KBBI Public Radio’s 34th-annual Concert on the Lawn lured many music lovers to the sun-drenched grassy knolls of Karen Hornaday Park on Saturday and Sunday. Revelers of all ages turned out to celebrate summer with an interesting variety of 16 different musical acts under a deluge of sunshine and blue skies.
Music moods drifted between incredibly energetic offerings that lifted audience members off their blankets to dance barefoot in the grass and those that provided a bit more laid-back approach to tunes for those folks who just wanted to “chill.”
Bubble machines kept the little ones moving, while hula hoops made their way through the dancing crowd.
Station manager David Anderson said attendance (850 on Saturday and 550 on Sunday) and gross earnings were satisfying.
“The feedback we received from concert attendees this year regarding music, atmosphere, kid activities and organization was very positive,” he explained. “We are proud to host this two day event where families of all ages, including teenagers can safely enjoy music and activities.”
Anderson said KBBI tries to keep ticket prices low so everyone can enjoy the event, but even with current ticket prices, a lot of strategizing must be done to make the event successful financially.
“We put about 650 hours of staff time alone to prepare for this concert,” he said. “There are many details and costs to put together an event of this size, and we rely on the concert to be a true fundraiser for the station — in addition to a community event.
Anderson said the station received a handful of comments about not broadcasting the concert on Sunday, as was done in the past.
“Some were positive and some negative,” he said. “As we do each year, we will review all aspects of the concert from initial planning to clean up after the show. KBBI will evaluate the entire concert process, and outcomes, to make certain Concert on the Lawn continues to be successful and sustainable for years to come.”
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