Glad to see DADA's Durham Music Festival still going strong! Wish I could be there! Greetings from Caracas!
While I am currently out of the country and relatively out-of-touch regarding recent DPAC process and status, I think it pertinent to post a few short comments today. I will follow-up by doing my homework and being available for continued comment and conversation.
While the city did seek and receive input, I would give them something less than high marks for their efforts. Specifically regarding my comments and those of people I worked with most closely at the time, the city's objectives for the project were categorically different than ours. I argued at the time for a multi-use cultural space that would support and nurture local artists, existing groups as well as emerging talent. In large part, the DPAC was never intended to and does not appear to be positioned to fill this community need.
Although the city's actions fall short of outright deception, I do feel that many community artists and organizers were included in the process to placate them rather than to actually listen, include and even reconsider pre-existing plans and ideas.
In order to realize the space that I and others had envisioned at the time, additional revenue sources will be required. This will likely:
1) manifest as a wing/side project of something like the DPAC as parent;
2) be funded by a new local tax such as the failed prepared food tax (on restaurant meals over $15); or
3) be funded by benevolent philanthropists.
As I see it, city priorities simply differ from those of local artists in this regard. I don't mean to throw stones and do have a great deal of respect for Alan DeLisle and others. I only hope that this conversation continues until spaces are created to allow the great potential of Durham artists and arts lovers to be reached.
Has the Indy made it's endorsements yet? With Early Voting already going, I sure hope so.
Please make your endorsements easy to find on the website and ENCOURAGE EVERYBODY TO EARLY VOTE NOW!!!
TROIKA actually began in 2005, but it's predecessor THE DURHAM MUSIC FESTIVAL officially began in 2003, presented by DADA (Durham Association for Downtown Arts) as a means to bring together various styles of music in Durham. That would make this TROIKA's fifth year. HOWEVER, DADA did hold something called the DURHAM BANDS SHOWCASE the year before, so perhaps "sixth year" is more accurate. But while TROIKA may be in its sixth year, this will actually be the SEVENTH festival as the 2002 event was held TWICE. The original date in Durham Central Park was rained out, so we moved the shows to Joe & Jo's and The Basement that same night. We then re-staged the entire line-up (including Sam Miller, Cavanaugh, Mr Twip, 3rd Day, Jett Rink, Topography, Section Eight, Little Miss Messy, Roxotica and many more) at the original location several weeks later. Sheesh, those were the days! What a great time! Have a blast this weekend, everybody. DURHAM ROCKS!
go go go! as for the beer: make sure the new joe and jo's folks keep the Durham grit and diversity (and open SOON).
Jason is the best! Check out his photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/vistalite/sets/ (or click here) - very cool.
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