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A peep behind the scenes: WinterWonderGrass’ integral players who are usually outside of the spotlight

Julia Ben-Asher For Explore Steamboat

 

Daniel Egan

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Position: Site operation hand

How did you get into festival production? Started going to festivals where I grew up on the east coast and got involved in music promotion when I moved to Portland.  I started working at the festivals thrown by a few different companies based out of Portland.  

What's your favorite part of this line of work? I enjoy working operations because it is the nuts and bolts of the event.  You are always on task with risk management, creative problem solving and trying to stay two steps ahead of the event. My favorite part of festival work is creating an atmosphere where people feel safe to enjoy themselves.  You can really feel the sense of gratitude people display at a well organized event.  

What's the WWG 2018 show you're most looking forward to? Fruition (my hometown heroes) and The Ghost of Paul Revere

 

Kristen Sommer-Swager​

Hometown: ​Denver

Position: Director of events and co-owner of Symbiotic Events, a Denver-based event production company

How did you get into festival operations? Working at the legendary Mishawaka Amphitheater ​outside of Fort Collins.

What's your favorite part of this line of work? There is never a dull moment! ​

What WinterWonderGrass show are you most looking forward to? ​Pickin on the Doors

 

Kelsey Breitung

Hometown: Laporte, Colorado

Position: Ops lead/creative lead

How did you get into festival production? I went to school for graphic design and owned a landscaping and lighting company. I volunteered at a large festival seven years ago and found out it was everything I had ever done all in one package. I've been hooked ever since and I wouldn't give up the family aspect of WWG for anything else.

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What's your favorite part of this line of work? I love a good challenge of making the show happen no matter the odds and 18 years bartending has prepared me for this!

What's the WWG 2018 show you're most looking forward to? I love the smaller acts that I've maybe never heard of, the little surprises in the mix.

 

Robert J. Welle II

Hometown: Originally from Allentown, NJ; currently based out of Wheatland, CA / Beale Air Force Base

Position: Lead bar ops/assistant site ops manager

How did you get into festival production?: My brother, Mike Welle, invited me to come be a part of various stages of his music production/bar operations career for roughly the past eight years. I’ve been stationed as far away as Japan and Alaska and still flown in to help in many aspects of festival production.

What's your favorite part of this line of work?:  It’s a combination of the incredible creativity that everyone brings to the table and the unparalleled comradery that comes with working consistently alongside the same people every year for multiple shows.

What's the WWG 2018 show you're most looking forward to?: Amongst all three days of the festival, I’m lucky if I can manage hearing half of a song on any given day — but I’m going to catch The Good Time Travelers and as much of the headliners as I can! See you at the late nights!

 

Heath Perry

Hometown: Ojai, CA

Position: OPS lead, Food & Health

How did you get into festival production? Through Campout for the Cause teaching workshops on nutrition, movement and permaculture. Was pulled in to do more and more each year and spread over to WWG festivals about five years ago. I only work with Bonfire Entertainment festivals and one other. Most of my work throughout the year is working with people on their fitness and wellness. I love the break from my normal life working with these festivals gives me and seeing my Bonfire/WWG family a few times a year.

What's your favorite part of this line of work? Being with family and helping put on an incredibly high vibe, conscious and community focused music festival.

What's the WWG 2018 show you're most looking forward to? I like the surprise new artists and the jams in the tents the most. Always some new favorite music discovered.

 

Jeffrey Swager

Hometown: Chicago area

Position: Production Manager

How did you get into festival operations? I was lucky enough to play music and throw some events in college.

What's your favorite part of this line of work? Always challenging, always colorful, always eventful.

What WinterWonderGrass show are you most looking forward to? I highly recommend getting to the main stage festival opener on Friday for the Jon Stickley Trio. Fruition to close out the late night shows on Sunday at the Grand should also not be missed.

 

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