THE VISION part-7
We are now entering our seventh year for The Dixie Mattress Festival.
I would never have even tried to envision six years in the beginning.
The first year we sent this out not actually knowing if it was going to work at all. Now it's six years later and we are in awe of everyone's support.
I still don't know how to accurately express our thanks to the band. If the band reads this, realize I may get tongue tied in person and stumble through the words of thanks from everyone involved I think this sums it up.
"We love you more than the words can tell."
Because of each of you in our growing extended "Dixie Family", this has worked. Years ago, it was said that this event grows family. Well, "family", once again the beast of venues has reared it's ugly head. OUr happy home for the last two years has been forced by county regulations to eliminate all but one event from their summer schedule. We are a part of the events that can no longer be on the bill for that location. the fact we are once again faced with location issues has become all too common over the years. In fact you might think we are almost used to it. Trust me when I say we are not acustomed to it and in fact dread it more than anything else in relation to our event. So while I lead off with bad news there is the glimmer of relief on the horizon. We will be once again asking everyone to follow our lead as we move. And, of course, this will have it's own trials, tribulations, challenges and rewards. While it is very sad that we lost a beautiful public place as one door closes another has opened. We have been lucky enough to have someone with private property come to our rescue. This rescue come with a few caveats. The owners of the property will not allow us to publicly post the location or publicly advertise the event. They do not want any more traffic through the neighborhood than is absolutely necessary. This requirement of not posting the location will extend to each and every person. So in essence this is a private party. One that everyone is invited to. Word of mouth, direct contact is the name of the game. But ABSOLUTELY NOTHING on the web, social media, write up for publications or anything else I have not mentioned. Please tell your friends. Please tell anyone that you think should know. We want our move to be successful. And there is one final thing that needs to be mentioned. We will only be allowed to use this private property this year. In light of that and the fact we will no longer have a venue, this will be the last one. Over the years everyone who has help out as a part of our crew at Dixie has worked hard to make it not just a success but a very special place. A unique experience that allows the magic y'all bring with you to happen. But no matter how hard we are willing to work without a venue to work at, well it just can't happen. The type of venue needed to pull this off is not just your average performance space. Over the years I have talked to more venues & owners than I can keep track of. The places were this can happen and still be logistically feasible are few and far between. And for us, we have exhausted the choices in Oregon. So we want to go out on a high note, and I am sure this will be one to remember.
Being able to produce these shows has been a huge honor. We have tried to capture the group consciousness while producing these shows, but the truth is we are not full time promoters. We are made up of people you stand next to during the shows. The group of people who have helped to make these shows possible continue to stay in the shadows and never ask for anything in return. They truly are the backbone of Dixie. From the humble beginnings along the McKenzie river our first year, then out to the high desert of southern Oregon for our second year which then led us to a farm tucked in among mcmansions for years three and four, you traveled and arrived in year five and six to make it yours. now it's lucky number seven which maybe even more than all the others is for you guys, the family. It's always been about that, the magic that everyone brings with them.
Although the Dixie Mattress Festival has the look and feel of a private party it is not, everyone and anyone who cares about the Jackmormons is invited to join us. Spread the word, continue to help us build family. The big extended family that you guys brought together over the music. If you like what we are doing and truly want to see it continue then I am asking you to come out and join us.
Our vision was to plan an event that is unique. A special event but this year we will not limit ticket sales. You do need to buy in advance. We tried to start something special. In hindsight, we ended up creating a place where everyone could make it as special as they wanted. This show is being put on by people like you, for people like you.
We want to continue to provide the opportunity for folks to camp and be with friends and family. You will get to see Jerry Joseph and The Jackmormons on the bands own terms in a special setting with the extended family. It is our desire to provide a place where the Jackmormons ARE the show! A place where we will gather, enjoy the music with our longtime friends as well as friends we have not yet met, and our extended family. A place where the bar is not closing, where you can dance, relax and enjoy the show. A place where no one is telling you that you can’t dance here or you have to leave now, we're closing. A place where you don’t have to worry about driving in order to get home. A place to be among friends and people who are there for the same reasons as you, to enjoy the music that holds a special place in all our hearts. Music under the stars again. You know how different it is to have the music outside, unencumbered by the inside acoustics of a room or that boxed in feel that being walled in has. We want to leave only footprints when we leave. I know that you will all give us your support in accomplishing this task.
You made this event happen through Jerry’s music. This event is only as special as YOU make it. The last five years you made it very special. The people this year have very high standards to live up to. Look out for each other. Take care of each other. Everyone there will be “family.” Everyone will be kind. Everyone here is a friend of someone and everyone. Everyone in attendance will be there because they were meant to be. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again!
The Dixie Mattress Festival
Jerry Joseph And The Jackmormons====================================================================
Come out and show your support
Yes that is a band sponsored t-shirt!
June 26, 27, 28 2015
The first day for mailorder:TBA
The last day for mail order is:TBA
The location is Private Property
We are looking forward to having a great time at our new home.