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Pleasantville Music Festival Names New Executive Director

Andy Goodman is the new executive director of the Pleasantville Music Festival.
Andy Goodman is the new executive director of the Pleasantville Music Festival. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Andy Goodman

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y . -- The Pleasantville Music Festival is singing a different tune at the top of the chart.

Andy Goodman has replaced Sol Skolnick as executive director of the music festival, which will be held July 11 at Parkway Field. The music festival has been regarded as the village's biggest day of the year.

"The opportunity presented itself and I expressed some interest," Goodman said. "I wanted to lend a hand."

Goodman said he wants to harness the excitement people have for the music festival and bring it to fruition.

"Pleasantville is one of those villages where we love getting together," Goodman said. "It's a community-oriented, family-oriented place. People want to see each other and celebrate together. It's a great expression of what Pleasantville can do."

Events such as the music festival, the annual high school musical and Pleasantville Day help make Pleasantville Pleasantville.

Goodman said for next year's music festival they are looking to get more financing upfront to allow the festival to book more high profile bands.

"We want to be fiscally responsible and make sure we are fulfilling our duty to the taxpayers," Goodman said. "The goal is to break even."

One idea Goodman has is selling advance tickets through a Kickstarter campaign that will be launched shortly.

"We can get better bands with the confidence we have the money in hand which will set the ball in motion," Goodman said. "People love this event and a lot of it has to do with the musicians and headlines and discovering up and coming bands."

Goodman said he has invited 15 to 20 people to join him at the festival, coming from as far away as Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

"It's just a great day out in the sun," Goodman said. "People love coming to the festival, so why not help us by getting tickets early? That money will go toward getting a band that you're going to appreciate."

Goodman said the village has been a great partner and that Skolnick and others have been happy to help.

"They've been fantastic," Goodman said. "That phone line is always open. There's no real trepidation."

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