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 let alone seven .
The first year we sent this out not actually knowing if it was going to work at all. Now it's seven 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 extended "Dixie Family", this has worked. Years ago, it was said that this event grows family. Well, "family", once again the god of lost 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 just one of many events that was cited as no longer being able to use the facility. The fact we are once again faced with location issues has become all too common over the years. In fact you might think we had almost gotten used to it. Trust me when I say we are not accustomed 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 special set of 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 are now at "The Birk" in Birkenfeld, Oregon. We have camping across the street from the venue. It is a slice of rural Oregon and a room that has great atmosphere. We will be holding shows both outside on their deck and inside on the mainstage. We are also much closer to Portland than the previous years. If you are a long time fan of Jerry's music you probably know the reputation the Virginia City had gotten as special and out of the way. This is Oregon's Virgina City. You should try and make it out for our last Dixie Mattress Festival at this wonderful place.
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 mail order: Thursday March 26th 2015.
The last day for mail order is: Monday June 22nd 2015.
The location is on Private Property
We are looking forward to having a great time at our new home.