Mark "Mok" Norris treated the crowd to an acoustic set of his soulful sounds. (COURTESY MATT DUBOFF)
The financial results for Ridgefest 9 are in and not only did they manage to exceed last year’s total, they also surpassed what everybody had hoped for!
Thanks to all those who came through the doors of The 40 to show their support for the local music scene.
Our net proceeds to the Westman Women’s Resource Centre was $2,500.
You can’t have a successful event without some hardworking people involved, so on behalf of the committee, I’d like to express thanks to those who made it all possible:
First off, a big thanks to our sponsors (Smitty’s family restaurant, Ted Good Music, Ladylight Communication & Counselling, Webber Printing and KX96) for helping us cover some initial costs.
Thanks to Heidi Howarth, along with the staff and management at The 40, for once again providing an excellent venue; all the bands who brought their amazing performances to the stage; Matt and Cody on sound and light for making all the bands look and sound top-notch; the crowds who showed their support and the volunteers who kept it all running smoothly.
Last, but certainly not least, huge thanks once again to the best 50-50 and prize ticket salespeople any event could ever have. Gerri, Spring and Marni — you ladies were fantastic!
The lucky winners of our prizes were as follows: Kyle Chamberlain (Fender Squire Telecaster courtesy of Ted Good Music), John Tataryn (two weekend passes to Rockin’ the Fields) and Ray Stewart (hand-painted Jimi Hendrix print on canvas).
Another interesting part of the weekend was the ’80s cover song contest. Each band was asked to perform at least one ’80s cover song and each night of the festival, voting was left to the crowds along with the volunteers and committee members.
This was designed to give the bands a bit more cash incentive as first place was $100 and second place was good for $50.
The results were as follows:
Friday night winners were 4 Hole Punch while second place went to Groove Kitchen.
The Saturday night winners were FUGR while Misty Street were the runners-up
Sunday’s winner was Out F’ Sync while Former KGB took second place.
As of this writing I’m happy to report that FUGR, Groove Kitchen and Misty Street all donated their prize money back to the Westman Women’s Resource Centre.
Fittingly enough, the idea for Ridgefest came to us during a jam/social evening night at an old jam spot known throughout many music circles in this town as "The Monkey House."
There were times throughout this past Ridgefest weekend when I would think back to when Lyall and I came up with this crazy idea of showcasing the local music scene and maybe turning it into an annual event.
Back then, all of the bands were personal friends of ours and luckily they were interested enough in the idea as well.
Since then we’re so happy to see how much Brandon’s music scene has grown. Now we have so many great new bands coming up and fortunately enough, plenty of new friends that continue to support this event both on stage and off.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 26, 2012