Total Fest


It's mid August in Missoula, MT and that means only one thing to an ever-increasing number of partiers, rockers, floaters, barbecuers and good-time-havers: It's TOTAL FEST TIME! Having photographed this gem of an event for the past several (4? 5?) years, I am stoked to see that one of my images has wriggled its way onto the cover of this week's Missoula Independent.  The shot is of No-Fi Soul Rebellion front man Mark Heimer doing his thing in the crowd at the Badlander. Seeing this cover gets me excited for this year's line up of bands. Especially some little known, soft rock emo band by the name of Red Fang.


A photo I took on the opening night of Total Fest X made it into the Missoula Independent this week. It's a shot of Dane Hansen, aka Bad Naked, making a huge mess of the Top Hat's floor and himself. The text beneath the photo is a Pro/Con type discussion about Bad Naked's "art." Near the beginning of his performance (or rather ... "performance")  he tore into the paper mache whale he had on stage. I think ballons and candy were involved. Then, out came the fruit. Yep, wet, messy, sticky, gross, doesn't-belong-in-a-bar fruit. Some revelers were giddy with smiles thinking how cool it was. Others, like the people that work really, really hard to organize the event and the volunteers that had to clean up after him weren't so smily.

Personally, I thought the spectacle was barely more than that ... a spectacle, and I'm really glad my camera didn't get banana'd. Also, the music sucked.


Saturday was the third and final night of TFX.  Needless to say, equal parts beer, sun, river floating and staying up till the wee hours of the morning for a few days left me a feeling zapped. Luckily there was plenty of full-on, all-out, high energy music to wake me up. Watching the Unstoppable Death Machines' drummer bounce off the walls, dive off the speakers and hang from the pipes on the ceiling helped a bit too. That dude was wound up and fun to watch... unless you were one of the people who got his foot in your face. Here's a few shots from the last night.


I entered an image from Total Fest VIII in a photo contest sponsored by Billboard and PDN. As of last glance, there were about 1,439 images entered so far. In the Fan's Favorites section, mine was sittin pretty with only 28 images receiving more votes. (Of course, the first place photo has about 440 votes, but...).  The contest ends today, and the winners will be announced in October sometime. I am not usually one to enter photo contests, but this one caught my eye shortly after shooting TotalFest this year, and I really like the image - so what the hell - why not? The image is of Donny Fite, lead singer for the Leaders from Portland, OR.

A screen shot of my image amongst a sea of other images is below. By the way, thanks to everyone who voted for my image.  Your check is in the mail.

If you want to check out all of the other shots in the contest, click here.