LINCOLN CITY — The Siletz Bay Music Festival board of directors celebrated two things on the Fourth of July this year: America’s independence and record-breaking attendance at the festival.
Ticket sales and revenues soared with the expanded audience and musical offerings — including major soloists of worldwide renown performing a lively variety of genres.
“It has long been our goal to create a true community ‘happening,’” said artistic director Yaacov “Yaki” Bergman, “and this year’s festival succeeded with the addition of many new marketing partners, sponsors and contributors who aided us in carrying our message of excellence and innovative programming performed by superb artists to a wider audience throughout the region.”
The festival’s annual benefit event was a tribute to Count Basie, Benny Goodman and other stars of that big-band era. The auction and paddle-raise, hosted by Roger Robertson, netted the festival the highest revenues in the event’s history. However, Bergman explained that the satisfaction of a bigger, happier audience than ever is the most gratifying.
“We made many new friends in the community this season and, personally, there is nothing more rewarding than making friends through music and making music with friends,” said Bergman. “Glowing comments from musicians and audiences alike continue to surface.”
The Siletz Bay Music Festival will return for its 10th anniversary in 2020, from June 13 to July 4. Organizers have announced that there will be a focus on highlighting the cultural legacy of the Siletz People through music, dance, storytelling and visual art.