Now that Solis and Florence have more help from organizations like Downtown Dallas Inc., they are able to expand other aspects of the festival. The arts portion has taken a backseat in years past to the music portion of Homegrown, but this year attendees can expect to be thrilled by an array of local artists.

"In past years this little fest has been MUSIC and then a little arts," Florence says. "John made it his personal mission to spearhead arts as well. It still leans more towards music, but the arts portion will definitely be better than ever."

Florence and Solis created this festival at Main Street Garden because it is surrounded by the Dallas skyline, and is a central area where they could bring in people from Deep Ellum, Uptown and downtown to create what Florence describes as a "backyard party."

The Polyphonic Spree and Datahowler are among Homegrown’s locals.
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The Polyphonic Spree and Datahowler are among Homegrown’s locals.
The Polyphonic Spree and Datahowler are among Homegrown’s locals.
Josh David Jordan
The Polyphonic Spree and Datahowler are among Homegrown’s locals.

The Homegrown Festival started small, and it is now an event for Dallas at which Solis and Florence can be proud to see neighbors and friends.

"These are people I see in the neighborhood all the time rather than investors and people just trying to make money," Edman says. "So they are really connected to the festival and to the artists."

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