With the festival season now in full swing I thought I'd pass
this bit of information on to you folks. Hopefully you'll benefit
from these suggestions offered by myself, and some of the "U-H Radio Bluegrass"
listeners, who happen to be active, experienced, veteran
for listening and have a great music season!
A few "Bluegrass Tips” to remember:
1) To avoid disappointment always call any venue /
event you plan to attend prior to leaving home and confirm their
lineup & scheduled times, ticket reservations, your camping
2) Respect the venues and/or festival grounds by
cleaning up your mess…or even your neighbor’s mess. Most Bluegrass events are family-oriented programs. Conduct yourselves
accordingly. Bluegrass people have a great reputation for this
practice…and it makes a lasting impression on the property owners
and parks & recreation personnel who subsidize your favorite
events by allowing the promoter to use their facilities. The uninitiated, general
public will follow your lead when they see how the Bluegrass crowd
conducts itself. Consider
it an investment toward insuring the future of your favorite events.
3) Make your camping reservations, ticket purchases,
and basically any Bluegrass music-related plans well in advance. It
seems several venues have been selling-out their seats & camping
spaces earlier each year. Don’t
be a slave to the dreaded “waiting
your plans for next year …this year!!
4) Join your local Bluegrass association, the
International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), and/or the
International Bluegrass Music Museum. Your support may be the
difference between success and failure.
5) Volunteer to work at a festival in
exchange for admission and camping. Call your local association and
ask what you can do to ensure their success. For example: place
fliers / posters around your town, make arrangements with the
promoter and your local access cable station for a TV ad or festival
coverage, sell tickets at your place of business, hand out their
fliers at the next festival or concert you attend... Do something! It can even be
as simple as buying a ticket for someone who has never seen or heard
Bluegrass music before.
Play an active
role in the growth of your
music. Remember the
“Working together, shoulder to
shoulder, for high standards of professionalism,
A greater appreciation for our music, and the success
of the worldwide Bluegrass community."
1-888-GET-IBMA or visit their website at www.ibma.org
Kevin Lynch - Host of "U-H Radio Bluegrass"
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