We like to say, "He passed the clock to us." Ben Sandoval, of Ben Sandoval Productions, had been the leading force for 40 years to produce bluegrass and old-time festivals in Arizona. His passion to make the festivals as good as possible and yet keep the ticket prices low made the events accessible for all.
He had been on the watch for someone to step in and help out as the work is pretty intense. He said, "You have a treasure trove of young, intelligent, and dedicated musicians who can help carry on the tradition." And with that, he gave us his stage clock and his promise to be there to back us up, which he did until his death in 2017.
Jam Pak has a Leader Team that plans, organizes, makes decisions, and coordinates with the festival sponsors. Already under our belt is the Arcosanti Bluegrass Festival, Tempe Festival of the Arts Bluegrass Camp twice a year, Cool Town Music Fest of Coolidge, Alpine Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Gathering, and 27 Beach House Reviews.
Our goal is and always will be to make people and ourselves happy with our music. We now include other performers but with the same goal.
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