Saturday, August 24th, 2019
11 AM – 6 PM
Homestead Community Center Meadow @ 315 Montford Avenue
Stu Allen and Friends to Headline the Woodstock themed 2019 Homestead Valley Music Festival!
“Be More Like Darren”

By: Alex Scalisi, Co-Chair
and Ron Shalhoup, Music Chair

We are EXTREMELY excited to announce the line-up for the 2019 Homestead Valley Music Festival. The event will once againbe heldon the Saturday BEFORE Labor Day weekendin the meadow at the Homestead Valley Community Center.  With this being the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock, we’re going with the peace and love theme for the event this year.  Feel free to pull out those bell bottoms and rock your favorite tye-dyed or Grateful Dead t-shirt!  It’s going to be a love fest all day in the meadow with music, art, food, drinks and fun for the whole family!

Also, as many of you know, we lost our friend, neighbor and Music Festival co-chair Darren Malvin tragically this year. Darren was influential not only with our Music Festival, but also with his commitment to community and giving back to make the world, and our little slice of it here in Homestead Valley, that much better for everyone.  We miss him terribly, but will be honoring him all day at the event — not only through the music he loved, but also with a message for everyone to live your life selflessly and “Be More Like Darren”.

Headlining the festival this year is Stu Allen and Friends, a native of Louisville, Kentucky and resident of San Rafael, CA.  Guitarist-singer Stu’s Allen’s mixture of rock, americana and soaring Grateful Dead tributes have been delighting fans for the past 15 years.  A figure at Terrapin Crossroads and Ashkenaz in Berkeley, Stu has made extensive contributions to the scene by playing with the likes of Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), Bob Weir, Steve Kimock, Warren Haynes and numerous other prominent musicians.

Opening this year’s show will be our featured local youth performers, Natalia Betzler and 102 Keys, coming to us straight fromTam High.  The new sophomore has played a number of performances including opening the Mountain Play performance of “Grease” earlier this Summer, and for the Bread and Roses and Love is the Answer nonprofit foundations.

Following Natalia Betzler and 102 Keys will be up and coming artists, Radio Veloso, a San Francisco-based instrumental quartet that combines hip hop beats, heavy funk bass, Afrofunk guitar and lo-fi horn lines. This is some serious modern groove music to bounce to!

Rounding out this year’s lineup is Mitch Woods and his Rocket 88’s, bringing thathigh energy modern day boogie-woogie, jumping blues, jazz sounds in the style of 1940’s and 1950’s.

The festival is, of course, free to attend, however we are asking for donations at the gates to offset the costs of the bands and equipment.

LASTLY, we are in need of volunteer assistance to help with set-up, clean-up, and a whole host of other related activities. Donate wine for the bar, homemade goodies and/or sign up for a 3-hour shift. 

Please reach out to David Ross (david@homesteadvalley.org).

4:30 – 6:00p Stu Allen and Friends
3:00 – 4:00p Mitch Woods and his Rocket 88’s
1:30 – 2:30p Radio Veloso
12:00 – 1:00p Youth Showcase with Natalia Betzler and 102 Keys
Thanks in advance for your kind consideration and support and we’ll see you in the Meadow on Saturday, August 24th!
Can’t wait to see everyone there!

About the Homestead Valley Music Festival

Beginning in 2008, we have seen the transformation of the meadow at the Homestead Valley Community Center transformed into a rocking venue for the appreciation of music, and fun in the sun! This FREE event is a highlight of the year and great way to say farewell to summer. Each year we have been able to assemble a stunning array of musicians, bands and entertainment that showcases a broad array of musical styles. This event is made possible through the generous support of various local business and agencies – and, of course, a hard working crew of passionate and dedicated volunteers. Get involved! Be a part of creating another memorable celebration of music and summer fun! Event Chairs:  Alex Scalisi and Darren Malvin

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