Re: Outside The Box: Free Concert and more - The Common, July 20th
posted at 7/3/2013 1:19 AM EDT
In response to yogafriend's comment:
In response to polar123's comment:
In response to yogafriend's comment:
There was a middle-zone scathing article about the philanthropist who is running and paying for this event (to the tune of what will result in over 5M bucks). I wish this guy all the luck in the world because it sounds like he's going to need it to pull off all of the intended plans by the launch date which is July 13th.
The "Dorchester-born millionaire", Ted Cutler, was warned on a number of occasions and on a number of issues, but he didn't back down. One of the main event planners, who moved here from out of state last year, was ultimately forced out / quit. As the story was written, she had every reason to leave. She left Cutler in the lurch, but he didn't seem to care.
He attracted no paying sponsors. Not even one. He's had a bunch of failed negotiations. One example was that he had been in negotiation to have Ben Folds perform, and bring an entire a cappela element to the festival, including workshops and performances. Folds made space in his schedule and there were 30 performers lined up -- and then silence.
So you have to wonder.
"....Cutler’s Boston dream will, in fact, be less than advertised, a smorgasbord of mostly concert acts thrown together by a deep-pocketed donor.
That’s a far cry from an event Cutler has likened to a Boston version of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a world-renowned annual event whose slate ranges from dance and comedy to opera, theater, and music, performed by artists who descend on the Scottish city from all around the globe."
It was made clear that some of the acts, and some of the plans, were just too expensive. This guy Cutler is very unhappy the planning discord has 'gone public' but it sounds like that was unavoidable, considering how many promises were broken.
The concert that is mentioned in the OP does sound fine and ready to go, so hopefully, that will be one of the highlights.
Cutler seems to want / think this will be an annual event, and 3-4 years from now, acts will be lining up to be here. That's his vision, anyhow.
Nothing you have not given away, will ever be really yours - C.S. Lewis
Looks to me like this concert will be free to everyone except Ted Cutler, who seems to be doing something good for the City of Boston I just read through the Globe article from a couple of day's ago and it does look like this festival will be a lot less than originally intended, but maybe his vison was just too grand. I would be happy just to see Buffalo Tom.
I can see you edited your post since reading the article (do you have a digital subscription, or is it online free today? -- I've never seen you post a comment. I post (fairly) regularly. I don't feel right trying to copy and paste articles when they are that lengthy, and trusted that my summary got the main point(s) across. Did you not see it on Sunday?
The festival is free, granted, and you can hardly find fault with that, if you attend any part of it. But that doesn't mean it wouldn't be a letdown, if you expected "more" somehow. Or if it's poorly run ... if in fact, it is. The website and all associated scheduling looks all set to go.
The man is in his eighties, so honestly, he needed help from a professional event planner and from people who are much younger to know what's relevant. Then, he turns on them, treats one in particular with disrespect, and ...? So this guy has an ego. Again, not that anyone attending cares.
He also, while perfectly legal, planned the event on the Boston Common, even after being told and asked to reconsider from the conservation standpoint. The land cannot withstand an event like that --- with millions of people converging on those grounds, with stages, etc., all at once. But he did it anyhow. Again, not saying that's wrong, it just shows something about his intent "at all costs" , if you know what I mean.
It also goes to show -- you're going to get criticized what ever you do in this life. Crucified or ...? There are many song lyrics that will tell you that truism. :)
Just seeing Buff Tom for free, you can't go wrong. But you have to be there on time, or it would not be worth the trip into Boston (for you) just for that.
Yoga- You cracked me up with "back-stage lurker." I am a bit of one myself.
I didn't see the piece until this afternoon. I do subscribe to the Globe online, but hardly ever comment on the articles, I do enough of that here. I agree with you that it is very hard to put together an event of this size without some serious growing pains, and that seems to be the case. If nothing else, it will be a chance to listen to some really good music for free :)
eta. sorry for the long post, but I can't edit this for some reason tonight>