There is quite a buzz going on in Page concerning live local music festivals and the situations surrounding them.
Recently, the heavily promoted Bomb Fest music festival turned out to be a bomb that never went off, and questions have been raised suggesting Powellapalooza may go by the wayside as well.
According to Cory Johnson, president of the board of directors for the Chamber of Commerce, these large events require much planning and follow-through to make sure they come to fruition.
Tourism coordinator Vin Paitoon added, “When you have an event like this there are three things that you focus on, time, quality and cost. And basically you can pick two of the three that are most important and go with those.”
Johnson was involved in the early planning of Bomb Fest. He said everything was in place to make it happen, except the key items that needed to be handled through the city. A representative of the promoters failed to take care of those items in a timely manner.
Could that be the case with Powellapalooza as well?
Unlike Bomb Fest, the promoters Powellapalooza already have some of their ducks in row, but still lack some crucial steps to ensure that the festival takes place.
Under the lease that Powellapalooza has with the city, they are guaranteed rights to use the amphitheater for four more years, however they will still need to file all of the proper paperwork with the city and obtain the necessary permits Johnson said.
Johnson said that he has met with and discussed the event with both the city and the promoters, and showed a great deal of optimism about the event not only going on as scheduled, but said that it may be the biggest one yet.
“Powellapalooza has grown at an astronomical rate since the first year and has outdone several other festivals, and we’re expecting this year will be big,” he said.
Aside from the needed formalities to get the event cleared through the city little else stands in the way of the event being held just as planned.
“I know they have something planned out and I am anticipating it will be more advanced than in years past,” added Johnson.
The promoters of Powellapalooza did not respond to calls for information.
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