Wedding causes blues fest producer to sing the blues

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 1, 1999

Natchez Bluff Blues Festival producer Eric Glatzer wants to hold the fourth annual festival in Memorial Park April 17.

But a wedding has been scheduled at St. Mary Catholic Church at 7 p.m. that day.

Glatzer said that’s his &uot;peak time&uot; for entertainment during the three-day festival, which includes performances at area clubs Friday night and Sunday afternoon, and an all-day performance Saturday at the park.

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The Natchez Democrat is a sponsor of the festival.

Police Chief Willie Huff said that in order to use the city-owned park, Glatzer must secure a noise permit and permission to use Memorial Park.

&uot;He has requested them but they haven’t been issued yet,&uot; Huff said.

Glatzer said he has been using Memorial Park for the last three years, and assumed he had a contract to use the park for four years.

&uot;It was my understanding we were granted the park for four years,&uot; he said.

Glatzer said his goal with the festival is not only to educate people about the blues but to promote Natchez and make money for the city.

&uot;This is all very good for Natchez,&uot; he said. &uot;One of our underlying motives is to attract people to Natchez.&uot;

Glatzer said he has talked with the families involved in the wedding. Branon Pesnell and Tara Tassin are scheduled to be married at 7 p.m. in the church.

Natchez Mayor Larry L. &uot;Butch&uot; Brown said Glatzer, the church and the family &uot;all were not singing on the same page&uot; when scheduling the events, but that the parties were close to working out a solution.

&uot;I think there’s room and enough time for everybody,&uot; Brown said. &uot;We’re trying to work out a way for there to be a break in the music during the wedding vows.

&uot;Church is always going to take precedence. … If there were a funeral to be scheduled at the last minute, I can guarantee there wouldn’t be any music played during that time.&uot;

Glatzer said his hands are &uot;contractually and legally tied&uot; to having the festival in the park April 17. He has been advertising the event, and the Natchez Convention and Visitors Bureau has put it on its calendars.

Brown said he wouldn’t ask the festival to leave the park, but that all parties had to make concessions to each other.

Huff said he had no plans to tell Glatzer he can’t use the park for the blues festival.

&uot;I feel sure there will be something worked out,&uot; Huff said.