LETTER TO THE EDITOR: How about real bands for SnowGlobe Festival?
SnowGlobe complaints have been rolling in from residents while business owners seem pleased about the money the event brought. A lady recently wrote this paper about a compromise, complaining mostly about the heavy bass.
I was able to attend the festival for free and found that, besides the fact I am not an electronic music fan, the crowd was horrible. Out of the more than a dozen music festivals I have attended, this crowd not only lacked the feeling of unity, but the fact that they were just plain drunk and rude.
How can these issues be fixed, while allowing local business to still reap the benefits of the crowd? This is the question and the answer, that both seem to be a very simple one: bring bands. Not just DJs but bands, the people who play instruments on stage instead of blasting a computer through giant subwoofers.
A large number of people who visit Tahoe during the New Years weekend are from the Bay Area, which has the most diverse group of music fans in the world. They sell out giant festivals in Golden Gate Park and draw a crowd of almost 500,000 people a day to the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. Yes it is free, but you only need 5 percent of those people to sell out a festival like SnowGlobe.
I’m not saying the fest shouldn’t have a DJ dome, or even have Bassnectar or Pretty Lights play on the main stage, but maybe just once a day. People in the community can handle an hour of bass, but not six.
Diversifying the music would diversify the crowd. If we could bring in people older than 25, more businesses in the town would benefit. I understand that DJs are cheap, and this may mean a small hike in ticket prices, but people love bluegrass, jam bands, alternative rock and reggae.
Don’t take music festivals out of Tahoe just make sure they have actual music that doesn’t anger the public.
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