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Please review the new Park Burger in the Glenview District too!
I'm glad the article says that the media and others pointed fingers at Quan for his departure...wrongly in hindsight. Good riddance to Batts, from what I can see.
As a member of this music festival organizing committee, i want to say that the emphasis of the festival is on people coming out and playing music, pro or amateur, experienced or not, audience or not, for FREE. This is not like a structured, well-funded street fair for performances and vendors and tables. And, by the way, we are NOT the Laurel Street Festival. That is run by the Laurel merchants association and is held in August. We are just neighborhood residents trying to bring free music to Oakland.
We did do marketing....in the oakland tribune, this east bay express article, the laurel village yahoo listserv (and several others), facebook, jean quan's weekly e-newsletter, flyers posted thru-out the neighborhood, and more. We also put the word out to many dozens of musicians and businesses who spread the word through their own websites, my space, facebook pages, and e-lists. There were only 4 or 5 volunteer Laurel residents on the committee this year and really only 2 of us doing the hardest last couple of weeks of work. We had NO funds at all to pay for street closure permits, costly ads, sound equipment, etc. If it wasn't for our "dedication and hard work" this festival would have never happened this year (the 5th annual). Sure, it's way scaled-back...28 musicians & groups did show up, thank you very much, at 8 venues (5 outside, 3 inside). Last year we had a dozen folks on the committee, raised $5K in operating funds through raffles, gifts & donations, and had 65 bands in 11 venues.
If you were a band or musician this year that was on the schedule and you failed to show up or didn't bother to even call me to cancel, then YOU are a failure, not us. If you folks didn't just complain telling us what we should or shouldn't do and how we failed, but instead want to make this a great music festival again, then help us out with organizing it next year to be bigger and better than ever!!
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