Friday, February 10, 2012

Ketchum chips in for music festival

Solfest to take over Main Street in March

Express Staff Writer

Pursuing vitality in the Ketchum core, the City Council on Monday approved funding for a music fest next month.

Thatcher Marsted, talent buyer for Whiskey Jacques', asked for $5,500 but was granted $4,000 for the Sun Valley Solfest.

"We need more events like this," Marsted said. "It's something we can grow and grow."

Some members of the council were hesitant to provide the funding because it means taxpayers are supporting the event, possibly opening the door to other promoters' requests.

"I think at some point we need to have a threshold," Councilman Baird Gourlay said. "The next person is going to ask for seven [thousand dollars], then 10."

He said downtown businesses should provide support.

"The bars are directly going to benefit," he said. "I'd like to see them contribute to this."

Marsted said the idea came together quickly, so organizers didn't have time for the kind of planning that usually goes into this type of event. He hopes to recruit sponsors for next year's Solfest.

Ketchum's Main Street will close down from 2-10 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, with bands from 5-8 p.m.

Confirmed to play is Blitzen Trapper, a "top act," Marsted said.

The band is playing in Boise the night before, so Marsted didn't have to pay its usual fee.

"I was able to get them for a very reasonable price," he said.

Rebecca Meany:

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