Wednesday, June 18, 2008

No Nude Party at Summerfest

Drew Olson of is reporting what has to be one of the signs that the end of the world is near. Pat McCurdy will not be playing at Summerfest.

McCurdy, who has been a mainstay for more than a decade at the "World's Largest Music Festival," will not perform during Summerfest's 11-day run beginning June 26 at the Henry Maier Festival Grounds.

In a newsletter to fans this month, McCurdy detailed some scheduling problems and referred to his "resignation" from Summerfest. Bob Babisch, the entertainment director of the festival, prefers to think of it as a one-year hiatus.

"Things just didn't work out this year," Babisch said Tuesday. "Pat is a talented guy and he deserves to be in a different time slot. We just didn't have one available this year. Next year, hopefully, it will work out."

Where he used to block out most of the 11-day period for Summerfest, McCurdy will be playing regular club shows in Chicago and Madison and filling in other dates with private parties, a wedding and other festivals.

From what it sounds like, the last two years at Summerfest haven't been too fun for McCurdy, and the available time slots just didn't pay enough.