Nahko & MFTP / Shangri-La Festival 2015

Nahko & MFTP / Shangri-La Festival 2015

One of my favorite artists and festivals. Nahko & Medicine for the People are a staple at Shangri-La. Wookiefoot puts on this one-of-a-kind festival every year at the Harmony Park Music Garden in Geneva, MN. It was cool seeing my other favorite artist Mike Love join them on stage too. Nahko & MFTP just released an amazing new album, “Hoka” which has been in heavy rotation over here. I highly recommend you check it out, along with the awesome work they are doing around the country…it’s more than just music.

Mike Love / Shangri-La Festival 2015

Mike Love / Shangri-La Festival 2015

Mike Love performing with his band under the majestic oaks at Wookiefoot’s annual Shangri-La Festival in 2015 at Harmony Park Music Garden in Geneva, MN. Mike and his band are from Oahu, HI and made the stop “home” at one of their favorite festivals here during their “Love Will Find A Way” tour, supporting a truly awesome album from beginning to end. Mike will be back with his band for more at Shangri-La in 2016. The festival is sold out well in advance already so hopefully you have your tickets!

Nahko & MFTP / Live at Wanderlust Festival / Oahu, HI

Nahko & MFTP / Live at Wanderlust Festival / Oahu, HI

Nahko & Medicine for the People headlined the most awesome Wanderlust Festival in Oahu on February 27th, 2015. This was my second time shooting Nahko & MFTP and they did not disappoint. The setting and the vibe of the crowd on Turtle Bay Resort‘s fabled north shore added a little extra fuel to the awesome fire.

This was definitely the culmination of work-is-play for me. I was there shooting for Wanderlust, covering the festival, and also shooting commercial images for Turtle Bay, all the while getting to see and shoot one of my all-time favorite bands. Life is good!

James Vincent McMorrow live at First Ave / Minneapolis, MN

James Vincent McMorrow live at First Ave / Minneapolis, MN

James Vincent McMorrow is truly amazing. I was pumped to shoot his Post Tropical tour stop at First Avenue in Minneapolis on November 13th, 2014. I caught him at the Cedar Cultural Center previously and was just blown away. He’s one of those artists that is even better live. The audience hangs on every note and nuance of his voice, totally enthralled. It’s a spiritual experience no doubt.

James was super stoked to be playing at the iconic Minneapolis night club aka “the house that Prince built” aka First Ave. He was gushing and giddy about Prince’s history there. He absolutely captivated the packed main room, and as always cleverly managed to work in his signature (and underrated) witty humor and banter. He’s really great. Catch him live sometime for sure and check out more of his tunage here.

Update: JVM is coming back to First Avenue on Friday, November 18th, 2016 too. Hoping my schedule will allow me to go. Maybe I’ll see you there.

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Nahko & Medicine for the People / Live at Gabe’s in Iowa City

Nahko & Medicine for the People / Live at Gabe’s in Iowa City

This was my first time seeing Nahko & Medicine for the People live. I’d been a fan for a few years after being introduced to Nahko & Co. by my good friend Mahalo Yo Joe out in Portland. Medicine used to park their Van outside Joe’s house and use the facilities for extended periods of time in their more vagabond days. Joe sent me some rough demos during that time and after I heard Vultures of Culture I knew this was something really special. Then I saw the Black as Night video that Grototote shot and I was hooked.

I had been trying to catch Nahko live for quite some time but due to numerous scheduling conflicts I kept missing him at home in Minnesota. That happened one too many times so when I heard he was passing through our lovely southern neighbor in Iowa on October 8th, 2014, I decide it was time to make the trek down. I gifted the Dark as Night album to an old friend of mine months early, after I did a commercial shoot for his company, and it turns out he absolutely fell in love with it. We drove down together on last minutes notice. Nahko and the band, and the crowd at Gabe’s in Iowa City created some seriously awesome energy together this evening. It was so jam packed in that small place and the singalongs that occurred were legendary. Such an intimate and raw exchange of great energy. I met Nahko after the show and it was like meeting a long lost brother. He said to me, “where do I know you from, I know we’ve met before, and I said, “I was thinking the same exact thing.” 😉

Bonus…I also met a pair of really cool ladies who were seeing Nahko for the first time that evening too, in Jen Stillions & Kaylyn Hoskins. Jen, who also filled in last minute up front running the fog machine, is an old soul with a huge heart and has a rad Etsy shop you should probably check out. Kaylyn, another super cool photographer, and Jen’s BFF, was also shooting this evening and you can see her shots here.

I’ve since had the pleasure of shooting Nahko in…

Hawaii
California
Minnesota

Those shows will be uploaded ASAP.

Cheers!

Jackson

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Mike Love live at Slim’s / San Francisco w/ Trevor Hall

Mike Love live at Slim’s / San Francisco w/ Trevor Hall

I had been trying to catch a Mike Love show for quite some time when finally the stars aligned on September 10, 2014. I had recently booked two engagement sessions out in San Francisco the same week as Mike was playing Slim’s. The show had Mike opening up for another favorite of mine, Trevor Hall, who was out supporting his amazing album Chapter of the Forest.

Back to Mike Love. Words cannot adequately describe how incredibly talented + kind + genuine + inspiring and awesome this man and his musical prowess is. He’s my favorite musician for sure. I’m lucky to call him a good friend these days and this show actually opened up those doors. He recently released an amazing album, “Love Will Find a Way” that is epic from end to end. The world could use a whole lot more of Mike these days. He’s most famous (7 million views) for his great tune “Permanent Vacation” and his groundbreaking syllable looping halfway thru the song. To say he is widely progressive and adept is a gross understatement.

The pinnacle of this awesome evening was when Mike came out with Trevor during his encore and sang Trevor’s “Haleakala” right smack dab in the middle of the crowd. It was a giant and awesome singalong circle of love.