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Oct 20, 2020 - 11:16:10 AM
14938 posts since 12/2/2005

It's hardly a surprise, but I just received the following from the Boston Bluegrass Union:

Joe Val Postponed Due to COVID-19
 
We are very saddened to announce that there will be no Joe Val Bluegrass Festival this coming February of 2021. We have been monitoring the COVID-19 virus closely, and unfortunately we don't see any way that we can gather together safely this winter. The health of our community is of paramount importance, and we hope you will join us when we can safely gather again. In the meantime, please see the better news below, and stay safe!
Oct 20, 2020 - 11:18:06 AM
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KCJones

USA

966 posts since 8/30/2012

Festivals are never coming back. Never. Once rights are given up they are never given back.

Oct 20, 2020 - 11:55:41 AM
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7110 posts since 11/4/2005

quote:
Originally posted by KCJones

Festivals are never coming back. Never. Once rights are given up they are never given back.


What nonsense.

Oct 20, 2020 - 12:27:48 PM

KCJones

USA

966 posts since 8/30/2012

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Originally posted by Don Borchelt
quote:
Originally posted by KCJones

Festivals are never coming back. Never. Once rights are given up they are never given back.


What nonsense.


Remember "Two weeks to flatten the curve"?

Now it's "shutdown until 100% vaccination rate". 

Oct 20, 2020 - 12:48:17 PM
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61 posts since 10/13/2010

Sad to hear. I was really looking forward to Joe Val, but couldn't imagine how we'd be in the clear to have it on the originally scheduled date; February 2021 is just too close, especially with new cases continuing to rise daily. I commend the fine folks at BBU for the decision... it's the smart choice to postpone it.

(I'm expecting Banjo Camp North to be postponed too.)

We need to be optimistic though... festivals WILL return. We just have to be patient, and vigilant about keeping each other safe.

Oct 20, 2020 - 1:22:13 PM
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110 posts since 4/8/2019

quote:
Originally posted by KCJones

Festivals are never coming back. Never. Once rights are given up they are never given back.


I am sad to say I agree.  Evidence so far supports this point of view over the more optimistic "back-to-normal" fairy tale.  It's simply never going to happen.  We are in the midst of a massive economic reboot, and if you trust Bill Gates and the current crop of politicians to make the world a better place after the entire population eventually feels better, I have a magic yo-yo I'd be happy to sell you.

Oct 20, 2020 - 1:39:06 PM
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This is a major bummer but not a surprise and is for sure the right and safe decision for the BBU to make. I love the Joe Val festival and haven’t missed one since I started going fifteen years ago. Hopefully more folks will start pulling their weight taking precautions to prevent the spread of this virus from getting even worse. With any luck this, along with a vaccine, will allow us to have the best festival season ever in 2022 after things finally normalize again!

Edited by - banjo1930 on 10/20/2020 13:43:45

Oct 20, 2020 - 2:01:39 PM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

25110 posts since 8/3/2003

Okay, let's cut out the political posts or this thread will be locked. You all know what the rules are.

Oct 20, 2020 - 2:02:51 PM

4214 posts since 6/15/2005

It's a sad but necessary decision. I'll miss seeing friends like Skip and Gabe, but that will happen again down the road.

Oct 20, 2020 - 2:21:05 PM
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1030 posts since 10/5/2008

quote:
Originally posted by KCJones
quote:
Originally posted by Don Borchelt
quote:
Originally posted by KCJones

Festivals are never coming back. Never. Once rights are given up they are never given back.


What nonsense.


Remember "Two weeks to flatten the curve"?

Now it's "shutdown until 100% vaccination rate". 


Yeah, it's almost like this is a brand new virus that hasn't been seen before, and people originally thought one thing,  but then gathered more information and then changed their mind based on the facts. Really strange, I know!

Oct 20, 2020 - 2:26:25 PM
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61 posts since 10/13/2010

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Originally posted by arnie fleischer

It's a sad but necessary decision. I'll miss seeing friends like Skip and Gabe, but that will happen again down the road.


Fortunately, Gabe gave me a prized "Gabe" sticker during Banjo Camp North 2019, so I am able to "see" him all the time... or perhaps, maybe those stickers are actually part of Gabe's mythical banjo magic mastery and can be used as "crystal balls" for him to "see" us. :-)

Oct 20, 2020 - 3:35:42 PM
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1148 posts since 5/19/2018

Politics aside. This is not a political comment, it is a human nature one.

Festivals will come back. They will a bit different at first, but they will come back.

Things will come back to “normal” whatever that is. It will just be a different normal. Pandemics happen, wars happen, things change, but human nature stays the same. We are social animals, that is our nature. Humans adapt. That’s what we do. Better than any species on earth. Perhaps too well.

Might be a while. Maybe A long while. But there will be festivals again. There will be family gatherings again. It’s what we do as a species. Always.

For the time being. Just be smart and safe. And play music, of course.

This too shall pass...

Oct 20, 2020 - 11:39:28 PM

483 posts since 2/5/2014

This isn’t about politics, but the desire musicians have to gather and jam.

Festivals might be smaller at first, but I believe they will rebound. I attended Wintergrass the past few years, and I saw folks all over the place jamming together. In hallways, on staircases, smashed into tiny rooms, and into all hours of the night, it was extremely evident to see how much enjoyment music brings.

It is this pure joy that will help festivals resume.

Oct 22, 2020 - 1:20:21 PM

2599 posts since 4/16/2003

Some festivals will come back.

But I sense that others are going to be "gone for good".

I'm wondering if the same will be true for some bands, as well.

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