I hate picking favorites, but if I must, I'd say that the Ogden Music Festival is my favorite melodious gathering in Utah. The festival, held annually at Fort Buenaventura in Ogden, has been produced by Ogden Friends of Acoustic Music for nine years now.
The Ogden Music Festival hits the sweet spot on all the right levels. Even though the popularity of the festival is growing, the event doesn’t draw the crowds that larger festivals tend to, which helps it retain its intimate charm. The festival certainly makes you think twice before leaving the state for other music festivals, as it provides an celebration of acoustic music, as well as roots and blues music.
This year, the festival offered a broad-sweeping acoustic music palette. In my opinion, it was its best lineup to date and included acts like headliners The Wood Brothers, as well as Gibson Brothers, Aoife O'Donovan, Brothers Comatose, Joshua James, and many more.
The sun was shining brightly, Cottonwood trees' cotton balls flying through the air were in full effect, folks danced and laughed, and the community came together for song. If you couldn't make it, don't miss next year.
The Ogden Music Festival was held from June 3 – 5 at Fort Buenaventura. Here's a look at the weekend's festivities.
Photographer's Note: As a self-imposed challenge and for creative effect, all photos were captured with a Sony a7rii and a Leica 50mm Summilux, which had to be focused manually and lended a filmic charm to the images, I think.
For more information about the event, visit the Ogden Music Festival website.
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