A VIP Look at the 2019 Winnetka Music Festival in 16 Incredible Photos

There’s a new type of music festival slowly but surely taking over the summer festival scene.

While mega-fests Coachella, Bonnaroo, and our very own Lollapalooza have always been front and center, the music landscape is seeing a shift.

Welcome to the world of boutique music festivals—all the exhilaration of big-name fests on a smaller scale, with one key distinction: no repeat headliners. Boutique festivals can appeal to a wider audience by offering an expansive range of emerging artists and musicians from varying genres.

Val Haller, music curator of the Winnetka Music Festival, hand picks the hottest emerging artists in the industry for her annual boutique music festival. Under her brand, ValsList, Haller helps busy adults remain current with new music.

Haller aims for festivalgoers to find new sounds and be the first to experience the best new talent in the music industry.

The destination music fest rang in its third year this past weekend, June 21-22, with four stages, 40 acts, and over 60 musical performances throughout the Village of Winnetka.

From top-notch singer/songwriters, pop, rock, and alternative bands to country, blues, gospel, and EDM (electronic dance music), the 2019 Winnetka Music Festival had performances for every music taste.

This year’s lineup included both international and emerging artists — including Moon Taxi, Spencer Ludwig, The New RespectsDOROTHY, The Sisterhood Band, and more — fresh from appearances at the Grand Ole Opry, SXSW, and CMT Music Awards.

The 2019 Winnetka Music Festival was presented by Northwestern Medicine with a portion of the proceeds going to the All Stars Project of Chicago (ASP), a nonprofit organization using a performance-based approach to youth mentorship and development. ASP music group, Brothers on a Mission (BOM), made their second ValsList appearance at this year’s fest performing on the Fields Auto Group Family Stage.

Take a front row seat and enjoy the best photos from the 2019 Winnetka Music Festival.

winnetka music festival: The Way Down Wanderers
The Way Down Wanderers, alternative folk songwriters from Peoria, Illinois.
winnetka music festival: The New Respects — Alexandria Fitzgerald, Alexis Fitzgerald, Darius Fitzgerald, Jasmine Mullen
Three of the four members of The New Respects, a pop, soul, and rock and roll band from Nashville, Tennessee.
winnetka music festival: Spencer Ludwig, trumpeter
Spencer Ludwig, trumpeter, singer, songwriter, and pop artist from Brooklyn, New York.
winnetka music festival: Alyssa Bonagura, The Sisterhood Band
Alyssa Bonagura of The Sisterhood Band
winnetka music festival: Dorothy
Singer Dorothy closes her show on Saturday night.
winnetka music festival: Moon Taxi, Trevor Terndrup
Headlining band Moon Taxi’s Trevor Terndrup (vocals, guitarist)
winnetka music festival: Val Haller, ValsList
Festival curator Val Haller enjoys the show Friday night.
winnetka music festival: Spencer Ludwig
Spencer Ludwig setting the bar high as the first headliner.
winnetka music festival: Moon Taxi
Fans get excited as Moon Taxi takes the stage.
winnetka music festival: Compass Real Estate, Chante Blough, Keaton Blough
Chante and Keaton Blough in the Compass Lounge.
winnetka music festival: Krista Wray, Cammy Wray
Krista and Cammy Wray
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Festivalgoers enjoy food trucks, art exhibits, and sponsor booths.
winnetka music festival: Will Shane, Anthony DeFalco
Will Shane and Anthony DeFalco
winnetka music festival: Nicole Oertel, Compass
Nicole and Lincoln Oertel, Compass
winnetka music festival: Peggy Goldstein, Steve Goldstein
Steve and Peggy Goldstein, Antique Shop

Emily Stone earned a degree in journalism from Elon University in North Carolina. Along with writing, Stone has a passion for digital storytelling and photography. Her work has been published in Chicago Athlete Magazine. Stone is a supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Stone is a fluent Spanish speaker who in her free time loves a good dance class.