Comstock Country Fest postponed

COMSTOCK - - Rumors and suspicion have been swirling for the past few weeks surrounding the upcoming Comstock music festivals. Are they going to happen, or aren’t they? This week that question was officially answered, when a press release was issued by the event’s organizers. According to the press release, Comstock Music Festivals is currently working on some new and exciting things with its festival series. The festivals are under a new management regime which is currently in the process of purchasing the entire plot of land on which the festival resides on. The release goes on to say this purchase enables management to bring the fans an enhanced concert experience along with more freedom in entertainment and activities on the grounds. The Country Fest, originally scheduled for June 2-5, has been deferred to August 18-20, 2011. This is due to a delay in the anticipated funding for the Country Fest; causing a ripple effect that resulted in the festival being unable to meet the financial obligations to the artists, according to the press release. “Now with the funding source soon to be in place, management has seized a prime opportunity and additional time to ramp up the entire experience and magic that is Comstock!” Comstock Music Festivals organizers say they are striving to bring the absolute best experience and entertainment to its fans. Management acknowledges the support of all those who have purchased tickets to the festivals. “As a courtesy Comstock Music Festivals has decided to show its appreciation to all of the current 2011 Country and Rock Fest ticket holders and provide them with an absolutely remarkable deal. All ticket holders have the option to return their ticket for a full reimbursement. Refunds will begin June 24. “However, any ticket holders that decide to keep your ticket and use it for the Country Festival in August will not only have their tickets honored for that festival, but they will receive free admittance to either this year’s Rock Fest (Aug. 12–14, 2011) or the 2012 Country Fest. So, all 2011 ticket holders that continue their support will get 2 excellent festivals for one price!” Suspicions began to mount about next month’s festival as fans began noticing so-called confirmed artists being dropped from the concert website. Just prior to the announcement of the concert postponement, several artists still remained listed as scheduled to perform, including Trent Tomlinson, JoDee Messina, and Dierks Bentley. However, concert organizers say a new slate of artists will appear on the August schedule. Bill Kann, organizer of the music festivals, has said he was originally supposed to close on the purchase of the property in April. However, red tape keeps delaying that closing. Jim Trotter, who currently owns the property, has confirmed that negotiations are underway for the purchase, but declined to comment further. As of now no definite closing date has been set. Kann said he expects to announce a line up for the festivals within 10 to 15 days from the closing. Kann also commented that it is his plan to pay the entertainers in full up front, locking in scheduled performances. The headline of the event’s press release reads, “Fear not, Comstock is back and here to stay.” For now, organizers seem to have their work cut out convincing local fans that is true.