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Mailbag: Future of music festival is bright

April 03, 2014

We want to thank the Sawdust Festival Board of Directors and the city of Laguna Beach Planning Commission for agreeing to the Blue Water Music Festival last weekend held on the festival grounds.

Rick Conkey and his team, including a large number of community groups and volunteers, deserve congratulations on organizing a mellow, musical event in a peaceful, historic setting. We hope the board and city will recognize the value of this event and agree to a repeat performance next year.

We believe that approving the event early will allow the organizers to garner more sponsorships and invite a larger lineup of performers, including, possibly, bands from the high school.

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It would also allow organizers time to work with all of the nonprofit organizations, artists and sponsors involved to get the word out to a larger audience — including tourists — and allow increased ticket sales at reduced prices.

Ellen and Roger Kempler

Laguna Beach

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District and LagunaTunes making music together

I want to thank the Laguna Beach Unified School District for helping LagunaTunes Community Chorus resolve a scheduling problem with the Artists Theater. The size of our chorus and popularity of our concerts has grown to the point where St. Mary's Church is no longer a viable venue for our performances.

Despite following proper application protocol procedures in the past, we have been unable to reserve a space in the Artists Theater. Thankfully, that all changed! As a result of efforts by trustees Betsy Jenkins and Ketta Brown and emails sent to other members of the school board, I received a phone call from Supt. Sherine Smith informing me that we could perform our spring concert in the Artists Theater.

LagunaTunes is a community chorus which receives funding from the Laguna Beach Cultural Arts and the Festival of the Arts foundations to support our mission of experiencing the joy of singing. Anyone is welcome to join our group, with no auditions required.

Our spring concert on June 8 will feature popular songs and music from the '60s, a live band, and the Artists Theater will be the perfect venue. Thank you, LBUSD, for giving us this opportunity. Here's hoping we can continue to make music together in the future.

Gary Greene

LagunaTunes publicity coordinator

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