Nothing like a weekend day in the park – especially when that day features great live music. Kicking off the first-ever LouFest properly, Saturday's lineup included bands like Broken Social Scene, Built to Spill, Airborne Toxic Event, Titus Andronicus, Lucero, and more.
Here's a set of photo highlights from the day.
LouFest – Day 1
Local alt-country heroes the Bottle Rockets kicked things off with a high-energy set, rewarding early comers and some fans who had come from as far away as Washington DC.
Stephaniesid from Ashville, North Carolina were a surprise for me. I'd never heard them before, but the band put on a very animated show that was a nice treat to photograph, not to mention singer Stephanie Morgan's great vocals.
Alt-country band Lucero received some beautiful light at LouFest – bright, but the kind of summery light that works well for festivals like this. And thankfully, the stage lights were up to add the perfect amount of interest at the back of the stage for close-ups like this shot of singer Ben Nichols.
I'd heard good things about Airborne Toxic Event, but hadn't had a chance to see them until LouFest. I thought they brought a really big, rich sound to the a-stage of LouFest, as well as one of the more photogenic performances of the day.
Arriving on-site at LouFest, I sized up the stages and was pleased by what I saw. For me, the height of the stages was just about perfect, hitting around four and a half feet or so, such that even with monitors, there were good sight lines.
For this festival, the two stages were basically identical, with a little more room in the photo pit for the b-stage. Still, the photo pits were never super crowded, and there was ample room to move around. I never felt like the pits were overcrowded, and all the shooters were very considerate.
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