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Virgin Mobile FreeFest: 10 September 2011 - Columbia, MD

Jesse Justice

Vibrant colors and the love of free music on display at the Virgin Mobile FreeFest.

Virgin Mobile FreeFest

City: Columbia, MD
Venue: Merriweather Post Pavilion
Date: 2011-09-10

Our photographer Jesse Justice tackled the day long Virgin Mobile FreeFest in Columbia, MD to capture these highlights from bands like Patti Smith, Cee Lo Green, Cut Copy, Ghostland Observatory, Calvin Harris, TV on the Radio and many more. Spectacular colors and crazy outfits are visible in these photos from the unique "free'd" out event.

Ben Rothenhoefer, of A Way of Life skate shop, gets some air in front of Brian Haskell and company on the Skatepark of Baltimore halfpipe.

Sean Kennedy soars above Nathan Gidault during an Extreme Trampoline Show performance.

Okkervil River on the Pavilion Stage.

Okkervil River.

Okkervil Rivere.

Okkervil River.

Okkervil Rivere.

Jennifer Mueller and MK show some tulle spirit in the Dance Forest.

The crowd lit up for Calvin Harris's early afternoon set.

Calvin Harris throwin' down in the Dance Forest.

Calvin Harris givin' it up in the Dance Forest.

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals rock the Pavilion Stage.

Grace Potter.

Grace Potter.

Ghostland Observatory rounds out the Dance Forest lineup, providing a misty, gut-heavy set that fit somewhere between post-modern and post-apocalyptic.

Ghostland Observatory.

The day cools down as festivalgoers check back in with the real world.

Maria Elizabeth and Gideon Amellcin travelled from Wilmington, NC, to don masks and enjoy the free music and give a little joy.

Ted E and Tiffany Valentine, with the Bindelstiff Family Circus, pose it up under one of the many Merriweather sculptures. Bindelstiff performed all afternoon betwee the Extreme Trampoline Show and the Albus Cavus installation.

The crowd got significantly thicker around 4PM.

Cut Copy plays the West Stage.

Cut Copy plays the West Stage.

Cut Copy plays the West Stage.

Patti Smith starts her Pavilion Stage set by making a few Polaroid 650 images.

Patti Smith brings the crowd to smiles and happy tears at the Pavilion Stage.

Patti Smith.

Patti Smith.

By 6PM, the crowd grew to congestion levels.

Cee Lo Green entertains the willing crowd from the West Stage.

Cee Lo Green.

Cee Lo Green.

Cee Lo Green.

TV On The Radio jazzes up the Pavilion Stage with improv to spare.

TV On The Radio.

TV On The Radio.

TV On The Radio.

TV On The Radio.

TV On The Radio.

The Teddybears roil the electronic waters with a look and sound unmatched throughout the festival.

The Teddybears.

The Teddybears.

The Black Keys blow the Pavilion Stage crowd away with their energy and style.

The Black Keys.

The Black Keys.

The Black Keys.

Sometimes you just need to climb a giant, metal chicken in the moonlight.

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