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Caricaco Music Fest Canceled for 2013

By Arianna McKinney

Photo by Adam Dietrich

For the past four years, the increasingly popular Caricaco music festival normally held in March has put Nosara on the music scene map, but this year the organizers have decided to take a break from holding the event. 

Steve Jacobus, organizer and owner of Tierra Magnifica, where Caricaco has been hosted in the past, explained the decision from a safety standpoint: “It’s simple.  Our goal when we started it five years ago was to bring music to Nosara, to put Nosara on the map as a music destination, and we’ve done that.  Last year over 750 people attended.  So the reason we’re not doing it this year is I don’t feel that we could protect everybody.”

Although Tierra Magnifica is structurally sound after the September 5th earthquake, Jacobus said he anticipates that 1000 or more people would attend this year, and he doesn’t feel the location could handle that large of a crowd, noting that someone could fall from the property’s steep drop-off. 
Since 60% of tickets are sold the day of the concert and many people in the past have come to town planning on going to the festival, Jacobus affirmed that it would be difficult to limit the number of tickets and thus limit the crowd.

“I really wrestled with the idea because I didn’t want to give it up.  It’s really been fun to do and we really wanted to do it again, but I got this sick feeling in my stomach that we could have a problem this year,” Jacobus explained.  “We’re taking one year off so that we can do it properly for the next year.”
He said they plan to look for a larger venue in the Nosara area where the music festival could be held in 2014, and hopes to take the music fest to the next level then, making it a multi-day event. In the meantime, he said music events will continue to be held at Tierra Magnifica, but at the community level with smaller crowds of about 200 people.     



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