The Dickson Street Music Festival: A postscript

April 28th, 2008 at 4:02 pm

Sonic Youth

Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth helped kick off the Dickson Street Music Festival. Photo by KEVIN KINDER, Northwest Arkansas Times

Now that the bands have gone home and the attendance numbers are coming in, we thought we’d recap the Dickson Street Music Festival.

Plus, the blog — and the concert promoters we wanted to talk to — are thinking more clearly after getting a bit of sleep, something that was a precious commodity when hours upon hours of music was consuming everyone’s energy.

Click here to continue reading a wrapup of the Dickson Street Music Festival.

Things look promising for the festival’s future. Admission for each night approached or exceeded 3,000 patrons, said Brian Crowne, festival promoter.

While the festival grounds would have supported another 2,000 each evening, Crowne saw that as little concern, considering the festival is in its first year.

“You can’t be upset at [those numbers],” he said. “We firmly established it [the festival] as a viable event. I’m proud of what we’ve done.”

And who can blame him for being a proud papa? Crowne, Harold Wieties and Dan Allen, his partners in presenting agency Majestic Concerts, have been planning the event for the better part of a year.

The first year would be a test, he said very early in that process. Could and would Fayetteville support it?

To me, as someone who was inside the festival gates for the duration of the event, the answer seems like a yes. I’ve heard some positive buzz from concertgoers, and have been chatting with a few music-savvy friends and coworkers who found at least one of the performances to be amazing.

I also heard raves from some of the performing artists. They too were excited about the prospects of the festival.

The folks from nationally respected online music hub Pitchfork stopped by this weekend and had this to say.

As for the biggest question, one I posed yesterday, too: What will become of the festival next year?

Its very existence is not a certainty, Crowne said, and he and his partners will review the overall success at meetings later this week.

But his initial impression about bringing back a bigger, better festival next year?

“All things point to yes,” Crowne said.