Pictures From The Poorly Run 2017 Knox Outdoor Music Festival


This was one event that I wished would have been better than the actual outcome.  If anyone is planning an outdoor event of any kind from May to September, you know that every day there is that chance of rain and thunderstorms.  The festival got started but quickly had to stop due to strong thunderstorms.  And their social media sites was very slow, over two hours long, to get the word out to what would happen with the event.  In fact, I had to send out information myself.

The event was moved indoors to Classic Too which was across the street from Classic on Noble.  And yes, there was plenty of confusion.  For about 10 minutes, I was running around because the people in the yellow shirts were telling me the venue was for “VIP” only.  Yes, I was almost not allowed to stay at the event, along with other people.  It took too long for the festival staff to tell the security people to let anyone with an wristband in.

And let’s admit it, Classic Too is not an great classic venue.  I give props to The Dexateens and St. Paul & The Broken Bones for performing in what was a corner in a small room.  I also give props to the photographer the festival hired and the lady from the Anniston Star for getting some good photos.  As for me, I got some photos but people were pushing their way closer and blocking my shots with their smartphones.

I mean, this is a popular blog with over one million views now, but people had no clue what “Geek Alabama” was and were pushing me back and back some more before I finally gave up.  That small room was super hot and stuffy and I went outside where it was raining which was also much cooler!  I also chatted with some security people in those yellow shirts about how the festival was not being run like it should.

So, next year I hope the Knox Concert people will learn from this and have a PLAN B!  Classic Too is not where concerts with big names should be held.  If the weather goes bad again I can think of other facilities like the Anniston City Meeting Center, community centers, or even the Anniston High School where the Knox Concert Series events happen.  I guess this is an learning experience for the Knox folks on how to run an outdoor event the right way.

Anyways, here are the few photos I took indoors.  I hope the 2018 version of the Knox Outdoor Music Festival is better run.  Learn more at: http://www.knoxconcertseries.org/knox-outdoors/ 

You can also find photos on the Geek Alabama Facebook page, Google Photos, and on Flickr too!

Videos can be found on the Nathan Young (Geek Alabama) YouTube channel and most videos can be found on the Geek Alabama Facebook page too!

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Pictures And Video From The 2017 Do Dah Day Parade


Another event I covered was the 2017 Do Dah Day Parade.  This year the parade was smaller than I remember.  Do Dah Day started as a small party but it has grown through the years for all animal lovers to enjoy.  Do Dah Day is Birmingham’s oldest event and sees people from around the country converge on Rhodes and Caldwell Parks to enjoy fun, food, and music with their pets!  This event benefits the Greater Birmingham Humane Society and The Friends of Cats and Dogs Foundation.

Below are a video and photos from the event, learn more at: https://www.dodahday.org/

You can also find photos on the Geek Alabama Facebook page, Google Photos, and on Flickr too!

Videos can be found on the Nathan Young (Geek Alabama) YouTube channel and most videos can be found on the Geek Alabama Facebook page too!

Pictures And Video From The 2017 US Canine Biathlon In Anniston


Another event that recently happened in the former Fort McClellan in Anniston was the 2017 US Canine Biathlon.  This event features a human and their dog going on a four mile obstacle course featuring things like crawling through a pipe, walking in a creek or mud, climbing over walls, and much more!

The event included live music, dog vendors, hiking trails, nearby camping, BBQ & food vendors, and professional photography.  The event mainly featured military, search & rescue, and police dog teams, but civilians were also allowed to participate!  Below are a video and pictures from the event!  Learn more at: http://info.amk9.com/uscaninebiathlon

You can also find photos on the Geek Alabama Facebook page, Google Photos, and on Flickr too!

Videos can be found on the Nathan Young (Geek Alabama) YouTube channel and most videos can be found on the Geek Alabama Facebook page too!

Pictures And Video From The 2017 Jamfest In Jacksonville


A brand new event this year to take advantage of the Cheaha Challenge on the next day was called Jamfest.  This event held on the campus of Jacksonville State University featured music, arts and crafts such as screenprinting and an blacksmith, kids activities, and of course plenty of vendors.

Jamfest: Jacksonville Arts & Music Festival was conceived for the primary purpose of creating synergy between Jacksonville State University and the city of Jacksonville, Alabama through a dynamic and unique creative arts and music festival. The goal is to create an annual home for their creative community to thrive, as well as to bring focus on their beautiful, friendly city.

Jamfest 2017 was held in conjunction with the renowned 2017 Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo & Ultra Ride cycling event.  And this free event welcomed everyone from the cyclists visiting town to residents looking for a free event to attend.  Below are pictures and an video from the Rattlesnake Rattlers from Jamfest 2017!  Learn more at:  http://jamfestjacksonville.com/

You can also find photos on the Geek Alabama Facebook page, Google Photos, and on Flickr too!

Videos can be found on the Nathan Young (Geek Alabama) YouTube channel and most videos can be found on the Geek Alabama Facebook page too!

Pictures And Video From The 2017 Cheaha Challenge


The 2017 Cheaha Challenge, Gran Fondo Century / ULTRA, and the Chief Ladiga Cruise Family Ride were really good this year.  This year, the 25th anniversary of the event required cyclists to complete a grueling bicycle ride over numerous large hill climbs.  The event featured several stages cyclists could attempt from 24 miles to an over 100 mile ULTRA with many large mountain climbs.

This event has been ranked as one of the top cycling events in the United States and the entire world.  And thankfully the weather held out for this event as hundreds of cyclists rode in this event.  Riding along Alabama’s highways and seeing the beauty of Mount Cheaha is always a treat for any cyclist in this event.  Below are pictures and a video from the event!  See you in 2018 and learn more at: http://www.cheahachallenge.com/ 

You can also find photos on the Geek Alabama Facebook page, Google Photos, and on Flickr too!

Videos can be found on the Nathan Young (Geek Alabama) YouTube channel and most videos can be found on the Geek Alabama Facebook page too!