Mudcat Café message #2281749 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #109215   Message #2281749
Posted By: Charley Noble
06-Mar-08 - 09:15 PM
Thread Name: Tall Ships Parade/Festival, pro/con???
Subject: RE: Tall Ships Parade/Festival, pro/con???
I'm thinking back to what our experience was with Op-Sail 2000 in Portland, Maine. Well, Roll & Go was hired to be strolling singers both days, which meant we choose where to sing and do our thing. We choose to sing where we had a nice wall to back us up, or where there was a line waiting to board a ship. The "regular entertainment" with full stage and sound system was off limits to us and tended to be rock or brass band. We were never invited aboard any ships or to any parties with crew members, but we didn't lobby hard to do that. The best we could do is get paid to be "nautical atmosphere."

I did try to communicate with the organizers at an early stage but there was never a sense that I was talking with anyone who was seriously interested in anything than implementing a special event plan that would impress the powers that be.

With lead time, we might be able to do better the next time around. But the key thing would be to have a presence on the organizing committee itself.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble