SACRAMENTO -- After 44 years, the Sacramento Music Festival is over.
The Sacramento Music Festival took over Old Sacramento every Memorial Day weekend for four days. It drew performers and fans of all ages from all over the country.
The annual event, formerly known as the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, renamed itself in 2014 as the featured genres broadened to attract a larger audience.
The Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society organized the festival each year as a fundraiser for music education programs. STJS President Dennis Speciale gave this statement Monday morning:
"While the music festival was a beloved event in Sacramento, the rising costs of performer fees, the diminishing audiences who want to hear traditional jazz, and the competing mainstream for-profit music festivals around the country were the major factors that led us to our decision to end the music festival. It was a very difficult decision. This event had an amazing 44-year run, and we had thousands of volunteers who spent hundreds of hours over the years dedicating their personal time to the success of the event."
Speciale told FOX40 fees associated with using the Old Sacramento space, renting parking garages and paying for security have all risen.
"It's very hard, and heart felt from all us volunteers who put in so much through the years," Speciale said.
Organizers encouraged fans to support Sacramento's "evolving and exciting" music scene.
Since attendance has been down the last few years, businesses in the area don't expect to see a negative impact during that weekend.
"The weekend before and after in the spring we get about 80 percent of the same numbers, even without the festival," Old Sacramento District Director Brooksie Hughes said.