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March 2021 COVID Update

March 2021 COVID Update March 16, 2021

A message from Michelle Tanner, Executive Director

We’ve missed you! I'm pleased to say OFOAM is alive and well and eagerly planning the 13th Annual Ogden Music Festival for September 3 – 5, 2021, Labor Day weekend, at Fort Buenaventura under the guidelines of the Weber Morgan Health Department!  You can expect the same good vibes, fabulous music, and finally our first chance to be together again at the Fort! 

Fortunately, we were able to move nearly the entire line-up we had scheduled from our 2020 cancelled festival with the exception of Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, and The Travelin’ McCourys. We have high hopes that The Travelin’ McCourys will join us in 2022 and present The Grateful Ball. Full line-up will be announced very soon!

Shout out to you and our communities for weathering the pandemic and supporting each other.

During this difficult year, we had the opportunity to evaluate where we are and where we are going. More than ever, we want to fulfill our mission to get instruments into the hands of our community youth. We have developed The Raychel LeBlanc WILL & WAY (Weber Instrument Lending Library and Weber Acoustic Youth) - to increase the quality and variety of the instruments in the Instrument Petting Zoo at our festival under the direction of Adam Kozlewski and Imagine Music. With the support of USIC representatives and OFOAM’s mUSIC Jam Camp directors, Moriah & Nathalie Ozberkmen, we will have a musical instrument lending library for the remainder of the year outside of our festival. Other collaborators include Music Village, Wasatch Musician, Acoustic Music, Qualia Fine Fiddles, Gordon Greenwood, and youth serving organizations Youth Impact and The Boys & Girls Club of Weber/Davis.

OFOAM has a passion for Ogden and wishes to engage more of the historically underrepresented Ogden community. We work to reflect that in our programming. This fall, we are partnering with the Latinx/Hispanic community of Northern Utah to present a Dia de los Muertos event in November. OFOAM will sponsor a school educational outreach and evening concert at The Monarch on Friday, Nov 5th to cap off a week of visual art, cuisine and other activities honoring those we’ve lost through the pandemic and celebrating Hispanic heritage.

We are looking forward to a fabulous second half of 2021 providing opportunities for live music in Ogden!

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