It may be the venue–Merriweather Post Pavilion. It may be the event–Virgin Mobile’s FreeFest. It might be the artists–MGMT, Robin Thicke, Kaskade, The Avett Brothers, Black Joe Lewis, Pretty Lights, or Icona Pop. But whatever it was, the weather could not keep more than 50,000 people from enjoying what has become a trademark music event for the area.
The morning started with sunshine and the evening ended with a cold downpour, but the spirits were high as the festival goers danced in the rain, noshed on some great food, and raised money to help the Sasha Bruce Youthwork open the doors to the RE*Generation House, a brand new transitional living center in Washington D.C. Donations not only keep the doors of this house open, but also underwrite specialized programming around urban farming and entrepreneurship. While the festival was free (tickets “freed” out in under 2 minutes) various activities around the grounds solicited donations to support the cause.
Here is the first round of FreeFest photos from Kevin Carroll.