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Rémy Martin Producers Series Season 5 Finale

Rémy Martin and Live Nation had me out to the Belasco to shoot the finale of the fifth season of the Producers Series. The grueling beat battle-based competition hosted by DJ Envy culminated in Big Sean and DJ Mustard chaining the winner, Milo, who will head into the studio for some one-on-one time with duo.

Air + Style Festival 2018

Last weekend, LA was treated to Air + Style, the global snowboard and skateboard competition and music festival that features world-class action sports athletes and musicians during a two-day event series with stops around the world including Los Angeles, Australia, and Beijing. 

 
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For the most part, I focused on the music. It's been a long time since I've been to a festival where it's been possible to see every single artist; two stages and no overlap meant no tough decisions on which set to see and which set to miss. The lineup was a stellar blend of musicians I love, have and haven't seen, and a few I'd never heard of. Sometimes, less really is more.

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Click the icons to scroll through the photos of the festival. Threw some film into the mix, too.

 

Free Press Summer Fest 2017

About the only thing as dependable as Houston traffic is that there will be rain in the forecast the weekend of Houston's Free Press Summer Fest. Past years' events have succumb to venue changes (apparently hosting a festival along a bayou during the rainy season doesn't always bode well) and temporary evacuations, and this year was no different.

Despite a renewed optimism from not being forced to relocate to the sweltering hell that is the NRG parking lot for the third year in a row, the first day of FPSF '17 was met with rain and eventually a two hour lightning evacuation. Festival-goers (predominately teens covered in copious amounts of glitter or clad in basketball jerseys) reentered Eleanor Tinsley Park just as the skyline backdrop began to illuminate. But the damage was already done. The grounds had become a glorified bayou themselves. Mud slides, intentional or not, were numerous and took many victims.

The forecast for day two was worse than that of day one, and all the mud that didn't have time to dry only added insult to injury. At 1 pm, FPSF sent out alerts that rain was imminent. At 2:30, performances were temporarily suspended, and by 6:15 they'd cancelled the event altogether.

Still, the performances those in attendance got to see were met with little criticism; the artists brought enough energy to lift the funk the weather cast over everyone. And in the end, it just doesn't feel like summer in Houston without a trip to FPSF.

Click the icons below to see my shots from Free Press Summer Fest 2017 big and on black. Performances include those by Cage the Elephant, Carnage, DVBBS, Grouplove, Milky Chance, and Post Malone.