2019 Homestead Valley Music Festival
Grateful for Another Beautiful Day In The Meadow
By Alex Scalisi
The 2019 Homestead Valley Music Festival returned to the Meadow on Saturday, August 24th with sunny skies, boogie-woogie, rock and jam filled tunes and smiles across the faces of neighbors, friends and loved ones who joined us. With an estimated attendance of just over 1,000 adults and children, there were four acts on the bill with special guests, including our very own Maverick, who opened the event with his original "Homestead Valley Song" (you can have Paris) to get things going.
The festival got into full swing with our annual "Youth Showcase" featuring local youth performers, Natalia Betzler and 102 Keys, from Tam High School. The groups soulful rock sound blended perfectly with the early afternoon Homestead crowd, including a superb rendition of David Bowie's 'Moonage Daydream' among others. Next up was, Radio Veloso, a San Francisco funk outfit billed as "The Iron Maiden of Jazz" to get the party really going. Following Radio Veloso, we had surprise sit in with The Plage Boys, featuring local artists including Mill Valley Music owner, Gary Scheuenstuhl.
Rounding out the event was the legendary Mitch Woods & his Rocket 88's, playing that sweet, "get out your seat, jumpin jive" that got everyone in the Meadow on their feet! That will not be the last time Mitch Woods plays the Music Festival! Wow!
Finally, Stu Allen and Friends took the stage for some authentic, Homestead Valley style Grateful Dead tunes that had the sunshine daydream vibe going throughout the afternoon. Darren was certainly looking down on us with approval. Truly an amazing day of live music in our meadow.
Lots of food
, beverages and fun accompanied the musical offering including amazing BBQ from Pig in the Pickle, (best BBQ in the Bay) and Mia's Desserts, snow cones by Charity Smart -- all of which completely sold out of all items!
Lisa's Bar in the Meadow,
run by Homestead resident Lisa Santos and team, once again poured ice cold Lagunitas beer (one of our major sponsors) and a nice selection of red and white wines which were generously donated by local Homestead residents including Helena Chaye.
The festival is a family
affair and what would it be without fabulous KidZone. Thanks to Summer Shapiro for organizing all those great, fun activities and to Kyle Donohoe, Cheng Compton and Braden Osborn for keeping all those kids entertained.
Finally, we could never pull this off without the many fine volunteers we had working on everything from set up, food, wine/beer, set up/clean up, etc. We thank them whole heartedly and they are (in no particular order...!) as follows:
Matt Thomas (promotion) John Reimers (set up and canopy catcher)
We'd also like to give HUGE thanks to the generous sponsors and Lindsey Tucker who made the festival possible. They are: American Solar, Postmates, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Marin Horizon School, Mill Valley Dentistry, Good Earth, Kerry Rose Reality, Malugani Tire and Mill Valley Refuse.
AND, of course, let's not forget the ongoing efforts of David Ross at HVCA for his continuing support...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!!