WBEZ | Jazz Festival http://www.wbez.org/tags/jazz-festival Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Despite setbacks, Chicago Jazz Festival delivers http://www.wbez.org/story/despite-setbacks-chicago-jazz-festival-delivers-91523 <p><div>City officials say Chicago's 33rd annual Jazz Festival was a success, despite some weekend rain and a shortened planning schedule. Cindy Gatziolis, spokeswoman for Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, estimated that 175,000 people turned out for the free performances over four days.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>"With last year, it's down slightly, just because we did have that rain Saturday afternoon," Gatziolis said. "I think it hurt a little bit on that day, but they came in droves yesterday."</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Gatziolis said this year's four-day music festival was also a feat of planning, because preparations began four months later than usual. The timeline was set back because former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley was considering privatizing the city's free music festivals and Taste of Chicago. Ultimately Daley rejected the single bid that came in to privatize the events.</div></p> Mon, 05 Sep 2011 18:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/despite-setbacks-chicago-jazz-festival-delivers-91523 The potential privatization of Chicago's festivals http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/potential-privatization-chicagos-festivals <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//AP Lolla_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Love it or hate it, the <a href="http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/special_events/mose/taste_of_chicago.html" target="_blank">Taste of Chicago</a> is probably one of the city&rsquo;s best known summer festivals. So why would the mayor want to sell the rights to operate it? The answer is a word many Chicagoans have come to loathe: privatization.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/2779824,daley-still-wants-private-taste-100610.article" target="_blank">Chicago Sun-Times reports</a> that over the past three years the city has lost millions on festivals like the Taste of Chicago, the <a href="http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/special_events/mose/chicago_jazz_festival.html" target="_blank">Chicago Jazz Festival</a> and the <a href="http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/special_events/mose/chicago_blues_festival.html" target="_blank">Chicago Blues Festival</a>.</p><p>So there may be good reason to let private interests manage our fests but would this move benefit you? Would you pay to get into a party that&rsquo;s always been free? And if you&rsquo;re going to pay a cover charge, what do you want for your money? <br />&nbsp;<br />To tackle the business end music critic for the Vocalo blogs <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis" target="_blank">Jim DeRogatis</a> and <a href="http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/lifestyle/offthecouch.html" target="_blank">Tom Held</a>, reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, joined host Alison Cuddy. Held has been covering Milwaukee's Summerfest for over a decade and provided perspective on how summer festivals work in other cities.</p><p><em>Music Button: Jimmy Dawkins, &quot;Beetin Knockin Ringin&quot;, from the CD Earwig Music 20th Anniversary Collection, (Earwig Music)</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 05 Jan 2011 14:45:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/potential-privatization-chicagos-festivals Chicago accepting private bids for lakefront summer fests http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/chicago-accepting-private-bids-lakefront-summer-fests <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//taste.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The city&rsquo;s been holding a garage sale of sorts in recent years, auctioning off its assets: The Chicago Skyway, the infamous parking meters and then the proposal to sell the rights to operate Midway International Airport.</p><p>Now comes word that our music and cultural festivals are up for grabs, including signature events like the <a href="http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/special_events/mose/chicago_blues_festival.html" target="_blank">Blues Festival</a> and the <a href="http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/special_events/mose/taste_of_chicago.html" target="_blank">Taste of Chicago</a>. The city is entertaining bids to manage those and other free concerts in an effort to help close the city&rsquo;s gaping budget deficit.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis" target="_blank">Jim DeRogatis</a>, has been covering <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/city-festivals-chief-responds-blogs-reporting-push-privatization">the story</a> for the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs" target="_blank">Vocalo blogs</a> on WBEZ.org.&nbsp;</p><p>He joined &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; along with the president of the <a href="http://www.civicfed.org/" target="_blank">Civic Federation</a> Laurence Msall to talk about how privatizing festivals could affect not only the city's bottom line but also the festival-going experience.</p><p><strong>What do you think? Should we privatize the festival circuit?&nbsp;Tell us below in the comments section.</strong></p><p><em>Music Button: Guitar Shorty, &quot;Who Needs It?&quot;, form the CD We The People, (Alligator)</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 08 Dec 2010 13:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/chicago-accepting-private-bids-lakefront-summer-fests