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The Buzz 9/10/15

Make Or Break Gamble Springfest is asking Pensacola music fans to step up, take a leap of faith, and buy tickets to the revival of the once popular music event.

The acts haven’t been booked, and the concert dates have only been tentatively set for May 13 and 14, 2016, but organizers want to sell 3,000 tickets in September. The ticket sales will determine if Pensacola will support Springfest.

“We have put together a passionate and experienced team to complete the necessary due diligence to research if the area support for a music festival similar to Springfest is doable,” said Quint Studer, who has loaned the organizers funds to get the project off the ground. “This current step is the make-or-break one. We hope those that have wanted to see such a festival will now turn their verbal and written support to the purchase of tickets.”

Organizers have said Springfest 2016 will “encapsulate the spirit of downtown Pensacola’s rebirth and celebrate our city’s eclectic culture.” The main stages will be set in the original downtown location as the former Springfest, Spring Street near Pensacola City Hall. The plan calls for two days, two stages plus a variety of downtown venues working together to feature a mix of talent and the brightest music artists of today, along with great local talent. Events will include a launch party in the fall, special promotions, meet and greets, additional concerts and late night shows all throughout the festival weekend.

“We are turning the tables on traditional festival planning and looking to the community to support the event by purchasing tickets first. Even before we get sponsors,” said festival director Michelle Sarra.

Tickets went on sale Sept. 1 at 10 a.m. All tickets are two-day passes.

General Admission tickets – $55 (outdoor stages)
VIP – $129 (outdoor stages, VIP area, launch party invite and other events)
Super VIP+ – $499 – Very limited availability. (Includes VIP access, plus entry to all venue shows)

These tickets prices are only available until Sept. 30. To purchase tickets, visit pensacolaspringfest.com.

Nuclear Sparks On Aug. 31, Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy came out in favor of President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal, calling it “the toughest decision of my time in Congress.”

Murphy, who is running for the U.S. Senate in 2016, said, “I believe deeply in the unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel. This debate has proven to me that America and Israel are fortunate to have so many passionate, diverse voices who all want the same things: a nuclear-free Iran, a secure Israel, and peace in our time. In the interest of all three, I will be supporting this deal and voting against a Resolution of Disapproval in September.”

It’s the phrase “peace in our time” that caught fire among Republicans. Many tied the Murphy quote to a similar one made by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain after he signed the Munich Agreement with Hitler.

Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, who is running in the GOP primary for the same Senate seat, came on News Talk 1370 WCOA’s “Pensacola Speaks” to criticize Murphy.

“The United States of America is the greatest country in the history of the world, and we need to start acting like it again,” he said. “For the last six years, we’ve been acting like we have something to be apologizing for and extending a hand of friendship to our historical enemies. I think we need a little bit more Reagan here.  We trust, but we verify and exercise foreign policy through strength, not weakness.”

The Lt. Governor said he believes the nuclear deal puts Iran on “the path to have a nuclear weapon in ten years.”

He said, “And at worst, if they continue to act as they have for the last 30-plus years, they could break out with a nuclear weapon sooner than that. I just don’t understand how and why Washington, D. C. does what it does.”