In a recent interview with the newspaper from his alma mater, Summerfest president and CEO Don Smiley, mentioned that for the 2008 Summerfest run, music fans would not see an increase in Summerfest admissions. I suppose this offers a little relief given the fact that gas has reached $4 a gallon. I sound like my Mom.
In this same interview, Smiley mentioned he was in to seeing Rascal Flatts and Gnarls Barkley. Wait? Is this some sort of announcement? Gnarls Barkley isn't on any official Summerfest press releases? The only open date for the Marcus Amphitheater is June 28, and according to Pollstar.com, they are already playing in Denver. Huh? Maybe Smiley is talking about seeing them at another music festival, rather than the one he runs. Makes sense given the one he runs has the same acts year after year, or offers up The Steve Miller Band.
Another Summerfest-related blog listed the following with regard to Smiley's vision for Summerfest, "For Smiley, it's not about a bigger gig. He envisions Summerfest with smaller crowds, older adults, generous spenders." I am old, but I am not old enough to think a statement like this is cool. I could get on board if along with this vision, cool, new music was part of the package. Not Rush for the 17th time. Not the BoDeans either.