Dear Big Muddy Blues Festival fans,
The 16th annual, Big Muddy Blues Festival is this weekend and there have been a few questions on why all of sudden the event has an admission fee. As Executive Producer of this event, I felt it is my duty to explain to our fans the reasoning behind this new format.
The unfortunate truth is that since the recession, each year our sponsorship funding has decreased. Big Muddy is a Labor Day weekend tradition for so many Blues fans throughout the Midwest and it is important to us that we maintain the event at the same great level it has been at for so many years. In order to do that, this year we have come up with a partial-pay-for admission model. The two side stages located at Morgan St. and Lucas St. remain FREE and open to the public. The Budweiser Main Stage has a general admission fee of $8.00 per day (advance purchase), $10.00 per day (at the gate – cash only) and a limited VIP seating section for $25.00 per day grants you a seat in front of the main stage with cocktail service throughout the event (advance purchase only).
The main stage area will be fenced off all the way out onto N. First St. There will be two entrance/exits on the north end and south end of N. First St. A wristband will allow you in/out privileges at the main stage so you can also enjoy the side stages throughout the day. Attendees can bring folding chairs but are asked not to bring any coolers, grilling equipment or outside food/drinks, festival staff can confiscate these items at their discretion. All parking lots will remain accessible throughout the event.
Going from totally free to partial pay, we wanted to keep the admission price as reasonable as possible, similar to what you might pay as a cover charge at most Blues clubs. Big Muddy is presented by, Laclede’s Landing Merchants Association, a nonprofit 501c6 organization.
We thank you all for being such great supporters of Big Muddy Blues Festival throughout the years and we look forward to seeing you this weekend!
Executive Producer, Big Muddy Blues Festival