Organizers, city leaders 'floored' by success of Gasparilla Music Festival
Based on the response from everyone we've talked to since Saturday -- the fans, the artists, the fellow scene-watchers -- the inaugural Gasparilla Music Festival has to be considered a big success. (Click here for our review.)
A few days afterward, what else are people saying about the festival?
"It is exactly the kind of event we need to grow and encourage because that's what will help attract the intellectual capital — the young people — that will fuel our next iteration as a city," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who attended the festival. "I'd like to see it every weekend. Every weekend."
"People I know who have lived here maybe five years were saying this is something they missed living in Atlanta," said David Cox, president of the festival's board of directors. "They were just floored. They wanted to know: Why didn't this happen before?"
The event attracted more than 6,000 people, far outpacing the original goal of 4,000. Next year, organizers say, they want to add bands, stages and more food vendors.
And above, you can see tbt*'s Sean Daly at the Festival chatting up one of the day's best acts, the Distinguished Men of Brass. Click here for links to his interviews with Ra Ra Riot, Tortured Soul and The Groves.