Moonstone Festival, a female focused music and arts fest, happening Nov. 16th at Sloss Docks. Win VIP tickets!

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The girl gang I’m trying to join. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Moonstone Festival, a one day music and arts festival is happening November 16th at Sloss Docks, and you don’t want to miss it. The festival will celebrate and support women musicians and artists—from national touring acts to local and regional names. Meet all of the talented ladies behind the festival, and find out how to win tickets here!

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Moonstone is a one day festival celebrating the female presence in music & art. The party kicks off at Sloss Docks and Back Forty property Saturday, November 16th from from 1-10PM—with gates open at noon. It’s going to good. The lineup of entertainment will include:

  • national touring musicians
  • food & art vendors 
  • local + regional artists showcasing creative visuals and installations
  • interactive pieces including a live art wall & skate course
  • and so. much. more.

The festival, organized and founded by Lauren Elizabeth (Polley)—a local music promoter and talent buyer in Birmingham—was a mere thought without a name for nearly two years.

The idea, according to Lauren, was always to spotlight women in music, but the full concept didn’t come until much later.

Lauren Elizabeth: “The thought was finally given a name when I discovered what the symbolic meaning of a moonstone defines. Given more than one meaning, a Moonstone hoards sacred feminine energy. I was sold.

I believe creating a platform allowing one to showcase their talents, ideas, and work is essential to their craft. We all need and deserve a platform to do that.”

Moonstone will focus on supporting and highlighting women based on their creative work. But above all, the goal is to give the community a platform to embrace their passions and feel a sense of empowerment and inspiration.

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LE: “Most festivals are male dominated and feature a very small percentage of female/non-binary acts on their lineups. I wanted to host an event that does the opposite of that. My concept has always been celebrating womxn in music & art. Not only are we doing that, but our team is managed by an all female crew.

This has been a very empowering journey for me personally. To have a concept like Moonstone become a reality is a feeling I can’t quite put into words.”

*A percent of sales from Moonstone Festival will benefit Girls Rock Birmingham, a local non-profit organization that teaches girls 9-16 years old how to play musical instruments.

Meet Moonstone Festival’s Female-Fronted Team⚡

Lauren Elizabeth | Event Organizer & Founder

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Lauren Elizabeth (Polley) has been a local music promoter and talent buyer in Birmingham for nearly 4 years. Prior to booking she worked in artist hospitality and box office. Founder of Barbara Jean Sound Machine, Lauren has booked various genres and artists such as: Phoebe Bridgers, Maggie Rogers, The Wild Reeds, and more.

She is also a member of the booking team for Secret Stages Music Discovery Festival and has curated SXSW showcases in Austin, TX with Onward Indian Touring. Organizer and curator of Moonstone, Lauren Elizabeth hopes to motivate more festivals to book more women and non-binary artists on their lineups. Follow her on Instagram @barbarbajeansoundmachine and @moonstonefest.

Andrea Really | Artist Team leader

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Andrea Really is a visual artist, editor and designer based in Alabama. She is a graduate of the University of Montevallo, has been a native to Birmingham for the past five years, and was the owner of late art gallery and initiative Chroma Cove.

Her work includes paintings, illustrations, installations, video art, film, graphic design and tattoos. She currently works as a freelance editor and designer, including creating content for It’s a Southern Thing, Our Revolution, the City of Birmingham, and more. 

Claire Godbee | Artist Team Leader

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Claire Godbee is an artist based out of Birmingham, Alabama. Her work has been exhibited in Abroms-Engel Institute for Visual Arts, Birmingham Public Library, the Grand Bohemian Gallery, and other venues throughout the southeast.

Her paintings celebrate the female form and experience through color and movement. Additionally, she creates visual narratives embodying growth, identity, unity, and purpose. 

Jordan Thompson | Artist Team

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Jordan Thompson is a Birmingham born and raised artist. She is currently a designer, painter, and facilitator of community based projects on an all female mural team, Blank Space Birmingham. She has also assisted many local artists in many different media.

Her personal work is primarily hands on visual arts in the form of plush vegetables, as her inspiration comes from her love of plants, sustainability, and the simple expression of growth. Find some of her work on Instagram @raviolibites.

Rachel Levinson | Artist Team

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Rachel Levinson, known as artist levi.axleigh, was born and raised in New Mexico where she was heavily influenced by cultural art and its impact on society. She is a graduate of Birmingham Southern College and is currently working as a freelance designer, painter, and facilitator of community based projects for Blank Space Birmingham.

She’s also a teaching artist for Birmingham City Schools through the Birmingham Museum of Art, and has produced works ranging from murals, sign paintings, illustrations, design, and film. Follow her on Instagram!

Abby Anderson | Team Leader over Artist Relations

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Abby leads Moonstone’s Artist Relations Team. Growing up in Birmingham, she attended and graduated from Auburn University in 2014. Abby is a multi instrumentalist & works with Girls Rock Birmingham.

Currently, Abby plays in local Birmingham based bands The Bouquets, Dommel Mosel, Captain Kudzu, and Skinny Dippers. 

Lauren Fitch | Team Leader over Box Office

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Lauren Fitch has had her hands in some of Birmingham’s biggest events coordinating box office roles. All including: Iron City Box Office, Hangout Fest Box Office, Sweetwater 420 Fest Box Office, WorkPlay Box Office, Moonlight on the Mountain Box Office, Avondale Brewing Co. Box Office and Box Office Manager and Various Festival Box Offices around the city.

Bekah Fox | Team Leader over Vendors

Bekah Fox, a long-time local musician who has been active in the community in various roles, lends her programming prowess for the Moonstone Vendors.

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She is the organizer of the 6-season strong Woodlawn Street Market (@WoodlawnStreetMarket) and values the vendor experience, as much as those they come to serve at each event.

Rebecca McClendon | Team Leader over Hospitality 

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Rebecca is no stranger to music venues or working with all scales of bands. From The Lumineers to Metallica, Rebecca knows what it takes to provide the highest level of artist hospitality.

After overseeing The Syndicate Lounge until its closing, she has been consistently working with various venues and music festivals (Iron City, Oak Mountain Amphitheater, BJCC Arena, Bonnaroo, Sloss Fest, etc.) providing bands with everything they need day of show as a stage runner and defining what down-home southern hospitality represents. Find her on Insta @mydearbecca.

Lauryn Gallagher | Team Leader over Merchandise

Lauryn has been involved with customer service for over a decade. Additionally, she is a loyal supporter of the arts and getting behind great causes. Coordinating various benefits, Lauryn strives to perfection for any position or task she is given. She’s also really great at selling you things.

Raquel Duplin | Web Designer

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Raquel has lived in various places, but calls Birmingham home. Her creative outlet inspired Birmingham Punk Rock Flea, a one day event that features local & regional art vendors and local bands. Raquel has also contributed to many graphic designs and murals showcasing her true artist side.

A real whiz for graphics and web design, Raquel is a jack of all trades when it comes to making sure your brand is unique and eye-catching. Follow her on Instagram @r0ckh3ll.

Hannah Adamson | Graphic Artist

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Hannah Adamson is a Birmingham based artist focusing on illustration and comics art. With a degree in printmaking form Montevallo, most of her art is influenced by femme fatales, film noir, and alternative comics of the 80’s and 90’s.

Find her work around Birmingham in posters for various events like Birmingham Punk Rock Flea Market, Secret Stages and more. You can also find her on Insta @alabama.banana!

Win Tickets to Moonstoneđź”®

If you were curious about what to expect from the Moonstone setup at Sloss Docks. It’s going to be sweeeet. Illustration by Hannah Adamson

Are you excited yet? Because you’re not going to want to miss this. Head to our Instagram right now to enter our Moonstone giveaway for a chance to win TWO VIP tickets to Moonstone Festival (valued at $200)!! 

Why wait? Get your tix in advance on their site. The package options include:

  • GA Moonstone Tickets | $35
    • Includes: Entry to fest grounds, vendor space village, & GA bar 
  • VIP Galaxy Tickets |  $100
    • Includes: Access to the Event Rentals Unlimited tent + lounge area with free catering, 5 complimentary drinks, private restrooms and 1 t-shirt.

Find the full lineup on their site, and follow them on Instagram for artist updates and more. And stay tuned to Bham Now for more info on artists, events and more closer to the event.

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Hannah Chambley
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