Despite the tragedy of what happened in Las Vegas a few weeks ago, the annual Aftershock Festival in Sacramento was a great reminder that we’re all in this world together and we all have to lookout for each other. Roughly 50,000 people came out to Discovery Park this weekend to enjoy some amazing performances, unbelievable weather, and good times.

Nine Inch Nails headlined Saturday night to a crowd that stretched as far as you could see. We interviewed Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for the November issue of the magazine, (but you can read it here as well). Thanks to Alex Lieu, NIN-artist, creative director at 42 Entertainment, lead director of the Year Zero immersive world building effort, we were able to do a limited edition print giveaway signed by Alex, Trent, and Atticus to a swarm of fans before the Nine Inch Nails set.

Just hours before Trent and company took to the stage, Mike & El-P of Run the Jewels gave the festival attendees a different, but well received flavor in their ears. El-P was interviewed and featured in the magazine not long ago either. Juxtapoz had the opportunity for a meet and greet, and it was cool to get a chance to shoot the breeze with RTJ for a few minutes before the show.

Other weekend favorites came from Mastodon, who have always done an amazing job integrating the visual with the auditory. Having worked extensively with Skinner in the past, they recently released an amazing new EP, Cold Dark Place, with cover art by Richey Beckett

The Make Your Mark Art Zone was a crowd favorite as always, with a Run The Jewels-inspired wall by Shaun Burner and other cool work by several local artists who were happy to engage with the crowd all weekend long.

Special thanks to Lance and the crew at Leave Your Mark Sacramento for donating the paint and being part of the mix this year.

Additional special thanks to the crew at Danny Wimmer Presents and Aftershock Festival for having us out again for another fun weekend.

Photos and Write-up by Mike Stalter

Also, a big thank you to Alex Lieu for created the limited-edition NIN print released Saturday evening at the festival!