The programs and wristbands arrived yesterday. I put 1,000 in my car and began deliveries to our restaurant sponsors. Lancaster Roots & Blues, like any army, travels on its stomach. I wanted those chefs, waiters and bartenders to be among the first to see their ads in print. I know that next weekend they’ll be working themselves silly to help everyone enjoy the experience. Part of my job is seeing that 300 musicians and 230 volunteers get fed. Of course, as I spread a stack of programs on the bar, I found myself being spokesperson and cheerleader for this momentous upcoming weekend. It’s the easiest part of my job!
If you read my last blog, you got a glimpse behind the show curtain and an idea of how many miles I cover in a typical, 18 hour festival day. I encouraged you to make a plan and I showed you mine. Mike Tyson’s motto was “Everybody’s got a plan till they get punched in the face.” With all those musicians and volunteers plus between 7,000-10,000 fans coming to town, I’ll be bobbing and weaving and trying to block every punch life might throw at any and all of us. We now know that weather won’t hurt us; it’s forecast to be in the 40’s and mostly sunny all weekend!
I think our Master Classes are some of the coolest events of the weekend. They are included in your ticket price and are totally unique experiences. How often can you sit with the artists as they discuss what they do and then demonstrate it? Saturday also means Under 21 ticket day so I hope to start my laps at noon amidst young people getting a glimpse at the music life and how artists find their muses and methods. We have some young rockers called Center Road playing at Chameleon that afternoon that I really want to check out too.
6pm will find me at Ware Center to introduce Kaleigh Baker. I so rarely get to see her backed by her full band and folks, all she does is crush it. If you love female vocalists with power and style, just camp out at Ware for Kaleigh, Ruthie Collins and Morgan James.
I’ll be at The Village at midnight to introduce The O’My’s from Chicago. If you snooze on The Village lineup on Saturday, you will have missed some of the coolest acts of the weekend. I’d call this our Contemporary Lineup stage if I was pressed to label it. Mama Tried, Chrome Moses, RK$TDY and The O’My’s: I’d love to take that team on tour!
I could go on and on but I need to go, go, go! I’ll be the guy with the big smile on his face and the rest of me kind of blurry. See you next weekend and have a ball!