I just wanted to update you about the 3rd Cherry City Music Fest April 9-11, 2009 in downtown Salem. More than 120 bands have registered and we’ve attracted almost 20 sponsors for the three day event of live music, art education and diabetes awareness.
Our main stages for each night are set. On Thursday night, Rafter Roberts, from San Diego, will open the festival at the Ike Box. Downtown at the Trinity Ballroom, Olympia’s K Records label night will feature Kimya Dawson from the Juno soundtrack and headliner Jeremy Jay from Los Angeles. On Friday, The Thermals will headline the Kill Rock Stars label night at the Grand Theater. Saturday’s finale with the Portland Cello Project and Viva Voce will bring an exciting end to the festival.
Jean Smith, from the Vancouver B.C. band Mecca Normal, will present “How Art & Music Can Change the World,” to local high school and university students and Kimya Dawson in scheduled for a free performance for children at the Salem Public Library Louckes Auditorium. Other opportunities for music and art education are in the works.
As part of our outreach, we have selected the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as a beneficiary of the event. We are encouraging education about diabetes and free testing during the festival. Other nonprofit organizations involved in the festival are Isaac’s Room and Mid-Valley Video Festival.
As you can imagine, this event will offer your organization an opportunity to make Salem more livable while gaining exposure to a younger audience and supporting worthy nonprofit organizations.
Would you consider participating? There are plenty of ways to help make this the best event possible as a sponsor, advertiser or volunteer. Please reply if you’re interested in the 3rd Cherry City Music Fest.