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2009 DC101 Chili Cookoff

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I say this every year but the DC101 Chili Cookoff is always one of my favorite events to shoot in DC, mostly because it is put on for such a good cause. The bands tend to be a little more modern rock than my tastest run, but it’s always good to get out of your comfort zone.

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This year added an extra treat. I was shooting on behalf of the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission, which meant I had all sorts of access backstage, including stage access while the bands played.

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As far as the acts go, the biggest stars of the day, believe it or not, were Third Eye Blind. ย I honestly thought they would get laughed off the stage, but that was not the case at all. ย In fact, just the opposite. ย The crowd went crazy when they were on, even though it was raining. ย The old hits from their first album really got everyone going.

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Other bands on the bill included Papa Roach, Puddle of Mudd, Shinedown and The Offsrping.

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