SoundTown rundownPosted: 08/23/2011
Hey all! I’m back into “regular mode” today–finally–following last weekend’s SoundTown Festival experience. The event was Friday and Saturday and took place in Somerset, WI, at Somerset Amphitheater. Two of my favorite local bands, Zoo Animal and Solid Gold, performed, and I got to check out a bit of Solid Gold’s set while my *awesome* helper looked after my booth. And since Zoo Animal played at the tent directly behind my booth, I got to overhear most of their set.
The show, sales-wise, was not great, but I did well. It was slow overall, for all vendors. I think the event will grow in popularity–and with it, attendance–in the coming years, and I’m definitely interested in vending in it again. I’d like there to be acknowledgement for the artists in next year’s advertising, as nothing was mentioned of vendors this year, and I even heard some festival-goers wondering why they hadn’t been made aware that there would be art, jewelry, etc., for sale.
This year’s band lineup was awesome, so if that continues, this festival will definitely attract bigger and better crowds every year.
I had a great time getting to meet new artists and the people who visited my booth. I had two highlights during the weekend. One was when a woman squealed to her two male friends (and I use the word “squeal” accurately!) that she had seen me on Etsy, that she had “favorited” my shop long ago, and that she had been coveting some of my Minnesota Icon pieces. She was so excited to find me there unexpectedly, to meet me, and to see my work in person. I was equally thrilled to meet her. That’s what it’s all about, folks! What a cool moment.
The second was when a cool-looking guy, who I felt just had a “vibe” to him, came to my booth and looked at my greeting cards for a long time. He eventually settled on my Typewriter Keys card, but when he went to pay, he said he only had $100 bills, and he didn’t want me to have to make change for that. (I also noticed, as he rifled through his wallet, many different kinds of foreign currency.) I said I had enough cash to make change, but he insisted on getting smaller bills, so he left. And never came back. Boo.
My suspicions that he was “somebody” were validated when I saw, during The Flaming Lips‘ set later that night, that he was one of their sound engineers. I believe Wayne Coyne pointed out during the show that this guy was from Wisconsin. It’s neat to me that a big-shot liked my work enough to *almost* buy it. Ha!
Overall, I want to say many, many thanks to my bf for his help with my booth and for keeping me entertained at all times, and thanks also to my booth neighbor and friend, jewelry designer Larissa Loden. It was so fun to hang with her, to watch her make her booth visitors so happy, and to drool over her jewelry for two straight days. You *know* I went home with a necklace.
At the end of the night, after we’d packed up our booths and inventory for the weekend, the bf, Larissa, and I got to enjoy the headliners of SoundTown, The Flaming Lips. It was a great end to a very fun weekend!