Editor's note 4/15: The future of this festival is not clear at this time. We'll post updates when more information is available.
"The mix has proven to be appreciated by locals and draws music lovers from New Orleans and throughout the region," says Rosato.
What will be changing for Bay Harbor Fest this year is that admission will be free, with festival-goers asked to support the event through voluntary donations. Rosato says it's a model that has been very successful for several nationally-known festivals, including Lafayette, Louisiana’s popular Festival International.
"It's going to be a simpler festival than last year’s," says Rosato. "We've reorganized it based on feedback from people and learning along the way what will and won't work in Bay St. Louis. We also worked with the Hancock Tourism Board to pick dates that would work best for the community and local businesses."
Rosato says that the event will still take place in the harbor area, with the focus on "everything beachy."
"We'll be inviting boaters back again this year too. That great beach party vibe with live music, it's one of the great parts of putting the festival on in this setting."
The Bay Harbor Fest website will be listing new acts as they're booked, so Rosato recommends checking in there occasionally over the coming month. In the meantime, he offers this advice:
"Mark your calendars and get ready for the time of your life."
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