Distinctly Human Music Curation


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Val’s List

Val's weekly "Signature Playlist" brings new emerging artists to you with 15 hand-picked tracks and two vintage surprises every Saturday. If you want to go further back, check out ValsVault for content from the old website.

Val's Voice

Val's music blog is a unique perspective on the music industry, the artists & their fans, with an often humorous take on everyday life

Val's Playground

Val throws in some fun extras for the music superfan including featured artists, cool covers, trending videos, and other industry buzz. Also check out ValslistLIVE for the unique events WE host in Chicago.

Val’s LIST

Val's weekly playlist: 15 tracks updated every weekend.



A blog about music and life.

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Evolution of a Music Festival

May 26th, 2019.

Quite literally, it takes a village.

The bands are booked. The lineup is locked. The sponsors are secured. The stages, engineers, food trucks, beer tents, volunteers, green rooms, and VIP lounges are set and marketing campaigns are launched.

The Winnetka Music Festival is ready to go and we're two months out. We're a real music fest with real bands - built right in the middle of the burbs on Chicago's N. Shore, aka my hometown. To clarify, this is not a local block party with cover bands. This is an industry-recognized boutique destination music fest and the public is invited. The bands on our lineup are nationally touring acts whose music is on Spotify, Apple Music, and radio. Some have played Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, some late night TV, some were top picks at SXSW.


Valslist LIVE

Live music - a different way.


Winnetka Music Festival



More music fun for the super fan.

Artist Spotlight

Then & Now


On tour

Featured Video

Backstage Buzz

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Photo Gallery

Highlights from adventures in musicland