Archive for August 2010
This summer, I worked for Ohio Brew Week, which meant attending OBW events, drinking amazing craft beer from Ohio’s breweries and taking some fun pictures. Every event was different, even each tasting was done differently. The music was great, the people were great and the beer, of course, was great. I would recommend anyone who has never been to attend if they can. Anyone who’s been already knows that they want to, and probably will, come back to Athens for OBW.
My favorite part of the week, besides the beer, was the night I shot a show at Jackie O’s. The headlining band, if you can call them that for playing with one other band at bars and small venues, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, played a show that I have never experienced before. It started out slow and everyone was digging the music, and a couple was even dancing but they seemed drunk. Suddenly, the floor of Jackie O’s was covered in people dancing to this music which sounded like a post-punk rock bluegrass folk ska mixture that’s just wonderful, and really inspires you to dance. Between dancing, Jackie O’s beer and taking pictures, it had to be the best night of Brew Week.
During the Parade of the Hills in Nelsonville, Stuart’s Opera House held the Ohio State Fiddling Contest. The contest has to be one of my favorite assignments of the summer, so I thought I would good to open my summer posts with.
I arrived at Stuart’s with my friend Zach Nelson and we wandered around back instead of going in the front, where we stumbled upon the practice room in the basement where young fiddlers were getting ready to perform. Each contestant performed two songs, a hoe-down and a waltz, usually with the help of another person playing rhythm guitar. Overall, it was an exciting experience since I don’t get to see fiddling very often, and everyone who performed was really talented and incredibly nice when they were hanging around in the back room offstage. I’ve learned to really enjoy string instruments in the past few years, and the energy that usually comes with fiddling makes it, for me at least, one of the most interesting instruments to see and hear played.