Organizers: BridgeFest a big success
By Cassandra Favre
Oct 29, 2013, 19:25
Dumpstaphunk performs Saturday during Bay BridgeFest.
Another Bay BridgeFest has come and gone and left its funky imprint on the musical souls of festival-goers.
"We did better than we had expected," Bay BridgeFest coordinator Lee Seal said. "We are still working on the numbers."
This was the first year that an entrance fee was charged to gain access to the musical acts and Seal said that the tickets sales went well.
"It covered the costs of the musical acts, staging and lighting," Seal said. "And our wonderful sponsors covered the rest of the costs.
"We couldn't have done it without them."
Seal said that Saturday acts and the cooler weather drew in a larger crowd for the day.
"Sunday was a little slow, what with the Saints game and the light rain," Seal said. "It was a great experience and I enjoyed it."
Seal said that when the harbor is complete, he would like to move the festival down to that area.
"We wouldn't have to block off as many streets," Seal said.
Old Town Bay St. Louis merchants chimed in on the festival's impact to their businesses.
"It was great to see new people in town," Mockingbird Cafe owner Alicein Chambers said. "We did good business.
"It would be great to diversify the music up and spread the acts around town, like going on a world tour, and people could purchase a passport to have stamped."
"It was very good," Bay Books owner Jeremy Burke said. "We were busier than normal and saw lots of out-of-town money coming in. I think the good weather brought out more people. This is a good date to stick with. I think this has been the best so far, it brought in a lot of people from out of town and those are the ones who will retire or buy a second home here."
"I loved it," Social Chair owner Yuki Northington said. "The store was busy, saw lots of never-been-seen faces.
"I love the festival, the music and I loved it in October."
Festival-goers also loved the cooler weather and eclectic mix of music.
"It was so much fun," Perkinston resident Chelle Grantham said. "I enjoyed the food, people watching and the really enjoyed the music of the 'Honey Island Swamp' band.”