I’ve been to music festivals, been to concerts, big and small, been to private performances, too; but never have I been invited to attend a music fest and, not only be allowed, but be encouraged to get up close and personal with the artists, on stage and back stage. I had a job to do, though. I was asked to do the photography for this one; a mid sized folk fest with 17 very talented singer/songwriters, musicians and entertainers–each with their own style and flavor.
Pembina River Nights Music Festival has been held every summer for eight years now at Rangeton Park, Alberta, where about 500 people, most of which have been going to the festival since the beginning, gather to enjoy the countryside, the warm (yet sometimes wet) weather, the socializing and, of course, the music. The place was packed; campers were parked back to back, neck to neck, tents were pitched in every bit of open space and on the roadsides. The mood was relaxed, yet energized by the power of the music and the performers. Good times had by all and many!
The Festival is organized by Calvin Buckler, and with the help of his wonderful family and many good friends he puts on a fantastic show! Thank you, Calvin, for giving me the opportunity to try something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time and for letting me be a part of it.
You can find the PRN website HERE where you can find links to all of the artists’ own sites, which I encourage you to go to.