There is so much to do in what seems as so little time. So this blog was created to inform readers on basic featival information and also what it's like to produce an event of this magnitude from my own perspective. I started working on this year's featival in August. Which most would think that should be far more than enough time to plan, organize and execute. There is never enough of time when of comes to any event and no matter how much you plan and organize, there will always be fires to put out.
A responsibility I have taken on this year is to Advance the bands. This means making sure that all contracts are signed, deposits have been sent and receives, hotel and driving arrangements have been set, meal schedules set, dates and times of shows confirmed, stage plots received, and hospitality and technical requirements conformed with the bands and management. This process has taken months and is still on going. But it all must be handled and we fit the process into the slew of other tasks that must be taken care of.
We are also in the process of confirming dates for the volunteer training. Honestly, if money is tight and you still want to attend the festival or would like to give a ticket to a loved one or friend, volunteering is an awesome chance to do so. For each day you volunteer, you receive a volunteer shirt, One Complimentary General Admission ticket to a day of your choice and a meal voucher. We still have a few spaces left. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
So people keep asking me what is the best day to attend the festival. Honestly that's a tough call. At this point I encourage everyone to take a little bit of time to look over the featured artists and check out their bios and videos. Look over the schedule and map out your experience. Owner Rich Ruoff being the scheduling genius he is did amd amazing job with this lineup, making sure there is something for everyone on every day.
The Fly Magazine came up with a list of must see bands for each day as follows:
Friday: Maceo Parker, The Innocence Mission, Frog Holler, Sam Baker, Quentin Jones' Rock 'n' Roll Review
Saturday: Stray Birds, Derek Brown, The O'My's, Kapali Long, Shawan and the Wanton
Sunday: The Wood Brothers, Wayne Hancock, Joanna Connor, Tinsley Ellis, Selywn Birchwood
Make sure to check out the website at Lancaster Roots and Blues and reserve your tickets today.
Cheers and the Countdown Begins,