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Major Headliner Unlikely At Future Pleasantville Music Festivals

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - A major headlining act is not likely for any future Pleasantville Music Festivals, Mayor Peter Scherer said after hearing the request from several residents.

"That obviously is attractive from some standpoints," Scherer said. "But unattractive from a budget standpoint because the bigger name entertainers come on guaranteed contracts."

A guaranteed contract could be a budgetary setback for the village because the performer would receive payment even if rain canceled the event.

"They get paid whether the events happen or not," Scherer said. "In the event of a rainstorm if you have a commitment to a prominent band that has a big contract you can end up losing a lot of money."

Instead, Scherer said, the village and its partner, 107.1 The Peak, will continue to focus on bringing in a wide variety of lesser-known bands.

"A lot of these bands are bands that I certainly never heard of," Schere said. "I don’t pretend to be on the cutting edge of these things, but there were an awful lot of interesting bands and bands that I will now look for."

Performers at the recent Eighth Annual Pleasantville Music Festival on July 14 included The English Beat, Good Old War, Delta Spirit and Davy Knowles. Village Administrator Patti Dwyer said she was pleased with the weather and the overall set-up of this year’s festival, and believes the village has planning the event down to a science.

“We believe for the size of the festival we got it down now,” she said. “We really do.”

Despite the positive feedback, Scherer and other village officials are looking to hear ideas from residents on how to make it even better.

Scherer said a personal favorite moment from the festival was hearing from one of the performers about how unusual the Pleasantville tradition is and that most towns would not attempt a festival of such a size.

“It’s such a feel good event; so well run,” Scherer said.

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