Great Northwest Music Needed for the "Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days"
Dates: (Friday) August 23rd, (Saturday) August 24th, & (Sunday) August 25th, 2013
Place: Mt. Hood Village, 65000 East U.S. Highway 26 near Brightwood, Oregon
Times for Friday & Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Time for Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
It is now the time of year that the Cascade Geographic Society begins to finally secure the entertainment for our upcoming 29th Annual "Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days". As always, we will, unfortunately, have to turn away more people than we could ever accommodate on our Great Northwest Music stage.
The "Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days" is an all-volunteer Festival that is beginning its 29th year. It is sponsored by the Cascade Geographic Society, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
The big draw for musicians this year is not only being able to perform at the "Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days", but also to be included on our new on-line Television and Radio Station that we've been working on for years. This is how it will work: All performers will be filmed during their concert. And, if they perform two different times, three, four, etc., these will all be filmed as individual concerts. And, they will be streamed in two formats: audio [for our Radio Station] and video [for our Television Station]. [NOTE: You will get a copy of the concert after we have added titles, etc. to it. But, these will not be edited for any mistakes any performer may make because obviously, this is live and whatever happens on stage stays on stage.]
The Cascade Geographic Society is currently looking for performers to fill a number of time slots over a three-day period, which will be approximately --- including set-up and tear-down time --- an hour and a half, at our 28th Annual, family-oriented "Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days" for the Great Northwest Music stage. As always, we are especially looking for singer/songwriters who are not afraid to play their own songs and are really great at what they do.
On August 23rd (Friday) and August 24th (Saturday), performance times at the "Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days" will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 10:00 p.m. with the evening concerts. On August 25th (Sunday), stage-time will be from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
A sound system will be provided, along with microphones and stands. As in the recent past, a volunteer will manage the stage and act as the sound person. However, if you wish to utilize your own mics and stands, and even your own sound system, you are welcome to bring them.
All entertainers will be videotaped for their own cable television concert(s). These will be filmed live and will help to promote both the performers and the Festival. This is a great way to get free promotion for your music. [NOTE: All performers will receive a DVD of their show, after the studio work has been finished.]
However, if you do not want to be filmed, then you must let us know when you first contact us, so we can put you in a special category. Then, if we have room for you, we will get back in touch and officially put you on the schedule. Please, do not wait until you are ready to go on stage and then tell us you do not want to be filmed. I cannot stress enough that we need this information when you make your initial contact with us because the review committee will utilize this information when deciding who will be offered time on stage. [NOTE: Obviously, it is beneficial to both the "Huckleberry Festival" and the musician to be filmed. This type of promotion is extremely important.]
Besides the concert being filmed for our on-line Television Station, all participants at the "Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Festival" will receive the following: camping at Mt. Hood Village at a reduced rate --- full hookups for recreational vehicles $15 the first night and $7.50 the next, or dry camping at $5 per night; a free advertisement in Positively Entertainment & Dining; be featured on our website in a review of their CD(s) (if they have any out), as well as placed on our on-line Television and Radio Station which will be maintained there indefinitely as a thank you for your unselfish contribution; and a tax receipt for any and all of the expenses you may incur (such as transportation, food, lodging. guitar strings, etc.), since we are a non-profit, 501(c)(3) educational organization.
If you have never performed at any of the Cascade Geographic Society's festivals and special events, and want to be considered as a participant, you need to immediately send a current CD or DVD with any press materials, and a photograph or two (if you have one) that we can utilize both for publicity and on our website. This should be immediately mailed to: "Great Northwest Music", c/o Cascade Geographic Society, Post Office Box 398, Rhododendron, Oregon 97049.
If you have performed at a any of the Cascade Geographic Society's festivals and special events, and want to return to the Great Northwest Music stage, you also need to send the proper materials so that the selection committee can make a decision. Needed would be a recent CD with any updated press materials, and a photograph or two.
For all performers providing a CD, we will be writing a review of your submission and posting it on our website. This will remain on our website indefinitely as appreci-ation for the entertainment you have provided for the "Huckleberry Festival". A good many individuals have expressed appreciation of having a review of their work that we've posted for the "Great Northwest Music", and have referred a lot of people to the site, which has lead to jobs.
Also, all reviews of CDs will be submitted to Positively Entertainment & Dining which may or may not print the review. It all depends upon available space and the publisher/editor. [NOTE: Michael P. Jones, the organizer of the Great Northwest Music, has written for this newspaper for over 25 years! A good many of his reviews have been published.]
Finally, if you have a CD for sale, or even T-shirts and anything else related to your music, there will be a table provided for musicians so that you can sell these items during your performance. It will be up to the individual musicians to staff this table.
If you are interested in being a participant for the 28th Annual "Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days", please get in touch with Great Northwest Music organizer, Michael P. Jones, as soon as possible. Dates and time slots are being scheduled now. Call him at (503) 622-4798 and leave both a daytime and evening phone number. To email any communications, send them to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Procedures to follow to be considered for the "Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days":
1. Notify "Great Northwest Music" organizer, Michael P. Jones, at (503) 622-4798 or email him at email@example.com (and be sure to include your telephone number), and tell him that you are interested in performing at the "Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days".
2. Immediately send an updated press packet (if you have one) and a CD or CDs to: Great Northwest Music, Post Office Box 398, Rhododendron, Oregon 97049. [NOTE: Please do not request that we come out and listen to you perform, in order to make our decision. Also, do not refer us to a website to get biographical information about you or listen to your music.]
3. Up front, we need to know if you can only perform on a specific date and/or only at a certain time. And, if you can be flexible or would like to perform on multiple dates and have no major time restrictions, we also need to know this information immediately. Unfortunately, in order to make scheduling for the "Great Northwest Music" work like it should, it is very much like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole or visa-versa, but even more complicated!
4. Up front, if you do not want to be filmed for your own cable access television concert, we need to know this from the beginning. Those who do not want to be filmed will be placed into a special category and will be selected to perform if we have room. Waiting to tell us that you do not want to be filmed when you either arrive at the "Festival" or wait just before you are to go on stage, is unacceptable. Filming obviously will benefit both the promotion of the "Festival" and the performer or group.
How the performers are selected:
1. Michael P. Jones will do the initial screening within two weeks of the arrival of the musician's packet, which should include press information and a CD or audio tape. Those meeting certain standards will go on to the next step.
2. A special committee will then review the musician's packet. Those meeting certain standards will go on to the next step.
3. The special committee will then meet with Michael P. Jones and review the performers. A list will be compiled and recommended days and times assigned, trying to adhere to any scheduling issues the individuals may have. [NOTE: If your days and times for performing are too restrictive, we may not be able to utilize your talents.]
4. The remaining times and dates that are open will be filled with those performers who were not selected in steps one, two, or three, or by those who were late in getting us the press packet and the required CD or audio tape.
Many people are surprised to learn that the "Festivals" and events of the Cascade Geographic Society are not funded through any government entity or private foundations. We are not a business nor a limited liability corporation, but a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization. It is truly a volunteer effort, thanks to many good-hearted people who are not afraid to work hard all year to insure that the events take place. Singer-songwriters have always been a big part of the success of the Festivals. Initially, the extremely talented and great human being, (the late) Dave Carter, was instrumental in making this happen. This tradition has thankfully continued during the past decade or so, primarily because of the dedication of singer-songwriters Tony Graham and Wayne Richards (& Southern Nights).
To learn more about the Cascade Geographic Society and its work, please check out our ever-changing website at cascadegeographicsociety.com. Or, give us a call at (503) 622-4798 today. Thank you and keep up the great work creating and making music!
Please Share This Information With Other Singer-Songwriters!
[SPECIAL NOTE: Additional notices will be sent out about the other Festivals as the time approaches. If you know other singer-songwriters who need to be contacted who did not receive this notice, please let us know as soon as possible.]
Cascade Geographic Society; Post Office Box 398; Rhododendron, Oregon 97049