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Beatnik @ South Country Fair’s East Stage

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Luis E. Busca

Folk photographer Luis Busca spent the weekend at South Country Fair 2017, following in the wake of local folk royalty Gillian Moranz and her work at SCF’s aptly named East Stage. Located just outside of Fort Macleod, Alberta, this homegrown, grassroots, family friendly festival celebrated it’s 31st birthday this year with a fantastic line up of folk, bluegrass, rock and a whole lot of hootin’ and hollerin’.

Stationed across from the East Stage was the Beatnik Bus, a vintage and vinyl record store on wheels that has been burning rubber through the streets of Calgary. Frequently described as a food truck for music, Kris Poch, the founder and operator of this unique travelling caravan, started selling and trading records after inheriting a huge collection of vinyl’s and 8-tracks during her senior year at university, almost 3 years ago. Since then she has made quite an impression on the southern Alberta music scene, making old school records accessible at festivals and folk markets. 

This year Kris Poch and Gillian Moranz teamed up to bring the Beatnik Bus into closer collaboration with East Stage – they hooked up the bus’s record player to the East Stage’s sound system, which allowed them to play through the Beatnik’s extensive collection of classic country and folk favourites.

Welcome to the Beatnik Vinyl and Vintage Bus || Photography by Luis E. Busca for Discorder Magazine
Welcome to the Beatnik Vinyl and Vintage Bus || Photography by Luis E. Busca for Discorder Magazine
Pushing entrepreneurial grounds and collecting bobble heads. All in a days work. || Photography by Luis E. Busca for Discorder Magazine
Pushing entrepreneurial grounds and collecting bobble heads. All in a days work. || Photography by Luis E. Busca for Discorder Magazine
Beatnik @ SCF's East Stage || Photography by Luis E. Busca for Discorder Magazine
Beatnik @ SCF’s East Stage || Photography by Luis E. Busca for Discorder Magazine
Founder, operator and bus driver: Kris Poch || Photography by Luis E. Busca for Discorder Magazine
Founder, operator and bus driver: Kris Poch || Photography by Luis E. Busca for Discorder Magazine
Three years ago the Beatnik Bus was brought to life after Kris Poch inherited an extensive collection of vinyl records || Photography by Luis E. Busca for Discorder Magazine
Three years ago the Beatnik Bus was brought to life after Kris Poch inherited an extensive collection of vinyl records || Photography by Luis E. Busca for Discorder Magazine
Beatnik @ SCF's East Stage || Photography by Luis E. Busca for Discorder Magazine
Beatnik @ SCF’s East Stage || Photography by Luis E. Busca for Discorder Magazine
Music enthusiasts scouring through the collection || Photography by Luis E. Busca for Discorder Magazine
Music enthusiasts scouring through the collection || Photography by Luis E. Busca for Discorder Magazine
Peekaboo! View of the Beatnik Bus from in front of the East Stage || Photography by Luis E. Busca for Discorder Magazine
Peekaboo! View of the Beatnik Bus from in front of the East Stage || Photography by Luis E. Busca for Discorder Magazine
Gleaming amongst her work, she admits that the Beatnik was never the “plan”, but more of a fluke || Photography by Luis E. Busca for Discorder Magazine
Gleaming amongst her work, she admits that the Beatnik was never the “plan”, but more of a fluke || Photography by Luis E. Busca for Discorder Magazine