Matt and Nick Nemec from Edgewater Events LLC have done it again! Funk Fest 9 was simply amazing! Two days chalked full of top notch musical talent from 14 bands. The event started at 4:30 on Friday afternoon, and went straight through till after 11pm with 6 bands taking the stage. I mainly listen to Hard Rock and Metal, but was thoroughly entertained by all of the first night performances. The night started out with Gang of Thieves who could have easily been one of the later acts. They had a ton of energy and great stage presence. The other band that really impressed me on Friday was the main act of the night, Blackberry Smoke. Unfortunately I did not get the greatest spot to take photos of them, as I didn’t think to ask the organizers if I could get in front of the barrier till the following day, but still got some good images.
On Saturday the festivities got started at 11:30am and continued till almost midnight. A few of the bands from Friday (Gang of Thieves, Voodoo Visionary, and Joe Marcinek Band) got a chance to play again which I enjoyed since they were all fantastic. Gang of Thieves had such great energy, the singer from Voodoo Visionary was fun to photograph because of his stage presence and facial expressions, and Joe Marcinek Band featured Freekbass on the bass guitar. He has a “David Bowie” look to him and was obviously influenced by the late artist’s work and look. His persona made for some fantastic photos.
Like Friday, the entire Saturday lineup was awesome! The standouts to me (other than the ones from Friday I mentioned) were Resinated, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, Turkuaz, and of course Here Come the Mummies. Funk Fest keeps getting bigger and better every year. I look forward to Funk Fest 10 and want to thank the Nemecs for allowing me to cover the event. I have posted a very small taste of my images below. Please check out my Facebook page for more https://www.facebook.com/MatthewChasePhoto/ .
This coming week is very light on the photography schedule. I have a couple people lined up to do portraits, but have not set dates yet. I like to think through how, and where I want to shoot people. I do this, because I want the photos to tell a story or to portray the person and their interests. I have also been very busy and my next two weekends are full. Aside from that I will be working more on this website and my social media presence to hopefully get my name and work out there more. Thank you again for reading!