The book has been closed on the 2017 Sloss Music and Arts Festival, also known as Sloss Fest, in Birmingham, Alabama, and it turned out to be the most successful event in the festival's history. Over 40 bands came to the Magic City during July 15th and 16th to entertain hordes of fans, who braved the rain on Saturday and the heat on Sunday at the historic Sloss Furnaces.
Just to let you know, I did not make an attempt to photograph all of the bands or even do a gallery for all of the bands I did photograph at the festival this year. What I wanted to do is give a broad showcase of acts that I felt translated well both in terms of eyes and ears. This post is really going to be a jumping off point for those looking to find performance galleries from the festival. Some of the bigger acts did not make the cut because they simply do not photograph well.
Before I post the links, I do want to say the highlights of the festival for me were the performances by Charles Bradley, Spoon, Run The Jewels, Beach Slang, Waka Flocka Flame, and Alabama Shakes. Seeing Alabama Shakes in a festival setting, especially considering the history I have photographing the band dating back to when they were just The Shakes, was incredibly special for me. The pit was incredibly crowded and covered with mud during their set, but none of that mattered. I got to see that group put on a hell of a performance in front of a gigantic audience.
If you were at Sloss Fest this year, I do hope you enjoyed it and hope you appreciated all the hard work that went in to executing such an event. I'd like to publicly thank Red Mountain Entertainment and everyone associated with them for all the incredibly hard work they did to make sure Sloss Fest this year and in years past went off without a hitch.
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