Springing the Blues 2010

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Springing The Blues is a blues festival designed to celebrate America's indigenous musical form and promote support of the arts. It takes place over 3 days in Jacksonville each April and was named by Downbeat as one of the Top 50 Music Festivals. Compensation will be negotiated at time of booking./n/nSpringing The Blues is a free outdoor blues music festival designed to celebrate America's indigenous musical form and promote support of the arts. The three-day oceanfront event features a number of renowned blues performers as well as numerous displays and activities geared for the entire family. It is held at Jacksonville Beach, Florida's Oceanfront SeaWalk Pavilion on the 1st weekend of April each year.

Compensation will be negotiated at the time of booking. Lodging is sometimes provided for artists travelling to the event from out of town. Springing The Blues was named by Downbeat as one of the Top 50 Music Festivals in the world and one of the top 20 destination events in the country by the Southeast Tourism Society. It was also voted "Best Festival in Northeast Florida" by the popular Folio Weekly Magazine annual poll in 1997.

Springing The Blues requires all artist submissions contain a video of live performance or link to a video in their EPK. If you are not a Supersonic artist or don't have a video in your EPK, you will be asked to include a link to a live performance video.

Past performers at Springing The Blues have included Larry McCray, Phillip Walker, Tinsely Ellis, Saffire "The Uppity Blues Women," Maurice John Vaughn, Earl King, Mitch Woods And His Rocket 88's, Susan Tedeschi, North Mississippi Allstars, Tab Benoit, Little Jimmy King, Henry Gray and the Cats, Grammy Award winner Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Ruby Wilson, Charlie Musselwhite, Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers, Robert Jr. Lockwood, R. L. Burnside, Smoky Wilson, Coco Montoya, Smokin' Joe Kubek and B'nois King.

The Springing The Blues Society, a non-profit organization founded in 1991, plans and organizes the festival. In addition to staging Springing The Blues, the society also raises funds to feed the hungry and makes substantial donations to other worthy causes. In 1994, for example, it initiated "Blues In Schools," an after-school program that provides "at risk" students with instruction in the history of the blues and in the playing of musical instruments associated with the blues. This effort helps to build self-esteem, discipline and team work among the students.

The Blues Society also sponsors smaller musical events throughout the year to keep the interest in blues strong in Jacksonville. The City of Jacksonville Beach and a number of other local businesses support the festival. Several Beaches hotels and motels cooperate with the festival by offering a special "Blues Rate". In addition, the festival relies on more than 100 dedicated volunteers.

Terms And Conditions

We require 90 minutes of performance time split into one 60 minute set on our main stage, and one 30 minute set on our West Stage. They can be scheduled based on performer's preference. In addition you must agree to the following:

Jax Beach Festivals events are held at an outdoor Performance facility that does not have bathrooms or dressing rooms, it is basically a bandshell. We operate under certain restrictions and limitations that are beyond our control. This is not a "club" performance contract wherein the artists are performing over a several hour time frame. Most of our festival performances are 45minutes to 75 minutes long. Here are our particulars with respect to performers:

1. We dont provide parking for performer vehicles except in the backstage area and that is restricted by time and space. Accordingly, every performer is expected to arrive promptly one hour prior to performance at backstage check in. Performer vehicle(s) will be positioned for loadin/loadout and secured. Vehicle(s) must be loaded and depart the backstage area within one hour of performance end time.

2. The Seawalk Pavilion does not have bathrooms or dressing rooms. Motorhomes are used as Dressing Rooms and secured by Festival Staff. Performers must vacate their assigned motorhome within one hour of performance end time. Please do not leave any personal items behind. We are not responsible for items left behind.

3. Jax Beach Festivals is prohibited by its Insurance Policy covenants from providing alcohol of any kind to anyone.

4. Jax Beach Festivals provides healthy nutrition and hydration backstage for performers. Meal and drink tickets are provided upon check in. Please advise only Madlynne Ramsey 10 days in advance of arrival of any special nutrition needs. We cannot guarantee meeting those needs, but we will do our best to try. Please advise Ms Ramsey 10 days in advance of performer choice of pre-performance or post-performance meal.

5. Due to increased security concerns and Insurance restrictions, only the "next up" performers or "last off" performers are allowed inside the Stage building itself. Essential "non-performer" support staff (i.e.: guitar tech, sound engineer, etc) must be listed by name and cleared by Stage Manager. All performers and support staff must wear their credentials at all times. Failure to do so can result in access being delayed or denied. All band equipment must be CLEARLY marked and visible in low light.

6. Due to Security concerns and space limitations, no guest passes are provided in the backstage area. Only performers and essential support staff are allowed inside of motorhomes.

7. Due to Security concerns and Insurance restrictions, no children under the age of 14 are allowed in the backstage area unless they are a contracted performer.

8. Smoking is prohibited at any and all times in all backstage areas including: Onstage, inside stage building, backstage catering area, motorhomes.

9. All of our advertising/publicity billing with respect to performers is done as "Festival Billing".

10. We do not have "Care, Custody, and Control" over performers or their personal and professional property, therefore, we cannot ensure safety of such. However, we do provide reasonable security measures and personnel. We do not assume any risk nor do we indemnify for any loss. Artists and their representatives are solely responsible for the safety and security of their persons and property.

11. Jax Beach Festivals expends thousands of dollars in publicity and advertising to promote our events in national media. We do not allow any contract provision that allows any artist any right to cancel their performance without our express written permission.

12. Only qualified Public Safety Officials representing the City of Jacksonville Beach, Florida shall determine if any conditions, weather or otherwise, shall render any performance(s) unable to start, continue, or be restarted that would be hazardous or unsafe.

13. Jax Beach Festivals reserves the unquestioned right to film and/or record portions of any or all performances, performers, attendees, vendors, sponsors, activities, for the express non-commercial purpose of archival and promotional use thereof. Jax Beach Festivals will make reasonable efforts to prevent unauthorized filming/videoing/recording of performances.