kisa koenig photography » newborn, family & portrait photographer | teton valley, idaho & jackson hole, wyoming

back to my roots

One of my first subjects I started photographing was musicians. I had moved out to San Francisco and my friends/roommates were in a band. We used to caravan to their shows, help unload the van trying to avoid carrying in the “heavy metal” bag, were the first ones out on the dance floor, and all headed home together in the wee hours of the morning. I also was the unofficial photographer. It was back in day when film was all you shot and thankfully I got a deal on processing at the lab I worked at. I’m not sure the photographs were remarkable if I were to really look back at them, but the memories sure were.

I got to photograph at the Spud Drive-In this weekend, where they and Poppa Presents are bringing great music to our little valley. The kick-off began with a sold-out Widespread Panic show and this weekend they followed it up with the Rhythm Devils and the show I got to shoot: Big Head Todd and the Monsters with Martin Sexton and Truth & Salvage Co. It was so much fun to be back at a show, dancing a bit, drinking a few, and shooting a lot. Not to mention, a drive-in theater in the mountains is a pretty awesome place to see a show.

This was the first time I’ve seen Big Head Todd perform and they were incredible live. My friend and I commented how it brought us back to our college days. Then my husband commented it brought him back to his high school days which reminded me that I’m 4 years older than him.

Martin Sexton played solo, but managed to bring out guitar, bass, drum and a several other instruments through his 6-string and his voice. So glad I got to see him live as well.

Truth & Salvage Company kicked off the evening with a powerful group of musicians who are obviously passionate about their music. The last song, Pure Mountain Angel had the crowd mesmerized.

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