On to the good stuff! So I left off the last blog chatting about the works of Friday. So onward to Saturday where the day started in quite a hectic manor. We provided a day of wonderful Master Classes held at the Ware Center including Blind Boy Paxton who was to teach at 12:30PM. Now if you are wondering, Jerrod 'Blind Boy' Paxton is indeed blind and we were responsible for his transportation to the venue from the Marriot. Insert having my best friend and weekend confidant driving into the city at the last minute to assist in driving him to venue as we had not lined up a driver at that point.... Calling his cell phone... calling his room.... having security knock on his door... To me pacing back and forth in the lobby. I had lost Jerrod. Then insert my boss finding me in my panic state and informing me that he was indeed at the venue and the class was going over better than could be expected. Whew. Wipe the sweat from my brow, it was time to get this party started.
After the small drama the day started to unfold quite nicely. For the 2 PM show that featured Iron Butterfly at the Convention Center, the crowds rolled in. I spent the majority of the day running around in my yellow beanie flushing out the fires. We had run out of wristbands, low on staff shirts, answering all of the production phone calls and making sure our wonderful volunteers had a chance to eat for goodness sakes!
By 7 PM I was wiped out. I retreated back to the production office to breathe. I was officially exhausted. But the night was not over. So I scrounged together my finest and set out of the town. I stopped in to all of our venues and checked in with the lead volunteers for feedback and generally checking in to see if they needed anything.
The Elks lodge was popping, Tellus 360 you could barely get in the door, DIPCO you literally couldn't get in the door at points and Convention Center was still booming. I stopped by the Ware Center and chatted with the Stage Manager sharing my story about how I thought I had lost Jerrod that very morning. He smiled and even chucked a bit. He explained that his class was not only standing room only but there was a gaggle of about 40 people standing quietly in the hallway just to listen to him.
I couldn't help but to beam the largest smile I could bare. When you have a chance to be a part of something that brings so many people even the slightest bit of joy, it really means so much.
So by the time I flopped into what felt like the only bed in the world, I was pleased. We had pulled it off. Over the following weeks and months I have had the pleasure of running into people who had attended the festival and their feedback has been amazing. Actually about a week after the festival I had a gentleman at the restaurant I work at inform me that he had already purchased tickets for the 2016 festival and booked his hotel for himself and his wife. Now that's pretty cool if you ask me.
So here I am sitting in the production office, gearing up for 2016. We've learned our lessons and built a killer team to bring you 3 days of heart pounding and heart soothing music. We have already booked a few bands including Lancaster's very own The Stray Birds and California's Kapali Long.
So again, thank you for stopping by and also a big thank you for those you who have taken the time to send your comments. I greatly appreciate all of your thoughts!
Cheers and guitar strings,