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 Post subject: September Festival Overload?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 4:47 pm 
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Joel's Other Paper article:

http://www.theotherpaper.com/news/artic ... 03286.html

Regarding this piece from the article:

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Megacity Music Marathon: Sept. 10.

Music Week Columbus: Sept. 14-16.

Independents' Day: Sept. 17.

That's three music festivals showcasing more than 30 bands apiece in the span of eight days. We all love local music festivals (right?), but this crammed calendar begs the question: Is it too much of a good thing?

Organizers of Independents' Day, Music Week Columbus (MWC) and Megacity Music Marathon say no, arguing that the three festivals complement each other. And it's true, in that each one offers something different. But each also has some sort of stake in one of the other fests, so it makes sense that they all come across as chummy.

To wit: Megacity takes place at Woodlands Tavern, which is also a sponsor of Independents' Day. (There's even a "Woodlands Stage" at ID). Kobo sponsors ID. Kobo co-owner Jacob Wooten is "captain" of Independents' Day this year and booked some of the bands. Wooten also is the driving force behind Music Week Columbus, which Kobo will host, and he booked many of Music Week Columbus's bands with Central City Recording's Andy Dodson, who's also an Independents' Day organizer and sponsor (through Central City). And Music Week Columbus is "presented by CD101@102.5," which is also an Independents' Day sponsor.

Got that?

Megacity head honcho Bob Miller, who's the Pabst Blue Ribbon marketing manager in Columbus, said he has booked a large, music-related event on the second Saturday in September for almost 10 years, starting with the Slum-B-Q and then the Pabst Blue Rendezvous. When Independents' Day made its September debut in 2008, he called Wonderland director and Independents' Day founder Adam Brouillette to make sure everything was copasetic, and they both agreed that neither event takes away from the other.

Still, while Miller said there's "no weirdness" and he's "super supportive" of Independents' Day and Music Week Columbus, he admits the last couple weeks of summer are getting a bit crowded with music festivals, and he's considering moving Megacity to the spring next year-well before Comfest, the Parking Lot Blowout and other summer events kick into full gear.

Chances are, unless you've got a completely open September calendar, you probably won't make it to three music festivals in a week. So to aid you in making some informed decisions, here's a breakdown of what each event offers. And if you do make it to all three, oh valiant one, pace yourself.


Okay, I admit I am a total outsider to this, but still it's a good topic.....

Are people gonna feel burned out by the time they get to Independents Day?

Or is it the more the merrier? "Let's have a festival every week" vibe?

Just curious to hear what people's thoughts are, if any...

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 Post subject: Re: September Festival Overload?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 8:09 pm 
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No surprise but I'm not going to any of these.


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 Post subject: Re: September Festival Overload?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 8:21 pm 
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It sure does seem like an awful lot over the course of 7 days especially considering two of the three events are day long affairs and the other event is 3 days long. I don't think Independents Day will suffer just because of the enormity of it. I figure all the suburban types that populate most of the summer festivals will be out for that. I think since Megacity is this weekend, that it should do fine. I do worry about Music Week Columbus though. Will the regular show-goers have the stamina? Now, I'm kinda old, but I don't know that I'd have it in me to do all 3.

That being said, I do hope that all 3 are wildly successful.

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 Post subject: Re: September Festival Overload?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 5:16 pm 
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I had a great time at MCMM, and look forward to enjoying the end of summer watching some great bands downtown at Independent's Day. I'm liking the ID line-up a lot more than in previous years.

Music Week made it really easy by only having one band I'm even slightly interested in seeing. Plenty of time to rest up for Saturday.


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 Post subject: Re: September Festival Overload?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 12:46 am 
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I'm making it to at least some of all of them. I feel fortunate that Columbus is capable of supporting lots of festivals with various lineups. I may be getting older but I don't think I could ever be half as old at heart as the usual bunch of old buzzards and jaded curmudgeons who like to rain on a parade. They are kind of entertaining though.

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 Post subject: Re: September Festival Overload?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:36 am 
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I feel like we've had this conversation for the last couple years, with some people saying Independent's Day caps the end of the summer fests and feels the same as all the others.

I personally really really like Independent's Day, as it feels like the one festival in the heart of the city. The only thing different is that Megacity now stepped in and is a bigger, better PBR Day and happens within a couple weeks of the other two. Fine really, as the Megacity lineup was spectacular.

For me, the quality of the acts booked at all three fests makes it worthwhile. Maybe it's because of the low appeal of Comfest this year, but I don't feel tired of any of them. Out of the three, I feel like Music Week Columbus has the weaker potential, simply due to the fact that it involves late sets on two weeknights. I'm guessing they'll do great with their Friday line-ups though. I love the idea, but I think the weeknight sets need a really strong (maybe national/regional) headliner or earlier start/end times. I've never ever seen a band go on at 12:45 on a Wednesday night/Thursday AM slot do well at all crowd-wise. We'll see how it goes, but my preference would be the first band at 7PM, last band done by Midnight.


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 Post subject: Re: September Festival Overload?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 1:29 pm 
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What is Comfest?

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 Post subject: Re: September Festival Overload?
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It's a party, man. :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: September Festival Overload?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 12:10 am 
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coydog wrote:
It's a party, man. :roll:


Correction: "It's a party with a PURPOSE, man.
Obviously, you didn't drink the coolade. :naughty: :doh: :wall:


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