(SAN DIEGO, CA) – Have you noticed that most music festivals have become
rather impersonal crowd scenes, and the only “contact” most of the audience has
with the performing artists is to watch them on the Jumbotron? Heck, you
might as well be watching on TV.
Happily, San Diego’s Gator By the Bay, May 9-12 at Spanish Landing Park,
gives you multiple opportunities to get “up close” and personal with the
performers—no Jumbotron needed! At any of the performances you can stand
right in front of the stage (that is, if you can tear yourself away from the
dance floor!) and get a good look, in person, at just how Roy Rogers fingers
those chords on his slide guitar, how Marcia Ball’s hands fly over the keyboard
while her right foot never stops moving, how Aki Kumar or John Nemeth make
their harmonicas wail, or how Chubby Carrier, Geno Delafose, or Kevin Naquin
get those lively sounds out of their accordions. As you wander around the
festival, chances are you’ll see many of the performers themselves enjoying
other artists’ performances and happy to talk to anyone about their music. At
the Bayou Grove stage, many of the artists—including the headliners–lead
informal workshops where you can pull up a hay bale and ask them questions
about their music, their culture, or their performances, all in an intimate
setting that encourages interaction and discourse.
At Gator By the Bay we’re all about authentic experience, and sharing
the love of our diverse musical entertainments on a personal level. And
for that, we don’t need no stinkin’ Jumbotron!