Sawtooth Music Festival Calls it Quits

Posted by Josh Gross on Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 3:00 PM

The Sawtooth Music Festival is officially cancelled.
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  • The Sawtooth Music Festival has officially been canceled.

Today, the Sawtooth Music Festival issued what it called "officially the worst press release we've ever had to write." It said that the festival is officially being discontinued after eight years.

From the press release:

It is with great sadness that we must announce that the 2012 Sawtooth Music Festival was, unfortunately, our last. There will not be a 2013 Sawtooth Music Festival. The mayor and city council of Stanley have made it impossible for us to continue. The city has imposed new financial burdens on us while simultaneously limiting our capacity to 2,000 people (we had 2,700 in 2012). This combination is ultimately and financially crippling.

As of press time, Boise Weekly is still waiting for comment from the Stanley Mayor's Office.

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One of the best backdrops in the country with only Telluride's stage coming out ahead! That's a shame.

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Posted by Bootycall on 11/12/2012 at 3:54 PM

It is unfortunate , 2700 festival goers bring there spirit and hard earned bucks to the business owners of Stanley . A few key landowners and residents force the end of the best thing going for the place . I am sure a private land owner in the region will come up with some private property that rivals the community park and the show will go on.

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Posted by Jeff Lord-Alge on 11/13/2012 at 11:54 AM

I don't understand why the city is imposing these "financial burdens" on the festival when it brought so much tourism and exposure to the area. I moved to Idaho from Pittsburgh, PA and I never would have even thought about visiting Stanley if it weren't for the festival promotion I saw when I moved to Boise and then decided to check it out. So sad the mayor has decided to become so close minded and not willing to work with the SMF team to continue to make the festival possible. Like Cary Ann Hearst from Shovels and Rope of Charleston SC said, "You don't know how lucky you are to have this place."

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Posted by Stephanie Evans on 11/13/2012 at 8:39 PM

I wrote a letter to the mayor and he responded with a lengthy and well articulated response. He was shocked that SMF LLC chose this path after just ONE DRAFT of a proposal. He explained that the limit of 2000 was for those staying in the park and that there were other things that could be done. Not sure why SMF LLC threw in the towel so quickly.

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Posted by Jodane on 11/16/2012 at 1:43 PM

This is most likely a tactic to bring in larger sponsors, increase ticket price or just plain give up. When the Portland Jazz Festival was squeaking by years back the organizers announced it to be cancelled, and then all of a sudden a big sponsor showed up. Either the folks running this were looking for an out or they are waiting on someone to save the show...

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Posted by ballsymcgee on 11/16/2012 at 2:17 PM
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