Prior to moving to Chicago, I focused my time and talent in the music industry. I ran a show production & booking agency called Rogue Booking & Productions, which was launched with support from friends in the local punk & ska scene. I was also the office & mail-order manager of a small punk label called PoorBoy Records, and I co-founded a merchandise & button company called Poorboy Prints. Between these three companies, I spent a lot of time booking, promoting, and running small local shows at community centers, church basements, my dad’s garage, small coffee shops, etc. I booked and managed a handful of small east coast and midwest tours for bands on the record label, and had the opportunity to manage merchandising for an artist participating in the Vans Warped Tour. 

Riot Fest 2014, photo by Katie Hovland

Riot Fest 2014, photo by Katie Hovland

Since moving to Chicago, music festivals in which I worked include:

Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Festivalbar manager

Lollapalooza, bartender

New York State Blues Festivalstage hand

North Coast Music Fest, sponsorship production manager

Pitchfork Music Festival, food service tent

Reggae Fest Chicago, director of artist relations, artist transportation coordinator, box office operations

Riot Fest Chicago & Denver, sponsorship production manager

Spring Awakening Music Festival, artist transportation

Summercamp Music Festival, artist transportation

Summerfestbeverage operations manager

Warped Tour in Milwaukee, bar manager