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A few minutes with Fun Fun Fun organizer James Moody

Joe Gross
jgross@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published November 9, 2013

James Moody pulls out his phone. “Let me show you something,” he says.

We’re sitting in the media area at Fun Fun Fun fest at Auditorium Shores. It is around 6:30 p.m. on day one. He pulls a graph up on his phone.

“This is where walk-ups were last year,” he says pointing to a dot, meaning tickets sold at the gate, the day of the show. “Here is where they are this year.” He points to a higher dot. “This is all in in real time, by the way.”

Moody is pleased because the festival just had its biggest walk-up day ever, pushing the total folks with access to the park, including complimentary tickets, to more than 20,000. (“I cannot tell you if literally 20,000 people are here right now,” Moody says, “but there are 20,000 people that could be here right now, which is great.”)

“We had been selling well on-line,” he said, “but we never sell out, so walk-up tickets are always available, and we had a lot of them today and are hoping for more tomorrow. And we are in the black.”

There was only one cancellation. “Christian Hosoi had an emergency and couldn’t make it,” Moody said. “He was our biggest skater, so that is too bad.”