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- Lovin' Cup's Leslie Ward.
For each of the past nine years, Three Heads and Lovin’ Cup have teamed up to host a one-day extravaganza featuring some of the Rochester area’s most talented musicians, tastiest beers, and satisfying foods. The event has brought large crowds to Lovin Cup’s heated tent every year.
But the second surge of the coronavirus threatened to halt the festivities. Ward wasn’t having it. “Homegrown 9 ½ — now with more home” will take place virtually on Saturday, Jan. 23, beginning at 2 p.m.
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- Three Heads Brewing's Geoff Dale.
Her idea was to create a virtual version of Homegrown that would be truly immersive for the participants, and as interactive as possible, while still providing the opportunity to support local breweries, restaurants, and musicians during these economically challenging times.
“You can just basically dust yourself off and figure out how you’re going to make it work,” Dale says. “And coming up in this industry, working and why we’ve partnered with Lovin’ Cup so much is, that’s their attitude.”
In order to avoid the kind of stagnancy that can often plague virtual events — which often entail little more than viewers staring at their home computer screens, Ward decided to make the event highly participatory.
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- Teagan and the Tweeds will play via livestream as part of "Homegrown 9 1/2" on Jan. 23.
A “ticket for two” will provide virtual attendees with a substantial assemblage of local products with which to enjoy the festivities. This Homegrown kit includes a pair of tasting glasses and a baker’s dozen of 16-ounce local beers (including a surprise specialty beer that varies per kit) from such breweries as Three Heads, Other Half, Iron Tug, Young Lion, and Genesee, as well as food kits from Lovin’ Cup, Marshall Street Bar and Grill, and the pizza truck Peels on Wheels.
At $160 for the entire kit (and an additional $10 for home delivery), Ward says tickets are pricier than in previous years in order to better support the participating local businesses. “It’s a package because we want it to feel like an entire experience from start to finish,” she says.
Homegrown 9 ½ will also feature shorter solo sets by prominent local musicians, yet to be announced, who have all had artist residencies at Three Heads or played noteworthy shows there.
Event details and ticket information can be found here and at the event's Facebook page.
Daniel J. Kushner is CITY’s music editor. He can be reached at email@example.com.