FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: March 12, 2020
CONTACT: Diane Perry, President/Tucson Folk Festival Coordinator
[email protected], 402-980-6228
CANCELLATION OF THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY TUCSON FOLK FESTIVAL – April 3-5, 2020
After much discussion, care and concern for our community, the Board of Directors of the Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association (TKMA) made the decision to cancel the 35th Anniversary Tucson Folk Festival scheduled for April 3-5, 2020, due to the known/unknown nature of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Now this cancellation is official through the City of Tucson.
Our festival currently draws 14,000 folks, we utilize over 250 volunteers, present over 160 music acts on six stages, including festival activities, as well as, a beer garden, food and arts & crafts vendors. We can confidently state that over half of our festival community are over the age of 60, and would be in the “vulnerable” category and may possibly be susceptible to this particular virus. Undoubtedly, there would be scenarios of “hands on” situations at our festival, even if festival volunteers wore gloves and used hand sanitizers, that may unknowingly promote a transfer of this virus. We want to do our part to slow down the rate of spreading the virus, and one step to achieve this action is to avoid crowds and cancel mass gatherings. We just didn’t want to contribute to the possibility of this happening to the public at our festival. Everyone’s health, welfare and well-being come first.
We have been in communication with our sponsors, community partners and headline performers, and are reaching out to the remaining folks involved in the festival to address and/or follow up on any ramifications of our cancellation. Updates of future TKMA events will be forthcoming.
No one knows how this current virus situation will affect our community. Please know we are so grateful for our community’s support and attendance at our events, and we embrace you all in thought as we move through this. And, we will move through this, dear friends, we will move through this.
Our best to you all,
Your TKMA Board of Directors
(Tonight, just before this posting, Mayor Romero announcements pertaining to our type of event: (1) Out of an abundance of precaution, I am recommending that events with an expected attendance of at least 50 individuals be postponed. (2) The City will not issue special event permits with an expected attendance of 50 persons or more. We wanted you to know the message of our intention.)
The Tucson Folk Festival is a FREE and accessible, now three-day event, celebrating Americana/Folk Music traditions and all the wonderful variations, including American bluegrass, blues, country, jazz, Celtic, zydeco, and various styles of Latin and Mexican music! This annual family-friendly festival is held in some of the most historic sections of downtown Tucson: Jacome Plaza, La Cocina, Presidio Museum and surrounding area.
Starting this year, a FESTIVAL KICK-OFF PARTY begins on Friday night, April 3rd, ON JACOME PLAZA (101 N Stone Avenue) featuring the Regional Headliner (Sugar & the Mint) and Opening Act (CSM)! Food will be available and the Beer Garden open!
Saturday and Sunday, the festival features six stages of acoustic music in traditional, contemporary, and ethnic genres to entertain and delight a multi-faceted and diverse audience. The festival attracts over 13,000 fans and participants who come from all over Southern Arizona, and across the nation. The festival features a national, regional and local headliner, as well as, family show headliner (Saturday and Sunday). Over 160 acts perform at the festival. This festival also features the Stefan George Memorial Songwriting Competition, the Roger Mikulas Young Artist Showcase for youth under 18 (now both days), interactive music workshops, the Ballad Tree for future songwriters (open mic), raffles, the Elise Grecco Marketplace for food and craft vendors, festival store and a beer garden. Over 250 volunteers support the success of this festival.
For 2020, Saturday’s Headliner is Calexico and Sunday’s Headliner is The Tucsonics (with special guests). For each day’s full schedule, click on the links below: