Plans already under way for next Linton Music Fest

Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Plans are already under way for the 2012 Linton Music Festival. Founder Jared Albright has a few changes planned for next year's event. The band Cuba! (above) performed on Saturday at this year's LMF. Band members include Jon DaCosta (guitar, vocals), Michael Coffey (drums), Jimmy Rinehart (guitar), John Murray (guitar), and Matt Hulett (bass). They played on the Stoll's stage.

Barely 24 hours after the 2011 Linton Music Fest ended, founder Jared Albright was already pondering next year's show.

A change in the stage set-up initiated this year won't continue next season, Albright's already decided.

Placing the two smaller stages sponsored by McDonald's and Stoll's Country Inn facing north behind the main Linton Family Pharmacy Stage might have been a boon in hot weather.

"People seemed to be spending more time in the shade," he said.

Previously, the two larger stages had both faced south, not north, while the smaller third stage, often used for acoustic and solo acts, was near the tennis courts.

However, the distance between the reconfigured stages this year meant more bands divided crowds, Albright said.

"A lot of talent went unseen because people didn't have time to go from one stage to another," Albright said. "We kind of went out on a limb when we thought about changing the stages, but I don't think we'll do that again. People seemed to like the old stage set-up better."

Albright also hopes the festival's eighth year will bring a nationally known act, a longtime goal organizers have held since the festival's inception.

"We should have some announcements by the end of the year," he said. "We're definitely looking to change some things up. ... It's important that we get a national act in here."

Plummer River Rally,a biker weekend held near Lyons and Newberry, had two nationally known bands its first two years. Seven Mary Three, famous for the radio hit "Cumbersome," performed at the rally's inaugural outing.

Jackyl, famed for "The Lumberjack," where lead singer Jesse James "plays" a chainsaw, performed this year.

A primary difference between Plummer River and the Linton Music Fest, however, has enabled those national acts to play the rally.

Attendees at Plummer River pay an admission fee of $40 or more, while the Linton Music Fest remains free, its costs covered through sponsorships and donations.

The Linton Music Festival began as the brainchild of Albright in 2004.

Its roots run even deeper, however, beginning with a 2001 event Albright hosted, Phatfest.

A cross-between a festival and a battle of the bands, Phatfest featured five local bands from Greene and Sullivan counties. By its third year, Phatfest was drawing over 500 people, before eventually expanding into the Music Fest.

Albright contacted then-new Linton Mayor Tom Jones, who loaned him his Rolodex and the city's support in recruiting artists and sponsors.

The effort worked.

Now, one festival's hardly over before work on the next one begins. Albright and music coordinator Ryan Irish are already considering bands for next year.

One advantage the Linton fest has, Albright said, is many bands that have performed at larger festivals were impressed with local efforts.

"They were amazed at what we had here in a city this size," he said. "They said it completely surpassed their expectations, and a lot have already said they want to come back next year."

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  • Well there is a huge difference, between the Plummer River Rally and the Linton Music Fest. Yes the Plummer River Rally charges $40 dollars that is for 4 days of music and allot of other entertainment witch is focused at adults only.

    As for the Linton Music Fest and nationally known bands, ok if you have $ 30.000 to $100.000 thousand for a 45 minute set and that depends on the band.

    If you are raising that much in sponsorships and donations then the Linton Music Fest should be a lot better than it is now.

    Good luck with that.

    -- Posted by onlyingreene on Wed, Sep 7, 2011, at 8:34 PM
  • Love the Linton Music Fest and the fact that there is a variety of music. Very glad to hear that the stages for next year will not be set up the way they were this year.

    There were some new bands that I had never heard before and thought they were awesome! Compass Rose, Diesel and The Calumet Reel awesome job and hope to see you back next year!

    Hats off to Jared Albright for bringing some great music to Linton and also to Mark Stalcup for the great news coverage!!

    -- Posted by EG Momma on Wed, Sep 7, 2011, at 9:03 PM
  • Thank you for another great festival. The concept of three separate stages was however, good in theory, did not onl make it difficult to see all the acts. It made it more difficult for the artists to get the coverage they deserved. Last years set up was much better. Maybe the city could help with some fundraisers throughout the year? I'm sure there are alot of music fans who would lend their support. I know I would. Thanks again.

    -- Posted by truthorfiction on Thu, Sep 8, 2011, at 10:39 AM
  • Or just maybe, they start charging, get it out of the city park and have a real big event that will bring more than people can imagine to Linton.

    -- Posted by pinky1 on Thu, Sep 8, 2011, at 10:51 AM
  • You are a bit high on your costs of national acts. Unless, of course, you are talking the Rolling Stones, Eagles, or an act of that nature.

    -- Posted by corb300 on Thu, Sep 8, 2011, at 3:30 PM
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