Orion Festival In Photos: The Bands, The Scene, And The "Potato Tornado"

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Maura Johnston
This mural was painted over the course of the weekend on the outside of the Metallica Museum.
I spent the past two days at Atlantic City's Bader Field, which played host to the inaugural Orion Music + More Festival, a two-day "music, arts and lifestyle" bonanza put together by the thrash kings in Metallica. It was pretty great all around—James Hetfield kept referring to the bash as a "backyard party," and while things weren't that intimate, the way that the band left its stamp on all aspects of the festival (particularly the big-tent aspect of the musical lineup) gave it a charge of intimacy and care that was much more present than at other multi-band, multi-day extravaganzas I've attended in recent years. A detailed report will come later, but for now, please enjoy these pictures of various scenes from the past two days.

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Maura Johnston
Orion was held at Bader Field, just across the water from Atlantic City's main drag, Atlantic Avenue. (You know, the one from Monopoly.)

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Maura Johnston
Kirk Hammett's tent of horror-movie memorabilia had long lines throughout the weekend, so this sign advertising appearances by the star of The Exorcist was as far as I got as far as a glimpse inside.

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Maura Johnston
Each member of Metallica had an area devoted to one of their passions—Hammett had the aforementioned shrine to scary movies, Lars Ulrich had a tent where he showed films (including Before The Wall: Body & Being, directed by his father and with a soundtrack by Ulrich) and interviewed directors, Robert Trujillo played the Vans-sponsored skate ramp, and James Hetfield hung out at the car and motorcycle show, which had some of his vehicles on display. This was not one of them, but the way the green and purple sparkled in the sun was pretty great.

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