•March 12, 2013 • Leave a Comment
DeLuna Fest, Pensacola Beach (Image by Brian L Butler – Click for Larger)
Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction at DeLuna Fest
A music festival smack dab in the middle of Pensacola Beach?! Sign me up. For the past few years, DeLuna Fest has given us a Summertime beach party. Three days and nights on four outdoor stages. From big names to local bands, from has-beens to hoping-to-bes, and everything in between.
It’s anything but a relaxing weekend at the beach. It’s loud, it’s crowded, it’s expensive, and it’s hot. Which, depending on your point of view and personal taste, makes it either heaven or hell. For me it’s been heaven. I love live music, I love photographing live music and did I mention, it’s on the beach! I mean come on, dancing in the sand to the Zac Brown Band?! They’ll be plenty of time for relaxing later.
But the future of the festival seems to be in question. Organizers have had some, shall we say, “issues” in the past couple of years and there’s competition down the road from Hangout Fest in Gulf Shores (also pretty cool) so I’m not entirely sure DeLuna Fest will be back.
We used to have Spring Fest in downtown Pensacola a few years ago and I had a good time there but it didn’t last. Putting on an event this big with this many moving parts is a huge challenge. But hopefully DeLuna Fest will be able to work out the problems and find a way to stick around.
Staying cool at DeLuna Fest
Foo Fighters at DeLuna Fest
Fans at DeLuna Fest
Zac Brown Band at DeLuna Fest
Big Boi at DeLuna Fest
•March 4, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Pensacola Beach at Night
Just a little reminder that the beauty doesn’t disappear when the sun goes down.
(More after sundown images of the Gulf Coast and beyond over at Panhandlin’ Nights.)
•February 20, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Screen Capture from Trip Advisor
Well that’s pretty cool. Trip Advisor’s list of the Best Beaches in the World just came out and the Gulf Islands National Seashore in beautiful Pensacola, Florida checks in at number 18. That’s right. WORLD! But of course we already knew how great our beaches are and would probably bump ourselves up a few notches on the list.
The full list is here.
•February 3, 2013 • Leave a Comment
UPDATE TO YESTERDAY”S POST: New information has just come in on the Jail Bird case.
While out shooting the other morning, I came across this exotic, flamboyant, colorful creature and he had this beautiful bird with him. The bird’s name was Opus and his owner was called Cutter John. Opus had a lot to say about Jimmy the Neck. They met at the local watering hole where Jimmy was known by yet another alias; Frasier.
Turns out, Opus is past president and present party-planner of the Panhandle Parrot Heads. (It may sound like a demotion but in the Parrot Heads, party-planner outranks president. Also, the Panhandle Parrot Heads are not to be confused with the Pensacola Parrot Heads who split from the group after the great saltine vs ritz debate of 2003.)
Anyway, while at a club meeting, Opus heard Frasier pulled off quite a coup before flying the coop. He got involved with a local sports star known for running cock fights and fixed a fight by convincing one of the birds to take a dive. He made a killing on that one and along with his brother Niles, decided it was time to head south. Opus also said the boat was just a red herring. They ditched the boat a few miles out and left on a wheelchair powered by helium filled balloons. Weird story but Opus said he was just repeating exactly what he had heard.
(OK, just to be clear, as far as I know, the man’s name is not Cutter John and the bird’s name is not Opus. I forgot to ask. He rides his bike around the beach with the parrot happily riding along. On this morning, he was kind enough to stop and let me take his picture and even asked if I wanted the bird to spread his wings. (This was not his first rodeo.) I said sure. That would be great. He gave a signal and the bird spread his wings wide for the shot. I was so excited by it I just said thank you and let him ride off without getting his name. Very un-Jimmy Olson. So actually, they could be Cutter John and Opus but what are the odds.)
(Originally posted a few years ago on the Panhandlin’ Blog – BLB)
•February 2, 2013 • 1 Comment
WANTED: The authorities need your help apprehending this dangerous criminal.
James G. Heron, (a.k.a. Jimmy the Neck; a.k.a. The Birdman of Alcaniz; a.k.a. Larry) is wanted for masterminding numerous bird brained schemes, fronting several shady, fly by night organizations and fishing without a license. His most recent offense involves allegations he used his political office to feather his own nest, although he claims it’s a vast panhandle media conspiracy.
He was last spotted near Palafox Pier in downtown Pensacola. Apparently aware that the police would be watching the skies, he chooses an unusual escape route. He arrives at his boat and casually checks out the area.
Always cool and collected, he even takes the time to apply sunscreen to those hard to reach places,
before hoisting the sail and heading out to sea. If you spot James, call the authorities immediately. He is unarmed but can still put your eye out, so approach with caution.
(Originally posted a few years ago on the Panhandlin’ Blog. Love our Great Blue Herons and this guy made for a fun morning in downtown Pensacola. Follow-up to come.)