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After a sudden performance cancellation due to a weather evacuation on the first day of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival on August 10th, the self proclaimed Gentleman from Texas, Shakey Graves found himself playing an impromptu set late Thursday night down at The Needle Vinyl Tavern in Edmonton.
This was a super exciting time for me over the past weekend. My disappointment of having to leave the festival grounds early on Thursday night before the evening's headliners could hit the stage was easily made all better, thanks to the ever-so accommodating folks down at The Needle, and their notable speedy invitation-tweeting, which spread like wildfire throughout the Twitter world.
The venue started to fill up almost instantly once word got around about Shakey Grave's making an appearance on their stage. Hitting the stage at approximately 11 pm, Shakey and his band of jammers brought the house down entirely for an hour and a half in front of a full floor of people, eager to take in some of his classic southern-blues-meets-bluegrass tunes.
Needless to say, this was a huge weekend-highlight for me, and it's easily something I won't be forgetting about any time soon!
Couldn't make it in time to see Shakey Graves at The Needle? Don't worry! Exclaim! has you covered with the review right HERE!
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The 38th annual Edmonton Folk Music Festival took place in the heart of Alberta this past weekend. Residing in the infamous Gallagher Park, close to 20,000 people gathered each day from Thursday to Sunday to watch some of the finest acts in folk music today, all while taking in the beautiful downtown skyline of Edmonton.
This was my first year shooting the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, and needless to say, it surely won't be my last. I had a wonderful time shooting the bands on the main stage, and discovering new music throughout the weekend, and that's just something that cannot be beat, if you ask me. The weather was gorgeous for the most part, despite the rain on the final day of the fest, and an evacuation on the first day due to severe winds in the area, which in turn, resulted in a last minute performance by fest scheduled artist, Shakey Graves, down at The Needle Vinyl Tavern a few hours after the evacuation of the festival grounds. A blog about that adventure along with a full gallery of photos will be coming soon, I promise!
On the bright side, all of the main stage acts that I covered completely blew me away with raw and pure talent. I felt mesmerized at times while photographing some of the artists, and completely captivated by what they were doing on stage. Luckily, through my amazement I was able to capture some interesting shots of the bands. Below is a gallery of some of my favourite snaps shot over the course of the weekend, and full galleries can be viewed over at Exclaim!.