Well, whatever. I think it's in poor taste to send the email they sent me. If they don't want me playing, don't ask me to work with the suggestion that it MAY help me get a performing slot in the future. Bad form.
Sure, but ya know what? It's true. As much as I hate to say it, them politics is involved. There are a veritable shit-ton of good, hard-working people on the Comfest committee, and they are all trying to plan a party that everyone wants to attend. Believe me, it is not easy. I've been to every Community Festival (that's what it used to be called) for probably 25 years. Every time, there's about 90% of "acts" that I'm just not interested in. That doesn't make 'em bad. That just means that the committee is there to make sure that every facet of our community is represented. And it's a big community. Also, I've been playing in Columbus-based bands continuously since 1994. I first set foot on a Comfest stage in 2001, I think. Years and years were spent applying, to no avail. In the meantime, I volunteered (what else was I going to do that weekend? I wasn't playing). My point is - and I'm sorry if this sounds cynical, because it really isn't- I love Comfest, play or no play: If you really want to play, play the game. Volunteer. Trust me, they'll remember you next year. And if they don't, big fucking deal. It's just a party. You're not getting paid. Also, if you don't get picked, just do what I'm gonna do. I'll be wandering around with my guitar and beltbuckle amp singing Journey and Fugees songs all weekend (except on Saturday at 5:00. I'm gonna be watching Starship). Yeah, there's politics. But it's just a party.
Do they still do that thing on the application where you have to describe your act in three words? The third (I think) and last time I Have Mass applied to play at Comfest, we chose the words "Dick, Dick, Pussy." We did not get a slot. But I still think our description was apt.