Editorial: Jubilee Cityfest

Editorial Jubilee CityFest 6-3-08

This beautiful amphitheatre along the Alabama River showcased several performances during Jubilee City Fest Memorial day weekend, from Three Days Grace to Huey Lewis and the News.

A few blocks away thousands cheered Taylor Swift in a performance that may have been the biggest ever for Jubilee on the same stage Clint Black performed a night later.

Morris Day and the Time and Erykah Badu were among the performers at still another stage.

And the newest downtown attraction, the Renaissance Hotel, hosted KidFest, giving children and adults, a break from the summer sun and another Jubilee attraction.

The city funded a greater portion of the celebration this year, prompting speculation that when attendance figures and gate receipts are made public this week, a call may be made to stop CityFest.

What might make more sense is to scale it back a bit. Two stages rather than three would work just as well.

The terrific Jubilee Pops Concert with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra could be moved here perhaps, replacing one of the highly paid performers. It has been a special free event of Jubilee, held on opening night near the capitol - an excellent venue in its own right.

Quality of life events make an area special and Jubilee is certainly one of them. Hats off to all the organizers, volunteers and sponsors who made this year's event memorable!