Briefcase Full of Blues.

Photographs Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum


Briefcase Full of Blues, a Blues Brothers tribute band, took the stage at the Sky Ute Fairgrounds on Friday, Aug. 31 for their homage to John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd’s legendary blues act. 

Opening up the Blues Brothers tribute act on Friday night in Ignacio, Colorado, Briefcase Full of Blues made a grand entry in a replica of the iconic Bluesmobile from the classic film. 

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Biker Bull Riding on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation.

Photograph Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum


Ignacio, Colorado. 
In the annual festivities that surround Ignacio’s Bike Week motorcycle rally, those with the courage join the bull in the pin for eight seconds of glory. Biker Bull riding as it is dubbed, takes non professional bull riders and gives them a taste of pain, or victory depending on the temperament of the animal, and the skill of the rider. 

In a few hours time I will be once again photographing the action…Nikon in hand!

Bikers, Bulls & Brews…

Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum

Working at a local newspaper, once can easily become accustomed to the ebb and flow of a year from the coverage that revolves as faithfully as a pendulum. The spring is ushered in with cultural events, big powwows and the ending of each summer with bike rally and tribal fair before the autumn colors show themselves with the coming of winter.

This shot is one of my favorites, the product of diligent shooting along the sidelines of the annual “Biker Bull Rodeo,” an event that encourages non professionals to loosen up at the beer tent, sign a waiver and try their luck with the local livestock. Action packed to say the least!

This image is selected from coverage in The Southern Ute Drum in the fall of 2009. One from the archive! Next weekend I’ll be back at it, always seeking another way to visually tell the story. Action lends itself to the event, for no two frames will ever be the same. Get creative, be patient, and the good things will happen!

Best, Jeremy

Traditions Ride On.

Photograph Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM

Recent Photographic coverage for the Southern Ute Drum took me north, over the mountains, to celebrate the Ute Indian Summer Celebrations in Montrose, Colorado. This two day event is also known as Chipeta Days, honoring Chief Ouray’s wife.

Back in the heart of Ignacio, I found myself covering the annual motorcycle rally, now coined as Ignacio Bike Week. Biker Bull Riding, Traditional Native American Dance and a Veteran’s Bike Parade set the pace for a rambunctious weekend on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation!

Click HERE See full coverage and more photos in the Southern Ute Drum newspaper online.

Cheers, Jeremy