Three nights and 64 performances later, the 2017 Cherry City Music Festival drew to a close on year number 11 with hundreds of musicians entertaining thousands of fans in venues and public space around Salem. Touring bands came from Salt Lake City, Spokane, Vancouver, Portland and Eugene, spending the weekend to fully enjoy the experience. Local bands played hip hop, cowpunk, alt rock, folk, heavy metal and plenty of art pop. And music fans were immersed in non-stop music from 14 bands at State Capitol State Park for 8 hours on Saturday, which was the high point of the weekend.
Salem Creative Network would like to thank everyone participating in this year’s festival, especially the musicians and their fans. Sharing a live performance improves everyone’s quality of life and grows our local economy.
That’s the reason behind Cherry City Music Festival and why we started in 2007, to build events that pay musicians and create a downtown hospitality zone that employs talent from our Grammy-winning Salem-Keizer Public School music programs. Please join us in making that a reality.
Community media partners Capital Community Television and KMUZ FM deserve special recognition for their commitment to area culture and diversity. Both are crucial to the framework of our growing economy. Stay tuned for more tunes!