And there are more changes afoot at the festival formerly called the Jubilee, including a reduction of bands and venues, and no more free t-shirts for volunteers. Such cost-cutting measures come at a time when the festival is, according to organizers, about as lean as it can be.
“We have a business manager and an assistant manager and a facilities manager and that’s pretty much the people who get paid and the rest of them are volunteers.”
About 2,000 volunteers, in fact. That’s executive director Gene Berthelson. Earlier this week at the Freeway Gardens venue, he and I talked about those volunteers - and about why the Sacramento Jazz Festival has done so much downsizing.