You got gold.


hese days I go to bed late and wake up late. I don’t like this but I can’t seem to break the cycle. I like to work in daylight hours, not at night. Doing this is also makes me late to Storyteller. I used to post and schedule the night before but I’m trying to keep things fresh.

I want to talk about something that happened in Houston at the Astroworld Festival. I woke up to an email that began, “Now what?”

Now what, what?

The festival turned into a stampede in which 8 people died, 17 were hospitalized and hundreds were injured. The founder of the festival, Travis Scott, was onstage with Drake at the time this occurred. LiveNation, a publicly traded multi-billion dollar company, was the promoter.

As the investigation proceeds I’m sure that fingers will be pointed in every direction. But, here’s the deal. Whenever there is festival seating, the people involved with the event are trying to make as much money as possible, fans be damned.

The ultimate culprit, as seems be happening a lot these days, is greed.

All of this sent chills up the spines of everybody in this house. I cannot tell you how terrible we feel for the victims. Thoughts prayers seems such an empty phrase so I’ll go with what they say in New Orleans. “Prayers up.”

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at or For a quick look at my work please go to

10 thoughts on “Twilight

    1. Most outdoor festivals use festival seating including the grand daddies, The Newport Jazz and Newport Folk Festivals. The only outdoor venues that have reserved seating are the big names like Wolftrap, Red Rocks and Hollywood Bowl.

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      1. Thw authorities must deal with such dereliction of duty with tough penalties so that they think twice before taking the lives of innocent fans so lightly, as if expendable at the altar of celebrity culture.

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      2. Or, maybe not. Do you remember Mike Tyson, the heavyweight boxer? He once said that you can make all the plans you want before you step into the ring. But, the first time you get punched in the face all the plans go out the window. There were 384 off duty, on duty police and security officers there. There was the equivalent of two military field hospitals. There were 27 ambulances lined up inside the concert. But, the rapper who was onstage and founded the evnt is known for creating chaos. He egged the fans on. Blame him..


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