105.7 the Point closed out the 2015 summer season with their final Big Summer Show at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater with a stacked lineup featuring alt-J, Walk the Moon, Matt & Kim, Catfish and the Bottlemen and San Fermin.
Touring after the release of their latest album, Edge of the Sun, the Tuscon-based crew of Calexico dropped by Vintage Vinyl for a full-band in-store (and of course some record shopping afterwards). Even with an early afternoon set, the band drew a crowd of folks ducking out of work and rewarded them with a fantastic performance.
I was fortunate to be covering LouFest again with two other really talented photographers at Speakers in Code (Rachel Waters / Jason Gonsulen) and knowing they’d do a great job of capturing the festival and bands, which freed me up to just run wild and experiment with instant photography (Polaroid 600, LomoInstant) and in-camera multiple exposures. The results weren’t always stellar or reliable (i.e. when I realized I didn’t have any film left in the Polaroid during a quick Pokey LaFarge portrait), but definitely brought a fresh mix to shooting LouFest again this year.
While Day One of LouFest had a more relaxed pace, Day Two felt more about maximizing the schedule and pacing between stages and the media tent to round up more pictures. But even with some worn out feet, there was still a ton to enjoy between acts at the national (Avett Brothers, Young the Giant) and hometown highlights (Pokey LaFarge, American Wrestlers).
The Feed returned to Vintage Vinyl for a second installment of their end of summer BBQ/pool party hosted the store. With sliders from Salt + Smoke and cold Schlafly beers to compliment the music, the local band brought out several guests including the Cree Rider Family Band and Chris Grabau (Magnolia Summer).