Bay Harbor Fest announces music lineup for Memorial Day weekend

Apr 5, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Sunherald.com

"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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21 - 40 of 42 Comments Last updated Jun 3, 2013
Senior

Bay Saint Louis, MS

#21 Apr 15, 2013
mexigrl64 wrote:
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...
Who's going to collect all the guns? We don't need NO people.
Wonderer

Long Beach, MS

#22 Apr 15, 2013
I am relly tired of the comparisions of Stella's Blue Fest and the Arts festival in Pass Christian on April 6 or the C&R's Crawfish Cookoff and Relay for Life on April 13 to the upcoming Memoral Day Weekend of St. Clare Seafood Festival and the Habor Fest. First you must define success. I have not seen any reports of how much money was made at Stella's nor the Arts festival in PC. However it was quote in the local paper that the C&Rs Crawfish Cook off has raised $75,000 over the last six years. Twelve thousand five hundred dollars may be considered a HUGE success for that particular event but that is in no way a successful event for an Annal Seafood Festival. Do you think OLG would be satisfied with those numbers for the Crab Fest? I do not think so. Yes the Crab Fest has been around a long time and has built up their festival each year. This is exactly what St. Clare is trying to do, which is why they reestablished the Memorial Day Weekend.

I do hope and pray that both events can benefit since they are both moving forward but I am sure folks associated with Harbor Fest will take credit if St. Clare's numbers are up from last year. They will not give credit to the hard work provided by the VOLUNTEERS and the advertising that was provided by St. Clare.

Since: Mar 13

Location hidden

#23 Apr 15, 2013
Let me start off this post by saying that I will be attending both Bay Harbor Fest and St. Clare Seafood Fest.

The more activities that Hancock County has to offer the locals and tourist on Memorial Day weekend the better. Once Bay Harbor Fest announced that Papa Grows Funk and Blackberry Smoke will be playing in Bay Saint Louis I quickly realized that I that I will not be leaving Hancock County this Memorial Day weekend. It is awesome that Hancock County has the ability to offer so much for locals and the ability to attract tourist to our beloved communities. The fact of the matter is St. Clare is a festival that is geared to families and Bay Harbor Fest is geared to music lovers.

In the past few weeks Bay Harbor Fest has recently received an unwarranted bad reputation because they are 'stealing' a local church's weekend, but everyone should get behind this Bay Harbor Fest festival. Just think about it, we have a group of people (Bay Rat Productions) that is willing to invest private money into Hancock County to host a music festival.

Bay Harbor Fest is bringing musical acts to Hancock that has a regional following. The two big draws for Bay Harbor Fest will be Blackberry Smoke which is an opening act for Zac Brown Band and a number of other nationally recognized bands and Papa Grows Funk is a band that has large New Orleans following. In addition, Bay Harbor Fest is going to be one of the last shows that Papa Grows Funk is going to play before they take an "indefinite hiatus."

St. Clare is a great local fest that will always have a good local attendance. St. Clare Seafood Fest has a friendly family atmosphere that many people will enjoy. Personally I go to the St Clare Seafood Fest to see friends, grab a bit to eat, and to listen to Pat Murphy play. Even though Bay Harbor Fest and St. Clare Seafood Fest takes place the same weekend, St. Clare will be get the same amount of money from me as I spend there every year.
Junior

Bay Saint Louis, MS

#24 Apr 15, 2013
Ward 1 wrote:
Let me start off this post by saying that I will be attending both Bay Harbor Fest and St. Clare Seafood Fest.
The more activities that Hancock County has to offer the locals and tourist on Memorial Day weekend the better. Once Bay Harbor Fest announced that Papa Grows Funk and Blackberry Smoke will be playing in Bay Saint Louis I quickly realized that I that I will not be leaving Hancock County this Memorial Day weekend. It is awesome that Hancock County has the ability to offer so much for locals and the ability to attract tourist to our beloved communities. The fact of the matter is St. Clare is a festival that is geared to families and Bay Harbor Fest is geared to music lovers.
In the past few weeks Bay Harbor Fest has recently received an unwarranted bad reputation because they are 'stealing' a local church's weekend, but everyone should get behind this Bay Harbor Fest festival. Just think about it, we have a group of people (Bay Rat Productions) that is willing to invest private money into Hancock County to host a music festival.
Bay Harbor Fest is bringing musical acts to Hancock that has a regional following. The two big draws for Bay Harbor Fest will be Blackberry Smoke which is an opening act for Zac Brown Band and a number of other nationally recognized bands and Papa Grows Funk is a band that has large New Orleans following. In addition, Bay Harbor Fest is going to be one of the last shows that Papa Grows Funk is going to play before they take an "indefinite hiatus."
St. Clare is a great local fest that will always have a good local attendance. St. Clare Seafood Fest has a friendly family atmosphere that many people will enjoy. Personally I go to the St Clare Seafood Fest to see friends, grab a bit to eat, and to listen to Pat Murphy play. Even though Bay Harbor Fest and St. Clare Seafood Fest takes place the same weekend, St. Clare will be get the same amount of money from me as I spend there every year.
Someone is blowing smoke.
Parker

Bay Saint Louis, MS

#25 Apr 15, 2013
Wow a what great debate has been ongoing in my absence. Now Lets Clarify a few things.
1) First and foremost in no way do I have any issue with the Down Town Merchants or supporting them. Actually I am in the down town area 3-4 times weekly supporting the local merchants. The only reason they are mentioned in my post, is that Mr. Rosato used the Loss of potential revenue stream (from no Bridge Fest) as leverage to get the Harbor Fest approved by the Council (this is factual). Why not use the same weekend that Bridge Fest had?
2) No where did I or anyone else on this thread (that I see) say Mr. Rosato was an "out of town promoter" (this is factual).
3) "Spring/Summer" has approximately 27 weeks, why pick a week that includes a neighboring event?
4) I appreciate You're adding a link to the Olinger Group's Impact study it has some great information. Let's look at the numbers. Our friend "Festive" estimates this years BHF attendance at 10-20K, lets use 15K for our discussion. Olinger states that 70% of the attendees are from with-in the 3 coastal counties. I apologize for my estimation of 80-90% but 70% of 15K totals 10,500 potential St. Clare Festival Goeers headed to BHF. It also mentions that 25% brought their children(this is St. Clare's saving grace right???) which equal 3,750 plus kids, starting to get the picture? Lastly the Real out of towners (Hotel Stays) only represents 14% or 2100 people.
5) "Out of Towner" sums it up best in his post. BSL, a BSL event & the BSL mayor are mentioned 8 times in one paragraph. I think this speaks volumes for where the mindset of the Harbor Fest, "blinders on and can't see past Nicholson Ave".
6) I am not a curmudgeon, I am not Archaic, Crusty or Ill tempered. I think Mr. Benson was tagged with that name and proudly wears it. We will leave that one to him.
And last but not least.
7) I am not a Naysayer. I have lived in this community my entire life, and as a fellow business owner understand well the ups and downs of day to day business operation. I have lived the losses of Katrina, the economic losses of the banking failures of 2009 and the losses incurred due to the BP Oil Spill. I also understand how to make a "Non Profit" Fund Raiser successful and that is to get as many Gulf Coast Residents on Premises. See Number 4 above and hopefully My point becomes clearer.

Thanks for reading my opinion, I didn't have to name call once.....

God Bless

Confused

Bay Saint Louis, MS

#26 Apr 19, 2013
Did the Promoter try to move the festival from Main Street to the Church crab festival site? If so why are the down town merchants trying to help him. He started off trying to throw you under the bus and he will end by throwing you under the bus. Hope you like the ride. Tire marks on your balance sheet provided free by the Rat! LOL
Mexigrl64

Ocean Springs, MS

#27 Apr 21, 2013
Parker - you might want to reread "Nope's" post again

"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."
Times r achangin

Bay Saint Louis, MS

#28 Apr 25, 2013
Heard that merchants are revolting, don't know what is going on but there seem to be arguments and an uneasy feeling about the whole festival.

Somebody please help with details?
Clueless in the Bay

Bay Saint Louis, MS

#29 Apr 27, 2013
"3) "Spring/Summer" has approximately 27 weeks, why pick a week that includes a neighboring event? "

I guess when the Church said no to the use of their Bay location the rat did what comes natural to the species---he rat fcked the Church in Waveland. Is it just me or someone who will screw over the Church seem like a great business partner? I mean the mafia doesn't mess with the Church. Anyone who would screw over the Church will put it to anyone, including the downtown merchants. Wait and see it will be a Barbour fest not a downtown bay fest as soon as the thing is built. See Gulfport where the downtown business community is shut down during the festivals at Jones park for his business model. Who can goto your business when the parking spots are all filled with the rat mans gated event in the harbour. Yet you fund it and beg others to help him guans tee your busiest weekend will be a zero profit day as long as he is filling downtown with people not going to your business.
Parker

Bay Saint Louis, MS

#30 May 12, 2013
"Parker - you might want to reread "Nope's" post again

"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.""

Thanks Mexi for pointing that out, I missed it in my read.

But I did a little research on Bay Rat Productions LLC. Their website lists their address as NOLA. Also their phone number has a VIrginia area code.

A little deeper research will show that there is no Bay Rat Productions LLC listed in the MS Secretary of State Business listings. Bay Harbor Festival LLC was just filled on Feb. 26th. SOOOO, I guess "Nope's" assessment is correct The Rat is an "Out of town Promotor"! Don't know where Bay Rat is doing business but it ain't in the Bay.

Is the down town merchants getting a cut on the Gate, after all You guys are the "Proud Sponsors"? I hear 10K tickets already presold, and has some deep pocket Stage Sponsors. The rats wallet thickens by the day, and has the nerve to go to the BSL Council, saying He had to charge a donation fee to the arts and crafts and smaller venues, because if not there "would be no Harbor Fest Next Year".

Why can people not see through this guy? All this at the fate of an established Church Fund Raiser. Shame on Bay Rat!!!!
On Point

Bay Saint Louis, MS

#31 May 14, 2013
This festival is shaping up to be the laughing stock of the Bay's history. Problem is the city is going along with what appears to be a train wreck.
SeaCoast NoNo

Bay Saint Louis, MS

#32 May 19, 2013
What about the article in the Echo? Is it a promotion piece for the festival or a PR ad for Michael Rossatto?

You would think that he is riding into town on a big white pony to save us from economic despair.

I'm not sure even what the guy looks like but from the article you would think he's some international promoter.

He's probably a great guy and I'm sure the festival will make thousands if there is a good turnout but that was not even close to a journalistic article.
is it true

Bay Saint Louis, MS

#33 May 26, 2013
I refuse to support this festival and heard most people who went didn't pay to get in by the band instead listened to the music from surrounding streets. Any truth to that?
Netty

Bay Saint Louis, MS

#34 May 27, 2013
is it true wrote:
I refuse to support this festival and heard most people who went didn't pay to get in by the band instead listened to the music from surrounding streets. Any truth to that?
BSL not ready for prime time.
Lefty

Bay Saint Louis, MS

#35 May 27, 2013
is it true wrote:
I refuse to support this festival and heard most people who went didn't pay to get in by the band instead listened to the music from surrounding streets. Any truth to that?
Too much money, to little free parking
Elsie

Bay Saint Louis, MS

#36 May 27, 2013
is it true wrote:
I refuse to support this festival and heard most people who went didn't pay to get in by the band instead listened to the music from surrounding streets. Any truth to that?
Bay bit off more then Les could chew.
Omar

Bay Saint Louis, MS

#37 May 27, 2013
Elsie wrote:
<quoted text>Bay bit off more then Les could chew.
A bad omen for Les's harbor.
What name now

Bay Saint Louis, MS

#38 May 28, 2013
Ok Lefty, Netty, Elsie, and Omar which you all are the same person. If you knew anything about city government you would know the mayor does not the determination on anything, he recommends or like in this case has the event coordinator present the information to the council. They make the decision to make happen. (which is a good system this way we don't have a single person making decisions). So if your trying to imply that mayor is responsible your wrong. second thing if you would of paid attention in the council meetings you were sitting in, the independent company that originated the festival made deals with several of the schools, and churches to use their parking areas and charge for parking and split it with them. The city didn't like charging for parking so they set up the large parking area on ulman, and directed people to park there because it was free. next thing if you know anyrthing about the way festivals go the first year all partners know they are going to take a loss, it is used to set up interest in it then they continue and it grows, look at jazz fest, hangout fest. We are ready for prime time cause we have been doing that successfully for years, look at cruising, bridge fest, and every other thing we do here. This will come together you are right n the money part they should set a limit on some things like it was 25 to get in band area. but they didn't say that was per day. it would of been since it was the first time to do it 25 for all three days. And that is not les's harbor remember the council votes 7 to 0 to approve it so its their elephant too. SO if you didn't like the festival that's your view, there were things I didn't like also but instead of making stupid comments maybe you should offer some suggestions when you are sitting in the council meetings.
Jack

Bay Saint Louis, MS

#39 May 28, 2013
What name now wrote:
Ok Lefty, Netty, Elsie, and Omar which you all are the same person. If you knew anything about city government you would know the mayor does not the determination on anything, he recommends or like in this case has the event coordinator present the information to the council. They make the decision to make happen.(which is a good system this way we don't have a single person making decisions). So if your trying to imply that mayor is responsible your wrong. second thing if you would of paid attention in the council meetings you were sitting in, the independent company that originated the festival made deals with several of the schools, and churches to use their parking areas and charge for parking and split it with them. The city didn't like charging for parking so they set up the large parking area on ulman, and directed people to park there because it was free. next thing if you know anyrthing about the way festivals go the first year all partners know they are going to take a loss, it is used to set up interest in it then they continue and it grows, look at jazz fest, hangout fest. We are ready for prime time cause we have been doing that successfully for years, look at cruising, bridge fest, and every other thing we do here. This will come together you are right n the money part they should set a limit on some things like it was 25 to get in band area. but they didn't say that was per day. it would of been since it was the first time to do it 25 for all three days. And that is not les's harbor remember the council votes 7 to 0 to approve it so its their elephant too. SO if you didn't like the festival that's your view, there were things I didn't like also but instead of making stupid comments maybe you should offer some suggestions when you are sitting in the council meetings.
You can't stand the truth!!
Bay Resident

Bay Saint Louis, MS

#40 Jun 2, 2013
So what was the final verdict? Was this a success or not? Most of the people I know who went were given free tickets. I went on Saturday and there were very few vendors and almost no people.

Was this worth the effort?

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