Loose Change

Deep Roots 2013

For the past ten years Milledgeville has hosted a music and arts festival late in the month of October. Though it originally started out as the Sweetwater Festival a few years ago the name was changed to Deep Roots and this year marked it's tenth anniversary and the sixth year that I have photographed it. With every year the crowd seems to grow and when the weather is good, like it was on Saturday Oct. 19, the crowds come out. Jimmy Holder, the event organizer, always does an amazing job of putting the music lineup together though with this year's lineup he had a lot WTF's thrown his way. In the past acts such as Robert Randolph, Perpetual Groove, The Whigs, Moonshine Still, Reptar, Stokeswood, Grace Potter and Delta Spirit have filled the lineup and they were bands that were getting a lot of press at the time and on the move and moved onto bigger stages shortly after they played in little ole Milledgeville. This year's lineup featured acts that are still relatively unknown but the folks in Milledgeville certainly know them by now. The RockU All Stars, a group of 15 and 16 year olds from a "school of rock" program, played and blew the socks off the crowd, then Jimmy Hall of Wet Willie fame and his voice still sounds great, then Shovels and Rope, a Grammy ward winning acoustic duo played and they certainly opened my eyes and then the headliner, Allen Stone. I was unfamiliar with him but the guy can put on a show. I felt a lot of his onstage antics were cheesy and very much cliched but the music was great and he had the crowd eating out of his hand.  The past two years a photograph I have taken at Deep Roots has won the Kaleidoscope Award for "Best Festival Photograph" at the Southeast Festival and Events Association Awards Banquet, let's see if I can get the three peat.