Sad news for the local music community, from the POPAsheville Web site:
“Hello, fans of POPAsheville. Thanks for your support of the festival over the last several years. We’ve had a great time, haven’t we? And not only that … the countless gig-swaps (one band plays for another’s crowd in their town, and vice-versa) are still happening, Asheville is much more firmly planted in the circuit of touring indie pop/rock bands, folks who can help with the business of starving bands are beginning to give more attention into Asheville, and for the first time (to my knowledge), three of Asheville’s premiere music venues shared one cause for the weekend: Bringing great area indie pop/rock bands to the eyes and ears of the community, who might otherwise turn outside Asheville for their musical menu. And bands were (we hope fairly) paid for their performances.
Alas, we knew the “Save POPA” campaign was a long shot; since so many in the community were interested in having the festival continue, I thought we’d put out a beacon to see if we could raise the needed funds (see below for explanation). We were unable to secure the funding needed, and so we will not put on the festival in 2010. This is not to say that the fest will not continue again at some point; only that we have determined that continuing it this year, and doing it well, would stress the resources of the organizers a little too much, and we always want to be providing something that we can be really happy about. So we’ll see about the future.
For now, feel free to follow us on Twitter or sign up for our email list and we’ll keep you posted with any updates. In “parting”, I’d like to encourage you to support and enjoy live, original music whenever possible. Believe it or not, musical artists don’t make a lot of money (even bands you’ve heard of, even some in big places), and fans mean everything to us. :) stephanie.”
Contacted by Xpress, founder Stephanie Morgan added: “Good original music will continue, as long as there is a thriving connection between bands and fans. POPA has been one of the “helpers” for that connection in our city/region. I think that POPA’s ripple effects will continue to be helpful. And if the festival is meant to happen in the future, and the resources appear, we’ll be happy to POP again.”