Seattle Acoustic Festival 2017 (Day 1 Part 1)
Exciting weekend for Rain City Collective. We got to spend two days hanging out with and shooting photographs of some of our favorite musicians and bands at the Seattle Acoustic Festival (SAF). We've worked with most of the SAF musicians before, and we consider ourselves pretty lucky to be a part of the awesome community they have going. If you've followed us for a while, you know that we talk about that community fairly often. Their support and encouragement for one another is inspiring.
Elijah Dhavvan and Anna St. Lee organized the two day festival, which was held at the All Pilgrims Christian Church on Capitol Hill. It must have been a mammoth undertaking, especially given that both of them work full-time, participate in several music projects, and have to find time to write music. (If you've heard them play, it's obvious that they're successfully carving out some time to write really good music.) Elijah offered Rain City Collective a chance to sponsor the event, and we jumped at it.
Covering the festival was a daunting prospect. Tony and I met a few times and exchanged a lot of emails/texts ahead of the event, planning out how we should go about things. Tony is going to cringe when I write this, but he's got the deeper skillset - photography, lighting, videography, and music industry familiarity. Even though we are both primarily interested in photography, we knew we wanted to capture some video, too. Tony took on the video + photography task, and I roamed around for still shots.
Two days of music. At times there were three stages going simultaneously. Elijah and Anna kept the whole thing easy-going and moving along smoothly. I'm always amazed by how much work musicians have to do to pull off a set. Gear load in, stage prep, performance, take down, depart, and somehow find time to highlight the event on social media. One nice thing about the SAF was that it seemed like the organizers did a great job of keeping things as low maintenance as possible for the musicians.
We loved the venue and the location - All Pilgrims Christian Church at the intersection of Broadway and Republican. I'd never been in there, but I walk by it all the time, and it very clearly proclaims that "You are welcome here, come as you are." It offered three areas for the musicians to play: the Sanctuary stage, Fellowship Hall, and the Garden Stage. I was surprised to see that three stages could be operating in such close proximity without any overlap.
Seattle Acoustic Festival, thanks again for having us. We hope everyone likes the photos we've included below. We have a ton of photos, so we've decided it's probably best to do several posts. We don't want to flood you with photos. We wrapped up this first one near the end of Sarah St. Albin's 25 August set.
Those of you who follow us on Instagram will recognize a lot of these, but we've also added in some new ones. We apologize if we missed any of the acts. If you know of an act that we missed and have a good photo of them from the SAF, please feel free to send it to us. We'll add it here and credit you for the shot! (Reminder - the following photos are only from part of the first day.)
Elijah Dhavvan involved in some tough negotiations. Seattle Acoustic Festival, August 2017.