Homestead Valley Music Festival - Another Beautiful Day in the Meadow!
By Alex Scalisi, Festival Co-Chair
The 2018 Homestead Valley Music Festival returned on Saturday, August 25th for the 11th year of amplified music in the meadow at the Community Center. This year brought a New Orleans style theme to the Valley with music, food and crafts centered around the "Big Easy". The weather cooperated nicely as the crowd estimated to be just over 900 adults and children enjoyed beautiful sunny skies. Continuing with our tradition from previous years, we were once again "OFF THE GRID" as local Evergreen Street resident Darren Malvin, not only continued to be one of our major sponsors
(THANK YOU AMERICAN SOLAR)
, but also powered the entire event from his
SOLAR POWERED HOME!
The festival opened with our annual "Youth Showcase" featuring local youth performers,
followed by the King Street Giants, who brought the crowd to their feet by leading a traditional "Second Line" parade down the stage, through the meadow, up to the parking lot and back down to the stage once again to finish their set.
Next up was San Francisco 'Rock and Soul'
, who brought their mix of originals and traditional covers with booming vocals and tight interplay. Following Shantytown, Homestead Valley's own, Jonathan Korty closed the event with the Uptown Rulers including members of the California Honeydrops, who had previously performed at the music festival and who now tour extensively around the world and recently opened up for Bonnie Raitt.
Lots of food, beverages and fun accompanied the musical offerings. They included our friends from The Pig in the Pickle, (best BBQ in the Bay) and an incredible variety of homemade baked products by a host of Homestead residents and overseen by Mia Wyman. Also once again, we were thrilled to provide snow cones thanks to Homestead resident Charity Smart and team including Jeremy Cowan helping with soft drinks.
's Bar in the Meadow,
run by Homestead resident Lisa Santos and team, once again poured ice cold
(one of our major sponsors), a nice selection of wines and for the second time margaritas! A
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including make your own New Orleans style parasols that the kids loved. Also for the first time, we were thrilled to offer a Homestead Valley Music Festival merchandise table, selling a great variety of hats, stickers and cups all with our great logo created by David Rush and inspired by neighborhood favorite Cinnamon who we all miss very much.
Additionally, we could never pull this off without the many fine volunteers we had working on everything from food, wine/beer, set up/clean up, etc. We thank them wholeheartedly and they are (in no particular order...!) as follows: Ron Shalhoup (music),
(MC), Ashley MacDonald (everything), David Rush (art and promotion), Matt Thomas
and volunteers) and Patrick Wyman (parking and traffic).
Additionally we would like to thank the following day of volunteers:
Diana Flasher, Maxine and Nejat Flasher-Duzgune, Leslie Dixon, Rachel Carlin, Diana, Scott and Mattie Greenstone, Mike Scurich, Alan Cowan, Mary Walsh, Lindsey Tucker, Helena Chaye, Jonny Alper, Chris Heeler, Susan Burns, Rachel Hunter, Sean Pakenham, Rick Stern, Stephen Morse, Danny Scuderi, Anne, Bill and Henry Perrine, Chandi Hempala, Kathleen Hazelton-Leech, Grace Westbrook, Marcy and Vanessa Rush, Ada Holmes-Hidalgo, Julie Ogawa, Jennifer Coyne, Kimberly Hansen, Marabeth Grahame, Elvin MacDonald, and Lindsay, Jack and Anastasia Scalisi.
AND, of course, let's not forget the ongoing efforts of
at HVCA for his continuing support.
'd also like to give HUGE thanks to the generous sponsors that made the festival possible. They are: PREMIER SPONSORS Postmates, American Solar MAJOR SPONSORS: Mill Valley Dentistry, Alpha Dog, Malugani Tire Center, Marin Horizon School community for the generous donation, wrist branders and parking;
for a veritable truckload of beer, and Good Earth for their donation and day of participation. BIG thanks go to Mill Valley Refuse for their support and donation to the festival.
LASTLY - We would like to thank all of those who made GENEROUS gate donations this year. Without you, WE COULD NOT PUT ON THIS FANTASTIC COMMUNITY EVENT!!
Thanks again to all who made this such a success and please let us know if you'd like to volunteer for next year's event. Mark your calendars for next year --Saturday, August 24th 2019!! See you there!