2019 Volunteer Spotlight – Alison Moffat


Alison joined us as a Homegrown volunteer for the first time in 2018 but she has been a dedicated attendee since 2012!

Alison thinks the trolley is the best venue of the festival with its amazing energy and intimate setting.  She is not alone in that!

She decided to volunteer to become more active in the festival she loves.  She had a great time volunteering last year – especially enjoying interacting with fans as a representative of the festival.  The found the volunteer training really useful and pointed out that the Men as Peacemakers bystander intervention training was a highlight – offering practical strategies that have stuck with her beyond the festival.  

Alison’s Pro Tip: Don’t get too attached to your ‘to-do” list.  She says this with love because she is a self described over ambitious Homegrown list maker.   Wander around a but and pop into an unfamiliar venue; check out a band you’ve never heard of. These are spontaneous delights that make Homegrown a special event.

Alison says she will always show up for whatever Todd Gremmels is doing.

Alison volunteered with her hubby last year and we gave them one of the weirdest shifts of the festival – the door at Blacklist on the night TBT was doing their secret show at Luce.  As the closest venue selling wristbands we knew they were going to get crushed but we couldn’t tell them why we staffed that door so heavily. LOL They were such good sports and we thank them for that!  Can’t wait to see what this year brings!

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2019 Volunteer Spotlight – Serena Follis


Serena Follis is one our hardest working Homegrown Music Festival Venue Managers.  She almost always works multiple nights supervising groups of volunteers in one of our more busy and demanding venues!  We are so lucky to have her <3

Serena loves working the Rex Bar and likes to work all her shifts there.  There is lots of space for dancing at that venue and the atmosphere is always great and full of fun.  She loves spending the week of Homegrown running from venue to venue to see all the diverse local music.

Serena volunteers her time for Homegrown because it allows her to see great local music that she wouldn’t’ ordinarily be able to see and to hang out with like-minded people who are out and about to have a good time and make new friends.  

Serena’s expert advice: Look out for each other and be smart! There is a lot going on and the whole festival is more fun when people are respectful of one another and looking out for everyone while having fun.  

Serena says don’t miss Four on the Floor – she caught them at a secret show at Glensheen last year and was so impressed by their music and good energy.

Thank you Serena – we literally couldn’t do this without you!

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2019 Volunteer Spotlight – Gavin Glen


Gavin has been a pat of the Homegrown volunteer family since the 2017 festival!

Gavin’s favorite Homegrown Music Festival memory is Sarah Krueger’s 2018 set at the Red Herring Lounge.  He had just seen the Netflix documentary on Lady Gaga and was stunned to see Sarah K. dressed resembling Lady G in the Joanne album.

Gavin volunteers for Homegrown because of his own love of music (a guitarist and a singer!) and comedy.  He hopes to one day put on his concert. His commitment is deepened by Homegrown’s partnership with PAVSA and his commitment to a safe party environment for all. He likes helping keep people safe in part of the #metoo movement.  

Gavin’s pro-tip for new volunteers is to keep a keen eye for wristbands!

Thank you Gavin and we hope to see you at the 2019 festival!

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2019 Volunteer Spotlight – Linnea & Emily


THESE TWO!  I just get the biggest smiles thinking about these two who have been on our Homegrown volunteer squad for three years already!  You know you’re in the right place when the smiles on these faces are getting you through the line and into the fun as fast and friendly as possible.  

Linnea loves Superior Night to mix things up and because the drinks are cheaper on the other side of the bridge and Emily says the Rex Bar is her favorite venue because the dance floor is superb.  

These two share a love of Homegrown and feeling involved with something they love.  They love live music and being out and about with people.

Pro Tips:

  • Come prepared
  • Bring cash and snacks
  • Know the schedule
  • Caffeine and Water!

Emily says don’t you dare miss Big Wave Dave & The Ripples!

Sign up with your favorite HG friend today and Dereck & I will work to get your shifts together – double the fun!

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