End of the Road for Wellness and World Music Festival
After a quarter million dollars and years of planning, it looks like the Wellness Music Festival in Desert Hot Springs can not be revived. Video by kmir6.comvideo
The mayor of Desert Hot Springs says it's over for the long-awaited and troubled Wellness and World Music Festival.
After a quarter million dollars and years of planning, it looks like the Wellness Music Festival in Desert Hot Springs can not be revived.
The city signed the 250,000 contract, paid with taxpayer dollars, with former festival promoter Tony Clarke in December 2009.
After the concert was twice delayed, the city cut ties with Clark in March 2011.
In May of last year, a committee was appointed to try to make the festival a reality.
The committee found it is too difficult to match health and music.
So Tuesday night, they requested the city to disband the committee -- the council said yes.
"250 thousand dollars, which is a ridiculous amount of money to get nothing, I agree, our eyes were bigger than our stomach, have you ever gone into a restaurant and you put all this stuff onto your plate and then you can't eat it, well, we wanted it so bad," said Mayor Yvonne Parks.
But the city may still hold a music festival of some kind in the future, possibly jazz.
The city is in the process of getting a new attorney; Mayor Parks told us when the attorney is seated, her first recommendation will be to file suit against former festival producer, Tony Clarke.