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It's not just about the money - it's frankly the lack of respect shown to artists. Steve Restivo represents to the Merchants and community (and by the way, by serving al three of the big festivals, it does feel like a monopoly) that he will carefully jury and select the artists. Those cattle call letters which arrived a week before the event certainly calls this careful selection process into question.
I know all Festivals put their money first into the big name draw - and then fill in the smaller stages later. Of course, that's understandable...but those other stages can still be a wonderful opportunity to share fantastic local musicianship. Sending out an email at the last minute to whomever might not yet be booked on a holiday weekend is a slap in the face to the very superb local music available here, and also to the merchants and locals who believe in the strength of a Steve Restivo Brand. Those emails (I got them, too) for both Fillmore and Union Street said they had LOTS of slots available...heck of a way to run a railroad, if you ask me.
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