[Dixielandjazz] Re: Declining Audiences for OKOM

Stephen Barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Mon Dec 15 13:01:21 PST 2003

Great idea Mike. Don't forget to book at least one jazz group that will help
attract the kids. If there is someone they know there, you will be even more

The "Modern Jazz " festivals at which we play (along with some of the
Internationally famous Jazz players) are always sure to book at least one
"smooth" jazz group, or one "funk" jazz group that appeals to the young right
off the bat. It might offend those who feel it dilutes Dixieland, but then, it
is better than no festival at all.

Steve Barbone

Mike Durham wrote:

> Here's a thought: at our 14th annual Whitley Bay festival in July, we are
> offering free admission all weekend to anyone aged 16 and under, plus free
> admission on Sunday afternnon to older students in fulltime education. We
> are publicising these offers in local schools and colleges as well as via
> the local press. Hope this will pull some younger folks in, and we will
> report back on our success (or lack of it). Meantime, maybe othr OKOM
> festivals might like to try the same thing (maybe they have already? If so,
> did it work?).

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