Blues By the Bay Festival Suspended:

The Board of Directors for Redwood Coast Music Festivals Inc. (RCMF) announced that the organization has suspended production of the annual "Blues By The Bay" outdoor concert.

The event was been presented at Eureka's Halverson Park for 16 years, with the strong support of the City of Eureka, financial contributions from many community sponsors and business partners, and the assistance of hundreds of dedicated volunteers. "We would like to thank everyone who has supported Blues by the Bay," said McKenna.

Over the last several years of the festival, the economic downturn contributed to diminished ticket sales and a decrease in sponsor contributions, advertising revenue and other funding sources. At the same time, fixed costs for security, stage, sound and lighting, fencing, insurance and headline artists have been steadily increasing.

In planning responsibly for these effects, and considering the contingency of weather, the Board regretfully decided to suspend this annual event.

McKenna stated: "The Board of Directors decided not to produce a shrunken Blues by the Bay event. Our friends, volunteers and attendees have come to expect a spectacular, two day festival, with nationally recognized headline Blues performers, lots of interesting vendors, and a safe, secure, family friendly atmosphere. After 16 years of successful productions, we do not want to stage anything less than an excellent event. Cost constraints and responsible revenue projections make that impossible at this time."

RCMF is a non-profit, tax exempt organization, managed by an all volunteer Board of Directors. Revenues from staged productions go to support Senior and youth music groups and programs throughout Humboldt County.

Redwood Coast Music Festivals has produced the annual Redwood Coast Jazz Festival in the spring for the last 24 years. The 2014 Festival was RCMF's most successful in many years, featuring 21 bands, playing 85 sets at 5 venues throughout Eureka over four days, offering a wide variety of music -- from traditional Jazz to Swing, Blues, Jump Blues, R & B, Cajun and Zydeco.

Planning is underway for the 25th Annual Redwood Coast Music Festival to be held March 26th - 29th, 2015. We are working on continuing to add a significantly expanded component of Blues music to this festival. The board is focusing its time and energy on planning and preparing for a very successful 2015. We will be announcing the band lineup soon.

RCMF currently has openings on its Board of Directors, and we always welcome new volunteers. If you are interested in helping out in any way please call 445-3378 for more information.

Together we are making music, and a better community!