Monday, February 01, 2010

Ferndale this week is Bluesdale ! FAQ s

The first weekend of the 9th Annual Ferndale Blues Festival is behind us, and it was "all good".
About 25 concerts were held so far, with six more days to go !


How do I get my band in the festival? Each venue selects its own music and talent and does its own booking. Most bands are paid, although some donate their time to the "cause". We can send you a list of the bars, restaurants, and coffeehouses, or you can approach your favorite. There are no rules....You can play in a library, a school, a bar or maybe even on the street !

Are their tickets to buy or cover charges? Most of the events are free or simply accept donations at the door. We provide VIP passes to our corporate sponsors. We raise money for the charities through sponsorships and through donations put in the blind blue piggy banks.

Who gets the money? After expenses are paid for printing, billboards, and supplies, the proceeds go to the Ferndale Youth Assistance and Michigan AIDS Coalition. Both groups are registered not for profits in Michigan and are 501 c 3 tax deductible groups recognized by the IRS.

I dont like to be around smoke...anything for me? Yes, there are multiple smoke free venues each year..including the youth concert at Paramount Bank, Sakana Sushi Lounge, and AJ's Cafe.


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