RoSfest 2017 was a great success and we could not have done it without all of you! It was great to hear so many good comments from our patrons about the sound, acoustics and especially the new LED video wall. We promise to bring back that sweet technology to RoSfest 2018. I also received great feedback for the surprise act on Saturday night, U.N.I.T.dB. What a great show!

There are so many people to thank this year and I would like to start with my staff. Beginning with my beloved, Beth Ellen Wilson. Thank you for your hard work and contributions to RoSfest by providing the beautiful artwork for all our logos, merchandise, and promotional work. It’s great to have you as a business adviser to help lead RoSfest in the right direction. Your artwork makes me very happy! I love you.

To Donna O’Donnell: Hat’s off to you for another great job well done as we managed to get TF & TD over from the UK despite the US Government rejecting them and then starting the entire process over. You didn’t lay down and quit, but I know you were pissed as shit. I know it’s aggravating as hell. You rock Donna!

Big huge thanks go out to our Production Manager, Kevin Madrishin, for spending countless hours ahead of the festival organizing and answering emails. I owe you a debt of gratitude. I’m very proud to call you part of my family.

Big thanks go out to Darryl Sipf II and Rita Kay Drew our unsung heroes at RoSfest. They were responsible for the transportation of the bands. Thanks again to Brendan Leber “Fez” and our newest staff member, Dana Ocher, our official sheepherders. I noticed the stopwatch and how proud you were to keep the signing down to 30 minutes. No one went over. Excellent work by both of you. Thanks to Larry Dawgiello for handling the merchandise table this year. I will never forget the “Larry” song sung to you in the lobby. You should have been an accountant. Thank you for doing such a great job.

Big thanks go out to Dan MacDonald, who assisted with load in and load out at the after hours party both nights. Thanks again to All Sound Pro for providing a sweet system at the after-hours party. Banjo wake up! Thanks go out to our newest volunteers who handled security, Nick Andreas, Mason Rouser and Jeremy Hefner. You guys did a great job this year.

Another special thanks to our stage crew from Bauder Audio Systems for providing a professional and quality crew year after year. You guys are the absolute best in the business and it’s an honor to work with you once again. Special thanks go out to our lighting company, Spirit Sound Lighting and their staff. They did a fantastic job. I heard nothing but great comments on the new LED video screen.

Special thanks go out to Zeitgeist Media’s, Adele Schmidt and her partner Jose Zegarra Holder for videotaping the show. Plus, a special thanks to Mike Potter “Orion Studios”, for always doing an incredible job at recording the bands. It should be mentioned that this year, seven out of the ten bands opted to do live DVD and audios at RoSfest. Every time, you the fan buy a DVD or CD from one of our bands, a small portion goes back to RoSfest. In essence, you’re helping out both the band and RoSfest.

Big thank you’s and kudos go out to Jim Rezek and Kaz Paul for lending us gear for the festival. That’s huge in my book.

Special thanks go out to the staff at the Majestic Theater. Thank you SO much for making sure that our show runs without hassle. A special thank you must also go out to Jeffrey Gabel, the Executive Director of the Majestic Theater and for welcoming us back year after year. We are incredibly proud and honored to call The Majestic Theater our home. Immense and huge thanks to all of you.

Huge thanks go out to all the bands. I appreciate it when all the bands have fun at RoSfest. Every single band delivered a superb performance. The RoSfest fans appreciate all of you as much as we do. Thanks for giving us a memorable weekend. It was great fun!

To all the Platinum, Gold, and regular seat ticket holders, thank you so much for your continued support. Without you, RoSfest would not be possible. I am truly blessed to have met all of you. We are all part of a community that enjoys this music and we all come together once a year like a family reunion. We at RoSfest look forward to serving you again and are thrilled to be looking forward to 2018!

Next years dates have been announced for May 4th, 5th and 6th 2018. This will be our 15th Anniversary and we plan to make it a very special event starting off with Barock Project from Italy playing the third slot on Saturday night, May 5th. If you don’t know their music, I would suggest buying their latest album called, “Detachment”. One of my favorites on the album is “Promises”. Actually, the entire album is my favorite.

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Platinum seat tickets will go on sale November 4th followed by Gold seat tickets going on sale November 11th 2017. The sale of these advance tickets ensures the commitment of booking great bands at RoSfest. We have a wish list that we would like to get at RoSfest 2018 and if any of you have any additional suggestions, please let us know. It’s always good to be connected to the pulse of RoSFest.

Please note: Do not make any plans at the current host hotels “The Aspire” or the “Eisenhower” as hotel location is currently on hold. More information to follow.

Find out more via the festival’s official website.

George Roldan