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Behind the scene stories of the world's greatest live events.

You will go behind the stage of the best music festivals, the kitchen of celebrity chef tastings or the studio door to hear the stories of passion and inspiration that launched some of the world’s best festivals.

Through FestivalPass Stories (FPS) you can experience ‘life lived live’ and hear the ‘why’ behind your favorite music, film, food, theater and sports events.

Each week, FPS Host Pat Tully will bring his two decades of live event hosting experience to deliver a new story from a festival founder or the talent that drives event lovers, like you.

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Behind the scene stories of the world's greatest live events.

You will go behind the stage of the best music festivals, the kitchen of celebrity chef tastings or the studio door to hear the stories of passion and inspiration that launched some of the world’s best festivals.

Through FestivalPass Stories (FPS) you can experience ‘life lived live’ and hear the ‘why’ behind your favorite music, film, food, theater and sports events.

Each week, FPS Host Pat Tully will bring his two decades of live event hosting experience to deliver a new story from a festival founder or the talent that drives event lovers, like you.

    Tom Casal of Mike The Headless Chicken Festival

    Tom Casal of Mike The Headless Chicken Festival

    Welcome back friends to another episode of The festivalPass Stories Podcast! We have something quite bizarre for you this week. Pat Tully takes a deep dive into the history of Fruita, Colorado, and talks with Tom Casal of Mike The Headless Chicken Festival. 
    Before we get into this great event, you need to know the story behind it. In 1945, a man by the name of Lloyd Olsen went out on his farm to prepare chickens for the market. Everything was going routinely except for one rooster who kept pecking around longer than usual; even for a bird without a head. As an experienced farmer, Lloyd found this to be odd, but he still went on about his day. The next morning, Lloyd found Mike, “sleeping with his head under his wing.” Amazed by the animal’s determination to live, Olsen found a way to feed him with an eyedropper, but there had to be an explanation for what happened. So, they took Mike to the University of Utah to study the phenomenon. Turns out that Mike’s brain stem was still healthy, allowing him to grow and live for another year and a half.
    During those 18 months, Mike was known as, “The Headless Wonder Chicken.” After hiring a manager, the Olsen’s toured nationally with Mike in Los Angeles, Atlantic City, and New York. Mike the miracle grew to be roughly 8 pounds, and was valued to be worth approximately $10,000. The history and fame of Mike The Headless Chicken is still recognized in Time Magazine, Life Magazine, and the Guinness World Records. 
    The city of Fruita, Colorado has their own way of remembering Lloyd’s old rooster. They’ve done it by embracing their history and hosting Mike The Headless Chicken Festival. This two day event has it all; live music, (last year’s lineup includes The Samples & The Williams Brothers Band) a pancake breakfast, a 5K run, competitive eating, disk golf, a classic car show, and a bunch more. You can also enjoy a professionally judged Poultry Show and witness these beautiful birds on the big stage. Mike The Headless Chicken Festival is gearing up for 2022, so start planning your trip to Fruita now; the event is fantastic for the entire family. 
     
    “I was pretty aggressive…Mike the Headless Chicken Festival brings a national name. I went to them saying, ‘ we have people from all over the world coming to the festival; and I can do some really cool things if we can up our sponsorship.’” - Tom Casal (MTHCF)
     
    Catch the interview on Festival Pass Stories! https://festivalpass.com/stories
     
    You can find Mike on:
    Mike The Headless Chicken Festival’s Website: https://www.miketheheadlesschicken.org/mike 
     
    Mike The Headless Chicken Festival’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/MikeChicken 
     
    Mike The Headless Chicken Festival’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MikeTHChicken
     
    City of Fruita, Colorado’s Website: https://www.fruita.org 
     
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    • 33 min
    Flying High With Tom Garrity of The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta!

    Flying High With Tom Garrity of The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta!

    Hello again friends! Welcome back to another episode of Festival Pass Stories Podcast. This week, we have a live event that’s too far out to be called a festival. Our host Pat Tully talks hot air balloons with guest Tom Garrity of The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. 
    Tom’s impressive resume started as an intern at the Dallas Morning News. He quickly moved up the ranks in broadcasting, eventually working as a news director, producer, and reporter. His perseverance landed him a job in New Mexico. After winning Emmy’s in News Media, Tom decided to focus on public relations, so he founded The Garrity Group in 1997. Since its inception, Tom’s company has, “helped various organizations with strategic planning, issue management, crisis communications, media relations and campaign development/management.” Their clientele list has grown exponentially, but the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is one of Tom’s favorites. 
    This live event is a visual masterpiece. Host to over 500 hot air balloons and nearly one million people, the Balloon Fiesta will take your breath away. Let’s set the scene: a perfect fall day in the Rio Grande Valley serving as the backdrop to hundreds of balloons of all shapes, sizes, and colors taking to the sky. It has to be one the most majestic sights a person can witness. What also makes it so exciting is the precision of the pilots that man them. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the largest of its kind. It’s a nine day party, with entertainment of all types. It takes place from October 2nd to October 10th. 
    You can find a breakdown of the schedule, tickets, and donation info on their website. Also, make sure that you download the app to track the balloon's location at any time during the event. They just may be flying over a city near you. 
     
    “When I got there I was just blown away to see all these balloons launching in waves. It was such a visual feast to see all those balloons back then…taking to the sky and flying in the Albuquerque Box.” - Tom Garrity (AIBF)
     
    Catch the interview on Festival Pass Stories! https://festivalpass.com/stories
     
    Resources:
    Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta’s Website: https://balloonfiesta.com 
     
    Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/balloonfiesta 
     
    Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/balloonfiesta/
     
    Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/balloonfiesta/
     
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    • 40 min
    The Wonderful Women of FLOW Film Festival!

    The Wonderful Women of FLOW Film Festival!

    Greetings friends! Welcome back to the festivalPass Stories podcast. This week, Host Pat Tully is joined by three people who are paving the way and opening doors for women in the movie business. It’s our pleasure to introduce the ladies of FLOW Film Festival & Market, Kimberly Douglas, Tiffany Porter, and Alexandra Bello. 
    Over the last few years, the entertainment industry has been somewhat exposed for its lack of diversity in leadership roles and the mistreatment of women. In fact, the FLOW website highlights these facts with staggering statistics. Only 4% of directors in Hollywood are women, and only 3% are cinematographers, even though 51% of moviegoers are female. These numbers are undoubtedly unfair. Which is why Kim, Tiff, and Alex are working relentlessly to even the playing field.  
    With 15 years of experience in the industry as an actress and behind the camera, Kimberly Douglas decided that she wanted to start something of her own after an awful encounter on a film set. She met Tiffany Porter at a film festival, who had been in the performing arts as a young child, and had worked in fashion, and music. Together, they founded Florida Leaders Opening Worlds Film Festival and Market (or FLOW). Alex Bello, the Executive Director and President of Marketing of FLOW has developed features and shorts, and has worked as an actress, producer, and director. These three strong individuals are spearheading the FLOW mission, which is, “promoting women in the film industry in non-traditional senior and leadership roles, and the films that employ them." 
    So, why should you go to, enter, and support the FLOW Film Festival and Market? Simply because you get to experience stories that are hidden gems (movie buffs know that this is what we search for). Entering and being accepted into FLOW guarantees that your film will receive distribution of some kind; a perk that most festivals don’t offer their filmmakers. Also, you will get to meet and network with people that are either aspiring film professionals, or already established in the industry. Lastly, you can be a part of something special…we’re talking to you donors and sponsors! Our guests go into great detail about the festival, and FLOW’s website lists the awards, rules, submission guidelines, etc. The event will take place from September 26th to October 2nd, so get your tickets now!
    If you’re out there listening to this podcast and you have a vision that you want to share, submit it to FLOW Film Festival & Market; your project will be in great hands. Enjoy this jammed-packed episode, and we’ll see you next week!
     
    “Everybody has their own little agenda and their own expertise, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. A great team is full of people that compliment each other, and that’s exactly how we’re doing it.” - Alexandra Bello (FLOW Film Festival & Market) 
     
    Catch the interview on festivalPass Stories! https://festivalpass.com/stories
     
    You can find FLOW Film Festival on:
    FLOW Film Festival’s Website: https://www.flowffm.com
     
    FLOW Film Festival’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/flowfilm/about/
     
    FLOW Film Festival’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/flowfilmsfestival/
     
    FLOW Film Festival’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/flowfilmfestivalmarket
     
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Making Magic With Musician Mark Mackay

    Making Magic With Musician Mark Mackay

    Hello friends! Welcome back to another episode of Festival Pass Stories podcast. This week, we’re taking it back to the music scene. If you’re a fan of country rock, you’ll love this guest. We have singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Mark Mackay.  
    Mark learned how to play music while growing up right outside of San Francisco, California. His parents were insistent on him learning how to play an instrument as a child, so Mark began practicing classical piano at nine years old. He admits that playing piano was not the cool thing to do in the eyes of a nine year old boy, but he’s grateful that his parents made him stick with it. After deciding to transition his talents into learning how to play the guitar, and specifically country music; Mark’s affinity for the art was flourishing and his career would soon follow. Already giving everything he’s got to his craft, Mark’s mindset was to move to LA where he attended the College of Contemporary Music, and became a musician full-time. 
    There isn’t a special formula to make it in the business; a lot of things have to go right at the same time. Mark made great connections while going to school which aided in his success. What really impressed our host Pat Tully, is that Mark climbed his way up to where he is today. What first started as playing in front of small crowds at local bars, turned into playing for bigger audiences at major music festivals and iconic venues. After releasing two EPs, Mark was named as one of the Top 100 National Live Acts by Music Connection Magazine. 
    Mark’s charisma on stage has allowed him to perform covers and original songs at places like The Ryman Auditorium. He also sang the National Anthem at AT&T Park for his hometown San Francisco Giants. Music aficionados would classify Mark’s music as a mix of country and rock n’ roll. Songs like “Always Rains in Portland” and “ Get Me Through the Night” showcases all of his musical ability and energy as an artist. Live events are what we live for at FPS, and Mark has toured with acts like REO Speedwagon, Luke Bryan, and Keith Urban. We hope that Mark continues his trajectory to become Country Music royalty himself. 
    We really appreciate Mark for coming on to the show, so please show support by listening to his latest EP, “Leaving California” on Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming platforms. Make sure to also connect with him on social media and visit his website for bookings and tour dates. 
     
    “It’s like a golf game. In the music business, you want to get far and everything needs to be firing on all cylinders. Lightning’s got to strike when everything is working. It’s really hard to do.” - Mark Mackay 
     
    Catch the interview on Festival Pass Stories! https://festivalpass.com/stories
     
    You can find Mark on: 
     
    Mark Mackay’s Website:
    http://www.markmackayofficial.net 
     
    Mark Mackay’s Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/m2mackay  
     
    Mark Mackay’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/markmackay/
     
    Mark Mackay’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/markmackayofficial/
     
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    Website:
    https://festivalpass.com/ 

    • 45 min
    Imagine the possibilities at Imagine Festival

    Imagine the possibilities at Imagine Festival

    Welcome back to the festivalPass Stories Podcast with host Pat Tully! We’ve been away for a few weeks, so for this episode, we’re giving you two guests for one. The Co-Founders of Imagine Music Festival, Glenn and Madeleine Goodhand!
    Imagine Music Festival lives up to its epithet as “An Aquatic Fairytale”. Many festivals sell their base on an experience, but IMF is like entering another reality. It’s one of the most anticipated EDM festivals of the year, and the largest in the state of Georgia. Its got everything you want in a live event. Great musical performances, beautiful scenery…an overall vibe. Concert goers missed Imagine in 2020, as it was rescheduled for health and safety concerns. But it’s officially happening and it’s coming up very soon.  
    Glenn Goodhand studied at John Marshall Law School and worked in the legal system. Even though he was business-minded and career-driven, he also had a fun side. Glenn is a former B-Boy and was made a legend from the epic raves he use to throw. He’s also one of the pioneers responsible for bringing the EDM genre to the Metro-Atlanta area. Glenn’s wife Madeleine has a similar background. Also a go-getter and multi-talented, Maddy has credentials in advertising and marketing. and she does modeling. Together, they form the perfect team to run Imagine Music Festival.  
    We are so excited that IMF is returning to the city of Atlanta and Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia. The festival will be starting on Friday September 17th, and will finish on Sunday September 19th. Single-day, VIP car camping, and a lot of other ticket packages are still available. Exclusive pool parties, food, drinks, flame-twirlers, unique sets, an incredible lineup; it’s going to be a celebration you don’t want to miss. Check out this episode, follow on social media, and get your tickets at Imagine Music Festival’s website ASAP. 
     
    “Starting the festival looking back, we didn’t really know what we were getting ourselves into. Just from Glen’s background, I think he just understood what it took to create this really good party.” - Madeleine Goodhand (IMF) 
     
    Catch the interview on Festival Pass Stories! https://festivalpass.com/stories
     
    You can find Madeleine and Glenn on:
     
    Imagine Music Festival’s Website: https://www.imaginefestival.com 
    Imagine Music Festival’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/imaginemusicfes  
    Imagine Music Festival’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/imaginemusicfestival/
    Imagine Music Festival’’s Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/imaginemusicfestival/
     
    Connect with Festival Pass!
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    • 48 min
    Eat. Drink. Give Back: Kristen Thorson from Corks, Forks, Rhythm & Brews Festival is here!

    Eat. Drink. Give Back: Kristen Thorson from Corks, Forks, Rhythm & Brews Festival is here!

    Welcome back friends! We’re delighted to give you the 50th episode of the festivalPass Stories Podcast. This week, we have the pleasure of introducing one of the board members of Corks, Forks, Rhythm & Brews Festival, Kristen Thorson.
    Kristen got involved with Corks Forks after her husband volunteered her to join the team a few years ago, and she’s considered it her side hustle ever since. As a South Dakota State University graduate with a B.S. in Food and Nutrition Science, Kristen works full time in health care, is on the Board of Directors of the Alameda Boys and Girls Club, and still finds time to be an integral part in organizing one of the biggest events in Northern California. 
    The Bay Area is world renowned as one of the hubs of advanced tech, but it’s also appreciated for its beautiful scenery and wine production; making it the perfect setting for delicious spirits and good music. Corks, Forks, Rhythm & Brews is the ultimate festival, delivering an all-around feel good experience to sponsors, volunteers, and attendees of course. The event plays host to over a dozen local eateries; the same goes for their wine, beer, and spirit exhibitors. If you’re a wine enthusiast, Alameda’s Spirit Alley is where you want to be in early October. 
    The slogan, “Eat. Drink. Give Back,” is truly what Corks Forks is all about; and what attracted Kristen to the event. Throughout her life, Kristen has given so much of herself to good causes, and Corks Forks is a fundraiser for the youth of the Alameda Boys & Girls Club. The Boys & Girls Club is an organization that has been a crucial gear in communities around the country, putting children on pathways to success. The proceeds from the festival goes back to the neighborhood, making a good time at the event that much more enjoyable.
    In this episode you'll get the inside scoop from Kristen on Corks, Forks, Rhythm & Brews Festival, happening on October 2nd. Get your VIP tickets ASAP, dig in to the best food on the West, sip some wine, and be entertained by “The Mother of All Dad Bands,” The Love Handles…you don’t want to miss it. 
     
    “For being such a young event, we have amazing potential to grow. We market it as the affluent event. But it’s not a pretentious event. It’s super chill and super fun to attend…it is something special.” - Kristen Thorson 
     
    Catch the interview on Festival Pass Stories! https://festivalpass.com/stories
     
    You can find Kristen on:
     
    Kristen Thorson’s LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristen-thorson-02244b96/ 
     
    Corks Forks Rhythm & Brews’ Website: https://corksforksonthepoint.com 
     
    Corks Forks Rhythm & Brews’ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/corksforksrhythmandbrews/
     
    Corks Forks Rhythm & Brews’ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/corksforksrhythmandbrews/
     
    Connect with Festival Pass!
     
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    Twitter:  https://twitter.com/pass_festival 
     
    Website:  https://festivalpass.com/
     

    • 33 min

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