TOTALED

Damn. Double damn!

That's about all I can say after taking in 40+ bands in 3 days, adding many, many GBs to the hard drives and witnessing 3 a.m. several nights in a row...as if I were a spry 20-year old again...which, as it turns out, I am not.

I spent the weekend shooting Total Fest IX at the Badlander, Palace and the Missoula Art Museum of all places. Billed as "an all-ages, volunteer-run, nonprofit, DIY event that brings together creative, non-commercial musicians and fans for three-days of great music and times," Total Fest has also been referred to as "King of all DIY rock festivals" courtesy of The Stranger in Seattle.

TF is always a good time for people to get together, reunite, float a river or two, BBQ, shoot the shit, play music and have a good time. For me, it always serves as a good reminder of what attracted me to photography years ago: ENERGY. There is so much raw, real, sweaty, loud, angry, happy, no nonsense, genuine, creative, don't-give-a-shit energy generated by every band; every person at TF, that it is hard to take it all in. There were so many moments of awesomeness over the weekend I feel like it would be impossible to grab them all.

Check out the Total Fest IX image gallery on my website to check out the moments I did capture.