2018 Foothills Festival set for Sept. 7-8 in Jasper

The 2018 Foothills Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7-8, in downtown Jasper. The Jasper City Council approved a resolution during its Tuesday meeting to allow Mayor David O’Mary to enter into certain agreements concerning the upcoming festival. “This is just a standard resolution to enter into agreements with the stage company, the production company, talent buyer and the bands as well,” City Planner Keith Pike said during the meeting. Zach Baker, the talent buyer for the festival, said he is currently in negotiations with possible headliners for both nights. “Once we have headliners in place, then we will use the remainder of the budget to book other acts,” Baker said. “We hope to announce the entire lineup for this year’s festival in mid to late May.” In recent years, nationally known acts at the Foothills Festival have included Gin Blossoms, Tonic, Deana Carter, Spin Doctors and John Paul White. Baker said there are five or six acts he is currently targeting as possible headliners for 2018, but he could not release any names at this time. In other action from the meeting, the council also voted to change the price of six gravesites at Gay Reed Memorial Cemetery. O’Mary said the changes were necessary due to the location of the sites. “They can’t be used for a typical burial due to issues of where they are located, but we feel they can be used for burial of cremated remains or even an urn containing cremated remains,” he said. Council members voted to change those few graves’ price from $250 to $125.