3 Rivers Music Festival will not happen in 2013 | Events
Organizers of the 3 Rivers Music Festival have decided to postpone the event until June, 2014.
The festival, which was first scheduled for July 13, was rained out and rescheduled for August 3.
Because of the difficulty of rescheduling national performers and the weather outlook for the next few weeks, the board of directors said Friday that the event would not take place in 2013.
"Difficulty in rescheduling the national performers and weather forecasts for the next few weeks made it
fiscally responsible to put the festival off until then," stated a news release.
“We have a responsibility to our funders to keep the festival in the black,” said organizer Sandra Sims. “Some of our artists, including Lee Greenwood and Musiq Soulchild, had commitments that prevented them from coming to Columbia this summer. We’d rather have a great festival later than a mediocre one in August.”
Jerry Bentley, manager for country star Lee Greenwood, said the singer was disappointed that weather had interfered with the revitalized music festival. “Lee is eager to get to Columbia, and we are planning to put the 3 Rivers Festival on his calendar as soon as a new date is announced,” Bentley said.
Sims pointed out that the 3 Rivers Gospel Extravaganza, held in St. Andrews Park on July 6, was a huge success. “We had a bigger audience than we anticipated,” she said, “And everyone had a wonderful time. The local and national acts that appeared were a strong indication of the willingness of the very best performers to come to Columbia. We expect next year’s festival will be even bigger and better.”
A date for the 2014 schedule has not been determined.