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Wanee, Soccer and Bicycle Racing

On April 13th I began a period of shooting so many events that there was no time to even think about editing until it was all over.  It all began on Saturday morning with the Manchester Cup.  Rich Posipanko and Winthrop University put on this showcase tournament every spring.

 

Winthrop v Furman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This shot was from the first game between Winthrop and Furman.

 

 

Five games between 10:45 and about 3 PM, great quality of play even though many teams have a tough time fielding players in the spring.  The weather also cooperated with a bright, sunny day.  I also had the opportunity to see Clemson’s new uniforms.  What a great color in bright sunlight!

ETSU v Clemson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After finishing five games I rushed home to get downtown for the Presbyterian Criterium.  I had never been to a bicycle race before so this was a first.  Also tired after the soccer games so I just brought my Canon 1DX and my 70-200, 2.8.  Of course, I now know that a 24-70, 2.8 would have been great, but who new, this was for fun.  I don’t wish this on the riders, but a wreck would have been fun to shoot.  The women were first:

Presbyterian Criterium 4-13-13  0398

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then the men

Presbyterian Criterium 4-13-13  0818

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To be honest, after you have seen a few laps, not that interesting….oh well.  But happy with the pics for just playing!

Three days later, it was get in the car after work on Tuesday and start the drive to Live Oak, Florida for the Wanee Music Festival.  Headliners were The Allman Brothers Band and Widespread Panic.  Arrived on Wednesday after a 500 plus mile drive and learned that the hotel, the “festival hotel” was 30 miles away from the festival….brilliant!  But the music was great!

Royal Southern Brotherhood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Devon Allman and the Royal Southern Brotherhood played Thursday night and out came his dad Greg Allman, very cool.  Later it was the Greyboy Allstars, Robert Walters below:

Greyboy Allstars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although Thursday was a long day, the first big one was Friday.  Rain was supposed to come on Saturday, but oops, there it was on Friday with the opening of the larger Peach Stage.  Widespread Panic was great, to me, better than the Allman Brothers:

Widespread Panic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE RAIN!

 

Widespread Panic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Allman Brothers Band

The Allman Brothers Band

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday evening was going to be the same as Friday, but interestingly the rain never came, sunny skies but chilly.  I had never seen Michael Franti and Spearhead.  I have shot soccer games that did not have this much action!  His involvement with the crowd, the movement, absolutely amazing show, to me the highlight of Wanee!

Michael Franti & Spearhead

 

 

 

Michael Franti & Spearhead

 

Michael Franti & Spearhead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So 520 miles back to Charlotte, all pics posted and editing done.  Time for a little R & R before the next one, a few more favorites below:

Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk

 

 

Voice of the Wetlands Allstars

 

 

Voice of the Wetlands Allstars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Busy, busy, busy

The last few weeks have been crazy!  Drive by Truckers at the Georgia Theatre.  Never heard them before that night, a great band.  So crowded, it was hard to shoot.  Learned something about the theatre.  If it is sold out ++ get to the front of the stage early.  Thankfully Tom Lewis and David Barbe gave me access to stage right where I got this shot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlotte vs Coastal Carolina, two top 20 teams.  Tough contest with a red card to Coastal Carolina in the first half.  No score after regulation with Charlotte winning 1-0 in overtime.  Coastal Carolina now ranked number 5 in the nation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the Darkstar Jubilee at Buckeye Lake in Ohio.  Donna Jean Godchaux, Dark Star Orchestra, etc.  Marred by rain, but the DSO show on Saturday night was like being back in the day!  Donna Jean and Lisa Mackey together on the stage.  Jeff Mattson has mastered the Jerry role.

 

 

 

 

 

Tomorrow night it’s back to Transamerica Field for the Charlotte 49ers vs the USC Gamecocks.  The following night, Pilot Mountain and Jomeokee!  That will be a shoot for Jambase.  The following week, the Georgia Theatre and Galactic…..excited!!!