It has been quite the experience putting on a summertime festival on the Mendocino-Humboldt county line. We are honored to have had the opportunity to produce an event in such a beautiful place. Each and every day leading up to, during and following the inaugural Northern Nights Music Festival has been a learning process and from the feedback we have received, it was a positive experience for everyone involved. We are very proud of the efforts put forth by our staff and our volunteers as well as grateful to the vendors and service providers who participated in the 2013 event. We can’t thank everyone enough for your support through the whole process.
Coming from the Bay Area ourselves and having so many roots in various of parts of the Northern California region made the mix of attendees truly a spectacle to bring together. The festival goers were extremely respectful as well as eco-conscious and we plan to continue to book talent and market the festival to a young professional audience. We believe strongly that Northern Nights can be a catalyst in promoting sustainable tourism in the area as well as providing local businesses an economic boost.
We are working very diligently on the NNMF project to come up with new ways in which Northern Nights can have a positive impact on the region and encourage anyone who wants to be involved to please reach out.
A very big thanks goes to the Piercy and Leggett Volunteer Fire Departments, Garberville CHP, Caltrans, Mendocino and Humboldt sheriff’s offices, Rock Medicine, Sierra Nevada Event Services and Stop N Go Traffic for their efforts in providing fire, emergency, traffic and security coverage during the event and were a pleasure to work with. We would also like to extend our thanks to the Garberville Chamber of Commerce, KMUD Community Radio, the Redwood Times, The Mateel Community Center and Jerold Phelps Community Hospital for allocating time to meet with us and present the project in it’s infancy.
We have said it before and will say it again, producing a large-scale event in the Cook’s Valley area is a very big responsibility. We have taken and continue to take this very seriously. The balance comes in directing efforts towards putting on the best show possible while ensuring the local community and environment are protected.
The goal of restoring the positive festival vibes to Cook’s Valley Campground was a success. We at Northern Nights would like to extend our gratitude to the local Southern Humboldt and Northern Mendocino communities for the opportunity to showcase the arts in such an amazing region, to the Cook’s Valley Camping staff for their continued site and moral support and are very excited for what’s to come in 2014.
Peter Huson and Andrew Borgelt
Northern Nights Music Festival