Mississippi Delta Festival Cancelled
Wed Sep 1 19:59:51 EDT 2004
In a message dated 9/1/04 5:04:50 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> This is sad but not unexpected.
> Much of the blame has to go to MACE. Former Executive Director Ruby Buck
> embezzled funds, promoters demanded kick backs from performers, and the
> board provided very little oversight.
For years this festival has been bulletproof to criticism because it is run
by Afro Americans in the Afro American community. Any criticism of their
methods or motives would trigger instant responses that they were racially
For the 18 years that I have lived in Mississippi, this festival has been the
most ineptly run and pathetically corrupt presentation you could imagine.
It is always the third weekend in September and, year after year, you'd get
past Labor Day Weekend and they would have no idea who was playing, Yes, 10
days from festival and they had no talent lineup press release available and had
placed no advertising. Calls into the MACE office were worthless because no
one with any answers was ever there.
This festival encouraged people to bring their own coolers with the obvious
result that people started drinking at Noon and were pretty messed up by ten or
eleven at night. That made the long walk from the performance area into the
parking lots (unlit fields) often confrontational and it only takes one bad
experience to keep someone from returning.
Don't feel bad that this poorly run festival went belly up. It collected
plenty of government grant aid over the years and the money was squandered and
embezzled by corrupt people.
There are excellent blues festivals in Jackson and Clarksdale and even a
lovely little one in Leland (just a few miles away) that showcases lesser known
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