Bay Harbor Fest announces music lineup for Memorial Day weekend

Apr 5, 2013 Full story: Sunherald.com 42

"America's Got Talent"-winner and former Hancock County resident Michael Grimm is one of the headliners announced Friday by organizer's of Memorial Day Weekend's Bay Harbor Fest in Bay St.

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Not Gonna Do it

Bay Saint Louis, MS

#1 Apr 9, 2013
I 'm not going to pay $25 to see a bunch of bands that play the casino's on a regular weekend.

This lineup is pretty lame.
Ferd

Bay Saint Louis, MS

#2 Apr 10, 2013
Not Gonna Do it wrote:
I 'm not going to pay $25 to see a bunch of bands that play the casino's on a regular weekend.
This lineup is pretty lame.
You've got that right.
fact

Bay Saint Louis, MS

#3 Apr 10, 2013
i'm not paying 25 to make someone rich, money is going in rosato's pocket not community
replicators

Gulfport, MS

#4 Apr 10, 2013
ya'll need to get yourselves back over to the "bash fillingame" blogs to be consistent in posting and then answering yourselves. I bet the 8,000+ crowd this weekend for the blues fest just sent you people over the edge as you sat and hoped it would fail. And you want to run the city. Sad!
Nope

Bay Saint Louis, MS

#5 Apr 10, 2013
replicators wrote:
ya'll need to get yourselves back over to the "bash fillingame" blogs to be consistent in posting and then answering yourselves. I bet the 8,000+ crowd this weekend for the blues fest just sent you people over the edge as you sat and hoped it would fail. And you want to run the city. Sad!
I'll gladly pay to see Elton John, Maroon 5, or any of the plethora of musicians lines up for the Jazz fest. This is a money grab that I seriously doubt will be here next year.$25 to get in and probably $5 or $6 for a beer. No thanks....I'll take the free music at St. Clare's festival and know the $5 for a beer went to the church and not some out of town promoter's pocket.
Boxer

Hattiesburg, MS

#6 Apr 10, 2013
Your $5 a beer money can go straight to the Catholic church legal defense fund... Money well spent.
Nope wrote:
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I'll gladly pay to see Elton John, Maroon 5, or any of the plethora of musicians lines up for the Jazz fest. This is a money grab that I seriously doubt will be here next year.$25 to get in and probably $5 or $6 for a beer. No thanks....I'll take the free music at St. Clare's festival and know the $5 for a beer went to the church and not some out of town promoter's pocket.
festive

Gulfport, MS

#7 Apr 10, 2013
Nope wrote:
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I'll gladly pay to see Elton John, Maroon 5, or any of the plethora of musicians lines up for the Jazz fest. This is a money grab that I seriously doubt will be here next year.$25 to get in and probably $5 or $6 for a beer. No thanks....I'll take the free music at St. Clare's festival and know the $5 for a beer went to the church and not some out of town promoter's pocket.
Everyone gets the conflict with St. Clare...but what keeps people from going to BOTH festivals, and BOTH cities from benefiting from each one?? And spending money at Jazz Fest is ok, even though NO ONE in BSL, Waveland or Hancock Co makes a dime from the money you spend in N.O.?? Just the gas getting there and back plus that beer you want is way more than $25...but that's ok?? OR maybe you mean that the Harbor Fest would have to book Elton John, Eric Clapton or someone more popular than them before you'd consider attending..for $25.00, beer included?? LOL!! But who knows...the Bay mayor might just be able to make that happen for the 2nd or 3rd Harbor Fest. Lol...u people can't help but open mouth and insert foot. Your logic is as pitiful as your comments.
Wonderer

Long Beach, MS

#8 Apr 11, 2013
Who said Beer was included in the $25 price for Harbor Fest? Surely you jest!
Parker

Pearl River, LA

#9 Apr 11, 2013
Per Mr. Ponder's Editorial BSL could not park 8000 attendees where are they going to park 250,000 that Harbor Fest Promised within the next five years? Come to Waveland for all the free parking You can stand.
festive

Gulfport, MS

#10 Apr 11, 2013
where do you think they parked 8000 for the blues fest? 10,000 for cruisin the coast? 10,000 for bridge fest? Thousands for the "old" beachfront festival. 250K I'm not sure about, but 10 or 20, yeah, it's already happened. And Wonderer, yes, I did jest. You just didn't get it- like always. You people can't read much less understand what you read. That's a big part of your problem,and a big reason why you're so wrong so much of the time.
Parker

Bay Saint Louis, MS

#11 Apr 11, 2013
Festive....It is very simple, Money keeps people from going to both festivals!!! Most folks can't afford two festivals in one weekend.

Why didn't the Harbor Fest Promoter choose the same weekend as the Bridge Fest? Now there is a question begging of answers. The original reason was to replace Bridge Fest as indicated by the Old Town Merchants had that same revenue flow, or at least that is how Mr. Rosato originally presented it.

I think not, it was to line some pockets!!!
Wonderer

Gulfport, MS

#12 Apr 11, 2013
festive wrote:
where do you think they parked 8000 for the blues fest? 10,000 for cruisin the coast? 10,000 for bridge fest? Thousands for the "old" beachfront festival. 250K I'm not sure about, but 10 or 20, yeah, it's already happened. And Wonderer, yes, I did jest. You just didn't get it- like always. You people can't read much less understand what you read. That's a big part of your problem,and a big reason why you're so wrong so much of the time.
Festive, you must be confusing me with someone else! Considering this was my first post, how could I "not get it like always" or be "wrong so much of the time".?

I wonder how many Food Vendors Mr. Rosato will get at $750 a pop? I guess they will be from NOLA too! And who are the Sponsors? Top Secret I guess since his website doesn't even list them!
Spike

Bay Saint Louis, MS

#13 Apr 12, 2013
If I remember correctly, Bay Bridgefest has not been the same weekend for the last two years. Last year Bay Bridgefest was the first weekend in June and the year before that Bay Bridgefest was the third weekend in May. Memorial Day Weekend is the idea weekend to have any kind of event because it is a 3 day weekend.

St. Clare is a fest that is draws people from the local communities and Bay Harbor Fest and Bay Bridgefest are regionally fest that attempt to draw crowds from outside of the area. I understand St. Clare needs the money and I think St. Clare will more tons of money this year, but Hancock County needs regional fests just as much to attract visitors to 'discover' Hancock County.

Parker wrote:
Festive....It is very simple, Money keeps people from going to both festivals!!! Most folks can't afford two festivals in one weekend.
Why didn't the Harbor Fest Promoter choose the same weekend as the Bridge Fest? Now there is a question begging of answers. The original reason was to replace Bridge Fest as indicated by the Old Town Merchants had that same revenue flow, or at least that is how Mr. Rosato originally presented it.
I think not, it was to line some pockets!!!
Mexigrl64

Gulfport, MS

#14 Apr 12, 2013
As a business owner in Old Town I am so dismayed, even personally feel hurt, when I see these types of comments and the misinformation. Do you not support your local shops and want us to succeed? Do you not realize how hard it has been for us for the last few years, how we love our community and give much back to it (not the least of which is tax revenues that help all of us). I love Old Town and the Bay and chose to put my business there to help in the rebuilding, to be a part of a wonderful community.

If anyone cares to know the FACTS - here they are

First off, there is a suggested 5.00 fee for the art/vendor portion of the Fest - which will be in the footprint of the Bridge Fest, up and down Main and Second Street. This is similar to Peter Anderson if you are familiar with that. We intend to have some great vendors, local artists and local music around town along with food.

Second - the daily pass for the headliners stage starts at 12.00 if you purchase it online ahead of time - this will be a separate stage on the corner of Beach Blvd.

Third - there is no Bridge Fest this spring/summer - we have been told it was moved to Fall but have no date yet. To be honest we don't know anything about it at this point except it will now be privately run and we hope it will still be in Old Town. Remember that we are running down on the BP and Katrina money and things will not always be "free" in the future.

How many of you could have your income cut in quarters or thirds and not have a problem with that? Why would the business owners turn down the chance for a festival to replace the timing of the one we lost this year? Yes, it is for profit but I can pretty much guarantee you that it will not be a huge profit maker it's first year out (if any is made). Festivals take years of work to turn profits and the hope is that this will become an Memorial Day tradition for the folks from NOLA, Mobile, Etc. It will bring new people to the coast and they will come back at other times as well. We also hope that people here for the weekend will go to the St Clare Festival which is nearby - we should be celebrating the fact that we have multiple events. This weekend was the Pass Art Festival and the Blues Fest and both were great successes!

We are all hoping this will be a success and going forward we will have the Harbor Fest and the Bridge Fest but for now we just don't know. I would like to see everyone support this, even if you don't want to go please understand that we are all working hard to make this a good time for all. Yes, it is for profit but that profit extends to your local businesses, the cities, the hotels, casinos, restaurants, etc....that is good for ALL!
Mexigrl64

Gulfport, MS

#15 Apr 12, 2013
Sorry, I missed one other thing - Mr Rosato is not an "out of town promoter" he is the owner of Bay Rat Productions and he worked with Lee Seal on the entertainment for Bridge Fest the last few years (which was a great success). He is from the Bay and was raised here in South Mississippi. He spends time between here and NOLA where much of his business is now. Please get your facts straight before you post if at all possible.

Thanks
Mexigrl64

Gulfport, MS

#16 Apr 12, 2013
Wonderer wrote:
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Festive, you must be confusing me with someone else! Considering this was my first post, how could I "not get it like always" or be "wrong so much of the time".?
I wonder how many Food Vendors Mr. Rosato will get at $750 a pop? I guess they will be from NOLA too! And who are the Sponsors? Top Secret I guess since his website doesn't even list them!
The Bay Harbor Fest ad which we approved today for South MS Living does show the sponsors. I'm sure they are still bringing in others which may be why the website is not updated. This is such a short time line for this scale of a festival so perhaps things are not updated as quickly as we would like.
Parker

Bay Saint Louis, MS

#17 Apr 12, 2013
The Bridge Fest, as the Bay Harbor Fest will, draws 80-90% Locals, I have been to every Bridge Fest to date and know everyone!!! The Bay Harbor Fest will dilute the participation in St. Clare's Sea Food Festival. If The Merchants wanted to replace the revenues of the Bridge Fest simply select the same weekend and you don't walk on top of Your neighbor. St. Clare has had this date and stayed clear of the Bridge Fest dates as requested. It is very simple the "GOLDEN RULLE" should prevail in ALL aspects of life including BUSINESS.
Mexigrl64

Bay Saint Louis, MS

#18 Apr 13, 2013
OK, perhaps I am repeating myself but here goes again...the Merchants did NOT plan the date, the promoter did. He did what he thought would bring the most people in for the event, which is what any business owner would do. How about that "Golden Rule" regarding treating others as you would like to be treated? No one is walking on anyone and I'm wondering if after all this when the St Clare festival is a success (weather pending) will anyone think to let their neighbor businesses know that perhaps they were mistaken? That two or more events in a similar area can co-exist? According to the official numbers we had 40% out of the area, mostly from New Orleans. When 80-90% of the advertising dollars are being spent in the New Orleans market that is a huge plus for the Hancock County area in general. This is a 3 day weekend and do you really believe that people won't go to two different events, especially when they are both free (or with the 5.00 suggested donation for the Art Festival)? Didn't seem to hurt anyone last week when there were 3 major events in the area. It's like we want to fail instead of banding together to make things better. I, for one, do not want to fail and I want to continue building and growing the Bay. As a business owner I have a stake in this community and I support any festivals (including St Clares) that are held here!
Out of Towner

Bay Saint Louis, MS

#19 Apr 14, 2013
Parker wrote:
The Bridge Fest, as the Bay Harbor Fest will, draws 80-90% Locals, I have been to every Bridge Fest to date and know everyone!!! The Bay Harbor Fest will dilute the participation in St. Clare's Sea Food Festival. If The Merchants wanted to replace the revenues of the Bridge Fest simply select the same weekend and you don't walk on top of Your neighbor. St. Clare has had this date and stayed clear of the Bridge Fest dates as requested. It is very simple the "GOLDEN RULLE" should prevail in ALL aspects of life including BUSINESS.
Parker, as an out of towner who loves to visit Bay St. Louis, i have to say that you are entirely off base. I visit BSL frequently and bought a vacation home here. I may retire here in a few years. Why do I love BSL so much? Because it is a great destination. It has frequent festivals, Second Saturday, a great downtown, some good restaurants and will soon have a fantastic marina. And the people here are great. Including the few crumudgeons like you. Mayor Fillingame is doing a great job. The moving of the Bridge Fest date and creation of a new festival is a stroke of genius. It makes me want to come here more often ... And spend more money in the shops and restaurants. BSL has made astounding progress since the storm and is the first community along the Gulf that you hit when you drive in from New Orleans, making it well positioned. I'm really happy to see that BSL is coming of age.
mexigrl64

Ocean Springs, MS

#20 Apr 14, 2013
Here is a link to the economic impact study of last year's Bridge Fest - just so the naysayers can understand why this is so important to our entire community. Look carefully at the demographic figures, and that was without a lot of advertising outside of our area. This festival is doing a lot of NOLA advertising so hopefully we will get even more new people!

http://www.visitmscoast.org/study-shows-2-mil...

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