Music Tastes Good 2018

My good friend, Chris Watson, runs an incredible festival called Music Tastes Good out in Long Beach, California. The festival hosts a wide variety of musical artists, as well as chefs from the area.

I met Chris in 2005 when I discovered Dr. Dog on MySpace when they had 25 friends. Well, Chris was the owner of Park The Van Records, which Dr. Dog was on at the time. Once Chris discovered my love for Dr. Dog he reached out and asked if I would like to be part of it all. I was pretty much in charge of promotions in Chicago. I think we had only hung out about 5 or 6 times, as he lived in Philly/NOLA but we grew to be very close friends during that time. Throughout the years Chris and I became digital brothers. And I have to thank him, because through working with him and Dr. Dog - I went on to meet and work with some incredible people, a lot that I call friends.
Working with these bands is how I wanted to start taking photos. Skip forward about 13 years, he now has this incredible festival and asked me to be one of the official photographers for it!

Thanks for (maybe?) reading my very long intro. Below are a bunch of photos that I took during my weekend at Music Tastes Good

Sloss Fest 2016

First and foremost, I'd like to thank the home-extraordinaire Jake Ingalls for going above and beyond & making this opportunity happen for me. Hopefully my pictures justify everything. Love ya bud, you're the best. Secondly, I wanted to show off more of the photos I'd taken from Sloss Fest without annoying every single one of my followers with post-after-post about this weekend. So I figured I'd do a blog thing, and annoy everybody in this format instead. Cheers!

JR JR

JR JR

Dr. Dog

Dr. Dog

Dr. Dog

Dr. Dog

Dr. Dog

Dr. Dog - Eric Slick spyin' on me

Dr. Dog bringin' the flood

Jake and I get wet together all the time, so this isn't anything new to us.

trying to dry up & fuel up in the Flips trailer

Matt thinks these snacks are for him. Dummy.

Jack and Katie gettin' everybody to rock the Bright Light Social Hour hat

here's Jake rockin said hat

Matt cheesin' super hard

FUCK YEAH SLOSS FEST

Flaming Lips

Flaming Lips

Wayne launchin a ton of confetti into the crowd

the crowd, the confetti, the balloons. 

FUCK YEAH SLOSS FEST

FUCK YEAH FLAMING LIPS

Flaming Lips

Flaming Lips

Wayne riding Chewbacca

lil homeboy Jake singin it

Jake

Flaming Lips

Derek and Steven singin it

my GIF brother Nick slammin while Wayne bangs a gong

Flaming Lips

behind the rainbow, Wayne pointing at me

Jake loves his floor synth

Flaming Lips

Wayne

the ball about to go

way out there

closing out the show by changing LOVE

Big Red backstage havin a good time

Jake feelin' real sassy after that perfect set. Now to the Syndicate Lounge for the Brother Griin after party DJ set!!!

Duckworth being Griin

Nick feelin' the song

Brothers Griin killin' it

Brothers Griin did a DJ set from 12am-4:30 am. Now to the hotel for the after-after party

party in the hotel room until almost 7am. Got to enjoy the sunrise with these goons

Jack taking a selfie of him and Big Red WITH HIS FOOT!!

probably pretty hard to tell how drunk we all are...

6:45am comes around, time to go to bed finally.

then came the stinky, farty, Taylor Swift filled 4 hour van ride back to Memphis. See you in 2 weeks, Chicago.

Riot Fest Chicago 2015

In March of 2015, I was given the opportunity to photograph Revolution Brewing's 5 Year Anniversary at the Riviera Theater. After buddying up in the green room with Andrew W.K. and his wife Cherie Lily, I went on stage to shoot their headlining set. I suppose they liked me and my photos enough, to invite me back to shoot their performance at Riot Fest in Chicago this year.

Most of my experiences from this amazing weekend are indescribable. I got unlimited deep dish pizza, and an open bar full of amazing drinks. I got to hang out with some truly amazing bands in their trailers and just shoot the shit. I made some amazing connections for when I move to Portland, and for upcoming road trips. And most importantly, I got to watch some amazing bands on stage, and got to avoid sweaty crowds in ankle deep mud. I cannot thank Cherie Lily and Andrew W.K. enough for having me back!

Earlier today, I posted more photos on Instagram (@geon666) in one day than I ever have before, and that still wasn't enough to show off the amazing photos from my weekend. So I figured I should keep trying out this blog thing. Enjoy the photos, and I hope you all got to see your favorite bands this weekend.

All Images © Geon Tillinghast. Any of  my images used on social media require photo credit @GeonPhoto. Anything used beyond social media i.e. promotions, fliers, etc will be dealt with legally.
thanks Cherie and Andrew. Without you and this wristband, none of this would have been possible.

thanks Cherie and Andrew. Without you and this wristband, none of this would have been possible.

Less Than Jake

Less Than Jake

Less Than Jake, with their homemade toilet paper gun

Less Than Jake, with their homemade toilet paper gun

Less Than Jake

Less Than Jake

KONGOS. This is the band that sings that "Whooaaaa come with me now" song. I don't personally like them. But hey, they were there.

KONGOS. This is the band that sings that "Whooaaaa come with me now" song. I don't personally like them. But hey, they were there.

Rodrigo Y Gabriela. I'm not sure why, but I only shot this image from their set. I think I had to be somewhere else at the same time as their set. Whatever.

Rodrigo Y Gabriela. I'm not sure why, but I only shot this image from their set. I think I had to be somewhere else at the same time as their set. Whatever.

Beach Slang. I watched them, but didn't shoot 'em. No idea why.

Beach Slang. I watched them, but didn't shoot 'em. No idea why.

unlimited deep dish pizza from Lou Malnati's, and open bar with Jamison Gingers and other tasty treats

unlimited deep dish pizza from Lou Malnati's, and open bar with Jamison Gingers and other tasty treats

Andrew W.K.

Andrew W.K.

Andrew W.K.

Andrew W.K.

huge crowd, that I thankfully got to avoid, for Andrew W.K.

huge crowd, that I thankfully got to avoid, for Andrew W.K.

Andrew W.K. and Cherie Lily

Andrew W.K. and Cherie Lily

Andrew W.K. 

Andrew W.K. 

Cherie Lily

Cherie Lily

Andrew W.K. 

Andrew W.K. 

Andrew W.K.  and Cherie Lily

Andrew W.K.  and Cherie Lily

Andrew W.K. 

Andrew W.K. 

Cherie Lily

Cherie Lily

Andrew W.K. 

Andrew W.K.