Well ladies and gentleman, back and fresh from a roadtrip that took me up and down the east coast, to a tune of 2700 miles on my brand spankin new Volkswagen, I found myself at the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival. An annual outing of shenanigans that includes fun, games, beer and stellar musical acts for those of all ages, wait that's not right, those who are 21+. This year I was commissioned by the headlining band of the evening session on Saturday, Pepper, to come capture some photos. Supporting acts included Cheezy and the Crackers as well as my new friends Tropidelic. I think the pictures below give a slight inidication of how awesome this event is, hope to see everyone there again next year! Make sure you check out Good Time Tricycle for other awesome events throughout the year.
Last night I had the please of spending a good chunk of the day with the awesome guys of Stick Figure. A friend and I headed out to catch sound check early in the day, and the energy was there from the minute we walked in the door. This was the first stop on their Above the Storm tour, and everyone was eager to get the show on the road. We were greeted by the ever majestic tour mascot, Cocoa, and she thoroughly enjoyed the tug duck I brought along.
After sound check, my friend and I headed over to Cantina Dos Segundos in Fishtown for some authentic Mexican cuisine and margaritas. Once we were finished, we headed back over to the Fillmore where Iya Terra was ready to take the stage. A relatively new band, made up of West Coasters, they started the night off with the proper amount of reggae vibes. This was my first time seeing them, and I am hoping certainly not my last. Next up was Twiddle, who I have had the pleasure of seeing before when he toured with Matisyahu, and did a guest spot with Roots of Creation. As an American Rock band, they were as expected totally ready to please the crowd and their loyal followers without any disappointment. I can say the Yoda was certainly a nice touch.
After a short break Cocoa made her way onto stage looking for more toys and treats and the crowd came through for her. Once she was successfully spoiled, Stick Figure took the stage to thunderous applause. They rocked old songs and new, and were absolutely rocking the crowd with positive vibes. The tour continues on through February as they make their way across the US to their final stop in Las Vegas.
So, I feel as though my first blog post back to blogging after falling off the wagon should be dedicated to a band that I absolutely love, Rebelution. I am excited to say this is a band I have been shooting since seeing them back in 2015 at the Hemp Heals tour in Philadelphia. It has been an honor to see members come and go, watching them all grow into amazing performers, with an outstanding stage presence. Their new addition, Kyle, happens to be a fellow Jersian so clearly, I’m obligated to love him. Eric, Marley, Wes and Rory continue to shine, each, preserving the original feel. Zach, their long-time trumpet player has been a big supporter of my photography, making shooting them even more gratifying. They fall within the reggae genre, but are unlike many others, as regardless of your mood their music suits it.
Last nights show was the 5th SOLD OUT stop on the Winter Greens Tour, accompanied by DJ Mackle and Raging Fyah. Penns Peak is a medium size concert venue in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, conveniently located in the very, very cold Pocono Mountains. Fans braved arctic temperatures (it was 11 degrees when I arrived) to flock to the venue on a Sunday evening. I saw at least two dozen fans freezing attempting to buy leftover tickets. The love of all things reggae is alive and well in the Pocono Mountains. I was thrilled to see the setlist was a mile long, and they did not disappoint with song selections, ranging from old favorites like Safe and Sound (Courage to Grow), Bright Side of Life (Bright Side of Life), Roots Reggae Music (Count Me In), Sky is the Limit (Peace of Mind), Feeling Alright (Courage to Grow), and my personal favorite Meant to Be (Peace of Mind), they surprised the crowd with three new songs off their upcoming album. New songs to look forward to include: “Celebrate”, “Legend” and “City Life”, all of which were amazing, and I cannot wait to hear way more of what they have been working on.
Their tour continues onward, unfortunately not near me, through the end of February. Fear not, as Zach told me today, summer is just around the corner. I know I am looking forward to Reggae Rise Up in Florida in March, where they will be headlining on Friday evening. The three-day long festival is certainly not one to miss.
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