty chairs before the parade, by the start every one of those chairs was full.