As we navigate the best course of action for the safety and well-being of our patrons, associates, and artists, regarding the current Coronavirus situation, sadly, RoSfest will not go on this year as planned due to a Force Majeure. This devastating and difficult decision is based on the guidelines of the CDC and following the guidance of the City of Sarasota and state health officials as the recommendation that for the next 8 weeks organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 10 people or more throughout the US.
All tickets purchased (minus processing fees) will be refunded, but allow us time to do so as a percentage of the funds have been used to cover pre-production costs, deposits, and advertising. Kindly consider donating part or all of your ticket expense as a tax-deductible contribution to help RoSfest recoup from this tragedy as we are now a not-for-profit (501)c3 corporation. While we don’t know exactly what the future may hold, we feel confident that RoSfest will emerge next year in the Spring. Please keep an eye on our Facebook RoSfest group page for any new updates.
In addition, please call and cancel your hotel reservations at the Aloft, Embassy & Indigo Hotels as soon as possible. The hotels are not responsible to do this for you. On behalf of everyone at RoSfest, our hearts go out to all those impacted by Covid-19 and hope that all of our RoSfest family stays healthy and safe.
Thank you for your continued support! George Roldan
So I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching lately. Stratospheerius, Dyanne Potter VoegtlinDark Beauty booked this mini-tour months ago and worked our asses off to promote it. We are aware of state governments’ ban on gatherings of over 250 people and the risk of the Coronavirus. We were on the phone for many hours yesterday with all the venues and with each other contemplating what to do. Are we being jerks for not cancelling our shows, knowing the turnout will be minuscule, knowing that Broadway is dark, major symphony orchestras and international touring bands have all cancelled their tours and concerts for at least the coming month, or more…?
But you know what? All the venues we spoke with don’t want to cancel, we all want to play, and the few people that came to the first two shows had a great time! We get it that people are scared and taking precautions by staying home. We respect everyone’s decision to do so.
….But FUCK it! People need music now more than ever. They need entertainment. They need some soul food. We can still get together in intimate low-capacity venues, bump elbows, and hear some live music, support artists, and support each other. So the three bands and their members, after much deliberation, have made a collective decision to move forward with the shows. Here are the two remaining shows on our tour. If you’re in the area and feel brave enough, come and support us. We will love you if you do and we will still love you if you don’t.
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