- Now that I have some sleep under my belt I would like to continue this
conversation about Stevenson and boycotts. First of all, Ken, I think we
can have a civil conversation in this forum. I have no axe to grind about
Stevenson one way or the other (this means I'm not in either camp) but if
there are good reasons for not going to the festival then my general thought
is that they be aired out so that if it's that bad, then perhaps we need to
all stop going to Stevenson.
Like a lot of other folks here, I have been involved in bringing music in
and it's a thankless job at best. Some are going to hate it and some are
going to like it and I think you try to do your best and if enough people
respond one way or the other then you choose which road you take.
I guess my main objection to a boycott is selfish-I don't make it to many of
the other festivals so I would really hate to see it end. And someone else
talked about the "family" feel to Stevenson and I second that.
This was mentioned before too but I think one of the most poignant stories
of this festival was that of Gene, who jammed up to the early hours of
Sunday morning and then passed away a few hours later. I think that's how a
lot of us would like to go. When I arrived home I ran into someone who told
me about a guy up in this neck of the woods who was at a pickers' festival
in Sandpoint, ID, who felt a little under the weather and went into town to
get something to eat and had a heart attack and died at age 50. That hits
pretty close to home as I knew Ray Belknap.
But I'm planning on being at Stevenson next year unless someone gives me a
real good reason not to, and for Ken again, I respect anyone's wish to not
attend a festival for whatever reason.