Midsummer Music Fest – Candler Park

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The wife’s away, so husband, son, and substitute son will play.  

I’ve been to a Sweetwater 420 Festival in the same park several years ago, and found the viewing area for the stage to be quite limited.  So, I wasn’t super enthused about going to this festival, but it qualified for getting out of the house on a beautiful Atlanta day.

As it turned out, this was my son’s first trip on Marta, as well as his friend’s.  Marta was “convenient” in that I didn’t have to find parking in the Candler Park area, otherwise it was it was as inefficient as always.  But... it certainly added to the experience.

After walking several blocks, we arrived.  Both were stunned to find that you cold just walk in without paying (unless you wanted to pay for an armband to buy alcohol, which was $10 after 5:00 p.m.). 

Nice surprise: they relocated the staging from my previous visit, allowing ample room for those in attendance.


There was the usual gamut.  Resellers of clothing/jewelry, beer vending booth, and numerous food trucks.  I headed for those as I was hungry, and we opted for Latin cuisine, which was essentially Mexican.  Decent, but I have yet to find an “exceptional meal” from a food truck vendor, regardless of their novelty.

Otherwise, a balloon man was there.


There were ample people drinking Red Stripe Lager, an official sponsor of the event along with 790 The Zone sports radio.  I knew this in advance, and saved the $10 admittance because I expected the choke hold on other offerings.  I chose wisely.  And, if I did want a beer, I’d want two, right?  And that would be an additional $12 plus potentially a tip, so, say $24 for the enjoyment of two beers.  Except that they didn’t have a beer I enjoy.

Onward!  It wasn’t terribly hot, but pop sickles were popular, as evidenced by the scratch outs.


We checked out the first band, featuring The Soul Rebels, who offered a brassy mixture of jazz, funk, and a bit too much hip-hop for my ears.  Curiously, the brass was ear-splittingly loud at a distance.


I didn’t have a desire to head around, and I could tell the kids were bored standing around, so I released them to go find their way wherever (which turned out to be 12 “rows” away from the stage by the time the headliner, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, took stage.  By that time, the evening had dimmed, the crowds were full (estimated 25,000), and the dancing, arm waving, and beer drinking began in earnest.


The above was as close as I got, with full zoom on a Canon G-15.  It was close enough.  Sharpe is a decent entertainer, but I’ve grown beyond whatever hippy laid back peace and love tendencies I’ve had.  If I ever did.  I could enjoy it from a distance.


The picture above has Steak Shapiro and Nick Cellini in the foreground, Mayhem in the AM hosts on 790 the Zone.  I didn’t see them until working through the pictures, but was amused by one of Shapiro trying to talk on the cell phone with the music in the background.  I guess he’s used to voices talking in his ear.


At this point, I was done watching the concert.  The Zeros win with lead singer Alex Ebert’s chilled out dialogue and the mood of their songs, but there’s nothing going that is a visual “must see.”  So, I decided to see what was happening around the place, and settled in on taking pictures of food trucks when they’re less busy.

Well, the below isn’t a food truck, but it was interesting to see fired pizza at an event, rather than warmed pizza in boxes cooked some time earlier in the day.


This was more common.  No lines, with business owners hanging out, waiting for orders.


Trucks for foods have a wide variety of how they present themselves, as well as condiments, napkins and such.  The version below is what I'd call “Speak to the Hand” – The proprietor sits high above and transacts through a raised slot.


This one is far more traditional, as BBQ should be.


No one coming anytime soon...


Quality Control in progress:


This lady looked like a train conductor.



Another “Talk to the Hand” below.  Though, the raised lighting is interesting.  It also gives more room for heat to rise within the truck, possibly making it cooler for the employees.


Nope. No one near.  Just me. Thanks for not looking.


This one certainly brought the New Orleans mood with it.  You can see the proprietor in the window left of the green sign.


Not sure if he’s checking sales, or making a call. 


Talk to the Hand! 


This lady sold cupcakes in the main concert area.  Didn’t try any, but I could tell she took a lot of pride in her business.


My self-appointed photo assignment complete, I headed back to the stage area.  There was a slow stream of people leaving, but the Zeros have plenty of fans.


I mentioned it was a beautiful day.  As soon as the sun set behind the trees, it was an even more beautiful night.



I was actually pleased with the above.  I hadn’t attempted a long exposure on a compact camera, and it turned out reasonably well.  Much more agreeable than the interminable wait for Marta trains...

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  1. I need to learn how to shoot low light like that. Thanks for the post!