Music fills the park; 2008 Linton Music Festival 'Exceeded all expectations'

Tuesday, September 2, 2008
By Shad Cox A BIG HIT: Dr. Duke Tumatoe & the Power Trio from Carmel were a big hit at the Linton Music Festival on Saturday night. Dr. Duke Tumatoe said it was his first trip to Linton in his 39 years of playing.

It was a hot turnout for the fourth annual Linton Music Festival.

"It exceeded all expectations," explained event organizer Jared Albright. "I'm very happy with the turnout and the quality of music. It seems the crowd was pleased. The bands seemed to be very happy and very appreciative of what we were doing."

Albright estimated 3,000 people attended Friday night, 4,000 people attended on Saturday and another 2,000 turned out on Sunday.

"The crowd changed a lot. As people left others came in," he said.

The face of the crowd changed as much as the music genre.

"It was for all ages and that's what turned out. Even with Friday's heavier music older people were still in attendance," he said.

Community support was high and that also impressed the out-of-town bands, he noted.

"It was good to have a lot of community support," Albright said. "I know the bands seemed pleased, especially the ones that traveled from out of town ... by the time they saw the stages and the crowd they were impressed."

Albright also commended the local talent.

"Obviously, the local bands performed to a T. I couldn't have been happier about that. We are thoroughly, thoroughly pleased with how things tuned out," he explained.

Despite the three days of 90-degree heat, the crowd kept coming back.

"It seemed to me that the crowd was there to listen to music and there weren't any problems that I saw. No one was out of control," Albright said. "It was incredibly hot. At least it was sunny and the skies were clear. We were happy about that."

As with past festivals, the inflatable play area was a hit with kids and parents alike.

"The inflatables were very popular. We had a bit more organization as far as keeping kids safe and organized," he said. "It's an area where the kids and parents can get away under the shade."

Albright also expressed thanks to all who made the '08 LMF a success.

"We really appreciated the Friends of the (Linton) Library for doing the Guitar Hero Contest. I think they brought a lot of people in themselves and gave the kids something to do," he noted.

He also thanked Linton Mayor Tom Jones, the city, volunteers and the civic organizations who all played a part in the event.

With the end of one event comes the start of the next.

"We have already started planning for next year," he said. "This year the amount of community support was overwhelming. Our sponsors came through. We look for bigger and better things in the future and hope that the crowd keeps coming out."

The plan is to make the Linton Music Fest a continued tradition in the community.

"It's a great thing to be a part of and it's great that our community has embraced it. They'll have it for hopefully many years," Albright added. "We're going to constantly try to progress not just in size but in quality and make things efficient and pleasing for everyone."

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  • Dr. Duke Tumatoe & the Power Trio, No More Kings, and Aranda were all very awesome!

    -- Posted by JimmyJoeJingle on Tue, Sep 2, 2008, at 9:11 PM
  • I think Jared should be commended for all his hard work and dedication to this festival. For this young man to put forth so much hard work and dedication says a lot for the person. He definitely should be voted "Citizen of the Year".

    -- Posted by fitnessfreak on Wed, Sep 3, 2008, at 5:54 AM
  • The music festival was awesome this year!!!!

    Young and old out having fun together...what better way to spend a weekend!!!!

    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK EVERYONE !!!

    -- Posted by mis on Wed, Sep 3, 2008, at 12:42 PM
  • give yourselves a huge pat on the back!!!

    -- Posted by rwkem on Thu, Sep 4, 2008, at 10:06 AM
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