The 10th annual Queen City Shout music, film and art festival is still on for this year, but it will be an entirely virtual event in August.
Event founder Eddie Gumucio, a Springfield musician and educator, said the festival is being extended to a full week – Aug. 17-23 – to accommodate the 92 musical acts set to perform. Organizers previously planned to hold the event Aug. 20-23, with the format mixing live and online music performances, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting.
However, Gumucio said the number of COVID-19 cases recently increasing in Springfield, Greene County and the state contributed to the decision to not have performances in venues along Commercial Street, as originally planned. He also didn’t want to give volunteers extra tasks such as enforcing capacity or masking issues with attendees.
“It was always going to be day to day,” Gumucio said of determining the best format for this year’s festival. “At the end of the day, it was the socially responsible thing to do.”
As of this morning, there have been 529 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Greene County, according to the Springfield-Greene County Health Department’s coronavirus dashboard.
Gumucio has helped organize a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign for Queen City Shout with a $15,000 goal. The event has no admission fee this year, but organizers are encouraging online donations. He said outside of operating costs – which could reach as much as $1,500 this year for advertising and T-shirt printing – all proceeds go toward nonprofits for poverty relief efforts.
Organizers donated nearly $10,000 of last year’s $11,200 proceeds to nonprofits, such as Victory Mission and Community Partnership of the Ozarks Inc., Gumucio said.
Music acts will perform on Facebook Live via the QueenCityShout.com website as well as the Queen City Shout (Open Mic) Facebook group, which started offering livestreamed concerts March 19. Gumucio said the name of the Facebook group, which has over 6,100 members, would change to an as-yet-undetermined name prior to the festival.
“It’s evolving and changing literally day to day,” he said of festival offerings, which also will include movies and possibly virtual art galleries. “We’re adding programming as we go.”
He said canceling the event was not favored, based on conversations he had with musicians and others annually involved with Queen City Shout.
“It would be nice to see that it’s contributing at least a little bit to maybe easing people’s concerns and worries, and letting them relax and escape,” he said of the virtual event.
Read profiles of this year's honorees.
Aaron York, general superintendent of Donco 3 Construction, describes what he sees in the construction job market in Springfield in 2021. Rachel York is the co-owner of Donco3 Construction.
Jim Meinsen gives his advice for finding new clients as the owner of a new or existing business. Jim and Debbie Meinsen own TCI Graphics, and recently celebrated 50 years in business.
Jeramey and Julia Henson discuss the reason they and HM Dentworks co-owner Chris McWhirter started the HM Dentworks Academy. With the job demands of their field taking them across the country, all three felt that they needed a plan for the future.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach of the Queen City Insane Asylum, says the name for the team was chosen lightheartedly. He said the name also catches people's attention.
Barak Hill gives advice based on what he learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affected his business. He says we should all have a backup plan ready to use.
Sandy Higgins, owner of the Crackerjack Shack, recommends the book "The E-Myth Mastery" by Michael E Gerber. She says it changed the course of how she runs her business.
Aaron York describes the work culture he tries to foster at Donco3 and why he attributes to it a part of Donco3's success. Rachel York is a co-owner of Donco3 and Aaron is the General Superintendent.
Hollie Elliott, executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, explains how local schools factor into business decisions and affect a local community.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, says an important lesson she learned was not to over-expand and to do her research before hand. She gives examples from her experience as a startup business owner.
Jim and Debbie Meinsen own TCI Graphics, and are now celebrating 50 years of business. Jim Meinsen takes some time to explain his philosophy on debt, and how to stay out of it.