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POW x Freakout Fest 2019!

From Thursday night, November 14th through Sunday night, November 17th, 2019, Ballard, Washington hosted the 7th annual Freakout Festival featuring all variations of psychedelic and neo-60’s rock. The festival offered seven venues scattered around downtown Ballard with the bulk located on Ballard Avenue. There were 76 live bands performing along with seven DJ’s spinning tracts between the live bands. The venues were diverse and included a coffee shop, a clothing store, a ballroom, a waterfront dive bar and a restaurant. The primary venues with shows going until 1:30 am were the Tractor Tavern, Salmon Bay, the Sunset Tavern, and Conor Bryne. The other three venues hosted early shows until 9 pm and included Caffee Umbria, Filson and Lagunitas. The headliner bands were Alex Maas, Razor Clam, Soft Kill, All Lover Live Set, Monsterwatch, Bearaxe, Night Heron, Racoma, Alesso Peck, Death Valley Girls, El Shirota, Battleme, Bodies On The Beach, Fretland, Jerry Joseph, Naked Giants and Young Heazy. Tractor Tavern and Salmon Bay combined extensive psychedelic light shows to complement the musical performances.

The Freakout Festival had previously been known as the “Psychedelic Holiday Freakout Festival” and began in 2013 in different areas around Seattle. It is now in year seven and is in year three in Ballard. Its production is by Freakout Records. Freakout has appeared at the SXSW Festival and at events in Seattle, New York and Los Angeles among others. The Freakout Festival is sponsored by KEXP Radio, The Vera Project, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Scuttlebut Brewing and Topo Chico, along with others. You can see more on The Ballard Freakout Festival at their website:

Check out POW’s photo gallery from our time at Freakout below:

I am an entertainment, show, band, concert and festival photographer experienced in shooting events of all sizes and genres. I am located in Portland, Oregon and am retired and no longer do any shooting or writing on a commercial basis. I am a contributing writer and photographer for POW Magazine. My past photo-journalism experiences since 2003 have been with a number of local Portland and Seattle entertainment. These include Portland's Positively Entertainment and Dining Magazine, Portland Music Review, the Cascade Blues Association Blues Notes Magazine, Northwest Karaoke and Live Music Review Magazine, and with the independent blues label, Delta Groove Productions in Los Angeles (9 yrs). For the past three years (2016-2019), I was a a writer/photographer to the ezine in New York. I also send occasional Karaoke feature articles to KaraokeScene magazine in Los Angeles. In addition, I publish my own Karaoke blog, West Coast Karaoke Review on Facebook where I write and photograph feature articles on regional Karaoke bars. I got my start shooting and publishing articles while in the Navy on my final ship the U.S.S Halyburton, FFG-40, where one of my assigned duties was as the ship’s Public Affairs Officer. This included submitting articles to local Charleston, SC newspapers along with the U.S. Naval Base Bowhook newspaper for two years until 1991. My goal with joining POW Magazine is two-fold, one, to shoot in as many new venues that I haven’t visited before and two, to hopefully benefit the bands that I cover and help them by providing strong photographic, journalistic and video coverage of their shows. POW Magazine’s Editor Sheena Salazar has already begun my training and immersion into video-journalism by having me shoot video on my first assignment, the Blank Tapes. Additionally, Dennis has taken the time to train me Editorial duties and in the mysteries of posting videos to Youtube. Now I have morphed into an actual Youtube Content Contributor! I feel fortunate to be provided the opportunity to expand my media horizon and be a member of the POW Magazine Team!! I presently am standing in for Sheena Moore as Temporary Acting Editor while she is on leave.