Inspired by the enormous popularity of Coachella, the music festival that draws hordes of millennials and thirtysomethings to Indio, California, every year, the new fest Desert Trip Music Festival—also set in Indio—is aimed at boomers drawn to the legendary rock musicians whose songs were the soundtrack of their youth. The festival took place over two weekends that concluded on October 16 and featured six indisputably iconic acts: the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters, and the Who. And Brinson+Banks were there to document the scene at weekend one for AARP.
“We’ve shot at a fair share of music festivals the past two years: two Coachellas (for Garnier and Instagram) and I Heart Music, Bonnaroo, and Firefly for Garnier. So when AARP asked us to cover Desert Trip Music Festival, we knew what we were in for: Lots of dust, lots of sweating (it topped out at 99 degrees), lots of walking, and lots of characters,” say Brinson+Banks.
“We weren’t there to cover the stage, though we did get chances to ooh and ahh and shake a leg at the amazing shows, too. We wandered the camping areas and the crowds and found so many friendly faces, even people who had traveled from as far as Denmark for the first time, a former assistant tour manager for the Grateful Dead, and a man who had attended Woodstock and had a Rolling Stones logo tattoo on his chest. It was exhausting, but it was a blast to just be directed by the light and the most unique faces in the crowd of 75,000.”
AARP featured the duo’s images on Instagram and online. Below, some of our favorites…