Last summer Comstock Music Festival organizer Bill Kann promised a bigger and better festival next year - and he is living up to that promise. As we begin to wind down 2010, Kann and his staff have been busy making preparations for a three-festival summer in 2011.
Kann, owner of Up the Creek Promotions LLC and chief executive officer of Comstock Music Festivals, will be bringing three festivals back to Custer County next summer. The country festival is set for June 2-5, rock festival July 7-10 and Godstock Christian festival in August.
A number of acts have already been confirmed for Countryfest, including Lincoln native Larry the Cable Guy, who will take the stage at Comstock Thursday, June 2 at 9:30 p.m. Also appearing Thursday night will be Mustang Sally and Trent Tomlinson.
Other confirmed acts for Countryfest include Lo Cash Cowboys, Daryl Worley, Randy Houser, Jo Dee Messina and Darius Rucker, all Saturday, and Stony Run, Tanya Tucker, Neal McCoy, George Jones and Dierks Bentley on Sunday.
Festival organizers have also just recently signed the first acts of next year’s Rockfest. They are The Guess Who, Nelson, Slaughter and Great White.
Susan Sedlachek, marketing director for Comstock Music Festivals, says more acts for both festivals will be announced very soon.
Sedlachek also explains that a new and different approach will be taken to this year’s events, with the team creating a different theme for each festival. A three-day country talent festival will be held during Countryfest, with the selected winner earning a spot on the main stage as the opening act for the Sunday night headliner, Dierks Bentley. Applications for the talent show will be taken Dec. 1 - April 1, and will soon be available on www.comstockmusicfestivals.com .
Sedlachek says one of the things the staff has really been working on is coming up with innovative ways to make the daytime hours at the festival more fun. They think activities such as the talent show and extreme bullriding will do that.
Ideas for the Rockfest are also being worked on, which Sedlachek says will be pretty wild and lots of fun. Meanwhile, it is planned to incorporate skate boarding into the Godstock festival, while promoting drug-free skating as a fun alternative for entertainment for young people.
Tickets and camp sites can be purchased now for any of the festivals by logging on to comstockmusicfestivals.com.