The Tacoma Rainers have pulled the plug on the inaugural Cheneyville Music Festival that would have brought indie-rock bands Dawes, Cloud Cult, the Mother Hips and Strand of Oaks to Cheney Stadium on Sunday, Aug. 28.
The Rainiers made the decision last week after ticket sales remained flat. “There was just not enough momentum in that area to make it work,” said Kirsten Andresen, a public relations consultant working on the festival. “The timing of it wasn't great, and there were a few logistical items that didn't work in our favor.”
Refunds will be issued for the Cheneyville show, she said, along with vouchers for upcoming Rainiers games.
The event was a labor of love for Rainiers President Aaron Artman, who envisioned the festival growing into a Tacoma tradition. “If we don't try it and take some risks, it's never gonna happen,” he said earlier this month. “We're breaking all kinds of records internally for things we're doing. We have the ability now to take a little risk and hire some bands and put a really cool stage in and all those things that a promoter would usually do for us.”
Despite this setback, Andresen said organizers are still in the process of planning a concert series for next summer. “We're just going to circle the wagons, do some more planning and make an announcement about what that looks like next year,” she said.
Two concerts remain on Cheney's schedule for this year. The final installment of the Rainiers' new R House Concert Series will feature local acts Positive Rising, Stay Grounded and Power Laces starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26. That show is free and open to all ages.
Then, on Sept. 25, Cheney Stadium will host a new music and craft beer festival, called Hops on the Sound. Performing that day will be Tonic, Vicci Martinez, the Fame Riot, Colonies, Trees and Timber, Sloucher and Etchings. Tickets start at $29, which allows admission only. Packages that include beer-tasting tokens range from $45 to $175. For further details, visit www.hopsonthesound.com.