Blink 182

All the small things

(by Blink 182)

Yesterday I was at FreeFest, which was one heck of an experience.  I had a great time at the festival and it was a wonderful opportunity to photograph so many high profile bands like Taking Back Sunday, The Bravery, Jet, Weezer, and Blink 182.  It was, however, a tough shoot.  

There were about 30 photographers in a very confined pit, making mobility impossible, so you had to hope you were in a lucky spot.  By the time Blink came on, our 2 song set (not the regular 3) was cut down to 1.5, which for my group (they ended up splitting us up), was a curtain drop, an intro, and part of "What's My Age Again."  Translation? 50 frames.  I think I walked away with maybe 5 decent shots.  I left the pit feeling rather defeated.  I take my time at any show seriously and I was disappointed, actually, beyond disappointed.   Anyways, here they are.


(by The Daylights)

I guess everyone who won the All Access showed up. (sad face).  Oh well, I kind of figured that no one in their right mind would pass up an all expenses paid trip to Baltimore.  Anyways, I can't be too bummed over it, I'll still be at Free Fest this weekend and photographing Blink 182 for Alternative Press.  Tomorrow I'm headed to 6 Flags America to catch the MTV VMA tour with All Time Low and The White Tie Affair; 'should be a good time.

Oh, by the way you can check out some amazing photos of today's band, The Daylights, by the talented Steven Taylor.

Sometimes when you lose, you win

(by Karate High School)

I'm hoping this KHS song to be true.  At the end of every summer, the Baltimore-Washington area puts on the Virgin Mobile Fest.  This year, Virgin Mobile has decided to cater to those affect most by the harsh economic times and re-name the event, Free Fest.  Yup, 35,000+ tickets were made free to the public.  The event is featuring Blink 182, Weezer, Taking Back Sunday, The Bravery, Franz Ferdinand, and many more artists. 

There have been many events happening leading up to the big weekend... which happens to be this coming weekend.  One of those included the Kyocera All-Access contest, which would provide 14 lucky winners the opportunity to document the festival, everything from the show set up, band interviews, to the performances themselves.  I applied earlier in the summer with the hopes of being one of the lucky 14.  Last week I survived the first round of applicants and received a phone interview.  I totally blew the phone interview (yes... I realize my phone skills need work.  They're getting better, I promise).  Anyways, I was pretty disheartened when I didn't receive a follow up phone call later in the week.

Tonight, however, I have been informed that I am on the waiting list; a pretty incredible feat since I botched the phone interview, and there were over 2,000 applicants.  So I guess this makes me #15?  I'm hoping it's a lucky number because this would be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Keep your fingers crossed!