August 21, 2011
The Duluth Music Festive -- A great idea, poorly executed. Three stages (not two) of music, free to the public on a beautiful summer afternoon. A huge draw one would expect, but for some reason, an extremely small crowd showed up for this year's festival. The huge outdoor ampitheater was mostly empty of spectators as great local bands performed and vendors sold barbecue, shaved ice and other trinkets. The 116th Army Band actually commented jokingly on the "5 or so" members of the audience.that were in attendance. Parking was ample, as were seats on the lawn for rock, country, jazz, big band and cuban music. The best performances were on the other two stages, the open mike stage and the Red Clay theater. A wonderful day of music, but why did so few people show up? One can only guess whether it was lack of advertising or the fear of rain or heat, but a well-organized and well-prepared festival fell flat due to lack of attendance. i sincerely hope this festival survives another year and it is better advertised. The musical talent was huge in spite of "crowds" which were not.
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Duluth held its second annual music festival Saturday, with bands playing two stages from 2 p.m. to midnight.