A festival for Christian hippies! (aka Chrispies) I had to be there!
And so my relationship with Wild Goose Fest began. I attended that year as a volunteer, helping to sort through the trash and recycling. It wasn't glamorous work, but somebody had to do it! And who better a somebody than a freegan! So I've volunteered with the trash crew every year since (officially they always use some euphemism for this group, but I like to call things likes I sees 'em).
When my time slot came, so did all my friends and fans. I had an amazing crowd at the open stage, all for me!
This was so uplifting and encouraging that I decided to start a petition to Let GioSafari Play. And within just a day, I secured fifty signatures.
What was I to do with this petition? I had no idea. And in the end, I didn't even use it. But it was really validating and humbling to garner the support of so many of my fellow geese!
In the fall, I submitted my music again to play Wild Goose Fest 2014. I made no mention of a petition (I know those kinds of decisions are hard enough to make without some self-entitled kid guilt-tripping the programming staff!) and I just patiently awaited word from the staff. Would I finally be selected to play the Goose?
To my great dismay, the answer was no.
And not only was playing the festival out, but so was attending at all. I had already decided that I would not go unless I was selected to play. Not out of spite (like anyone would really care...), but because I have a wedding coming up in November, with other travel plans in the mean time. Another trip to North Carolina just wouldn't fit into our budget or schedule. So I came to terms with the sad truth that I would be missing Wild Goose for the first time in its history.
Then, earlier this week, and with less than a month until the festival, I received a call from one of the programming staff. They've opened up a couple more venues near the campsite and they have room for me on the performance schedule. In fact, they're giving me TWO slots in the program - one on Friday and one on Saturday, June 27 and 28.
I can't wait to see you all there!