The 10-day festival begins Friday and runs through
Festival Commodore Brandy Gray puts the concerts by country music artists
Swapping Tropical Tuesday in favor of Salsa Tuesday is a gamble, she said, but one she thinks will pay off, based on research last year by the
"We looked at the survey results and thought, 'What can we do different?'" she said. "This will be a different genre, and we'll see how well it works."
The first Motown Monday only drew a handful of attendees, and now it's one of the days people look forward to, she pointed out. Salsa Tuesday will include a 10-piece mariachi band, Gray said.
"It was a real coming together of the community," he said. "And I think a rebirth of that kind of thing is DragonBoat, because we are taking a water sport that is entertaining to do and entertaining to watch and raises money to better understand and research cancer, and also to help cancer patients and their families."
The Water Festival has a noise-ordinance waiver that allows it to offer music late outside, but bars and restaurants must abide by the usual rules. Those rules restrict loud music or noise
Clancy said a recently requested waiver to allow noise later at night for bars during the festival was turned down for several reasons. Such waivers are only for specific, special events, he explained. His staff is also stretched too thin during the festival to handle the increased enforcement such a waiver might require.
The bars say the waiver would have helped them capture more revenue from festival-goers who like to continue the party.
Bands that do play in bars and restaurants may find themselves competing against Water Festival entertainment, Gray said.
"I hope we don't cause anyone any hardships in terms of loss of revenues," she added.
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